DragonFly Black, the most affordable model of the award-winning DragonFly family, has been praised by Darko.Audio as “the quintessential everyman hi-fi product,” while its more sophisticated sibling, DragonFly Red, combines significantly improved performance with still exceptional value. The ESS 9010 DAC chip in Black and the higher-performance 9016 chip in Red employ minimum-phase filtering for naturally detailed sound.

While DragonFly Black uses a high-quality headphone amp and analog volume control, DragonFly Red includes a more advanced ESS headphone amp and a bit-perfect digital volume control that resides on the 9016 DAC chip itself—a sophisticated implementation that gives Red a unique combination of power and grip over the music. DragonFly Black outputs 1.2 volts—enough power to successfully drive all preamplifier input circuits and a wide range of today’s efficient headphones. With its higher 2.1-volt output, DragonFly Red is compatible with a wider range of headphones, including power-hungry, low-efficiency models.

AudioQuest DragonFly Black


    • Plays all music files: MP3 to MQA and High-Res
    • Compatible with Apple® and Windows® PCs
    • Compatible with iOS devices (requires Apple Camera Adapter/Connection Kit)
    • Compatible with Android devices (requires DragonTail or other USB Adaptor for Android Devices)
    • MQA Rendering
    • Drives headphones directly
    • Fixed output feeds preamp or AV receiver
    • Asynchronous transfer ensures digital timing integrity


    • DragonFly Black and Red - Status/Sample rates supported (LED indicator color code): Standby (Red), 44.1kHz (Green), 48kHz (Blue), 88.2kHz (Amber), 96kHz (Magenta), MQA (Purple)
    • Volume Control: Analog Volume Control (Black)
    • Output voltage: 1.2 (Black)
    • Headphone Amp: Texas Instruments TPA6130 (Black
    • DAC Chip: 32-bit ESS 9010 with minimum-phase fast roll-off filter (Black)
    • Microcontroller: Microchip PIC32MX (Black, Red
    • Dimensions: 12mm H x 19mm W x 62mm L (Black, Red);