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

Discussion in 'Portable Headphone Amps' started by Condocondor, Jul 8, 2019.
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  1. walakalulu
  2. rezakhalvati
    Beautiful! Thank you. I too, definitely like a vast, open soundstage. I loved the DFR with my IE800 IEMs. But the issue with the Cobalt was the sound would cut off at very high volume levels (which never happened with the Red). Gordon Rankin at Audioquest has been amazingly wonderful in running various tests to see why this would happen, but could not come to a conclusion. I wonder if perhaps my unit (one of the very first units) was defective. It did have the wiggle issue in both the USB plug and jack port. I had to send it back, but I really wish I could make it work perfectly. ??
  3. Bitsir
    I see, well my Cobalt also has a wiggle although it is tiiiiny, most likely not an issue. My Red has no wiggle whatsoever. I have not experienced any problems with my Cobalt yet but its my second day with it, so stay tuned I guess?
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  4. Verbena
    After some time with Audioquest Cobalt I would say it's pretty good, only thing it sounds a bit veiled/muted , "metallic" and bright. Aka it should have sounded more open, defined and organic with less distortion. But then if it had it would have competed to dacamps with a much higher pricetag..

    Also running from a sony smartphone gives digital ticks regularly, unknown why. My other portable dacamp didnt. But neither usb or line out are loose on mine.
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2019
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  5. tracyca
    The Cobalt is tiny, BUT packs a punch! First time I held a dragonfly in hand.
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2019
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  6. headfry

    Out of curiosity, what cable is used to connect to your source with Mojo? I had similar results with smallish soundstage, etc.
    until I switched from using the supplied cable to an audiophile-grade - now.Mojo sounds world-class!
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2019
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  7. Bitsir
    Audioquest Forest ($40 cable)

    Last I heard, USB is the worst way of transmitting the 1's and 0's. (From a computer).

    What cable are you using?
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  8. headfry

    Curious Link I’m sure the Forest is a nice
    step up from the supplied charging cable
    - which I ve been using for a couple years.

    Found & bought the Curious used. a few months ago - using it with my AQ Jitterbug -
    no longer interested in changing the Mojo.
  9. Ariaudio
    Just got mine. Love the open and detailed sound, mind you I'm coming from an Audioengine D3.

    I am somewhat dismayed at the wiggle, but will keep it at least long enough to burn it in more before ultimately deciding if I will keep. And if so, should I exchange it for another in hopes of a non wiggler?
  10. Tenashus1
    Wiggle-less DFCs are likely rare birds (or flies in this case). I went through 3 and they all did a little jig. The first one rattled too (that was not good). Perhaps it is a symbol of their real musicality. I kept my second one because I started to burn it in. I have to say that the DFC does wonders with my Sennheiser 6XX, and Campfire Comet. It makes them sound fantastic. My iFi Nano BL and xDSD don't quite do that. Do get me wrong. I love the latter two, but there's something very special about the DFC. $300 well spent for me. Economically speaking, I have already derived great musical pleasure and value from it. Yay! :)
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2019
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  11. Deftone
    What's this wiggle? I'm thinking about getting one because of how portable it is.
  12. Tenashus1
    The USB connector has some slight movement to it in many cases. Doesn't appear to effect the sound quality though which (as I've posted already) is dramatically wonderful.
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  13. tracyca
    I purchased my Cobalt from Amazon and happy to report that it is a tiny powerful sounding solution for plug and play on the go. I thought one of my all time favorites Pico Slim was small. Colbalt is great. My unit has no loose parts.
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2019
  14. tracyca
    I did notice that my unit fits loosely in the Apple cck adapter, it cuts off if it moves. If I use the dragon tail no issues with my s10+ or my iPad 11inch.
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  15. tracyca
    I like the ie800s with the DFC but not with the ie800 not enough bass power.
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