The DX300 is the most recent advanced sound player from iBasso, and it addresses a redesign from the DX220, however an entirely different age of DAPs. With another structure factor, another interior plan, and another processor, the DX300 has all the panache of the best in class equipment.
BUILD AND DESIGN OF IBASSO DX300:
The primary thing you will see about the DX300 is that it’s huge – enormous even. The 6.5″ screen is about the size of an iPhone 12 Pro Max, however the actual player is double the thickness of an iPhone. The weight is sensible, at 300g, however working the gadget with one hand can be somewhat of a test, particularly on the off chance that you have more modest hands. What’s more with 128GB of capacity worked in and support for high-limit microSD cards, you ought to have the option to oblige a huge assortment of high goal documents.
The included embellishments are for the most part the super practical things you really want for the gadget, several additional items. You get the USB-C charge link, a computerized persuade connector for the line out, a consume in link, a case, and a couple of screen defenders. The case ought to give general assurance from knocks and scratches, however the fit is somewhat free, and the player will effortlessly slide out whenever held at odd points.
The quality has some good and bad times. Generally speaking the gadget has a vibe similar to a Samsung or LG telephone, yet there where it doesn’t exactly satisfy the very good quality cell phone tasteful. The state of the actual gadget is likewise somewhat odd. There’s a slight topsy-turvy slant on the right half of the gadget that leaves the entire thing feeling somewhat lopsided – in a real sense. It’s not entirely observable with the case on, however it takes away from the general feel and ergonomics of the gadget. The actual control buttons are great, yet the volume wheel sincerely feels somewhat modest for a $1k+ gadget. It’s just somewhat preferable planned over the one on the $399 DX160, and the material snap is great, yet the material honesty appears to be inadequate.
The double battery arrangement is additionally important: the DX300 has separate batteries for the simple (basically the amp) and computerized (the majority of the essential elements of the player) activities. The objective is to diminish obstruction, and increment sound quality by forestalling the essential activities of the player from meddling with the music playback. The batteries both charge by means of USB-C, however the DX300 has a type of stowed away measurement by which it decides which side should be charged as of now. This can bring about some odd events, such as having 100% charge in the simple area, yet just 10% left for the advanced segment, which isn’t great. In light of my experience, you’ll get the best outcomes by accusing the battery of the provided USB-C link utilizing a powerful USB charger.
INTERFACE OF IBASSO DX300:
While a few parts of the form are somewhat of a hodgepodge, the interface and capacity is first class. The Android interface is more responsive than any time in recent memory. Exploring the gadget to introduce applications or play music is smooth, quick, and responsive. The screen is most likely the best I’ve encountered on a DAP both as far as the image quality and contact responsiveness.
There were some minor “papercuts” when getting everything rolling with the gadget. At first my PC didn’t perceive the USB association with move records, however in the wake of messing around briefly (with no unmistakable explanation) it worked, and I had the option to duplicate music over. The pre-packaged APKpure store is fine, however it is advertisement upheld, so you’ll sometimes need to sit tight a second for a promotion while introducing applications. Obviously, with the DX300’s execution of Android, you’re allowed to supplant the store with another choice or download applications physically.
iBasso’s Android upgrades to help the fundamental activity of the DAP are for the most part very much incorporated, and doing things like changing DAC channels, or gain modes is quicker and more instinctive than on past iBasso gadgets. The vast majority of the administration of EQs, channels, and so on is done through the Mango App, yet you can likewise change the addition and DAC channel through the pulldown menu at the top. The EQ settings offer a lot of customization, with 5 graphical EQ presets, and a 10-band custom choice, just as a 6-band parametric EQ.
The computerized channels offer a modest quantity of tuning to the general sound of the DAP, however I didn’t see a tremendous contrast exchanging between them. The main quite unique channel was the NOS channel (Non-Oversampling), which added a smidgen more edge to the smooth, refined sound of the DX300.
Assuming you like to disregard all the streaming applications and other usefulness, and just pay attention to music documents that you as of now have downloaded, the DX300 gives the choice to boot into MangoOS. MangoOS is basic and useful, with an assortment of ways of getting sorted out and peruse your music. I didn’t see any progressions in the quality or character of the sound mark while utilizing MangoOS versus the standard Mango player, however a few clients have, so your situation will be unique.
SOUND OF IBASSO DX300:
The sound is perfectly clear, and loose. It’s certainly an unexpected sound in comparison to the more forward sounding DX220 – and especially the DX220 Max. There’s a smooth, loosened up nature to the DX300, which separates it from iBasso’s past players. It gives a fantastic 3D picture a decent soundstage, imaging, and partition. I would consider the soundstage specifically to be an enhancement for the DX220, with the DX300 giving a more sweeping feel.
The DX300 additionally gives a reasonable, dark foundation as a beginning stage. There is no murmur or other clamor behind the scenes or impedance. This stayed valid with an assortment of earphone and IEM choices. Testing with the64 Audio U12t and the famously touchy Campfire Andromeda, the DX300 gave a quiet, murmur free foundation.
On the flipside, DX300 has a lot of result power that surpasses that of the normal DAP. A maximum of 1.2W/7.1Vrms adjusted and 350mW/3.5Vrms uneven places the DX300 in the upper level of DAPs as far as power yield. It proficiently took care of the majority of the planar attractive earphones we had in the workplace, including the HIFIMAN HE1000se. With the over-ear earphones, there was a fair of headroom, and keeping in mind that I didn’t get to test it out with anything incredibly power hungry, it oversaw all that we had convenient without pushing the volume past around the 66% imprint.
A piece of the DX300’s more refined sound presumably identifies with the new FPGA-Master and quad-DAC arrangement with 8 all out DAC channels. After the DX220 Max, which had a dash of vintage class-A sound, the DX300 is a stage towards the future with a seriously front line oversampled resonance. While the tuning actually feels more like the more impartial, reference tuning of the DX220, the general feeling of refinement and smooth however point by point highs add a hint of a nearly Chord Electronics-like sound. As I noted before while the channels weren’t a significant wellspring of progress, the NOS channel adds only a tad of edge to the sound, carrying it nearer to the last age of iBasso DAPs.
Obviously, with this conversation of sound, we’re discussing the AMP11 which comes packaged with the DX300. iBasso anticipates delivering new amp cards soon which will give some degree of customization to the sound. With the overall quality and convenience of the DX300, I’m eager to hear what different choices iBasso has up their sleeves for tuning and redoing your sound.