AudioQuest Dragonfly v1.2 DAC
AudioQuest Dragonfly v1.2 DAC
The first version of the Dragonfly brought us a high performance DAC in the form of a USB-stick, impressing audiophiles and music lovers all over the world. Soon after however, a number of similar alternatives began sprouting up from various competitors.
As a solution, AudioQuest have decided to join the race to compete against the Dragonfly and have released their new version 1.2 model of the device. Improvements include an even more refined circuitry between the digital analogue conversion chip and the analogue output stage, this means a more precise and direct signal path is formed, which in turn drastically increases clarity and transparency from the sound being reproduced.
The power supply of the DAC has been enhanced to give the sound more 'grip' and improve on the dynamic contrast even further than before.
The appearance of the new Dragonfly is almost identical to that of it's original counterpart, with some slight difference in the analogue jack-socket appearance. New Dragonfly v1.2's are clearly marked as the new version on the packaging.
The Dragonfly v1.2 turns any laptop, PC or Mac in to a true high fidelity media source that any audiophile would be proud of. Plugging headphones (or a 3.5mm analogue interconnect) in to the Dragonfly means your computer will bypass its soundcard entirely and push all of its audio signal (although you can specify which sounds should be played through the Dragonfly and which ones should be played through the computer/laptop speakers) out through the Dragonfly and in to your headphones, amplifier, AV receiver, etc
The Dragonfly utilises highly advanced clocking methods, including it's 'asynchronous' USB audio data transfer. This reduces digital timing errors by a drastic amount to ensure that you are hearing every aspect of the sound being played through the device. It also uses two entirely separate fixed-frequency master clocks (one for 44.1kHz/88.2kHz signals and one for 48kHz/96kHz signals), locking” functions with the computer, DragonFly v1.2 employs sophisticated “asynchronous” USB audio data transfer, which dramatically reduces digital-timing errors. In addition, thanks to two completely independent fixed-frequency master clocks (one for 44.1kHz/88.2kHz signals and another for 48kHz/96kHz signals).
|Supported Sample Rates||44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz|
|Sample Rate LED Indicater||Green: 44.1kHz
|Analog Audio Frequency Response||DC - 22 kHz (44.1kHz sample rate)
DC - 24 kHz (48kHz sample rate)
DC - 44 kHz (88.2kHz sample rate)
DC - 48 kHz (96kHz sample rate)
|Output voltage||2 Vrms|
|Minimum Driving Impedance
(i.e. Minimum Headphone Impedance)
|Maximum Driving Power||150mW|
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