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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Tofig
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Mar 19, 2020
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made in china - to the trash.
Mar 19, 2020
vaisas
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Mar 20, 2020
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lol, thats a bit ignorant, more so considering pretty much everything is made in china these days, probably most of your electronics you use as well. actually, some of the best audio gadgets are made there.
Mar 20, 2020
Slater91
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Dec 26, 2019
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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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Dec 26, 2019
Hyde
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Nov 28, 2019
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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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Nov 28, 2019
Hyde
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Dec 27, 2019
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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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Dec 27, 2019
bozo007
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Dec 28, 2019
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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.
Dec 28, 2019
Hyde
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Nov 24, 2019
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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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Nov 24, 2019
nickhem12
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Nov 24, 2019
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Anyone know how these get along with Type-C iOS devices?
Nov 24, 2019
Levisux69
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Nov 22, 2019
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Does anyone know if it would be worthwhile to use this with a Galaxy Note 9? I'm running the Sennheiser 58x's.
Nov 22, 2019
FoxtechDH
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Nov 24, 2019
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Runs my pair from my note 8 and 10 fine, don't expect desk amp power but better than just running from the built in phone dac
Nov 24, 2019
JamesZuckernik
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Nov 20, 2019
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Rip off! Does not fit I Phone, and is not returnable. Never will buy from Drop again...
Nov 20, 2019
seejungle
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Dec 28, 2019
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Who's stupid enough to buy the wrong item then blame the "discount" supplier. They can only sell at cheap prices when they don't have to deal with ignorance.
Dec 28, 2019
sammed92
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Jan 25, 2020
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Lol it's clearly Type-C are you blind, Entitled or both?
Jan 25, 2020
Frykauf
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Oct 31, 2019
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Apple’s $9 usb-c/lighting to 3.5mm scored unbelievably high, especially for the price, beating everything. It’s only been dethroned by the latest dongle DACs that are coming out for >$50. Here are the measurements: https://www.audiosciencereview.com/forum/index.php?threads/review-apple-vs-google-usb-c-headphone-adapters.5541/ There are now going to be better ones like Musiland (same as Meizu, & already measured and better) or Hidizs S3 or iBasso DC02 but all of those are $50 up, that is used DAP/portable dac&amp category and any of those will wipe the floor with any dongle DAC. Or even consider used/refurbished(aliexpress) V/G series phone like the V20 b&o/korean edition for 100 USD, and $7 for USB audio player pro and you’ll have the sleekest no frill setup.
Oct 31, 2019
abhishek0
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Oct 27, 2019
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Does it make sense to use this with ieMatch by iFi? How do both products compare?
Oct 27, 2019
TheTaggerung
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Dec 26, 2019
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More connections in an audio chain will generally result in degraded sound. Though I am curious how dongle dac to iematch to portable amp to phone to headphones would play out.
Dec 26, 2019
PZev
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Oct 26, 2019
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I'd get one if it was $30. My current phone has no 3.5mm jack, but the one that I'm planning on upgrading to would. It would also be way nicer, so I would only be using it for 3-4ish months.
Oct 26, 2019
Frykauf
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Oct 31, 2019
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Check the audio output measuremeants for your phone if available, go to gsmarena.com, find your phone, on it’s page click review, and find audio/output measurements/quality/etc. Then compare the numbers with Apple’s $9 usb-c 3.5mm dongle (actually amazing) and the Musiland (same chip as Meizu, $50 and it’s the only one so far measured to beat the Apple’s and it’s so much more expensive). https://www.audiosciencereview.com/forum/index.php?threads/review-and-measurements-of-musiland-mu2-plus-dac-amp.6964/ And my general comment about this: "Apple’s $9 usb-c/lighting to 3.5mm scored unbelievably high, especially for the price, beating everything. It’s only been dethroned by the latest dongle DACs that are coming out for >$50. Here are the measurements: https://www.audiosciencereview.com/forum/index.php?threads/review-apple-vs-google-usb-c-headphone-adapters.5541/ There are now going to be better ones like Musiland (same as Meizu, & already measured and better) or Hidizs S3 or iBasso DC02 but all of those are $50 up, that is used DAP/portable dac&amp category and any of those will wipe the floor with any dongle DAC. Or even consider used/refurbished(aliexpress) V/G series phone like the V20 b&o/korean edition for 100 USD, and $7 for USB audio player pro and you’ll have the sleekest no frill setup."
Oct 31, 2019
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