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DragonFly Cobalt USB DAC + Headphone Amp

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miraculously improves computer + phone sound output, flagship model
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  • 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 USBĀ flash drive
  • plays all music files: MP3 to high-res,Ā MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) compatible
  • improved signal to noise ratio, lower power consumption, +Ā improved DAC chip (ES9038Q2M)
  • high output (2.1 volts) drives almost all headphones (even power-hungry models)
  • includesĀ DragonFly TailĀ 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 familyā€”naturally beautiful, seductive soundā€”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:Ā ESS ES9038Q2M
  • headphone amp: ESS Sabre 9601
  • volume control:Ā 64-Bit Digital
  • output:Ā 2.1 Vrms at 10,000 Ohms or Higher; 16 Ohms Minimum for Headphones
  • supported sample rates:Ā 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 timingĀ integrity
  • dimensions:Ā 0.5 x 0.7 x 2.2" / 12 x 19 x 57mm


  • DragonFly TailĀ w/ built-inĀ USB-A to male USB-C Adaptor
UPC: 092592098398

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