iBasso DX260 black front over white background
iBasso DX260 silver front over white background
iBasso DX260 silver front over vinyl jacket
iBasso DX260 silver rear closeup volume wheel and precision hardware
iBasso DX260 black rear over white background
iBasso DX260 silver rear over white background
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iBasso DX260 black 3 quarter top over white background
iBasso DX260 silver 3 quarter top over white background
iBasso DX260 silver 3 quarter front with attached iBasso earphones
iBasso DX260 silver rear closeup rotated over vinyl jacket
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iBasso DX260 silver in green upgrade case over retail box

iBasso DX260 | Digital Audio Player

Regular price$949.00
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DX260 Uses the Latest DAP Innovations to Deliver Next-level Performance

  • Octa DAC Chip Matrix using Flagship Cirrus Logic CS43198 (x8)
  • Maintains optimum signal integrity and low jitter with iBasso's FPGA Master 2.0
  • Android 11 and MangoOS give you a choice between a wide-open app-centric experience, or a pure player with nothing in the way
  • Removable back cover with battery access and serviceability
  • 5.0" 1080x1920 screen, BT v5.0, and 802.11b/g/n/ac dual-band WiFi
  • 3.5mm SE + 4.4mm BAL outputs (headphone / line-outs shared)
  • Genuine iBasso green leather case available separately

iBasso DX260 silver rear dramatic low angle in front of window on butcher block table

Bloom's Take

With the DX2xx series, iBasso set its sights on more expensive competitor DAPs to bring flagship-level performance at a fraction of the cost. They were largely successful with the DX220 and DX240 providing excellent performance for the dough. Enter the new DX260 with its 8x DAC matrix and enhanced FPGA Master, the most impressive DAP in the series to date.

It’s got a new, unique look with artistic flair and lines in its aluminum body, and it boasts a sturdy, solid construction. You get a nice goodie package with cables, interconnects and clear plastic case (upgrade leather case is available.) Interestingly, they ditched the interchangeable AMP cards, but you get 3.5mm and 4.4mm stock outputs which can be toggled between headphone and line out in the UI, a custom Android 11 build. The DX260 isn’t off-the-charts fast, but is very snappy - you can install the player-only Mango OS which strips it down and bumps both UI and sound performance. You also get about 14 hours of battery life per iBasso which is in line with our tests, and both WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity were solid.

Sound-wise, the DX260 maintains and strengthens the series’ detailed, resolving reference tunings with wonderful imaging and holographic presentation that surpasses other similarly priced DAPs. iBasso has succeeded with bumping the sound quality and technology without bumping the price tag and offers a stellar bang for your buck at under a grand.

Read our full review here.


Octa DAC Chip Matrix

The CS43198, a Cirrus Logic flagship DAC chip, has an excellent dynamic range, outstanding resolution of micro details, and an impressively low noise floor, adding up to exceptional performance. The Octa DAC Chip Matrix with our implementation guarantees both superb sound quality and DAP leading measurements. THD+N hits -123dB, the best among portable players. This groundbreaking achievement sets a new standard in the industry. The more the merrier. Taking the advantage of quantity to achieve better quality and achieving extraordinary results.

CS43198 DAC circuitboard schematics

Evolved Audio System Controller

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 haspicosecond-level precise control and adjusts the DAC clock, data, and constructs the FIR filter.

The DAC Matrix Magician

Thanks to the new algorithm of FPGA-MASTER 2.0, the potential of the Octa CS43198 DAC chip can be further explored and developed. Synchronous parallel output mode reduces discrete distortion between DACs to improve overall performance.

FIR 2x mode, FIR 4x 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 4 DACs, the DACs form a hardware analog FIR filter, which averages the differences between multiple DACs, reducing distortion and effectively improving sound details and realism.

iBasson DX260 FPGA 2.0 workflow diagram

Android 11 + Mango OS

The DX260 comes with the latest Android 11 system, allowing you to easily install streaming APPs for a seamless Android experience. The DX260 efficiently bypasses the SRC at the system level. Whether it's Mango Player or a third-party streaming APP, you can take advantage of the system-level "Non-SRC" feature giving you the highest quality sound from the recording.

