Xduoo Link USB Type-C DAC/Amp

Xduoo Link USB Type-C DAC/Amp

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Between smartphones and headphones, there’s often a problem. Most smartphones have USB-C ports, and most headphones have 3.5-millimeter jacks Read More

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Gilbertkoh
14
Sep 12, 2020
Can we have the latest Link 2 instead?
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TonnyBGood
0
Aug 27, 2020
Today mine is broken... ( Same thing. Orange cable. I enjoyed the sound of it so much. Especially native DSD... Did someone try to disassemble and replace the cable? Any suggestions?...
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Kermit
6
Sep 14, 2020
going well, so far
Kermit
6
Sep 15, 2020
fixed it, but there is a trick, you need to use the original connector just solder new cables on it I can make a post on how to fix it where I get into into it more, with photos of steps that I took
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carg3
1
Jun 23, 2020
Could I use this to connect my bass amp to my mac to use it with Garage Band?
vaisas
59
Jun 23, 2020
i ordered mine directly from them as Drop doesnt deliver to my country, and i am very satisfied with the product. For the price and what is says it does, it does its job very well, its a major plus that you can change and pause play songs, as well as volume up and down from the device. It amplifies well, its not battery powered so you cannot expect much anyway. Its worth a try.
Antnee
156
Apr 14, 2020
Nothing to do with this item. Does Drop do it's own photography? This is nice work.
Tofig
70
Mar 19, 2020
made in china - to the trash.
Tofig
70
Aug 8, 2020
That was true ten years ago. Not any more.
vaisas
59
Aug 11, 2020
i recommend you look up where most of the stuff is still made, you might learn something.
Slater91
206
Dec 26, 2019
Here's my review: https://www.soundphilereview.com/reviews/xduoo-link-review-7311/ It's a good product, if you want a dongle this is a good one (though it offers little power).
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vaisas
59
Jun 23, 2020
just got mine, pretty decent for the price and what it is, it does it job.
Hyde
908
Nov 28, 2019
I actually wrote a very detailed review but then when I click "post review" I got this "ops we couldn't display your page" and lost all the things I wrote. Tried it a few times and keep getting the same thing. So I'll just post this here instead. My current dongle DAC is Hidizs Sonata HD II, I've been comparing it with the Xduoo the last 2 days.
  • Xduoo Link is cleaner sounding, but almost too analytical and cold.
  • Xduoo Link has more forward vocal.
  • Hidizs Sonata HD II has warmer tonality.
  • Hidizs Sonata HD II has better mid range.
  • Hidizs Sonata HD II has more bass in general and also deeper bass (sub bass).
  • Hidizs Sonata HD II has wider sound stage.
So while Xduoo physically has everything that I wanted, nice build quality (metal), nice functional volume play/pause buttons (even work in Windows), nice orange accent. Drawback is somehow the USB C plug is super super tight and almost feel like it was gonna break my phone, the 3.5 mm plug side also has non-existent "click" when you insert the headphone jack. But the biggest drawback is that as a whole, I think I still like Hidizs Sonata HD II better (For my preference, Hidizs sounds better). And it's about the same price as Xduoo. So unfortunately I probably would still recommend Hidizs Sonata HD II over Xduoo Link. Hope this helps. :) EDIT: By the way this is not to say Xduoo Link is bad, it's actually very clean and detailed dac/amp. But the very very top end and bottom end is just not extended as Sonata HD. Also for my preference I prefer a warmer signature. But if you're after neutrality then the Xduoo is a good choice.
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Hyde
908
Dec 27, 2019
Oh apparently there is a new Hidizs S3 dongle that uses the same DAC but just better construction and better wires. If the price difference is low I'd go for S3, but if it's too much then I'd imagine Sonata HD II should be almost identical. Also here are some random tidbits that I don't know if it would help or not. But when people say "all sub $200 DAC more or less sound the same" and "all DAC if done correctly should all sound the same", I would say it's not entirely correct because it took me many many tries until I found the Sonata HD II which fits my preference perfectly also works for the headphone pairing (Denon AH-D2000). To my ear that SDAC sounds different than Burr Brown DAC sounds different than Cirrus Logic DAC and sounds different than Wolfson DAC. I've gone through FiiO E10K, NuForce UDAC-3, Schiit Fulla 1, SMSL M3, iFi Nano Black Label, SDAC/O2, Apple dongle, Pixel 2 dongle, Pixel 3 dongle, a third party random dongle and finally Xduoo Link and my favourite out of all is Hidizs Sonata HD II. It might just be that I like how the Cirrus Logic CS42L42 sounds or maybe it just match my headphone well, no clue lol. Denon AH-D2000 is only 25 ohm so your mileage may vary (say... If you try to run planar or something lol). Hope this help people save some money. Because I know I've wasted quite a bit lol. :P
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bozo007
19
Dec 28, 2019
Thanks again for generously sharing your research. The S3 is currently for $42.50 on Amazon, after a 15% coupon, while the S2 is for $35. The big difference also is that the S3 supports a microphone whereas the Sonata II requires a firmware downgrade to do so. I have cancelled my Sonata II order and ordered the S3. Thanks again.
Hyde
908
Nov 24, 2019
I feel like they should've at least wait till the first drop people to get their items before starting second drop. This way the people in the first drop can write their impressions for the round 2 people to see before purchasing them. I'm one of the ones that bought them in first round LOL. Still waiting for the item to arrive but it should be soon.
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nickhem12
12
Nov 24, 2019
Anyone know how these get along with Type-C iOS devices?
Diacob
9
Apr 25, 2020
Yes, it worked well actually with IPad Pro until some wire broke inside the orange cable. Just from hanging on the side of the iPad... Too bad they used such bad cable...
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