Audioquest DragonFly Cobalt DAC
DAC + Preamp + Headphone AmpDragonFly Cobalt, our new flagship DAC, takes what music lovers around the world have come to expect from the multi-award-winning DragonFly family—naturally beautiful, seductive sound—and strips away fuzz and fog that weren’t even noticeable until Cobalt removed them. How is this possible? Like the critically acclaimed DragonFly Red, Cobalt has the robust 2.1-volt output to drive almost any headphone, uses a bit-perfect digital volume control for outstanding signal-to-noise ratio, enables seamless compatibility with Apple and Android devices, and is an exceptionally competent and affordable MQA Renderer. Cobalt’s precedent-setting performance is made possible by multiple significant upgrades:
Of course, Cobalt uses Gordon Rankin’s precedent-setting StreamLength®asynchronous-transfer USB code. Further, in Gordon’s monoClock® technology, a single ultra-low-jitter clock generated from the ESS ES9038Q2M DAC chip runs the ESS chip functions as well as all microcontroller functions. This superior clock enables DragonFly Cobalt to provide greater resolution and clarity than DACs with multiple clocks. All this goodness is packed into a sleek new case 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 even a bit more pocket-friendly.
Why DragonFly Cobalt?Music is available everywhere thanks to computers, smartphones, tablets, and an explosion of streaming-music platforms. However, the Digital-to-Analog Converters (DACs) inside these devices are minimum performance components at best. Cobalt is the best-sounding DragonFly yet, restoring the emotional expression and nuance that make your favorite movies and music so enjoyable
Naturally Beautiful SoundWhatever music turns you on, DragonFly Cobalt delivers inspiring, dynamic and beautiful sound to earbuds, headphones, powered speakers or complete audio systems. Now, more than ever before, naturally beautiful sound is right at your fingertips — whenever and wherever you want it.
Dramatically better sound from MP3s, YouTube, etc High-end performance from high-res and MQA Masters files Bit-perfect variable output drives headphones, earbuds, powered speakers, or power amp Fixed output feeds preamp or AV receiverTechnical New Flagship ESS ES9038Q2M DAC chip with minimum phase slow roll-off filter for more natural sound More sophisticated Microchip PIC32MX274 controller reduces current draw and increases processing speed by 33% over DragonFlys Black and Red Improved power-supply filtering specifically designed to reduce RF noise from Bluetooth, WiFi, and cell towers Includes new DragonTail USB-A to USB-C Adaptor Sleek enclosure measures just 2.26” x 0.73” x 0.47” — 10% smaller than previous versionsCompatibility: Windows 7 and later Apple macOS 10.6.8 and later iOS 5 and later (requires Apple USB Camera adapter; Lightning to USB 3 recommended) Android 4.1 and later (requires micro-USB DragonTail, USB-C DragonTail, or other Android USB adaptor) Linux (yes, but you’re on your own, no AQ support!) Plays Music and Soundtracks from MP3 to High-Res and MQA Audio Sample Rates/Format (indicated by LED color)DragonTail USB-C Technical: USB-C to USB-A Connects Devices with USB-C Output to a DragonFly DAC Semi-Solid 5% Silver Conductors Direction Controlled for Lower RF Noise