AudioQuest DragonFly USB DAC | US$249.00 | www.audioquest.com
discerning music lovers will never settle for the second best but that rule will have to bend a little when they hit the road cos’ extracting the pure digital audio from the laptop without a less-than-portable Digital Audio Converter (DAC) is nearly impossible. when we says ‘portable’, we really mean portable like something that fits on the palm of your hands and slip easily into your pocket, and at the same time, remain equally portable when attached to your laptop. this where AudioQuest DragonFly USB DAC comes in. when plugged into your laptop USB port, it offers a full 2v output to drive your headphones and thanks to its 64-position variable output, it is also totally capable of driving your powered speakers or power amplifier. in addition to its variable output, a fixed output mode is also available for feeding your digital audio to the preamp or AV receiver. the DragonFly uses asynchronous USB audio data transfer protocol for digital timing integrity and its dual clocks allow native audio resolution up to 24-bit/96kHz. of course, DAC isn’t new at all but the fact that the DragonFly is designed in the likeness of a USB flash drive, thus giving it the portability like no other. the AudioQuest DragonFly USB DAC is available now for $249 a pop. check out the product intro video after the break.