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Drop a bean of an idea and it might become something special. HiBy's a good Head-Fi student and it shows when they ace a pair of $99 earphone that's light in the ears, soft with the cables, 2pin connected for stability, and very pretty, in sound and in aesthetics. One of our favourites, hands down. We've always appreciated manufacturers who are good listeners of the market's likes and dislikes.
HiBy's USB DAC and headphone amplifier built for smartphones, laptops and desktops.
70mW high power
Low battery consumption
RGB indicator light
3.5mm headphone jack
All metal body
A good dongle DAC starts with its DAC chips but top performance entails so much more, HiBy Music prove with FC4. Their latest balanced 4.4mm dongle supplied by dual ESS Technology ES9218PC DAC chips, with analog volume control aboard.
In this way HiBy claim 340 milliwatts of power and yet maintain 123dB of signal-to-noise ratio, for music player levels of detail and fidelity even from USB's 5 volt supply. [See Product Desc. For More]
In fact, a whole digital subsystem was built around HiBy's uber-affordable dongle. FC4 boasts a FPGA working in tandem with two clocks to supply its ES9218PC DACs a clean I2S input.
HiBy derive an overbuilt clocking system this way, pushing down phase noise and reducing jitter even at this form factor.
FC4's USB-C receiver is also of excellent quality to run an excellent asynchronous signal from your phone, tablet or computer, and its powerful DSP works in tandem with the FPGA to preserve the integrity of your music data for decoding.
Additionally, HiBy's onboard volume control buttons ensures you can run a true 8 times MQA even from portable Android devices, with sample-rate indication lights confirming it.
This portable powerhouse comes with a detachable cable and can be adapted for a range of mobile applications, from smartphones to iOS Lightning and laptops. Also browse the rest of HiBy's options here, or our other DAC/amps here.
HiBy Music cue the best associations with ESS Technology through FC5. This 4.4mm portable DAC/amp sources key Sabre parts to build a wonderfully detailed, and powerful, MQA dongle for earphones and headphones alike.
It provides "a very nice and clean sonic character" by Headfonics. Audiophile-Heaven rates it "super fun for years to come".
An ES9281Pro DAC grants FC5 8x MQA decoding capability in tandem with the likes of Tidal, and dual ES9063Q headphone amplifiers output a total of 250 milliwatts of power. [See Product Desc. For More]
Such clean signal and power more than adequately brings out the qualities of Focal's Radiance and Stellia, plus Rosson Audio Designs, accurately rendering transients in a large soundstage but always doing so in a liquid manner with nary a hint of listener fatigue or glare.
A button hardware volume control ensures FC5 retains final control of levels and rounds out a tactile feel that accompanies you for all your music at the desk or on the go.
View the rest of Hiby's releases here, or our other portable DAC/amps here.
A New R6, for a bright new future for HiBy Music. This Head-Fi favourite for easy Google Play usability gets the 2021 refresh with new Android 9.0 software and, critically, audio hardware upgrades.
Two of ESS Technology's flagship ES9038Q2M mobile decoders supply a baseline of portable fidelity upon which the rest of the New R6 is built upon. Dual power supplies are separated to individually feed this palm powerhouse's digital and analog sections with the cleanest, most stable DC. [See Product Desc. For More]
The latter is critically a stage that outputs the same 750 milliwatts that distinguished its R6 Pro predecessor, pushing all matter of Focal, Rosson Audio Design, Sennheiser and ZMF Headphones.
An I/V stage built with the OPA1612 from Texas Instruments optimises small signal from the DACs, pushing distortion specs down at the beginning of New R6's analog circuit to help it maintain overall composure under load.
Big can aficionados are well served with New R6's MQA decoding capability.. Headfonics praise its "design, size, overall performance" as "more complete than any other DAP at this price point in terms of OS experience". Twister6 call this a "V6 with twin turbo"!
Headfonia echo it's a no-brainer in its segment, presenting it a 'Recommended Buy' award, something Currawong concluded after analysis in context of New R6's rivals. Also check out the R2R RS6, R8 and R3 Pro Saber from HiBy here, or view our other music players here.
