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XDuoo XD-05 DAC/Amp

XDuoo XD-05 DAC/Amp

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Can someone please recommend what cable to use with this unit? Im trying to connect by usb, and while can connect to desktop, I have troble to connect to iPhone and Sony Walkman for some reason.. For iPhone Im trying to use 8pin to female usb but it doesnt work, and the led indicator doesnt light, and dont know why For Sony Walkman Im trying to use cable that came with Sony - sony conector to usb male + usb adapter female to female but its not working too.. What Im missing??
can someone recommend some rubber bands that will fit this monster. the included ones barely make it around the device itself. Try to strap my s9+.
Anyone power either hi fi he400s or the X58s with this yet?
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That knob protector comes as part of the Xduoo 05BL Bluetooth Turntable kit to add Bluetooth capabilities to the Xduoo Xd-05 amp.
+1 for the EarStudio 100. I use it primarily with my Klipsch x11i and Massdrop X Noble Luxe. It also kicks ass with my SR8Os and m100s. The ability to fine tune with the app and the solid BT sound via Aptx and AAC make it an ideal solution for using your wired headphones in a headphone jack less world. The overall build quality could be better, but the device is holding up well and getting the job done.
I was satisfied with the XDuoo XD-05 for few months I own it. But if you don't have (single-ended) headphones that are difficult to drive... or need a coxaial/optical in, LED, or digital filters... I recommend the FiiO Q1 mkII which is significantly smaller, offers a 2.5mm balanced-out (more power, better channel separation), plug-and-play compatibility with iOS devices, and $55 cheaper.
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Sorry for late reply. I think the Xduoo is a slightly warmer sounding amp. Which to me I like. But if you EQ your music it really is not relevant. But as another suggestion; check out the Topping NX3S. It has similar output compared to the XD-05, doesn’t have a dac so it’s lighter and cheaper. See my edit above. It might be good for you too.
hsdrggr
You wouldn't ship internationally would you? In my area, I can get the Topping NX4 DSD for USD 126. XDuoo for quite a bit more.. though just last week the difference in price was only USD 30, but not anymore
I would love to get one of these, but its now dropping at $154.99 but ships about 5 weeks later and international shipping... if the price were significantly lower compared to getting it shipped from China it would be great. The time to deliver ratio to the drop price is not worth it for me. Its pretty much the same price as the iFi iDSD Nano Black Label which i can get immediately... guess I'll have to wait for a lower drop here or elsewhere.
Also, whats the warranty situation on this, it's not indicated on the Overview?
Ben4Cans
Right now China is more expensive and it takes 30 days to get it from China. I know, I just received mine from China because I didn't want wait for it to drop again. So Massdrop is the way to go.
My XD-05 just arrived today and it doesn't work with my Oneplus 3. It is connected with a JOTO OTG cable and my android doesn't detect any input. Also im using the NuForce EDC 3 and HyperX Cloud 2 to test. HD6xx still on delivery :(
edit: Found the fix for it (Need to enable OTG storage on the phone for it to detect)
If anyone is interested, the xDuoo Xd-05 is also available here for USD $129.99 (reduced price through their 'Buy More & Save option): https://www.banggood.com/XDuoo-XD-05-Portable-Audio-AMP-DAC-Headphone-Amplifier-Support-Native-DSD-Decoding-32bit384khz-p-1041255.html?rmmds=search&ID=227
Simran
For reference, I ordered mine today and it has already been shipped. Should arrive in Australia within 7-13 days. Good alternative if you wanna save a bit of cash and wait time.
Ernie824
220.99 USD starting 11/11/18
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Ernie824
I really didn't like the V5i-D in my XD-05. It will not operated in hi-gain mode, and need that for the HE4XX cans. Yeah, there was more detail, but the music was much more fun and punchy with the stock op amp. So, just beware of that when you think about doing the V5i-D. I actually have 7 of the Burson V5i-D op amps in stock. If anyone wants one; $49 shipped in USA. I'm in Florida
Had this for a year plus. Then the amp section died on me. Only usable part is the DAC. So i jz utilize it for as a DAC now. Pity, it was a terrific amp while it lasted. QC is poor on this particular model.
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Wha does “Volume Pot" mean?
danisnowman
The volume control mechanism.
Hmm..wait 48 days at this price, or get it in two days for $211.
Let's see...$51.00/48 days equals $1.06/day in savings, but--also equals a $1.06/day you're paying not to listen to music with it!
In other words, if someone said to you: "look kid, I'll pay you $1.06/day not to use this cool DAC/Amp." how many of you would say: "Okay mister, but only for 48 days!"
