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iBasso DX120 pure DAP player. Balanced, single ended, line out and 2 micro SD slots. FW 2.9.21 now out!

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by Paul - iBasso, Aug 31, 2018.
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  1. BonzerKeith
    I use Beyerdynamic DT770 (80 ohms) converted by Custom Cams to Balanced Input with a Balanced cable. I converted to Balanced Output because I did not think SE was adequate. If your Father's DT1990 are 250 ohms I would think they may struggle. I am no expert, I can only comment on my own experiences.
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  2. Mal Waldron
    Yes, the coaxial output is other highlight of this DAP. I could give him my Xduoo XD05, although a great brick would be generated, hehe.

    What about covers and CUE files?
  3. expatriot
    Mal: Just finished reading a review of the DX120, and the reviewer said he tried to run his Sennheiser HD800 single ended out of the DX120 and was not good at all. However, when he ran it balanced it sounded good. The HD800 is rated at 300 ohms. The review was from Headfonia. It would seem as though the only way to go is with a amp that has enough power out of their single ended output jack?
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  4. Dobrescu George
    You want to drive HD800 from a single ended output?

    Most portables won't do it, but I think DX150 + iBasso AMP7 should do the trick on single ended.

    BTW, that is a 3.5mm single ended, so taking them portably would require a cable as well :)
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  5. Mal Waldron
    My father is going to drive me crazy looking for a new DAP. As I said, he only needs a player capable to read CUE files, covers without making any conversion and enough powerful to drive headphones like the DT1990. I recommend him this Dx120, but he wants a higher level one. He won't need wifi or BT.
  6. Dobrescu George
    I would still recommend DX150 + AMP7, that makes a really good choice.

    AFAIK, DX150 can easilt read cue files and cover art without a hassle :)
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  7. Dobrescu George
    By the way, @Mal Waldron , I think that DT 1990 is a great headphone, but not quite that hard to drive, I would imagine DX120 does a good job as well. Should be easier to drive than Amiron, and DX120 was actually able to drive Amiron fairly well, especially if I was listening at non ear-blasting volumes :)
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  8. Mal Waldron
    I also have the DT1990 and paired with the Sony WM1A seems to be a little unpowered, but since I have that player I discovered that the new IEMs have nothing to envy the headphones. Sadly he doesn't like IEMs... I will send him your opinion and let him decide. Thank you very much for your help! Have a great day!
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  9. expatriot
    The problem is, if I remember the post correctly, his father can't or does not want to go balanced. As I previously stated, he will probably have to run a amp that has single out, in order solve his particular dilemma.
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  10. Mal Waldron
    Yes, his DT1990 can't run balanced without a mod...
  11. tokyodan
    I think there may be a problem with the DX120 when charging from 0%. I've only had mine for about a month. If recharging from around 15 to 20% it only takes 2 hours to fully charge to 100%. But I was doing burn-in until the DX120 went to 0% and shut down. Then charging took much longer. it took 2.5 hours to get to only 24%, then another 1.5 hours to get to 38%. I then went to bed so I don't know how long it took to get to 100%. But this is the 2nd time that I charged it from 0% and the 1st time took an in-proportionally long time to go from 0 to 100%...about 7 hours.

    During burn-in, to run down from 82% to 0% took 10.5 hours. This is with the screen off for most of the time.

    This is the charger I use: https://www.anker.com/products/variant/powerport-speed-1-usbc/A2014113

    NOTE: This could be a display problem as I read in this thread that unplugging the charger and plugging it back in showed that the charge percentage suddenly jumped from a lower number to a higher percentage:

    "I have noticed that when I am using the fast charger and check after about 1,5 hours the DX120 displays that it has 75% charge, disconnecting and reconnecting it to the charger, the dx120 suddenly displays that is has been fully charged, so the display is not 100% accurate."

    ...but I didn't try to check that.

    Also I still love this device.
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2019
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  12. Keko123
    I charge from 4% in 2 hours and few minuts. I use one old Samsung Galaxy TAB 2 charger
  13. tokyodan
    Run it down to 0% and it shuts down, then try charging again and see what happens. My DX120 charges to 100% in 2 hours when it is 15 or 20% but I think when it goes to 0% and shuts down is where the problem occurs.
  14. expatriot
    is there any kind of low battery prompt?
  15. Dobrescu George
    1A and 1Z have little power, I'm sure neither won't drive Amiron or 1990 quite that well, but DX120 should be able to :)

    Either way, between DX120 and DX150 + AMP7, DX150 provides both better sound and flexivility, except for the dual microSD slot that DX120 has
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