The little player that will do it all with Mastery MasterHIFI�E�E¢! Featuring dual ES9218P, Bluetooth 5.0, and 5G Wi-Fi, the world's smallest online streaming music player delivers quality sound from a tiny body. HiBy R3 Pro features the custom lightweight HiBy OS and professional features while supporting MQA and two-way LDAC. If you prefer more analytical performance and enjoy ACG and electronic music more, the HiBy R3 Pro Saber is a good choice for sure.// FEATURES- Ultraportable touchscreen Hi-Fi network music player featuring Tidal and Qobuz online streaming- With four independent amplification channels, the 2.5mm balanced output brings more powerful amplification, wider soundstage and exquisite detail- The Saber edition R3 Pro brings out the edge in aggressive genres like metal, electro and ACG- Powered by HiBy OS, Hiby Music's platform product. An extensible platform tailored for the audio industry, it is continually updated for the latest audio formats and features and is the choice of over 40 pieces of smart audio equipement across different brands- Capable of MQA rendering to 4x- Pedometer to accompany every step you take on your run- Extensive connectivity options! Coaxial and line-out, USB DAC for your phones and computers, Bluetooth receiver & transmitter, - All day playtime with up to 19hours of local playback via PO and 14hours via the BAL out// SPECIFICATIONS- DAC chip: Dual ES9218P- Battery: Local playback via PO up to 19Hours; via BAL up to 14Hours- Output voltage (32 Ohm load): 1.6Vrms (PO), 3Vrms (BAL)- Output power (32 Ohm load): 80mW+80mW (PO), 280mW+280mW (BAL)- Output voltage (line out): 2V (PO), 4V (BAL)- Supported formats: Up to DSD256 decoding (native)>>
HiBy Music's R5 explores the use of new Cirrus Logic CS43198 DACs to promote a mobile-friendly, power efficient music player proficient in technicalities and above all user experience, supported by an open Android O OS supporting offline Spotify, Tidal and Xiami streaming.
You'll be able to see everything from HiBy here and all our other music player options here.
It's devices like R5II that really change the game. HiBy Music disregard this Android 8 music player's entry-level status, taking it to giant-killing heights by building it with a Class A discrete transistor balanced amplifier outputting in 2.5mm and 4.4mm.
It leapt immediately onto Headfonia's Recommended Buys list. Headfonics confirm R5II does it all.
Never mind that beginner DAPs have sounded good for the longest time – HiBy build R5II to sound great and punch way above its weight. Class A shows up in the sound, with a sense of vibrancy and vigour delivering notes with charged energy. There's a trademark HiBy accuracy to frequency response too, coloured yet always correct.
Dual ESS Technology ES9219Cs supply the usual precision as a decoding backbone, allowing you to play back Apple Music Hi-Res Lossless, 16X Tidal Masters and Spotify with no shortage of mobile fidelity. [See Product Desc. For More]
What's special about the ES9219C is that it grants R5II access to its on-chip analog volume control – the baby of HiBy's bunch attenuates volume in the analog domain granting much better signal-to-noise performance than the average competitor's lossy digital volume control.
You'll see that we're already discussing R5II as a much higher-end offering than it is. And there's still more. Small signal accuracy in the DAC and gain stage is key, because this flows on to a series of eight discrete dual bipolar transistors working in pure Class A.
Differentiating itself from so many others who use op-amp ICs with inordinate amounts of gain, R5II's open-loop linearity remains excellent before application of feedback, owing to its Class A bias. That ensures individual transistors are working in optimum condition.
Distortion and noise are kept low, without resorting to the excessive use of negative feedback. HiBy designed a true-balanced differential amplifier to further improve R5II's linearity, and you can count on common-mode rejection at its best whenever you plug in via 2.5mm or 4.4mm.
Without adding cheaply-built, signal degrading adapters to your balanced connections to make something fit, even your flagships can be juiced to the max potential, signal integrity guaranteed via direct sockets soldered to PCB.
R5II's current handling is impressive given its number of output transistors in parallel, meaning this HiBy remains unfazed driving even Odin and Legend Evo from Empire Ears, the Craft Ears Aurum, or Madoo's Type 711.
By putting such a high-performance circuit in the palms of people's hands, and offering them a Snapdragon 425 with full Google Play support with the ability to bypass Android sample-rate conversion for bit-perfect playback, music is truly accessible to anyone and everyone. TechPowerUp award their Highly Recommended and Innovation awards to R5ii.
Discussing the above, it's so easy to forget we're talking about R5II as HiBy's entry-level offering. See what these forward-thinkers can really do higher up the range here, or view our other music players here.
