Onkyo DP-X1 Digital Audio Player
|Supported Standards||MP3, AAC, ALAC, DSD, DSF, AIFF, FLAC, WAV, OGG|
|Memory Card Slot||SD Card|
|Memory Storage Capacity||32 GB|
- DAC & HP Amplifier- two ESS SABRE DAC ES9018K2M & two Headphone AMP SABRE 9601K with two types of balanced drives: ACG and BTL, for greater stability and clean, crystal clear sound; Balanced Output- 150 mW + 150 mW (Balanced / 1kHz, THD=1%, 32ω);
- Sampling Rates & Bits are 11.2MHz/ 5.6MHz/ 2.8MHz / 1 bit 44.1k/ 48k/ 88.2k/ 96k/ 176.4k/ 192k/ 352.8k/ 384k 16bit/ 24bit(32 bit float/integer can be played down converted to 24 bit)
- 2.5mm 4-pole (for balanced output) and 3.5mm 3-pole output; standard balanced and active control ground (ACG) Modes
- Support for up to 432GB of Storage- internal storage / RAM 32 GB Included Android OS system area (RAM: 2 GB); extended storage 400 GB via two 200 GB Micro SD Card Slots;
- Playable Audio Formats are DSD/ DSF/ DSD-IFF/ FLAC/ ALAC/ WAV/ AIFF/ Ogg-Vorbis/ MP3/ AAC /MQA (MQA requires update);
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Onkyo DP-X1 Digital Audio Player
-Dual SABRE DACs and Amps.
-Standard Balanced and Active Control Ground (ACG) Modes.
-2.5mm 4-Pole (for balanced output) and 3.5mm 3-Pole Output.
-Physical Buttons for Quick Music Control - No Need to Turn On Screen.
-Support for up to 432GB of Storage.
-Support for MQA.
-Based on Android OS with Access to Google Play.
-Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
Dual DACs and AMPs for Stunning Control & Power
The DP-X1 has two amps and two digital/analog convertors which allow for extreme power and signal control. The double ESS Sabre ES9018K2M DACs and double ESS Sabre 9601K amps make balanced output possible via 2.5 mm output and micro-USB ports. The DP-X1 is the only player with such an advanced configuration, and the result is unprecedented power and control.
The DP-X1 also has two types of balanced drives: ACG and BTL, for greater stability and clean, crystal clear sound.
Balanced Drive Options
Balanced 2.5mm 4-pole output supports the more standard Balanced (BTL) drive as well as the more esoteric ACG (Active Control GND) drive.
ACG drive gives greater stability: increased S/N ratio; greater spatial dimensionality, and clean sound; greater deliniation for lower frequencies in hi-res audio, and overall robust and taut sound. BTL drive supplies increased power.
Power gains and increased sound separation associated with balanced output are repurposed to create increased stability for a clean signal and greater sound clarity, especially compared to unbalanced drive.
The DP-X1 was designed to support many audio formats. Maxing out at 11.2MHz DSD support, the DP-X1 also supports up to 384kHz/24-bit audio, with support for WAV, FLAC, ALAC, & AIFF.
With its 2.5mm 4-pole balanced output, 3.5mm 3-pole headphone jack, micro USB-B/OTG digital output, and wireless playback options, the DP-X1 offers plenty of ways to enjoy music.
In addition to streaming over Wi-Fi, aptX also makes high quality audio possible over Bluetooth.
Amazing Innovative Sound
MQA is not typical hi-res, a high bit rate or high sample rate audio. It is a completely new and different way of capturing, delivering and reproducing audio performances, and it preserves the magic of the original studio recording in a format that is still small enough to stream. Support for MQA format comes via a free update.
(Support for MQA format comes via a free update).
Turn on Real-Time DSD Conversion and the DP-X1 converts music files such as MP3, WAV, and FLAC into DSD-quality audio. Use of oversampling and pushing bit quantization outside the audible spectrum allows for very clear signals. Everything sounds great!
Massive Storage Capacity
With 32GB of internal storage and dual micro-SDXC card slots, storage can be expanded to 432GB. With up to 16 hours of playback, you can carry an expansive library of hi-res audio and listen for extended periods of time.
