iBasso DX160

Before you read the following review, you can check video of brief introduction of Ibasso DX160.

(Video Credit: iBasso official) 

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Article Review 

Headfonics 

The DX160 completes what I now call the triumvirate of killer mid-fi DAPs that I have heard this year including HiBy’s R5 and FiiO’s M11. Importantly, each DAP offers something unique and they all differentiate themselves from each other quite easily

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Head-fi

In my opinion, the DX160 was a success, so much so that it’s not even clear what you can complain about and criticize so that the review does not look like a panegyric.

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Porta.fi

iBasso have shown again what a device should look like in 2019 and probably in 2020 as well. Striking design, compact size, convenient controls — everything is fulfilled without sacrifice to sound and other player capabilities.

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Audiophileon 

The DX160 uses a skinned version of the Android 8.0 operating system. I know what your thinking is that 8.0 is very long in the tooth but the truth is, for what you use the player for its works just fine. 

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Youtube Review 

Full review of iBasso DX160 digital audio player -By Porta.fi 

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Specifications

  • Housing material: alloy-aluminum
  • OS: Android 8.1
  • DAC: Dual CS43198
  • Output Ports: 4.4BAL, 3.5PO, 3.5LO, SPDIF, USB output
  • Screen: 5.0 inch 1080*1920 Sharp OnCell Full Screen
  • CPU: Octa Core
  • Memory: 2G RAM , 32G ROM, Micro USD card
  • Wi-Fi: 80 2.11 b/g/n/ac (2.4Ghz/5Ghz)
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth 5.0
  • Battery: 3200mAh Lithium ion polymer battery
  • USB connector: Type-C (charging and data transfer)
  • Quick Charge: QC3.0, PD2.0
  • Audio Formats Supported: MQA, APE, FLAC, WAV, WMA, AAC, ALAC, AIFF, OGG, MP3, DFF, DSF, DXD, CUE, ISO, M3U, M3U8, MQA
  • Size: 113mm*69mm*15mm
  • Weight: 178g
  • Average Play Time: 13 hours (The play time varies with different resolutions and headphone/IEM loads.)

Does iBasso DX160 support MQA?  

The answer is Yes. 

3.5mm single ended output

  • Output Voltage: 3.2Vrms
  • Frequency Response: 10Hz~40kHz +/-0.15dB
  • S/N:1 25dB
  • THD+N:0.0004% (no Load, 2Vrms),0.0007% (32Ω Load, 2Vrms)
  • Crosstalk: -115dB

4.4mm balanced output

  • Output Voltage: 6.4Vrms
  • Frequency Response: 10Hz~40kHz +/-0.15dB
  • S/N: 130dB
  • THD+N:0.00022% (no Load, 3Vrms),0.00022% (32Ω Load, 3Vrms)
  • Crosstalk: -125dB

Line out

  • Output Voltage: 3.2Vrms
  • Frequency Response: 10Hz~40kHz +/- 0.15dB
  • S/N: 125dB
  • THD+N: 0.00035% (no Load, 2Vrms)
  • Crosstalk: -113dB

Wanna to try iBasso DX160 ?

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • Does spotify perform well in this dap?

Sure, pretty well

  • Can you do a comparison between dx160 vs Dtr1? 

They are pretty different in representation, DTR1 is more focusing emotions and highlighting macrodynamics. it’s more “fun” and it’s trying to be “rude” whenever it’s possible 

DX160 is more neutral and less highlighting abovementioned

  • Is player playing in bit-perfect mode?

iBasso stated that all apps that doesn’t do resampling plays “as is” 

  • Did you try DX160 with Dunu DK-3001 Pro? 

Sure, it’s a good pairing, if you like the sound of DX160, pretty neutral DK-3001 Pro will give it to you in the pure form, at the same time highlighting emotions and other strong parts of DX160 representation 

  • Could you please let me know which one is better: DX150 or DX160? 

“better” here is a subjective choice, DX150 is more energetic and more highlighting emotions, while DX160 is more neutral and better developing ends of sonic spectrum. 

subjectively, I prefer DX160 more, but it’s based on my own tastes 

  • Can you output DSD / high res to an external dac e g via coax or usbc? And control the device via a mobile phone? 

It can output highres/DSD, but there is no built-in solution for remote control 

maybe there are some general purpose Android applications for that (like Android remote desktop or something like that), but I don’t know them 

  • Can you get google play store support on Dx160 thanks?

You know, I was surprised, but I totally missed that it’s doable on recent firmwares

you can install Google Play Store from built-in AMKPure, and it’s working (I’ve installed UAPP without problems) 

  • Does it support tidal offline?

Sure, it uses regular Tidal client for Android, so it supports all its features

  • How much better is this than the original hiby r6? 

It’s a matter of the preference. original R6 has muffled and recessed treble, so if you’re a fan of natural highs, DX160 is noticeably better. if you like a darkened signature, maybe R6 could be a better choice. subjectively, I’m a fan of treble, so for me choice is pretty obvious 🙂

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