Onkyo DP-X1A is a new for 2017 high quality portable music player, with dual L/R dacs and amps for better sound quality. Upgraded over the dpx1 with double the built in storage (64gb)and higher quality capacitors for improved sound quality.
The DP-X1A is android based, allowing you to use all popular streaming services and experience them through the DP-X1A's better sounding hardware. For your own music, it has 64gb of internal storage and two micro SD card slots, each compatible with up to 256gb cards, for a potential storage of 576gb. apt-x Bluetooth and wifi are built in, the software is quick with no lag, it has a big, bright 4.7" screen and an all metal shell. There is a nicely contoured area on the back panel around the volume control that makes it easier to operate the dial without looking. There is a very well featured EQ built-in, allowing you to tweak the sound with finite adjustments. 2gb of RAM for smooth graphics and lag free use.
With its processing power and dual dacs, you can upsample all music with Real-Time DSD Conversion to get the best sound quality possible from all of your files.
(Re battery life - it varies, but we played 16 bit/44 files at 35% volume, with balanced earphones and got over 14 hours - good for a high performance player)
From Onkyo: The DP-X1A has two amps and two digital/analog convertors, ESS Sabre ES9018K2M DACs and double ESS Sabre 9601K amps make balanced output possible via 2.5 mm output. Power gains and increased sound separation associated with balanced output are repurposed to create increased stability for a clean signal and greater sound clarity.
Dual SABRE DACs & Amps Standard Balanced and Active Control Ground (ACG) Modes 2.5mm 4-Pole (for balanced output) and 3.5mm 3-Pole Output
Love the DPX1 sound quality and features. The android software was a tad confusing at first as I don’t have any other android devices. However the second SD card slot stopped working recently and I had to ship it to a warranty depot and the. They are shipping it by to Onkyo USA. No idea if they can fix it yet or how long it will be gone. :(
"Purchase the DP-X1 from headphone bar on a whim as they had it on sale. I already had the Oppo-HA2. The thing I like about the X1 is that it is a standalone unit and I don;t have to have my phone tied up when listening to music etc. It fits nicely in a pocket as it is roughly the same size as my iphone. So far I am extremely happy with this unit. The build quality is great it fell nice and robust when you hold it and the volume **** is very smooth no signs of wiggle. The volume is easy to operate and has many steps so it is very easy to dial in the right volume level. The play pause skip forward back buttons are easy to operate when reaching into my pocket. The screen is nice and bright and resolution is great. This is my first android based device so it took me a bit to get used to that but overall once your up to speed the interface works well. have not had any issues in updating apps navigating around getting it to connect to wifi etc. SO far rock solid. I use this primarily while commuting to and from work and while I sit at my desk. I use it to stream Tidal, listen to podcasts and play music (all my cds were ripped lossless to FLAC), some DSD downloads. Sound quality is excellent and easily on par or better than my Oppo HA-2 with the earphones I have tried so far (Optoma NUforce HEM8, quad drivers). I have not tried it with Headphones yet, my Sennheisers need to be fixed. This is a very versatile device, since it runs on the android software, tons of apps can be installed. I only have the bare minimum installed right now, as I use it primarily for music and podcasts. But you can watch Netflix on it if you so desire. Transferring music to and from it is pretty straight forward but I did find it a bit slow in doing so. I found it was quicker to plug the SD cards in to computer directly, rather than plugging the X1 in. Looking forward to trying out some MQA files and hoping Tidal updates the mobile app to allow for MQA streaming. Overall very solid device with good features and superb sound."