XDuoo XD-05 DAC/Amp
XDuoo XD-05 DAC/Amp
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Equipped with a number of connections for pairing with all your favorite devices, the XDuoo XD-05 portable DAC and headphone amp is incredibly versatile for its size. Use the auxiliary input to plug in your digital audio player, the auxiliary output to send the signal out to speakers, the USB input to connect your computer, and the micro-USB port to charge up when you need to ... Read More

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DiamondPilot
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May 15, 2019
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Does anybody have suggestions (based on firsthand experience) of an op-amp to roll in here besides the Burson? I have the V5i in mine now, and the soundstage is better than the TI, and the highs are more airy, and it handles sibilants better. But the bass is weak on the Burson compared to the stock TI and it tends to break up at lower volumes. I'd like the best of both worlds in one chip.
May 15, 2019
thms
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May 15, 2019
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This or NX4 DSD from Topping ? For power @ 600ohms without distortion.
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May 15, 2019
Brimus71
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May 12, 2019
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Would this be a good match, for running my Sony MDR 1A on a Huawei Mate 10 Pro smartphone? The volume is very very low on the Huawei and the sound misses some finesse.
May 12, 2019
Brimus71
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May 16, 2019
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I'm looking at the Monoprice Monolith THX AAA Portable DAC/amp. What lovely short name, eh?
Great specs all around. A 4000 mAh battery, nice. Do you own one yourself? If so, how do you compare it to the Fiio Q1 mkII?
May 16, 2019
mattris
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May 16, 2019
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I haven't heard the Monoprice THX unit, but it has received unanimous praise. I have no doubt that it would sound significantly cleaner and more detailed than the FiiO (which, in my experience is better sounding than other ~$100 DAC/amps I've heard)... although a bit weak on power from its single-ended out. In than regard, the Monoprice is significantly better... and it also has an optical-in, LED, and configurable settings (incl. EQ).
May 16, 2019
SmoothDistortion
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May 11, 2019
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How powerful is this thing compared to the Topping NX4?
May 11, 2019
Just_Rob
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May 11, 2019
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Would this be complete overkill for the Meze 99s I just picked up for my desk at work? 90% of my listening is just Spotify at my desk, at moderate volume (I've already got permanent tinnitus, no need to blast myself every day). They're already pretty great for that right off the computer. Am I likely to get a significant/ noticeable difference?
May 11, 2019
Valensilius_Zephyrus
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May 12, 2019
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It's not about the amp, this thing is a great DAC first, so you will definitely get greater playback fidelity. If you grab an upgrade headamp later, the XD-05 wil sound even better feeding its line-out to the upgrade amp with your headphones plugged into that amp.
May 12, 2019
DiamondPilot
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May 15, 2019
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Unnecessary for the Meze 99, as the Meze are very sensitive and run well straight off my phone. My XD-05 has the stock op-amp replaced with the Burson V5i. This is a very bad pairing with the Meze 99. The midbass is really overdone and muddied (referring to the pairing, not the sound of the Burson/XDuoo alone) , and it exacerbates the one big flaw of the 99's - the midbass. I don't know how it would match up with the stock op-amp. I can say that my XD-05 can drive Sennheiser HD6xx and Hifiman HE4xx effortlessly and sounds wonderful with these cans.
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May 15, 2019
letsfixitinpost
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Apr 16, 2019
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I do a hefty amount of traveling + video editing on the go. One of my issues, especially on airplanes, is working and getting a high enough volume to hear what is going on clearly. I like to use IEMs when I edit, even though over ears seem like no brainers, but right now my laptop can't push any quality IEMs I use. Would this thing work well for airplane and work on the road? Does the charge hold long enough? Is it a pain to deal with? Thanks my favorite community
Apr 16, 2019
robo-alpaca
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May 11, 2019
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I'm considering between this and the NX4. Which would you recommend for desk use? I'm leaning towards the xd 05
May 11, 2019
NathanielKiger
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May 11, 2019
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I love my NX4. It is VERY powerful. The xduoo has more mW at 32 ohms though so it could possibly push headphones even more. I'm saving for the xduoo right now.
