Summary: I was skeptical at first. I thought how can such a tiny usb be of any value. This thing is awesome. I plug it into my computer and then plug my BOSE Lifestyle 28 into the Dragonfly. It makes the BOSE sound way better and way louder if I want. It's like an amplifier. Also, I use it on my Denon AH-7100 headphones. It makes even a pair of $1100 headphones sound louder and better.
Pros: Attractive Design, Durable, Easy To Assemble
Summary: The only other piece I have owned that is similar is a Head Room Total Bithead. Being that the DF is MUCH smaller and does 24/96 I'd say there isn't much comparison at all as far as a computer interface goes. On the other hand the Total Bithead ran on batteries and could be used with my iPod on the go. I liked the Head Room image processing very much, why don't other manufacturers make similar systems? Is it considered a gimmick or a sham of some sort? Anyway...
Excerpt: Plus, I noticed that I don’t get tired of wearing headphones as quickly as before. Probably it has something to do with subconscious perception of sound quality. One definite con is - forget about MP3’s. It’s an extremely convenient way to store your music collection, but there’s no free lunch, you know - the way this device will make MP3 quality defects much more apparent will make you understand why people still buy CDs and high-quality FLAC digital tracks.
Summary: One could be forgiven, I reckon, of feeling that new products are just manufacturers re-inventing the wheel and that there is nothing really new under the sun in audio. Indeed at least one product I want to write about is pretty much just that -- a manufacturer's own take on portable audio and, in many respects, not a particularly unique or interesting one.
Pros: Size! Great sound. Internal analogue volume control. Drives headphones & even sensitive IEMs well. Almost no hiss at max. volume.
Cons: No extension cable by default. Gets congested with complex music. USB power has its limits. Doesn't work with iPad camera kit.
Summary: I'll update this once I get my UM Miracles back to really put it through its paces, but the Dragonfly sounds incredible driving my BeoLab 3 (active) speakers.
Super easy setup - literally plug and play. I'm using it with ASIO4ALL and it blows away any other USB-powered DACs I've heard. Connected to my BeoLab 3s it's easily on par with my Audio0gd NFB-5.2 in terms of soundstage and transparency.
Pros: Tiny, no USB cable required, great sound, easy setup and ASIO4ALL compatibility
Summary: When I was looking recently at upgrading the sound in my main listening room I researched DACs and found some useful info at head-fi so I thought I'd contribute by writing a review on what I decided to go with. I don't have a lot of history in high end audiophile investments but I know good sound when I hear it
For reference I was using an Apogee Duet FireWire audio interface with an Arcam AVR 250 and some Orpheus Nexus 1.5 loudspeakers. The source is a Mac Mini.
Summary: I had read several positive reviews in audio magazines and no negative ones. Some of them were comparing the Dragonfly to much more expensive portable DAC's. I am really picky about my audio equipment and decided it was worth the $250 to improve the quality of the audio on my laptop. I recently purchased a really good set of over the ear headphones and the Dragonfly really makes the music sound much better on them.
Pros: It's like listening to some songs for the 1st time!
Summary: This was a Christmas gift from my dad after he saw my rather large iTunes collection. It is simple to set up for Mac. After I set it up it took my stock Dell 2.1 computer speakers and made them sound high end. Hearing notes that I have never heard before I decided to upgrade my speakers to the AudioEngine A5+. Now my computer sounds nearly as good as my main stereo. That created a monster out of me and I ended up upgrading my entire audio set up.
Summary: The AudioQuest DragonFly is a must for all music lovers who listen to music through their computers. If you load CD music onto iTunes using Apple Lossless you will hear music as you've never heard it before. There is more detail, more space between instruments. wider dynamic range. But mostly, everything sounds more musical with more fidelity to the original recording. I wanted to listen to all my favorite songs and performances over and over again.