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AudioQuest - DragonFly® Black v1.5 USB DAC/Headphone Amplifier


  • $ 9995

AudioQuest DragonFly® Black v1.5 USB DAC/Headphone Amplifier

Breakthrough Sound, Great Versatility, Simple to Use, Generous Compatibility: Multi-Award-Winning AudioQuest DragonFly Black USB DAC/Headphone Amp Plays With Authoritative Realism

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 Black USB DAC/headphone amplifier.

A Stereophile Recommended Component and Product of the Year, Sound & Vision Top Pick, Hi-Fi News Outstanding Product, Computer Audiophile CASH recipient, Audiostream Favorite Greatest Bit, and a product The Absolute Sound Editor Robert Harley calls "the single-most important step someone can make toward better sound," DragonFly Black sets new benchmarks for how much performance, portability, and flexibility is possible at this price 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 cost, DragonFly Black 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. And Black plays everything from MP3s to 24-bit/96kHz high-resolution files with spectacular simplicity and ease of use. Lest we forget, it doubles as a serious headphone amplifier. 

"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, DigitalAudioReview.net, Knockout Award

“…for someone listening to the computer’s output, adding a DragonFly Black is without a doubt the greatest bang for the buck in all of audio.”
—Robert Harley, The Absolute Sound, February 2017

DragonFly Black: The Best Overall Under-$100 USB DAC/Headphone Amplifier Available There's simply no better overall under-$100 DAC/headphone amp on the market than DragonFly Black. Period. Anchored by a 32-bit ESS 9010 Sabre DAC, and boasting the same first-rate headphone amp and analog volume control as the Product of the Year Award-winning DragonFly v1.2, Black outputs 1.2 volts – enough energy to drive all preamplifier input circuits and modestly efficient ‘phones. Upgradeable and ready for future protocol developments via complimentary desktop applications, Black sounds better than any previous DragonFly, costs much less, and adds smartphone compatibility to the mix. You'll be stunned at how massive an improvement Black makes to your digital files.

"Though clearly cut from the same cloth – the v1.2's strict balance, rhythmic intelligence and joie de vivre reveals itself in its successor – the Black makes ground on the legacy sound with more insight and dynamic impetus."
– What Hi-Fi?, five-star review and Best USB DAC Under £100

Apple and Android Compatibility: Simple Adapters Required for Use
DragonFly Black requires 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.

“If, like me, you only very occasionally want to hook up your computer, smartphone, or tablet to some high-quality headphones or a hi-fi system, the Black is probably going to be more than adequate for your needs and offers exceptional value.”
-Andrew Everard, Hi-Fi News, Outstanding Product review

“Both of AudioQuest's new DragonFlys offer high value and high sound quality—and I'm more than a little excited at the prospect of the upgradability of their software. Very strongly recommended.”
—Art Dudley, Stereophile

Beautiful Sound From Any Computer, Anywhere -

USB Stick-Size Digital-Audio Converter
Plays All Music Files: MP3 to High-Res
Drives Headphones Directly
Variable Output Drives Powered Speakers or Power Amp
Fixed Output Feeds Preamp or Receiver
Asynchronous Transfer Ensures Digital Timing Integrity
Dual Fixed-Frequency Master Clocks Enable Optimal ‘Clocking’ (Digital Timing) For All Sample Rates


Compatible with Windows® and Mac® computers
Compatible with iPhone® and iPad®
Requires Lightning-to-USB adapter (not included); Apple's Lightning-to-USB 3 Camera Adapter recommended for best results
Compatible with some Android™ devices
Requires a 5-pin USB micro to 4-pin USB A female adapter to connect an Android device
32-bit ESS Sabre™ 9010 digital-to-analog conversion chip with minimum phase filter for detailed, dynamic, and natural sounding music
Offers rendering for MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) audio files with firmware update


High-efficiency microcontroller for extremely low power draw
powered by USB connection — no need for external power supply
asynchronous USB data transfer using Wavelength Audio, ltd.'s Streamlength® protocol for reduced timing jitter and better sound
3.5mm stereo minijack provides:
Headphone output (minimum recommended headphone impedance 12 ohms and higher)
Variable line-level output for driving powered speakers or power amp
fixed line-level output for connecting to a preamp or receiver
64-position analog volume control (digitally controlled using your computer or mobile device)
Supported sample rates: PCM up to 96kHz native resolution
Sample rates above 96kHz will play but are down-converted by your computer or mobile device's playback software
Incoming sample rate LED indicator for 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, and 96kHz sampling rates
Input bit depth: 16 bits, 24 bits
Output voltage: 1.2 Vrms
Durable metal construction with rubberized coating
No cables included
Supported operating systems:
Windows® 7, 8.1, and 10
Apple OS X® (version 10.6.8 or later)
Apple iOS® (5 and newer)
Android™ Lollipop OS (and some devices running KitKat OS)
3/4"W x 1/2"H x 2-3/8"D
warranty: 1 year

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