Review: Onkyo DP-S1 Rubato – Dehumanise

Update: The original review didn’t have specs listed. Well here they are: 

Specifications

  • Audiophile Performance in a Compact, Portable, Practical Player
  • Twin SABRE ES9018C2M Digital-to-Analog Converters for Precision Hi-Res Audio Playback
  • Twin SABRE ES9601K Amplifiers to Drive 16–600 Ohm Headphones
  • Dual Clocks Automatically Detect 44.1 kHz and 48 kHz Signals to Assure Superior Timing Accuracy
  • Dual Headphone/Line Outputs for Balanced and Unbalanced Audio
  • Symmetrical Channel Layout Equalizes Signal Paths to Minimize Stereo Errors
  • Isolated Audio Circuit Design Minimizes Electrical Interference from Power Circuits
  • Supports Balanced Audio Output in Bridge-Tied Load (BTL) and Active Control Ground (ACG) Modes Employing  Twin DACs and Amps
  • Solid Aluminum Casing
  • Bright, Scratch-resistant 2.4-inch 320 x 240-pixel Touchscreen
  • Original User Interface Provides Fast and Intuitive Access to Music
  • Dual-band 5 GHz/2.4 GHz Wi-Fi® Enables Music Streaming from TIDAL and TuneIn*1
  • Bluetooth® Wireless Streaming Technology Plays to External Receivers (Profile: A2DP/AVRCP, Codec: SBC)
  • Supports MQA Hi-Res Audio Format*2
  • 192 kHz/32-bit Upsampling Mode Enhances Lower-resolution Audio Files
  • 16 GB Internal Memory Expandable to 416 GB with micro SD Cards*3
  • Long-life Rechargeable Battery Returns Up to 15 Hours Playback*4
  • Control Playback from Smartphone with Onkyo DapController App*5
  • External Metal Volume Wheel and Playback Control Buttons
  • 32-bit DSP Provides Fast, Efficient, and Stable Operation
  • Firmware Updates via Wi-Fi

PERSONALIZED PLAYBACK

  • Supports DSD 5.6 MHz/2.8 MHz, DSD-IFF, FLAC, ALAC, WAV, AIFF (Maximum 192 kHz/32-bit), AAC, and MP3
  • Balanced Audio Output via 2.5 mm (3/32˝) 4-Pole Headphone/Balanced Line Output for Compatible Headphones and  External Components
  • 32-bit Upsampling Modes for 88.2 kHz/176.4 kHz (44.1 kHz Signals) and 96 kHz/192 kHz (48 kHz Signals)
  • Three Selectable Digital Filters to Suit Music Style (Sharp/Short/Slow)
  • Seven-step Lock Range Adjustment (Wide/Normal/Narrow) Customizable for Phase-Locked Loop Timing
  • 10-band Equalizer with 6 Factory Presets and 3 Customizable Presets
  • Three-step Gain (Low/High/Normal) to Drive Low and High Impedance Headphones of Any Type
  • On-the-Go Playlist Creation Function, Skip/Scan, Play/Pause, Shuffle, and Repeat Functions
  • Sort By Artist, Album, Song, Playlist, Genre
  • Album Art Display, Song Information, and Audio File Information

CONNECTION FEATURES

  • Gold-plated 2.5 mm (3/32˝) 4-pole Headphone/Balanced Audio Line Output Terminal for Bridge-Tied Load (BTL) and Active Control Ground (ACG) Modes
  • Gold-plated 3.5 mm (1/8˝) 3-pole Headphone/Unbalanced Line Audio Output Terminal
  • Micro USB Terminal for Recharging and Data Transfer via Onkyo X-DAP Link Software for Windows® PCs*6
  • Dual micro SD card Slots

Sound and music playback after the jump:

Review: Onkyo DP-S1 Rubato – Dehumanise
4.2 (84.44%) 45 vote[s]

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Back before he became the main photographer for bunches of audio magazines and stuff, Nathan was fiddling with pretty cool audio gear all day long at TouchMyApps. He loves Depeche Mode, trance, colonial hip-hop, and raisins. Sometimes, he gets to listening. Sometimes, he gets to shooting. Usually he's got a smile on his face. Always, he's got a whisky in his prehensile grip.

17 Comments

  • Reply June 1, 2017

    Kam

    Hi nathan, great review. Just in time when i had a chance to secure one. Just one more thing, what about the usb-dac function? If there is one, I’m totally sold

    • Reply June 1, 2017

      ohm image

      I always forget something. I’ll get back with you on that.

  • Reply June 4, 2017

    RAQemUP

    To get USB audio out. Connect powered external Dac to powered off DP-S1 micro USB with an OTG cable. Power on DP-S1 and from the play screen select the “three dots” icon next to the song title. Choose the “triangle with 3 waves” icon in the upper left and select USB audio.

    • Reply June 6, 2017

      Kam

      Its not usb-audio out I am talking about. Yes, I am aware that this dap can be paired to mojo. But can it connect to pc and be used as DAC?

      • Reply October 23, 2017

        jeemusu

        I would like to know this too.
        Can i connect it to, say, a macbook, and select it as audio out and then listen with my headphones connected to the onkyo?

        Thanks for the help.

  • Reply June 7, 2017

    ImAddictedToAudio

    What about the “Balanced” Line-Out option? Has anyone tested this plugging into a Balanced amp?

    • Reply July 4, 2017

      ohm image

      Hello IMADDICTEDTOAUDIO,

      I’ve yet to publish its results, but yes, I have used it with outboard balanced amps as well as driving headphones straight. It does both well, but it is my opinion that the DP-S1 a more impressive single-ended player than it is balanced.

  • Reply July 25, 2017

    rantng

    Can you tell us the differences between the DP-S1 and the Pioneer XDP-30R?

  • Reply August 25, 2017

    Adam

    Hi

    can you tell me if this is able to scan fast forward and backwards on music tracks when using bluetooth headphones (mine seems not able to do this using when bluetooth headphones but can when using wired headphones)
    Thanks in advance for any info you can give

    Best Wishes

  • Reply September 6, 2017

    Mikhail Vasiliev

    hello! how does it compare to aune m1s? the same dac. SQ wise?

    • Reply September 7, 2017

      ohm image

      I’m sorry, Mikhail, I’ve not used the M1.

  • Reply October 14, 2017

    Gleb

    Hi there!
    Can you measure output impedance of DP-S1 (XDP-30R) for balanced and unbalanced output?

  • Reply April 2, 2018

    Hans

    Hello, do you know how the DP-S1 compares to its Pioneer XDP-30R twin or to other dual DAC DAPs like Fiio X3/X5 III, Shanling M2S and Hiby R6/3?

    Thank you.

  • Reply May 20, 2018

    maira

    Hello

    have is the Sounsquality and stage compared to Sony ZX300?

    thanks!

  • Reply October 6, 2018

    Hans

    Any chance this will be compared with an iBasso product e.g. DX120 in the future?

    • Reply October 6, 2018

      Nathan

      If iBasso send a unit or I can borrow one, yes, but I am not sure that will happen.

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