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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  • 1Description

The DP-X1A Wireless Digital Audio Player from Onkyo features twin SABRE DACs (ES9018K2M) and amplifiers (9601K) that are laid out symmetrically and run by separated capacitors. You can connect your headphones via 2.5 mm 4-pole output to enable balanced audio output with both DACs and amps employed simultaneously. The audio player comes with BTL mode for increasing driving power and ACG mode for enhanced stability. Both the modes offer increase in headroom and spatial dimensionality.

The audio player supports MQA, DSD 11.2 MHz / 5.6 MHz / 2.8 MHz, FLAC, WAV, ALAC, and AIFF up to 384 kHz / 24-bit, and plays all compressed audio formats. Built-in dual-band (5 GHz / 2.4 GHz) Wi-Fi supports streaming from on-demand music services. Bluetooth and aptX wireless technology lets you mirror content from DAP to a home audio system, wireless speaker, or car stereo. In addition, both headphone jacks can also be used as line outputs.

The audio player can convert music files such as MP3, WAV, and FLAC into DSD-quality audio. Use of oversampling and pushing bit quantization outside the audible spectrum allows for clearer signals. In this audio player, DAC and amp board are separated from the CPU board to minimize noise and maximize performance. Within the DAC and amp board, the audio circuitry and switching power are also separated to reduce noise. The DACs and amps feature their own capacitors to provide a cleaner audio signal with a closed loop design for improving the overall audio signal quality.

With a choice of up to 16,384 discrete bands and the ability to save up to 1,000 EQ profiles, the linear-phase FIR equalizer offers high-definition equalization with zero loss in audio quality. The audio player features an intuitive GUI with a flick transport control (playback, track advance), circular progress bar, and physical buttons for all transport controls. In addition, it also features standard full album artwork playback modes.

The audio player works with the OnkyoMusic app, which is a music download service for Hi-Res audio files. You can purchase and download music directly from the app within the player. This app can be downloaded from Google Play.

The balanced 2.5 mm 4-pole output supports the standard Balanced (BTL) drive as well as the ACG (Active Control GND) drive. The ACG drive gives stability, increased S/N ratio, enhanced spatial dimensionality and cleaner sound, and improved delineation for lower frequencies in Hi-Res audio. The BTL drive supplies increased power. Power gains and increased sound separation associated with balanced output are repurposed to create stability for a clearer signal and improved sound clarity.

The audio player runs on the Android 5.1.1 operating system and is powered by a quad-core processor. The 4.7" capacitive touch display allows for intuitive use of flicks, taps, and scrolling gestures. All icons and physical buttons are positioned for easy operation, and you can access apps like TIDAL, Spotify, and Pandora for music streaming and downloading resources.

You can easily manage and transfer your non-DRM protected music to the audio player. The X-DAP Link searches your music libraries, including music purchased from other services, and transfers the song and related metadata to the selected storage location on the audio player. X-DAP link is available for both Mac and Windows.

Performance

Android 5.1.1 operating system
4.7" capacitive touch screen display (720 x 1080)
64GB internal storage and 2GB RAM
Two microSD card slots with each slot accepting up to 256GB card for a total storage of 512GB
Standard balanced and active control ground modes
2.5mm 4-pole (for balanced out) and 3.5mm 3-pole outputs
Twin SABRE ES9018K2M digital-to-analog converters for precision Hi-Res audio playback
Twin SABRE 9601K amplifiers to drive 16 to 300 Ohms unbalanced and 32 to 600 Ohms balanced
Eight Nippon Chemi-Con "MELODIO" series based custom audio-grade electro-conductive polymer capacitors
Symmetrical channel layout equalizes signal paths to minimize stereo errors
Isolated audio circuit design minimizes electrical interference from power circuits and dedicated audio grade circuitry
Separated and isolated structure "Android board and Audio board" to avoid digital noise
Supports balanced audio output in BTL (Bridge-Tied Load) and ACG (Active Control Ground) allowing for improved stability and clear soundstage
Aluminum casing
Dual-band 5 GHz/2.4 GHz Wi-Fi enables music streaming and installing apps via Google Play
Supports MQA Hi-Res audio format
1630mAh Li-ion battery offers a runtime of up to 16 hours
External metal volume wheel and playback control buttons
Firmware updates via Wi-Fi
Direct access to download and streaming services with Hi-Res access
High-precision EQ
Bluetooth wireless streaming technology plays to external receivers (Profile: A2DP / AVRCP / HSP / OPP / HID / PAN)

Personalized Playback

Supports DSD 2.8/5.6/11.2 MHz, DSD-IFF, FLAC, ALAC, WAV, AIFF (maximum 384 kHz / 24-bit), AAC, and MP3; MQA support enabled by future firmware update
Balanced audio output via 2.5mm 4-pole headphone/balanced line output for compatible headphones and external components
24-bit upsampling modes for 88.2 kHz/176.4 kHz (44.1 kHz signals) and 96 kHz/192 kHz (48 kHz signals)
Three selectable digital filters (Sharp / Short / Slow) to suit your music style
Seven-step lock range adjustment (Wide / Normal / Narrow) that is customizable for phase-locked loop timing
Supports up to 16,384 discrete bands and can save up to 1000 individual equalizer settings
Four-step gain (Low 1 / Low 2 / High / Normal) to drive low and high impedance headphones of any type
On-the-go playlist creation function, skip / scan, play / pause, shuffle, and repeat functions
Sort by artist, album, song, playlist, and genre
Album art display, song information, and audio file information

Connectivity

Gold-plated 2.5mm 4-pole headphone / balanced audio line output terminal for BTL (Bridge-Tied Load) and ACG (Active Control Ground) modes
Gold-plated 3.5mm 3-pole headphone / unbalanced line audio output terminal
Micro-USB terminal for recharging, USB-OTG digital output when connected to a USB DAC, and data transfer via Onkyo X-DAP link software for Windows PCs and Mac
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
    Audio
    DAC 2 x SABRE ES9018K2M 32-Bit
    Amplifier 2 x SABRE 9601K
    External DAC Functionality Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Audio Resolution DSD256: 384 kHz / 24-Bit
    Frequency Response 20 Hz - 80000 Hz (Balanced)
    Impedance 16 - 300 Ohms (Unbalanced)
    32 - 600 Ohms (Balanced)
    Gain Settings High1, High2, Low, Normal
    Volume Control Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Audio Power Output 150 mW (Balanced)
    75 mW (Unbalanced)
    Signal to Noise Ratio >115 dB
    Clock Jitter Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Crosstalk Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Custom Equalizer Yes
    Performance
    CPU Not Specified by Manufacturer
    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)
    Media Support
    FM Tuner Not Specified by Manufacturer
    FM Frequency Range Not Specified by Manufacturer
    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 (802.11a/b/g/n/ac)
    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
    Charging Time Not Specified by Manufacturer
    General
    System Requirements Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Supported Languages English
    French
    German
    Italian
    Spanish
    Simplified Chinese
    Traditional Chinese
    IP Rating Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Water Resistance Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Temperature Not Specified by Manufacturer
    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"
    DP-X1A Wireless Digital Audio Player is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 3.
    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
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