Headphone Amp Comparison

Marantz HD-DAC1 vs AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt

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 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

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

Reviews

Recommended

4/5
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As the poor distortion figures of the Cobalt show, even a high-end chip can be compromised by the specifics of the implementation.

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