Ibasso IT00 Review

Design & Build Quality

Shell

I received the iBasso IT00 a few weeks ago, together with the DX160. Visually, they share a lot of traits with the IT01S, but can’t match the stunning finish found on the upper model.

That said, the glossy white finish remains quite appealing, underlined by the slim junction between the two sides of the shell. Sure, a metallic model such as TinHifi’s T2 Plus may feel stronger/bolder/sturdier, but that’s where the IT00 shines with its lightweight construction.

And, what you miss in durability, you’ll gain in comfort and isolation, as the IEM keeps the same line found within the IT01S. Nice design overall, that reminds me of Portal’s Turrets and their sleek white, acrylic, body. The cherry on top? The filters are still made of 304 Austenitic Steel and remain removable, for cleaning purposes. Just twist them on and off, simple as that.

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Build quality

Build quality is top-notch. No gaps, no flaws even if we don’t have the electroplated finish. The two sides of the shell seem tightly lock, and the MMCX plug is one if not, the most robust one I encountered recently. Once plugged in, I had to use a small screwdriver to remove the cable from the socket. Where the IT01S was “easy-in/easy-out”, the iBasso IT00 really gave me a hard time. 

To my surprise, the IEM didn’t exhibit any scratches after being thrown at the bottom of my bag. This was quite a surprise and I’m sure that’s thanks to the full-white design, which is, again, really beautiful. Unfortunately, the cable isn’t a 2.5mm TRRS as found in the IT01S bundle, but for the price, it’s a minor concern. Plus, you can easily change it for a more premium one, if you’d like to.

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Bundle and Comfort

Inside the box

The iBasso IT00 comes in the exact same box as the IT01S does. A blue one, wrapped by a boxed sleeve, where all the information are displayed.

The bundle is simple, and is on par with similarly priced models:

  • The iBasso IT00
  • Eight pairs of silicon tips (white an black) + two pairs of foam
  • A 3.5 mm MMCX cable.
  • A TPU case to carry your IEM, not as fancy as the metallic-one, but much more convenient 

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Additional accessories

If you want to change the iBasso IT01S cable, the brand has got you fully covered. Be it single-ended cables or balanced cables, they’ve got almost everything :

CB13 : handmade 8-wire braided cable. 5N mono crystal silver wire + 6N mono crystal copper wire. Terminated by a 2.5mm gold plated balanced TRRS

CB12S-4.4 : hand braided 8-wire balanced cable. 6N Mono Crystal Copper and Copper-Silver alloy. Terminated by a 4.4mm gold plated balanced TRRRS

CB12S : same as the above but in 2.5mm TRRS + 3.5mm TRS adapter

CB12 : same but without the adapter

And of course, iBasso also provides different DAP options to drive your IT00. From the entry-level DX120 to the mid-high DX160. Both are great players in their own way, so feel free to check out our reviews.

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Comfort

There are slight differences, but the iBasso IT00 definitely felt comfier than the IT01S in my opinion. Sure, it’s still lacking compared to semi-customs models from brands like BGVP or Fearless, but iBasso gives us a strong challenger.

As usual, memory-foams are the most comfortable one, but over a full week, I definitely preferred the silicon tips for convenience. You can clean them after every use and they won’t tear off like the foam, even more, if you use a hydro-alcoholic solution like me. Kudos iBasso.

Isolation

Even if there are two vents for the driver, the IT00 did a pretty good job in terms of isolation. I used them in the street, the train, and even the subway and they gave me great results. Once the music is playing, you should be completely cut off from the outside world, or at least from the most intrusive noises.

An excellent choice for commuters like me!

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Specifications

For the nit-pickers and nerdy ones here, I’m giving the specs and technical sheets. For all the others, you can just go to the next page to see how the IT00 performs.

Graphene Diaphragm Dynamic Driver

The iBasso IT00 comes with a sole dynamic driver. It doesn’t use the DiNaTT Dynamic found on the IT01S, but you still get most of the quirks:

  • 5 micro-meter Multi-Layered graphene Diaphragm, 
  • a high magnetic flux magnet, for an improved dynamic, resolution and speed,
  • dual Helmholtz resonator, for deep-powerful bass

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The iBasso IT00 dome diaphragm isn’t as thin as the one found in the IT01S (3.8 micrometers) but kept the same 10mm diameter. On paper, the IEM should give us extreme speed, low distortion, and, overall, a very dynamic sound

The brand didn’t give any numbers regarding the magnetic flux, but since they kept the same dual Helmholtz design, the IT00 should deliver between 0.5 and 1.0 Tesla

We’ll see how all of that translates, sonically speaking.

Full specs

  • Type: IEM
  • Style: 1x Dynamic driver
  • Drivers: Multi-layer graphene driver
  • Socket: MMCX (detachable cables)
  • Cable: OFC
  • Shell: white painted acrylic. 
  • Frequency response Range : 10Hz – 35kHz
  • Sensitivity : 106dB
  • Impedance : 16 ohms
  • Rated Power : 10mW
  • THD : <1% @1kHz / 1mW
  • Weight : 8g (without cable)
  • Price : $69

The review continues on Page Three, after the click HERE, or by using the jump below.

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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.

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