Audioquest Dragonfly Cobalt USB Dac, usb-c dac, high end portable dac / headphone amp / preamp. Use Cobalt to upgrade the sound quality from a computer or phone. Cobalt is the finest small dac available and uses a new high end dac, improved power supply and usb interface in addition to Audioquest's other patented Dragonfly tech, to provide great sound quality from a tiny dac.
A matching usb-c dongle is included,to plug into laptops, android phones and new ipads. For iphones you will need a lightning to usb adaptor, not included.
Darko.audio "I think its absolutely bloody fantastic!"
Whathifi.com: 5 STARS; backs up its cost with the clearest, tidiest and most dynamic presentation we’ve heard from a unit this small... does wonders in cleaning up our laptop’s performance, no matter what kind of file we feed it or whether it’s streaming from YouTube, Spotify, Tidal or playing from our own hi-res library....looking to make the next step up without compromising on size or form, the Cobalt represents something of a no-brainer.
Headfonia.com: Recommended List ... you notice is how clean and clear the new Cobalt is delivering the sound. And not only that, it does it without any effort making it sound wide, natural and musical. The sound stage is really good in both width and depth and the layering is really nice, especially in bass and mids. For the price tag, the sound simply is remarkable.
Dac = ESS 9038Q2M
Line out 2.1v
Decodes lossy, CD quality, and high res up to 24 bit / 96khz
6cm x 2cm x 1.2cm
MQA certified (for Tidal Masters music files)
64 position digital volume control
Multi colour LED indicates music bitrate: 44.1kHz (Green), 48kHz (Blue), 88.2kHz (Amber), 96kHz (Magenta), MQA (Purple)
Made in USA
Includes Dragonfly, end cap, carry pouch, usb-c adaptor
A good product. I hope the first one was the exception. I bought it AGAIN, even though it died after less than one year which is a testament to its quality. Sounds great, adds spaciousness and crispness to my JH Audio IEMs, which are robust and easy to drive. 3 stars because I had to repurchase and — at this price point — it should last.
This little device is expensive, but it definitely improves the sound quality on my high end Sennheiser headphones. But I would not recommend it for walking or for mobile purposes. The slightest movement of the Apple USB 3 camera adapter will result in a loss of the signal and the music stops playing. However, the device is able to reconnect. I use it mainly on my desk while reading or browsing the internet.
I had already ordered and been using an IFI black label micro DAC/AMP on my desktop. Which only whet my appetite for the same bump in quality when listening from my iphone and other devices. i wasn’t disappointed. I would say that the Dragonfly has a more subtle quality increase but it does really let you hear instruments and vocals that you would miss just using OTS IEM or headphone without amplification. Just makes the musical experience richer.