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Dragonfly COBALT vs.............Discussions

Discussion in 'Portable Headphone Amps' started by Condocondor, Jul 8, 2019.
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  1. Tenashus1
    Waiting for my third, hopefully, wiggle free DFC. Problem is that it does sound sweet after all. Frustrating.
     
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  2. jnorris
    I'd be interested in knowing someone's impressions of the DFC versus the Schiit Modi Multibit or the SMSL SU-8 (which uses the same DAC, but one per channel). I was using the Red on my main home audio system for a while, then moved over to the Schiit and, finally, the SMSL
     
  3. Hifiearspeakers
    Yes it does. Hopefully third times a charm.
     
  4. Tenashus1
    I'm really beginning to appreciate the smoothness and relaxed quality of sound coming out of the DFC. The clarity of the sound and separation are really quite dramatic. Just give me one that's wiggle free, and I'll be very happy with it. :)
     
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  5. a-LeXx
    Anyone here to comment on DFC hissing with low impedance IEMs?

    DFR hisses quite a bit with my SE846, while most of the smartphones or iDevices are dead silent.

    Did they fix this with DFC?
     
  6. edlecom
    The Sabaj DS3 is a much better DAC than even the DF Cobalt, I've tried them all. It does consume more power, but I still get more than 10 hours on my Mate 10. It's larger, but not much.heavier, the sound alone is worth it. Try them all you'll see what I mean.
     
  7. Hifiearspeakers
    There’s no such thing as a Sabaj DS3
     
  8. edlecom
    LOL! DA3.
    A next to S and small keyboard.
     
  9. Hifiearspeakers
    :wink:
     
  10. kdickin2
    I’d be interested in reading comparisons to the Pro-Ject Pre Box Digital S2, which uses the same dac chip as the Cobalt and does MQA. The pro-ject’s headphone output is supposed to be worthless, but I’ve read it compares favorably to the Red with speakers. Wondering if the pendulum swings back in the Cobalt’s favor compared to the Pro-ject when used with speakers.
     
  11. smok88
    Just got the DFC today and listening with the CA Andromeda IEM. I had the DFR before and had to use IEMatch to eliminate the annoying hiss which the Andromeda picks up so easily. Now with the DFC, the hiss is almost gone and no need to use the IEMatch. Initial impression of the DFC vs DFR is that DFC is almost noise free compared to the DFR and DFC has better details and clarity, which gives it more sound stage (or head space?) with better imaging and layering.

    I really like the DFC, especially since there is no need to use the IEMatch to rid the hiss! Can't wait til I have a proper listen after burn-in of the DFC.
     
  12. Leo
    Well got my second unit from MusicDirect and it has a wiggle/rattle too. So back it goes. I’ll wait until I can find a local dealer and buy one. For now I quit and will stick with my DFR. Sorely disappointed in QC issues.
     
  13. jnorris
    I can't believe your luck with this. Perhaps waiting for the second or third production run might be a good idea.
     
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  14. joshnor713
    Wow, I usually refrain myself from early-adopting for these reasons, but would've thought a USB stick would be an exception to that. Guess not.
     
  15. Tenashus1
    Sorry to hear. I'm receiving my third one tomorrow. I've decided I'll keep hitting em until I get a good one. Not only do I get to hear the DFC in the meantime, but I get to play this little QC game at the same time. What fun. I think there's actually a rhythm to it: receive one, send it back, receive another, send it back, receive another...It makes its' own music. :)
     
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2019
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