AudioQuest DragonFly Red v1.0 USB Digital-to-Analog Converter

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Model: DRAGONFLY-RED UPC: 092592050532 Item: 166372

AudioQuest DragonFly Red v1.0 USB Digital-to-Analog Converter Overview

AudioQuest won awards when they came out with their DragonFly series of digital to analog converters (DACs). The DragonFly Red v1.0 USB Digital-to-Analog Converter is a USB DAC that brings exceptional sound quality from a digital source to your speakers, headphones or other analog playback device. It uses 32 bit ESS Sabre DAC chips that give a natural sound with minimum phase filtering. The Dragon Fly Red converter also has a high 2.1V output with bit-perfect volume control. These features result in maximum fidelity, dynamic contrast and signal to noise ratio. The digital audio converter is fully compatible with PCs and Macs and can bring you the best from Spotify, Internet Radio or high resolution music files from your own digital library.

Product Information

Product highlights

  • The DAC plays all music files from MP3 to high-res 
  • USB DAC connects to any USB port and is compatible with Apple and Windows PCs as well as iOS and Android mobile devices
  • 2.1V output audio converter drives most headphones directly, including power-hungry, low-efficiency models
  • Fixed output feeds preamp or AV receiver for greater flexibility 
  • High-performance 32 bit ESS 9016 Sabre DAC chips with minimum phase-filtering for naturally detailed, more authentic sound
  • 9016 DAC chip with bit-perfect digital volume control ensures maximum fidelity, dynamic contrast, and signal-to-noise ratio
  • USB stick-sized digital-to-analog converter
  • DragonFly Red is software upgradeable
  • Comes with a convenient travel pouch
  • Dimensions: 0.47" H x 0.74" W x 2.44" L
  • Warranty: 1 Year - World Wide Stereo is an authorized dealer for every brand we sell
  • World Wide Stereo 60-day guarantee and expert product support


 Audioquest DragonFly Red DAC Specifications:

Supported Operating Systems

  • Apple OS X®
  • Apple iOS®
  • Microsoft Windows® (7, 8.1, 10)
  • Android™


What's in the Box

What's in the Box:

  • DragonFly Red v1.0 Asynchronous USB DAC
  • Travel Pouch
  • Flight Manual



Customer Reviews for AudioQuest DragonFly Red v1.0 USB Digital-to-Analog Converter

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Rated 5 out of 5
Performs as advertised.
This review was collected as part of a promotion
January 6, 2019
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Plug it in and forget about it
I have 2 of these little guys. 1 in my main rig (Apple Mac Mini > DragonFly Red > Yamaha A-S2100 > Revel F206) and 1 for my portable audio (iPhone 7 or iPad Mini 3> Apple camera USB adapter > DragonFly Red > Focal Clear or AudioTechnica MSR7GM. When it comes to DACs, I want discreet, quality, and transparency.

For my home system, I have enough audio components laying around and stacked, I don't need to visually see a DAC, and I didn't want one more unit to plug into AC power. I have this plugged into a USB port of my Mac feeding my integrated amp. You plug it in and forget about it. For my Mac, there were no drivers or anything I needed to add or update. You go into your audio settings and set it as your desired output device, and set the sampling rate you want, and never have to do anything with it (unless you want to adjust the sampling rate to something higher or lower). These devices are small, well made, and do exactly what they should. They don't color your sound, they take the digital audio of your source and do it's magic, and give you an amplified analog signal you can either plug into headphones, or input into your receiver. They use the 32-bit ESS Sabre chip, which if you do enough research, are in a lot of the higher-end DACs.

For portable listening I notice the biggest advantage. These are small enough that you won't notice carrying them around, but the sound difference is big. I don't have hard to drive headphones, but my volume control without the DAC is almost 3/4 of the way up. With this DAC, which is also a headphone amp, I can turn my volume down a bit and have much more headroom, a big advantage if you're in noisy situations, or have hard to drive headphones. The DAC changes sampling rates automatically, so if I'm listening to audio on iTunes, the DragonFly logo will be one color (green), and if I listen to something with a higher sampling rate like a music streaming service or internet radio, the logo changes color letting me know what kind of files I'm streaming.

These guys are small and solid, and have a nice gloss red automotive finish. I wouldn't have any reservations about throwing these in a bag or leaving them connected and worrying about their durability.
This review was collected as part of a promotion
iPad Mini 3 > USB camera adapter > DragonFly Red > AudioTechnica MSR7GM
iPad Mini 3 > USB camera adapter > DragonFly Red > AudioTechnica MSR7GM
July 27, 2018
over 3 years ago


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Highly rated by sound and vision
Steve A on Jan 18, 2018
Highly rated by sound and vision
Steve A on Jan 18, 2018
does this unfold ALL parts of MQA?
A shopper on Jul 2, 2018
  The DragonFly Red is an MQA renderer, it requires software to do the MQA Core decoding.
You ever plan on getting this back in stock? I would like to buy this from your store.
Michael O on Sep 25, 2021
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