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LINK II & AQ Dragonfly Cobalt & AQ Golden Gate cable

£1,063.00 £895.00

LINK II & Cobolt & Golden gate cable turns the LINK II into a highly capable network bridge/DAC

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Bundle Includes
  • LINK II network bridge
  • AudioQuest Dragonfly Cobalt
  • 1m 3.5mm to RCA Golden Gate AudioQuest interconnect
AudioQuest Dragonfly Cobalt
  •  New, more advanced ESS ES9038Q2M DAC chip with a minimum-phase slow roll-off filter for more natural sound
  •  Microchip’s superb PIC32MX274 microprocessor draws less current and increases processing speed by 33%
  •  Improved power-supply filtering that specifically increases immunity to WiFi, Bluetooth, and cellular noise
  •  Includes a form-fitting DragonTail female USB-A to male USB-C Adaptor (All DragonTails use AQ’s Carbon-level USB cable)
  •  Up to 24-bit / 96kHZ
AudioQuest Golden Gate 1m
  • Solid Perfect-Surface Copper Conductors
  • Foamed-Polyethylene Insulation
  • Metal-Layer Noise-Dissipation System (NDS)
  • Double-Balanced Asymmetrical Geometry
  • Cold-Welded Gold-Plated RCA Plugs
Why does the LINK II/Cobalt combination sound so good? Most DACs have a dedicated PSU and heavy digital filtering circuitry. These features are specifically useful when using a computer as the source because of the noise generated but each component adds its own sound character. The Cobalt is a minimalistic design due to its size. When it is fed with a super clean digital source and power, it sings. The analogue path is short and sweet; it does not add colouring sound characteristics like other DACs. When streaming through the LINK II, there is no need for a DAC to have heavy digital processing or filtering. The LINK II has power circuitry and ethernet input synchronised to the USB audio clock (which also re-clocks any USB input), an ultra-low noise linear regulated power circuit and a USB audio optimised output that provides jitter free playback. Simply put, the LINK II provides the cleanest possible digital signal for the Cobalt’s pure signal path to process into an analogue output that you can hear. “There was something so alluring about the Link/Cobalt combination it kind of shatters your perspective of how much you need to spend to best it in open combat. I’d happily put this little duo up against a good £2,000-£3,000 DAC and/or streamer combination.” Extracts from Alan Sircom’s review of the LINK  in Hi-Fi+ “And using them hanging out the back of the Stack, I’d go with the Cobalt. That one really is something special. That’s ‘inviting your audio buddies around and playing them something that knocks ‘em dead and costs less than their power cords’ special.” Extracts from Alan Sircom’s review of the Cobolt  in Hi-Fi+
LINK II
  • Multi-stage ultra-low noise linear regulated power circuit
  • USB audio optimised output provides jitter-free audio playback
  • Advanced clock circuitry re-clocks any USB input
  • Machined from a solid billet of aluminium
  • 1 x USB B detox input, Ethernet input
  • 1 x dedicated USB audio output
  • Ships with external 18v DC power supply
AudioQuest Cobalt 
  •  New, more advanced ESS ES9038Q2M DAC chip with a minimum-phase slow roll-off filter for more natural sound
  •  Microchip’s superb PIC32MX274 microprocessor draws less current and increases processing speed by 33%
  •  Improved power-supply filtering that specifically increases immunity to WiFi, Bluetooth, and cellular noise
  •  Includes a form-fitting DragonTail female USB-A to male USB-C Adaptor (All DragonTails use AQ’s Carbon-level USB cable)
  •  PCM to 24bit, 96kHz, MQA
AudioQuest Golden Gate 1m
  • Solid Perfect-Surface Copper Conductors
  • Foamed-Polyethylene Insulation
  • Metal-Layer Noise-Dissipation System (NDS)
  • Double-Balanced Asymmetrical Geometry
  • Cold-Welded Gold-Plated RCA Plugs
 
  PCM to 24bit, 96kHz, MQA    
“There was something so alluring about the Link/Cobalt combination it kind of shatters your perspective of how much you need to spend to best it in open combat. I’d happily put this little duo up against a good £2,000-£3,000 DAC and/or streamer combination.” Extracts from Alan Sircom’s review of the LINK  in Hi-Fi+ “And using them hanging out the back of the Stack, I’d go with the Cobalt. That one really is something special. That’s ‘inviting your audio buddies around and playing them something that knocks ‘em dead and costs less than their power cords’ special.” Extracts from Alan Sircom’s review of the Cobolt  in Hi-Fi+