iBasso DX180 | Digital Audio Player
iBasso DX180 | Digital Audio Player
iBasso DX180 | Digital Audio Player
iBasso DX180 | Digital Audio Player
iBasso DX180 | Digital Audio Player
iBasso DX180 | Digital Audio Player
iBasso DX180 | Digital Audio Player
iBasso DX180 | Digital Audio Player
iBasso DX180 | Digital Audio Player

iBasso DX180 | Digital Audio Player

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iBasso DX180: a Superb Digital Audio Player with a Quad DAC Array, Android 13 OS, and Extremely Black Background

  • Quad (x4) Cirrus Logic CS43131 DAC chips + capable 690mW @32Ω driving power
  • Noticeably smoother and quicker user interface
  • Dedicated USB receiver for low latency USB-DAC mode
  • New aesthetic design, new UI, and removable back cover with battery access and serviceability
  • Android 13 OS
  • 5.0" 1080x1920P screen, BT v5.0, and 802.11b/g/n/ac dual-band WiFi
  • 3.5mm SE + 4.4mm BAL outputs (headphone / line-outs shared)

iBasso DX180 blue rear, eye level with retail box

Bloom's Take

“Entry-level” means different things to different folks. But at roughly 500 bucks, DX180, iBasso’s newest budget-friendly HiFi DAP, offers everything the on-the-go audiophile typically needs at a reasonable price. It offers excellent “total package” value in terms of sound, performance, and usability for its price point, appealing to audiophile newcomers and gadget enthusiasts who want in without breaking the bank. Top mentions for the DX180 are noticeably improved user performance, impressive drive power for its size, easily the best-looking iBasso DX100 series DAP to date, pre-installed Google Play Store app, and removable back panel for easy battery swap out.

DX180 keeps in line with iBasso’s accurate, reference sound but with a twist in the form of a little bit of natural warmth, strong dynamic delivery, and decent imaging. Noteworthy and fun IEM / headphone impression pairings were DITA Project M, Moondrop Dark Saber, and Sennheiser HD660S2.

Put it all together, and DX180 makes a compelling case for anyone who wants to enhance their portable audio experience.

Check out the full review here.


(x4) CS43131 Flagship DAC Array

The CS43131, a flagship DAC chip from Cirrus Logic, boasts an impressive dynamic range of 130dB and an incredibly low THD+N of -115dB. The DX180 utilizes the same DAC matrix technology as DX260, with 4pcs CS43131 chips working in unison to exceed the theoretical technical limit of the CS43131. The AP measured THD+N reaches an impressive -121dB, demonstrating the superior technology and design concept utilized by the DX180, surpassing that of its competitors.

iBasso DX180 diagram with full feature thumbnails

FPGA-MASTER 2.0

After years of algorithm development, our FPGA-Master has entered generation 2.0. As the audio system controller, it 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 utilizing two NDK femtosecond oscillators to achieve a fully synchronized single clock source. The FPGA-Master 2.0 also has picosecond-level precise control and adjusts the DAC clock, data, and constructs the FIR filter.

iBasso DX180 rear bird's eye over vinyl record on wood table

Leading Algorithm to Achieve FIR 2x Output

The FPGA-Master 2.0 algorithm fully exploits the capabilities of the 4pcs CS43131 DAC chipsets. With the sum greatly enhancing the normal performance of the CS43131 allowing the chip set to become a super performer.

Synchronous Parallel Output Mode
This reduces "discrete distortion" between DACs to improve overall performance.

