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AudioQuest - DragonFly® Red v1.0 USB DAC/Headphone Amplifier


  • $ 19995

AudioQuest DragonFly® Red v1.0 USB DAC/Headphone Amplifier

Stupendous-Sounding AudioQuest DragonFly Red USB DAC/Headphone Amp Decodes MQA, Has 32-Bit SABRE DAC, Drives Almost Any Headphones, Works with Apple and Android

Playing music on your computer, laptop, stereo, smartphone, tablet, or powered speakers becomes exponentially better, more authoritative, and stunningly lifelike with the groundbreaking AudioQuest DragonFly Red DAC/headphone amplifier.

Among the most exciting audio products in recent memory – and named The Absolute Sound's Product of the Year Award (Budget Component), Stereophile's Product of the Year (Digital Component and Budget Component) What Hi-Fi's Product of the Year (USB DAC), and Computer Audiophile's DAC of the Year – DragonFly Red sets new benchmarks for how much performance, portability, and flexibility is possible from an asynchronous USB DAC.

Offering tremendously enhanced sound, higher value, and significantly lower power consumption than the original award-winning DragonFly for a lower price, DragonFly Red even works with Apple and Android phones and tablets when paired with a simple adapter.

Most importantly, this versatile DAC improves everything – detail, transparency, immediacy, richness, tone – associated with your music. MQA decoding ability, ideal for TIDAL listeners, is also part of its feature set. And Red plays everything from MP3s to 24-bit/96kHz high-resolution files with spectacular simplicity and ease of use. 

“In my desktop system and through headphones, the Red upped the ante in every sonic criterion.”
—Robert Harley, The Absolute Sound

"DragonFly Red and Black are the finest examples of everyman hi-fi to ever grace these pages. Their value quotients explode the dial."
– John Darko,, Knockout Award

DragonFly Red: Stupendous Sound, a Better DAC, and a More Powerful Headphone Amp

For just a little bit more money than its very good sibling, Red gives you a lot more naturalism, dynamics, grip, and power. Featuring a high-end 32-bit ESS 9016 Sabre DAC and a 2.1-volt output, Red can drive almost any headphone – including hard-to-drive, low-efficiency models – and comes with more muscle and torque than its standout sibling, Black. Red also includes a cutting-edge ESS headphone amplifier.

The upshot: Red produces cleaner and clearer sonics along with wider soundstages, superior instrumental separation, greater depth, lower-level information retrieval, and stellar balance. Operating without compromising the original signal, a bit-perfect digital volume control ensures optimal fidelity and signal-to-noise ratio. Like Black, Red is upgradeable and ready for future developments via complimentary desktop applications.

"The Red has more in reserve, and is thus able to sound both cleaner and more exciting, especially when playing complex recordings. That's as true as when driving headphones as it is when connected to a main system."
-Hi-Fi News, Outstanding Product review

“There’s no better ambassador for high-end audio.”
—Robert Harley, The Absolute Sound, 2017 Golden Ear Award

Apple and Android Compatibility: Simple Adapters Required for Use

DragonFly Red and Black require simple adapters to work with Apple and Android devices. For use with Apple iOS, you'll need Apple's Lightning-to-USB camera adapter. For Android, a Made for Android (OTG) adapter, such as the AudioQuest DragonTail USB Adapter, is required.


• High output (2.1 volts) drives almost all headphones, including power-hungry models
• 32-bit ESS 9016 DAC with minimum-phase filter
• 64-position (digitally controlled) 64 bit, bit-perfect digital volume control
• USB Stick-Sized Digital-to-Analog Converter
• Plays all music files: MP3 to High-Res
• Drives Headphones Directly
• 64 Bit, Bit-Perfect Variable Output drives headphones, powered speakers, or power amp
• Compatible with Apple and Windows PCs, as well as iOS and Android devices (requires Apple Camera Adapter or Made for Android/OTG adaptor)
• Asynchronous Class 1 USB data transfer using the Streamlength™ protocol
• Asynchronous transfer ensures digital timing integrity
• Direct-coupled digital-to-analog circuitry from the ESS Sabre DAC chip through the analog volume control and analog output section
• Fixed output feeds preamp or AV receiver
• Minimum-Phase digital filter for more naturally detailed, dynamic music


• Plays all music files: MP3 to High-Res
• Compatible with Apple and Windows PCs
• Compatible with iOS devices (requires Apple Camera Adapter/Connection Kit)
• Compatible with Android devices (requires USB Adaptor for Android Devices)
• Drives a wide range of low to high efficiency headphones
• Analog variable output drives powered speakers or power amp
• Fixed output feeds preamp or AV receiver


Sample rates supported, LED indicator color code: 44.1kHz (Green), 48kHz (Blue), 88.2kHz (Amber), 96kHz (Magenta)
Output voltage: 2.1 vrms
Output impedance: 0.65 ohms
Suggested minimum load impedance (headphones, electronic input): 12 ohms
Analog audio - frequency response:
DC - 22kHz (44.1kHz sample rate)
DC - 24kHz (48kHz sample rate)
DC - 44kHz (88.2kHz sample rate)
DC - 48kHz (96kHz sample rate)

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