DAC Comparison

Aimpire AD10 vs AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt

Aimpire AD10

The Aimpire AD10 is essentially the same format as the Topping D10, but with worse performance. Most regard this DAC as a knockoff of the real Topping D10.

$89.99 MSRP

AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt

DragonFly 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.

$299.95 MSRP
Features
Input/Output
Inputs

USB-B

USB-A

Outputs

RCA

3.5mm

Output Voltage

2.1 volt

Audio
Sample Rate

24 bit / 96 kHz

DAC Chip

ESS ES9038Q2M 32 bit with minimum-phase slow roll-off filter for more natural sound

Reviews

Not Recommended

4/5
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Although the DAC chip has been upgraded to a much more expensive one ($25 vs $10 in sample quantities), there is little, if anything, to show for the effort in terms of measured performance.

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