DAC Comparison

Marantz HD-DAC1 vs AudioQuest DragonFly Red

Marantz HD-DAC1

The Marantz HD-DAC1 is a stylish compact DAC and headphone amp that comes with USB and analog 3.5mm in. Though it does not have the best specs when it comes to audio decoding capabilities, it's a great sounding device.

$799.00 MSRP

AudioQuest DragonFly Red

DragonFly Red combines significantly improved performance over the DragonFly Black with still exceptional value. The high-performance ESS 9016 chip in Red employ minimum-phase filtering for naturally detailed sound.

$199.95 MSRP
Features
Input/Output
Inputs

3.5mm

Coaxial S/PDIF

TOSLINK S/PDIF

USB-A

USB-B

USB-A

Outputs

¼ inch

RCA

3.5mm

Output Voltage

2.1 volt

Audio
Sample Rate

24 bit / 192 kHz

24 bit / 96 kHz

DAC Chip

Cirrus Logic CS4398

ESS 9016 32 bit with minimum-phase fast roll-off filter

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