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What Hi-Fi?

For greater overall performance, the new DragonFly models also incorporate improved bit ESS Sabre DAC chips—the in Black and the higher-performance in Red—both of which employ minimum-phase filtering for naturally detailed, more authentic sound. Would you recommend this product to a friend?

The DFR has more clarity and It’s more balanced overall with a better soundstage. Compared to that the Dragonfly it isn’t really in the same league. Have to do some more quality testing though. The sound-signature is very natural and smooth with amazing soundstage depth and overall clarity and detail retrival. A little about my musical tastes: M50x sounded harsh, overly bright depending on the recording so instead getting rid of the M50x which is otherwise okay all audjoquest from games to music I thought that maybe getting rid of the E10k will solve the issue.

Rated 4 out of 5 by dan l. Check this info and compare between all models. Compared to other DACS: Guess you could say I’m in the Mid-Fi range. The results are stunning with easy and medium to drive headphone, and very good with hard to drive cans. I could best describe the experience as this is how music is meant to be delivered.


I listen to mostly alternative xudioquest and mostly hard guitar centric stuff but not metal, thinkSmiths or Less Than Jake.

I was wondering how loud you’ve had your master volume generally with the HD? You can look at this positively, probably it can drive most headphones. Music lovers have craved a more portable version—one that could be reliably used with Apple and Android smartphones and tablets.

RED is significantly better than the previous version, more drive, better resolution, better sound-staging, the difference in SQ between the old and new version is easily discernible. Yes, my password is: Most importantly, DragonFly is designed to honor the music you already own and love. I bought it for myself as a present for a professional milestone.


Written by crazywipe Published Dragonflg 19, The first headphone I tested was the community favorite Audio-Technica M50x. I can agree that this nifty little thing is quite the bomb.

Place dragonflg order by 5pm Wed Jan 2 and your order will ship the same day. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register. This reveals audio in a way you’ve not heard before. With that in mind, the fact that both the Black and Red can also work with Android check your handset can output audio over USB and Apple smartphones using Apple’s camera adapter could prove a big selling point for a good number of potential dragonfl.

Good enough Written by unknownuser Published Nov 4, Cons – Poor compatibility with Android.


Plus, English is not my native language and to write this review my first one took time and patience. I dgagonfly skeptical about such a small device at such a low price point in the high end audio market but there were so many positive reviews for it I took a chance on it. Build Quality and Accessories: See all our Audioquest reviews. VargulfJul 28, Do you like to rock-out quickly? On the other side is our test subject today, the DragonFly Red.

Pros – – could be a solution to tame overly bright headphones – small, plugs directly to USB port so if you want to avoid cable mess then it’s a pro – good value.

All in all, nice pairing! But the Dragknfly is a far more sophisticated listen. With the Fiio Alpen the sound is a bit more bassier and veiled, the DFR is smooth but at the same time very clear.

Audioquest DragonFly Red review | What Hi-Fi?

The sound even on something as old as a tube amp. Here inhowever, the landscape is markedly different — and rising above the DACtastic tide is far harder. I like the small size and versatility of the RED and I like the price.

Pros – Sound Quality, Portability, Appearance. Convenience and performance are no longer mutually exclusive. Portability- Some could argue that a high quality PC sound card would have improved my PC sound cheaper.

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