iBasso DX 160 Version 2020 Mobiler HiRes Player and USB-DAC

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iBasso DX 160 Version 2020 Mobile HiRes Player and USB-DAC


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"In terms of specification and user experience, the iBasso looks nigh-on ideal. But its sound – ‘perky’ in the manner of an Ibiza all-nighter – gets wearing sooner rather than later."

High performance at a low price

The iBasso DX160 in summary: The iBasso DX160 is almost something like the "little brother" of the iBasso DX220. It comes with a 5 "/ 12.7 cm IPS display with Full HD resolution, WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0 and Android 8.1 as the operating system. What is he missing? Let's clarify here.

The highlights of the iBasso DX160 at a glance:
  • 5 “/ 12.7 cm full HD display - high resolution that can also be switched
  • Android 8.1 as operating system - can be expanded almost as required via Android apps
  • Decent computing power - ARM 64-bit octa-core CPU and 2 GB RAM on board
  • Dual DAC for best sound - two Cirrus Logic CS43918 in one
  • Bluetooth 5.0 and WLAN - high bandwidth and huge range combined
UPDATED FOR EVEN MORE SOUND QUALITY - VERSION 2020

The hardware of the iBasso DX160 was updated in 2020 and has received three major updates:
  • Optimized slew rate (edge ​​steepness), wider bandwidth and higher current delivery capacity in the output stage
  • Headphone connection according to the CTIA standard
  • Change of display supplier, which made the improvements of the player possible in the first place
First-class touch display with Full HD resolution

In addition to listening to music, there are usually other dimensions that bring joy. For example, excellent usability and a clear view. That is why the iBasso DX160 has an almost full-surface, viewing angle stable IPS display with real Full HD resolution / 1080 x 1920 pixels. With 95% coverage of the sRGB color space, your covers also shine in true color and in the best quality. Oh, and it can also save electricity! Because in addition to the high-resolution 1080p mode, there is also a power-saving and performance-friendly 720p mode. They sacrifice a bit of resolution and get better battery life. Clever, isn't it?

Android 8.1 - powerful and flexible customizable

With Android 8.1 as the operating system, the wide world of music is open to you, because you now have access to almost any music app. Whether Tidal, Spotify, Deezer, Qobuz or a completely different Android app: you have the freedom to decide what is played. In addition, there is of course the Mango app as an uncompromising way to play music from the integrated memory card and from the NAS. Completely optimized and adapted for the music players from iBasso.

Modern hardware - 8-core processor with 64 bit and 2 GB RAM

Listening to music is becoming an ever greater challenge. In the past there was only MP3 and WAV, music is now stored in an almost unmanageable variety of formats. And each of these formats has its own computing power requirements. No problem for the iBasso DX160. In addition to 2 GB of RAM, it scores with the same processor as in the iBasso DX220; the Arm Cortex Octa Core with 64 bit. Whether DSD, MQA or "just" FLAC, the DX160 is prepared for all music formats.

High quality dual DAC - uncompromising digital / analog conversion

Is there anything better than the Cirrus Logic CS43198 as a D / A converter? Right, two of him! And so one of these converters is used for each channel and takes great care to ensure that no detail is lost. Of course with 32 bit / 384 kHz and native up to DSD256x. And the whole thing, moreover, both in symmetrical operation and when used via the classic 3.5 mm jack output. To top it off, your computer can also benefit from the first-class qualities of the converter if you wish, because the iBasso DX160 can even be used as a USB DAC.

Wireless fun too - with Bluetooth 5.0 and WiFi at 2.4 & 5 GHz

With 32 GB of built-in memory and a microSD card slot with a maximum of 2 TB of memory expansion, you should think that there is enough space for music in any file format and quality. But why not broaden the musical horizon anyway? Thanks to Android 8.1, you can listen to and enjoy music from almost any streaming services such as Tidal, Spotify, Deezer, Qobuz and many more via WiFi, as well as access to your home NAS. In addition, Bluetooth 5.0 guarantees interference-free reception with a long range (theoretically up to 100 meters away). And to ensure that everything fits in terms of sound, aptX and LDAC are on board. Probably the best thing about it: Not only can it receive music via Bluetooth, it can also send it. Whether on your car, stereo or Bluetooth headphones: you determine what is played.

Robust and high quality - Made from solid aluminum housing

At 178 grams, this player is light enough to be taken anywhere (and you'll want to do that once you've heard it!). The high-quality workmanship and the CNC-milled aluminum ensure that you can do that with no worries. Even if things get a bit rough, the player forgives it.

Plump equipment package - lots of accessories included

In addition to the iBasso DX160 itself, there is also a screen protector in the box. Then there is a USB cable and a transparent silicone case for optimal protection against falls and scratches.

Are you interested in great music at a low price? That's what the iBasso DX160 is for!

Specifications
  • Headphone output: 4.4 mm balanced jack and 3.5 mm jack
  • Line output: 3.5 mm jack + coaxial digital output
  • USB: USB Type-C with USB-DAC with 32 bit / 384 kHz and DSD256
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0 with aptX and LDAC, WLAN 802.11 b / g / n / ac
  • Memory: 32 GB internal memory, 1 memory card slot, MicroSD up to 2 TB
  • Display: 5 "/ 12.7 cm IPS display with FullHD resolution
  • Weight: 178 grams
Headphone output
  • Frequency response: 3.5 mm jack: 10 Hz - 40 kHz +/- 0.15 dB, 4.4 mm jack: 10 Hz - 40 kHz +/- 0.15 dB
  • THD + N: 3.5 mm jack: <0.0004% (32 ohm load), 4.4 mm jack: <0.00022% (32 ohm load)
  • SNR: 3.5 mm jack: 125 dB, 4.4 mm jack: 130 dB
  • Max output voltage: 3.5 mm jack: 3.2 Vrms, 4.4 mm jack: 6.4 Vrms
  • Crosstalk: -115 dB
Line output
  • THD + N: 0.00035% (no load)
  • SNR: 125 dB
  • Frequency response: 10 Hz - 40 kHz +/- 0.15 dB
  • Crosstalk: -113 dB
Electricity and battery
  • Charging: via USB Type-C
  • Battery: 3,200 mAh lithium polymer
  • Battery life: 13 hours (depending on the file format, volume and headphones used)
Playback formats
  • Lossless: MQA, APE, FLAC, WAV, ALAC, DFF, DSF, DXD
  • lossy: APE, WMA, MP3, AAC, OGG Vorbis
Converter
  • Resolution: 32 bit / 384 kHz and DSD256x
  • Converter: Dual Cirrus CS43198
scope of delivery
  • iBasso DX160
  • Screen Protector
  • USB cable
  • Transparent silicone case
  • warranty card
  • Quick Start Guide
You receive a 2 year warranty from the date of purchase for all of our high quality hifi-products.

If you observe any problem while using the product, you have the possibility to contact our friendly service team.

You can also easily manage your guarantee concern – without being obliged to – under the section My Account.