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xDuoo XD-05 Bal Balanced DAC/Amp

xDuoo XD-05 Bal Balanced DAC/Amp

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Portable, powerful, and equipped with a fully balanced output, the XD-05 Bal DAC/amp from xDuoo makes a comprehensive cornerstone to any audio setup. Handling conversion, dual ES9038Q2M DAC chips provide detailed sound with ultra-low distortion Read More

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RyanPin
279
May 20, 2021
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I’ve been using mine since February and I have to say that it’s been fantastic. You only really need to upgrade to this one if you really need the balanced output, which I enjoy so much more. There are pros and cons when it comes to this system as compared to the Xd05 plus so I’ll keep it short. cons
  1. power switch on the back that allows you to use external or battery when charging is nice in theory, but has snagged at least once in my pocket and turned the whole thing off.
  2. There is no bass boost, but I never used it
  3. there is no dedicated play controls, just a pause and play button on the side (the Bluetooth button)
pros
  1. its balanced, and the power output in balanced is more than enough to drive difficult headphones. I had yet to push the volume greater than half way with any of my headphones and the boost does a good job as well.
  2. the built in Bluetooth is a God send in comparison to the adapter that I used to use on the Xd05 plus.
  3. there are leather cases that are available that make it look nice.
  4. you have two op amps that can be switched out, an in fact encourages you to switch.
  5. it’s everything the plus is and more.
the price is expensive, and again, if you don’t need balance, then go with the plus if you need that portable power. As stated, it’s been great for me.
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piper
16
Mar 28, 2021
Expected date of delivery was 16 March 2021. Still waiting for it to be shipped.
khaja-724612
201
Feb 6, 2021
Can someone tell me why I should buy this over Q5s which is cheaper and look cooler than this. Sound from Q5s has no objection at all. Only it struggle with over 300 ohm headphones.
Sean_MR
2
Feb 6, 2021
You would get this primarily if you had headphones that need more power. These deliver about double the power output of the Q5s. Otherwise, the Q5s is just fine and cheaper indeed.
BodegaSavant
46
Feb 4, 2021
A quick little first look by hifigo. https://youtu.be/y05i8q-OnsM
RayF
22300
Feb 4, 2021
Amazing how much stuff MD didn't show us!
GTFODeathknight
161
Feb 10, 2021
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mattris
1125
Feb 4, 2021
The XD-05 Bal is finally here! But... ... It's over $400. ... It features a mini-AES input that no one but xDuoo DAP users will likely ever use. ... No Balanced Line In. ... No Balanced Line Out. ... Lackluster power from its 'balanced' headphone-out. Maybe next time, xDuoo.
RyanPin
279
Feb 4, 2021
what would you recommend as a balanced portable headphone amp that does have those feature?
Jacave
12
Feb 5, 2021
That's the million dollar question with no good answers.
RayF
22300
Feb 4, 2021
Always curious to know what makes all the Passers, Hard Passers, (and even gas-passers), think the rest of us are so keen hear about their decisions? My reaction is almost always the same: whatever--who gives a shit? Last night I decided not to order Dominos (hard pass, I had pizza last week). Was I supposed share that life-changing decision with a half-million MD members too? My guess is that most probably wouldn't have been all that interested.
BodegaSavant
46
Aug 26, 2021
Have you ever read a single Qrazy thread? It’s insane. It’s like insane people Quora but all the time.
RayF
22300
Aug 26, 2021
No, Drop is as crazy as I get.
RyanPin
279
Feb 4, 2021
I purchased mine on hifigo.com, and it’s already shipped. I will post pictures and comparisons when it come in. Hopefully it will be help in making your decision to purchase or not. Hopefully it will be here before this drop closes.
RayF
22300
Feb 5, 2021
Definitely post some pictures of how it sounds too. That would be especially helpful.
RyanPin
279
Feb 5, 2021
I will only use the goodest of words to tell how good the good sounds good, lol
Justus.Tan
3
Feb 4, 2021
No MQA decoding? Pass...
Justus.Tan
3
Feb 6, 2021
Sadly Qobuz does not exist where I am. I do prefer MQA over the normal Hifi files on Tidal 🤷🏻‍♂️
YatesDupoint
0
Apr 21, 2021
You should check recently news about MQA (check youtube goldenboy) ! Sometimes, Reality kick at your door without asking, what subjective BS you wanted to believe now is clarify. It's ok, Is audiophile community, people think they hear something different and they will FIGHT for it, DIE for it, till they prove you wrong. Now is the time you decide to be a grown up and accept it, or continue being a fanboy and live with your lies.
Indigosummer
161
Feb 4, 2021
Seems very fresh... no reviews online yet. If you find any please let me know please
FatDoi
190
Feb 4, 2021
1000 mW (32 ohms) on both SE and XLR..... I don't think this is a full balanced design
Jacave
12
Feb 6, 2021
FiiO combo devices (dac+amp) generally measure poorly. Unfortunately, this seems typical for any one-box solution.
Ponder
15
Feb 8, 2021
There are a few notable exceptions, Topping NX3 being one of them. In general i agree with you: the trend seems to be "advertise Featureset, solid implementation be damned"