Onkyo announces DP-X1 Digital Audio Player

Press Release dated: 27 Apr 2016

High Res Audio support for up to DSD 11.2MHz, 384kHz/24bit FLAC/WAV
Fully balanced circuit design for great stereo separation and balanced output

Onkyo is proud to announce the DP-X1, our first digital audio player. With the rapid rise in consumers wanting “higher than CD quality” High Resolution Audio (High Res Audio) formats, the availability of multiple streaming audio and video services, and High Res-capable headphones, many users have been looking for ways to enjoy their High Res Audio content everywhere they go.  Based on AndroidTM OS, the DP-X1 supports the vast majority of High Res Audio formats, up to DSD 11.2MHz, 384kHz/24bit FLAC/WAV audio files.

Onkyo has decades of experience in building high quality audio components and the DP-X1 embodies our dedication to “Pure Sound”.  To isolate sources of internal noise, for instance, the Audio and CPU circuits are built on separate boards.  The Audio circuit design employs ESS Technology’s SABRE ES9018K2M DAC and SABRE 9601K amp in a dual mono setup (ie: a separate DAC and amp per channel) with a 2.5mm 4 pole jack for fully balanced output with support for normal BTL (balanced transformerless) output as well as Active control GND drive, a first in this product category*1.  

The DP-X1 was built for expansion beyond its built in functionality. It includes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for wireless connectivity to peripherals, two microSD card slots for storage (up to 432GB), and access to Google PlayTM  to expand upon the builtin apps. And using the preloaded OnkyoMusic app, downloading High Res Audio files can be done without the need of a PC.

With playback support for anything up to DSD 11.2MHz, 384kHz/24 bit FLAC/WAV files, the DP-X1 design philosophy is based on producing “Pure Sound” while eliminating extraneous noise. The meticulously engineered audio circuitry and PCB layout will not only allow you to enjoy high res audio, it will also encourage you to rediscover your existing standard res audio library.

- Features dual ESS Technology SABRE DAC “ES9018K2M” and SABRE “9601K” amps for the highest possible sound quality.
- Along with standard BTL balanced circuitry, Active Control GND allows the two DAC outputs to work in tandem for L-GND/R-GND “0V” lock to eliminate any distortion, broadening the soundstage while remaining clear.
- A circuit board layout with roots in high-end audio technology: with a separate DAC/AMP circuit board and CPU circuit board, the analogue and switching circuitry is situated as far away as possible from each other, keeping noise isolated. For an extra measure of protection from noise, independent local power supplies, a closed loop circuit design, and board design tuned to eliminate grounding issues, all serve to minimise noise, and, if it does occur, to ensure it’s properly isolated from the audio circuitry.

■Versatile connectivity with high quality audio outputs plus wireless functionality

Balanced output, digital output through Micro USB/OTG*2 support allows for both high quality output via the headphone jack and peripheral connections.
The 2.5mm 4 pole balanced headphone (BTL balanced mode/Active Control GND mode/Line out mode) allows for different flavours of high resolution sound, depending on preference.
3.5mm stereo mini output (with Line out mode)
Micro USB/OTG digital output supports up to DSD 11.2MHz and 384kHz/24bit (DoP/Direct Transfer/PCM conversion)
“Play Thru” function supports WiFi, WiFi Direct playback up to 192kHz/24bit*3 (via free update)
Bluetooth with apt-X for high quality wireless audio

■The Freedom afforded by Google Play
Access to Google Play will expand the DP-X1 beyond its built-in functionalty, allowing access to a huge range of streaming music, video, and games.*4
■Industry first support of “MQA” lossless format (via free update)
■Support for up to 432GB (32GB internal + dual 200GB microSD)
■Direct download of music from the OnkyoMusic service without the need of a PC
■Six built-in sound adjustment features (Lock range adjust, digital filter, up sampling to 384kHz, Real-time DSD conversion to 5.6MHz, High Precision EQ, Featured EQ)
■Innovative new GUI with ‘finger-flick’ transport control (playback, track advance), circular progress bar and physical buttons (for all transport controls) for intuitive operation.
■Easy music file transfers from your PC to the player “X-DAP link”*6
■Volume knob with 161 step positions for fine control and adjustment
■Rigid, machined-aluminum body design

*1  As of September 3rd, 2015
*2  OnTheGo host function requires compatible cable(sold separately)
*3  Compatible hardware required. Depending on Wi-Fi network speed, high res audio playback may be intermittent.
*4  Apps that require GPS, camera, gyro-sensor may not function properly.
*5  Will require Wi-Fi network access.
*6  Available on website(for Windows only)

About MQA
MQA, “Master Quality Authenticated”, is a revolutionary coding system that captures the total essence of an original audio performance, ensuring that it is identical to the master recording.  Using efficient lossless coding and informed by neuroscience, MQA offers extreme High Res Audio in reasonable file sizes, while maintaining backward playback compatibility with current file formats and track info metadata.  For more information, please visit

About OnkyoMusic
OnkyoMusic is a leading Hi-Res digital music provider, which provides all downloads as FLAC files. FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) is an audio format that compresses audio without any loss in quality. Available via webstores in Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States.  For more information, please visit

*Android, Google, and Google Play are registered trademarks of Google Inc.
*ESS SABRE is a registered trademark of ESS Technology, Inc.
*Bluetooth wordmark and logo are registered trademarks of Bluetooth SIG, Inc.
*aptX®mark and logo are registered trademarks of CSR plc.
*Other trademarks and trade names are the property of their respective owners.


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