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how does the Dragon fly 1.2 compare to the LH GO450? Thanks in advance

I happen to have DF1.2 and GO IEM. The latter is brighter on high, but still very balanced throughout low to high. Much better on the detail retrieval. An upgrade for me.
Edited by Exit - 5/6/15 at 10:50am
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I happen to have DF1.2 and GO IEM. The latter is brighter on high, but still very balanced throughout low to high. Much better on the detail retrieval. An upgrade for me.


Thank you for the info :) Looks like the GO is the better buy for me

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http://www.stereophile.com/content/audioquest-dragonfly-usb-da-converter-page-2

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Hello,

 

I connected my Dragonfly 1 to my TV box and to my home amplifier.

How am I supposed to operate it?  Dragonfly advise to operate both the media player (foobar) and TV box at max volume and adjust the preferred volume by the amplifier (if I understand it right). Is this the so-called fixed output?

 

This is what I did after all. My question is, if there's any danger of breaking the amplifier by sending full signal power to it from the Dragonfly. I suspect there won't be such a prbl as with the DF & Foobar at max volume, I get normal listening levels at around ''10-13'' which is the range I usually operate my receiver when I play CDs.

 

It might me a noob question but I felt I had to ask just to be on the safe side.

Art Dudley's_Stereophile_ review of the Dragonfly v1.0 (http://www.stereophile.com/content/audioquest-dragonfly-usb-da-converter-page-2) also supports that recommendation: "The DragonFly's analog volume works similarly, in 64 steps—yet Gordon Rankin has designed it to have 60 steps up to 0dB, max. Consequently, the DragonFly owner can set the computer volume at 100% without fear of distorting the signal at that stage."  Art Dudley also noticed that some early production units had higher output on the highest setting. This is explained in greater detail in John Atkinson's measurements article in the same issue of Stereophile (http://www.stereophile.com/content/audioquest-dragonfly-usb-da-converter-measurements).  The bottom line is that the output of the Dragonfly (except for a few early units) at maximum volume is a "fixed-output" level. 

 

I sometimes use the Dragonfly as a DAC and feed the result to a Bravo V2 hybrid headphone amplifier or to the line-in input of a Sharp shelf unit.  The Sharp unit is happy with the input from the Dragonfly at maximum volume.  (I keep the volume on the Sharp at 8-12, as if I were playing the radio or a CD directly, so my experience is similar to yours.)  With the Bravo V2, at the listening levels that I normally use, I prefer to keep the output of the Dragonfly at 50/100 or even 25/100.  This is because otherwise I have to keep the volume of the Bravo so low that channel imbalance issues occur.

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http://www.stereophile.com/content/audioquest-dragonfly-usb-da-converter-page-2

Art Dudley's_Stereophile_ review of the Dragonfly v1.0 (http://www.stereophile.com/content/audioquest-dragonfly-usb-da-converter-page-2) also supports that recommendation: "The DragonFly's analog volume works similarly, in 64 steps—yet Gordon Rankin has designed it to have 60 steps up to 0dB, max. Consequently, the DragonFly owner can set the computer volume at 100% without fear of distorting the signal at that stage."  Art Dudley also noticed that some early production units had higher output on the highest setting. This is explained in greater detail in John Atkinson's measurements article in the same issue of Stereophile (http://www.stereophile.com/content/audioquest-dragonfly-usb-da-converter-measurements).  The bottom line is that the output of the Dragonfly (except for a few early units) at maximum volume is a "fixed-output" level. 

 

I sometimes use the Dragonfly as a DAC and feed the result to a Bravo V2 hybrid headphone amplifier or to the line-in input of a Sharp shelf unit.  The Sharp unit is happy with the input from the Dragonfly at maximum volume.  (I keep the volume on the Sharp at 8-12, as if I were playing the radio or a CD directly, so my experience is similar to yours.)  With the Bravo V2, at the listening levels that I normally use, I prefer to keep the output of the Dragonfly at 50/100 or even 25/100.  This is because otherwise I have to keep the volume of the Bravo so low that channel imbalance issues occur.

That was really helpful! Thank you very much.

 

At least I know I do it right.

I'm operating DF at full volume for a week now and I don't get any noise on my amp. Everything seems to be right except from the fact that I find the sound a bit boomy-bass heavy with certain albums.

 

I'm now considering to continue using my DF with my laptop while on the go and get a Modi for my hifi rig. This way I will bypass the double amp thing (DF amp + my stereo amp) and hopefully I'll get a more balanced tone.

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how does the Dragon fly 1.2 compare to the LH GO450? Thanks in advance

 

The Geek Out 450 blows away the Dragonfly 1.2 in pretty much every aspect, at least to my ears. Very noticeable difference in sound quality, all for the better.

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Looking for a portable dac to go with the o2 for a laptop the dragonfly apples to me cause of the price and size. Would this be similar to the stock stx dac that I use for desktop use. Is this better than the stx? The stx does have an odd sound stage if you ask me.

post #2107 of 2109

I like the pairing with my O2 and Dragonfly v1.

post #2108 of 2109
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I like the pairing with my O2 and Dragonfly v1.

Yeah after everything I have read so far since that post I think I will be picking up a 1.2v at my local bestbuy (they didn't even mark it up what!) tomorrow. Would you say its more on the warm side or neutral side? My cans consist of the ATH-M50, and K7XX (best investment I ever made so far).

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The Dragonfly V1 is slightly warm to many.   I never really thought of it as much so.   We all hear a little differently.   I've read the V2 is maybe a little less warm.   The O2 is pretty transparent to my ears. 

I've never had the chance to hear either of your headphones.   They seem very popular. 

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