(16 hour playback based on 96kHz/24-bit unbalanced output).
Direct Access to Hi-Res Downloads and Streaming
OnkyoMusic is a music download service for hi-res audio files. Install the OnkyoMusic app and there is no need to sync with a home computer. Music can be purchased and dowloaded directly from the app within the player.
High Precision EQ
With up to 16,384 discrete bands to select from and the ability to save up to 1,000 EQ profiles, the linear-phase finite impulse response (FIR) equalizer offers high definition equalization with zero loss in audio quality.
Easy to Use Android Interface
The DP-X1 has a super flexible and intuitive Android platform, and with its fast quad core, it can support heavy processing and many high function apps. The capacitive touch display allows for intuitive use of flicks, taps and scrolling gestures. All icons and physical buttons are positioned for easy operation.
You have access to many apps like Tidal, Spotify, Pandora for almost endless music streaming and downloading resources.
Onkyo continues to be a hi-res trailblazer with its DP-X1 Digital Audio Player. Backed by two ESS Technology Sabre ES9018K2M DACs and two Sabre 9601K amps for balanced headphone output, the DP-X1 is the only DAP with such an advanced configuration, the result of which is unprecedented power and control. The DP-X1 also has two types of balanced drives: ACG and BTL, for greater stability and clean, crystal clear sound. The unit is also among the first to support the MQA format, an anticipated new standard that captures and preserves the original studio recording, and delivers it in a package small enough to stream. From a storage standpoint, the DP-X1 can expand to 432GBs, thanks to dual micro-SDXC card slots and can supply up to 16 hours of playback.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 5 x 3 x 0.5 inches; 8 Ounces
- Item model number : DP-X1
- Batteries : 1 Lithium Polymer batteries required. (included)
- Date First Available : January 29, 2016
- Manufacturer : ONKYO
- ASIN : B01AWLQ1AY
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I am also a guy on the move and I DO NOT want to carry 15 devices and battery packs with me to listen to audiophile quality music on the go! I can't believe people do this?!?! I mean, no offense, more power to you but that's not me. With a set of B&W C5 Series 2 in-ear (remember: guy on the move), I'm in heaven. Here's the bullet list of everything I love about this full-on Android awesomeness of a player:
- Not gonna go into all the guts of this thing but the separate boards for DAC & amps makes total sense to me, read about it and it PAYS OFF. This thing sounds amazing. As with many great audio purchases, I'm hearing details that I haven't heard before.
- Massive storage - how great. The only thing that could make this better (are you listening Onkyo - Gen 2) is if this thing had a little 512GB to 1TB mSata drive in it. How awesome would that be?...and fast too. In any case 400GB of external storage is great with me, I can get much of my collection onto this thing.
- It's a full-on Android device! Yayyyy!!!! It can do so many other things. For example, in my lifelong quest to find more good music to listen to, I use Rhapsody because it's inexpensive, you can follow other users with similar tastes and uncover cool new music, their stations are pretty good, their library is great, and you can download everything you want for offline listening to 320KB MP3's. Yeah, it's lossy but it's decent and the other pros make up for it. Hopefully they'll offer FLAC someday. Anyway, I can now put Rhapsody on this device! All my music (much of it anyway) with me on the go. Plus, what-ever other essential apps make sense on this device, you can install them
- It's got a cool Stand-Alone Mode that turns off all extraneous electronics and screen to produce the most unadulterated output possible...Very nice.
- It's got a cool & simple Line-Out mode which I pipe into my car stereo's Aux input. Very nice again!
- I have always hated EQ's - I don't like to color my music but I have to say, the EQ on this thing is legit! So flexible. It helps to bring out some lost detail in old CD's. It's probably the best EQ I've ever heard and I don't want to give myself too much credit but I have a background in this area and that is saying something coming from me.
- At first I wasn't sure about the boxy look of the thing but then I ordered the Onkyo case for it. It's a thing of beauty.
- The volume knob is dead-sexy. Very discretized. So nice.
