Regardless if it’s an entry or a flagship level DAP, every manufacturer has a different approach when it comes to new releases. No doubt, iBasso was due for a new DAP release, so nobody was shocked when DX160 was announced, but it did catch some by surprise when company revealed the spec.
The iBasso DX160 is the company’s new mid-range digital audio player featuring a dual CS43198 DAC implementation, Android Oreo, and a 5 inch Sharp 1080*9210 full screen. It is priced at a competitive $469.
It come with latest Bluetooth 5.0, 5 inch full screen delivering a massive view on an impressive body and hi-end DAC chips, it is catching the spec of some flagship P/Ns from other factory but price is not so high. What’s the main spec and what’s the difference, you will see from the comparing with flagship DAP Hiby R6 pro .
The DX160 uses a dual CS43198 chipset design which seems to be the flavor of the month. The CS43198 is capable of DSD over PCM (DSD DoP) up to DSD256 and PCM 32/384kHz. The chip makers also advertise a THD+N of around 115dB.
The DX160 design is relatively compact measuring in at 113 x 69 x 15mm. In fact, we found the dimensions quite similar to the FiiO M9 though the design is a little more refined on initial impression. The corning is a touch smoother and symmetrical on both sides with a glossy glass panel to the rear and a matte black anodized finish on tan aluminum chassis. At the moment there are rare DAPs could support MQA decoding, but DX160 does support MQA. With Andriod Oreo OS and various APKs could be installed and MQA decoding, DX160 bring more fun for us. Finally DX160 come to pre-sale Now.
First batch of reservations since today, Aug.20th
Estimated deivery time: September
1. Bluetooth 5.0 on iBasso DX160
iBasso DX160 featured bluetooth 5.0 which is very rare in portable audio player. As you might know , bluetooth 5.0 provide 2x of speed and 4x of range and Bland 8x the amount of transferable data comparing with bluetooth 4.2 and it provide lower – power cosumption and more stable connection.
2. iBasso DX160 with bigger screen but less lightweight
iBasso DX160 and Hiby R6 pro are similar in size but iBasso DX160 is 178g with 5 inch 1080*1920 IPS screen and Hiby R6 is 285g with 4.2 inch screen.
3. Higher Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR) of iBasso DX160
With Single-ended Headphone Output (3.5mm) , SNR of iBasso DX160 is 125dB and Hiby R6 pro is 118dB. With Balanced Headphone Output (4.4mm) , SNR of iBasso DX160 is 130dB and Hiby R6 pro is 120dB.
4. Less battery capacity of iBasso DX160
iBasso DX160 is equiped with 3200mAh battery and Hiby R6 is equiped with 4000 mAh battery and they provide 13hours and 14.8 hours average playback time respectively.
5. ROM difference
Though both of iBasso DX160 and Hiby R6 DAP are both featured with 8-core CPU but ROM of iBasso DX160 is 2G while Hiby R6 is 3G.