Hardware

This is where things get a bit tasty. The R6 is jammed packed with some excellent processing and decoding hardware for its price point. Both DAC and processor are light years ahead of some of the competition.

DAC

The R6 uses a dual ESS Sabre ES9028Q2M DAC design, one per channel. It is not quite PRO level such as you would find in the DX200 but it is nevertheless part of ESS’s latest DAC chip rollouts.

Q2M Focus

The Q2M range is still considered high fidelity but it is primarily focused on portable audio equipment as opposed to desktop solutions or solutions that can cope with high power consumption demands. As such the power consumption of this design is a little lower and one of the factors in the better than expected battery life numbers for the R6.

The key differences between the PRO and Q2M performance wise are as follows. The Q2M is 2-channel as opposed to 8-channel in the Pro. The Pro draws up to a 500mW in terms of power consumption compared with the thriftier 82mW of the Q2M. In terms of quality output, they are in fact potentially the same at +129dB DNR and -120dB THD+N which is top drawer.

Codecs & Decoding

In terms of decoding prowess, the R6 is bang up to date. Even more so with the Snapdragon processor if you happen to be working with very high bitrates or depths up to DSD256. The full range is as good as any other DAP out there including native DSD256, DXD, and DST ISO decoding.

It will also process most popular lossless codecs such as APE, ALAC, AIFF. FLAC, WAV, and WMA. Maximum conversion rates are 384kHz/32bit for most lossless files. The exceptions are APE extra high (192/24), Ape Insane (96/24), WMA Lossless (96/24), DXD (352.8k), WAV (384/64).

Digital Filters

Like its big brother, the Q2M also has a set amount of digital filters. In this edition, I see 3; minimum phase, fast roll-off and slow roll-off. Compared to the DX200 it is not as extensive with only 3 activated compared to a possible 7. HiBy may stick with these 3 in the short to medium term as the official explanation is that these are the most suitable for general listening.

R6

SOC

HiBy Music’s choice of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 is arguably as much of a difference maker to the UX of the R6 as is the dual DAC design.



Step-up

As you will see below in our performance reports it is lightning fast compared to the older Rockbox SOC designs on the FiiO DAPs. It is also faster than the DX200’s 8 core 64BIT ARMv8 processor though the DX200 does edge ahead in graphics performance due to a dedicated PowerVR Rogue G6110 GPU.

RAM

I personally think where iBasso missed a trick was the use of only 2GB with Android 6. It has potential to be a bit faster. FiiO has gone with 2Gb but sensibly stuck with Android 5.1 to maximize it. HiBy have seen the light and stuck in 3GB of RAM with Android 6.1 which is much more sensible. The result is a very snappy performance even under considerable decoding or multitasking loads.

Amp

The R6 uses a dual OPA1612 x 2 for its low pass filter and a dual TPA6120A for its amplification output. The configuration for balanced is a dual mono output with 98dB of channel separation with 77dB for unbalanced. Output power is rated at 120mW under a 32-ohm load for unbalanced and 300mW for balanced. Line out is a standard 2V line out and should work well with most analog amps.

Single-Ended headphone output (3.5mm) Balanced headphone out(2.5mm) Line out (3.5mm)
Output power 120mW (RMS) @ 32Ω 300mW (RMS) @ 32Ω 2.1V @ 10kΩ
Frequency response ±0.02dB @20-20000Hz / ±[email protected] ±0.02dB @20-20000Hz / ±[email protected] ±0.02dB @20-20000Hz / ±[email protected]
SNR 118dB @ max voltage 120dB @ max voltage 116dB @ max voltage
Channel separation >77dB >98dB
THD+ noise 0.0008% @1mW 0.0008% @1mW 0.0006% @1mW

The Numbers

The numbers are very good in terms of power and SNR and tread a middle path between getting the noise floor just right for sensitive IEMs and providing good enough power for less efficient gear.

