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HiBy R6 Pro Portable Hi-Fi Music Player Hi-Res Audio Player Bluetooth MP3 Player (Stainless Steel) with Cayin 2.5mm to 4.4mm Adaptor
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- HiBy R6 Pro: The newly updated Android OS8.1 Hi-Fi Music Player
- HiBy R6 Pro: Overall Inner Upgrade: MUSES8920 as I/V; Two low phrase noise high precision crystal oscillators; Panasonic Polymer Capacitor with Low-ESR for power circuit; Elna SILMIC audio grade capacitors for power output; The DAC in voltage output mode has dual ES9028Q2M for greater interference prevention
- HiBy R6 Pro: Japanese NIPPON DICS 4.4 Balance Base, larger physical space for an upgraded reliability and immunity
- HiBy R6 Pro: HiBy OS Enters the Android Oreo Era; its intelligent audio system can better offer a smoother and comfortable HiFi music experience; It's DTA Android global lossless output technology ensures that sound output and reception can no longer be interfered with
- HiBy R6 Pro: HiByLink control and manage your music files wirelessly with your mobile phone
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- Batteries : 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 11.98 x 6.7 x 1.57 cm; 666.21 Grams
- Date First Available : 4 January 2019
- Manufacturer : HiBy
- ASIN : B07MHWXYW3
- Item Model Number : R6 Pro
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HiBy R6 Pro
The Android 8.1 Hi-Fi Music Player
A Big Leap of Audio Architecture with 4.4 Balance Output
A sleek and easy-to-grab design on HiBy R6 Pro demonstrates the world-class craftsmanship with a Sharp 4.2′′ high resolution IPS screen with Corning Gorilla glass covering both sides. Thanks to the latest Android 8.1, its intelligent audio system can better offer a smoother and comfortable HiFi music experience.
Overall inner upgrade will bring you the unmatched and high-quality sound: - MUSES8920 as I/V.
- Panasonic Polymer Capacitor with Low-ESR for power circuit Elna SILMIC audio upgrade capacitors for power output.
- Two low phase noise high precision crystal oscillators.
- The DAC in voltage output mode has dual ES9028Q2M for greater interference prevention.
With larger physical space, Japanese NIPPON DICS 4.4 Balance Base equipped in HiBy R6 Pro boosts the level of reliability and immunity.
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I generally favor balanced outputs to the 3.5mm single-ended ones, and was looking to move to the 4.4mm Pentaconn plugs from the 2.5mm plugs that have been the standard to date, because I think the 2.5mm ones have been a limitation in the channel separation and crosstalk achievable and because of their tiny size they also pose soldering difficulties in manually manufacturing the "8 core" balanced cables that I buy. Also, I want to explore more music by subscribing to a streaming service such as Primephonic, but I want it in higher quality than that which cell phones are thus far able to provide. I had previously bought an iBasso DX90 (in 2014; loved the replaceable batteries!), a Cayin N5ii, and (this Xmas-Thanksgiving season just past) a HiBy R3 and an iBasso DX120. All excellent DAPs each in its own way, but three of them run proprietary OSes, while the Cayin runs an outdated Android 5. But I like the quality of the HiBy R3 for its price, and a YouTube reviewer has recently given the R6 Pro a thumbs-up (my taste in music is very different from his, but I was happy to note from his review that there seemed to be no show-stoppers like the output impedance issue with the HiBy R6). And so when the R6 Pro appeared on Amazon, I jumped on it. The order was rapidly fulfilled by the seller MusicTeck, and I have been listening to music with it now for a couple of weeks, both at home and at work. It is simply the most expensive bit of audio gear I have ever bought, the next most costly trailing this by a large margin at $550 for a pair of large floor-standing Klipsch speakers (they were half off in a store-closing sale). Based on my experience with it thus far, the R6 Pro is absolutely worth the money outlay.