HiBy Music's R8 release comes as a sign of assurance, a bid at challenging for the top of the DAP market. If you've found a niche make it yours, and HiBy's uber-powerful Android 9 and MQA 16X player is a showcase of electronics engineering brilliance.
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R8's dual AKM4497s bring out the best of your online and offline Tidal MQA files, with a headphone amplifier Turbo Mode that puts out desktop amplifier leagues of power to drive Sennheiser and ZMF Headphones with ease.
Here is a DAP that's all about the big experience. Such as the biggest, most speaker-like performance from Sennheiser's HD800S driven 4.4mm balanced: two strong tower images playing from in front of you. Even desktop amplifiers struggle to portray the same cues in spatial depth with this headphone legend, certainly never matching full-size stereo listening...until now.
R8 leapt onto Headfonia's 'Recommended Buys' list for its supremacy in powering virtually all manner of headphones, being elevated to a 'Best of 2020' award given it's no small task for a portable device. Yet Twister6 hailed HiBy for giving us a flagship music player not all about brute force, but beautiful sound as well.
This all led to Headfonics proclaiming R8 the most complete DAP on the market at time of writing. For the music player that does it all comes with a full suite of accessories including its own premium leather-bound carry box and exclusive Dignis case in tow. It's an unboxing experience to behold.
Porta Fi called it – HiBy nailed it with R8. Now at Zepp, whet your appetites with the rest of HiBy's releases here first, or browse our other music players here.
Listeners just can't resist resistor-ladder DACs, and the same can entirely be said for HiBy Music's discrete R2R RS6. Headfonia rates it a "very good statement from the brand". It's a worthy introduction for analog lovers says Headfonics, and R2R was just the first step in building a supreme Android DAP experience to Twister6.
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Your music will be decoded up and down RS6's ladder of individual resistors. And with the work and skill it takes to design one's own R2R resistor DAC from scratch, we must say: RS6 is proof of how far up the ladder HiBy have climbed. [See Product Desc. For More]
We've heard multiple times it's not a matter of parts but the implementation that counts. So we pay attention when RS6 coverts PCM and DSD via separate circuit paths, doing so for the former ala typical R2R – NOS (non-oversampling).
That's double the feat because the precision demanded in exact resistor values – for the buttery, natural and resolving ability that R2R DAC topology is known for – goes up.
Lovers of reference sound need not fret, however, with the ability to switch PCM decoding from NOS to oversampling mode for the cleanest possible result. That scrubs any last distortion and artifacts beyond the audible human hearing range.
HiBy make the distinction between PCM and DSD, because RS6 separately converts the latter with the most purity ever encountered in a portable device till date. Instead of pre-conversion to PCM as many other off-the-shelf DAC chips do, RS6 preserves the original DSD file throughout the process.
Believe it: HiBy decode natively in DSD's true 1-bit process. RS6 calls for a simple low-pass filter for the purest, most elegant portable DSD conversion that preserves the simplicity of the process and original waveform. Amidst minimal digital filtering, the format's analog-like goodness gets delivered unmolested to your ears.
RS6's dedicated and separate R2R PCM and DSD circuit paths mean you stand to enjoy the best sound you thought possible from either form – impossible to this extent, till now. It gets a Gold Award from Soundnews for its performance and innovation.
The final product goes through an analog volume control before reaching the output amp, for preservation of your music's true resolution, and that very special, discrete, native DSD decode. No detail is too small for HiBy, and it stretches to software.
With Head-Fi's best Google Play Store and Android 9 UI at your fingertips, audiophiles will enjoy the natural, fatigue-free detail of RS6. Use any streamed music service ranging from 16X Tidal MQA, Spotify, full Hi-Res Lossless Apple Music and Roon, to YouTube, Plexamp and Soundcloud.
This is innovation that saw Headfonics name RS6 on its prestigious Top Gear 2021 Editor's Choice list. Hear this in tandem with C9 – owners of Cayin Audio's flagship portable tube amp should also seek out RS6 for a tremendously thorough R2R source complete with hardware line-out port.
Also check out HiBy's New R6 here, all of HiBy's releases here, or view our other music players here.
The HiBy Crystal 4 is a quad-BA set of In-Ear Monitors. You can customise your sound by changing the crossover modes via the Hiby Blue App on Google Play or Apple Store.
Up to 24hrs playtime
Intelligent touch control
Only 6g per earpiece, perfect for different use scenarios with all-day comfort.