Onkyo DP-X1A Wireless Digital Audio Player

Onkyo DP-X1A Wireless Digital Audio Player

Onkyo DP-X1A Wireless Digital Audio Player

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Onkyo DP-X1A Wireless Digital Audio Player

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  • Twin SABRE ES9018K2M DACs
  • Twin SABRE 9601K Amplifiers
  • Nippon Chemi-Con "MELODIO" Capacitors
  • 4.7" Capacitive Touch Screen
  • 64GB of Internal Memory
  • Two microSD Slots for Additional Storage
  • Built-In Wi-Fi & Bluetooth Support
  • Plays MQA, FLAC, ALAC, AIFF, OGG & More
  • Stream from Google Play, Spotify & More
  • OnkyoMusic Store Access for Hi-Res Audio
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Onkyo DP-X1A overview

  • 1Description

With the DP-X1A Wireless Digital Audio Player from Onkyo, you get audiophile quality in the palm of your hand. At its heart, the DP-X1A reproduces balanced audio through twin SABRE DACs (ES9018K2M) and amplifiers (9601K), which have their own Nippon Chemi-Con "MELODIO"-based electro-conductive polymer capacitors, helping to provide a clean audio experience that minimizes noise. The construction of the DP-X1A further enhances this, with the DAC and amp board being separated from the CPU board of the player.

The DP-X1A stores its audio on 64GB of internal storage, which can be upgraded with one or two (optional) microSD cards. Each card slot supports up to 256GB cards, for a potential 576GB of total storage. To help make navigating all of this content easier is an intuitive GUI and 4.7" touchscreen display. Flip through your audio and album art like you would on a typical smartphone, or use the physical buttons for "no look" playback operation.

Onkyo has given the DP-X1A the ability to not just play the music you put in it, but also to reach out and discover more. Through the built-in Android OS and dual-band Wi-Fi, you can stream from apps, such as Pandora or Spotify, or purchase music from the OnkyoMusic store. Bluetooth and aptX technology lets you share your music by casting to compatible devices, such as a home audio system, wireless speaker, or car stereo. For wired listening, you can use the gold-plated 2.5mm 4-pole or 3.5mm 3-pole headphone/line outputs.

Adding to the DP-X1A's capabilities is support for a myriad of uncompressed and compressed file formats, digital upconversion to near-DSD, a high precision EQ, and more. All of this technology is housed in a rugged, lightweight aluminum frame that lets you take dynamic, high-resolution audio almost anywhere.

Digital Media Formats
The DP-X1A is capable of playing back MQA, FLAC, WAV, ALAC, AIFF up to 384 kHz/24-bit, DSD, DSF, DSD-IFF, WAV, Ogg-Vorbis, MP3, and AAC file formats. 1
MQA Hi-Res Audio
The MQA format gives you the ability to capture and preserve audio fidelity of original recordings with a high bitrate and sampling rate, yet at a size small enough to stream.
DSD Conversion
Support for compressed formats, such as MP3, WAV, and FLAC does not mean those files must provide a less than ideal listening experience. With Direct Stream Digital conversion, these compressed files are converted in real time to DSD-quality audio. Using oversampling and pushing bit quantization outside of the audible spectrum, is meant to allow for a clearer signal.
Streaming Media
Utilizing the built-in Wi-Fi connection, the DP-X1A can stream content from a wide array of platforms, such as Google Play, TIDAL, TuneIn, Pandora, Spotify, and iHeartRadio.
OnkyoMusic Store
Purchase and download hi-res audio from the OnkyoMusic store directly from the DP-X1A when connected to the internet via Wi-Fi.
High Precision EQ-HD
With up to 16,384 discrete bands to select from, and the ability to save up to 1000 EQ profiles, the linear-phase FIR equalizer is designed to offer high definition equalization with zero loss in audio quality.
Balanced Drive Options
Balanced 2.5mm 4-pole output supports the more standard Balanced (BTL) drive as well as the ACG (Active Control GND) drive. ACG drive is designed to give greater stability: increased S/N ratio; greater spatial dimensionality, and clean sound; greater delineation for lower frequencies in hi-res audio, and overall robust and taut sound. BTL drive supplies increased power. Power gains and increased sound separation associated with balanced output are repurposed to help create increased stability for a clean signal and greater sound clarity, especially compared to unbalanced drive.
X-DAP Music Management
X-DAP Link will search your music libraries, including music purchased from other services, and will transfer your non-DRM protected music, and related metadata, to the selected storage location on the DP-X1A. X-DAP is available for both Mac and Windows PC.
UPC: 814633020447
In the Box
Onkyo DP-X1A Wireless Digital Audio Player
  • Micro-USB to USB Type-A Cable
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Onkyo DP-X1A specs

