iBasso DX160

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

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Article Review 

Headfonics 

Initial Sound Impressions

(Initial testing is done with both 4.4mm and 3.5mm IEM cables using a 64 Audio tia Trio, Campfire Audio Solaris and the Meze Rai Penta with 4.4mm conversion).

Noise

Ok so let’s get the efficiency out of the way nice and early. This DAP is deathly quiet with all my super sensitive IEMs including the Solaris. You will not hear an iota of hiss in both balanced and unbalanced output at any volume level. iBasso has done an amazing job getting the amp and DAC noise levels down to possibly the lowest I have heard on any of their DAPs to date.

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(Image Credit: Headfonics)

One thing to note in the Mango app is that gain is now only low and high so they have done away with the DX220 medium gain setting. Having said that, even high gain with the Solaris shows no signs of hiss though the amount of playable volume is very low at just 5-7 steps max from zero balanced and about 10-12 unbalanced.

Head-fi Review 

However, the DX160 does not sound like any $399 device at all. For instant, when compared to NW-ZX2, an android based Walkman from Sony, the DX160 has a lot more power, a much more modernized Android, a powerful processor, and everything is so smooth, snappy on the UI.

The timbres density, the very blacked out background is all presented to me as an upper tier device when compared to this player that I have around here.

Even-though I am not into Mid-tier DAP as I used to anymore, the experiences that I have accumulated over the year would put the DX160 instantly into the category of the least 2X of it price or $799 and up for example.

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( Image Credit: Whitigir on Head-fi)

Also, I can not say that it can be competitive to higher-end devices such as DX220, just because it stops at fully exposing the finesse of the music textures on each instruments, vocal, room ambience…..

But it definitely punches above it MSRP, It simply is because the soundstage, the details, the energy, the vocal, the power to drive headphones, the snappy UI….etc….as a package, the DX160 is very cheap for it price. In fact, I don’t really understand how Ibasso could pull this off ?

Audio123 Review 

DAP Build & Design

The DX160 has a rectangular design and the body is made of aluminum. This is the black variant of DX160. At the top of the DX160, there are USB Type C charging port and switch on/off button.

At the left side, there is a Micro SD slot. At the right side, there are Hi-Res sticker, volume wheel and previous, play/pause, next buttons.

At the bottom of the DX160, there are 3.5mm standard headphone output jack (Single-Ended, Line Out & Coaxial Out) and 4.4mm balanced headphone output jack.

The back of the DX160 is black in color and sports the brand logo & model name.

Youtube Review 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r45pliL_xQs

iBASSO DX160 (DAP) music player📱 (First Look)-By Bad Guy Good Audio Review 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxPFMUR2y8k

iBasso DX160 UI 

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.)

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