The DX260 features the Mango OS, a Linux-based audio system that has been meticulously designed for exceptional audio playback. It has accumulated a lot of optimization to the underlying driver algorithms, which focuses on audio playback. This pure sound system has no WiFi or Bluetooth interference, it has lower EMI, and a purer listening experience.

iBasso DX260 silver front eye level on vinyl jacket with Meze headphones highlighting UI

New Design + User Removable Cover

Introducing the new ID design, complete with the return of volume control guards and a more industrial look. Conveniently, the rear cover is easily removable with total battery access making replacement of the battery simple.

Specifications

  • Screen: Sharp 5.0" | 1080 x 1920 | on-cell capacitive touch panel
  • Audio Format: APE, FLAC, WAV, WMA, ACC, ALAC, AIFF, OGG, MP3, DFF, DSF, DXD, and DST
  • USB: Type C (3.0)
  • Output Port: 4.4mm balanced phone out/ 3.5mm single ended phone out/ 4.4mm line out/ 3.5mm line out/ 3.5mm coaxial output/ USB OTG output
  • WiFi: 802.11b/g/n/ac (2.4Ghz/5Ghz)
  • Bluetooth: v5.0
  • RAM/ROM: 4G LPDDR4X | 64G ROM
  • Battery: 4400mAh 3.8V li-polymer battery
  • Charge Time: 2.5 hours
  • Average Play Time: 14 hours (varies pending resolution, volume, and headphone/IEM load usage)
  • Size: 4.8" x 2.9" x 0.7"
  • Weight: 8 oz
  • iBasso 1 Year Product Warranty

4.4mm BAL Headphone Out:

  • Max Output Level: 6Vrms
  • Output Power: 1015mW + 1015mW @32Ω, THD<0.5%
  • Frequency Response: 10Hz~75kHz -1dB
  • SNR: 133dB
  • Dynamic Range: 133dB
  • THD+N: -121dB (A-wt, 600Ω) | -114dB (A-wt, 32Ω)
  • Crosstalk: 145dB
  • Noise Floor: < 930nV (Low-Gain)

3.5mm SE Headphone Out:

  • Max Output Level: 3Vrms
  • Output Power: 280mW + 280mW@32Ω | 586mW + 586mW@16Ω, THD<0.1%
  • Frequency Response: 10Hz~75kHz -1dB
  • SNR: 128dB
  • Dynamic Range: 128dB
  • THD+N: -115dB (A-wt, 600Ω) | -110dB (A-wt, 32Ω)
  • Crosstalk: 118dB
  • Noise Floor: < 850nV (Low-Gain)

    4.4mm BAL Line Out:

    • Max Output Level: 4Vrms
    • Frequency Response: 10Hz~75kHz -1dB
    • SNR: 133dB
    • Dynamic Range: 134dB
    • THD+N: -123dB
    • Crosstalk: 145dB

    3.5mm SE Line Out:

    • Max Output Level: 2Vrms
    • Frequency Response: 10Hz~75kHz -1dB
    • SNR: 128dB
    • Dynamic Range: 128dB
    • THD+N: -112dB
    • Crosstalk: 115dB

    In the Box

    • DX260 Player
    • USB-C cable
    • Coaxial cable
    • TPU case
    • Screen protector
    • Warranty card
    • Quick start guide

    iBasso DX260 bird's eye with retail box and included accessories

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    Detailed and Airy

    Before burn in, there is a heavy bass emphasis, but after about 40 hours of use, the DX260 is very balanced and detailed. Treble is clear but not harsh and the stage is wide and has an airy presence. At this price level and with the fast reacting Android OS and the smooth integration of Apple Music streaming and 1TB micro SD all works very well. I’ve only use AK products in the past, but iBasso has done an excellent job with this more portable DAP.

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