Audioquest Dragonfly DAC V1.2

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Audioquest Dragonfly DAC V1.2

Post by Miko1971 » Sun Jul 19, 2015 2:37 pm

Since i don't have my Pre amp right now, i bought this little USB DAC/Preamp from Best Buy $150. I'm quite impressed running it from my Laptop into my main system. The sound is clean and clear. Not enough gain to drive my Soundlabs to much over 85db's but i'm still in the game!

best $150 I've ever spent on this hobby. ... gonfly-dac

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Re: Audioquest Dragonfly DAC V1.2

Post by Magnaryder » Tue Jul 21, 2015 4:57 pm

For the same $ you could have the following

(I use the Uber version in the OfficeRig)


Its going to be used equipment when I sell it, so it may as well be used equipment when I buy it.

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Re: Audioquest Dragonfly DAC V1.2

Post by elgrau » Wed Jul 22, 2015 12:31 am

Cool, Miko...yeah a good external DAC is (IMO) probably the one component that will give you the biggest upgrade "wow factor" from a digital source. It was night/day when I added an Entech external DAC to my CD player years ago...just stayed up late listening to stuff/song details I'd never heard from system to that point. Much smaller incremental "wow" effect when I upgraded to current PS Audio DAC but makes you wonder what going to a real "high end" DAC might do for one's digitally sourced system...?

Would love to A/B two systems with this premise: equal $'s spent on a DAC vs. the same amount spent on a phono preamp/high end TT/arm/cartridge setup. i.e., IF one had a $20K budget for example and spent that amount on either a DAC or on a phono preamp/high end TT/arm/cartridge analog sourced system, which would sound better?? PROBABLY the analog system, but no way to know for sure unless you heard both... In any case, enjoy your new Dragonfly DAC and I hope you can get a good power amp to go with it Real Soon Now! 8)
FR: 400 disk changer with PS Audio Digital Link III DAC; Technics SL-1100A TT. QED Quenx1 IC's from DAC & TT to Adcom GTP-602 preamp/Tuner. AudioQuest King Cobra IC's from preamp to M1.0t mk-II opt2. QED Silver Spirals 4M wires to EPI 1000’s.
LR: AudioEngine wireless link from family room preamp to Barcus-Berry 2002R Sonic Maximizer to GlowPower Zyxt IC's to Sunfire 300x2 to Nordost 6M bi-source wires to AOS 28" MDF spherical speakers using six 6.5" woofers and eight 1" dome tweeters symm. arranged around the surface.
SS system: CX-995V DVD to AV-634x 3-4 channel amp (center/rears) & M1.0t mk-II opt2(fronts).
Garage: 300 disk changer to Entech 202.5 DAC to MXR150 Receiver (pre) to TFM-42 to EPI 400 speakers.

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