- I want Bluetooth! Not for listening all the time but I want the convenience of BT and in particular aptX BT. I really can't imagine who wouldn't? For example, if I'm at friends house and want to play some tunes for them on their _____ BT device, on my buddy's speedboat, in a rental car, whatever, that's convenient! BT is everywhere, it's one more option when you're on the move. Even if I use it 5% of the time - I'm glad it's there! Because of this convenience, and my lifestyle, I would pick a BT enabled audio player over one that didn't have it. It helped me pull the trigger on this player and I'm so glad I did.
I could probably go on for days but hopefully that helped you make the "core" decision. Buy this thing. It'll be a favorite gadget of yours too, no doubt.
The unit is larger than my samsung phone, who is fine when using in the winter with large coat pockets, but may he an issue in the summer.
The build quality is very solid. It truly geels like a high quality device. The screen is very nice. No complaints on the stock music app, but I have not used it a lot so far. There is also a kot of other preloaded apps that I will never use.
Versus the iBasso dx90, this player sounds brighter, perhaps a little more detail to the highs.
Ive subscribed to Tidal and love the download and listen when offline feature. The music sounds great as well.
Besides the size, the battery life is poor vs the iBasso, which happens to be amazing.
For $550, this player seems well priced and I am happy with my purchase. When I recieve my balanced 2.5 cable, I will update the review.
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There may seem to be a lot of cons but they are all niggles compared to the performance of the DP-X1.
Build quality is great.
It just works! The AK70 and X5 III had loads of issues with features just not working reliably, if at all and I returned them both. The X1 just works straight from the box. This means that it streams from my NAS, plays through apps such as Tune-in radio, which the X5 doesn't and the line-out is good compared to both the AK70 and X5. It also sounds very good straight from the box, which was not the case for the X5. However the Onkyo continues to improve over the first few days of use.
Sound Quality. I would describe the sound as neutral with a lovely bled of precision on every note coupled with a wonderful analogue-like integrated smoothness. There is no bloom in the bass which can make it seem bass light, but over a few days the bass changes in depth and detail and is far better in quality than the X5 III and on a par with the AK70. There is little of that digital effect that can make each instrument seem unnaturally isolated and slightly sharp. The Onkyo creates a sound that feels naturally integrated and that is much more than its individual parts. Yes the subtle detail is there so I can follow every instrument or vocal, but I don't need to because the music just flows through me and that's real musicality. The sound-stage is just about right, whereas for me the AK70 has such a large sound stage that the music looses its cohesion; the X1 stays focused and grabs you even when you are doing other tasks. There are great dynamics and a lovely open mid-range with good top end that allows percussion to have real splash and sparkle, although not quite as good as the fiio X5. The X1 just sounds...right and is fatigue free. My only slight complaint is that it could do with a little more drive and impulsion, hence the feeling that it is slightly laid back or polite, but it still rocks, but is a little less emphatic and toe tapping than the AK70. One of my favourite albums is, 'The Spinners' by the Detroit Spinners, which has always been at its best using my 35 year old vinyl LP played on my £3500 turntable, but the Onkyo captures that wonderful natural analogue rhythmic and smooth soulful sound better than my £8000 CD player and is approaching the musicality of my turntable! It is possibly the least digital sounding digital player I have heard and in this case that's a very good thing.
The Onkyo Player app. The supplied player app is one of the best and easiest to use.
The screen. It has a lovely screen, which is helped by its size.
Equalisation. Always liked the Onkyo equalisation and it was far better than that in the Fiio player app on the X5. Having said that I play it with either equalisation off or flat.
Plug and play. The other two players needed loads of faffing about with settings to get the best sound depending upon how you were litening and what you were listening to. Once set up for a sound that you like the Onkyo sounds good no matter what you throw at it.
A bit of a slab. Although it's well made it feels very angular and thick and isn't a thing of beauty or particularly nice to handle.
Not good for the Gym. May be a bit musically laid back and just impractical due to size and no cover or holder.
Too much Android. The Onkyo comes with all of the Google bloatware that is completely unnecessary such as google sheets and calendar! I spent twenty minutes disabling all of this rubbish.
Battery. I get about 8 hours out of the battery if Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are turned off, but only 4 or 5 hours if not.
No case was supplied and I am having difficulty finding one.
