xDuoo XA-10 Balanced DAC & Headphone Amplifier

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An all-in-one DAC/Amp
Most scholars agree that Walt Whitman wasn’t referring to the XA-10 when he penned the line “I am large, I contain multitudes.” Historical inaccuracies aside, the line pretty well sums up xDuoo’s latest feature-rich offering. With top-of-the-line decoding, tons of inputs and outputs, and massive output power, the XA-10 contains all the prerequisites of a truly audiophiliac machine.

Full MQA decoding
Did you know that MP3 files deliver just 10% of original studio recordings? That’s one-tenth of the nuance, depth, and richness that the artist intended for you to hear. MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) files, on the other hand, deliver the full, uncompressed sound of the original master recordings in all their richness. The XA-10 features full MQA-decoding, delivering the best possible version of your music.

Top-of-the-line decoding
Thanks to double AKM AK4493EQ DAC chips, the XA-10 can decode the highest sample rates outside of MQA. The 32-bit, 2-channel chips are capable of decoding up to 32-bit/768kHz PCM and 22.4mHz DSD512. A newly developed capacitor filter allows the chips to achieve all this while using far less power consumption than previous generations.

Fully-balanced architecture
The XA-10 was designed with purists in mind. Its fully balanced architecture, which features double DACs, amplifier circuits, and balanced outputs, goes above and beyond to eliminate interference and crosstalk.

4,000mW output power
The XA-10 boasts 4,000mW of output power, allowing you to drive popular high-impedance headphones like the Sennheiser HD 660 S, the Beyerdynamic DT 1990 Pro, and the Audeze LCD-4. Anything with an impedance less than 601Ω is fair game. 4,000mW of power isn’t quite enough to drive passive speakers, but you could use the XA-10 as a preamp for a pair of powered speakers.

THD+N of 0.0008%
The XA-10 has a Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise rating of 0.0008%. Great, you may be thinking, but, uh, what does that mean? It can be difficult to wrap your head around the concept of a “pure” signal, so let’s speak in terms of liquid. Imagine that the XA-10 outputs drinking water instead of sound. If you were to pour a soda can’s worth of water from it, only 0.2 milliliters of it would be “impure”. That’s about the size of a grain of sand. The other 99.9992% of it is pure and potable. Unless you’re a machine, you’re just not going to notice such minor impurities.

120dB SNR
If you’ve ever cranked an old stereo system without any music playing, you probably noticed a hissing noise. That’s the noise we’re talking about in SNR, or Signal-to-Noise Ratio. The higher the number is, the better. An SNR of 120dB means that you’d have to crank the XA-10 louder than an ambulance siren before hearing hiss. For the love of your hearing, please don’t do that.

Eight ins and outs
With eight ins and outs, the XA-10 is an exceedingly capacious hub for most audio systems. On the back panel, you can connect a turntable via RCA, a laptop or desktop via USB, a phone via Bluetooth, and a gaming console via coaxial or optical. On the front panel, three outputs allow you to run single-ended headphones or balanced headphones with a 4.4 TRRS or 4-pin XLR.

Never hear that “pop!” noise again
A special relay in the XA-10 prevents that awful “pop!” noise that occurs when turning on some amps. Not only is this sound annoying and painful, but it can damage your headphones and eardrums. Do yourself a favor and never hear it again.

DAC Chip: AKM AK4493EQ

Output power:
Balanced: 4,000mW (32Ω@1kHz)
Single-ended: 3,000m@ (32Ω@1kHz)

USB support sampling rate:
PCM 16-32 bit/ 44.1K-768kHz

DXD: 24-32 bit/ 352.8K-384kHz

MQA: 16-32 bit/ 44.1K-192kHz

Optical support sampling rate:
PCM 16-24 bit/ 44.1-192kHz

Bluetooth formats: SBC: AAC, aptX, aptX HD, aptX LL, LDAC

Volume value: 100 levels

Power supply: DC12V/3A

Suitable headphone impedance: 16-600Ω

Screen: 0.96” OLED

Gain: +18dB
THD: 0.0008%

Balanced: 120dB
Single-ended: 115dB

Balanced: 108dB

Single-ended: 73dB

Weight: 1.9lbs (0.9kg)

Size: 8.6 x 2.7 x 3.9” (22 x 7 x 10cm)

In The Box
xDuoo XA-10
Power cord
USB cable
Bluetooth antenna
⅛” female to ¼” male adapter

Warranty Period: 1 Year from the date of Invoice
Covered: Manufacturing Defects Only
Warranty Form: https://www.theaudiostore.in/pages/warranty-claim-form

xDuoo is a China-based brand that specializes in developing high-end audio products. They offer a wide range of products including portable DACs, amplifiers, audio players, headphone amps, and much more. The brand is known for its unique designs and excellent sound quality. They aim to provide customers with the best audio experience possible, with attention to detail in both aesthetics and sound performance.

Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Mahesh (Bengaluru)
End game setup

This Class A amplifier with Dual AKM AK4493 DAC Chip is unquestionably worth the money and performs best when combined with Planar headphones. Thank you to Audio Store for the quick distribution, although Bluedart delayed the delivery by one day. This DAC/AMP has an appealing look, and the red colored knob elevates it to another level. So far, it has worked well with Hifiman Sundara and Moondrop Aria. I've ordered a balanced cable for my Sundara and am looking forward to testing it as well. I'm not sure how much of a difference utilizing the 4-pin XLR connector will make, but I'll give it a shot in the near future. I'd want to test this unit more and will update/edit my review in the following days.

Thanks for the review.

Good performance

Except for its tendency of generating heat over its body, the overall performance is exceptionally good.
The sound is smooth and soft in various headphones (Senheiser hd 598SE, Bayer 250 ohms, Audio technica msr7, hifiman deva wired).
It's been 15 days of use.

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