FIR 2x Mode
With FPGA-MASTER 2.0, picosecond-level precise control and adjustment of the DAC clock and data is achieved, making each DAC data stream independently adjustable. Through the "delay parallel" of DACs, the DACs form a hardware analog FIR filter, which averages the differences between multiple DACs, reducing distortion and effectively improving sound details and the quality of the bitstream.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC Smooth Operator

The DX180 employs the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC, featuring an 8-core architecture and an advanced 11nm process. This results in reduced heat generation and enhanced stability for seamless operation. With the Micro SD card expansion, the DX180 can provide an impressive 2TB of extra storage space. No matter how much music you adore, the DX180 can effortlessly accommodate it all.

closeup Snapdragon 665 CPU and circuitboard

Astonishingly True AP Measurements

The true measurements of DX170 are close to the theoretical limits of the CS43131 chipset. However, the DX180 has gone a step further, completely surpassing the obstacles and becoming an insurmountable peak in this price range. The DX180 THD+N measurement ranks second among portable audio players, with only the DX260 having a better THD+N measurement.

  • DX180: 133dB SNR | -121 dB THD+N
  • DX170: 130dB SNR | -113 dB THD+N
  • Competitors: 120dB SNR | -100 dB THD+N

iBasso DX180 blue rear bird's eye with connected earphones over navy silk

Blackest Background Possible

The DX180 boasts an impressively low noise floor of just 0.79uV. Even at the highest volume with high gain, the balanced port noise floor is only 1.1μV. The noise floor is significantly lower than other players in this price range and due to this, the DX180 has a distinct quietness. The black background provides an exceptionally vibrant music playback experience.

Android 13

DX180 is equipped with Android 13 system, which allows you to freely install streaming APPs and enjoy the convenience of Android. The DX180 bypasses SRC at the system level whether it is Mango Player or third-party streaming APPs, you can enjoy the system-level "Non-SRC" feature, and enjoy Hi-res music.

iBasso DX180 front bird's eye over leather couch highlighting UI

84 Minutes of Charging, 15.5 Hours Playback

The DX180 is compatible with PD3.0 and QC3.0 fast charge. The battery reaches 83% charge in just 60 minutes, and a full 100% charge is achieved in a mere 84 minutes. Additionally, the improved power management system allows for an impressive battery life of up to 15.5 hours for the balanced phone out usage and an astonishing 30 hours for Line Out playtime.

Specifications

  • Screen: Sharp 5.0" | 1080x1920 P | on-cell capacitive touch panel
  • Audio Format: APE, FLAC, WAV, WMA, ACC, ALAC, AIFF, OGG, MP3, DFF, DSF, DXD, and DST
  • USB: Type C (3.1)
  • Outputs
    • 4.4mm balanced phone out (+ line out)
    • 3.5mm SE phone out (+ line out)
    • 3.5mm coaxial output
    • USB OTG
  • WiFi: 802.11b/g/n/ac (2.4Ghz/5Ghz)
  • Bluetooth: v5.0
    • Transmitter Codecs: SBC, AAC, aptX HD, LDAC
    • Receiver Codecs (DAC Mode): AAC, SBC
  • RAM+ROM: 32GB+3GB | 128GB+3GB
  • Clock: Dual NDK Femtosecond Oscillators
  • Battery: 3200mAh 3.8V li-polymer battery
  • Charge Time: 1.5 hours
  • Average Play Time: 15.5 hours (Low), 13 hours (High), 30 hours (Line Out)
  • Size: 4.8" x 2.9" x 0.6"
  • Weight: 7.3 oz
  • iBasso 1 Year Product Warranty

4.4mm BAL Headphone Out:

  • Max Output Level: 6Vrms
    * Low Gain: 4Vrms
  • Output Power: 690mW + 690mW @32Ω, THD+N<0.1%
    * Low Gain: 500mW + 500mW @32Ω)
  • Frequency Response: 10Hz~75kHz -1dB
  • SNR: 133dB
  • Dynamic Range: 133dB
  • THD+N: -121dB (A-wt, 600Ω)
  • Crosstalk: -144dB
  • Noise Floor: <1.1μV (High Gain)
  • Output Impedance: 1.1Ω

3.5mm SE Headphone Out:

