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Audioquest DragonFly Red



Audioquest DragonFly Red

The more sophisticated sibling of DragonFly Black, DragonFly Red combines significantly improved performance with still exceptional value. The ESS 9016 DAC chip in Red employs minimum-phase filtering for naturally detailed sound.

As well as a high-quality headphone amp and analog volume control, DragonFly Red includes an advanced ESS headphone amp and a bit-perfect digital volume control that resides on the 9016 DAC chip itself—a sophisticated implementation that gives Red a unique combination of power and grip over the music. With its higher 2.1-volt output, DragonFly Red has enough power to successfully drive all preamplifier input circuits and a wider range of today’s efficient headphones including power-hungry, low-efficiency models.


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Technical Specifications

Plays all music files: MP3 to MQA and High-Res
Compatible with Apple® and Windows® PCs
Compatible with iOS devices (requires Apple Camera Adapter/Connection Kit)
Compatible with Android devices (requires DragonTail or other USB Adaptor for Android Devices)
MQA Rendering
Drives headphones directly
Fixed output feeds preamp or AV receiver
Asynchronous transfer ensures digital timing integrity

DragonFly Red – Status/Sample rates supported (LED indicator color code): Standby (Red), 44.1kHz (Green), 48kHz (Blue), 88.2kHz (Amber), 96kHz (Magenta), MQA (Purple)
Volume Control: 64-position, 64-bit, bit-perfect (Red)
Output voltage: 2.1 (Red)
Headphone Amp: ESS Sabre 9601 (Red)
DAC Chip: 32-bit ESS 9016 with minimum-phase fast roll-off filter (Red)
Microcontroller: Microchip PIC32MX (Red)
Dimensions: 12mm H x 19mm W x 62mm L (Red)

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