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iBasso DX100 FAQ

  1. Currawong
    As there are so many repeat questions in the DX100 thread, yet the thread is growing at an amazing rate, burying the answers, this F.A.Q. on the DX100 has been created.
    The latest firmware is available from iBasso.com here  v1.4.2 (ZIP compressed file).
    Previous firmware here -- v1.3.7 (ZIP compressed file).
    Alternatively, since iBasso.com tends to be down from time to time, member dhobsd keeps a directory containing all release versions here (TX, US). You can also find v.1.2.7 from member Sorensiim, (compressed zip hereuncompressed image file here, EU).
    Download the file, uncompress it (if you downloaded the RAR or ZIP) and copy it to the internal storage on the DX100. The file must be placed in the root of the onboard storage, next to the folders, like here (Windows 7):

    Once the file has been transferred, disconnect the DX100 following the usual precautions: First "eject" it from the computer, then turn off USB storage on the DX100. Once it has disconnected, a media scan is automatically initiated and the DX100 will report that it has found a new firmware file and ask you if you want to update the firmware. Make sure you have connected the power supply while doing this. From here, the DX100 will take care of the rest and it will take some time - just let it do its thing. Interrupting the update (or the DX100 running out of battery) will brick your player, turning it into an $829 paperweight. After the update it will shut down and display the usual "Charging" symbol, the blue lightning. At this point you can power up your DX100 and enjoy your new firmware. [​IMG]
    A note about the 1.1.6 firmware:
    Updating to at least firmware v.1.1.7  is also a good idea since it is considered a much more stable release.
    Main functions:
    The volume controls only work when the screen is un-locked.
    The line out level is controlled by the volume, but not affected by the gain switch.
    Due to its powerful headphone amp and low impedance headphone output, the DX100 is capable of accommodating from low impedance & very sensitive IEM's to high impedance full-size headphones while maintaining a linear frequency response.
    iBasso mentions that it only supports up to 32GB µSDHC cards, but it also supports 64GB µSDXC's after formatting those to FAT32.
    The DX100 has two headphone outputs, one 1/8" (3.5mm) and one 1/4" (6.3mm). A 1/8" (3.5mm) analog lineout is also present, as are two digital outputs (Coax + Mini-toslink) for use with an external DAC. All outputs are active at the same time, so the DX100 can be used as a source for no less than 5 components at the same time. 
    Please take note, power requirement of your Headphones and IEM's are very different. If you plug your IEM's while listening to a Headphone, esp. with high ohms/power requirement, you will probably destroy your IEM's due to exceeding their power handling threshold.
    General advices:
    As you get hold of your DX100, and after having loaded it and maybe also one or more µSD's full of your favourite music, being impatient in wanting to listen to said favourite music straight off is not a good plan: the player needs to index the database of the loaded musical library, and this process takes a certain amount of time. Wanting to hit play immediately will result in much frustration, and it might even be a good idea to do a factory reset before anything else. Checking in Running Services under Settings that the scanning of the external Media is finished (said app Media disappears from the list) if a µSD is inserted can also give some useful indication.
    For those who are using sensitive IEM's & CIEM's with their DX100 and keep unplugging and plugging them back in on start-up or on wake-up after standby to avoid the loud popping sound that can be hurtful to both their ears and their sensitive IEM's, it can be a good idea to use a ø1/4" to ø1/8" (ø6.3mm to ø3.5mm) adapter like this one in the ø1/4" (ø6.3mm) headphone output and save wear & tear on the DAP's ø1/8" (ø3.5mm) headphone output.
    Pertinent impressions and reported issues with older firmware versions:

