Onkyo DP-X1 Takes Hi-Res Audio Anywhere and Everywhere

The Onkyo DP-X1 is a powerful pocket-size portable digital audio player. Expandable up to 432 GB with two micro-SDXC slots with up to 200GB capacity each, the DP-X1 can handle hours and hours of Hi-Res audio files.

The DP-X1 has a standard 3.5mm headphone jack in addition to a 2.5 balanced output. There’s a micro-USB jack for charging and file transfers. It’s capable of up to 16 hours of playback on a single charge. It has dual ESS Technology Sabre ES9018K2M DACs and two Sabre amps. It also has two types of balanced drives: a ACG for greater stability and S/N ratio, and a BTL for increased power. It supports FLAC, WAV, DSD and MQA.

The DP-X1 has so many features designed to improve sound quality. It has a Pure Direct mode that shuts off all unnecessary electronics to eliminate any chance of interference - think of it as an airplane mode. Physical volume and track advances let you control the sound even if the 4.7” LCD screen is disabled. The power and processing circuitry are completely separated and isolated within the chassis.

It is currently running Lollipop 5.1.1 - think of the DP-X1 as a smartphone without the phone; it can run all Android apps if you want. (Or a kick-ass high-end iPod touch.)

Perhaps the most interesting feature of the DP-X1 is the Featured Artist EQ options. Onkyo has created a series of personalized EQ settings of a variety of musicians - members of Buckcherry, Plain White T’s, and their co-partner, Iron Maiden. Even after selecting their preferred EQ curve, users can alter and store their own variations. Users can easily access OnkyoMusic for music downloads.

With the DP-X1, there’s no reason not to carry around the highest resolution sound possible. The DP-X1 has an MSRP of $900, but should be available for closer to $800 once it hits retail in early April, 2016.