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iBasso DX170 | Digital Audio Player
iBasso's latest budget DAP brings HiFi sound at MidFi prices
FPGA-Master combined with Dual Cirrus-Logic Flagship DACs
Open, easy to use and smoother Android OS 11
Support for a wide variety of codecs including MQA 8x
3.5mm single-ended/line out/COAX out & 4.4mm balanced outputs
5G WiFi and Bluetooth 5.0 ready
With new features like Bluetooth DAC and all around improvements to the sound, DX170 is a clear evolution of iBasso’s DX100 series in both sound and performance. As an all-in-one portable device that can drive a surprising range of headphones well while providing capabilities ranging from a wireless streamer to a S/PDIF transport or a next level iPod, DX170 continues the DX160’s legacy as an incredible little DAP that doesn’t cost a whole lot of money.
The DX170 utilizes the FPGA-Master technology developed by iBasso. The FPGA-Master, as the audio system controller, directly requests audio data from the SoC, and plays a major role in signal reproduction and maintaining signal integrity. It synchronizes and generates all audio clocks at the same time utilizing two NDK femtosecond oscillators to achieve a fully synchronized single clock source. The FPGA and NDK oscillators also reduce jitter to an extremely low level, building a clean digital audio signal.
Cirrus CS43131 (x2)
Dual Cirrus Logic flagship CS43131 DAC chips are used. With an exclusive OPAMP+BUF amplification after the CS43131, the DX170 brings out its strengths while retaining the CS43131's transparency and exquisiteness.
The New Generation RK SoC
With the advanced process technology of the RK3566, the system response is significantly improved. The AnTuTu score now reaches 100,000, far exceeding the Qualcomm 430/425 platform commonly used by players of the same price range. The user experience is greatly improved and enhanced.
Sharp 1080P Full Screen
16.7 million colors
445ppi retina display
480cd/m2 screen brightness
On-Cell capacitive touch screen
2.5D Corning glass panel
95% light transmission and sRGB color gamut
A Blacker Background Helps Wonderful Sound Emerge
Low Noise Floor Helps Ensure Musical Enjoyment
Just like being out on a quiet night, you can focus on the world of the music and touch every note. Even in the face of high sensitivity IEMs, the background noise is imperceptible.
Enjoy Your Music with Color and Fashion
CNC engraved aluminum frame with Black, Grey, or Blue Anodized finishes. With an up-to-date 5 inch 1080p full screen and a curved frosted glass + etched back cover, the visual enjoyment during use is enhanced.
The DX170 includesMQA technology which enables you to playback MQA audio files and streams, enjoying the sound of the original master recording.
Coaxial Output: Coaxial output is driven by FPGA-Master, supports PCM 24bit/384kHz, DoP DSD128x
5G WiFi and Bluetooth 5.0: Supports WiFi6, LDAC, and aptX Bluetooth ouput.
Stronger Internal Shielding: Customized silicon steel alloy shielding cover not only shields the electric field, but also shields the magnetic field.
Allows for USB DAC Mode: PCD 32bit/384kHz, DoP DSD128x
3 Quick Charge Protocols: Support of QC3.0, PD2.0, & MTK PE Plus Quick Charge. Full charge in 1.5 hours, enjoys 11 hours playtime.
OS: Android 11
DAC: Dual CS43131
3.5mm single-ended / Line Out / COAX
Screen: Sharp 5.0" 1920 x 1080 with on-cell capacitive touch
Sample Rate: PCM 8kHz-384kHz (8/16/24/32 bits)
Native DSD: DSD64/128/256
ROM / HD: 32GB
Micro SD: Supports SDHC and SDXC up to 2TB
WiFi: 802.11 b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz / 5GHz)
QC3.0, PD2.0, MTK PE plus Quick Charge
Supports 12V and 9V/1.5A Quick Charge
Compatible with BC1.2 USB Charge
USB DAC: PCM 8kHz-384kHz (8/16/24/32 bits), DoP DSD DSD64/128
I previously owned an Onkyo DPX-1 dap that was aurally satisfactory but increasingly 'clunky' especially as its memory approached maximum. Too, the irreplaceable battery was no longer holding a charge for very long. The iBasso DX-170 seems to have a 'blacker' background (but this could be wishful thinking...) and the interface is the very familiar android I use with my cell phone. Both daps have a dedicated balanced output which is important to me. I've identified one bug: It won't allow me to charge to 80% even though that's an option in the menu. (IBasso wrote that they will address this...) Switching between the included Mango player and Tidal is a little cumbersome and, with the advice of Bloom, I deleted the included (Chinese) app store and added Google Play. BTW, the gentlemen at Bloom were very helpful and friendly. I highly recommend this vendor!