The ever changing Sale Items list has been updated again.
That’s right after much anticipation and fanfare the DragonFly 1.2 is now available at AV Domain, I can not wait to have a good play with this. I loved the first version and this is reported to be even better.
Have a little read here for more info.
It’s really quite simple.
We’ve all heard people say, I’d be happy to be proven wrong. Or is it just me that says that?
My point is that even though I say that and sometimes I do mean it, mostly I don’t want to be proven wrong.
It just seems that every time Audioquest bring out something new I can’t help but engage my internal cynic.
Yet every time I have to put the cynic in me back in the box finding myself thinking, looks like they’ve done it again.
And that is exactly what the Audioquest DragonTail does.
I used the same hardware I used when I first looked at the Dragonfly with one difference, a cheap one metre USB cable extender.
First up I plugged my headphones directly into my laptop just to remind myself what life is like without a Dragonfly.
When done with that I plugged the Dragonfly into my cheap USB extension cable and I could still hear the Dragonfly at work albeit not quite as good as not using the extension.
Next up it was time to plug the Dragonfly into the DragonTail and the difference was amazing.
So then I thought I would trick it and I plugged the DragonTail into my cheap USB extension cable then plugged the Dragonfly in and I could still hear the difference.
So if you lack the room to plug your Dragonfly directly in to your source or just wish to space it away for some breathing room then get the DragonTail.
It’ll be the best $25 you’ve ever spent to improve your sound.
Can I say it was worth the wait, I am just playing with it and WOW the difference is amazing.
What I’m using: iTunes 10
What I’m listening to: Armin Van Buuren – Imagine in FLAC
Hardware: Asus X53S laptop which uses Realteks High Definition Audio
Headphones: AKG K701
Settings: iTunes volume 100%, Asus 70%
What I’m doing: Switching between the two keeping the audio levels identical.
It is almost the same as hearing that song you have been listening to in mp3 for so long then getting your hands on a good lossless rip and hearing it come alive.
Clarity and depth are no comparison, when not using the Dragonfly you can’t turn it up enough or play with enough settings to get the audio output and detail that the Dragonfly delivers.
Anyway I’m no product reviewer but if you ever plug your headphone directly into your laptop again after using the Dragonfly it would be like switching from beer to shandy.
The heart of DragonFly is the 24-bit ESS Sabre™ conversion chip, a high-performance solution that’s typically found in better CD and Blu-ray Disc™ players. DragonFly can accept audio and music files ranging from MP3s and CD-standard 16-bit/44kHz to native 24-bit/96kHz high-resolution, regardless of music file format. If your computer’s software can recognize and play a format, DragonFly will make it sound its best.
We are now taking pre orders for this new USB DAC from AudioQuest. I managed to get my hands on one but the timing was bad and unfortunately did not get a chance to give it a run for its’ money but it does seem to be reviewing well.
Hot off the press or just laying around and worth a mention.
Either way you’ll find it all here.
Also worthy of mention is the new analog TV switch off timetable.