    Audio
    DAC 2 x SABRE ES9018K2M 24-Bit
    Amplifier 2 x SABRE 9601K
    Audio Resolution DSD256: 384 kHz / 24-Bit
    Frequency Response 20 Hz - 80000 Hz (Balanced)
    Impedance 16 to 300 Ohms (Unbalanced)
    32 to 600 Ohms (Balanced)
    Gain Settings High1, Normal, Low1, Low2
    THD + N 0.006%
    Audio Power Output 150 mW at 32 Ohms (Balanced)
    75 mW at 32 Ohms (Unbalanced)
    Signal to Noise Ratio >115 dB
    Custom Equalizer Yes
    Performance
    RAM 2 GB
    Operating System Android 5.1
    Internal Storage Capacity 64 GB
    Maximum Storage Capacity 576 GB
    Flash Media Slot 2 x microSDXC
    Display 4.7" LCD (720 x 1080 Resolution)
    Operation Method Physical Buttons, Touchscreen, Volume Wheel
    Media Support
    FM Tuner No
    Video Recording No
    Video Playback Yes
    Formats Supported Audio: DSD (2.8/5.6/11.2 MHz)/DSF/DSD-IFF/FLAC/ALAC/WAV/AIFF/Ogg-Vorbis/MP3/AAC/MQA (MQA requires update)
    Video: H.263/H.264 AVC/H.265 HEVC/MPEG-4 SP/VP8/VP9
    Connectivity
    Wireless Bluetooth 2.0 A2DP
    Bluetooth 2.0 AVRCP
    Bluetooth HID
    Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)
    Bluetooth Codecs aptX
    Connections 2.5 mm Audio Output
    1/8" (3.5 mm) Stereo Headphone
    Micro-USB 2.0
    Built-In Mic No
    Power
    Battery 1x Built-in Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery 1630 mAh
    Providing up to 16 Hours per Charge for Audio Playback
    Charger USB 2.0
    General
    Supported Languages English
    French
    German
    Italian
    Spanish
    Simplified Chinese
    Traditional Chinese
    Water Resistance None
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 5.0 x 3.0 x 0.5" / 12.7 x 7.6 x 1.3 cm
    Weight 7.23 oz / 204.97 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.35 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.3 x 5.2 x 2.2"