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Well, is it material in this case?
RHPICAYUNE
Not if you've got the extra fifty smackers and have nothing better to do with them ;- )
I'm new to the dac/amp world, so between the Topping NX4 or the XDuoo XD-05 which has a better value in the long run and which of the two the Topping NX4 or XDuoo XD-05 would better power a Sennheiser HD660s (going to purchase the Sennheiser HD660s within the end of the year)
Ernie824
NX4 powers my HD600's past comfortable listening levels. It has a much nicer/smaller form factor than the XDuoo IMO, but it doesn't have a display like this one. Since I've never A/B'd them, I can't say which gets louder, or sounds better to me.
Ernie824
I have both Amps. The HD660's are not really difficult to drive. Either Amp will be fine. But I recommend the Xduoo since it will allow you to use less efficient headphones like the HD650's of HE4XX's if you decide to upgrade to those type cans later.
How does this compare to the Schiit Fulla 2?
xaelon
This has more power, a better interface (OLED), and more capability (adds SPDIF optical+coax input, bass boost, 3 gain settings all on front panel, and more). Can't recall if the fulla2 has a 1/4" jack, but XD-05 does and I prefer it. I think the sound is quite nice, the AKM4490 is a good DAC. Oh and it also has a battery! (which is why it has more power, as it doesn't use your device's USB power)... On the downside it's a little more finicky with USB and the included cables are crap, don't use them. Also you won't get any warranty service and it costs more... They are different and both great, though the Fulla2 has limited use to me other than being inexpensive - it's stuck on desktop IMO (or nightstand, but no spdif) and there are better DAC/Amp combos if you want one for desktop use. Good to build a Schiit stack or just to get the DAC and USB interface for a special analog amp you love?
I know Fiio is probably already as inexpensive as it can be for the price they sell to customers and the products they sell at that price, but if mass drop could somehow get a less expensive dollar sign on the Fiio Q5 I would be all over it. I know this site is all about tried and true American/United Kingdom Netherlands Germany Japan type - audio companies for the most part from what I’ve seen being sold, but Fiio is coming out the gate with some of the most impressive portable dAC amp and Bluetooth enabled devices I’ve seen ever.
This or the cayin c5dac hmmm
GTFODeathknight
can't lose with either! go by features/price...
Could you plug a microphone into this and listen thru the headphones ?
Percydog2
Nope.
Percydog2
There's a line-level analog input, so you could, but you'd need something else to amplify the microphone's output to line-level first.
Every time I see this here I get a little closer to replacing my Creative Sound Blaster Z sound card.
It appears I could use USB input from a PC, line level output for powered speakers, and headphones as needed. Is that correct?
And does anyone have input regarding the viability of this proposed upgrade?
liteon163
Yes. You can use a USB cable. It's a female (to xduoo) to male (to PC) cable. I remember one comes in the box.
liteon163
You can most certainly do as you proposed. I have a Creative E5 in a box full of other DACs and I still prefer to use the XD-05. I connect a 20ft optical to the XD-05 for watching movies when I don't need to shake-the-house with external speakers. Even with the added surround features of the E5 I still prefer the XD-05.
Hey everyone, I’m technically challenged. When I bought this, I thought the usb in the back was to plug an i phone into, but it’s a male port??? What’s it for and what would I use it for? Also, it won’t drive the Senn 6XX, could I add a headphone amp to it and just use it as a DAC and if so, how? Thanks everyone👍
Divingwell05
They have the male port because it lasts longer and puts less strain on the pins if the cable is yanked. Ifi audio uses the same system on their stuff. You need a usb extension cable to plug into the unit and connect through the official Apple camera connection kit or Apple lightning to usb camera adaptor to your iPhone or iPad. The included usb extension cable only lasted a day before going bad, but I’ve been using the same replacement cable for almost two years now. No problems at all. Haven’t looked, but these could still be on gearbest for $150. Thats where I got mine. The dac is output via 3.5mm jack on the back of the unit that is always active and unaffected by the volume knob.
Anyone have this, and the Topping NX4DSD? I prefer the form of the Topping, but this could work if it offers anything more. Also looking at the iFi Nano BL, but don't care for the shape.
Showtime
I'd go for the iFi, and if you don't need the portability of this or the dac/amp combo, I'd say stick with the Topping, this isn't really anything noteworthy in comparison.
Not to say it isn't nice, but it's nothing above or beyond other portable dac/amp combos. The iFi would be more to test against. Even then, you kind of hit a cap on portable units, but iFi tends to do good things with their units.
