iBasso DX50 DAP Reviews

Positive Reviews

lin0003

Excellent DAP That Punches Well Above Its Price Point

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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

DigitalFreak

DX50 Is A Terrible Player

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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

 

More Reviews

HUM24H

Outstanding Audiophile DAP

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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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JoeDoe

Perfect First Audiophile DAP

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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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subseasniper

A Slamdunk

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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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24Bit

Great value despite a slow, drunken start

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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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thegunner100

The affordable "Audiophile" DAP for IEMs (updated 9/24/2013)

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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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