Onkyo’s DP-X1 makes high-end audio portable

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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    • internetsandman
    • 3 years ago

    Fiio has been producing portable audio players for a while and they’re the only one I’ve seen that gets both the hardware and software right. I love my X5, and it was half the cost of this

    • psuedonymous
    • 3 years ago

    Or for a discounted price of a mere $699, you can upgrade your existing smartphone to equivalent audio quality! Mere pour this snake oil directly into the audio jack…

    • ronch
    • 3 years ago

    Which is worse?

    a . Suffer through the noise and distortion of your smartphone’s woefully inadequate output hardware when you’re on the go, or

    b. Paying $800?

    • Generic
    • 3 years ago

    hmmmm… I like it, but does it come in Zune Brown? 🙂

    I’ve not found an estimated battery life. Am I missing it?

      • auxy
      • 3 years ago

      16 hours. It’s on the specs page…

        • Generic
        • 3 years ago

        I saw that, but it was in the “massive storage” section. Even “16 hour playback based on 96kHz/24-bit unbalanced output” seems like its talking about file size.

    • albundy
    • 3 years ago

    I dont get why big names dont make headphones with built in amps. would be nice to have a powered pair of V-Moda, Sennheiser, Audio Technica, or BeyerDynamics that i can use on any under powered phone or tablet vs lugging around an extra device.

      • Mad_Dane
      • 3 years ago

      Ehh all wireless headphones has built in amps.

        • Jigar
        • 3 years ago

        Wireless headphone builders have no choice.

          • Mad_Dane
          • 3 years ago

          True, but it’s kinda pointless the amplify the mediocre 3.5mm output from most phones.

          I would like it the other way around, I want someone to build this hardware into a phone, I would be just fine with extra weight and bulk.

      • chµck
      • 3 years ago

      that would make them heavier no?

        • Mad_Dane
        • 3 years ago

        Yes and bring the need for batteries.

    • Srsly_Bro
    • 3 years ago

    If only it had a USB-C port, I’d buy.

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 3 years ago

    YES YES AND YES!!!

    Finally something other than apple ipod, FINALLY!

    • NeelyCam
    • 3 years ago

    Onkyo?

    I guess it will start heating up in your pocket, and then start skipping tracks randomly until finally melting down.

    (I.e., both Onkyo receivers I’ve had have gone through that early meltdown right after the warranty expired)

      • divide_by_zero
      • 3 years ago

      Ha! It’s funny cuz it’s true.

      • Mad_Dane
      • 3 years ago

      Same happened to my NAD receiver, it died 14 days after the warranty expired like clockwork!

        • Buub
        • 3 years ago

        And my Denon is still going strong 12 years later… I need to upgrade it because the inputs/outputs are all legacy now, but it still pumps out audio like a champ!

        When does Denon make one of these?

    • bfar
    • 3 years ago

    800 quid though!

    I guess there must be market for it.

      • Captain Ned
      • 3 years ago

      Bah, that’s cheap compared to the Astell&Kern AK380. That unit clocks in at $3,500 in the US (and likely the same number in pounds on your side).

      [url<]http://www.digitaltrends.com/home-theater/astellkern-unveils-ak380-flagship-high-resolution-portable-player/[/url<]

        • ronch
        • 3 years ago

        I’m sure these overpriced things are the first to go if these audiophiles (or pseudo audiophiles) go bankrupt.

    • Mad_Dane
    • 3 years ago

    quote: “This makes it the first portable digital audio player with the ability to output a balanced audio signal.”

    This is lies, there is several balanced portable players, from Hifiman for example!

    • Pagey
    • 3 years ago

    Neil Young is rocking 2 of these..one in each hand. That’s balanced-balanced high fidelity audio!

      • mjbridges
      • 3 years ago

      Speaking of which, I think the Pono does actually have balanced output, so this isn’t a first.

      • morphine
      • 3 years ago

      Pono = such a great idea marred by such terrible design.

        • willmore
        • 3 years ago

        Such a terrible idea saved by a terrible design.

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