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.
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.
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.
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.
⚡️ Power Output Wise AMP & DAC Guide
|Brand Name||Model No||32ohm 3.5mm||32ohm 2.5mm||32ohm 4.4mm||300ohm 600ohm 6.35mm|
|FiiO||K9 Pro||≥ 2000mW||≥ 2000mW|
|Q1 Mark II||75mW||220mW|
|7HZ||71 DAC & AMP||70mW|
|Tempotec||Sonata HD V||95mW|
|Sonata HD PRO||60mW|
|Sonata HD Ⅱ||70mw|
|Luxury & Precision||W2||125mW||230mW|
|9038S Gen 3||340mW|
|Venture Electronics||AVANI ALC5686||30mW|
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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With the bass tips, bass tightens up a bit and also overall sound seems to be slightly clearer than stock tips. Also I was facing pressure issues with stock tips but these don't seem to have that issue. Overall very good tips. I didn't bother to try the treble tips. Also these tips may not fit IEMs with large nozzles like KZ AS12 but should fit most others fine
When i am use this dac in my iem, sound quality much better and improve. Nice product.
Fitting is OK. But earpads could be much softer. Other than that go for it.
This converter is excellent, recommended. I have tried this with even a locally made earphones and also branded. It really made lot of difference in quality. Price tag is also reasonable, worth buying recommended.
I have piston fit. Later I bought edx pro(just a curious bug in head to try iem), then I wanted to buy 1more single driver. But unfortunately it's not available on sites these days. Then I stumbled upon demo section. I saw these earphones. I bought them. They came in excellent condition. Sound is really a big upgrade over piston fit. Music listening is more fun. Guitars felt a little low. I listened to the long after you've gone. Guitar strums were not that joy giving (compared to edx pro). Mahaganapatim by the priyarang project . Initial sounds I don't know what they are called;felt so good. I could feel the sounds coming from different positions. Thank you.
Those who are looking for 2.5mm male to 3.5mm female convertion adapter please don't go for this. This adapter may be only used with the particular sennhizer Headphone only.
Good quality convertion cable from 2.5mm male to 3.5mm female, served the purpose very well.
They are very good performing in all genres of music although not bass heavy. Although would like to see how they test against time with build quality and all.
Excellent Cable worth for price
Nice and sturdy case ideal for storing IEMS/earbuds & cables on the go.
This is my first IEM purchase. To be honest the sound quality is way more than I expected. For beginners like it's ideal choice to test & experince.Hearing good quality music for past three months. Looking forward to develop and upgrade my audiophile experience. Eyeing on the next one. Will snatch the right one soon
Value for money, great iem for this price, as others have said in their reviews, these are good and leaves nothing much to be said.
first time ordering from the audio store, the packaging was nice, they included additional 2 pairs of black silicone eartips, which i appreciate very much!
I asked for replacement once I recieve the replacement product i will review again
Bass is very leaky , wanted a balanced tight bass like that of cx180 but not even close to that.
Fitting could have been better.
Can get equivalent tws /neckband for under 3000.
Very good product
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