iBasso DX50 Digital Audio Player
iBasso DX50 Digital Audio Player

iBasso DX50

The DX50 is a great instance of a forward thinking and community oriented Digital Audio Player (DAP). The early models of the DX50 won respect from the audiophile community due to its bit perfect sound and high build quality. That said, the first firmware releases for the DX50 were… quite buggy. The good news is that the audio was so good that people decided to stand by the DX50 and provide feedback to iBasso on how to improve their software. The current release is quite stable and the DX50 is currently rated at 5 stars all around by top reviewers on Head-Fi.

iBasso DX50 Digital Audio Player

So what’s inside?

The DAC inside the DX50 is a Wolfson WM8740, which gives the DX50 its impressive 24-bit rate and 192 kHz sampling rate. A note on the internal amp, it is a portable amp so it will have a tough time with high impedance headphones, but it is more than capable of handling anything that is designed to be portable. One of the killer features of the DX50 include it's Line Out and Headphone Out ports, which really distinguish it from other audio players in it's class. One last impressive detail of the DX50 is the three function gain switch on the bottom that allows you to choose between High, Low, AND Medium.

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What’s up with the Sound?

Great imaging, a top notch soundstage that keeps improving every time they release a firmware update, solid bass, midrange and treble are all marks of the DX50. This DAP is superb at instrument separation, so you can listen for your favorite part of the song with impressive clarity. Interestingly enough, the sound does change dramatically with each firmware update, so do take the time to experiment with which one you prefer the best. Or you can always just check the Head-Fi Thread that reviews each firmware update here.

iBasso DX50 Digital Audio Player
iBasso DX50 Digital Audio Player

Details

  • Bit Perfect, Support up to 24Bit/192kHz
  • WM8740 24Bit DAC Chip
  • Built-in 9V Voltage Swing Headphone AMP
  • 2.4" IPS Screen(320*240) with Capacitive Touch Screen, Bonded by OCA
  • Up to 24Bit/192kHz Mini Coaxial Output
  • 3.5mm Headphone Output, and Line Out
  • Three Physical buttons (Rewind, Play/pauses, Forward) on The Top Panel.
  • 256-Steps Digital Volume Control
  • 8GB Onboard Flash
  • Support SDXC and SDHC MicroSD card, up to 2TB
  • 3-Setting Gain Switch
  • Audio Formats Supported: APE, FLAC, WAV, WMA, AAC, ALAC, AIFF, OGG, MP3
  • User Replaceable Battery(Compatible With Samsung S3), 14 hours Play Time.

Line out:

  • Frequency Response: 20Hz~20KHz +/-0.2dB
  • S/N: -109dB +/-3dB
  • THD+N: 0.003%
  • Output Level: 1.5V rms (1kHz 0dB)

Headphone out:

  • Frequency Response: 20Hz~20KHz +/-1dB
  • THD+N: 0.004% (32ohm load)
  • Output Level: 1.2V(Low gain), 1.7V(Mid gain), 3.1V(High Gain)
  • S/N: -103dB +/-3dB(Low gain), -106dB +/-3dB(Mid gain), -108dB +/-3dB(High Gain) (32ohm Load)
  • Output Impedance: <0.5ohm
  • Battery Life: 14hours
  • Battery Charge Time: 3 hours with AC adapter, 5.5 hours with PC USB port
  • Case dimension: 2.52 W x 3.98 L x 0.67 H (inch)
  • 64 W x 100 L x 17 H (mm)
  • Weight: 146g or 5.15oz

Shipping

All orders will be shipped by Massdrop.

Estimated ship date is Sep 10, 2014 PT.

After the drop ends, payment will be collected. To deliver the best value to the group the request will then be submitted to the vendor up front, making all sales final. Be sure to check the discussion page for updates.