Headphone Amp Comparison

Schiit Asgard vs AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt

Schiit Asgard

Asgard 3 is a highly powerful, highly affordable, modular headphone amp and preamp that gives you a complete, single-box solution for all your desktop needs. It’s a re-thinking of the headphone amp that started it all (for Schiit, anyway—the original Asgard, introduced in June 2010, was our first product.) Asgard 3 features our unique Continuity™ topology that extends the benefits of Class A output, and accepts all the same modules as Jotunheim and Lyr 3.

$199.00 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
Power

AC 115v

AC 230v

Input/Output
Inputs

RCA

USB-A

Outputs

¼ inch

RCA

3.5mm

Output Voltage

2.1 volt

Audio
Sample Rate

24 bit / 96 kHz

Frequency Response

20 Hz - 20 kHz

DAC Chip

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

Output Power
  • 5 amp at 16 Ω
  • 3.5 amp at 32 Ω
  • 2.5 amp at 50 Ω
  • 0.6 amp at 300 Ω
  • 0.3 amp at 600 Ω
ReviewsNo reviews available
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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