While the original DragonFly defined the market for micro-DACs, its USB power draw made it compatible with computers only. Music lovers have craved a more portable version—one that could be reliably used with Apple and Android smartphones and tablets. We’re delighted to present the new option that does just that: DragonFly Red. Convenience and performance are no longer mutually exclusive. With DragonFly Red, any computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone can be used as a true high-fidelity music player, allowing music lovers to enjoy beautiful sound wherever they go, whenever they please.
For greater overall performance, the new DragonFly model also incorporates improved 32-bit ESS Sabre DAC chips— 9016 in Red—which employs minimum-phase filtering for naturally detailed, more authentic sound. DragonFly Red includes the latest ESS headphone amp and a bit-perfect digital volume control that resides on the 9016 DAC chip itself—a sophisticated implementation that ensures maximum fidelity, dynamic contrast, and signal-to-noise ratio. DragonFly Red with its higher 2.1-volt output will be compatible with a wider range of headphones, including power-hungry, low-efficiency models. While the DAC chip we’ve selected is remarkably powerful and sophisticated, we’ve intentionally limited DragonFly Red’s processing capabilities to 24-bit/96kHz resolution. This makes using the DragonFlys as simple as it’s always been: Red is fully compatible with PCs without having to download and install new drivers. Most importantly, DragonFly is designed to honor the music you already own and love. Whether you’re listening to Spotify, YouTube, Tidal, ripped CDs, or state-of-the-art high-resolution files, DragonFly will deliver a more emotionally compelling and enjoyable experience.
The DragonFly Red is software upgradeable through a complimentary Windows or OS X Desktop Application. As new developments arise in music player applications, streaming protocols, or other associated software, DragonFly users are now able to incorporate those updates to their existing devices.
Owners of AudioQuest DragonFly Black and DragonFly Red USB DACs can now update their devices to firmware version 1.06 which includes support for MQA rendering and optimizations for use with Android devices. Updating your DragonFly Black or Red is fast and easy. The update along with instructions