xDuoo TA-20 Balanced Headphone Amp
xDuoo TA-20 Balanced Headphone Amp
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A powerful balanced tube headphone amp with a variety of interfaces, the xDuoo TA-20 brings classic analog flavor to your audio setup. It features a durable aluminum alloy shell designed with anti-inference in mind, and has a small footprint—about the size of a sheet of A5 paper—to save space on your desk Read More

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Fayne
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Jan 15, 2020
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Looks like this latest batch came with the wrong power cord. Hope everyone has a handy IEC-320-C13 handy, because this power cord is totally meant for places that aren't the US.
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Jan 15, 2020
kyeblue
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Jan 19, 2020
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I was going to ask TA20 vs P20. Thanks for the answer. Did you roll the tubes?
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Jan 19, 2020
Fayne
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Jan 19, 2020
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Sure did. Scored some reasonably priced RCA clear topped 12au7a off of eBay. Linked them in my review. ;)
Jan 19, 2020
mwest614
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Dec 27, 2019
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Anyone know if I can pair Audeze lcd-2 with fazer headphones to this? Appreciate any help answering this in advanced
Dec 27, 2019
Brosefstalin42
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Jan 20, 2020
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LCD cans tend to need 1 watt, I think Audeze recommendation is 1.5 watts and more.
Jan 20, 2020
Fayne
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Jan 20, 2020
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I guess it is good that the ta-20 can push 2 watts. ;)
Jan 20, 2020
nick_t
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Dec 24, 2019
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How does this sounds like ?
Dec 24, 2019
Will2416
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Dec 24, 2019
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I own the TA-20. Purchased on Amazon in Europe and was my bridge between my old-n-busted DAC/amp to my new THX AAA 789 amp. The THX AAA 789 blows this amp out of the water with one caveat - I haven't tube rolled yet. So "blows out" means only with the stock tubes. I judge this amp as not being suitable for planars based on my own experience with Audeze LCD-X and MrSpeakers Ether CX. As you will note, one easy to drive and one hard to drive. For dynamic headphones, with the right tubes, I might change my initial judgement. I do not regret my purchase as I really wanted to try a balanced tube amp (reason for not getting the popular Darkvoice) and again I have to say I need to get some new tubes and try again. My dynamic headphones: Moded Fostex TH900, Sony MDR-Z1R, Sennheiser HD650/800/800S, Philips Fidelio X2HR. DAC: Topping D70. Source: Streaming via USB.
Dec 24, 2019
Deepspace57
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Dec 30, 2019
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Sabaj D5, which has a single ESS 9038 pro. I believe this dac requires a thing which makes the sound warmer in the set-up chain. I plan D5 > T20 (as a preamp getting some benefits of tubes) > 789 . Looking for Just simply punchy bass and wider sound stage at the final sound signature which is not available on the sound of 789
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Dec 30, 2019
Will2416
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Jan 27, 2020
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I promised to get back to you after my first tube roll on the TA-20. Through amazon.de I picked up ECC82 JJ Electronic 12AU7 tubes made in the Slovak Republic. The stock tubes I'm replacing are 12AU7 CHINA. That's all it says on the stock tubes so it's Chinese quality tubes, take it for what it's worth. I had a listen a few days ago with the stock tubes and A-B'd with the THX AAA 789. Couldn't listen to the TA-20 with those tubes, no matter the headphone. So with the new tubes installed I'm A-B'ing with a modded Fostex TH900. These are my bass monsters with a slightly recessed mid-range even after the modifications so I figured that these would be a good headphone for the test. Everything that I hoped a new pair of tubes would do came true. The bass is back! The mid-range and female vocals have been given a push forward compared to the THX. Trying to keep both amps at a comparable volume to discern a difference is pushing me towards more distortion in the THX. I even dropped the gain switch on the THX and upped the volume to a comparable level. Yea I think a little more distortion with the THX. Treble is a little sharper too with the THX with the current track I'm listening to. The THX is such a power beast that it's a bit unbridled making the music seem calmer with the TA-20. The TA-20 is now giving more dimension to my chosen tracks compared to the THX. Now I'm testing with Sennheiser HD800S cans. Basically, same as above. The TA-20 is definitely airier and more open than the THX. Vocals more forward and layered. Not to put down the THX, I love the thing. Big bang for the buck and great for my planars. But new tubes in the TA-20 have made such a huge difference. It makes me wonder why xDuoo makes a good balanced amp and delivers it with shit tubes. The TA-20 absolutely cannot shine without new tubes. Perhaps their idea is that people will role tubes so why spend any money on them; just sell the amp in working condition. I will purchase some other tubes going forward to play around with tube rolling to see what it does do the musical presentation. Final word: Yes, get the TA-20 if you want a balanced tube amp with the caveat that you will absolutely have to get other tubes. Do your research and try some.
Jan 27, 2020
CouryT
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Dec 23, 2019
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Has anyone here owned both the TA-20 and the Loxjie P20? I bought the P20 on Black Friday for $60, and at that price I think it sounds quite good. But I’m curious how much better-sounding the TA-20 might be. Big difference?