    More on the loud pop when the unit is turned on or waking-up from stand-by:
    Android Apps
    As the DX100 is powered by Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) with full access to the Android Market (Now called "Google Play"), you are able to install a host of applications on it.
    PowerAmp is a highly recommended app for music playback. Looks nicer than the stock player, but does not support high-resolution files.
    No Lock does exactly what the name implies - disables the screen lock for faster access to the controls; this app is redundant since the latest DX100 firmware updates, v.1.1.0 to v.1.4.2: pressing the volume or power-on/off physical buttons re-activates the touch-screen
    Go Launcher Ex provides an excellent user interface, others prefer ADW Launcher for a more minimalist approach.
    Cover Art Grabber or Cover Art Downloader help add album art if it's missing, you'll need a WiFi connection if you want the apps to get art from the net.
    Copying music to the DX100:
    When you connect the DX100 to your computer via a USB cable it will appear as a drive in (My) Computer on Windows or on the Desktop in Mac OS X. Create a folder/directory named "Music" in there and copy your music folders/directories into that.
    Nota Bene:
    Mac OS X iTunes syncing:
    DX100 Streaming capability

    If you install a UPnP/DLNA streaming app (for example BubbleUPnP) you can stream music from your PC to the DX100. Once installed you point the DX100 to your media server of choice:
    Foobar (using foo_upnp)
    Logitech Media Server
    Windows Media server

    You can then play media from that server - either on the DX100 itself or to various other renderers you may have connected to your network. The Playback Stream Capture option allows you to use your PC to control playback on the DX100 - there is a slight delay - for example after hitting pause in Foobar it takes a second for the music on the DX100 to stop playing. Because it's Android based it's currently limited to 44/16 (it seems to stream 192/24 but it doesn't play).
    Rooting and Optimizing the DX100

    Getting the best from the battery
    Keep wifi and bluetooth switched off unless you need them
    Disable "Background data" option - this can be found in the "Accounts & sync settings" section from the Settings page.
    The Energizer XP8000 backup battery will happily charge the DX100, a full charge takes 3-4 hours.
    The DX100 uses 2pcs 2000mah battery in series, to reach 8.4V
    Links to reviews
    Setting up DX100 to use Playlists Via MediaMonkey:
    Using mp3 tag to properly clean and edit your tags for both DX100 and Hisound Products:
    The directions below are in large part dealing with the Hisound products but you can use them as well to get your DX100 to properly show tags and music in general. I do not recommend having more than 1 type of tag embedded into the file. I do use ID3V2 though on mp3 files on the DX100 where I want the album art to show up. So you can change things accordingly regarding that. However if you are using FLAC files I recommend removing all tags besides the (FLAC) tag. You can embed your album art as well to have the art show up on the DX100. If you want all this album art to show up without having to download album art grabber for 1.1.7 you can revert to 1.2.3. Do a factory reset. Select play all albums. Put the device on shuffle and let it sit for a while. Once you see all the album art has showed up via the album art view (small album art view) you know it has all been cashed in memory. You can then revert back to 1.1.7 and this time don't do a factory reset. All your album art will show up an you have the great sound of 1.1.7.
    Use mp3 tag to tag your files
    Step 1: Download Mp3tag
    Step 2: Go into Tool/Options. Under Tags you have Mpeg and Ape, Mpc... You want to make sure Read is check marked for both Mpeg and Ape. For "Write" make sure only ID3v1 is checked (for both Mpeg and Ape). Under "Remove" check ID3v2 and APE. If you have APE files it is recommended not to use them as those files work slow on the Studio V. Convert them over to FLAC instead. Then select Ok to apply changes in options.
    Step 3: Drag and drop your files you wish to apply this to. I recommend doing this from your Hard drive if you wanna save time as the changes can be applied much faster this way. Then again reloading your Studio V and SD card could take the same amount of time. It's really only a 1 time process thing so it's not a big deal. Anyways once you've dragged and dropped the files you wish to apply these changes to, highlight all the files or click on the "Filename" area and then press Ctrl + A. Now Select Remove tags or that big X just below "Edit" (top left corner area of Mp3tag). Once all tags have been removed simply click "undo Changes" located next to "Remove tags". This will restore all your tags on the fly except for v3.2 tags. To be on the safe side you can also select "Save" to ensure these changes stay. This is located to the left of "Remove tags".
    Step 4: I also recommend cleaning up your tags. If you have junk such as "Comment", "Composer", "Disc number", and "embedded album art" this will all contribute to slowing down your device. I'll tell you how to remove all this on the fly. Again press Ctrl + A to hilight all your files. Then under Comment/Composer/Disc number select <blank> for them all. Once you've completed this now right click on the album art area (located below disc number). Select "Remove Cover". Now all you have to do now is Select "Save" and it will apply all these changes for you (just make sure all your files are constantly hilighted when doing all the above directions in order to apply them).
    Problem should be solved and your player should be rather responsive on start up. Mine takes roughly 16 seconds (correction) to load from the SD card and on-board. I did a countdown myself and it's 16 seconds for my unit (20 seconds if you start the countdown from when you first power the unit on).
    You can also configure mp3 tags buttons to do auto changes on the fly for you.
    Under the "Tools" tab you'll notice 4 buttons with an arrow pointing to the right.
    For the first one click it and copy and paste this: %track% %title%
    Second one: % track% %title%
    Now look further to the right and you'll notice one of these buttons marked as 1 2 on a page (red numbers). Click that and input this:
    Begin at tracknumber: 1
    Check-mark: Leading zeros for tracknumbers (01,02). This will allow your tracks to be automatically numbered from 01, 02, 03, 04 etc. Just make sure they are in the correct order starting from 1,2,3,4 and it will automatically rename them correctly to 01, 02, 03, 04. I've noticed issues if you don't have it done this way. Basically when changing your tracks be sure to do this part first. Then you can refer to those other buttons I had mentioned earlier. As long as your Titles of your tags are correct it will combine that along with the 01, 02, 03 and rename your Filename according to that format. Basically saving you a lot of time and making this process quite easy.

