iBasso DC ELITE DAC Headphone Amplifier

Front view of IBASSO DC ELITE DAC / Portable Headphone Amplifier
The Ibasso DC-Elite is the miniature version of the DX320 Max. In fact, the components and architecture of this portable DAC/headphone amplifier are inspired by the DAP DX320 Max. It incorporates a RHOM BD34301EKV DAC chip, FGPA and NDK femtosecond oscillator.

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IBASSO DC ELITE DAC / Portable Headphone Amplifier BD34301EKV 32bit 768kHz DSD512

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The Ibasso DC-Elite is the miniature version of the DX320 Max. In fact, the components and architecture of this portable DAC / headphone amplifier are inspired by the DAP DX320 Max. It incorporates a RHOM BD34301EKV DAC chip, FGPA and NDK femtosecond oscillator to achieve a considerable reduction in jitter and distortion. Thanks to its circuit design, it consumes little power and still develops power of up to 280mW @ 32Ω on its balanced 4.4mm jack output and 162mW @ 32Ω on its unbalanced 3.5mm jack output. Input is via USB-C connector.

Ibasso DC Elite: a ROHM BD34301EKV DAC chip

Ibasso has chosen to integrate a RHOM BD34301EKV DAC chip to greatly enhance the dynamic range of the DC Elite DAC / Portable Headphone Amplifier, giving it a wide soundstage. Coupled with the DC Elite's ingenious circuit design, this DAC chip contributes to making it a high-performance high-fidelity device.

Photo of the ROHM 34301EKV DAC chip
Photo of NDK Femtosecond oscillator + FGPA

Ibasso DC Elite: NDK femtosecond oscillator + FGPA

The DC-Elite benefits from a FGPA algorithm developed in-house by Ibasso. Its very low level of jitter and distortion is made possible by the use of an NDK femtosecond oscillator, which considerably improves the quality of sound reproduction.

iBasso DC Elite; 24-position, 4-section volume control

Ibasso has completely updated the traditional 24-position volume control. As with the DX320 Max, the DC-Elite benefits from a miniaturized stage potentiometer. This type of potentiometer is generally used on high-end amplifiers. The DC Elite achieves an SNR of 96.3dB. The sound of each channel is precisely controlled, with a difference of just +/-0.1dB.

Ibasso DC Elite volume control

Ibasso DC Elite: high-fidelity architecture

The DC Elite adopts a complete player architecture with ultra-low-noise LDOs, FGPA, DAC, I/V converter, low-pass filter, volume control and amplifier stage. It incorporates no fewer than 6 operational amplifiers and delivers excellent sound reproduction.

Ibasso DC Elite architecture
Ibasso DC Elite power supply

Ibasso DC Elite: a clean, stable power supply

This portable DAC/headphone amplifier features not only a synchronous DC-DC converter, but also numerous ultra-low-noise LDOs. This enables the power supply system to achieve a noise level of just 0.8uV, with an output current of up to 500mA to power the Ibasso DC Elite.

Ibasso DC Elite: LED indicators

A LED on one side of the DC Elite indicates its operating status: red for standby, green for PCM, blue for DSD and white for coaxial output.

Ibasso DC Elite LED indicator
Outputs of the Ibasso DC Elite portable DAC / Headphone amplifier

Ibasso DC Elite: 3 types of output

The DC Elite features 3 outputs: a balanced jack 4.4mm headphone output, a single-ended jack 3.5mm headphone output and a coaxial output on the same 3.5mm jack. In fact, the 3.5mm jack interface is capable of transmitting SPDIF coaxial signals for direct connection of the DC Elite to an external DAC. To do this, simply apply a long press to the volume knob. The LED indicator turns white.

Ibasso DC Elite: a control application

The proprietary Ibasso UAC APP has been updated for full compatibility with the DC Elite. It gives you access to 4 levels of PCM volume reduction, 2 digital filter options and 20 levels of L/R channel balance.

UAC APP
Dimensions of the Ibasso DC Elite

Technical characteristics

Specifications
Product typePortable DAC / Headphone amplifier
DAC ChipROHM  BD34301EKV
Input1x USB-C
Outputs1x Jack 4.4mm balanced headphone output
1x Jack 3.5mm headphone output + optical output
Supported sample ratesPCM up to 32Bit 768kHz
DSD up to DSD512
Optical outputUp to 32Bit 768kHz
System compatibilityiOS and Android 5.1 and + (without driver)
Mac, Windows 10, Windows 11 (plug and play)
Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8 (with driver)
BALANCED Jack 4.4MM HEADPHONE OUTPUT MEASURES
Output voltage4.6Vrms
Output power280mW @ 33 Ohm
70mW @ 300 Ohm
THD+N0.00022% (@ 300 Ohm)
0.00031% (@ 32 Ohm)
Fréquency response10Hz - 50KHz (-0.5dB)
S/N121dBA
Dynamic range118dBA
Noise floor3.5uVrms (Normal listening volume <0.9uV)
Output impedance< 0.4 Ohm
Single-ended Jack 3.5MM HEADPHONE OUTPUT MEASURES
Output voltage2.28Vrms
Output voltage162mW @ 32 Ohm
THD+N0.00028% (@ 300 Ohm)
0.00056% (@ 32 Ohm)
Fréquency response10Hz - 50KHz (-0.5dB)
S/N117dBA
Dynamic range115dBA
Noise floor2.4uV (Normal listening volume <0.8uV)
Output impedance< 0.2 Ohm
General
Power supplyVia USB-C connector
Dimensions64 x 35 x 14.5mm
Net Weight60.5g
Package1x DAC / Headphone amplifier Ibasso DC Elite
1x USB-C to Lightning cable
1x USB-C to USB-C cable
1x USB-C to USB-A adapter
1x Leather storage pouch
 
Data sheet
InputUSB
OutputCoaxial SPDIF
OutputJack 3.5mm
OutputJack 4.4mm
DAC / ADC ChipROHM BD34301EKV
Max sampling rateDSD512
Max sampling rate768kHz
ColorSilver
ClassN/A
NetworkingNo
Remote ControlNo
 
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IBASSO DC ELITE Portable DAC Headphone Amplifier BD34301EKV 32bit 768kHz DSD512
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