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May 11, 2019
Burson_Support
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Mar 20, 2019
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Hi Guys, As promised, MassDrop has started an exclusive drop for the Burson V5i audio opamp to coincide with the Xduoo XD-05 drop.  Below is the link. https://www.massdrop.com/buy/burson-audio-v5i-opamps/talk?commentId=2291531 For the Xduoo XD-05, only one unit of V5i-D (dual) is needed and the resulting improvement is well documented everywhere. At the drop price of $25, nothing else will bring this much improvement to the amazing XD-05 : )
Mar 20, 2019
beginering
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May 11, 2019
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Will this be a thing again?
May 11, 2019
Burson_Support
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Mar 19, 2019
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Hi Guys, MassDrop is working with Burson Audio to offer a V5i-Dual opamp upgrade option for the already amazing Xduoo XD-05. This exclusive drop will go live within 12 hours. : ) Please stay tuned as thousands of XD-05 owners have already upgraded their unit with V5i-Dual and the resulting sound is nothing short of amazing.  With the insane drop price, it will be a great opportunity to take the XD-05 to the next level.
Mar 19, 2019
Amensmasher
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Mar 17, 2019
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Can this drive my T60RP and my Argons?
Mar 17, 2019
utarch00
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Mar 26, 2019
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Yes. I drive my Dekoni Blues with it everyday. It drove my T60RPs, when I had them without a problem.
Mar 26, 2019
Alexkmr
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Mar 16, 2019
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Some one know what to do about click noise?
Mar 16, 2019
iLostMyToeInVietnam
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Apr 16, 2019
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KabuTheFox
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Feb 18, 2019
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can anyone confirm compatibility with the ps4 (both over optical/digital and usb) and with the nintendo switch over usb?
Feb 18, 2019
KabuTheFox
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Mar 20, 2019
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what cable would i use to connect optical to it? the xduoo doesnt have the standard optical/spdif i generally see
Mar 20, 2019
REVMAD
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Apr 6, 2019
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Monoprice S/PDIF Digital Optical Audio Cable, Toslink to Mini Toslink, 3ft 358 Reviews | 6 Questions, 17 Answers Product # 1556 $1.48  https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=1556
Apr 6, 2019
mvsantorini
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Jan 30, 2019
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Quick update - for everyone who's experienced issues with the XD-05 in USB mode - driver load failures, distortion, and cellular interference like DetonNation's having - many of them are caused by the crappy USB A male - female cable included in the factory packaging Monoprice sells a short (1.5 foot, 46cm) version of this cable for 3 USD (Monoprice #13749) - it fits snugly without any slop , cured all my USB errors, and eliminated RF hash coming from a nearby WiFi router - it's a surprisingly cheap and effective fix. For International buyers, the same cable is sold by Amazon - search for 130713 cable - which is otherwise stupidly difficult to find.... Cheers Jim
Jan 30, 2019
mvsantorini
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Feb 11, 2019
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Yeah, this is odd - but it still sounds like the XMOS chip is getting overwhelmed by noise or excessive dropouts so that its ECC fails, looses tracking, and then needs a reset. If you're using a USB C to USB A Female cable, then you've got a good mechanical connection and decent grounding throughout. The OnePlus One 3t uses USB 2.0 over a C connector, so it shouldn't have any compatibility issues with the XMOS chip - although I've found that the XMOS seems happiest if you restrict your digital gain to less than 50% scale, and set the listening level with the Xduoo's analog pot. Otherwise, you're in for an RF noise hunt - start by stripping back the phone's RF signature - NFC =OFF, Bluetooth=OFF, WiFi=OFF, and Airplane mode=ON should be a good starting point. If this cures the problem, then slowly re-enable services in reverse order - if disabling Airplane Mode brings back the farts, then suspect that one or more of your carrier's bands are interfering and try to work around by disabling individual access points until you run out of access or the problem goes away. This is a slow, painful, hair-tearing debug process - but unless you know someone with an RF sniffer and a spectrum analyser I really don't know a better way... OTOH - someone posted a Bluetooth 5.0/APT-X adapter that plugs directly into the XD-05 - it seems to well thought out and may solve many problems fairly cheaply - I found one link here: https://penonaudio.com/xduoo-xd-05bl.html Jim
Feb 11, 2019
j0hnny
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Feb 12, 2019
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some really sound advice, thanks mv. forgot to mention, while I do get static (which could be from the other radio services interfering), I am having issues where the audio just cuts out. The only fix is to reset the XD05. not sure if it's a firmware thing or not
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Feb 12, 2019
DetonNation
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Jan 23, 2019
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So this dac/amp improves the sound of my Audio Technica M20x. A lot. Issue is the dac picks up the cellular signal from my iPhone 7 Plus and I hear it in the headphones. It doesn’t happen with the headphones plugged direct into the phone or when the dac is hooked up to my PC. That’s a huge issue to me. Anyone else experience it?
