DAC Comparison

FiiO K5PRO vs AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt

FiiO K5PRO

The K5PRO is a compact, desktop DAC/headphone amp combo by FiiO. It features the leading AK4493 DAC chip with a wide variety of inputs and outputs to create a great value proposition.

$149.99 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
Power

AC 115v

AC 230v

Input/Output
Inputs

Coaxial S/PDIF

RCA

TOSLINK S/PDIF

USB-B

USB-A

Outputs

¼ inch

RCA

3.5mm

Output Voltage

2.1 volt

Audio
Sample Rate

32 bit / 768 kHz

24 bit / 96 kHz

DAC Chip

AKM AK4493

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

Output Power
  • 1.5 amp at 32 Ω
Reviews

In that regard, and in the context of a budget product that is designed reasonably well, I am going to recommend the Fiio K5 Pro.

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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