I am the newly proud owner of an Audioquest Dragonfly DAC, which is looking very cool with its green dragonfly light on the train home from a hard days work.
But I didn't buy to impress the commuter sitting next to me. I bought it to make my tunes sparkle.
I am just not getting any tangible or at least audible difference though.
I have read and read and read through countless forums, reviews, FAQs etc. But just not seeming to get the difference I was expecting. Well none at all really.
So I have come to the conclusion that I could be wasting my time with a DAC.
The reason being, all (and I do mean all) my music is in iTunes and is ALL 44Khz, without exception. That's some 4k odd songs.
It's all been downloaded from iTunes Match as I lost my original Library.
So am I missing a trick here, or should I not expect any extra oomph from the DF with my 44Khz collection?
For reference, here is my set up:
MacBook Air (2012) > iTunes > BitPerfect > Dragonfly DAC > Fidelio L1 / Fidelio X1 / HD598 / ATH-M50
Oh I should add, that I downloaded some content from HD Tracks at higher resolutions and really heard the difference then, which leaves me to feel I am trapped in a world of 44Khz mediocracy!