iBasso DX50 DAP Reviews

Positive Reviews


Excellent DAP That Punches Well Above Its Price Point


Pros: Lovely Sound, Nice Box, 15 Hours of Battery Life, USB OTG, User Replaceable Battery

Cons: Back Scratches Easily

The DX50 from iBasso Audio does seem like a direct competitor to the hugely popular Astell & Kern AK100 and the high value Fiio X3. Released at a price point of $239, it is slightly more than the X3, but much less than the price of the AK100. As you probably know, all three DAPs are based around the same Wolfson 8740 DAC chip and while some people believe that what matters is the implementation of the chip, I had previously believed that the DAC chip played a larger role – until I heard the DX50. Almost every DAC/DAP that I have heard which uses a Wolfson has sounded warm, but this doesn’t sound warm at all, but very neutral, leaning a bit towards the brighter side.   Girls...
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Negative Reviews


DX50 Is A Terrible Player


Pros: decent sound but nowhere near as good as the hype leads you to believe

Cons: USB connection problems, SDCard scan problems, player freezes, tag problems, file sorting problems, sluggish UI problems, touch screen to sensitive


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Great entry level DAP


Pros: Storage, sound quality, build quality, ports

Cons: Can get bulky with an amp attached to it

I was contemplating buying this or the Fiio X3. I didn't like the size of the X3 or the button layout and the other reviews on the DX50 were just too good for me not to pick it.   I bought mine used from a member on here, he included a 32gb microSD card with his music collection on it (thanks trojan2900). Right away I fired it up, picked a random song, and started listening and couldn't have enjoyed it more. The sound quality was amazing, a very warm, soothing sound, good through the highs and the lows, even through the cheap earbuds I was listening through.   With the built-in amp there isn't exactly a need for a separate amp, but depending on your headphones you can...
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A Slamdunk


Pros: Price, build quality, DAC, connections, storage options, the sound, oh the sound!

Cons: UI, that's it

Alright, here goes. I have been on a slow, meandering journey through hi-fi that has seen me slowly start to climb that ladder that costs you your wallet.   Up to now I've been used a Sandisk Clip Zip (Rockboxed) and an ipod classic (rockboxed) running through a LOD cable into a Fiio E7. I was very satisfied with the sound from both of these units, running both with FLAC's ripped from CD's.   Cue the neverending need to upgrade and a strong desire to dip my toes into the world of hi-res audio. I quickly homed in on the Fiio X3 and the iBasso DX50. Subscribing to both unit's threads on head-fi allowed me to get a fix on the quirks and qualities of both units.   I took...
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Outstanding Audiophile DAP


Pros: Well Controlled Bass, Great Sub Bass, Forward Mids, Transparent, Soundstage, Design

Cons: Highs can be bright in some cases, UI

The iBasso DX50 is the latest product to come out of the Chinese company iBasso. The DX50 comes in at $239.00 and comes equipped with a single Wolfson WM8740 24-Bit Chip which we see widely used in DAP's such as the Fiio X3 and the Astell & Kern AK100.   In this review I will be breaking it down into segments; Design, Storage, User Interface, Sound Quality and Conclusion.    Design:   The iBasso DX50 uses a modern and sleek design with a brush aluminium front and back, a very clean 2.4" IPS touch screen and 3 recessed physical buttons which act as the rewind, play and forward. On the bottom of the device we have a headphone out and line out in the form of...
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Great Value,software up-date


Pros: Sturdy ,easy to operate ,accept 128GB micro cards, Battery life is good

Cons: screen could be a bit larger and a manual would be helpful upload of 128GB card is slow

I use the DX 50 since march 2014 and was priced 220US .I agree that the first software were a bit messy but as  time went by  the software has gotten better and now even can accept DSD files ! Sound at least for me does not makes you tired to listen to .For me the player has a balanced sound without over emphasis the bass ,middle or the high sounds .Ok the music source and HP plays a role as well .I listen mostly to red book files and high resolution files and use VISO / NAD HP which in my opinion fits well with the Player .Sometimes I hook it up directly with my audio system and it sound pretty good to me .However if I use the Audioengine D2 wireless 24 bit DAC in connection...
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The ever changing sound DAP


Pros: Great DAP dark sounding, Great sound separation, good soundstage, lots of firmware updates

Cons: amp section is a bit weak, size as I now have the X1

Had this little player for sometime now recently purchased the X1 and comparing them both im still sold on the DX50 although I still like my X1 but I still find the sound seperation on the DX50 much more appealing still using FW 1.3.3 SU which I much enjoy the signature. Still there are a few issue I had with the player itself like the HO became loose and I started losing sound on one side of my phones I had no issue with warranty as Ibasso have great service. Amp section could be a little more better but can be fixed using a portable amp, great DAP still my preferred daily at this point til I can get my hands on a X5 or DX90.

Awesome unit


Pros: Nice and sturdy, great audio, easy to get started

Cons: UI may need some improvement

I like the fact that the unit feels sturdy and solid. It is not bulky, but you know you are holding on to a solid piece of equipment. It looks perfect and is easy to get started and upload music to it, no problems at all.   The UI takes a bit of time to get used to, however the screen is nice, reactive and precise so no issues there. It just takes a bit to get used to the way files are sorted and presented, but nothing serious.   I certainly would recommend this player.   Thanks.

iBasso DX50 Quick Review


Pros: Beautifully exquisite sounding, great UI, power, 2TB SD card capability.

Cons: Very warm and flavoured sound

iBasso DX50 Quick Review   Full review at http://www.head-fi.org/t/720374/ibasso-dx50-review   Thanks to Advanced MP3 Player's (AMP3) for the loan.   Brief:  Darkly sumptuousness in DAP form.   Price:  £199   Specifications:  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:...
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Perfect First Audiophile DAP


Pros: SQ, Form Factor, Battery Life, USB OTG, Adjustable Gain

Cons: Minimal EQ Change, UI, Accessories

iBasso has set the standard for balance between price and performance with the DX50. This DAP is like a stockier, more sturdy version of an iPod.   With better SQ. And USB OTG. And Line-Out.   With regards to appearance it's a nice piece of hardware. The brushed metal case looks great and is rather scratch-resistant in my experience. I was wary of the three button layout AND touchscreen, but after getting used to it, I think its a great design. I can use the touch screen to navigate, adjust EQ, and create/manage playlists. Then after I put the 50 back into my pocket the three buttons make it very easy to play/pause and skip/restart already playing tracks. The...
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Great value despite a slow, drunken start


Pros: Great sound quality, slick UI, good build quality, OTG input

Cons: Buggy Operating System

My experience with the iBasso DX50 has been one hell of a wild ride. Many bumps in the road, trials and tribulations along the way but somehow, as if by the grace of the Audiophile Gods themselves the DX50 has finally evolved into something functional. By no means did it start out that way, but I don’t want to bore you with the details right in the beginning of this review. I will start off with the conclusion first, you can read the details afterwards.  That is just how I roll.  #likeaboss     The After   I am astounded by the overall clarity and dynamics the DX50 is capable of.   It sounds pretty much the same as the Astell & Kern AK100...
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The affordable "Audiophile" DAP for IEMs (updated 9/24/2013)


Pros: Clean, clear, neutral sound with IEMs. Very good line-out performance. Feels absolutely solid in my hands, and not bulky or heavy at all. Price.

Cons: UI and interface bugs. Many features need to be implemented. Hissing with sensitve iems.

iBasso DX50 with my Ultimate Ears Reference Monitors (UERM)   Quote: Main features: - 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, OGG, MP3 - User Replaceable Battery(Compatible With S**sung S3), 14hours Play...
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