    Onkyo DP-X1A reviews

    DP-X1A Wireless Digital Audio Player is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 6.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I will never listen to the music from my phone anymore I couldn't believe of how good the sound was the first time I used my under a $100 Denon in-ear headphone. �The sound is so warm and much clearer than my S7E phone, my PC. �I tried it on my wireless B&W PX through bluetooth, both devices have AptX technology, but I can't tell the difference from my phone/PC vs DP-X1A. �The bluetooth from DP-X1A is so bad; I was only a rooms away and the signal starts to break. �With my phone or PC I can be anywhere, upstairs/downstairs + with door closed I still can hear like I'm next to my phone. �But this isn't a deal breaker because the sound is phenomenal like I listen to expensive speakers; I will invest in a good set of wired headphones.
    Date published: 2018-01-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best portable music player for classical music fans The DP-X1A is a slightly enhanced version of the DP-X1 I own. It has 64GB instead of 32GB of internal storage, more robust headphone and balanced jacks, and improved capacitors for a lower noise floor. The DP-X1 and its siblings the Pioneer XDP-100R/300R and the discontinued Apple iPod Classic are the only portable music players suitable for classical music fans, because they are the only ones that support navigating the music database by composer. Seems basic, but other players just don't have that option. The dual microSDXC slots (up to 256GB each) means you can get 560GB of music on this system, something very important given the size of lossless high-resolution FLAC files. Just drop your files onto the cards (including Apple lossless ALAC/M4A files), start a sync on the Onkyo Player app, and you are good to go. I wrote my own scripts to split my library evenly between the two cards, but there are programs that purport to do that for you, I just haven't tested them for myself. Sound quality is excellent, specially from the 2.5mm TRRS balanced jack (same connector as Astell & Kern PMPs). I worry about the durability of such a thin connector, but it's held up so far. It powers my Sennheiser HD800 and Focal Elear just fine (both with custom balanced cables from C3 Audio). The touchscreen UI is good, though the music picker is not fully associative, you need to drill down in the hierarchy they provide (Genre > Composer > Album), but no other portable player offers that either. It also doesn't integrate with my car's onboard controls the way an iPhone or iPod would. The Android OS doesn't really support high-resolution audio so Onkyo/Pioneer had to write special drivers to enable this. This means unless an app has been specially rewritten to use the Onkyo APIs, it won't support HRA. This also means the device is tied to the version 5.1.1 Android distribution Onkyo used, which has a number of security holes, and doesn't have nice touches like unified storage that came with Android 7. I wouldn't hold my breath for OS updates from Onkyo, but that's a problem with Android in general, not specific to them.
    Date published: 2017-11-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rock solid digital audio player This DAP is easily the single best upgrade I've ever given my audio. The soundstage is completely black at full volume - no noise, no hiss, nothing. Silence. That's not the most amazing part but it is something you notice on first power up and bumping to full output. The stereo soundstage is almost magical in its separation. When vocals are meant to be in the middle, they are dead center like the singer is in your head. Instruments are expertly and exquisitely rendered. The cliche always seems to be that some piece in you audio chain makes magic and makes you hear things you never heard before, etc. In this case, for me, it is true. There are tracks I know back to front that when you focus and really listen, you can hear distortion in a guitar that you never heard before.� This isn't distortion introduced by the player; it exists in the source and I have since compared to the same track from my PC at a higher volume. One thing I might say is that if you don't plan on utilizing the balanced output, I would recommend maybe looking at something a little less expensive. If you don't need 64 GB built in there is also the DP-S1 which is pretty much the same spec wise except it can only go up to 32bit/192kHz whereas the DP-1XA can resolve 24/384. The 1XA can also do 32 bit but down samples to 24 bit. I've also read that the new 400 GB micro SD cards can work in this, meaning you could potentially have 864 GBs of music in your hand. If you listen to classical music, you will almost definitely enjoy this player's capabilities. Paired with a good set of headphones, you will hear the instruments in amazing clarity. If you listen to classic rock, expect similar performance but with an amazing stereo presence. Being someone who really enjoys vocal performances, be it with or without music, I can say this player resolves the voice as well as it does instrumentation. Be aware that if you use the balanced audio, battery life will be lower. It's not 1/2 play time but it does impact battery performance by about 20% based on my rough estimates. The other piece is that the higher resolution the audio, the more battery it will use to playback. For FLAC, I find "compressed" at level 6 seems to be a good trade-off. On playback of FLAC "compressed" at level 8, battery life seems to lose an additional 10% or so. Given L8 vs L6 doesn't save that much space, I'd recommend L6 if you haven't already converted files. Total battery time seems to be in the 13-16 hours from my experience using the unbalanced and right around 13 balanced. I have two gripes. The first is that for some reason if I transfer music with the player plugged in and copying to either memory card, the player will eject the card at the OS level (the card doesn't pop out of the player or anything) and I have to then physically eject the card and push it back in. Now I just pop the card out and plug it into my computer to copy and copy directly which works fine. Lightly annoying and something I can definitely live with considering how magical this player seems to be to me. My other gripe/concern is the player is Android 5.1. It works really well (I recommend removing the bloat by uninstalling apps you won't ever use) but here's the thing. Google have announced they will block apps designed for Android 4 from running on Android P (upcoming build). This means apps will need to be updated or potentially become unlisted. There's only 1 version between supported and not, and the next unsupported Android will be 5... which is what is on this player. As far as I know, Onkyo have not mentioned any plans to update the version of Android on this player. This would mean we will unlikely get updated app versions etc on this player once this happens. Probably in the next version of Android. All that being said, what is packaged here will enjoy updates for at least another year as of this writing (Apr 2018) and by the time the player's battery needs replacing there will likely be an updated version anyway. Not that I look forward to spending the money again...
    Date published: 2018-04-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good equipment, lacking on computer integration The equipment/player is very nice. It works well and the quality of the music seems to be very good. However, the interface between the player and a computer (in this case a Mac) is not at all sufficient. Ithe DPA-Link program only allows to download music from the computer to either of the three memory locations. It does not allow you to make playlist at the computer (so, no copying of iTunes playlists) and download them into the player. Nor this it allow you to see what is already copied onto the player. One just has to download all of the music into the player and if you cannot remember what you downloaded later on, just re-download it. I was told the player knows and will not copy the music twice... For a costly piece of equipment, its interface is very poor.
    Date published: 2018-04-30
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Solid DAP all around. The X1A is a pretty solid DAP, Android based gives the user lots of options such as the play store, Wifi and bluetooth also expand what a user can do. the sound quality is good, but lacks is some aspects. for example to get anything above 192 or 24 bit,you will have to pass it thru USB, it does 192 at 24 on both balanced and unbalanced headphone jacks, but the balanced it much better in all aspects of sound quality and also volume level. Although i am looking to replace this with another DAP, it is only for i have the preference to want more, not because there is anything thing wrong with the X1A, if you have very good ear or headset, this will completely blow away any cell phone you use to listen to music interns of clarity and sound stage.
    Date published: 2018-07-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from All you need, in one device. Multiple features, from Tidal to DSD playback. Wish the battery life was longer, but don't we all in 2018 :-)
    Date published: 2018-08-30
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