Jan 23, 2019
Shoopdasoup
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Jan 23, 2019
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Can you listen to two inputs at once on this? I have a Creative SB1240 and I can monitor the SPDIF input at the same time as listening to PC audio through USB.
Jan 23, 2019
Gothunter
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Feb 10, 2019
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That's not possible because you must select by switch which input you will use.
Feb 10, 2019
Arlix
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Jan 22, 2019
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Is this able to connect directly to iPhone via OTG camera cord?
Jan 22, 2019
Megatryn
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Jan 23, 2019
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I connect mine directly with the Apple camera lightning adapter no problem.
Jan 23, 2019
PoetoftheKill
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Jan 1, 2019
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Im shooting a shot in the dark here but does anyone know if this amp would pair nicely with the TH900MK2? I had it paired with the nxd4 before it took a hard fall on concrete and now makes this weird noise when turning the dial of the volume. Hoping something like this could be a good replacement.
Jan 1, 2019
Memoryerror
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Dec 31, 2018
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I love "THD + N: 0.0025% (at kHz)"
Dec 31, 2018
verifonix
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Feb 12, 2019
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Oh I see, at Khz lol
Feb 12, 2019
yogiwp
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Dec 30, 2018
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For on the go I am torn between saving for a high end DAP or just get this + existing phone. Both means having to carry an extra device. XD-05 seem to check the right boxes in terms of DAC and amp features I want but it is quite bulky and hefty. Also, having a DAC/amp means having to worry with extra cable between it and the phone. Standalone DAP seems to be less hassle. Any thoughts on this? I'm just starting my journey into portable hi-fi and curious on people's line of thinking on these. Does anyone use this for on the go, or is it simply too bulky and/or cumbersome?
Dec 30, 2018
tkwasik
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Nov 30, 2018
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Can someone please recommend what cable to use with this unit? Im trying to connect by usb, and while can connect to desktop, I have troble to connect to iPhone and Sony Walkman for some reason.. For iPhone Im trying to use 8pin to female usb but it doesnt work, and the led indicator doesnt light, and dont know why For Sony Walkman Im trying to use cable that came with Sony - sony conector to usb male + usb adapter female to female but its not working too.. What Im missing??
Nov 30, 2018
tkwasik
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Jan 4, 2019
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Yeah got already Iphone camera kit, need to source Walkman otg thx!! other than cable confusion very happy with it, basically all reviews sums it up +++
Jan 4, 2019
NightLightFight
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Jan 4, 2019
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Xduoo XD 10 comes with the proprietary Walkman connector. Searching for the other for Walkman gives up this cable which is sold by Sony itself . Aftermarket or third party cables may be cheaper. https://www.amazon.com/Sony-WMC-NWH10-Conversion-Cable-Output-x/dp/B00FF086HE
Jan 4, 2019
letsfixitinpost
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Oct 18, 2018
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Anyone power either hi fi he400s or the X58s with this yet?
Oct 18, 2018
bugtester11
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Apr 19, 2019
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mindhead1
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Nov 11, 2018
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+1 for the EarStudio 100. I use it primarily with my Klipsch x11i and Massdrop X Noble Luxe. It also kicks ass with my SR8Os and m100s. The ability to fine tune with the app and the solid BT sound via Aptx and AAC make it an ideal solution for using your wired headphones in a headphone jack less world. The overall build quality could be better, but the device is holding up well and getting the job done.
