Headphone Amp Comparison

Schiit Magni Heresy vs AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt

Schiit Magni Heresy

Magni Heresy raises the bar even higher for affordable headphone amps, with by far the highest output power in their price class–at least 200% higher than any competitor. At the same time, they provide the cleanest measured performance of any Magni, ever.

$99.00 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
Physical Dimensions
Mass

454 gram

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
  • 2.8 amp at 16 Ω
  • 2.4 amp at 32 Ω
  • 1.6 amp at 50 Ω
  • 0.41 amp at 300 Ω
  • 0.215 amp at 600 Ω
Reviews

The Magni 3+ is also very competent amplifier and subjectively kept up with Heresy.

4/5
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Is the Cobalt worth the additional $100 in retail price over the Red? Apart from a 5 mm reduction in length and a blue paint job, not much has changed.

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