AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt Portable USB DAC Sweepstakes

Register to win an AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt Portable USB DAC (Total value $299.95) we are giving away.

According to the company:

In 2012, the original AudioQuest DragonFly thoroughly disrupted the DAC market. For so many casual enthusiasts who had never previously considered the possibility of improving their digital-audio experience, DragonFly was nothing short of a revelation. Meanwhile, even the most experienced audiophiles were compelled to reexamine long-held notions of what a DAC could and should be. Stereophile's Art Dudley enthusiastically summarized, “DragonFly is fun: It's a thumb in the eye of those tea-pinky tyrants who would tell the rest of us what is and is not high end. I can think of no more recommendable product in digital audio.”


In the early months of 2015, AudioQuest surpassed its previous achievements with DragonFlys Black and Red—two sensational models that offered improved performance-to-cost ratios with unprecedented sound quality, free firmware updates, and, of course, the biggest news of all, compatibility with Apple® and Android® smartphones.

And now comes DragonFly Cobalt—AudioQuest's new flagship DAC. Cobalt 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-setting 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 noise.
  • Includes AudioQuest's new DragonTail USB-A (female) to USB-C (male) adaptor to easily accommodate the increasing number of electronic devices that feature USB-C ports.
  • Contoured enclosure measures just 2.26” x 0.73” x 0.47” (57.5mm x 18.6mm x 11.9mm), making the latest DragonFly 10% smaller than its predecessors.

Like previous models, Cobalt uses Gordon Rankin's precedent-setting StreamLength® 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.

Sample Rates Supported (indicated by LED color)

  • 44.1kHz (Green)
  • 48kHz (Blue)
  • 88.2kHz (Amber)
  • 96kHz (Magenta)
  • MQA (Purple)

With AudioQuest's DragonFly USB DAC, music appreciation and exploration are limitless: Plug into an Apple or Windows computer or connect to an iOS or Android mobile device. Play YouTube or Vimeo videos. Go hunting on Bandcamp or SoundCloud. Explore playlists on Spotify or Pandora. Stream high-res audio from Tidal or Qobuz. No matter the choice of musical pleasure, DragonFly delivers beautiful sound to earbuds, headphones, desktop speakers, or complete audio systems, unraveling the emotional expression and nuance that makes music and movies so enjoyable. Now, more than ever before, naturally beautiful sound is right at your fingertips—however you want it, whenever you want it.


The first 10,000 units of DragonFly Cobalt will come packaged with vouchers for trial subscriptions to the outstanding Tidal and Qobuz music-streaming services. Cobalt customers can begin their musical journeys with two new AudioQuest playlists—On an AudioQuest and Making Connections—available on Tidal and Qobuz, respectively.

Click here for more info.

To enter the sweepstakes, all you need is an account on this website. If you don't already have one, click on the link labeled "register" at the bottom of this announcement or "LOG IN/JOIN" in the nav bar at the right. Then, enter a username and a valid e-mail address, and click on the "Create new account" button. A message will be automatically sent to the e-mail address you specified, which will include a link to activate the account.

The final step (and only step for those who already have an account) is to log in and leave a comment right here on this announcement—any comment will do, as long as it's not profane or spam. Then, when the sweepstakes closes, a lucky commenter will be chosen at random to receive the prize. So post a comment, and good luck!

For complete sweepstakes rules, click here.

[This Sweepstakes is now closed]

dmormerod's picture

Love my Red, but Cobalt could become my new favorite!

Dbk's picture

This new model will be amazing!

DavidL's picture

My 'Black' is excellent but the Cobalt would be even better.

cclay's picture

Eager to hear one myself.

senorx12562's picture

Free and good is better.

iamlilysdad's picture

Would be great to have this.

mh2bttb's picture

oh yeah!

Ali's picture

where is my Cobalt?

audiostan's picture

Congratulation to AudioQuest for this incredible degree of miniaturization! Well done!

antubaro's picture

Background music is often considered evil but what about music while on a train or flying? Background music through a 50.000 € system? my luxury when some paperwork is needed over a weekend. DrangonFly USB DAC is a great answer for music on the go and maybe is a one of the gates newcomers can enter the audiophile world. Very well done!

sonicnews's picture

Love the red, going for blue.

Paolocastelli's picture

Cannot wait to get one

Abogere's picture

This would be amazing!!! I didn’t know this came out until I saw it on here.

CarterB's picture

I’ll take one

MAbx's picture

I have the Black and would love to own the Cobalt!

rickyjay's picture

Looks great. I bet it sounds better.

macaronian's picture


emart's picture

I used to own the Dragon Fly Black. Would love to hear the Cobalt!

Neptune00019's picture

I need this in my life.

jskupe's picture

Or, I could win one!

Dick James's picture

...and would sure love hearing the new improvements.

Arc Angles's picture

for the cobalt win..

MacFanatic's picture

Red = good, Cobalt = better!

Specman's picture

Hope it will be appreciated by the market

Jamesbooker's picture

Always been interested in the DragonFly. May end up purchasing the cobalt if I don't win.

duskdrums's picture

Looking for luck!

ssorg's picture

hoping for good luck!

funambulistic's picture

Count me in!

Mischko's picture

Looks really nice :)

jhwalker's picture

Pretty please and thank you.