120mW unbalanced is slightly less powerful than the new AM3a amp card from FiiO but the R6 amp does have slightly superior channel separation. The SNR is not quite as good as the AMP 1 card from iBasso which boasts a 125dB balanced and 122dB unbalanced though superior to the AMP 2 card by 1-2dB on both outputs.

The R6’s SNR is more or less the same as the FiiO AM3a in both balanced and unbalanced output. The closest in terms of absolute power at a 32-ohm weighting is the FiiO AM2 card at 300mW (unbalanced).

Battery

HiBy Music R6Size

HiBy has stuck a large 4000mAh Li-polymer battery inside the R6 that might account for some of that additional weight also. With that battery, you get a better than average 12-hour rating unbalanced and more than acceptable 7-hour playback time for balanced output. In standby mode with minimal use, the battery monitor is recording between 16 and 24 hours though theoretically, it can be up to 100 hours standby with minimal apps usage and a clean OS.

Charging Time

Charging time is a really nice and quick 70 mins to 70% and 140 mins to 100% using the Qualcomm quick charge system on a 9V/1.5A connection. That is a little faster than the X7ii using a more powerful DC 12V/1.5A connection.

Quick Comparison

Compare that with the X7ii (3800mAh) with the AM3a at humbler 8 hours in unbalanced mode and the DX200 (4800mAh) equally frugal 8-10 hours and you begin to see the picture. I spoke about trade-off in terms of power, processor, and DAC and potentially 12 hours battery life is one of the more positive aspects of the balance between performance and longevity on the R6.

Software

Platform

R6

HiBy Music has opted to use Android 6.01 as their core software platform for the R6. Combined with the 3Gb of RAM and Snapdragon processor it is a substantially better performing DAP OS than I have seen on competing products.

It is also a very open version with next to no bloatware or walled in design such as you would find on the Opus and AK series of DAPs. This is more akin to FiiO and iBasso’s free and open software. You do get HiBy Music app as standard out of the box though there is no option to dual boot into HiBy Music unlike FiiO’s Pure Player and iBasso’s Mango OS.

Caveats

I do have to make some advance caveats as the version I have is not as complete as the version people will receive on the Indiegogo campaign.

There is no USB-DAC functionality currently enabled on the R6 nor is there any Google Play services installed. You cannot sideload Google Play services and Google store on the firmware I have. I have tried and it crashes. It will, however, be on the international launched firmware. Finally, I have no HiBy Link functionality as yet on this firmware but it will be on the next one for you to enjoy.

APK Compatibility

Without Google Services and Google Play APK all apps management is done through side loading. Basically, loading apps onto a memory card and then using the stock file manager app to install them on the R6.

Out of the six or seven apps I loaded only those that required Google Services to operate, such as Hificast, did not install and operate successfully. Apps such as BubbleUPnP and Antutu installed and worked just fine.

The Chinese market currently has access to alternative apps from the installed Cool APK marketplace to download whatever they want but I highly doubt we will see this on the international version when Google Play comes as standard.

Performance Benchmarking

Antutu Results

The Antutu results of the R6 are the best results I have seen to date in terms of operational stability and performance of Android on a DAP. The ranking information positions the R6 as that of a mid-performing smartphone which is excellent considering smartphones are generally geared for speed and graphics rather than pure audio.

Of particular note was the general usability or UX score which was 3k points higher than the X7ii and 6k points higher than the DX200. Also, both RAM and CPU performance scores were noticeably superior to both DAPs.

Vs DX200

Apologies for the lack of quality on the DX200 screenshot, it was done a while ago and I wanted to retain the out of the box performance score rather than the score now with a lot of apps loaded. The two contrasting scores are like for like in terms of app weighting.

As you can see the dedicated GPU chip inside the DX200 delivers superior 3D rendering performance over the R6. Apart from that, the R6 is miles ahead in processing and RAM performance. The knock-on effect is the entire UX experience score is much higher and its final score is an almost 50% increase on the DX200.

