iBasso are known for their quality headphone amp’s and DAC’s but outside of the T series have never been known as entry level or cheap and with good reason. As an owner of the PB2 and Db2 I can tell you they churn out great quality. However I did often wonder if they had the potential to broaden their appeal outside of those with a few hundred bucks to spare and it seems they were listening by announcing the launch of the new D-Zero headphone amp and DAC for a temptingly low $109. This puts it in FiiO pricing territory which will be very interesting indeed if you had been thinking of the E7 of late.
iBasso has very kindly sent me a review unit and I should be able to tell you soon what $109 can get you from these audio masters but in the mean time lets ooh and ahh over the specs and pictures because it certainly looks like a well made unit. Great thing is that is is out right now to order!
iBasso ultra portable DAC/AMP combo D-Zero is an entry level audio solution. It is a Self powered DAC and Hi-Definition headphone amplifier. It not only works as a DAC/AMP combo, but also works as a stand-alone AMP, DAC, or USB soundcard.
Even it is an entry level product, it sill has the well-known Wolfson 24bit Hi-performance DAC WM8740 as the DAC chip, and Texas Instruments’s PCM2706 as the USB receiver. Actually, the whole DAC section is very similar the D2+, which is widely recognized. The AMP section isnt like other entry level product that use cheap all-in-one headphone amplification IC, such as the TPA6130A. The AMP section in the D-zero is based on the AD8656, and tuned with some audio capacitors.
The size of the D0 is another strong point. It is credit card size, and the thickness is only 11mm. It is the slimmest DAC/AMP combo.
– Wolfson WM8740 DAC Chip + TI PCM2706 USB Receiver
– Works as a DAC+AMP Combo, a standalone AMP, or a standalone DAC (Line out function)
– 2-Setting Gain Switch for impedance matching
– Rechargeable Li-polymer battery with integrated charging system, 30 hours play time.
– Slim and small, it is ultra-portable design.
– Measures 55*79*11mm, and weights 60g
The iBasso D-Zero is available to order from www.ibasso.com for $109 plus shipping.