DAC Comparison

SMSL M400 vs AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt

SMSL M400

The SMSL M400 MQA DAC uses the newest high performing D/A chip from AKM, the AK4499. It supports MQA decoding, PCM 32bit / 768 kHz, and DSD512 Native along with Bluetooth 5.0.

$859.99 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

Coaxial S/PDIF

IIS

TOSLINK S/PDIF

USB-B

USB-A

Outputs

Balanced 3-pin XLR

RCA

3.5mm

Output Voltage

2.1 volt

Audio
Sample Rate

32 bit / 768 kHz

24 bit / 96 kHz

DAC Chip

AKM AK4499EQ

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

Portability
Wireless

Bluetooth 5.0

Reviews

Recommended

4/5
,

As the poor distortion figures of the Cobalt show, even a high-end chip can be compromised by the specifics of the implementation.

About Audiophile Genius

Comprehensive spec comparisons and reviews on DACs, amplifiers, headphones, and other audiophile equipment.