Review : iBasso DX220 – TOTL Recall


For the nit-picker and nerdy one here, I’m giving the specs and technical sheets. For all the other, you can just go to the next page to see how the amp performs.

Double DAC

The iBasso DX220 enjoys a set of dual Sabre 9028Pro, which equal to 8 DACs per channel, on paper. The Sabre 9028Pro should equal four Sabre 9028Q2M, already carrying 2 DAC per channel.

This DAC was already used in the DX200, but as a solo chip. In a dual-mono configuration, the DX220 is sure to boast impressive figures, let’s hope this translates in real-life performances. On paper, the ES9028 Pro chips can reach 128dB of dynamics and 120dB of THD. Still a tad less than the 9038Pro, but paired in duo, the player should be able to compete.

This dual-mono configuration ensures your music remains balanced from the digital file, to the output. Double voltage regulation, double pre-amp, DOP to DSD.. you got them all!

As usual, the sound signature will be very dependent on the amplifier module you choose to pair with your DX220. Your choice, again


If Android 8.1 is a good feature, you still have to give the player some tools so it can run flawlessly.

That’s why the iBasso DX220 enjoys twice more ram now. 4Gb of LPDDR3, so every app can work as intended and the same octa-core CPU from ARM. A good setup as I never felt the player to be lacking in this aspect, even with the various app open in the background.

New oscillators were added too, a complete set of five femtoseconds models to ensure bit-perfect playback, with any file. Two of them are even labeled as ultra-low phase noise oscillators, from Accusilicon’s (a manufacturer I never heard of before, sorry).

It’s really fun to run YouTube or Netflix on a DAP, it reminds me of my old Archos PMP, full of vids and music, in lossy compression of course. It was another time, so don’t blame me!

Wifi and Bluetooth

To finish with the specs, let’s take a look at the wifi/Bluetooth connection. The DX220 supports the 2.4Ghz/5Ghz band, the latter allowing higher bandwidth and higher speed but a lesser range. The connection was sturdy most of the time and if you want to stream hi-res music, you should do it without hassle.

Bluetooth is compatible with 5.0 protocol and two-way connection. So yeah, you can connect your apt-X headphone or use the DX220 as a wireless DAC once connected to your smartphone or tablet. Ain’t it cool?

Full specs

– Type : Digital Audio Player
- OS : Android 8.1
– CPU : ARM 64bit 8 Cores A53
– RAM : 4Gb LPDDR3
– Rom : 64Gb eMMC
– DAC : 2x ES90208Pro

– Sample rate : PCM : 8Hz – 384kHz (8/16/24/32bits) native – DSD64/128/256/512
– System clock : Full synchronization technology with 5 femtoseconds oscillators

– Screen : 5.0″ 1920×1280 Super Retina Display
– Micro SD : SDHC / SDXC up to 2TB
– USB DAC : XMOS XU208, Thesycon USB Driver

– Wifi/Bluetooth : 802.11 (b/g/n/ac) (2.4Ghz/5Ghz) Bluetooth 5.0
– Coaxial/optical output

– Battery : 3.8V 4400mAh Li-Polymer
– Quick Charge : PD2.0 / QC3.0 / MTK PE Plus Quick Charge

– Size : 126mm*70.5mm*18.7mm
– Weight : 240g

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3.2/5 - (308 votes)


A nerdy guy with a passion for audio and gadgets, he likes to combine his DAC and his swiss knife. Even after more than 10 years of experience, Nanotechnos still collects all gear he gets, even his first MPMAN MP3 player. He likes spreadsheets, technical specs and all this amazing(ly boring) numbers. But most of all, he loves music: electro, classical, dubstep, Debussy : the daily playlist.


  • Reply August 22, 2019


    How would this compare to the SP1000?

  • Reply August 23, 2019


    Comparing to the M11, which a nice player, isn’t in the same range of a player. The DX220 is a TOTL player and with the AMP8 or AMP9 bests my Sony WM1Z.

  • Reply August 25, 2019


    Any issues with the Rockchip Soc that people keep moaning about on other forums (shocking, disgraceful for a totl player, etc, etc)

  • Reply August 27, 2019

    Gary Griffiths

    I like the players sound but the battery life is pretty poor. Lovely screen though

  • Reply December 27, 2019

    Dug Scott

    Great sounding player, drives all my headphones and IEMs without any problem. Biggest issue with this player is battery life, I’m struggling to get more than 5 hours playback from a full charge, listening to Tidal offline with wired IEMs, I should be getting 2-3 hours more from a full charge. Seems a common complaint

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