AudioQuest Dragonfly Cobalt USB Digital-to-Analog Converter

4.4 out of 5 stars 13 ratings

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Cobalt
Special feature Volume-Control
Connectivity technology Wired
Brand AudioQuest
Wireless communication technology Wi-Fi
Colour Cobalt

About this item

  • Native Resolution up to 24-bit / 96kHz
  • DAC Chip ESS ES9038Q2M DAC chip with minimum-phase slow roll-off filter for more natural sound
  • Plays All Music Files: MP3 to MQA and Hi-Res
  • Compatible with iOS Mobile Devices (requires Apple Lightning-to-USB adaptor) and Android Mobile Devices (requires USB adaptor)
  • Dimensions: 57mm (l) x 19mm (w) x 12mm (h)
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Product details

Colour:Cobalt
  • Is Discontinued By Manufacturer ‏ : ‎ No
  • Product Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 1.4 x 1.4 x 6 cm; 119.07 Grams
  • Date First Available ‏ : ‎ 13 June 2019
  • Manufacturer ‏ : ‎ AudioQuest
  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07T3HSD9Z
  • Item Model Number ‏ : ‎ DRAGONFLYCOB
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 13 ratings

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Colour:Cobalt

DragonFly Cobalt the latest and most sophisticated member of the award-winning DragonFly franchise is a USB DAC (digital-to-analog converter) preamplifier and headphone amplifier. It bypasses the audio circuitry in laptops computers and smartphones to deliver cleaner clearer more naturally beautiful music to headphones powered speakers or complete audio systems. With AudioQuests DragonFly USB DAC music appreciation and exploration are limitless: Plug into an Apple or Windows computer or connect to an iOS or Android mobile device. Play YouTube or Vimeo videos. Go hunting on Bandcamp or SoundCloud. Explore playlists and podcasts on Spotify Pandora or Deezer. Stream high-res audio from Tidal or Qobuz. No matter the choice of sonic pleasure DragonFly unravels the emotional expression and nuance that makes music and movies so enjoyable. Now more than ever before naturally beautiful sound is right at your fingertipshowever you want it whenever you want it. Compared to previous models DragonFly Cobalt incorporates some important new features including a new more advanced ESS ES9038Q2M DAC chip with a minimum-phase slow roll-off filter for more natural sound; a more sophisticated Microchip PIC32MX274 microprocessor that reduces current draw and increases processing speed by 33% over DragonFlys Black and Red; and improved power-supply filtering specifically designed to reduce the WiFi and cellular noise that plague mobile devices. All of this is packed into a sleek attractive enclosure that measures just 2.26 x 0.73 x 0.47 (57.5mm x 18.6mm x 11.9mm) making the latest DragonFly 10% smaller and that much more portable than its predecessors. To easily accommodate the increasing number of electronic devices that feature USB-C ports DragonFly Cobalt comes with AudioQuests new DragonTail USB-C to USB-A adaptor. When the electronics world fully embraces USB-C DragonFly will be poised to take full advantage. Plays All Music Files: MP3 to High-Res and MQA Compatible w


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5.0 out of 5 stars Drunken Blunder turns into win!!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 April 2018
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Steve Kindleson
5.0 out of 5 stars A marvelous device for those interested in hearing the music
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5.0 out of 5 stars Low Cost High End
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3.0 out of 5 stars More hype than a true sound
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3.0 out of 5 stars More hype than a true sound
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 January 2019
Maybe I expected too much out of this product, cause I've been reading about it for a year or so. OK, to begin from negative sides. This DAC doesn't have sound stage at all, to be more precise, it is really NARROW. It gives you an impression of music right in your face, which was probably their intention. But the music just doesn't "breathe". Second, it is really dry. It is probably side effect of them doing EQ so it pronounces some frequencies which might guide you to believe that you can hear some things you didn't before. It sounds fake at the end. That harshness of dry sound can be tiring after a while.
To summarize, this DAC is for the people who want music in your face, without subtleties, and with higher volume than their current DAC provides. If this is a plus for you, then this is the positive side of the review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Music is greatly improved on all devices
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 8 November 2017
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5.0 out of 5 stars Music is greatly improved on all devices
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 8 November 2017
The DAC comes very well packed with a colourful box with specifications and a list of accessories, out of the box you will get the DAC and a leather carry case, you will need to buy an extra cable to use it with mobile devices, it works out of the box with USB devices.

Music is greatly improved on all devices, I used it on my MackBook Pro, the set up is very easy and it only takes a couple of minutes, most of my music is hight resolution MP3 at 320kpbs only a few FLACS, but with the MP3 files you can see a big different in sound, the sound it's much more detailed and louder. I use it with Sennheiser IE80 and Klipsch X11i, both sound amazing. Better to have some good headphones.

I use it with an iPhone 6 with the lightning connector, the USB camera adapter it works quite well, this cable is quite expensive but it's probably better get the Apple one as it works very well, most of cheap lightning cables don't work well with iPhones.

The DAC will improve all audio coming from the device/Phone regardless of what App you are using, so music from Spotify, Tidal and Even from Youtube will sound much better.
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