IBASSO DX200 – REFERENCE FLAGSHIP FROM IBASSO
DX200 is iBasso’s Flagship DAP (Digital Audio Player), and it is here to show how much iBasso improved over the ears, and how their latest innovation sounds like. With an extreme hardware backing it, DX200 might be the DAP that will fulfill all your audio needs, as it has all the bells and whistles you can wish for, and more.
iBasso is one of the largest and most well-known DAP producers from China, being up there with all the other titans, having provided a lot of delightful devices and music companions over the years, from the little DX50, to the older flagship DX100, all the way to their current flagship DX200. I haven’t had the chance to hear the older iBasso products, but I have an extensive DAP collection to compare DX200 to, from entry-level DAPs, all the way to the most recent and high-end DAPs.
iBasso’s public relations department has proven to be quite excellent, providing answers to all questions and solving every issue that may arise. This being said, iBasso is one of the companies I really trust to find the best solution for their customers and to provide an excellent customer satisfaction.
It should be noted that I have absolutely no affiliation with iBasso, I am not receiving any incentive for this review or to sweeten things out. This review is not sponsored nor has been paid for by iBasso or any other company. I’d like to thank Paul from iBasso for providing the sample for the review. The sample was provided along with iBasso’s request for an honest and unbiased review. This review will be as objective as it is humanly possible, and it reflects my personal experience with iBasso DX200. Every opinion expressed is mine and I stand by it, the purpose of this review is to help those interested in DX200 find their next music companion.
I received DX200 soon after I went out of my medical issues, so my mental and my physical state were not exactly great by any means.
In fact, this is a funny story full of adventure and sudden turn of events.
DX200 was delivered on a pretty busy day, mere days after my health was starting to get better. One of the days when I was eating outside in Bucharest with my girl, I was waiting for our order to be processed, when the DHL driver called me and asked me if I can come and pick up the package really quickly. After a quick moment of thinking, I thought that I have just placed the order, so I knew it was going to take at least twenty more minutes for it to be ready, so we both left the table and went ahead to pick the package. The driver was really nice, and the delivery took less than three minutes.
We went back to the table in a haste, as cold pizza is not the best kind of pizza.
Although in a public place, and clearly not in the best kind of conditions, curiosity kept pushing me more and more, until the moment I actually went ahead and started opening the package right there. After getting through the first layer of packaging, I realised that it probably wasn’t the best thing to unpack DX200 there, so I spent the next half an hour eating while contemplating what might be hiding within that rather large, yet elegant looking box.
When we reached home, I managed to take a little pause from my schedule and unpack the mighty DX200. At first I was amazed by the level of detail and elegance iBasso built in the box and by how proud they present DX200, as true masterpiece DAP. Getting it out of the box was rather easy, and my curiosity couldn’t really be held within as my feet were tapping from excitement to hear the magic of DX200 first hand.
I plugged in my mSD card with my portable music library and pressed play.
The song of choice was Machinae Supremacy – Cybergenesis. I plugged HIFIMAN RE2000 in, looking forward to the ultimate experience with this pairing between two exquisite Flagship devices. DX200 started playing with an exceptional detail and precision, revealing a lot of detail in the guitars, rendering the voices with exceptional clarity and an ultimately perfect tone, all while the background guitars played more musical than they ever were. Although my schedule was quite busy, I took a moment to breathe, leaned back in my chair, and although it was extremely hot in the room, I closed my eyes for a moment and couldn’t notice the heat of that summer day, but the amazing musical scene presented by DX200 in combination with RE2000. As it was quite the exceptional piece, I went ahead and played a few more songs, and although I had to leave Bucharest in just a few minutes after that, things were okay – I decided to make DX200 an addition to the trip that followed.
First things first, let’s get the packaging out of the way:
The unboxing experience of DX200 is exquisite and extraordinary, with a gorgeous package that is ingeniously designed to impress the buyer from the first moment he has contact with iBasso and their products. The outer box has a beautiful, velvety pattern to the box, which opens as if it were cut by a sword at an angle which slightly reminds of the “Dutch Angle”.
Within the inner box, you can find DX200 seated vertically in a soft foam cutout, presented as a high-end, flagship device. iBasso packaged a lot of extras with DX200, all the cables you will need, along with a genuine leather cover case for DX200. The DAP comes with a screen protector from the factory, and it comes half charged, for the best storage of its batteries while not in usage.
The unboxing is as high-end and spectacular as it gets, with ultra high-end materials all around, and with an excellent package content for DX200, as it comes with:
A Leather Case
A Quick Start Guid
The Warranty Card
Balanced Burn-in Cable
What to look in when purchasing a high-end DAP
DAC – Dual ESS9028PRO Desktop Class DAC Chips
Perfect Bit Playback – Yes
Max Decoding – 32bit / 384kHz
Max Native DSD Decoding – 512x
USB DAC – Yes, XMOS Receiver + dedicated Tesycon Driver
Display – 4.2″ IPS (1280 x 768)
Optical Output – Yes
RAM – 2 GB LPDDR3
CPU – 8 Core
Internal Memory – 64GB
Wifi – Both 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz
Bluetooth – 4.0
Interchangeable Cards – Yes
Digital Volume Control – 150 Steps
Battery – 4400 mAh, 3.8V Li-Polymer
Frequency Response –
Balanced Output – Yes, 2.5mm with AMP1, 4.4mm with AMP4
SE Output – Yes, 3.5mm
(Build Quality, Sonic Quality & Usage Next Page)