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AudioQuest Dragonfly Cobalt Review (Portable Headphone Adapter)

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It isn’t something I’ve got experience with personally, but I’d recommend taking a look at Amir’s reviews on dongles. The Hidizs products are well regarded from memory.
Why not try the Apple adapter? It's only $9 so even if it doesn't work 100% on the Samsung it's only a small loss.

Edit: if you buy from Apple, I think you can return an item within 30 days if it's not suitable.
 

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Hey everyone, first post on the forum.

I have been reading many different threads (especially the speaker reviews!) over the past few weeks. This thread itself was welcome, considering I was pricing out a new portable setup in the hundreds of dollars for...nothing.

My question is this: I am a long time user of custom IEMs (Ultimate Ears 10 Pro Customs, and I'll be getting the Reference Remastered soon too), and I loved the sound on my ipod nano -> ALO custom cable -> RSA Tomahawk -> IEMs. But I wear suits far too often for this to be practical any more.

Is there any way I can take my Samsung S20, and do 'something portable' which could match the setup I'm used to? Or is it just absurd for me to hope that a dongle could match that? I am very sensitive to any 'hissing' or 'background noise' caused by connections.

Sorry for the essay - just would be grateful for any suggestions from you fine folks. Some have probably wondered the same thing as I here, and solved it long ago. I have been lazy :/
Get a meizu hifi dongle. It's v small and flexible, acts more like an extension to the cable than some of the boxy dongles which detatch from their (sometimes stiff) USB c leashes.
 

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Hey everyone, first post on the forum.

I have been reading many different threads (especially the speaker reviews!) over the past few weeks. This thread itself was welcome, considering I was pricing out a new portable setup in the hundreds of dollars for...nothing.

My question is this: I am a long time user of custom IEMs (Ultimate Ears 10 Pro Customs, and I'll be getting the Reference Remastered soon too), and I loved the sound on my ipod nano -> ALO custom cable -> RSA Tomahawk -> IEMs. But I wear suits far too often for this to be practical any more.

Is there any way I can take my Samsung S20, and do 'something portable' which could match the setup I'm used to? Or is it just absurd for me to hope that a dongle could match that? I am very sensitive to any 'hissing' or 'background noise' caused by connections.

Sorry for the essay - just would be grateful for any suggestions from you fine folks. Some have probably wondered the same thing as I here, and solved it long ago. I have been lazy :/
The E1DA is great.
 

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I had one of the early Dragonfly dongles - it sounded so bad that I actually returned the first one as faulty, only to find that the replacement was no better. I sold it on, on fleabay, after a couple of weeks, but actually didn't take much of a loss on it as someone was as gullible as I was at the time and actually bid quite close to what I paid for it. .

I got the Dragonfly v1.2 back in like 2015 as my laptop's built in audio has serious issues. It worked well with my 580/650. Outdated and better choices today but if you have a broken audio system it wasn't bad for what it was(for the time).
 

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Hey everyone, first post on the forum.

I have been reading many different threads (especially the speaker reviews!) over the past few weeks. This thread itself was welcome, considering I was pricing out a new portable setup in the hundreds of dollars for...nothing.

My question is this: I am a long time user of custom IEMs (Ultimate Ears 10 Pro Customs, and I'll be getting the Reference Remastered soon too), and I loved the sound on my ipod nano -> ALO custom cable -> RSA Tomahawk -> IEMs. But I wear suits far too often for this to be practical any more.

Is there any way I can take my Samsung S20, and do 'something portable' which could match the setup I'm used to? Or is it just absurd for me to hope that a dongle could match that? I am very sensitive to any 'hissing' or 'background noise' caused by connections.

Sorry for the essay - just would be grateful for any suggestions from you fine folks. Some have probably wondered the same thing as I here, and solved it long ago. I have been lazy :/

Id be intrigued to see how the RSA measures. I suspect you may be very pleasantly surprised by what a small modern dongle can do. By the way, does the samsung have a headphone jack?
 

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Id be intrigued to see how the RSA measures. I suspect you may be very pleasantly surprised by what a small modern dongle can do. By the way, does the samsung have a headphone jack?

No it doesn't. With my cIEMs I actually used the Bluetooth/wireless attachment instead of the cabled (ugh, what a drop in quality). So I'd love to solve this. I just finished the whole E1DA 9038D thread and I think I'll give that a shot.

Have also been testing my PC setup, still not quite there :)
 

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I would refer you to an excellent review of the SMSL IDEA USB DAC by Archimago back in 2017.

http://archimago.blogspot.com/2017/05/measurements-smsl-idea-usb-dac.html

The IDEA sold for US$86 on Amazon, however, there are now later models. I have one and also an Audioquest Red Dragonfly. I prefer the IDEA but truth be told both work well with an iPhone and also I believe with a Samsung cell phone.

You maybe able to pick up one second hand.

Good luck
 

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Tempotec Sonata HD Pro/HIDISZ S8 and iBasso DC03 both work well with my S21+ and are comparable (based on independent measurements) to the Meizu HiFi Pro.

Just ordered an iBasso DC03 - looks promising. Hope I like the sound :)
 

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Just ordered an iBasso DC03 - looks promising. Hope I like the sound :)

The measurements I have seen show it to be noise and distortion-free within the range of human hearing. Seems the same to me as my Tempotec Sonata HD Pro and Meizu HiFi Pro (I have all three).
 

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The measurements I have seen show it to be noise and distortion-free within the range of human hearing. Seems the same to me as my Tempotec Sonata HD Pro and Meizu HiFi Pro (I have all three).
If you have all 3 dacs, how come? When you say all of them sounded the same, Im sure you chose a more favorite from the 3...
 
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