I received my D12 earlier today, and of course I had to promptly give it a listen via my H120 optical input. As always, I wanted to hear what it sounded like out of the box with no burn-in. I am pleased to report that it sounds superb. iBasso stated that the D12 should sound better than the Toucan when using SE phones, and I am inclined at this point to agree with them.
The sound is detailed but smooth, no sibilance at all that I have noticed thus far. Soundstage and imaging is very 3-dimensional. Tonality is spot-on, without emphasis on any part of the audio spectrum. Bass is deep and tight.
No, I have not run thru all of my phones yet, only my silver-recabled OK1's and PK1's so far.
I notice a couple of things...the finish is very attractive, and overall the player has excellent fit and finish. The new case makes it a breeze to open...no longer necessary to slide the board out of the case...just remove 4 screws and the top lifts right off, exposing the opamps and battery. The battery is very easy to remove, should it become necessary, as it has a small plug similar to that of cordless telephones.
Don't ask me what the opamps are, as iBasso has painted the tops of the L/R opamps one color and the buffers another. Will I be rolling opamps in this? I doubt it, as the SQ sounds, to my ears, as what I would strive for with my Topkits.
I also notice that there seems to be more of a difference between the two gain settings than is the case with my D10 even though both are rated +3 and +10. The gain switch has also been moved from the left side of the case to a position between the Aux In/Out and volume control.
Below are a couple of hasty pictures I took, just so you can get an idea of the internal layout and the front faceplate. Dimensions are identical to my D10.
Another "Well Done, iBasso"
Edited by HiFlight - 9/30/10 at 5:28pm