In this review we take a close look at the iBasso DX320, selling for $1,599 USD / €1.599 Euro.
Disclaimer: The iBasso DX320 was sent to us free of charge by the brand in exchange of an honest opinion. As usual, if you want to get one, reach out to your local retailer or check the brand’s website!
Founded in Shenzhen, China, more than ten years ago, iBasso has been producing DAP, DACs, and IEMs for audiophiles. And over time, the brand has continued to grow, becoming one of the most popular brands for those looking for inexpensive but high-performance equipment.
Recent successes include the superb DX300, which was my top choice in the 2021 recommendation list, followed by the dx – an excellent player a tad more affordable – and the DC06 – a great USB-DAC with lots and lots of power. A small release list, compared to your usual chi-fi brands, but, quality over quantity!
And, today, we review the successor of the DX300: the iBasso DX320. An evolution, more than a revolution but, as you know, every little bit counts!
The iBasso Series
As usual, we’ll begin with a quick presentation of iBasso’s DAP catalog.
The iBasso dx240 replaced the DX220 as the brand premium player. It’s a great device, sharing most of the DX300 circuitry, with a few cut-offs only (4Gb or Ram instead of 6Gb, half the storage). But, you got two wondrous features: an ES9038Pro DAC, capable of reaching new heights, paired with iBasso FPGA-Masters Audio System controller; and full compatibility with the previous AMP1 – AMP8 series of replaceable AMP Card.
A lovely player, that I reviewed a few months ago, so here is an excerpt of the full review:
“ The iBasso DX240 does exactly what it intended to: fill the gap between the DX160 and DX300. It’s powerful, dynamic, and still a bit too uptight compared to the DX300, but as a whole package, this might be my favorite one in the actual catalog.
Sure at $999, the DX240 is definitely not cheap and leans more toward DX300 than the DX160, but size-wise, the new one is definitely more useable as a daily driver. My main complaint? The lack of a 4.4mm Pentaconn by default and the slightly thick case. But, apart from that, it’s a genuinely good player that should suit every genre and almost every headphone. Keep it up iBasso!
Full review available here
The iBasso DX300 is the brand’s latest player. It introduces a whole new generation of portable players with improved performances, a bigger screen, and a dual battery for a cleaner sound. In fact, the Quad Cirrus-Logic CS43198 DAC combined with a modern flush design and the usual replaceable AMP card system was so impressive that I gave my full recommendation.
Here is an excerpt of the full review:
“Let’s make it short: the iBasso DX300 is my new go-to for any high-end player. The brand did the same as they do for the DX160 and polished every aspect of his player, from top to bottom. It’s insanely fast, magic to use, and fantastic to listen to, even with big cans like my old Sennheiser HD800S.“
If the brand doesn’t mention it anywhere, chances are the new iBasso DX320 solely exists because the Cirrus-Logic suffered from a global shortage. Is that an issue for me? No the least bit! Why? Because, if visually identical, this new player introduces a whole new set of Digital to Analog chips, the ROHM MUS-IC which I was totally oblivious to before the DX320 announcement.
The review continues on Page Two, after the click HERE or by using the jump below.
Page 2: Design, bundle
Page 3: UI, Usage
Page 4: Technical specifications
Page 5: Sound performances