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AudioQuest DragonFly

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Audioquest DragonFly USB Digital Audio Converter and Headphone Amp Review

The Gadgeteer
26 May 2013
  • Excerpt: In the portable world of digital music, it seems that most people are happy with whatever setup they have – whether it’s a laptop, iPod or smart phone. Ironically, the most expensive device from this list also has the worst audio output: your computer. That laptop or desktop (iMAC, for instance) computer has about the cheapest soundcard available.
  • Pros: Improves audio quality, Works with headphones, earphones, speakers, Includes headphone amp, Solid construction, Extremely easy to set up, Much smaller than others and more portable
  • Cons: Expensive, USB cap easy to lose, Additional DragonTail cord almost a necessity if using USB port on iMac or monitor
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Follow-Up: AudioQuest DragonFly in a Desktop Environment

14 February 2013
  • Excerpt: Robert Harley recently sang the praises of the nifty AudioQuest DragonFly (Issue 226). He covered its performance when the device is used as a USB DAC fronting a reference audio system, and compared it to other outboard USB DACs. That was the ultimate test, but I wondered how the DragonFly would sound in other contexts. In particular, one of the DragonFly’s stated applications is to drive powered desktop speakers from a laptop or desktop computer.
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Hands On: AudioQuest DragonFly DAC

Electronic House
13 February 2013
  • Excerpt: AudioQuest’s DragonFly soars above its entry-level affordability into high-end sonic territory.
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Overall 9
Value for money 10
Features 8
Ergonomics 10

AudioQuest DragonFly USB DAC

Sound & Vision Magazine
3 December 2012
  • Excerpt: The AudioQuest DragonFly USB digital-to-analog converter ($249) and the B&W Society of Sound music download service ($59/year) arrived in my listening room at about the same time. They were made for each other: B&W’s 24-bit FLAC files gave the DAC a better chance to strut its stuff than any CD-quality or lossy audio file at my disposal. And the USB DAC enabled the high-resolution files to do an end run around the awful soundcard in my PC.
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Audioquest DragonFly USB DAC

Audio Ideas Guide
21 November 2012
  • Excerpt: “This is a product that may look a little like a Dragonfly, but one that soars more like a Dragon flying, as seen in various special-effects-heavy Hollywood films of late. It’s a friendly beast, too, easy to set up and use with any computer of today’s normal specs for USB digital audio output. It can be used with headphones, powered speakers or as your computer output into an audio system. I had mine going in 10 minutes through Windows 7 in my new Quad-core i7 laptop PC.
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Overall 8

Audioquest DragonFly

What Hi-Fi?
20 September 2012
  • Conclusion: Awards 2012 Product of the Year - DACs. We still love this little device, but newer rivals have pushed it off top spot
  • Pros: Great design and build, Highly portable, Bold dynamics, Agile timing, Clear detail
  • Cons: The slightly hard edge to the sound can become tiring, Not the last word in subtlety
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Test Audioquest DragonFly: USB-DAC-Stick

13 March 2013
  • Excerpt: Musik in hoher Qualität aus dem Rechner bekommen - das geht auch ‚mal eben so‘. Der DAC-Stick Audioquest DragonFly funktioniert Plug ’n’ Play und klingt ausgezeichnet.
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Overall 8

Audioquest Dragonfly

Bild och Ljud
19 February 2013
  • Conclusion: Audioquest Dragonfly är en superbärbar digitalomvandlare som ryms i fickan och som alltså kan följa med överallt och ge hifi-ljudkvalitet även med riktigt usla datorer. Troligtvis kommer du främst att använda Dragonfly med hörlurar, en uppgift den klarar lekande lätt. Musiken framträder stort, upplöst och med bra tryck. Audioquest-omvandlaren kan ge liv åt relativt tungdrivna hörlurar, men även om volymen är tillräckligt hög så kan det låta lite platt.
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Overall 8
Ease of use 10
Sound quality 8
Overall quality 8
Functionality 8

Kanskje verdens kuleste DAC

Lyd & Bilde
7 February 2013
  • Summary: Audioquest Dragonfly er noe så frekt som en digitalkonverter og hodetelefonforsterker på størrelse med en minnepinne. Og den låter utmerket!
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Audioquest Dragonfly im Einzeltest

17 October 2012
  • Conclusion: Der Audioquest Dragonfly ist ein Klangvorkämpfer für edle Studentenbuden und mobile Musikkonsumenten. Plug, Play, Power. Bereits der interne Amp düpiert jede Notebook-Hardware: ein deutlicher Schub an Grob- wie Feindynamik.
  • Pros: Kompakte Bauweise, Gute Verarbeitung, Überzeugende Klangleistung
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