Are you annoying to google the Ibasso DX220 review and search them everywhere ?
If yes, you are at the right place.
Following you can find all the reviews of Ibasso DX220, including the FAQ, article review and video review, you may find your answer right here.
How would you say this player compares to A&K SP1000M?
SP1000M is more natural due to it’s signature mids coloration
Amp 1 mk2 vs Amp 8 on DX220?
I didn’t do many tests, but in brief impression, AMP8 is a bit more “analogue” sounding, with a bit more body and a bit less resolution on treble. but it’s just initial impressions
Clearly for the better dac chip, hiby R6 or dx 220?
There is no “better” or “worse” DAC chips, as DAC plays only one role in the sound, while amp, clock, digital source, PSU and many other components are vitally important. E.g. best DAC I’ve heard, Linn Klimax, was built on “old” WM8741. so I think that device should be evaluated “in the whole”
So, the dac chip is not the first thing we’re looking on a DAP or an amp/dac, to understand a bit how It’ll sound?
Yep. I’ve heard devices built with the same DAC chip, but totally different sound
I have A&K SP1000. Would you recommend me to sell it, buy this one and save some money?
No, if sound quality is important for you, stay with SP1000 🙂
DX220 is really great DAP, and difference with TOTL is really small, but it’s still present
Would this player benefit from an external amp?
It depends on your headphones. in general, it won’t benefit much from amp, as iBasso’s amps are really decent. I’d said that it’s more logical to get a spare module like AMP8 (or upcoming AMP9)
of course, if you’re using some power-hungry headphones powerful external amp can improve things
What is the best sound quality ibasso Dx220 VS AK SE100 ?
Actually, I mentioned SE100 in comparisons, but in short, DX220 is better.
Oh, well… first of all, because DX220 puts a proper amount of weight into sound, and thus sounds more natural and realistic. I don’t know why, but SE100 is focused on micro-detalisation (not typical for A&K) and sometimes this representation sound more compelling, but, in many cases, it gives a less natural sound. so, DX220 is a winner for me, especially considering price/quality ratio
In A&K lineup I recommend Norma, because it’s small and stylish or Ultimas, because they are the best 🙂
Does it support tidal offline?
Sure, it uses regular Tidal app, so it supports everything that Tidal app can do.
Since the DX220 is more of an evolution than a completely new DAP there are definite enhancements but also some legacy features that have remained from the original DX200.
Slicker Form Factor
A bigger 5″ IPS 1080p screen and a shorter more refined body. The DX220 makes both the DX150 and DX200 look almost antiquated with their smaller screens and angular or blockier form factors. The almost borderless approach worked a charm with the HiBy R6 Pro and iBasso seem to agree also.
In the hand, it is a stunning looking upgrade, made all the more attractive with the introduction of Corning Gorilla (2.5D) glass which delivers a lot more “pop” to the display.
Mango Gen 2
Whilst out of the box Android Oreo for the DX220 is nothing new, (Both DX150 and Dx200 have it now), the introduction of a vastly overhauled Mango dual-boot OS and app is a first. This is nothing like the older clunky player, looking far more refined and user-friendly.
It also has a few ace cards up its sleeve in its new settings menu that will provide a lot more user engagement. That includes a debut for iBasso’s first ever Parametric EQ system as well as an in-depth user configuration on how to navigate Mango as an app and what options are available.
Software and control
Android 8.0 Oreo is responsible for the internal content of the player. Navigation is performed using the touch screen: swipe right, swipe left, curtain on top and touch – in a word, everything is simple and familiar, like on smartphones. If you wish, you can start and switch tracks with side buttons.
With such a filling, the Google Play Market service would be desirable, but its absence is not such a big problem. Almost any application can be installed using programs with apk-files – this is not a tricky business, it will take a few minutes.
In the DX220, like the DX200, there is a dual boot, which takes the gadget to the menu of an independent virtual Mango player, which has acquired a new elegant interface and more convenient control.
In general, the choice is yours. In addition to music, you want access to the Internet and all kinds of programs – go to Android. Would you like a clean audio player – choose Mango OS.
Like its predecessors, the DX220 has seven digital filters and a parametric equalizer (PMEQ), which allows you to fine-tune the sound to your taste.
