Xduoo is a Chinese company that specializes in digital analogue converters (DACs), digital audio players (DAPs) and amplifiers. Recently, they have released the XD-10 Poke. I would like to thank Xduoo and Penon for the review unit of XD-10 Poke. At the moment, you can purchase the XD-10 Poke from Penon.
- Output Power: 250mW + 250mW @ 32ohm
- Frequency Response: 20Hz ~ 20kHz (± 0.5dB)
- Signal to Noise Ratio: 112dB @ 1KHz (LINE OUT)
- Harmonic Distortion: 0.0025% @ 1KHz (Headphone AMP)
- Charging Time: ≤ 3 hours (fast charge 1A) ≤6 hours (slow charging 500MA)
- Gain: 0dB / + 6dB
- Volume: 101mm * 55mm * 16mm
- Life Time: digital connection: ≥ 8 hours
- Line Input: ≥20 hours
- Weight: about 130g
Unboxing & Accessories
The XD-10 Poke comes in a colourful package. After opening the package, there are the XD-10 Poke, 3.5mm interconnect, Micro USB charging cable, USB extension cable, Micro USB to OTG cable, WM-Port to OTG cable, USB Type-C to OTG cable and X-SK1 magic sticker.
DAC/AMP Build & Design
The XD-10 Poke has a rectangular design and it is turquoise blue colour. On the front, there are a phrase and model name. At the top of the XD-10 Poke, there is the Micro USB charging port, USB input port and 3.5mm AUX input/output jack. At the left side, there are the filter button and volume up/down buttons. At the right side, there are switches for power on/off, input type (USB/AUX), gain and bass. At the bottom of the XD-10 Poke, there are 3.5mm standard headphone output jack and screen display. The back of the XD-10 Poke shows the model name.
The XD-10 Poke has moderate sub-bass extension and it showcases great technicality. The quantity is fair. Bass decay has a moderate speed and the agility is able to handle pacy tracks. The rumble is expressed quite naturally. Each bass note is articulated with sufficient impact and there is a constant punch. The mid-bass takes on a lighter approach and the slam is expressed in a precise manner. The bass commands good definition with a detailed yet controlled performance. When the bass switch is on, there is greater bass quantity and the extension increases slightly.
The midrange is quite balanced and it is rendered in a clean manner. There is good transparency and details retrieval is excellent. The lower mids does not take on a thick manner in tackling male vocals as there is moderate body. Male vocals are expressed well without any hollow feeling. The upper mids has little forwardness with great crisp and definition. Female vocals are presented in a smooth manner with moderate intimacy. There are no signs of aggression. The presentation is quite natural.
The treble has moderate extension with no sibilance and harshness. There is good details retrieval and clarity is showcased well. The amount of air rendered is moderate and this helps to lighten the overall presentation. The treble has a controlled presentation and the articulation is not over-emphasized. There is a good balance of body and accuracy. The sparkle is lacking slightly to provide the extra bite.
The XD-10 Poke has a natural expansion in its stage width with a great magnitude. There is minimal congestion when tackling busier tracks. The depth has good space so it is not too closed in. Positioning of instruments and vocals is quite accurate.
The XD-10 Poke is a balanced sounding DAC/AMP that boasts a clinical performance without compromising on the musicality aspect. It is able to provide a fatigue-free listening session with good details retrieval. In addition, it has an unique design and there is a variety of accessories provided.