iBasso - DC03 PRO

Portable USB DAC & Amp

Sale price₹ 6,499 Regular priceMRP: ₹ 6,999
Discontinued
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Customer Reviews

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Rohan Debnath (Imphal)
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I was about to give it 4 stars.

I configured the dongle with ibasso UAC app and set it to NOS ( No over sampling). NOS is supposed to give you the raw output without any coloration Or sample rate conversion and that's what I prefer.

But for some reason it coloured all my tracks by adding a bit of energy in the upper mids and treble region. It made all my iems analytical, I tried other filters on the app thinking it will fix the issue but nothing helped. I also tried it on my pc and the sound was same. I was pretty frustrated.

Next day, after digging around on reddit I found the solution. All you have to do is go to device manager and uninstall the firmware named "Savi audio" by right clicking on the dongle and going into its properties. By doing that you will achieve true NOS. And also uninstall the UAC app from phone. The sound is pretty good once you do that.

Pros of this dongle-
1. Very cold during operation.
2. Not power hungry.
3. Very impressive imaging and soundstage.
4. Resolution is pretty good.
5. Faithfully uncoloured once you achieve NOS.

Cons of this dongle -
1. preinstalled firmware and ibasso UAC app doesn't let you achieve NOS causing analytical sound.

Thanks a lot for your detailed and genuine feedback, we're glad that you have such positive thoughts about the product and we'll share your thoughts with the brand as well. It'll also help our fellow customers to make the right choice!

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Venkatesh Chandrasekharan (Boston)
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First time DAC owner's view - Pocket sized powerhouse

I'm a first time DAC buyer and I dont know fancy audiophile language . So do forgive my layman language.
Gear : using iBasso DCO3 Pro with Note 20 and ATHM50X or Presonus 3.5 BT(over aux).
This is an early review after only a few days of use.
Gotchas - Make sure your phone audio-quality effects are all turned OFF. Phone's Dolby atmos are turned OFF, graphic equalizer presets are all set to flat.
Build and features - Its well built and feels unbreakable. BUT. do take care to not unplug this along with your headphone wire. Its likely get banged around along with the dangling wire. Should be avoided to avoid needless abuse of the tiny device.
The iBasso UAC app provides a few tuning options like Gain, 100 step volume and filters. Honestly other than the volume and Gain, i have no idea how to use the filters. I'm not able to make any discernable difference in music between the filter settings.
Input quality - I use Apple Music Hires lossless settings and it plays music with a minimum lossless quality. Not all content is available in Hires Lossless.

Performance - I used to think Macbook Pro and iPad DACs were solid. This goes above and beyond! Be prepared to shocked if all your old songs sound different. It somehow boosts all instruments /sounds to the same level as vocals and yet maintains clear separation. So if there are some techno sounds going non stop in the background when ARR is singing Mental Manadhil (Ok Kanmani) it will sound much more prominent than it used to. All the sounds are brass tack sharp and brighter now. The vocals too. I dont notice bass getting muddy. In fact its muted and to my liking. My ears are sensitive to bass and i dont notice it much (at least in my gear) . Its like salt. Its present but you dont notice it.
The clear separation of all sounds is what makes the music enjoyable. So if you are hearing the sitar in Aaj Ibadat (Bajirao Mastani) along with the bass and some chorus. The sitar will be crystal clear and sharp and will not be muddied by the bass or other sounds. That's what makes it enjoyable.
I did not notice any change in temperature of the unit even after 1 hour.
Overall its worth the money paid for it. I'm sure there are better gear but this is the only one i've listed to and i like it.
The subject matter expertise that reflects in the headphonezone website is what gives the confidence in buying from this site. This is my first purchase from them.. I'm now convinced that this is the place to go to and I'll probably tell my friends to buy from here when opportunity presents.
I'm glad that my first shot at a DAC is turning out to be a good experience. Thank you headphone zone.

Thanks a lot for your detailed and genuine feedback, we're glad that you have such positive thoughts about the product and we'll share your thoughts with the brand as well. It'll also help our fellow customers to make the right choice!

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Manu Roy (Chennai)
First impression is the best impression

I'm not a big audio guy but using this dac with my Sennheiser HD599 SE has given a different perspective in audio listening. Didn't knew my headphones were capable to this kind of output before using this dac.

Great review! Thanks for taking the time to write it. We're glad to hear that our product has helped you improve your sound quality.

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Sandip Roy (Kolkata)
Ibasso dc03 pro is very good dac, good tuning, beware if you plan on using for calling too..

