Luxury audio hardware aficionados, rejoice. Onkyo is releasing its DP-X1 portable digital audio player. No longer do you have to suffer through the noise and distortion of your smartphone's woefully inadequate output hardware when you're on the go. The DP-X1 features dual ESS Sabre ES9018K2M DACs and Sabre 9601K amplifiers. That hardware lets the DP-X1 generate a balanced output signal.
Aside from the fancy audio output hardware and its physical controls, the DP-X1 is essentially an Android iPod Touch. The device runs Android 5.1.1, and that operating system gets a window on the world with a 4.7-inch, 720p touchscreen. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity are included, naturally. Thanks to the 'smart' nature of the device, essentially every audio codec and format under the sun are supported, even the new MQA format. It also plays videos and does near anything else we expect of an Android device, as Onkyo has made no effort to restrict the DP-X1's smart functionality.
Onkyo's new portable includes a standard 3.5-mm headphone jack, a micro-USB port, and a 2.5mm TRRS jack for balanced-output mode. The device has physical reverse, pause, and play buttons, as well as an oversized volume knob. The DP-X1 only comes with 32GB of storage, but it has a pair of MicroSD slots supporting up to 200GB per card. If you're tired of poor-quality portable audio, Amazon has the DP-X1 for $799 right now, or $100 off its suggested price.
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