AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt DAC + Preamp + Headphone Amp


DAC + Preamp + Headphone Amp
DragonFly Cobalt, 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.
Cobalt’s precedent‐settng performance is made possible by multiple significant upgrades:
 New, more advanced ESS ES9038Q2M DAC chip with a minimum‐phase slow roll‐off filter for more
natural sound.
 Microchip’s superb PIC32MX274 microprocessor draws less current and increases processing speed
by 33%.
 Improved power‐supply filtering that specifically increases immunity to WiFi, Bluetooth, and cellular
 Includes a form‐fittng DragonTail female USB‐A to male USB‐C Adaptor. All DragonTails use AQ’s Carbonlevel
USB cable.

Of course, Cobalt uses Gordon Rankin’s precedent‐settng Stream Length® asynchronous‐transfer USB code. Further, in Gordon’s monoClock® technology, a single ultra‐low‐jitter clock generated from the ESS ES9038Q2M DAC chip runs the ESS chip functions as well as all microcontroller functions. This superior clock enables DragonFly Cobalt to provide greater resolution and clarity than DACs with multiple clocks.
All this goodness is packed into a sleek new case that measures just 2.26” x 0.73” x 0.47” (57.5mm x 18.6mm x 11.9mm), making the latest DragonFly 10% smaller and even a bit more pocket‐friendly.

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