Onkyo DP-X1

They’re all good, but one of these HRA play­ers stands above the rest

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We didn’t read spec sheets or price lists be­fore play­ing our mu­sic: as Ge­orge Michael put it, we wanted to lis­ten with­out prej­u­dice. And when we lis­tened, we kept com­ing back to the Onkyo DP-X1. It’s not the pret­ti­est of play­ers, and we’re not huge fans of its An­droid OS. But the sound it de­liv­ers is so good we’ll for­give it al­most any­thing. While all the play­ers here de­liver

Onkyo’s DP-X1 has some­thing ex­tra: an X fac­tor that makes it sound warmer and more invit­ing than the other HRA play­ers in our group test

very good sound qual­ity across gen­res, the Onkyo has some­thing ex­tra – an X fac­tor that makes its sound warmer and more invit­ing than the oth­ers. We can’t quite put our fin­ger on it, but it makes you want to buy all your old favourites all over again to hear them anew.

That doesn’t mean the oth­ers are bad, though. The Astell&Kern came very close to the Onkyo, and even our low­est-rated player per­formed very well. But if you’re spend­ing se­ri­ous money on au­dio equip­ment (not to men­tion amps, head­phones and/or speak­ers) even very lit­tle dif­fer­ences can turn out to be a big deal. We’d like to own any of these play­ers, but we’d love to own the Onkyo.

The Onkyo DP-X1 takes the cir­cuits of the Pi­o­neer and then dou­bles them: it has a sep­a­rate DAC and amp for each chan­nel.

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