Tom2510's picture

I loved the red one. Paired beautifully with my iPhone and elevates it to be a nice player on the go.

jimmymcb's picture

Love the DragonFly!!

Ksinn's picture

What else should we expect?

greyscale's picture

Would love to try one out for my S7.

torturegarden's picture

blue is one of my favouite colours so I should win. Hopefully.

rwilson75's picture

To hear the new Cobalt DAC

Greyfossil's picture

Correctly spelling of colour.....

mikerr's picture

my brother will be so happy when he receives the dragonfly RED that I have for him's picture

can't wait to hear it

newby11's picture

...and I hope I'm that winner.

zaustin2's picture

Much prettier than my HRT microstreamer and I'm sure better sounding also.

gaxlen's picture

Would be very happy to win this Cobalt DAC.

Xolo's picture

I'm without, so could definitely use this.

hpbotha79's picture

Looks like a propper portable audio upgrade option, mmm propper MQA at work!?!

drpete's picture

I've thoroughly enjoyed my Dragonfly Red for last 2 years! This news is great! Can't wait to hear my Cobalt!

ctrent's picture

I enjoy my Red and Jitterbug combination. Since the Cobalt contains the Jitterbug technology, would using another outboard Jitterbug with a cobalt make any improvement? Secondly, what about 192khz or dsd files?

TonyNoOne's picture

Fingers crossed.

Sevenfeet's picture

Love to compare it to my Oppo HA-2

Bluewaterboy's picture

I cannot wait to have MQA on my phone

gchomuk's picture

...curious what other hardware I'd need to use this on my android phone...'s picture

Look forward to seeing this at RMAF.

hfvienna's picture

... if the Audioquest Cobalt can beat the Node2 in terms of MQA performance . Should be the case I guess.

NLipner's picture

Congrats on getting it all to fit and also using the Sabre chip. Can't wait to try it out.

taylor made's picture

Ready to fly.

uwwmba's picture

I hope I can win the DAC. I listen to music using my phone, and would love to have this AudioQuest Dragonfly!

lesliejazz's picture

the new Cobalt Dragonfly!

ok_skulker's picture

Would like to have it.

blang11's picture

This would be a great portable DAC for my summer travel.

cdxskier's picture

Count me in!

meatyb0y's picture

...if I don’t get one of these soon.

miguelito's picture

I use the Red every day!

PennyPacker's picture

Happy to skip red.

JohnnyRock's picture

To quote Jimi Hendrix:
"It takes about half a day to get there If we travel by my dragonfly"
(Spanish Castle Magic - from Axis Bold As Love 1967).
Jimi would have really appreciated taking a sonic journey on the wings of a Cobalt Dragonfly...and so would I.

ScottPScott's picture

Excited for the release of this product. I will be purchasing very soon.

beaur's picture

The color will match with my equipment better than the Black I have now.

Wesley Jansen's picture

This sounds exciting. I've heard it can fully unfold MQA beyond 24/96! The new chips 'sound' audiophile grade!

elliottpwhite's picture

I'll bite :-)

Shredder's picture

Yes please

abheybir's picture

Nice decision by aq to launch a different model, slow roll-off filter for those who prefer more natural sound.

Firstsigner's picture

A good upgrade from my office black!

johnmotex's picture

Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine!

tonedeff's picture

By winning this beauty and not having to explain to my better half why I racked up more audio product debt!

mbober99's picture

I have the dragonfly red that i use with my ipgone and B & W PX cans and its great, but would love a free Cobalt for the computer system at home!

christopher3393's picture

Cobalt-based blue pigments (cobalt blue) have been used since ancient times for jewelry and paints, and to impart a distinctive blue tint to glass, but the color was later thought by alchemists [citation needed] to be due to the known metal bismuth. Miners had long used the name kobold ore (German for goblin ore) for some of the blue-pigment producing minerals; they were so named because they were poor in known metals, and gave poisonous arsenic-containing fumes when smelted. In 1735, such ores were found to be reducible to a new metal (the first discovered since ancient times), and this was ultimately named for the kobold.

PeterInVan's picture

I need this for my iOS devices :)

go4vinyl's picture

Outstanding product (based on past reviews of earlier models). I would love to win this product; however, my chances are "slim to none" with "slim" "leaving the building".

flamingeye's picture

would love to own one

edmxxx's picture

I love my Ruby. Can't wait for the Cobalt!

texanalog's picture

Don't own a Portable USB DAC, but sure would like to.

BaldMan's picture

Been thinking of getting a real DAC. Hope I win this one.

drewmb1's picture

Diggin' it!

Bliss53's picture

A new color. I need one.

Walker4Lyf's picture

Your cobalt awesomeness into my arms.

luisranger's picture

I have a AQ Dragonfly Black i hear a beautiful sound with my headphones,i wish to listen music with AQ Cobalt with my headphones.

Arksound's picture

I must have one. I must I must. My eyes are the same color and I can't be seen in public with a mismatch. How embarrassing that would be.... you gota help a fella out.

HyperNike's picture

Thank you for the opportunity to win such a great product

Shyood's picture

This would make a fine addition to my portable rig, I bet.

Ultrarunner's picture

I’ve had my DragonFly Black forever. It’s time for a new toy.

TrivQuad's picture

Looking forward to comparing to my Black and Red. Here we go!

ryskie's picture

Puh-rittttttty Puh-leeeeeeeaaaaasssssseeee.