xDuoo TA-30 Review

xDuoo TA-30

In this review we take a close look at the xDuoo TA-30, selling for $709 USD.

 

 

Disclaimer: the xDuoo TA-30 was sent to us, free of charge, by Xtenik in exchange for our honest opinion. You can find it directly on their website at around $710.

About xDuoo

Based in ShenZhen, China, xDuoo is a good Chi-Fi representative. Proudly designed and made in China Mainland, they were first a classic ODM factory. Then, the team decided to create their own brand, and produce for themselves, with success.

Recently, we reviewed the xDuoo XD-05 Plus, a complete portable DAC-Amp, which replaced the previous XD-05. But, before that, we also reviewed the brand tube-headphone-amplifiers: the TA-10 (DAC/AMP), the TA-20 (full-tube amplifier), and now it’s time to review their top of the line, the TA-30 !

The xDuoo X Series

If the X-Series from xDuoo were entirely made of portable devices, the T-Series only behold bigger gear, like headphones amplifiers. As usual, let’s take a quick tour.

xDuoo TA-10

The xDuoo TA-10 is a Tube Headphone Amplifier + USB DAC. As the first step in xDuoo’s desktop world, you don’t get multiple tubes, as in the TA-20 or TA-30, but just one classic 12AU7, combined with an A-Class circuit and a classic AK4490 DAC from AKM.

Sold just under $300, this amp was still able to drive most of my headphones. A quote : 

The xDuoo TA-10 is a great amp, if you need power in a small form factor. Combined with hard-to-drive headphones or high-impedance cans, the amp never fails his duty and gave it all, at all times. This is not a clean amp like The Element (my reference in this price range) but it sounds much more musical, especially on planar headphones.

You can find the complete review here : https://www.headfonia.com/xduoo-ta-10-review/

xDuoo TA-20

The xDuoo TA-20 is a tube headphone amplifier. Compared to the TA-10, you lose the AKM DAC and XMOS chipset, but you gain a “pure balanced analog flavor” per se. Instead of a sole 12AU7 tube, the TA-20 offers you two of them, one for each channel and the same – exceptionally – well-built chassis.

Sold just over $350, you have to connect a balanced DAC through the XLR inputs to fully enjoy this amp. Once done, you get : a great amp […] that can drive virtually any headphone you like, or want, with a sound stage much wider than its transistor competitors. True, it’s not a full Tube amp, but that’s also what makes the TA-20 affordable (and compact).

Full review available here : https://www.headfonia.com/xduoo-ta-20-review/

xDuoo TA-30

Finally, here comes the xDuoo TA-30, the best version of all TA-X0 amps. With bigger tubes, a top of the line DAC and more inputs to connect all your gear. From the look alone, and the weight – two times the TA-20 – the TA-30 shows off, even more, compared to its smaller siblings.

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Enough to justify a price twice as high? Time to find out!

The review continues on Page Two, 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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