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DragonFly Cobalt USB DAC + Headphone Amp - (Open Box Special)

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miraculously improves computer + phone sound output, flagship model
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Open Box / B-Stock Notes

  • exterior grade: 9.0 out of 10 - near mint, very light surface wear
  • item cosmetic note: n/a
  • item function: ✔️ tested
  • item exterior packaging: original, packaging may show damage
  • note: all open box / b-stock items are final sale


  • Audioquest's flagship portable Digital Audio Converter (DAC)
  • drastically upgrades computer audio output to high-fidelity
  • plugs into your USB output + output to headphones, amp, powered speakers, pre-amp or receiver
  • approximately the size of a USB flash drive
  • plays all music files: MP3 to high-res, MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) compatible
  • improved signal to noise ratio, lower power consumption, + improved DAC chip (ES9038Q2M)
  • high output (2.1 volts) drives almost all headphones (even power-hungry models)
  • includes DragonFly Tail w/ built-in USB-A to male USB-C Adaptor, extends connection + adds flexibility
  • seamless compatibility with Apple and Android devices, Mac or PC, firmware upgradeable

"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. How is this possible? Like the critically acclaimed DragonFly Red, Cobalt has the robust 2.1-volt output to drive almost any headphone, uses a bit-perfect digital volume control for outstanding signal-to-noise ratio, enables seamless compatibility with Apple and Android devices, and is an exceptionally competent and affordable MQA Renderer." - Audioquest


  • native resolution up to 24-bit/96kHz
  • DAC Chip: ESS ES9038Q2M
  • headphone amp: ESS Sabre 9601
  • volume control: 64-Bit Digital
  • output: 2.1 Vrms at 10,000 Ohms or Higher; 16 Ohms Minimum for Headphones
  • supported sample rates: 44.1 kHz (Red LED) / 48 kHz (Green LED)
    / 88.2 kHz (Yellow LED) / 96 kHz (Light Blue LED) / MQA (Purple LED)
  • asynchronous transfer ensures digital timing integrity
  • dimensions: 0.5 x 0.7 x 2.2" / 12 x 19 x 57mm


  • DragonFly Tail w/ built-in USB-A to male USB-C Adaptor
UPC: 092592098398

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