This little dc03 pro is like a racehorse...a little powerhouse to juice up even demanding cans. The ibasso uac app is only good for using digital filters and tuning gain control. But, i feel , the app interferes with hardware volume control.. now, for the part which audiophiles usually don't talk about... Get this dac if if only you have high impedence headphone/iem.. like for my blon one with 32 ohm, this is overkill, i do not find any difference with this and cx pro dac. Gain needs to be minimum or all sounds mix up, soundstage distorts..Even my monk plus sounds good with medium gain... Good headphone sounds even better. Hiby music or neutron player with exclusive usb mode and dsd file....just perfect! Anyway, keep expectations in check while ordering, as this will not magically transform anything you throw at it sound better. File, device everything playes a role to the output. And lastly, headphonezone is good man... My bundled usb c cable was faulty... I asked them for replacement of the cable as the dac is ok. And they sent me a cable free of cost! Not to be expected from likes of other e com sites.. thank you HPZ for the friendly touch.
For the cons, it will not transmitbmic signals well to mobile, so forget calling with this. Sometimes other person can hear, sometimes they don't. For calling look for the cheap ones like abigail/cx pro.

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Aryan (Kolkata)
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Old dac chip recycled

I own ibasso dc05, ibasso IT01x, zen signature stack hfm, hifiman headphones and my review will be referenced on these. I have reviewed quite a number of products here.

I would say from my experience that the cirrus logic dac chip used is not that good, sterile sound signature. Overall music sounds boring. The bass has no slam, the upper treble is recessed and absent soundstage. The mids is the only thing very good. The vocals r forward and intimate with a little thickness(opposite of lean). Use of silver plated cables recommended with very V shaped headphones/iems with thinner Treble.

Moreover the amp is disgusting H class🤣
In comparison, last year's dc05 is much better than this, at same launch price but those who haven't tasted a good dac amp can't feel this. So for beginners it's okay. Use this with less than 6k iems should be fine

But for the positives, I guess it has correct note weight and accurate reproduction of music, didn't feel wrong, so will do the job with a necessary clarity. Therefore recommended as the very first dac for a beginner

Why iBasso is Special

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Designed in China

Established & Reputed

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Value for Money

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For Audiophiles On-the-Go

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Works Great with Type-C

Don’t have a 3.5mm headphone jack on your phone? Don’t worry we got you covered.


This headphone or gear is fully compatible with Type-C USB connectors. Not only do they seamlessly connect to your device without needing an additonal dongle or adapter and ensures optimal performance without any hassle.


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IBASSO INTRODUCES DC03 PRO, A WORTHY UPGRADE TO THE WIDELY POPULAR DC03

iBasso is a well-reputed brand in the industry. They are mainly known for their wide range of portable audio gears, including IEMs, USB DAC/AMPs, DAPs, etc. The DC03 was a "great" portable USB DAC & Amp that took the industry by storm. It garnered high-level praise from the audiophile community. iBasso wanted to continue the spree and develop something "powerful" and "durable," which gave birth to DC03PRO. The DC03PRO is a worthy upgrade and packs a punch with its extraordinary performing capabilities. With premium CS43131 DAC chips from Cirrus Logics, the DC03PRO brings flagship-level performance to your smartphones. For "clear" and "accurate" audio signal decoding, a high-performance KDS femtosecond crystal oscillator is incorporated into its design. DC03PRO offers a high-quality experience by supporting high-resolution PCM and DSD signals!

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DUAL CIRRUS LOGIC DAC CHIP AND KDS OSCILLATOR DELIVER SPECTACULAR PERFORMANCE

The Cirrus Logic CS43131 dual DAC chips, which are of the highest calibre and provide unmatched digital-to-analogue conversion, are found in the DC03PRO. With Master HiFi™ technology, the flagship DAC from Cirrus Logic offers "amazing" performance and fantastic sound. With iBasso's extensive investment in research and development and well-selected parts, the DC03PRO is a "wonderful" and affordable standout USB DAC & Amp. iBasso DC03PRO promises ultimate high-resolution audio performance with its flagship dual DAC arrangement supporting PCM (Pulse Code Modulation) up to 32bit/384kHz and Native DSD (Direct Stream Digital) up to 256x. iBasso has featured dual CS43131 DAC chips that enable the DC03PRO to achieve class-leading performance with ultra-low distortion and high SNR ratings. CS43131 is a premium 32-Bit DAC supporting 32-Bit Hi-Res signal decoding. The DC03PRO hosts a KDS femtosecond oscillator, which reduces phase noise and provides a more accurate clock reference for the DAC. The DC03PRO brings pure and transparent music replay.