Nov 11, 2018
Ghost_Pack
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Dec 25, 2018
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Sorry for posting a reply so late after you made your original post, but I was wondering if I could pick your brain on the 05BL, since you seems to be one of the few people who've bought it. The form factor is absolutely perfect for my use case and I’ve had my eye on it for the last couple days. As far as I'm aware, both the 05BL and the ES100 use aptX and ACC codecs. The ES100 has the capability to do aptX HD with its CSR8675 chipset (the 05BL uses an older CSR8670), but this is only enabled for certain devices (namely excluding iPhones, which only use AAC). aptX is supposed to be equivalent to 16bit/44.1kHz, and aptX HD closer to 24bit/96kHz. However, even with the aptX only chipset, I see nothing in any of the specifications of the hardware used in the 05BL that implies audio would be so bad that "lyrics were totally not understandable," so I'm a bit confused how that happened... It’s possible their implementation of the rest of the hardware was just really, really bad, but considering the hardware needed to go from bluetooth -> SPDIF is fairly basic (the CSR8670 SoC literally has an on board SPDIF output), I’m less inclined to believe that poor implementation could leave stuff unintelligible…. One thing I noticed is that you are using the line out of the ES100, bypassing the internal DAC. Is it possible you left the XD-05 on AUX IN mode when testing the 05BL? This would *likely* (i.e. if I was designing it, not based on any data) be using the internal DAC of the CSR8670 SoC, which is not designed to sound all that great since it’s usually never used. If not, is it possible the material you tested with was different between the two devices? Especially if you were testing with an apple device, the codec is very dependent on the source material. AAC or lossless (FLAC/ALAC/WAV) are usually the formats that pass through aptX/AAC the best. Streamed material that isn’t in AAC or other audio formats like OGG or MP3 will end up passing over SBC, which absolutely wreaks the audio quality. If the material you were testing with was in these formats, this could also have been what happened. Otherwise, if none of these apply, it might really be just a terrible implementation… the 05BL has such a perfect form factor that I really want it to work well, and I’d be pretty sad if I had to use a 3rd party solution…
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Dec 25, 2018
mattris
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Oct 16, 2018
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I was satisfied with the XDuoo XD-05 for few months I own it. But if you don't have (single-ended) headphones that are difficult to drive... or need a coxaial/optical in, LED, or digital filters... I recommend the FiiO Q1 mkII which is significantly smaller, offers a 2.5mm balanced-out (more power, better channel separation), plug-and-play compatibility with iOS devices, and $55 cheaper.
Oct 16, 2018
hsdrggr
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Nov 18, 2018
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Sorry for late reply. I think the Xduoo is a slightly warmer sounding amp. Which to me I like. But if you EQ your music it really is not relevant. But as another suggestion; check out the Topping NX3S. It has similar output compared to the XD-05, doesn’t have a dac so it’s lighter and cheaper. See my edit above. It might be good for you too.
Nov 18, 2018
Hanslau
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Nov 19, 2018
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You wouldn't ship internationally would you? In my area, I can get the Topping NX4 DSD for USD 126. XDuoo for quite a bit more.. though just last week the difference in price was only USD 30, but not anymore
Nov 19, 2018
Ben4Cans
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Oct 16, 2018
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I would love to get one of these, but its now dropping at $154.99 but ships about 5 weeks later and international shipping... if the price were significantly lower compared to getting it shipped from China it would be great. The time to deliver ratio to the drop price is not worth it for me. Its pretty much the same price as the iFi iDSD Nano Black Label which i can get immediately... guess I'll have to wait for a lower drop here or elsewhere.
Also, whats the warranty situation on this, it's not indicated on the Overview?
Oct 16, 2018
hsdrggr
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Nov 8, 2018
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Right now China is more expensive and it takes 30 days to get it from China. I know, I just received mine from China because I didn't want wait for it to drop again. So Massdrop is the way to go.
Nov 8, 2018
disguisedAnon
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Sep 25, 2018
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My XD-05 just arrived today and it doesn't work with my Oneplus 3. It is connected with a JOTO OTG cable and my android doesn't detect any input. Also im using the NuForce EDC 3 and HyperX Cloud 2 to test. HD6xx still on delivery :(
edit: Found the fix for it (Need to enable OTG storage on the phone for it to detect)
Sep 25, 2018
NightLightFight
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Jan 2, 2019
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You can also get the ifi otg cable its very high quality and it will last a long time. Costs 15 bucks.
