The release of DC02 dongle offers an affordable solution for audiophiles who need an audio jack and wish to achieve a high-resolution audio quality through their new generation smartphones.
This review is originally posted on Headphonesty. Thank you, Nappoler Hu from HiFiGo for sending me the iBasso DC02. The products were provided to me free of charge in exchange for my honest review and opinion.
iBasso is well-known in the audio industry for manufacturing digital audio players (DAP)s and in-ear monitors (IEMs). The DX series of DAPs and IT series of IEMs from this brand are well-received by the audiophile community. I reviewed the iBasso IT01s earlier this year and it is indeed amazing - yielding great resolution with excellent build quality.
A trend that began a few years ago in smartphones was the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack. With this evolution, the demand for a USB dongle has increased drastically. As the demand increases, the quality of these USB dongles has improved as well. Using better materials and design, these adapters can provide noticeably better sound quality. I call them a “smartphone to Hi-Res audio enablement” because I get a higher resolution music quality when using the dongles.
With the demand for USB dongles getting higher, iBasso decided to release the crowd-pleasing DC01 and DC02. Can DC02 transform your phone into a Hi-Res audio production instrument? Let’s find out!