Disclaimer: The Xduoo X10T was sent to us free of charge by Linsoul.com in exchange for this review and a link to their website. This isn’t the first time we work together with Linsoul (see KZ ZS10 review). The pictures in this article are from Xduoo and they’re not ours.
You may not have heard about the Chinese Xduoo but they have really nice and affordable personal audio gear. This actually is only the first time we’re featuring Xduoo on Headfonia.com and that’s way overdue!
Xduoo’s main website can be found here: http://www.xduoo.com/xduoo/En/Index.asp . It’s available in both English and Chinese and even though it’s very basic, everything you need to know is there.
Xduoo doesn’t only make products for their own brand, but they ODM for many well-know audio brands. They specialize in headphone amps, all kinds of DACs and music players. Today we’ll be looking at the Xduoo X10T, a digital transport.
Don’t mistake the Xduoo X10T with the Xduoo X10, the latter being a portable music player. The X10T is a digital transport only and it can’t convert a digital signal to an analogue one. Xduoo calls it a:
“Professional Digital Turntable player”
The X10T uses a Wolfson WM8805 digital audio receiver chip. The WM8805 chip generates high quality SDPDIF output through the coaxial jack. It is a high-performance consumer mode S/PDIF transceiver with support for eight received channels and one transmitted channel. A crystal derived, or externally provided high quality master clock is used to allow low jitter recovery of S/PDIF supplied master clocks. It also has advanced phase-locked loop with jitter attenuation inside the chip, clock cycle jitter less than 50ps RMS.
The X10T’s output signal only has 0,00087% distortion(!) and the output amplitude are as follows:
AES = 3,25Vp-P
Coaxial 1 = 0,8Vp-p
Coaxial 2 = 0,5Vp-p
So again: this is not a DAC and it only puts out a digital signal to your favourite external DAC, hence the “turntable player” name. You will have to hook it up to a portable unit such as the Chord Mojo/Hugo, RHA DACAMP L1 or the JDSLabs C5D, etc. You can of course hook it up to your desktop DAC as well using one of the outputs of the X10T.
The CPU chip used inside the X10T is the Jun Zheng JZ4760B. You can find out all about the X10T right here: http://www.xduoo.com/xduoo/En/ProductView.Asp?ID=24.
The X10T has three digital outputs: A coaxial output (ground isolation), an optical output which also is the 2nd Coaxial output and an AES balanced coaxial output for the pro market.
The Xduoo X10T comes with two Micro SD slots (official support up to 2 x 128GB) and it doesn’t have any internal memory.
Lay-out & Build Quality
The Xduoo X10t has a full aluminum body and it’s a fairly small and light unit measuring only 105,5 x 45 x 14mm and weighing merely 100g. Of course if you stack it with say the Mojo, that doubles up the weight
On the front of the unit you have the 2 inch HD screen. That’s fairly small but as this isn’t a player, this doesn’t really need a touch screen. I never found the screen too small during the test period either. Below the screen you have the navigation buttons: Home, up, play/pauze, down, select.
On the bottom of the unit you from left to right have the AES output, the Coax 1 output and the Optical/coax2 output. On the right side of the unit you have the closed double MicroSD slots and the reset button. The left side of the unit only has the “lock” switch, which disables the navigation completely. On top of the unit you have the Micro USB-slot for the charging and the power button.
The build quality is fairly good. The transport has no sharp edges and it feels robust. I’m confident it can take a beating in your bag on your way to work. The only downside here is that the X10T doesn’t come with a case, so you always have to be somewhat careful. I do suggest ordering the leather case as an extra for only $15USD.
Accessories & Price
The Xduoo X10T goes for about $215 and €190 on Aliexpress, Penon and Gearbest, and that makes it very affordable. Of course you for the same money can buy DAPs such as the Cayin N3, Hiby R3, Hidizs AP80, etc, etc, etc.
Accessory-wise you get two elastic bands to stack the X10T to your portable DAC, a coaxial cable, an optical cable and a USB charging cable. I didn’t expect to get the digital signal cables, so I was very please to see these in the box, together with the X10T. A user manual and warranty card can also be found in the box, together with a couple of screen protectors and 5 rubber mini stick-on feet in case you want to stack the X10T to your portable DAC and prevent it from scratching/moving around.
In all honesty, the optical and coaxial cable that come supplied are really good. They’re about 10 to 15cm, are perfectly built, use a good cable and quality plugs. This does deserve an extra mention in this article as they’re just really good. And free-ish.
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