Jan 2, 2019
Simran
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Sep 25, 2018
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If anyone is interested, the xDuoo Xd-05 is also available here for USD $129.99 (reduced price through their 'Buy More & Save option): https://www.banggood.com/XDuoo-XD-05-Portable-Audio-AMP-DAC-Headphone-Amplifier-Support-Native-DSD-Decoding-32bit384khz-p-1041255.html?rmmds=search&ID=227
Sep 25, 2018
Simran
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Sep 25, 2018
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For reference, I ordered mine today and it has already been shipped. Should arrive in Australia within 7-13 days. Good alternative if you wanna save a bit of cash and wait time.
Sep 25, 2018
Ernie824
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Sep 12, 2018
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Sep 12, 2018
KESM
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Nov 7, 2018
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220.99 USD starting 11/11/18
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Nov 7, 2018
hsdrggr
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Nov 8, 2018
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I really didn't like the V5i-D in my XD-05. It will not operated in hi-gain mode, and need that for the HE4XX cans. Yeah, there was more detail, but the music was much more fun and punchy with the stock op amp. So, just beware of that when you think about doing the V5i-D. I actually have 7 of the Burson V5i-D op amps in stock. If anyone wants one; $49 shipped in USA. I'm in Florida
Nov 8, 2018
goldwynm
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Aug 20, 2018
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Had this for a year plus. Then the amp section died on me. Only usable part is the DAC. So i jz utilize it for as a DAC now. Pity, it was a terrific amp while it lasted. QC is poor on this particular model.
Aug 20, 2018
danisnowman
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Oct 17, 2018
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Wha does “Volume Pot" mean?
Oct 17, 2018
goldwynm
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Oct 17, 2018
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The volume control mechanism.
Oct 17, 2018
RayF
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Aug 16, 2018
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Hmm..wait 48 days at this price, or get it in two days for $211.
Let's see...$51.00/48 days equals $1.06/day in savings, but--also equals a $1.06/day you're paying not to listen to music with it!
In other words, if someone said to you: "look kid, I'll pay you $1.06/day not to use this cool DAC/Amp." how many of you would say: "Okay mister, but only for 48 days!"
Aug 16, 2018
RHPICAYUNE
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Sep 24, 2018
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Well, is it material in this case?
Sep 24, 2018
RayF
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Sep 25, 2018
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Not if you've got the extra fifty smackers and have nothing better to do with them ;- )
Sep 25, 2018
Ernie824
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Aug 16, 2018
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I'm new to the dac/amp world, so between the Topping NX4 or the XDuoo XD-05 which has a better value in the long run and which of the two the Topping NX4 or XDuoo XD-05 would better power a Sennheiser HD660s (going to purchase the Sennheiser HD660s within the end of the year)
Aug 16, 2018
Showtime
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Aug 17, 2018
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NX4 powers my HD600's past comfortable listening levels. It has a much nicer/smaller form factor than the XDuoo IMO, but it doesn't have a display like this one. Since I've never A/B'd them, I can't say which gets louder, or sounds better to me.
Aug 17, 2018
hsdrggr
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Nov 8, 2018
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I have both Amps. The HD660's are not really difficult to drive. Either Amp will be fine. But I recommend the Xduoo since it will allow you to use less efficient headphones like the HD650's of HE4XX's if you decide to upgrade to those type cans later.
Nov 8, 2018
xaelon
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Aug 16, 2018
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How does this compare to the Schiit Fulla 2?
Aug 16, 2018
trapnine
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Sep 23, 2018
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This has more power, a better interface (OLED), and more capability (adds SPDIF optical+coax input, bass boost, 3 gain settings all on front panel, and more). Can't recall if the fulla2 has a 1/4" jack, but XD-05 does and I prefer it. I think the sound is quite nice, the AKM4490 is a good DAC. Oh and it also has a battery! (which is why it has more power, as it doesn't use your device's USB power)... On the downside it's a little more finicky with USB and the included cables are crap, don't use them. Also you won't get any warranty service and it costs more... They are different and both great, though the Fulla2 has limited use to me other than being inexpensive - it's stuck on desktop IMO (or nightstand, but no spdif) and there are better DAC/Amp combos if you want one for desktop use. Good to build a Schiit stack or just to get the DAC and USB interface for a special analog amp you love?
Sep 23, 2018
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