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DAR prize giveaway #1: AudioQuest Dragonfly v1.2 DAC

  • This website rolled past its 4th anniversary last month. Happy birthday to DAR! Until now I’ve been too busy with show reportage and follow-up to find time to even mention it, let alone celebrate. Let’s put that right by giving one lucky a reader a present.

    Reflections on the past twelve months will come at some stage but not via the usual website post. I’m saving my state-of-the-union summary for the first edition of DAR’s forthcoming newsletter. A newsletter that’ll be more occasional than regular. It might be monthly, it might be bi-weekly, but certainly no more frequent than that.

    Apart from ‘exclusive’ content, all newsletter subscribers are automatically entered into the draw to win monthly prizes. Yes, free stuff! The first giveaway will be a brand new Dragonfly v1.2 DAC (RRP US$149) thanks to the generosity of the folks at AudioQuest.

    For a chance to win said DAC, all YOU have to do is sign-up for the DAR newsletter. Look for the form at the bottom of this post into which you should enter your email address and then, Bob’s your uncle, you’re in the running for the Dragonfly DAC!

    I’ll pick a newsletter subscriber at random at 11am (Sydney time) on Friday 19th December, just in time to make someone’s Christmas/Hanukkah/non-denominational celebration that bit brighter. Make sure you use an active email address because if the winner doesn’t claim their prize within 48 hours of notification, I’ll pick another.

    Please note: due to postage cost constraints, this competition is only open to residents of Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Canada and the UK. (Sorry rest of the world).

    Ladies and gentlemen, start your e-mail engines and get subscribing:

    Alternatively, you can use the newsletter sign-up form on the DAR Facebook page here.

    UPDATE 24th December 2014: Congratulations to Bill E of Wheeling, IL who is now the proud owner of this Dragonfly DAC.

    John H. Darko

    Written by John H. Darko

    John currently lives in Berlin where creates videos and podcasts and pens written pieces for Darko.Audio. He has also contributed to 6moons, TONEAudio, AudioStream and Stereophile.

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    1. Good luck to all – I hear nothing but good things about the 1.2. FWIW, I spend the majority of my time in Vietnam, but I do have a U.S. address – is that kosher?

    2. It feels so sad being excluded…Can you reconsider for the rest of the world? I would gladly cover postage costs above shipping to UK, for instance.

    3. Congratulations on four good years. In different ways this site along with 6Moons and Computeraudiophile have completely changed the way I go about engaging with the world of hifi.

    4. John, I’m trying to signup for your forthcoming newsletter using Chrome and a Samsung Chrome Book, but pressing the red Go! button does nothing. 🙁

      • Hey Andy – apologies. Had a faulty plugin but I think I’ve fixed it – can you try again please? Use the form at the bottom of the post.

      • Indeed. And apologies. Had a faulty plugin but I think I’ve fixed it – can you try again please? Use the form at the bottom of the post.

    5. Happy Birthday, DAR!

      I really appreciate your work and enjoy reading DAR! Thank you!


      Jeff Curry
      Gig Harbor, WA

    6. Doesn’t look like the newsletter sign-up works. After entering the address and clicking on the “Go!” button, nothing happened. No confirmation and the page did not refresh.

      • Hey Rob – apologies. Had a faulty plugin but I think I’ve fixed it – can you try again please? Use the form at the bottom of the post.

    7. Thanks John. If I don’t win the Dragonfly put me in the draw for the Merrill Taranis amp. Oooooooh, I want one of those. What about a review of the if iFi iDsd micro in the future John, if you can find some time?

    8. Well, I signed up in both spots ti be doubly disappointed if I son.t win yet doubly excited to use such a great headphone amp with the open enf adennheiserd I just bought last week (I won’t the maker of my pre-amp, amp and sub I bought 3 years ago infer the belief that if they mafe my roommates awesome sneakers fromk back in the early you,d think they still made great equipment now, my ore-amp has as iPod dock on it ig that gibres yiu a hunt they are putting 0ut crsp bearing s once great name now. Still nned to dave uoo w yewr or so to get equipment thst’s not a a s “pyle” of garbage, Ok, so I slyly worked their name in. Sorry bout that

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