No screen protector supplied.
X-Dap Link App. Unnecessarily large and complex app for transferring songs between the X1 and PC. I uninstalled it and just use drag and drop, which works fine.
Buttons. The control buttons are too small and close together. It's just a niggle but it is difficult to select the correct button quickly.
SD card slots. A this price I would have expected a covered tray insert system and it is possible to accidentally eject the cards (I have done it once) and there is no protection against dust. This is niggle made worse by the fact that there is no supplied protective cover.
The Onkyo player app doesn't see my NAS, however I can use the DS music app from Synology to stream music, but to my ears this doesn't sound as good.
Takes over 5 minutes to boot up first time so don't panic.
Takes 20 minutes to update all of the android bloatware.
Takes a few days to sound at its best.
use the balanced output if you can as it significantly improves the sound and musicality.
My machine recently crashed and I thought it was dead. I could find no information regarding a hard reset. There is a small hole in the bottom. push a paper clip into the hole and at the same hold down the power button after five seconds or so it should re-boot. It worked for me.
The manual makes creating playlist look complicated. Just use the plus symbol on bottom right of player.
Standard player app doesn't see a NAS. I used synology DS Audio app, which worked fine but doesn't sound as good.
Download a file manager (ES file explorer) to delete tracks and albums from the player.
Possibly better to use a gain setting that puts the volume control between 120 and 140 of maximum (160).
Play around with equalisation (I prefer OFF or FLAT), digital filter setting (I prefer SLOW as it gives a sweeter edge to vocals) and the lock range adjust (I prefer near NARROW).
X-DAP Link app is well over the top so unless you want yet another music library app I just plugged it in and used drag and drop to transfer files.
Don't forget to mount and unmount SD cards before inserting and removing (I do).
Buy the faux leather case (can be found by surfing internet). It is £45 but adds protection and dust proofing for SD card slots and it softens the looks and feel.
Equipment used during review.
Sennheiser HD25, Grado 325e and AKG 451 headphones. Little Dot 2 valve headphone amp, Chord SP2600 integrated amplifier into Tannoy Dimension TD8 speakers. Also connected to Creative Gigaworks desktop speakers.
My problem with the other devices is (as you know), limitations on storage on the Apples. The Android smartphones I like also don't have external storage like MicroSD cards, which makes this a wonderful option.
I have used the DP-X1 with a pair of Oppo PM-3s and Shure SE846CLs (the latter, simple mind-blowing) and a variety of files including DXD, DSD up 20 DSD256 and FLAC files up to 384KHz/24 Bit.
I almost wept when I paired the DP-X1 with the iFi Nano. Yes, it DOES add to the bulk (especially cables), but if you are at home, it shouldn't be a bother.
My only issues with the device (and why it has 4 stars and not the full 5) are:
1. The battery life is poor - I resolved this by purchasing a very slim 5000MAh battery pack which I tagged onto the back of the DP-X1 with rubber bands. It now lasts 2 days continuous play.
2. To play files above 192KHz, or DSD in the native format (as opposed to conversion to PCM), you need to attach a compatible Digital Analog Converter (such as the Oppo HA-2 or iFi Nano I mentioned earlier). That limitation also applies to the iOS and Android Smartphone versions but I had assumed the DP-X1 would have a native one built-in.
I recommend that you install Go Battery Pro, in the first instance. If you are a minimalist, then also add the Apex Launcher and remove all icons from the desktop. You also cannot go wrong with a dark (or pitch black) wallpaper, as this adds to the battery drain.
That aside I am infinitely pleased with the gadget, which I purchased for my birthday in January along with a pair of 200GB TF Cards.
I don't understand though why it doesn't come with a carrying case or screen protectors. Especially given the price.
Personal music players often have flaky operating systems, are painfully slow to respond, have poor battery lives and generally tend to be a pain to use. Not this one. It feels thoroughly grown up, is slick in operation, has a great screen, decent battery life, and doesn't mangle metadata or album covers. Its Android os is smooth, logical and glitch-free.
Just about the only down side is that it's a bit of a brick. And it really should come with a case at that price. Apart from that, it's a strong recommendation.