The iBasso DX160 is a smart, capable DAP at a great price point. It couples excellent sound quality with an intuitive, easy-to-use interface that will be familiar to any smartphone user. In addition to the playback features, the DX160 features a number of customization and configuration options that help it stand out. Read our full review here.
The iBasso DX160 Portable Digital Audio Player is designed to not sacrifice audio quality for portability. Engineered with dual CS43198 DACs, the DX160 is crafted to provide you with clean, high-resolution sound while you're on the move. The DX160 can playback your favorite digital music wirelessly via Bluetooth 5.0, or through one of its five outputs. Whether you hook up to DX160 to a pair of headphones or to an audio system, you get the option of a 4.4mm balanced, combo 3.5mm single-ended/line/SPIDIF, and USB output. The DX160 also features support for dual-band Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) network access.
The DX160 is powered by an octa-core CPU with 2GB of RAM and runs on the Android 8.1 Oreo operating system. Apps and music files are stored on 32GB of internal storage, which can be expanded with an (optional) microSD card. Files can be browsed with the sizable 5" 1080p touchscreen. A built-in 3200mAh battery powers the DX160 for up to 13 hours of playback time, and with Quick Charge 3.0 and Power Delivery 2.0 support, you can more quickly recharge for your next adventure.
iBasso is a very famous name in the Chi-fi audio industry, they have class-leading products in almost all the product line-ups in the market. Whether it be Digital Audio Players, USB Type-C DAC/AMP's or In-ear monitors, iBasso have top of the line products in each and every range.
iBasso has released a new version for its widely famous Android DAP, the iBasso DX160 2020 variant. The variant improves on several features from its predecessor.
iBasso has upgraded the buffer size, the improved new buffer has a higher slew rate, wider bandwidth, and higher current output. This helps in improving the overall amplification power while maintaining a cleaner sound decoding.
CTIA 3.5mm Port
The brand has changed the previous 3.5mm output port to CTIA 3.5mm port, which is the most commonly used port and enables the users to use Mic and Music control keys on the cables of earphones.
JDI Crisp 1080P Display
iBasso has switched to JDI(Japan Display Inc.) for its screen manufacturing. The new display has same 1080p resolution but it provides better viewing angles and crisp clarity as compared to the 2019 variant.
Dual Cirrus Logic DAC Chips
The iBasso DX160 is equipped with a class-leading setup of dual DAC chips from Cirrus Logics, they are well known for their high performing DAC chips. The DX160 has Two CS43198 chips working flawlessly, decoding the music with amazing clarity and details. The DAC setup is able to decode PCM up to 32-Bit/384kHz or DSD up to DSD256 natively. The sound output through the setup offers great clarity with no background noise or jitter. The sound output has a warm and neutral sound output profile which provides enough power to power most of your headphones with higher power requirements. The player supports MQA decoding, providing you the ability to decode the master quality audio files and enjoy your music, the way it was actually recorded in the first place.
Octa-Core CPU with 2GB RAM
The iBasso DX160 features an octa-core ARM CPU, which is coupled with 2GB LPDDR3 RAM. They collectively provide the user with a lag-free and smooth user experience, even with thousands of songs in your library, the navigation will be silky smooth and crisp. You will never find any delay or lag in the device as it is powered by a very powerful CPU.
Dual Output Ports
Apart from a CTIA 3.5mm port the iBasso DX160 2020 variant also features a balanced 4.4mm port. The device is capable of churning out a power voltage of up to 6.4 Vrms, that will easily power all of your IEM's and earbuds.
Bluetooth 5.0 Support with Hi-Res Codecs support
The iBasso DX160 features bi-directional Bluetooth 5.0 support, which offers a stable and lag-free Bluetooth connection with hi-res codecs supports like the LDAC, AptX and many more. The Bluetooth connectivity is strong and stable, with no signal delays.
3200mAh Battery with Quick Charge Support
The iBasso DX160 is equipped with a 3200mAh battery which provides a continuous music playback for up to 13 hours of music. And even if that is not enough for you the device supports Quick Charge 3.0 and PD2.0 which charges the battery quickly and gives you enough juice to run your music library through an entire day.
Curved Elegant Aluminum Body
The iBasso DX160 has a 3D curved color veneered glass back cover and a precise machined curved aluminum body, the player looks simple, elegant, and beautiful. Available in four different colors, the DX160 looks stunning in each and every color with a golden colored shiny volume wheel.
- Dual Cirrus Logics DAC chips, CS43198
- 5.0" 1080P Fullscreen Display
- Octa-Core ARM CPU with 2GB Ram
- 32GB ROM
- MQA Decoding
- Decoding PCM up to 32-Bit/384kHz and up to DSD256 natively
- Signal to Noise ratio of 130dB
- Bluetooth 5.0 with hi-res LDAC codec support
- Dual-Band Wi-fi Support
- Dual Output Ports, 3.5mm single-ended and 4.4 balanced
- USB DAC mode supported
- Up to 13 hours of battery life with Quick Charge 3.0 support
In the Box
- One iBasso DX160
- One USB Type-C Charging Cable
- One Protective Case
- One Screen Protector
- Warranty Card
- User Guide
1. Listening on IEMs, the DAP sounds good, no complaints.
2. Battery life is lower than expected, so carry a charger.
3. The built-in player app (Mango) is pathetic and there's no option to install a better one.
4. Likewise, the native app installer leaves a lot to be desired. I installed Tidal and that works well, but no other streaming service is available that I can tell. The only workaround is to stream from Bluetooth from my phone.
Overall, generally happy with the player and the complaints could be easily fixed with software upgrades, which may or may not ever happen.
I am stroke handicapped and found the dx160 a challenge to use but eventually got the hang of it. Why are there 2 different settings buttons? The sound is very deep however and compares favorably with my ak sr15.
I purchased this as well as a Hiby R5 for comparison and the R5 is going on eBay. My only complaint about the DX160 is that despite being able to download Google play store I have a few problems with google play stuff and apps. Other than that I think it's the best deal going in mid-priced DAP's. The screen is phenomenal and the sound in quality is similar to the R5 but just a bit different. My priority was functionality on the go which is subjective and the R5 didn't work out.
After much research I opted for the Ibasso DX160 as my first DAP. The sound is fantastic, I use a Grado SR80 as well as a 1More Quad Driver IEM and I’m hearing so much more than I ever imagined. My only quibble so far has been with the Mango player; about once a month the library on my Micro Disk is missing and I have to re-scan it for my music files to show up again.
Nice screen and sound. System is not smooth and the volume wheel feels cheap.