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LOWER POWER CONSUMPTION WITH NANOVOLT LEVEL NOISE FLOOR

iBasso has designed the circuitry of the DC03PRO with utmost precision. The noise floor on the DC03PRO reaches the nanovolt level and provides a blacker background. Generally, the noise floor of many audio players and similar dongles is between 3-10uV. In the AP measurement, the noise floor of DC03PRO is less than 0.9uV (900nV), which stands out among similar products. Every moving melody and note in the music seems to emerge in space free of distracting low-level noise. The DC03PRO measurements are full of highlights. Even compared with the much more expensive dongles, the DC03PRO measurements are outstanding. The DC03PRO utilises an industry-leading power management chip to intelligently control power consumption and an asynchronous DC-DC converter, which minimises power consumption. When compared to other dongles that usually have 600mW or above power consumption, the DC03PRO saves 36% power for your smartphone or other sources.

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WIDE COMPATIBILITY WITH SOURCES AND SUPPORT FOR COMPANION APP

The iBasso DC03PRO adopts a type-C interface and uses a standard UAC2.0 sound card chip, which is not only compatible with most Android phones and tablets in the market. It also can connect to a Windows PC and Mac to become a USB DAC. It is also compatible with Mac/Windows computers through the C-A adapter, realising external decoding. It also has an interchangeable cable design for adaptation and easy plug-and-play functionality. The iBasso DC03PRO supports the latest version of the UAC application with advanced features. It has five optional digital filters, three gain levels, 100-level volume adjustment(using hardware keys), different EQ functions, two options for output mode, and 20 steps L/R balancer. The DC03PRO has a detachable cable design and comes standard with a USB-C to USB-C cable compatible with most Android devices. The DC03PRO can be used with iOS devices when connected with a USB-C to lightning cable (separately purchased). You will feel completely immersed in whatever you're doing, whether watching a movie, playing a video game, or listening to music—the unlimited entertainment provided by outstanding sound will only enhance your experience!
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CNC ALUMINUM CASE WITH TEMPERED GLASS PANELS FUSED WITH UNPRECEDENTED SPECS OF SINGLE-ENDED PERFORMANCE

The DC03PRO case is made from a solid piece of CNC-machined aluminium alloy. The hollow design of the volume guard requires complex steps during machining to achieve its good form and function. With the tempered glass panels, the DC03PRO is visually appealing and conveys the quality of its build. Silver, Grey, and Blue colours are available to meet individual preferences. iBasso has included a 3.5mm stereo output, which enables you to turn your smartphone into a Hi-Res audio player. The lack of many smartphones to work as high-quality music players is transformed by the DC03PRO. The DC03PRO was born for HiFi enthusiasts who are accustomed to listening to music on smartphones and wish to have no compromise on sound quality. The 3.5mm universal interface has excellent compatibility, convenience, and support. The iBasso DC03PRO also has a multi-colour indicator that indicates various operation modes: Red - Standby, Blue - DSD, and Green - PCM.
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DAC Chipset

Dual Cirrus Logic CS43131

Dual Cirrus Logic CS43131

Dual ES9219C QUAD DAC+ (TM) Chips

Headphone Output

3.5mm Single-Ended

3.5mm Single-Ended, 4.4mm Balanced

3.5mm Single-Ended, 4.4mm Balanced

Output Power

98mW @ 32Ω

3.0Vrms @ 32Ω

320mW @ 32Ω

Our Verdict

The iBasso DC03 Pro is a highly capable device. It boasts excellent build quality and impressive sound performance, and despite its compact size, it delivers enough power to drive a wide range of IEMs and headphones.

The iBasso DC04Pro has secured a leading position within its price range due to its outstanding build quality, remarkable power output, and excellent sound performance. The inclusion of dual output options adds significant value to this device. Given its affordability, the DC04Pro emerges as a clear and attractive choice.

The iBasso DC06 Pro is created to deliver a clean and detailed sound with its enhanced high-power output and precise volume adjustments. The Dual ES9219C Quad DAC unit allows accurate audio signal decoding. It provides layered and nuanced sound detail in your listening experience. This Hi-Res USB DAC and Amp drives well with any IEMs and most headphones.

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1 Year Warranty

Don't sweat it, this iBasso - DC03 PRO comes with a 1 Year warranty from iBasso that covers manufacturing defects. All products featured on Headphone Zone are backed by an original manufacturer's warranty.

Read more about iBasso's warranty in India.

Great Products with Outstanding Performance

Founded in 2008, iBasso is a digital audio product manufacturer from China. The company started by manufacturing digital audio players and amplifiers and today even manufactures DACs and IEMs for audiophiles. iBasso, over time, has become one of the most acclaimed brands for those seeking budget-friendly, yet high-performance gear. iBasso DACs have gained popularity over the years and are a part of many music enthusiasts' collections.

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