iBasso Audio's Amp12 is now released as an ultimate separate amplifier module for their flagship DX300 music player, its large, dual batteries ensuring iBasso could take this module's analog circuit to town.
Clean, precise and infinitely detailed, with plenty of headstage, air and also a rumbling, authoritative bass, Amp12 is a product of the comprehensive discrete circuit built within, one Headfonia says "enhances the player signature in many ways, giving you a more natural approach to the sound", complete with pictures. [See Product Desc. For More]
Indeed, iBasso built Amp12 to act as a most faithful conduit to your music, allowing it to remain truthful to the way it was recorded. The voltage gain stage is tuned to provide a vast and open soundstage, while the power stage takes that and preserves all the low-end authority in your music.
Headfonics throws this back to when iBasso championed the term neutral, in days gone by, Audio-PH talking about its perfect balance. Audiophile Heaven adds Amp12 gave DX300 new life.
Plug any big can from Sennheiser or ZMF Headphones straight in to be immediately impressed, or use its dedicated hardware line-out as the ultimate source for Cayin Audio's C9.
Also view all our products from iBasso here or our other music players here.
iBasso's right to flaunt what they can do comes in form of this purple tinted silver copper alloy cable in 4.4mm, a must-have for all IBASSO or mmcx-connector earphone owners, especially the IT07.
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Originally designed and intended for Ibasso SR-2 but sits well with most headphones with 3.5mm connectors.
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Most HIFIMAN, BEYERDYNAMIC, KLIPSCH headphones.
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4.4mm Balanced Cable
High Purity Silver Copper Alloy
Braided tangle free construction
iBasso Audio's CF1 is more than a step into Bluetooth and true wireless. It's a big plunge that's IPX5 and will make waves in this market.
Splash out for this Qualcomm aptX true wireless adapter that's quiet enough not to suffer from any audible hiss with sensitive IEMs – your Campfire Audio flagships will never disapprove. [See Product Desc. For More]
A big part of CF1's proposition is being tuned by true masters of amplifier and music player DAC design. Your earphones set free from their wires will continue to unleash best sound, with nearly 30 hours of battery life keeping the music playing on and on.
Twister6 loved using these to turn iBasso's IT00 IEM into an instantly gratifying pair of audiophile true wireless buds, and Headfonia did too as they put it on their 'Recommended Buy' list. This is a Bluetooth adapter only limited by the choice of IEM that you pair with it, states Headfonics.
You can also view the rest of iBasso's releases here, or browse the rest of our Bluetooth collection here.
New and improved USB-C to 4.4mm second-generation audio amplifier by Ibasso.
2 x CS43131 DAC Chips
Up to 32bit/384kHz PCM Decoding
Up to 256x Native DSD Decoding with a THD+N below 0.00032%
High Power Output of up to 195mW@32Ohm, 4Vrms@300Ohm
ESS Technology DAC chips debut here in an iBasso Audio USB-C DAC/amp dongle, and boy does it show in the way the 3.5mm DC05 sounds.
Plenty more involvement and detail shows in the way this dual ES9219C dongle that plays Tidal MQA sounds, reminiscent in more ways than one of the flagship DX240 music player. Headfonia considers DC05 a "very serious option".
To turn your Android, iPad or other mobile device into something mimicking iBasso's reference DAP is no mean feat, but hearing is believing.
Enjoy lots of involvement through the mid-range in particular where the majority of your music lies, though that doesn't detract from plenty of presence still in the lows and highs.
Drive your favourite earphones and headphones alike through DC05, or browse iBasso's other offerings here and our other DAC/amps here.
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The music player to get you started. Accommodating two MicroSD card slots, a balanced output jack with enough power to handle all your needs, and the resolving ability of AKM's 4495 DAC, iBasso's DX120 takes you awfully far for awfully little.
You'll be able to see everything from iBasso here and all our other music player options here.
Impressive in so many ways at any price point, iBasso Audio's DX160 is affordable excellence that unlocks listening once unthinkable at the entry level. Signal-to-noise ratio is a stunning -130dB down for an industry-best benchmark! [See Product Desc. For More]
The output of dual Cirrus Logic CS43198 DACs is presented beautifully, as acclaimed by Headfonia, saying it "not just a pretty face, it sounds good too", and StereoNET, adding it "proves that you don't need to spend thousands on a DAP".
Headfonics, Twister6, Moonstar Reviews and The Headphone List all echo similar praise. The latter write they "would take the DX160 over many other devices double, or even triple, what iBasso is asking".
Android O, full Google Play Store and a 1080p screen beckoning you to stream offline Spotify, Tidal Masters, MQA, and Xiami all feature from the box as standard, making day-to-day use always easy and fuss-free.
