In this review we take a close look at the xDuoo XD-05 Plus, selling for $259 USD.
Based in ShenZhen, China, xDuoo is a good Chi-Fi representative. Proudly designed and made in China Mainland, almost every product we received from the brand was a pleasant surprise.
And now, it’s time to take a look at the upgraded version, the xDuoo XD-05 Plus.
The xDuoo X Series
If the T-Series from xDuoo were entirely made of desktop amplifiers, the X-Series only beholds portable devices. As usual, let’s take a quick tour.
The xDuoo X10Tii is a portable digital transport. Like those ultra-high-end CD player only carrying a digital stream up to the DAC, but (very) much more affordable and (very) much more portable. Small and light, this device can stream up to 384kHz / 32bit files or even DSD256 to your DAC.
You have the usual Coaxial / Optical combo port, but you can also use the USB Type-C port or even a mini-XLR output, for professional listeners needing an AES port. Yes, it’s that quirky.
The xDuoo X20 is a portable player, or a DAP if you’d prefer. If the X10Tii only purpose is to transfer digital signal, the X20 appears to be less quirky: it’s a true player only. No Wi-Fi, no streaming support, but thanks to bi-directional Bluetooth connection, there is HiBy Link support.
The DAC? A good old Sabre ESS 9018 K2M chip, supported by a dual-oscillator and a fully balanced circuit, for good measurements. Not as nerdy as the usual stuff, but we’ll have to see for ourselves.
The xDuoo Nano-D3 is a portable audiophile player. Like the FiiO M3 pro or Shanling M2X, it only weighs 70g and measures 83mm on its larger side. A good option for those of us who do not want to carry a heavy player, in addition to their smartphone.
The design is not astounding, but it still boasts impressive specs: 20h battery life, full DSD support up to 256x, and a conservative 250mW output power @32ohms.
The xDuoo XD-05 is a portable DAC/AMP, following the usual path of battery-powered DAC. The embedded chip is provided by Asahi Kasei, a good old AK4490, while the amp section was able to output 500mW@32ohms.
We’ve already reviewed the XD-05, and we liked it, a lot.
“The xDuoo XD-05 is a great DAC/Amp, hiding awesome audio prowess in a meh box. It supports almost every source, thanks to its wide array of inputs, and is able to drive almost every headphone on the market.”
xDuoo XD-05 Plus
The xDuoo XD-05 Plus is an upgraded version of the previous XD-05. If visually the difference isn’t striking, the brand gifted the DAC/AMP a lot of small optimizations. Both inside and outside.
And now, it’s time to go deeper into the review, shall we?
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