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AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt restores naturally beautiful sound to movies and music

Posted by Karin Cahill

09/09/19 14:34

AudioQuest takes the multi-award winning DragonFly family to new heights with the DragonFly Cobalt. The flagship DAC, DragonFly Cobalt significantly outperforms previous technology at controlling and draining radio-frequency noise to deliver naturally beautiful sound to headphones, powered speakers, or complete audio systems.  

DragonFly Cobalt is a processor, headphone amp and microcontroller, designed to deliver high end performance from high resolution MQA Masters Files and reproduce dramatically improved audio from mp3 files and YouTube. Cobalt is the best-sounding DragonFly yet, restoring the emotional expression and nuance that make movies and music so enjoyable.  

With a smaller enclosure and shape of a USB thumb drive, DragonFly Cobalt easily connects to laptops, tablets, and smartphones, either directly or with AudioQuest’s high-performance USB-C DragonTail adaptor, included with the Cobalt 

Cobalt can play all file formats and soundtracks, and the 2.1-volt output makes Cobalt compatible with a wide range of headphones, including power-hungry, low-efficiency models. Cobalt is also compatible with Mac and Window computers, Android and iOS devices. 

The DragonFly Cobalt features a new flagship ESS ES9038Q2M DAC chip with minimum-phase slow roll-off filter for more naturally expressive audio, which never fatigues. A more sophisticated Microchip PIC32MX274 controller reduces current draw and increases processing speed by 33 percent compared to previous AudioQuest technology. 

Improved power-supply filtering is specifically designed to reduce radio frequency noise from Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and cellular towers. Cobalt successfully combats this noise to the preserve the lowest-level musical details, particularly in high-resolution audio. 

DragonFly Cobalt delivers inspiring and dynamic sound to earbuds, headphones, powered speakers or complete audio systems. Now, naturally beautiful sound is at the fingertips of users, whenever and wherever they want it.  


  • Plays all music files: MP3 to MQA and High-Res 
  • Compatible with Apple® and Windows® PCs 
  • Compatible with iOS devices (requires Apple Camera Adapter/Connection Kit) 
  • Compatible with Android devices (includes DragonTail or other USB adaptor for Android devices) 
  • MQA rendering 
  • Drives headphones directly 
  • Fixed output feeds preamp or AV receiver 
  • Asynchronous transfer ensures digital timing integrity 

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Topics: AudioQuest, sound, sound technology, DragonFly, audio systems, AUS

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