It is worth mentioning that the DX220 is already “out of the box” well optimized, and the manufacturer promises to regularly engage in improving its software. Why, the player just came out, and I already had an update on it!
- OS: Android
- DAC: Dual ES9028Pro
- Output Ports: 2.5BAL, 3.5PO, 3.5LO, SPDIF
- Screen: 5.0inch 1080P Full Screen
- CPU: Octa Core
- USB-DAC: XMOS
2.5mm Balanced Output:
- Output Voltage: 6.2Vrms
- Frequency Response: 10HZ-45KHZ+/-0.3dB
- S/N: 125dB
- THD+N: -0.00018% (no load, 3Vrms)
-0.0002% (32Ω load, 3Vrms)
- Crosstalk: -119dB
3.5mm Single Ended Output:
- Output Voltage: 3.1Vrms
- Frequency Response: 10HZ-45KHZ+/-0.3dB
- S/N: 123dB
- THD+N: -0.00031% (no load, 1.8Vrms)
-0.00035% (32Ω load, 1.8Vrms)
- Crosstalk: -117dB
- Output Voltage: 3.0Vrms
- Frequency response: 10HZ-45KHZ+/-0.3dB
- S/N: 122dB
- THD+N: -0.00035%, -107dB (no load, 1.8Vrms)
- Crosstalk: -116dB
Unboxing & Accessories
The DX220 comes in a maroon red package that has a silver protective cover. On the cover, there are the model name, brand name and features of the DX220. At the back of the cover, there are the specifications. After opening the package, there are the DX220, leather case, burn-in cable, coaxial cable, USB Type C cable, warranty card, quick start guide and screen protectors.
Hi, lovers of quality sound!
Today an excellent opportunity to meet at us – to us the new leader from the highly respected company iBasso on a visit glanced, DX220 DAP.
The model was only issued and right there surely occupied a pedestal, having pressed the fellow of iBasso DX200 which is released in 2017 from there.
The device is built on the same two top-end DAC chips ESS Saber 9028PRO and also has the ability to replace the amplifying modules, which currently number nine pieces: AMP1, AMP2, AMP3, AMP4, AMP5, AMP6, AMP7, AMP8 and now AM1 MK2.
If the DX200 was supplied with the AMP1, then its continuation already has on board a new module, namely the AMP1 MK2.
I think, it is worth mentioning also a complete amp of “middle brother”, DX150 – AM6 module.
And junior, DX120 about which we told you recently has no possibility of replacement of the amplifier because of his small size. However, it is already good.
But back to the big leagues. I will not keep the intrigue and immediately admit that the DX220 definitely bypasses its predecessor, but what exactly – I will describe in detail below.
Mango app vs Mango OS.
I’m sure many will be curious how does Mango app (in Android mode) compares to stripped down Mango OS. Here is a summary of some of the differences I found while testing under fw 1.09.092. There could be more, but these stood out for me.
- Mango OS start up is faster, while Mango app/Android takes a little longer (a few extra seconds).
- Mango app (in Android) navigation is faster, while Mango OS has a slight lag.
- Mango app (in Android) has EQ and PEQ, while Mango OS has only EQ.
- In Mango app you can randomly tap on timeline to advance to any part of the song, in Mango OS you have to drag the pointer to a new position like in original DX200.
- In Mango app “Now playing” directory/list is accessible when you pull down the main screen, while in Mango OS you have to tap upper left corner to get to music sorting where you view “Now playing” list.
There are also differences in sound between Mango app and Mango OS, and I will cover it in sound analysis section of the review.
DX220 offers a traditional Graphic EQ (EQ) where frequency bands are fixed, and you only adjust the gain with a slider. In Mango app (Android mode) you also get Parametric EQ (PEQ) where you have a lot more control over which frequency is being adjusted, bandwidth of the frequency being adjusted, the type of the filter used to adjust the frequency, and of course the gain of the adjustment. Here are my observations while testing DX220 EQ and PEQ.
Graphic EQ (EQ)
- When enabled, drops the volume to create extra headroom for band adjustment (to avoid clipping).
- Relatively clean 10-band EQ adjustment (33, 63, 100, 330, 630, 1k, 3.3k, 6.3k, 10k, 16k frequency bands).
- Whenever you adjust a band, you can see it being shown graphically above the EQ sliders; great visual feedback.
- 5 genre specific presets are included where each one could be adjusted further and reset to its original state.
