Audioquest DragonFly Asynchronous USB DAC

MPN: DRAGONFLY
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How DragonFly Does ItThe heart of DragonFly is the 24-bit ESS Sabre conversion chip, a high-performance solution that’s typically found in better CD and Blu-ray Disc players. DragonFly can accept audio and music files ranging from MP3s and CD-standard 16-bit/44kHz to native 24-bit/96kHz high-resolution, regardless of music file format. If your computer’s software can recognize and play a format, DragonFly will make it sound its best.However, high-quality digital-audio conversion alone isn’t why DragonFly sounds great. How the audio data is transferred from the computer to DragonFly required particular attention from DragonFly’s design team. Remember that digital audio is stored on computers and delivered to DragonFly as streams of 1’s and 0’s. Making beautiful music out of 1’s and 0’s isn’t a case of simply getting all the music data from point A to Point B. Maintaining subtle digital timing relationships is crucial in order to be able to reconstruct the analog waveform that we hear as dialog or music.Timing errors have long been the plague of digital audio playback, never more so than in recent years as computers have been pressed into service as audio source components. DragonFly uses a very sophisticated asynchronous* USB audio data transfer protocol. Rather than sharing crucial audio data clocking functions with the computer, DragonFly alone commands the timing of the audio data transfer, dramatically reducing digital timing errors. In addition, not all audio content is encoded at the same native resolution or sample rate. DragonFly uses two discrete onboard clocks so that the math algorithms used to convert the digital audio data to analog are always optimized for the native sample rate of the audio file or stream being played. This ensures the least amount of mathematical manipulation to the native audio data, which results in fewer errors and better sound. A smart LED indicator on DragonFly shows the
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Product Title Audioquest DragonFly Asynchronous USB DAC
Manufacturer Audioquest
Lowest Price $149.00 from Amazon.com Marketplace
Power Score 5 | 1 Review
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AudioQuest DragonFly
5 Star Review   Crutchfield.com   

Crutchfield has collected 2 user reviews for this product with an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. The most recent reviewer said, "I am very impressed. My wife was using some nice PSB headphones on her laptop. She thought that was as good as it got. I plugged this into a USB port and in a minute had her listening to the same music with the dragonfly. She loved the sound. It is very user friendly, you know when the unit is working when the dragonfly glows green(pretty cool). When I listened to it I could def hear a strong low freq response. The mids came out clearer. When you get to hear parts of a song that you haven't heard before you know you are getting refined and clearer music. I decided to try it out on my home Audio system by bypassing the DAC in my receiver. It performed very well. I just used a headphone jack wire into RCA. Tried it on our Mac mini as well as a laptop PC. No problems with set up or hardware issues in either case. Overall. Great sound. Well made. Great for headphones. Just make sure you have a USB out and you are good to go. Very good for audio systems using computer audio files as well. "

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How DragonFly Does ItThe heart of DragonFly is the 24-bit ESS Sabre conversion chip, a high-performance solution that’s typically found in better CD and Blu-ray Disc players. DragonFly can accept audio and music files ranging from MP3s and CD-standard 16-bit/44kHz to native 24-bit/96kHz high-resolution, regardless of music file format. If your computer’s software can recognize and play a format, DragonFly will make it sound its best.However, high-quality digital-audio conversion alone isn’t why DragonFly sounds great. How the audio data is transferred from the computer to DragonFly required particular attention from DragonFly’s design team. Remember that digital audio is stored on computers and delivered to DragonFly as streams of 1’s and 0’s. Making beautiful music out of 1’s and 0’s isn’t a case of simply getting all the music data from point A to Point B. Maintaining subtle digital timing relationships is crucial in order to be able to reconstruct the analog waveform that we hear as dialog or music.Timing errors have long been the plague of digital audio playback, never more so than in recent years as computers have been pressed into service as audio source components. DragonFly uses a very sophisticated asynchronous* USB audio data transfer protocol. Rather than sharing crucial audio data clocking functions with the computer, DragonFly alone commands the timing of the audio data transfer, dramatically reducing digital timing errors. In addition, not all audio content is encoded at the same native resolution or sample rate. DragonFly uses two discrete onboard clocks so that the math algorithms used to convert the digital audio data to analog are always optimized for the native sample rate of the audio file or stream being played. This ensures the least amount of mathematical manipulation to the native audio data, which results in fewer errors and better sound. A smart LED indicator on DragonFly shows the
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Product Title Audioquest DragonFly Asynchronous USB DAC
Manufacturer Audioquest
Lowest Price $149.00 from Amazon.com Marketplace
Power Score 5 | 1 Review
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AudioQuest DragonFly
5 Star Review   Crutchfield.com   

Crutchfield has collected 2 user reviews for this product with an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. The most recent reviewer said, "I am very impressed. My wife was using some nice PSB headphones on her laptop. She thought that was as good as it got. I plugged this into a USB port and in a minute had her listening to the same music with the dragonfly. She loved the sound. It is very user friendly, you know when the unit is working when the dragonfly glows green(pretty cool). When I listened to it I could def hear a strong low freq response. The mids came out clearer. When you get to hear parts of a song that you haven't heard before you know you are getting refined and clearer music. I decided to try it out on my home Audio system by bypassing the DAC in my receiver. It performed very well. I just used a headphone jack wire into RCA. Tried it on our Mac mini as well as a laptop PC. No problems with set up or hardware issues in either case. Overall. Great sound. Well made. Great for headphones. Just make sure you have a USB out and you are good to go. Very good for audio systems using computer audio files as well. "

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