Strong of Arm and Fist – A Review of the iBasso DX150


I don’t know how iBasso did it, but I like the DX150 almost as much as the DX200. Certainly, there are facets I like more. And while pure sound quality may not be on the same level, it is close, though tuned different enough to make a wonderful companion. In fact, for my usage, the DX150 is damn-near perfect. Possessed of a sound I adore, aesthetics I lust for, and marked low enough to turn every head, the DX150 just became one of my favorite players, in any price-range.


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Pinky is an artsy twat. Illustration, graphic design, writing. Yet music escapes him, and always has. He builds his own cables, and likes to explore the craftsmanship of others. He's a stabby one, also. At the first hint of annoyance, out comes the blade. I say he's compensating for something... in a big bad way. If we all try really hard as a collective, maybe we can have him put down.


  1. Eric on

    Thank you for this wonderful review.
    I own the DX150 and would like to use it to power the new Audeze LCD2 closed back.
    So I appeal to your knowledge to have an informed opinion before buying this headphones: do you think that the DX150 is powerful enough to drive correctly this headphones ??
    If not, can one of the amplification modules be better than the amp 6 ??
    Thank you in advance for your answer.

    • Pinky Powers on

      Looking at the specs of the LCD-2 Closed, I suspect you will want the AMP7 or AMP8 high-current modules to properly drive them. Those headphones are a serious load for any DAP to handle.

  2. Steve on

    Hi Pinky,

    Can I please have your review model, since you don’t need it any more?


    • Pinky Powers on

      If only it were that easy. But I still have much need of it, for future articles.

      iBasso makes an investment when they send me a product. Not only does it get it’s own review, but it will join the cast, and make appearances in many more articles down the road, as points of comparison and pairing options.

      If the product’s any good, I try and use it as often as possible.

  3. Michael on

    Hello Pinky, thanks for another great write-up. Speaking of #1S/N5-II/DX150, which one you’d recommend as a better pairing for Periodic Be? These are my main IEMs.

    • Pinky Powers on

      The Be has a signature which works well with virtually everything. So none of them will sound bad.

      It really depends on what traits you wish to emphasize about your IEM. If you want to push clarity and detail, go with the N5ii. If you want the most bass energy and fun, go with DX150.

      Or if you just want the best all around player, I consider the DX150 a step up from both the N5ii and 1S.

      • Michael Gunin on

        Thanks a lot. Guess I’d like something more or less smooth and musical for genres like jazz, soul, funk, disco. So, likely the choice will be between DX150 and 1S (my current one is DX80).

  4. Shaan on

    Damn! I just got the 1S. I can’t afford to pay for another one.

    • Pinky Powers on

      Be at peace, Shaan. The 1S remains a brilliant device, and worthy of your affection for a long time to come.

      Plus… 2x microSD slots. The DX150 ain’t got that!

  5. Matthew W on

    Hi Pinky, were you running the Aeon Flow Closed single ended or balanced in your pairing?

    Cheers on another fantastic review!

    • Pinky Powers on

      Single-ended, my man. Don’t have a balanced cable for these things. I should look into that.

  6. Gary Griffiths on

    Great review. I’m pondering between this and the dx200 ….

    • Pinky Powers on

      Thanks. Both are worth their asking price. So I say, buy the best your budget will allow.

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