  • Max Output Level: 3Vrms
  • Output Power: 281mW + 281mW@32Ω, THD<0.1%
  • Frequency Response: 10Hz~75kHz -1dB
  • SNR: 127dB
  • Dynamic Range: 127dB
  • THD+N: -116dB (A-wt, 600Ω)
  • Crosstalk: -118dB
  • Noise Floor: <1.1μV (High Gain)
  • Output Impedance: 0.6Ω

    4.4mm BAL Line Out:

    • Max Output Level: 4Vrms
    • Frequency Response: 10Hz~75kHz -1dB
    • SNR: 133dB
    • Dynamic Range: 133dB
    • THD+N: -121dB
    • Crosstalk: -130dB

    3.5mm SE Line Out:

    • Max Output Level: 2Vrms
    • Frequency Response: 10Hz~75kHz -1dB
    • SNR: 125dB
    • Dynamic Range: 125dB
    • THD+N: -112dB
    • Crosstalk: -115dB

    In the Box

    • DX180 Player
    • USB-C cable
    • TPU case
    • Screen protector
    • Warranty card
    • Quick start guide

    iBasso DX180 on wood table with retail box and included accessories, bird's eye

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    Customer Reviews

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    George Petroff
    Just Awesome

    Received my DX180a little over a week ago and I'm loving everything about it. I mostly stream Qobuz and Tidal and it's operated flawlessly. The android 13 os is snappy and never gets bogged down. I'm very satisfied so far, couldn't ask for more. Just today I received my Dita Project M's from Bloom and the combo is kick-ass. It goes without saying that purchasing from Bloom is always a great experience. Thanks guys. 5 stars all the way around!

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    Silk95
    Great mid range player

    Purchased this for the 128GB of ram , decent player for the price but not as robust as the DX240 unit but not expecting it to be but I really enjoy it also.

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    David D.
    Well Done. But...

    Please take this review with a grain of salt. Reviewing a 1.0 product can be a bit...off...as iBasso has not had a chance to address any of the issues.

    I bought the 'Blue' 180 and the unit unboxing was what one would expect. Very nice. Good accessories (clear case, 4-5 screen protectors, USB C cable, etc.).

    I fired the unit up and installed all the apps I use (Spotify, Qobuz, Tidal, etc) successfully via the included Google Store. No issues. Android 14 is included so the latest and greatest is already installed.

    I inserted my SD card and had an immediate problem. I could not remove the SD card. A few others have had this issue however, it seems to be limited to a small group. I did contact Bloom Audio and they responded almost right away. The 'fix' is to remove the back cover, access the SD slot, and remove it. I have a hard time cracking the back off a brand-new product. But, that's the fix I was given. I can access it via my computer so, for now, it's staying where it is. One star knocked off.

    Sound wise the unit is very good. Quad DACS. Excellent gain/power. Good soundstage. Responsive UI. Overall a very good DAP. The bass is solid. Mids are well placed depending on the song. The treble is nice and layered. Nothing 'ear piercing" or truly fatiguing. Streaming services perform very well and are responsive. Compared to my Hiby R6 III, the iBasso has more power and sounds a bit more 'full' probably due to the quad dacs in the 180 vs. the dual dac in the Hiby.

    Again, this is a review of the 1.0, out-of-the-box review. I am sure as iBasso has time, some of the issues should be resolved via firmware updates.

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    Terry

    This DAP beats every one I own or used at this price point. It even beats out a majority of higher end DAPs. Extremely light weight and isn't a brick in your pocket. The sound is crystal clear and response is smooth which seems to be an issue that 60% of DAPs face. Not to mention on LO setting I'm getting well over 20 hours battery life while most struggle with half of that. Super fast charging as well, just over an hour while the majority of players I have are around 4 to 5 hours.

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    T.P.
    PERFECTION

    Such a great DAP, Crystal clear audio, the screen and volume wheel is super smooth and responsive. and the best part is how compact and lightweight the player is. That's my biggest complaint of most good sounding or high end DAPs, they typically feel like a brick in your pocket. I don't even notice this player at all.

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