The display screen quality and resolution are very good for a music player, and the user interface is snappy in responding. Being slow to change my habits, I have not yet tried music streaming over wi-fi or bluetooth, both of which promise to be of high quality, based on the specs. Nor have I tried the Play Store or any app other than the HiBy music app, really. I have been playing flac files (ripped from CDs) off a 400 GB MicroSD card. This is the first time I have come across a removable tray for the MicroSD card, and as an aside I should warn similarly inexperienced first-time users to not attempt to insert the card directly in the card slot, but to place it in the tray that was in the slot and replace the tray in the slot (see an example in the YT video referred to above). I listen to jazz vocal, classical vocal and chamber music, and world vocal music. The sound quality I hear with the R6 Pro is exceptional, and exceeds my expectations. Yes, I know the earphones or headphones make a much larger difference to the SQ than does the choice of an audiophile-level DAP. I use a pair of Final f7200 earphones for the most part, along with a Final E5000 pair occasionally. I admired what iBasso engineers were able to do with the newish AKM 4495 DAC in the DX120, and observed that the AKM 4495 / ESS 9028 generation of DACs offers a level of detail retrieval noticeably better than the previous generation AKM 4493 / ESS 9018. The current AKM 4497 / ESS 9038 generation should be even better. The combination of dual ESS 9028Q2M DACs and multiple high quality amps and caps enable the HiBy R6 Pro to pull sound from the f7200 that is more beautiful than I have ever heard before. Initially, I was using the default tonality setting (named "Default" in the menu), which has a noticeable bass lift, which in turn made the music sound fun and exciting through the f7200, though I felt the R6 Pro was pulling more bass from the f7200 than the latter was designed to deliver cleanly. However, I eventually switched to the "Reference" tonality, which has a pretty flat frequency response tuning, and this gave me the sound signature I prefer. I did not expect the SQ to be too different to the excellent near-neutral SQ of the iBasso DX120, which previously held the crown among the DAPs I own, but I find the R6 Pro's SQ to be somewhat superior. The instrument and voice separation is very good, the detail is excellent, and most of all for the first time ever I can feel something akin to a "soundstage" from a pair of IEMs. There is an airiness and a spaciousness to the sound of recorded live shows that makes me realize that the sound of the same audio files using the same f7200s but using my other DAPs is congested by contrast and provides few spatial cues. I mostly use the balanced output, but the single-ended output has similar sonic character, including the spaciousness. The R6 Pro highlights, noticeably more than does any other DAP I own, the higher resolution of the f7200 versus other IEMs I own (such as the Final Heaven V). I expect the R6 Pro's SQ to be bettered by an iBasso DX200 with their AMP8 (for the 4.4mm socket) due to the 8-channel ESS 9028 Pro DACs and discrete-component amp construction (this combo would cost $300 more than the R6 Pro). However, I have not listened to the DX200, and have no near-term plans to do so, so I am just speculating here. The R6 Pro, with its all-around capabilities and outstanding sound quality fulfills my needs in a TOTL DAP.
I have noticed a couple of issues with the DAP, which initially concerned me. Further investigation calmed me down, as they now appear fixable through a firmware update in one case, and hardware-related but of limited impact in the other case. The seemingly hardware-related issue is that when the DAP is playing music through its 4.4mm balanced output and is placed within three feet of the rabbit-ears antennae of my Netgear NightHawk R7000 wi-fi router, I hear a puffing/fluttering noise of about 5 Hz in addition to the music. This is particularly noticeable during quiet music passages and in the gaps between tracks, but is usually masked (though present) by louder music. It appears to be caused by some electromagnetic interaction between the DAP, cable and wi-fi antenna signal. If I hold the DAP with earphone cable within a couple of inches of the antennae, the noise can be quite loud. A much weaker version of the noise can be heard when using the 3.5mm output, and the same weak noise is present when using the 3.5mm and 2.5mm outputs of other DAPs (the iBasso DX120 and HiBy R3). In all the latter cases, I have to hold the DAP and cable within an inch or two of the antennae to hear the noise. The other issue has to do with using the Play/Pause button when the display is not lit (off) but the DAP is playing music. If I Pause the music, then hit Play again, it appears I then have to wait at least 10 seconds before I can hit Pause again. Any shorter interval than that, and the audible sound gets shut off (all you hear is silence), though the music continue to advance. This issue should be fixable through a firmware update. The seller MusicTeck is courteous and prompt in responding to my queries, and is going to forward my detailed report on these issues to HiBy. They appear to not be serious enough for me to subtract any stars from the review.
Unbalanced 3.5mm jack it packs 245mW of power unbalanced @32 Ohms and a whopping 750mW of Power @32Ohms in balanced mode with a 4.4mm jack. A power house?
I received Hiby R6 Pro about a couple weeks ago and immediately began burning in the chips and board on the player so it matures and settles completely. I grabbed my BGVP-DM6 IEMs and took a listen. I keep everything in flat form so no EQ was used unless i specify. I played "kashmir" by Led Zeppelin, i have never heard an IEM reproduce the bass line a song as well as it comes through the DM6. I am able to hear all the strikes and hits on the drums as i have never heard. The drummer usually sits behind my head, with the Hiby the sound is in the middle of my head and the drummer is center. I hear every strikes on the bass line....simply amazing! Kashmir is a song that i have alway found the bass line to be weak and i always found myself have to boost the bass to max. Not so with the dm6. The DM6 as this IEM reveals every note and makes it stand out with authority. I got the same results with the Fiio X7 MK2. Both players have almost exact signatures only the Hiby is more powerful.
