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Dodocool DA106 Review: Great Hi-Fi Music Player with Voice Recorder and FM Radio

It would seem that the mp3 player is old and no one needed a gadget that was on top a dozen years ago, and with the advent of smartphones died a natural death. If you think so, you are wrong. If you are interested in the market of personal Hi-Fi players then you will notice that this market segment is quite good and offers better design, music quality, features and size of music storage. A good example of this is the Dodocool DA106 Hi-Fi Music Player with Voice Recorder and FM Radio, so today we want to show you the Dodocool DA106 review.

I want to say thanks to Dodocool team for sending us a Dodocool DA106 Hi-Fi Music Player to review. Now Dodocool DA106 Hi-Fi Music Player is available on Amazon US for $44.99 and  Amazon UK for £38.99.

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Dodocool DA106

Dodocool Hi-Fi Music Player DA106 Specifications:

  • Material: Aluminum alloy
  • Color: Grey
  • Display screen: 2.0 inch QVGA LCD, 320*240 resolution
  • CPU: ARM Dual-core Cortex-M3
  • Audio format support: DSD64, DSD128, DSD256(.dff & .dsf), FLAC 192kHz/24bit, ALAC 192kHz/24bit, APE 96kHz/24bit, OGG, WAV, MP3 and more
  • Voice recording: High-fidelity 192kHz/24PCM
  • FM radio: Support FM stereo radio and high-fidelity FM radio recording
  • SNR: 105dB
  • Distortion: ±0.05% with 32mW
  • Internal storage: 8GB
  • TF card slot: Support TF card up to 256GB (TF card NOT included)
  • Power source: Built-in 3.7V 1400mAh rechargeable lithium battery
  • Charging time: Approx. 2.5 hours
  • Playback time: Up to 30 hours
  • Built-in microphone: Yes
  • Language: English, Korean, Japanese, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Thai, Polish, Danish, Dutch, Greek, Czech, Turkish, Hebrew, Arabic, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese,
  • Interface: 1 * Micro-USB port, 1 * TF card slot, 1 * 3.5mm headphone jack, 1 * Line out port
  • Item size: Approx. 3.82 * 2.17 * 0.51 in / 97 * 55 * 13 mm (L * W * H)
  • Item weight: Approx. 3.81oz / 108g

Package includes

  • Music player DA106
  • Micro-USB to USB Cable
  • Instruction Manual

Unboxing dodocool DA106

First impressionsoverview of features

The Dodoool DA106 Hi-Fi Music Player makes a really great impression. Its gray housing is made of aluminum with great attention to details. The quality is top notch and we feel it is a high-end model (among the personal players / mp3 players). The whole looks very aesthetically. At the front of the device we find a color 2.0 inch QVGA LCD display with 320 * 240 resolution and several buttons. On the left: Menu button, Previous track/Rewind, Next track/Fast-forward. On right is a Back button. In the middle, the large black wheel is covered with rubber, it is pleasant to the touch and provides stable movement around the settings and features. In the middle of the black wheel there is a Central button. Below, the LED light indicates the status of the device.

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On the lower side (holding the device vertically) are: Micro USB port, Microphone & Reset hole and micro SD card slot up to 256GB.

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On the upper side (holding the device vertically) are: 3.5mm headphone audio jack, Line out port and Power Button. On the right side of the device are Volume Up/ Volume Down buttons.

Dodocool DA106

The Dodocool Hi-Fi Music Player we tested with a few headphones (dodocool DA131 and Noontec Hammo TV) we have no objection to the sound quality of the playback files. As you have seen the DA106 mini mp3 player has a Line Out port through which you can connect, for example, a speaker.

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Below you can see and hear the combination of the Dodocool DA106 player with the AUKEY SK-S1 Bluetooth Speaker (by the way, the visuals also make a great kit)


Hi-Fi Music Player we received with firmware ver: 3.0.2 (2017-07-06), which has been updated to ver: 3.0.4 (2017-09-05). The DA106 player has 8GB of internal memory (exactly C:7183MB) which can be spread through a micro SD card up to 256GB.

DA106 Player has a very simple interface/menu with icons, after which we can navigate using the black rubber wheel. We can choose the color blue or orange interface depending on our preferences. Main Interface icons: Settings, Playlist, Radio, Now Playing, Record Song, Explorer.

Dodocool DA106 Hi-Fi Music Player has a lot of advanced settings, browse folders/library files (Artists, Albums etc), music settings (also equalizer). The playback of the file on the screen looks very good. The player displays most of the information stored in music files and albums with thumbnails. Most settings and how to view the files, you will find below in the pictures.

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Dodocool DA106 Hi-Fi Player has a lot of features, and the most important is to play a large number of equal files with music: DSD64, DSD128, DSD256 (.dff & .dsf), FLAC (up to 192kHz/24bit), ALAC (up to 192kHz/24bit), APE (up to 96 kHz/24bit), WAV (up to 192kHz/24bit) and other lossless audio formats. Also support MP2, MP3, WMA and more mainstreams audio formats. There were no problems playing most of the files. “Big” Hi-Res audio files we downloaded from 2l.no/hires/ website. For Stereo DSD 256 11.2896Mbit / s, there were problems with audio playback, it is difficult to tell whether the problem with the file or the player could not cope. As well you know, DA106 player lets you record, has a built-in microphone, so you can use it instead of the recorder (recording in .WAV files). DA106 also has a radio, unfortunately without RDS. In addition, the device has a built-in 1400mAh battery, which allows you to play music for about 30 hours and charge about 2.5 hours. Small curiosity, while charging the battery cannot listen to music. DA106 also supports 21 different languages. Below are several photos on the outside.

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Conclusions

Dodocool DA106

Dodocool DA106 Hi-Fi Music Player is a great music player, perfectly made with a very aesthetic appearance, pleasing to the eye. It has many advanced music settings, allows you to record voice and listen to the radio. Plays various audio formats. Considering the price of the device, it’s really an inexpensive Hi-Fi music player that you take anywhere with you, and that will fill you every moment with your favorite music, and also provide you up to 30 hours of music listening. If you are looking for a Hi-Fi music player at affordable prices, with lots of features and support for multiple audio formats then the Dodocool DA106 is for you. We recommend Dodocool DA106 Hi-Fi Music Player.

Dodocool DA106 Hi-Fi Music Player

£38.99
Dodocool DA106 Hi-Fi Music Player
10

USABILITY

10/10

Features

10/10

Design

10/10

VALUE

10/10

Pros

  • Great quality and design
  • Up to 30 hours of music playback
  • Voice Recorder and FM Radio
  • Good value for money
  • Multiple Audio formats supported

Cons

  • During charging can not listen to music
  • Radio does not have RDS