Headphone Amp Comparison

AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt vs AudioQuest DragonFly Red

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

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

USB-A

USB-A

Outputs

3.5mm

3.5mm

Output Voltage

2.1 volt

2.1 volt

Audio
Sample Rate

24 bit / 96 kHz

24 bit / 96 kHz

DAC Chip

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

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

Reviews
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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