There's a point being missed here - the cost of components is only one of the costs that go into an item like the Dragonfly. Factor in profit margins, distribution costs (inc distributor and dealer margins), warranty / service costs, overheads, together with other product costs such as the license fee to Gordon Rankin, and you get £215 retail price.
Whether that's reasonable or not is another matter, but I suspect at this price the manufacturer's profit isn't huge.
When you eat out at a restaurant the ingredients cost roughly 1/3 of the total price you pay. I don't know what the equivalent proportion is for audio equipment but would guess it's around the 25% level (anyone in the know care to educate us all?). In fact thinking about it a bit more I'd hazard a guess that for high end gear it's significantly less than 25%.
The Dragonfly does have it's own volume control on the device itself but I think this works similar to the HRT Headstreamer in that it effects the software volume and then in turn changes the analogue volume on the device itself (not digitally).
What do you have your DAC plugged in to in the photo? Do you plug headphones directly into it?
What is the make and model on your DAC and where did you buy it from?
The other thread on The Smallest DAC under the HiFi section mentioned that there is no volume control on the unit itself. So which one is which now?
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I was told it did but the more I look the more I see that its exactly like the hrt headstreamer. so the volume is changed on an internal analogue system, controled via software. I personally hate that, but there is tehnically nothing wrong with it.
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Categorically the DragonFly uses an 24Bit ESS DAC at it's heart. The volume control is a system wide volume control that tracks the slider on your computer with it's own built in analogue pre amplifier! You can use this as a dedicated USB DAC straight into a set of active speakers, straight into a pair of power amplfiers or as a headphone amplifier. AQ are looking to launch the hummingbird and bumblebee at some stage...
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hi there, where did u get this naked dac from? im intrigued by it, isit for sale anywhere? how would this naked dac compare to the dac in my sugden cd21 series 2 cdp? i think it has a 16bit dac.
It is actually being sold by a legitimate company and can be ordered via email. Have a read of this thread http://forum.lowyat.net/topic/2452730. Its actually about GBP 30. He sends out the DAC internationally as well.
ok kl il take a look at that, so as i understand the usb dac is inserted into the computer to override the laptops soundcard. how do i then connect and play music through to my hifi? would i still use an aux cable into the headphone socket?
Yes, it will override your soundcard. Its a plug and play device...no software or driver installation. You can revert back to headphone output on your laptop by going to your laptop sound set up and choose your internal soundcard.
You will need a 3.5mm (similar to the small headphone jack) to stereo RCA cable to connect to your hifi.
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