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

Discussion in 'Portable Headphone Amps' started by Condocondor, Jul 8, 2019.
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  1. FastAndClean
    for 100$ you can get usb dac with double chips, volume control, digital filters, 3.5mm out, balanced 2.5mm out, plays all formats and it is crushing dragonfly red already
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  2. TooPoorForHiFi

    What Product are you referring to?
  3. FastAndClean
    Sabaj DA3
  4. Haden2866
    Doesn't work with either iOS or Android though, does it?
  5. Victorfabius
    If I'm not mistaken, the Sabaj DA3 consumes 5 times the power of the DFB, and one of the benefits of the DFC is it's lower power consumption. Even if it works with iOS or Android, it might not be a good portable solution.

    I think the DA3 does work with some Android phones, and I haven't yet found information on it's compatibility with iOS, but a lot of my search results are in a foreign language right now.

    I'm not saying that the DA3 isn't an excellent DAC (without regard to price), but it's got a different use case than the Dragonfly Black, Red, or Cobalt. The DA3 looks like a better laptop/PC companion than a smartphone DAC.

    I'm more interested in the Cobalt for the power savings and portability, which are very much more in Dragonfly's favor.
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  6. Wheel Hoss
    Ready for Cobalt vs Mojo yet?
    rezakhalvati and Condocondor like this.
  7. Hifiearspeakers
    I really love this Cobalt. This is one of the best audio purchases I’ve ever made. Bravo Audioquest!!!
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  8. TooPoorForHiFi

    My Dude, Do us all the favor. Its instock at Audio46 :laughing:
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  9. Tenashus1
    What do you love about it. Can you elaborate a bit? Thanks.
  10. Hifiearspeakers
    Check a few posts back. I did a complete review of it. If after reading that you want to know anything else, then just ask.
  11. Tenashus1
    Didn't notice that you were the same person. Thanks.
  12. NZtechfreak
    This ^^^

    All too often I see people comparing products where the use-case scenarios are quite different.

    I've had the 1.2 for a long time and love the form factor, but certainly if I can have better sound with lower power draw from my mobile devices in the same kind of form factor I'm interested.

    Regards the form factor, I see some people lamenting the full-sized USB - I absolutely prefer connecting the Dragonfly to my phone via a cable, rather than direct. I worry a lot less about traumatising the connector on both sides that way and find it more manageable for pocket carry that way. My laptop and PC still have full-sized USB-A ports, rather than USB-C and I prefer connecting direct to those devices. So for me, in my use, it is ideal already. For someone with USB-C connectors on their laptop I can see how a direct connection would be preferable - I do think it would be nice if there was the option to buy the Dragonfly with a USB-C connector for that use-case for those where this is applicable.
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2019
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  13. Hifiearspeakers
    I don’t see what the big deal is. It comes with a dragon tail for USB C.
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  14. NZtechfreak
    Sure, it's fine, but different strokes etc. I definitely prefer being able to connect direct to my non-phone sources, so I can see why those with USB-C ports would want that. Given USB-C uptake is finally starting to become ubiquitous I think it reasonable for some people to want this, would like to see the option available. While the option isn't there people who feel strongly about this will simply put their hard-earned elsewhere, totally fair enough. Options aren't bad to have right?
  15. Hifiearspeakers
    Options are great! But I guess since I use my iPhone for portable listening, I’ve never been able to connect directly, either with the Cobalt or Red. So I guess I can’t miss what I’ve never had.

    I was just pointing out that it’s nice that they include a dragon tail for Android users so you don’t have to go out and purchase another accessory in order to use the Cobalt. But even with USB A, iPhone users still have to purchase the camera connection kit.
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