    Enjoy folks! :)

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  1. landroni
  2. landroni
    Is it possible to update Android 2.3 to something >= 4.0 on the DX100? 
  3. kelvinwsy
    Hi Headfiers - Solved my problem. May be of help to others. I found that my battery was not dead. I reasoned that it was storing the usb connected status in its circuits - So i let the battery drain by pressing the on button repeatedly without the charger connected. After about an hour of doing this, I connected the charger back and pressed and held down the power button while i used the Iphone reset metal key to activate the RESET on the ibasso dx100. HEY PRESTO it came back alive. WOW what a relief. Solved!! 
  4. kelvinwsy
    Hi headfiers - I am in trouble - my R10 (Japanese Ibasso Dx100) was in usb mode updating the music database when i stupidly switched it off. Now it will not power on. I have emailed Hibisound but can any headfiers give me some advice. I sure dont relish sending the unit back to Japan to get it started again. Any way of resetting it to wake it up?? Help?
  5. InternetSandman
    Would this FAQ also apply to the HDP-R10? I'm getting one of those on Thursday and wanna know if it's similar enough that everything said here applies to that player as well
  6. Mimouille
    FYI, I tried another solution for playlists with MediaMonkey. You just export the playlist in m3u on the root of your DX100 (but in unicode). The only thing is that if you have songs from the sdcard, there is an additional step: open the m3u file with notes and replace the sdcard address (for instance f:\) with its relative address on the DX100 (for instance h:\sdcard\). This allows you to use playlists without having to sync.
  7. lee730
    Yes 1.2.7 is out now.
  8. Houbi
    will there be a newer firmware than 1.2.3 with the sound quality of 1.1.7? i hope so
  9. kenman345
    It is a common thing with Android based devices, but when a user contacted iBasso, iBasso responded that they wanted it that way so people didnt accidently change the volume on themselves....
  10. kantana
    The no volume change while locked may not be an iBasso design, the same thing happens with the Sony walkmans Z10x0 as well, I use no lock apps to get around it there as well.