The dm6 since it is low ohm impedance sounds better connected unbalanced 3.5mm in High Gain than it did balanced 4.4mm jack. "dreamer" Hiromi sounded with jaw dropping affects specially when the big drum snare is stricken a few seconds after the song starts. The Guitars, brass, violins, piano sound absolutely amazing. The Hiby has an EQ that actually works well when applied. Most EQ now a days when activated, the music gets low, i believe it's because the overall levels on the music player is already boosted up but not so in the EQ section so when turned on the song volume doesn't' drop. Well, Hibys EQ is completely flat and your music doesn't drop volume.
The Hiby was able to push my Senn HD600 unbalanced but i was able to push the volume at max without my ears screaming at me. The Hiby punches a tad more bass and the HD600 benefitted here. Switching to balanced 4.4mm yielded much more power and ran the hd600 a good level of listening.
Next i tried my Monolith M1060c, and here is where i encountered a problem, even though in balanced mode Hiby produces 750mW of power, it did not impress me running Planar magnetic headphones being that the M1060c posses 106mm drivers, i grabbed my smaller 66mm Planar Magnetic headphones, the M565 by Monolith. These, the Hiby ran a bit better but not to audiophile values, i was perplex!! Why? The Hiby posses lots of power, you'd think it would run the M565 with ease balanced right?.....NOPE.
So, i decided give it even more power and paired the Hiby with my trusty Fiio A5 portable amp which pushes 800mW and wella!! The sound came to life. So, i tested again this time unbalanced but on high. The player played with full of plenty power and authority. So, moral of the story? For my Planar Magnetic Headphones, i still need to pair the Hiby R6 Pro with an amp to run planar magnetic to its full potential. Im OKay since i run amps on everything anyway unless i am working out at the gym.
Next up, i paired I paired with the Beyerdynamic DT1990 Pro 250 Ohm Headphones. Switching between balanced and unbalanced, the signature remained the same, in other words, it didn't sound any better in balanced mode just higher volume. This is good because i can use unbalance less power and know that i am not missing detail. With certain songs i was able to reach the highest volume and tolerate it. Again the sounds were great as expected with the beyerdynamics.
The Hiby has four Tonality feature, one called default, reference, warm and tube. I didn't care for the warm or tube sound. But i do find myself switching from default to reference. The default punches a tad more midbass while reference drops this midbass tone by a hint.
The bluetooth connection went with ease, connected right up with my SVS, Home Theatre Denon system almost instantly. My Denon does not have bluetooth, so i run bluetooth via the Monoprice BT hub and it connected fast and i was able to stand at a distance of 30 ft and it was well connected but if i put the Hiby behind my back, it would cut out, so it works way better in direct line of sight. The sound was crystal clear but i could not determine in which connection was in LDAC, SBC, etc. because it does not display such info. I then opened wifi while the song was playing and found the album info on the song and asked it to find the lyrics and instantly it found it and i applied it and even followed the song as the person was singing. It will not follow with all songs but it will let you know that it does not have it with certain songs but at least you do get the lyrics to display.
The player runs very quiet and the sound signature is very close to the Fiio X7 MK2. However, the Hiby has a tad more bass in the default mode which is my preferred for most song. The design is beautiful, its heavy, brick heavy...LOL but gorgeous.
Now for the U.I. it's pretty straightforward and easy to learn quickly. I love the fact that i can simply shuffle all songs between artists and one a song plays and you decide you want it to now play the entire album of that artist you can do it provided you have the play through folder feature ticked off. Also while playing random songs you can see the entire album songs even though you are in the shuffling mode of all the artists and songs. You don't have to search the artist and than hit play, you simply hit look for album info while it is playing and it will continue to play the album. Nice!
How Long does the battery last? I have not tested this yet. But it's pretty decent.
Ok, a drawback i don't like. I used a 400GB micro card and my entire library is in it. I am using 300GB out of the 400GB and nothing is being used for music in the internal portion of the Hiby so it's pretty free there. When I access all songs and tell it to shuffle all, 33, 077 songs it has a delay and when i hit shuffle all songs button, it literally will take about 15 seconds or so to engage and play. Also, when i search via, say, albums and you began to scroll through all your albums, it hesitates a lot, in fact i can't make it scroll fast, it hesitates and scrolls a bit at a time. I have 33, 077 songs at 320Kbps so i know i have a lot of music in here but it is supposed to be capable of 1 terabyte and runs at 3 ram. So what gives? If you select, say, a classic rock genre that will contain much less files than it will scroll very fast but scrolling through the entire library will require some patience if its scrolling through my 33k songs at once. One Star was deducted because of this.
The Hiby goes on standby without the need to turn it off, it wakes up just as fast and plays music. Hiby R6 Pro is a pretty fantastic player. The Fiio X7 MK2 has a horrible standby more, it continues to eat battery like a drunken sailor but the sound is pretty amazing as is the Hiby R6 Pro.