You'll be able to see everything from iBasso here and all our other music player options here.
iBasso Audio have shown Head-Fi what the entry-level DX160 and flagship DX300 are capable of. And it's been left to the DX240 to act as the crossroads of them all, bringing together all the best traits of iBasso's DAP prowess into one single device. So good, in fact, it displaces DX300 on Headfonia's Recommended Buy list.
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Now in stock, DX240's first owners are entitled to three free amp card endplates and a matching leather case worth $149, available while stocks last! [See Product Desc. For More]
Revitalising the popular form factor that the original genre-defining DX200 and DX220 packed, the DX240 is another cumulation of the progress iBasso have made. With stock Amp1 MKIII, this versatile player promises an abundance of transparency and plenty of involvement through a liquid mid-range, particularly with female vocals.
ESS Technology's ES9038Pro top-dog – outputting in current to a proper I/V stage for best distortion characteristics – arrives as the decoding backbone. The refinements made around this DAC chip bring DX240 into portable audio's future.
Trickling down from the DX300, a FPGA acts as a clock and data master, presenting raw I2S for the ES9038Pro in the cleanest, quietest and most precise manner. Joining those are the Snapdragon 660 CPU, along with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.
Full Google Play Services and Android 9 usability is a breeze when viewed through DX240's 1080p screen. Play up to DSD512, 16X Tidal MQA and full Hi-Res Lossless Apple Music online or offline – entirely bit-perfect through iBasso's bypass of Android sample-rate conversion.
Truly, DX300 miniaturised desktop DAC/amps – and DX240 miniaturised DX300. With a palm-and-pocket-friendly form factor, DX240 is reminiscent of DX160 – but with added amp card modules. Amps1 through 8, developed for iBasso's DX2xx line, are compatible here, so your collection of cards will find a new lease of life.
But really, iBasso's DX240 is a new lease of life for the entire music player category, balancing fidelity, power, portability and access in one stroke. Bravo – also shop iBasso's other releases here, or all our other music players here.
The highest expectations accompany the launch of iBasso Audio's fourth-generation flagship player. DX300 has lots to live up to and comes charging out the gates embedded with the DNA that has made all its predecessors overwhelming successes to date.
That was abundantly clear with Headfonics praising its "natural tone, a tube-like quality yet still with a very black background that's easy on the ear with beautiful texture in both instruments and vocals as well as excellent staging to flesh it out". The phablet treatment was totally worth it to Twister6's ears. [See Product Desc. For More]
Fourth-generation means four times the decoding power, with DX300 packing four of the Cirrus Logic CS43198 DAC chips that distinguished iBasso's entry DX160 as one of Head-Fi's most transparent sources at any price. This flagship is similarly unbridled in exposing detail with zeal, while developing a full palette of tonal colour, saturation and involvement.
Naturally, doubling up the number of DAC chips wasn't a guarantee of quality on its own so iBasso tout an FPGA supplying DX300's raw decoding capability with dedicated code and a master clock able to eradicate jitter to its lowest levels. Little wonder Headfonia placed it on its 'Recommended Buys' list as a "a no-brainer, outperforming many players, sometimes much more expensive".
The dual, separate batteries and completely isolated power supplies that made their first appearance in DX220 MAX come built in here. The analog supply independently feeds a discrete architecture Amp 11, capable of pushing over 1,200 milliwatts of clean power into demanding loads. Focal, Rosson Audio Design, Sennheiser and ZMF Headphones will drink up a current output of up to 2 amperes and voltage swings to 7.1Vrms.
Built with FET inputs and running on a high eight volt internal operating voltage that translates to greater open-loop linearity, Amp 11's 2.5mm, 3.5mm and 4.4mm phone jacks double as line outputs. 125dB of signal-to-noise ratio speaks for the thoroughness of the circuit.
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DX300's sheer usability on the go is backed by a Snapdragon 660 processor, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of memory and Android 9.0 for eight times MQA-ready Tidal and Spotify streaming. It's a complete suite of features ready to usher in a future of the next decade of DAPs.
Also, look up DX300's Amp12 upgrade module here particularly as a hardware line-out to Cayin Audio's C9, iBasso's other releases here, or view all our music players here.
The countdown began with the IT01 leading iBasso Audio to release this entry-level king's successor, the IT00. Headfonia highlights this dynamic driver IEM's "mellower signature and better vocals" in comparison to its predecessor... [See Tab for more]
Its spotless feel clothed in white prepares you for an uber-clean sound you'd normally expect of a statement price tag. That's ensured by IT00's overachieving thin graphene driver, Helmholtz resonator and a high magnetic flux of nearly one tesla. Major HiFi found themselves asking "why you would need anything more than this".
Prime Audio Review says IT00 "has bass to die for, a full-bodied, clear midrange and a lively but sweet treble", putting it straight on his Best IEM list. Audio-PH adds that iBasso "held a practical master class for us and showed that they can design a cool thing in any price segment".
