Review: DragonFly DAC

By Greg Fleming

DragonFly DAC. Photo / Supplied
DragonFly DAC. Photo / Supplied

So you love music, you've got a pretty good set-up at home but the day-to-day reality is you listen to most of your music on headphones while working at your computer.

Well Audioquest's DragonFly - a flash drive Digital-Audio-Converter - is aimed at you.

It connects to your computer via a USB and essentially by-passes your computer's sound card. At the end of the DragonFly there's a mini-jack where you can plug your computer speakers or headphones. There's no set-up required, drivers are installed automatically - plug it in and you're away. First impression was, wow this is loud.

Compared to my normal listening volume - around 95% on the PC controls - the music fairly jumped out of my headphones - and I had to adjust to around 62%. Bass was also emphasised, it was tighter and more fluid but at some expense to the top-end.

Streaming Higgs Boson Blues - the stand-out track on the recent Nick Cave album Push the Sky Away - on Rdio the DragonFly gave a much better representation of the drums, and the sense of space and people playing live in a room.

An unexpected bonus - when watching films and videos diction and sound effects were much clearer. Highly recommended for PC listening.

DragonFly USB Digital-Audio Converter
Price $449

- NZ Herald

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