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In 2017 iBasso released what turned out to be top-of-the-line sounding DAPs underneath $1k, the DX200. It was pitched because the successor to the reference-level however much more finicky DX100 from some years again. It additionally included a consumer replaceable amp card system of which there are have been round 9 variations though solely Three-Four are officially on the market on the iBasso web site.
They were not the primary to make use of replaceable AMP cards, each Hifiman and FiiO deployed comparable amping eco-systems for their DAPs. Nevertheless, iBasso AMP cards seem to have extra legs than the others and on the entire, a more convincing degree of funding. Briefly, they have been properly acquired by each DX200 and DX150 users alike.
Nevertheless, nothing is ever good. The arrival of the super-fast HiBy R6 left many feeling the DX200 might do with some enhancements to maintain the “engine’ aggressive. Roll on 2019 and iBasso’s answer to that? The new DX220 which must be seen as a aggressive evolution of the DX200 relatively than a completely totally different idea.
The worth for the development? Just $899 which is simply $30 greater than the unique DX200. This might properly be a superlative market disrupting system at that worth level for all of the modifications which were made.
Because the DX220 is extra of an evolution than a totally new DAP there are particular enhancements but in addition some legacy options that have remained from the original DX200.
Slicker Type Factor
A much bigger 5″ IPS 1080p display and a shorter extra refined physique. The DX220 makes both the DX150 and DX200 look virtually antiquated with their smaller screens and angular or blockier type elements. The just about borderless strategy labored a allure with the HiBy R6 Pro and iBasso appear to agree also.
In the hand, it’s a beautiful wanting improve, made all the more engaging with the introduction of Corning Gorilla (2.5D) glass which delivers a lot more “pop” to the show.
Mango Gen 2
While out of the box Android Oreo for the DX220 is nothing new, (Each DX150 and Dx200 have it now), the introduction of a vastly overhauled Mango dual-boot OS and app is a primary. That is nothing like the older clunky player, wanting much more refined and user-friendly.
It also has a couple of ace cards up its sleeve in its new settings menu that may provide much more consumer engagement. That features a debut for iBasso’s first ever Parametric EQ system in addition to an in-depth consumer configuration on how you can navigate Mango as an app and what choices are available.
One other huge new function for the DX220 is the inclusion of MQA help. Not just rendering at a software degree but in addition the potential to unfold. The DX220 supports MQA in X4 mode in addition to hardware help for streaming MQA by way of the TIDAL up to 72kHz.
The DX220 wireless features get a reasonably substantial upgrade to Bluetooth 5.0 from Bluetooth 4.1. I am not solely positive any DAP presently available on the market makes use of BT5 so the DX220 might be the first.
That ought to imply a better most range (depending on the chosen knowledge switch fee), a quicker knowledge transfer price up to 1.4Mbps internet for enhanced audio streaming and a much greater packet measurement transfer capability. All of that s thrown in with Oreo’s built-in LDAC functionality bringing the DX220 bang up to date for quality audio streaming.
New AMP1 MKII Card
The DX220 launch ushers in a model new version of the original DX200 AMP1 card. The brand new card is predicated on a more optimized version of the AMP1 Ti card that made its debut with the high-end DX200 Titanium Version last yr though no 4.4mm choice.
Mixed with the DX220 new Three-stage achieve function ideally AMP1 MKII should deliver a lower noise flooring than the original and extra spacious sound. This seems to be a direct response to the increasingly sensitive screens now available on the market such as the Campfire Audio Solaris.
The numbers also look higher on the new AMP with a decrease SNR and a better THD+N efficiency. An enormous think about attaining that lower noise flooring.
So, what has remained? Nicely, the DAC implementation and choice of chips remain the same with a dual ES9028PRO chipset in addition to the eight core 64BIT ARMv8 processor for the CPU. In all probability truthful at this level to state that the 2GB of RAM has been upped to 4GB which makes it the very best RAM degree in any DAP right now out there.
Importantly, the AMP card system on the DX220 remains backward suitable. That’s crucial for those considering of upgrading as a result of a few of us have fairly a couple of of the playing cards we love and cherish as well as the very fact AMP1 MK2 does not have a Four.4mm connection making the likes of the AMP8 very relevant. They may work, all of them, and in the identical user-replaceable manner.
