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A most superior machine. Sound to die for. I previously had Fiio units and I loved them for the fidelity. The Hiby sounds even better. Bluetooth pairing is fast and easy. It's full operation is taking a while for me to figure out and the manual is more or less useless, but as I do I appreciate it more and more. However, there are a few important design oversights that I would ask them to correct. The following list comes as I think of them, not in order of importance. 1) I would prefer that Play Mode be tucked away in Settings. It tends to change on me with a misdirected breath. 2) When in the Music from SD Card menu which thankfully goes by artist, I would like to see text crawl to reveal full album and track information that's vital for a classical collection. At this time, I have albums that are left unidentified for lack of room. NG! 3) Output is defaulted at Headphones each time you turn the unit on. My habits tend towards Line Out. Leave it where it lays, man! 4) I would rather scroll with push buttons than to risk mis-selecting with fingers that didn't grow up with touchscreens. Also, the ability to go backwards a-z-y etc. would be quite handy, especially with a list containing hundreds of artists. 5) In the pull-up menu I don't know what half the symbols mean and again, the manual is useless. 6) I know there's a 6 somewhere but I can't think of it at the moment. Suffice it to say that these niggling little issues can be quite infuriating when you're beset by them. But the SOUND, oh that fantastic sound sort of makes it all worth while, and this DAP definitely worth the money.
I was really excited to get a R3 Pro to use with my FLAC files and Tidal HiFi subscription. I bought a pair of Sony 1AM2 headphones to go with it as well. The sound is phenomenal using a wired headset with a balanced cable.
However, bluetooth is a different story. Bluetooth has been horrendous. The range is terrible as you have to be right next to the device. With my Samsung Note 10+ I never have bluetooth issues and can be across the room. I also continue to have playback issues over bluetooth where songs get delayed during playback and will speed up as well. This is on both Tidal and FLAC files on the micro SD.
I have also had issues with the interface freezing up and becoming unresponsive. When this happens, all I can do is reboot.
Vendor's solution is for me to pay to send it to China to be looked at.
I had really high expectations when purchasing this device. Hopefully future firmware updates will improve the bluetooth performance.
This has been an excellent investment for me. It has excellent sound quality and is easy to use. Also, the unit works like a USB drive so it's very easy to put music on the unit.
One surprise was that I had to place playlists (M3U) into a specific directory to be visible on the unit. Another surprise was that the unit supports internet radio, but it's difficult to set up. To do this you need to build a special type of playlist with a specific name and placed in a specific location. It takes a bit of effort, but it does work.
The one failing is the documentation. It's very sparse and the information you can get from the web is also sparse. There is a lot of reading and a lot of experimenting.
If you have any real computer knowledge, this player is an excellent purchase. It has all the features that I want. If you have issues using a computer, you might want to look at a different player that has a more integrated solution.
I was looking to upgrade from my Xduoo X3ii, and I picked up this baby for $30 of retail! The sound quality is excellent! MSEB and/or EQ work great! Touch screen, wifi, tons of features! Unfortunately, you have to figure out how to use them (YouTube videos), as the owners manual provides no instructions. Bluetooth also cuts out when in pocket or moving around, as well as poor range. I use my trusty Taotronics Bluetooth transmitter along with my Fiio A-1 amp and Tranya T3 true wireless earbuds on everything from MP3 to 24 bit/192khz Flac and everything in between and the sound is incredible! Exactly what I was looking for, and at a rock bottom price! I deducted 1 star for the poor Bluetooth and lack of a detailed instructions manual. I would highly recommend this product!
I bought this device specifically to reorganize my library, use it as a music device that would stream to my sound systems. I have Revel Studio speakers, and Adcom power amplifier, Adcom preamp, and Denon high end Bluetooth - CD player. To play music I use two different phones connecting via Bluetooth to Audioengine B1 Bluetooth receiver, and also I just received SMSL M200 Bluetooth Audio with DAC AK4497 - which showed slight improvement over B1. All above combinations are indistinguishable from CD player output. With M200 having almost imperceptible edge over B1.
Now having set the background of the equipment, here is what happens: HiBy R3 Saber produced strangely muddied vocals in female techno music in default flat output. That is, it was expected to be flat, but it isn't.
All I want is for my FLAC music files to be transfered via LDAC to the Bluetooth receiver, whose DAC should take care of the rest. And it does, even from Samsung and Alcatel phones, as compared to the CD reproduction. HiBy R3 Saber on the other hand seems nice on something like New Age, and classical is almost OK, but the demanding techno catches it with pants down, so to speak. Playing with numerous controls allows to modify the sound parameters, and make it sound better. Which proves that the sound runs via DAC on the device, so it can be manipulated, and then it is packed back in LDAC and transferred. Why? I guess, main purpose of the device is to play into a headset, and bluetooth output is an afterthought.
It had firmware 1.5, and I tried and updated it to the most current 1.6, without any improvement improvement.
As I can't trust this gizmo to serve the purpose I needed it for, I will try to return it. And stick to trusty Samsung with Pulsar player. HiBy R3 is of no use to me. I give it 2 stars rather than one, because it is quite a nice looking little gizmo. But, what a disappointment at $209, this is not a feature, it is really a defect in transfer design!
I bought this item because I have a huge CD collection and had transferred then all to my memory card. It plays them all no problem. The only slight complaint that I have is that I have some older CDs that probably don't have the best sound. These few sound a wee bit flat. What I had before was a more expensive Apple IPOD so these few sounded better on it. Overall, I'm very pleased with this product. Ease of use is wonderful.
For my first DAP (and Hiby product) this is surprising and amazing. It's easy to have this around on me anywhere and never have to worry about battery or it weighing me down. It easily lasts me all day with constant use playing FLAC. When i first found out about the balanced output and loads of features it then really stood out for me and made it hard to find another alternative that is as much value as this. I've only had this for little less than a month now but so far I can definitely say this a very tempting first lil DAP among others in the price range. I'm sure others who are familiar with this DAP will agree.
I really like the sound quality using the single ended and balanced connections. There is adequate power for my HighFiMan Sundara using the balanced connection producing excellent detail and punch. My in ear monitors also sound excellent (Fiio FD3). Highly recommended. I have found that the operating system is easy to use and I have not discovered any bugs.
This is not necessarily an "upgrade from the original R3 pro. They just changed the audio chip inside to bring out some more open space sound stage. It may not to everyone's taste or fit for every type of music, but it is fun to experience the different sound. I think we might be able to achieve similar effects by adjust the equalizer on another player, but this is definitely sounds fresh to some people's ears. I have both R3 Pro and R3 Pro Saber, and I will keep both.
This little HiRes player is awesome. It will accept up to 512 mb Micro SD card which will hold many,many songs depending on the file type. I am most concerned with sound quality so I am using a 400 mb Micro SD card and have all my songs in WAV files. I have over 6000 songs and have only used a little more than 1/2 the memory. The sound quality is as good as the original CD. The player is very high quality and small. I actually wish it was a bit bigger. It has many features other players do not such as bluetooth and the ability to play different file types. All in all I am very happy with my purchase.