Dec 23, 2019
Fayne
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Dec 23, 2019
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I <3 my p20. That said, the ta-20 likely sounds better on lower impedance cans. The p20 sounds like crap on cans lower than 45ohm. But... the tubes in the ta-20 are very much more expensive than the 5670/6n3 that the p20 eats. either way, this is a dang good price for this amp.
Dec 23, 2019
VanHai
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Dec 23, 2019
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I have BRAND NEW unit ( bought 2) and i can do it for $270.00. You can inspect, pick it up if you live in Northern Virginia ( Fairfax) and Washington DC area. Leave me an Email if you are interest. You also can listen to my unit.
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Dec 23, 2019
Muscle_Cow
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Dec 27, 2019
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Exactly and then the whole "What-If" feelings start... like, what if I bought the hybrid tube amp for my cans, but it's not balanced... I am already spending *insert amount here*, so if I spend a little more, I can get a balanced tube amp. But what if the tubes aren't right, then I can buy better tubes but, what if I dont like the hybrid tube on my planars and wished I got a full tube for my other cans, and balanced... tubes... cables... dac... food...(nah ill starve)... ooo what if new headphones come out... BROKE! DED
Dec 27, 2019
MRphotographycom
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Dec 27, 2019
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Lol yeah the rabbit hole goes deep
Dec 27, 2019
Kulpa
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Dec 23, 2019
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What is the differnece of this amp from Drop and this from Amazon?Anything other in technical things?
Dec 23, 2019
VanHai
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Dec 23, 2019
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They are exactly the same.
Dec 23, 2019
JohnnyComeLately
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Dec 23, 2019
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I've had this thing for over a year now, it's built like a Mercedes Benz from the 1980s, just rock solid. I recommend you change the tubes for something vintage, you don't have to spend much on a good matched pair and when you find some tubes you like, then buy a few pairs. $100 should get you there. Yeah you will delve into the world of tube rolling. I mean that's why you buy an amp like this in the first place. Also go balanced in, it definitey widens the sound stage a bit when you do. I paid something along the lines of $320 so the price is right. I think the fire sale on these is due to the fact that the TA-30 is out but it's also a couple hundred more. The only complaint is that the blue LED digits are way too bright, I put some scotch tape over to diffuse it a bit. If this had 4 watts instead of two it would be an end game amp for 90% of the enthusiasts in the hobby.
Dec 23, 2019
Brosefstalin42
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Dec 23, 2019
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Maybe not enthusiasts, but the general people that like tube rolling experimenting without having to go crazy for power tubes. I have the TA-10 and it's a great little unit, so this is further refinement.
Dec 23, 2019
lambdastormII
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Nov 12, 2019
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The misaligned tubes in the stock photo isn't doing XDuoo any favors. But still, this is a nice amp and when properly placed, the tubes should stand perfectly fine.
Nov 12, 2019
dreadknot
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Sep 4, 2019
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drop needs to make ther own version of this to get the price down id like this unit but under 300$ would be really nice if they could pull that off like at least 250$ with free shipping ,plus if they could make it white so one could spray paint it ,id love mine a fire red with a black claw marks for me that would look badass!!!
Sep 4, 2019
Pflugshaupt
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Sep 6, 2019
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Not sure how much it was here, but I ordered mine from shenzen audio where it is USD 330. It's an absolute steal. You could of course spray paint it to any color you want, just use some good paint and it'll easily cover the black.
Sep 6, 2019
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I promised to get back to you after my first tube roll on the TA-20. Through amazon.de I picked up ECC82 JJ Electronic 12AU7 tubes made in the Slovak Republic. The stock tubes I'm replacing are 12AU7 CHINA. That's all it says on the stock tubes so it's Chinese quality tubes, take it for what it's worth. I had a listen a few days ago with the stock tubes and A-B'd with the THX AAA 789. Couldn't listen to the TA-20 with those tubes, no matter the headphone. So with the new tubes installed I'm A-B'ing with a modded Fostex TH900. These are my bass monsters with a slightly recessed mid-range even after the modifications so I figured that these would be a good headphone for the test. Everything that I hoped a new pair of tubes would do came true. The bass is back! The mid-range and female vocals have been given a push forward compared to the THX. Trying to keep both amps at a comparable volume to discern a difference is pushing me towards more distortion in the THX. I even dropped the gain switch on the THX and upped the volume to a comparable level. Yea I think a little more distortion with the THX. Treble is a little sharper too with the THX with the current track I'm listening to. The THX is such a power beast that it's a bit unbridled making the music seem calmer with the TA-20. The TA-20 is now giving more dimension to my chosen tracks compared to the THX. Now I'm testing with Sennheiser HD800S cans. Basically, same as above. The TA-20 is definitely airier and more open than the THX. Vocals more forward and layered. Not to put down the THX, I love the thing. Big bang for the buck and great for my planars. But new tubes in the TA-20 have made such a huge difference. It makes me wonder why xDuoo makes a good balanced amp and delivers it with shit tubes. The TA-20 absolutely cannot shine without new tubes. Perhaps their idea is that people will role tubes so why spend any money on them; just sell the amp in working condition. I will purchase some other tubes going forward to play around with tube rolling to see what it does do the musical presentation. Final word: Yes, get the TA-20 if you want a balanced tube amp with the caveat that you will absolutely have to get other tubes. Do your research and try some.