Headphone Amp Comparison

Schiit Magnius vs AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt

Schiit Magnius

The Magnius is an extremely affordable balanced headphone amp and pre-amp that punches way above its weight. At this price point, the Magnius is unrivaled for features.

$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

AC 115v

AC 230v


Balanced 3-pin XLR




¼ inch

Balanced 3-pin XLR

Balanced 4-pin XLR



Output Voltage

2.1 volt

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
  • 2.2 amp at 16 Ω
  • 2 amp at 32 Ω
  • 1.3 amp at 50 Ω
  • 0.3 amp at 300 Ω
  • 0.15 amp at 600 Ω
Balanced Output Power
  • 6 amp at 16 Ω
  • 5 amp at 32 Ω
  • 3.2 amp at 50 Ω
  • 1 amp at 300 Ω
  • 0.5 amp at 600 Ω



One thing that I would have wanted more of with the Magnius though is the way it presents soundstage.

For a balanced input and output the Schiit Magnius provides superb performance objectively and subjectively at incredibly low price for this class.


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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