Version 2020 : Patched + upgrade Bluetooth 5.0 with support LDAC & aptX-HD.
FDA Amplifier Bluetooth TAS5614 2x125W 4Ω
FX-Audio returns with a new Full Digital Amplifier (FDA) : the D2160 . This one is directly following its big brother, the FX-Audio D802C, proposing notably more power, audio performances always excellent and functionalities more accomplished.
TAS5614 & Quality components
The FX-Audio D2160 is based on a TAS5614 amplification chip . This allows this FDA to provide 2x65W at 8Ω or 2x125W at 4Ω. It provides clear and precise sound, while offering deep bass. Thus, the amplifier provides an SNR of -105dB, a THD of 0.04% and a frequency response of 20Hz - 20kHz. The TAS5614 is backed by a STM32 microcontroller (MCU)
Also included in this amplifier is a CM6642 USB chip, an ADC TI PCM1808 for the analog input, a Maxim MAX9722 amplification chip for the headphone output, and AKM AK4118 Toslink coaxial / optical receiver.
Bluetooth : Your music from your sofa
Equipped with a Bluetooth 5.0 CSR8675 chip especially designed for audio, the FX-Audio D2160 will allow you to enjoy your music directly from your sofa. A simple pairing of your reading device (smartphone, tablet ...) to your amplifier and the music starts.
Furthermore, the Bluetooth chip standard 5.0 and its A2DP protocol ensures higher transmission speed and greater stability for better quality audio reproduction. More than that, the chip integrates the technologies aptX and aptX Low-Latency, aptX HD & LDAC, allowing a support up to 24bit-96kHz.
An antenna supplied with the camera is attached to the rear to extend the transmission distance.
Effective audio features
The FX-Audio amplifier offers simple but very effective audio features. With its DSP TAS5548 , the device proposes to modify the bass and treble curve. A "HiFi" mode is also present, corresponding to a Direct Audio mode to bypass the DSP and enjoy a perfect respect of the original signal.
The D2160 offers a complete connection that will allow you to connect your system without worry. We thus find in input a Toslink Optics, a Coaxial, a USB-B and a Stereo RCA. An outlet can also connect the antenna to enjoy a greater transmission distance.
Double power supply
The D2160 can use up to two power supply simultaneously, such configuration can improve its performance even further thanks to a gain in power and stability. When two power supply are used, the RMS power can reach 160 Watts @ 6Ohms. Please note that the second power supply must imperatively be the same (36V 6A).
Output, nothing more simple since we found on one side connectors accepting banana plugs to connect your speakers, on the other a connector 6.35mm Jack to connect a headphone.
It would be a shame to be able to stream your music directly from your couch but having to get up to change the source or adjust the volume, right? FX-Audio has thought and provided with the amp an IR remote control. This will allow you to access all the features of your device, namely control of volume and sources, adjusting the bass and treble or switching to "Hifi" or "Mute" mode.
A simple and strong design
The FX-Audio offers with its D2160 a simple design that allows it to integrate seamlessly into the vast majority of audio systems, while unveiling a stronger side with the integration on its sides of two heatsinks . Heatsinks that are also not irrelevant since they allow the amplifier to effectively evacuate the heat released.
With a 100% brushed aluminum housing, the amplifier promises to be robust and will perfectly protect the internal components of the dust.
FX-Audio D2160 review by Qobuz
" FX-Audio offers us two amplifiers in one. In Tone On mode, a device with a more or less modular restitution, a little round, softened and more or less convincing, it is up to everyone to decide. In Hi-Fi mode, a device with a sharp sound reproduction, as close to the signal as we like, and to which we would have granted our reward. "
|Amplifier type||FDA (Full Digital Amplifier)|
|Bluetooth chip|| CSR8675 |
|Headphone amplifier chip||MAX9722|
|Power||[1x power supply] 2x65W at 8Ω / 2x125W at 4Ω (@ THD 1%)|
[2x power supply] 2x160W at 4Ω (@ THD 10%)
|Frequency response||20Hz - 20kHz at -2dB|
|Headphone output power||60mW at 32Ω|
|Headphone output SNR||-93dB|
|Headphone output THD||0.02%|
|Connectors : Inputs|
|Connectors : Outputs|
|Headphone connector||Jack 6.35mm|
|Power supply||Jack DC 5.5/2.5mm|
DC 36V 6A (included)
|Dimensions (without antenna)||23.8 x 19.5 x 4.5cm|
|Package||1x Power supply adapter|
1x male USB-A to male USB-B