Tonality between unbalanced and balanced is just more power on the balanced side but the signature is the same either way. So the tonality is not colored. I found nothing wrong between balanced and unbalance in terms of sound.
I find the sound signature to be superb with punchy midbass, excellent center vocals, mid highs and highs are crystal clear and airy. Soundstage is just right, not to much and not to little.
The Hiby has a feature which some can find very useful. Its called MSEB and it's like an EQ but more specific concentrating on the bass, voices, overall temperature, voice tones etc. I don't care for it but some of you might to address sibilance and othe voice textures or cymbals tones.
So my verdict is that Hiby did great with this player, almost perfect. The player has additional features that i will not get into since i don't have the time at the moment and didn't want to delay this review any longer but it can be used as a DAC, transfer files via wifi and USB etc. Also, id like to see Hiby update the music software and add a feature "recently added songs". When i add new songs i like to go to that feature and play through the new added songs. Fiio has this feature and i love it. Hiby's search feature is very good and breaks the search down into categories, Artist, Title and album, a great feature to have. And the next update from Hiby should be to address the all artist/albums scrolling and keep it from hesitating so much when the player has over 33k songs. With small numbers of songs it scrolls very fast, the problem seems to be when the player is loaded with thousands and thousands of songs.
I purchased via Musicteck and couldn't be happier with their service, they shipped my order right away and i got it in two weeks time. I went back and forth with them and Andrew answered all my concerns almost instantly or before the end of the day. I will be doing business with them again.
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Not so much for the following:
Those are my main music/streaming based applications, at least the reason why I initially bought it.
The player is heavy but if you’re like me, this is a good thing, means they put the necessary build into it.
The only cons are the following (at least for me):
Lack of BT connectivity with iOS devices. I still can’t connect from my iPhone or iPad to the player.
As far as MusicTeck is concerned, I decided to purchase the player from them instead of going directly to HiBy. Those folks seem to be serious in helping buyers. Truly appreciate your desire to help buyers through their purchasing experience, keep the good work!
If you’re looking for a long lasting player and that you can live with a foreign manufacturer for ultimate repairs, this has to be it. Price is not cheap but for what you paid for, it’s decent, could be cheaper.
Here are a few points that kept the rating at the current level:
. Casting in Settings does not work, at least it's not keeping the connection live so could be my unit.
. Roon app works but disconnects when screen is turned off.
. BT does not work at all for iOS device sending or receiving no matter how hard you try.
. Last, the battery charge took me over 5 hours on the very last recharge, so it could again be my player.
Now I've heard of issues with HiBy keeping the software up to date (R6 anyone?) when the introduction period is over so something to be cautious about, let's face it 800$ for a dap is no chump change. Fiio, on the other hand, keeps their firmware up to date throughout the products life cycle (and it goes for quite a while so my hat to them), I just wish Fiio would have the developer skills that HiBy has and that HiBy would be more serious about caring for their customers instead of only looking at the bottom dollar.
Last update: Ended up returning it, I don't think the player is ready yet for prime-time and not sure if the firmware will help at all in my case since most of my problems were either related to the OS or the hardware. It's a real shame since it feels substantial and well built. Unfortunately the fact that the player is not made in the USA complicates warranty work/returns if there are any issues, YMMV.
I wanted to like it much more than I do, and unfortunately I am left unimpressed.
The build quality is excellent, the interface works pretty well, and it looks great.
Sound quality, when it plays, is excellent, and the MSEB gives you a large amount of control of the sound.
I also love the fact that it has Bluetooth and Tidal streaming.
These things being said, there are a lot of issues.
The main ones are as follows:
1) I cannot get this device (that supposedly has "native DSD playback" to play any DSD files. They either emit just static, or they skip and have tons of noise that make them unplayable.
2) This device does not play 24/192 files via coax, which is not stated anywhere I can see, and i would not have purchased it if I had known this (if you listen to this device without an external amp, or use a USB connection, this won't be an issue).
On top of that, there are a large number of navigation issues, and issues transferring files to the device. I won't belabor this in detail, but it just seems buggy overall.
The device is also heavy. Really heavy.
At the end of the day, I would say, in my personal opinion, this device is worth about half of what it costs to purchase. I can't recommend it anywhere near full retail price, and I feel I wasted money I could have spent on something more useful.
UPDATE (after owning a few weeks):
Today I tried to use this device, and it kept prompting me over and over "do you want to allow this device access to USB," but not playing any music when I clicked Allow.
So I restarted it, and the device won't turn on.
I have never had so many issues with a brand new device.
Do not buy this. Spend your money elsewhere.