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This is a great pick to begin with on your audiophile route. Twister6 loved turning these into an instantly gratifying pair of audiophile true wireless buds with iBasso's CF01 Bluetooth adapter.
Both join the rest of iBasso's hits here, while you can also browse our other earphones here.
Beryllium and brass make IT01X another sure iBasso Audio buy. Premium materials make this single dynamic earphone another standout over-achiever after IT00, ready to rack up more plaudits from the Head-Fi world.
A single dynamic driver appears enough to achieve the highest resolution possible. In this case, iBasso have helped this entry IT01X all the way, employing a beryllium-plated dynamic driver chambered in a brass inner cavity. [See Product Desc. For More]
You'll know the moment you pick it up that iBasso engineered this for sonic honesty and transparency, to hear deeper within any mix. A sandwich driver has its surface coated with beryllium for the metal's stiffness, lightness and air acceleration properties.
IT01X's driver material combination helps it move as a perfect piston over all frequencies up to and above its working range, keeping distortion down due to cone and modal break-up as frequencies rise.
Low frequencies emerge with authority thanks to the brass chamber built into IT01X's compact and truly ergonomic shell, Helmholtz resonators stimulating proper airflow and reducing standing waves in the bass.
The driver responds lightning quick due to a high-magnetic flux produced by a strong neodymium magnet, completing a package iBasso masterfully engineered at any price. IT01X promises high-resolution playback without the premium.
Twister6 say it ticks the boxes anyone would want in an affordable reference. MOONSTAR Reviews praise IT01X's "strong bass performance, highly transparent and silky smooth midrange, and with a treble region that is able to produce a great sense of airiness and sparkle".
Ladies and gentlemen will put on the featherweight, easy-fitting shell for hours on end, lost in their music. You can also compare IT01X to its multi-coloured IT00 sibling here, check out everything else from iBasso here, or view our other IEMs here.
A correct, reference tuning need not be boring, as proven by iBasso's IT04. This four-driver hybrid IEM begs to be played track after track. Fully balanced from the box, this mid-tier wonder is iBasso's shot at a flagship, taking us within very close sight of the top.
You'll be able to see everything from iBasso here and all our other earphone options here.Featured in picture: ADV. bluetooth cable turns IT04 wireless for fuss-free commuting days.
iBasso Audio releasing a flagship UIEM is exciting, and certainly tuned for excitement is the brand-new IT07.
This seven-driver hybrid puts top quality components at your service, as a graphene dynamic driver for bass props up six premium Knowles balanced armatures. [See Product Desc. For More]
IT07 proves its worth at the bottom and at the top of the spectrum, thrilling with its bass and treble performance. There's the option to dial these in further yet, with included interchangeable acoustic filters within reach to suit multiple sources, tastes and music genres.
Tasteful emphasis of the frequency extremes flank a lucid and spacious mid-range performance that flows effortlessly, its liquidity reminiscent of AM05. Emotive vocals never risk being overshadowed.
Audio123 sees this as a legitimate step up from iBasso's previous IT04 in a comparison with today's popular flagship UIEMs. Headfonics has "no complaints because it does so many things very well ... Tesla driver can dig deep into the bass, the vocals sound very smooth and clear and the highs are clean and crisp with an overall balanced frequency response".
MOONSTAR Reviews and Twister6 compare it favouribly with other flagships of its day, with IT07 holding its own against Meze's Rai Penta and 64 Audio's tia Trió, among the rest. An excellent stock cable terminated in balanced 2.5mm comes included, to work from the box with iBasso's DC01 USB-C DAC dongle, or one of our music players here.
// RECOMMENDED: Upgrade with the IBASSO CB16 if you're part of the 4.4mm club.
View the rest of iBasso's releases here, or check out our other IEMs here.
iBasso Audio's Year 2020 contribution to Head-Fi involves a high definition, open back rendition of a monitoring sound. Two years of research after its predecessor, the SR-1 allowed study of strength to be distilled in the SR-2. A full open-back deploying Tesla magnetic flux technology with bio-cellulose dome diaphragms, iBasso's SR2 promises a wider soundstage and transparency that may lift elements waiting to be discovered in your music.
Package comes with a second pair of stock pads that add tuning ability shifting the SR-2's natural presentation to a tighter, tauter and faster one. Major HiFi wrote "things are looking up when I'm still thinking about how some tracks that I haven't tried might sound on the SR2".
Audiophile Heaven wholeheartedly recommend SR2 "if you're looking for a comfortable, light, and well-made headphone, with a natural tonality, rich sound, with a natural soundstage, and with an excellent amount of detail for the price".
Also view everything else from iBasso here, or check out our other headphones here.