Summary: Owned a variety of DAC's DAP/sources, Cowon J3, Hisound Studio 3rd Anniversary, Dacport LX, HRT Music Streamer II+, Sony Walkman Z. The DX100 completely blows them all away with it's reference quality sound, and it's ability to drive Power Hungry Headphones.
Pros: Superior Sound Quality, Simple UI, Excellent Design, Very Powerful Internal Amp, Great Value, and did i mention the Sound Quality ???
Cons: Battery life could be lengthened a bit more, issues with songs randomly skipping,
Summary: So after some long waiting I finally received my Ibasso DX100.
Its the first DAP from Ibasso, and I think it has done a very good one.
I will not review the SQ of the DX100, not until I get it burned for some time, for now I will talk about the UI .
Its an android gingerbread in its simplest form.
Summary: When I first received my iBasso DX100, I think I lost a week or so really getting everything to work perfectly, even though I had solid advice from other headfiers (see the FAQ on the player), and even if I went straight to 1.2.7 firmware.
The main things that will take time is that you need to clean all your tags (I thought they were clean, but apparently not DX100 clean).
Pros: Huge, rich, detailed sound, great build quality, all-in-one, android UI, very powerful
Cons: Requires to clean up you library, a bit large, fairly poor battery time, still some bugs to be fixed, no USB charge
Summary: Until recently I would have said stay well clear of this player. I bought mine in June from a fellow Headfier. Sound was good but the UI was poor. Worse, the player app crashed regularly (read daily, virtually every session) and it had a couple of very frustrating flaws - most importantly if you changed track manually, the sound for the first second or so would be quiet, ruining the start of many songs. Buggy would be a polite way to describe it.
Pros: Great sound, great flexibility, one box solution
Summary: For years now we have had a lot of hype over portable gear, much of it not living up to any expectations in comparison to dedicated home components. There is even a whole thread dedicated to why. However, with the popularity of custom fit IEMs and vast improvements in digital technology, with portable DACs able to use an iDevice as a source, the possibility of having a truly hi-fidelity portable system is becoming all the more possible.
Pros: Many ways to connect it. Light weight. Full-size headphone socket. Excellent sound. Android OS means it is customisable. Will play almost any file.
Cons: Playback software limited to the buggy iBasso software if you want to play high-res files. Software is buggy. Battery life isn't great.
Summary: A bit of background: I'm coming from using Sony MiniDisc Walkmans, Hi-MD specifically, with their ability to play full CD-quality LPCM, and providing true gap-less playback, aside a sound quality that is way above that of iPods and other typical MP3 players -and I have tried a few of those.
Pros: The sound quality! Powerful amplifier, with an appreciated 3-steps gain-switch
Cons: Battery life certainly could be better, but the sound quality you get makes up for that disadvantage.
Summary: Bought as part of my upward spiral into high quality portable audio. I wanted something to surpass my Cowon J3 and the DX100 certainly achieves that.
The sound quality is better than anything I've ever heard. This is not, of course, an exhaustive list, nor do I have any home audio to compare with. I'm not really an audiophile but I listen to 2-3 hours a day while I commute. With this and my ACS T1 custom IEMs, the rest of the world just vanishes into the background.
Pros: Remarkable SQ, plenty of power, plays pretty much any format
Cons: not cheap, buggy software, shortish battery life
Summary: I got these a month ago and it still amazes me. First of all, I have to say that burn in is very important, with the HDP-R10 at least. At the start, the sound is a bit muddy and it has a bit of hiss, but that is completely eliminated after about 300 hours. It is said to be superior to the DX100 which is why I purchased it instead of the DX100. The specs show that it is recommended for any headphone from 8-600 OHMs which is basically everything. Below is my full review.
Pros: SQ, Battery is better than DX100, ES9018 DAC Chip
Summary: Placed an order for this player with the goal of getting great sound, power, storage in one player! Got it some months later and boy the sound was awesome from the minute I heard it. The more I heard it (burn in) the better it sounded. Clear, detailed and sound stage is the best I ever heard in a portable player. Very powerful which is also important to me because I do not want to be walking with alot of things in my pockets or hand.
Pros: Clarity, Details, Sound Stage, Power, Storage, EQ, 24 Bit Music
Cons: Battery (3.5 Hours) Due to EQ and Hi Resolution (24 Bit) Music
Excerpt: В общем, аппарат отличный. Единственный жесткий лично для меня минус, это время работы( у меня в среднем 5-6 часов). Глюки ПО и т.п. не замечал, иногда бывает (раз в 20-25 включений) нужно бывает перезагрузить и не более. Еще из минусов многие бы отнесли не самый удобный софтовый плеер, но лично для меня, он более чем юзабелен.
Pros: Потрясный звук, более описывать и не нужно.
Cons: Греется и малое время работы, не самый удобный стоковый плеер.