Showtime
I'd get the XD-05 if you will use the additional SPDIF or ANALOG inputs (I do) or you like the screen, or if you prefer the AKM4490 DAC. Also it has a 1/4" headphone jack which I like. Or maybe you'd want BASS boost sometimes. It has everything but bluetooth and crossfeed! But I'd say get the nano if you need MQA (does anyone?) or will use the balanced output (great deal for a balanced portable). Or if you have really bad, noisy USB ports - the nano has iPurifier and it is very good at cleaning up nasty signals. The iFi will also likely last longer, is smaller, and charges from the same port it gets the music from. The xDuoo has separate signal and power jacks, and they are even different jack types, so keeping it charged can be annoying. The iFi also cost a little more. Oh yeah, and it has NO ANALOG INPUT which is a TRAVESTY IMO (but again you may not care for your use case). Also it depends a little on your cans - the XD-05 has quite a bit of power, which can make a difference. In single ended mode I'd wager it's a bit more powerful than both of those other units. The nano will have more grunt in balanced mode. But if you really need GOBS of power and want to be portable you might want the iFi micro or other bigger amp. Maybe NX4 if you care most about the form factor? It'd be my last choice, but probably fine if you don't have demanding cans.
July 6, 2018 UPDATE: after a more careful inspection, the solder joint looks good on the bottom side of that pcb. The problem is not the solder joint, but the USB cable. You'll need a very specific kind of usb extension cable that fits SNUGLY into the port on the back of the XD-05. I bought 4 from amazon, and I finally found one that works 100% no drop outs with my device.
TL/DR: its most likely a poorly fitting usb extension cable.
ORIGINAL POST, hypothesis is wrong!!! Sigh - xDuoo is still selling XD-05's with unsoldered USB ports. See the photo. I sent Massdrop support an email yesterday, still waiting to hear back. If I don't hear anything soon I'll take it directly to xDuoo support.
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So. Where did you get that cable.. Can you share a link please?
Just curious, does all this clicking of the relay switch that some people seem to have cause it to wear out quicker or break?
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went and pulled the datasheet for the nexem relay
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Atomicminded
10 million is a lot of cycles. And that's just what they're rated at. Chances are they last longer than that.
I would like to sell my xduoo if anyone is interested it has the upgraded op amp from Burson . Let me know :)
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Hi, OK. How do we set it up? COD with UPS/USPS? Or you have another online store to invoice from? Thanks, Vikram
TullNut
Send me an email at theplaidmoose@gmail.com and we can talk on that
Would the TA-01 woth golden lion tube be the worse or better than this?
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Yep, new in the box & ready to ship, Contact me at gndill@yahoo,com and I will get it to you.
KC-130
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I found a discount code somewhere for Xduoo xd-05, 20% off, code, DH7DB0J4XGK6 , valid date June 4 to June 10.
Looks a good price after the discount, i am thinking of buying one this time.
https://www.hitenik.com/products/xduoo-xd-05-dac-headphone-amp
I have one for sale if interested- great sounding but to cumbersome.
After the battery charged for a while it came back. Working fine. This device really does not like to have low battery. Sound degrades and clicks at times. It does very odd things. Hope my image helps future users. Funny how they mis-spelled "Default" wrong in the message. HA
rrg123
Well, it's best not let any rechargeable battery go all the way to empty to begin with. The funkiness must be from the drop in supply voltage as the battery nears empty. It happens to a bunch of my own electronics, unless they are designed to auto-shutdown before voltage starts to drop, I'm guessing.
I may have broken this by tring to fix the USB. Has anyone seen this on the screen?
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I tried the side buttons but nothing is making it do anything like accept or move to YES. Now it does not work. Or do I need to fully charge it. I mayhave inadvertently left it on over night and I did not notice it before I started messing with it. thx.
Specs of Topping NX4 DSD says it has 293 mW x 2, while the XDuoo XD-05 mentions 500mW. So, does that mean NX4 is more powerful than XD-05?
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Thanks for the response. The reason for my confusion was that NX4 boasts 114 mW at 300 Ω, while XD-05 measurements shows only 50 mW at 300 Ω. That made me wonder if the 32Ω output of NX4 was higher. Can someone here explain this?
VBar
Amps can have very different topographies that effect their outputs across a changing load. If they can output a high voltage cleanly they will handle high impedance loads well as we know from Ohm's law V = IR. But for a lower impedance load it will need a higher current output as R (ohms) has dropped. The xDuoo could just have a worse voltage gain stage. Unless your using 600 ohm headphones though it might not make a difference and the extra current capacity would help with low impedance planars. You really need a Vrms vs THD graph to see what's going on
What was the price on the last drop?