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Could you elaborate a bit more regarding HUD100 vs Dragonfly Black (in terms of sound)?
I currently have the Dragonfly Red and I like it more than the HUD100, but it also cost more. I feel like at the price point HUD100 vs Dragonfly Black is a more fair comparison.
Otherwise nice review, thanks!
The Dragonfly Black was last updated in 2013. It doesn't do all the decoding the HUD100 does. The HUD100 has more power and uses more phone battery...in terms of sound, there is not much between these dongles.
The HUD100 allows for more sound variety with the three filters. This comes handy when pairing with harsh or soft sounding earphones.
But if you happy, sound wise, with your Dragonfly, you don't need the HUD100.
If you are going for sound only, the $149 ifi hip dac beats any dongle sound wise by far (much bigger headroom, smoother). But it is much bigger and has a consumable battery.
lol oh no I mean I already have both Dragonfly Red and HUD100 and I know I like Dragonfly Red better. But I was just curious as to how it sounds compare to Dragonfly Black (since I don't have one). In the future say if I need to recommend to my friends or something then at least I'd know what to recommend.
As for me I mainly just stream off Spotify so all the extra decoding is not applicable to me, so if I can get something that's cheaper and sounds better without all the bells and whistles that would be ideal (say like in the future when I need to upgrade again, for now Dragonfly Red works).
But good to know at least sound quality wise Dragonfly Black is close enough. Thanks again for the reply!!!