You know, if iBasso haven’t released their new flagship for half a year or even a year, nothing would have happened. DX200 is still one of the leaders of the “under 1000$” segment, but the company has decided to be modern and has presented a new model – iBasso DX220. However, despite the fact that the name change is “slight”, the difference is not at all minor.
iBasso engineers always notice market trends. They have underlined the most important aspects to renew their flagship, according to 2019:
- the screen has become bigger and obtained fullHD resolution, the borders diminished
- Bluetooth has been upgraded to version 5
- RAM incresed to 4GB (from 2 GB)
- all QuickCharge standards supported
- firmware updated and is not only more modern in terms of appearance, but has also got MQA support and ability to avoid Android resampler
Of course, the sound part has also been revised, but the changes are not that striking. iBasso have decided not to change what doesn’t need to be changed. There are the same double ESS Sabre 9028 DACs and XMOS chip for USB interface. The engineers added two more clock sources (now there are five in total) and added one more gain level. Also the noise level is less and the amplifier has been revised.
At the 2019 Axpona Audio Show in Chicago iBasso debuted their new High-Resolution Reference Digital Audio Player, the DX220.
- Key features of this DAP are:
- Dual Sabre ES9028 DAC chips
- 4GB RAM
- A 5.0” 1080P Full Touch Screen
- Femtosecond Oscillators
- Android OS
- Octa-Core CPU
- Exchangeable AMP Modules
- Playback of up to DSD512
Measuring 4 7/8” x 2 5/8” x 7/8” the iBasso DX220 is comfortable to hold and well balanced in the hand. It comes equipped with the new revised AMP1 MkII which has a Line Out (output voltage 3vms), 3.5mm Single Ended Out (output voltage 3.1vms), and a 2.5” Balanced Out (output voltage 6.2vms) with a frequency response of 10Hz-45Hz making it ideal for sensitive IEM’s as well as full-size headphones. The amplifier modules are swappable and the DX220 is fully compatible with all iBasso AMP Modules that have been previously released and also offers Bluetooth 5.0.
One of the great things about this DAP is that it supports playback of DSD512 files. This is no small feat and it does so flawlessly, granted, these DSD512 files can run 20GB each but believe me, it’s worth it. The unit comes with 64GB internal memory, a single microSD slot capable of reading up to 2TB, and has 4GB of RAM.
The iBasso DX220 is secured within premium packaging and comes with a USB Type C Charging Cable, an OTG Coax Cable, a premium Burn-In Cable, and Warranty Card. As with all of the iBasso lineup, the box is nicely designed with an attractive box, ample foam, and the charging cable, burn in cable, warranty card and six screen protectors are beneath the unit.
The chassis is made of milled aluminum with gray/black highlights and the screen is updated over their previous flagship, the DX200, with Corning Gorilla Glass. The build quality is exemplary and the fit between seams is spot on. Sleek lines, a beveled screen, and semi-recessed volume knob make it comfortable to hold and easy to use. It comes with a premium leather case in mustard yellow, which, to me, is the only drawback here. Perhaps a black, brown, or red leather case would be more appealing to the eye.
Youtube Video Review
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SCwsHQZOhE ( User interface/1st impressions by Bad Guy Good Audio Reviews)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6f82p_QJRxI ( Porta.Fi is active in replying the comments, so if you have any questions, you can leave a comment there.)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gv_JSE-Usn0 ( Playing around with the iBasso DX220 ui late at night, if you want to know how its performance at night, just check it)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GM8Kw8ey1M ( iBasso DX220 + AMP7 DAP – Unboxing – Review， By Audiophile Heaven）
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M324iLMslnU ( iBasso DX220 VS HiBy R6 Pro )
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2Qc8DhL-Y4 ( Unboxing of my recently purchased iBasso DX220. With the Amp 8)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19JQgD9FGkE&t=60s ( Fiio M11 VS Ibasso DX220)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7kikWW-TdY ( Russian )
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsyjVj33tTw ( Russian)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcIK9ye2Qnk&t=10s ( Russian)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_lQSqGVqmA ( Russian, Ibasso DX220 VS Fiio M11 VS Hiby R6 Pro)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcIK9ye2Qnk ( Russian 1.4K followers)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEdzNK7mvDg ( Russian, 17K followers)