The last legacy function to remain is the shortage of Google Play providers. Bummer. As an alternative, iBasso has provided some various third celebration purposes resembling APK Pure to get the job achieved.
There have been a whole lot of physical design enhancements on the DX220 making it a lot sleeker wanting than the DX200. The chassis is CNC’ed from a single aluminum block and eschews a number of the bolt-on aesthetics of the DX200 in favor of a more integrated strategy.
For example, the DX200 quantity guard bolt-on work in favor of a knob-protector built proper into the appropriate panel. Like the DX200 there is a small convex-like bump on the proper aspect of the panel that houses the facility button. Nevertheless, as an alternative of the bump being part of bolt-on protector it’s also a part of the primary DX220.
The ending can also be more refined on the edging work of the chassis and the anodized end is a lighter gunmetal tone. On the older DX200, it was quite curved and clean on the cornering, nevertheless, the ledge work from the front panel to the aspect panel was a bit sharper. iBasso have graduated that ledge somewhat extra aggressively this time round on the DX220 with a end result that it feels marginally smoother within the hand.
The rear panel has also had a bit of a revamp with a new ‘shinier’ or reflective CNC back cover. This materials matched on the bottom of the brand new AMP1 MK2 card to offer the back a continuous or harmonious look. The one detraction from the new styling is that the previous AMP cards ending may look slightly out of place on the DX220. I am advised by iBasso nevertheless that they will be providing new backplates for the AMP cards that can utilized or bought with the playing cards.
The ultimate design change shall be of nice use to larger fingered users and those are the bodily measurement of all of the buttons. They are greater in measurement and in addition just a little flusher to the aspect and prime panel. I think this can be a carry-over from the DX150 which additionally had larger buttons. Nevertheless, the metallic ending on the DX220 physical buttons is a lot more refined.
Also changed is how the interior antenna is housed. Earlier than on the DX220, it was inside the housing with a plastic part on the prime of the again panel to allow for a stronger sign. Now the antenna cavity is true contained in the again plate and technically outdoors of the primary body to maximise antenna coverage.
We have now added the size and weight to our ever-growing DAP desk under. As you possibly can see it does differ barely to the original DX200 being barely shorter, wider and not as tall both. The load is unchanged at 240g.
|HiBy R6 SS||116mm||66mm||15.5mm||275g|
|HiBy R6 Pro SS||119.8mm||66.96mm||15.7mm||285g|
|HiBy R6 Al||116mm||66mm||15mm||190g|
|FiiO X7 Mark 1||130mm||64mm||16.6mm||220g|
|FiiO X7 Mark II||128.7mm||67.2mm||15.5mm||210g|
The DX220 continues to be lighter than the likes of the R6 Pro chrome steel and in addition lighter than the DX150. On a each day dealing with it is unlikely you’d really notice the dimensions differences over the original, nevertheless, the smoother ledge milling work and the lighter weight is noticeable. The longer display also brings numerous the repetitive features on the OS closer to your thumb making it a bit simpler to operate the DX220 from one hand.
Wow, what a change from the DX200 and if anything the only most eye-catching bodily change on the DX220. Gone is the heavily-bezeled Four.2″ IPS Display (768x 1280) of the DX220 and in comes a brand new 5″ IPS 455ppi 1080p (1920 x 1080) capacitive display, (Sharp OnCell FHD).
Additional, the display utterly dominates the entrance panel with an virtually borderless design and encased in protective Corning Gorilla (2.5D) glass. The bezel is nearly gone, very similar to the HiBy R6 Pro and that Corning Gorilla protector actually provides the display show a beautiful visible ‘pop’.
This can be a greater and better resolution IPS panel than the 4.2″ 720p various inside the R6 Professional. It’s also a better decision than AK’s may SP1000 5″ IPS display. In truth, I can’t consider a DAP on the market proper now that boasts of a better performing giant display than the one presently on the DX220. The viewing angle is simply excellent, I can virtually learn it flat at eye-level. The colour depth and saturation simply fly off the display, particularly for those who dial-up the brightness to 100%.
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