What that means is the R6 suffers from next to no lag, especially on touch to response on the screen which the DX200 can be prone to at times. It also means that the claim that the processor and RAM level should provide a better DSD experience is likely to be true.

Vx X7ii

I couldn’t get a clean full-page screenshot of the X7ii scores but suffice to say the 3D performance of the X7ii is the poorest of the three and should not be considered for anything heavy duties GUI wise.

The X7ii scores a little better on CPU with a score of 10116 and UX is also slightly better at 12558 over the DX200. I attributed that to the use of 5.1 over 6.0 in the X7ii with 2GB of RAM being more effective in the X7ii.

Compared to the R6 the Snapdragon processor and additional 1GB of RAM makes a huge difference. The RAM score is 3074 compared to the R6’s 4958 which is a big gap. Multi-tasking is much faster on the R6.

In real-world testing, you will see it also in the quick response rate of the R6’s HiBy Music app and the slightly laggy performance of the X7ii’s Pure Music player. All of this makes the UX performance of the R6 at 16078 a very tough score to beat.

HiBy Music App

The HiBY Music app should be fairly familiar to most DAP enthusiasts and it is one of the easiest music apps I have used in the last few years. Note, the R6 has no dual boot functionality so you will have to load it via the Android platform. The use of DTA technology renders dual-booting moot as it allows the app to bypass Android’s sample rate conversion (SRC) to give you a BIT-perfect output.

Settings

General

Settings are two-fold. The general settings of Android 6.0 and the specific settings of the HiBY Music app. In the Android settings, you can tweak the usual features like WiFi, Bluetooth pairings, apps management as well as security and updates.

R6
R6

HiBy Menu

In the HiBY Music app, you get setting specific to the app and more focused on audio playback. These include file scanning and library building, equalizer settings, plugin management and a quick guide on how to use the app.

HiBy Music Settings

Deeper in you also have the HiBy Music app’s own settings which go a lot deeper into customizing the playback performance and environment. It is pretty comprehensive and if you are coming from the smartphone app you will find it goes a little deeper with more customization options.

R6
R6

These include the capability to show lyrics. gapless playback, replay gain, play through folders and DSD mode. DSD mode can be switched between PCM, DoP and Native. It does not have a driving friendly mode but in return, you do have more control over track transitions such as Fade in and out and inserting a period of silence.

Plugins

Magesound 8-Ball

You also have one other major new feature which is not currently available on the HiBy Music app on other platforms and that is the Magesound 8-Ball plug-in. I was first shown this last month at the show and I believe the version you will get will look a little more refined but essentially do the same thing and perform in the same manner.

Beyond an equalizer

This is an awesome app if you pardon my lack of technical phrasing. Rather than simply offer an equalizer and a series of presets (which it also does in another setting) the 8-ball targets certain things we audiophiles tend to think about when we describe the sound and what we want or do not want.

A Wish List

The list is like a wish list of controls I wish I had years ago like affecting the overall tonal temperature from cool to warm, flattening out the bass texture and note thickness, recessing the vocals, pushing them forward and control of sibilance and injection of air. This is some promising DSP.

Every category is controlled by a measured slider that can flip between fine-tuning and ‘go extreme’ so you always feel like you have a level of control on just how far you want to take it.

Playback & On The Fly Features

The playback and on the fly menu features during playback are the same as the current Android app in the Google Play Store and it looks divine on the 2.5D screen.

Above Album Art

On the top, you have a small arrow button that allows you to explore your media library during playback. You can return to the playback screen with a small playback bar at the bottom.

To the far top right is a small 3 dot menu action button that brings up some quick options. these include activating the 10-band equalizer, sharing the track, album and track info. You can also elect to add the track to a live playlist.

The R6 also displays its system audio sample rate at the top bar next to the battery icon, not only in the HiBy app but with all third party apps not going for immersive mode (thus dismissing the top bar). If you want to check the claim of bypassing Android SRC using the R6 DTA architecture then have a look there for the proof.

Below Album Art

There is a small snippet of information in the middle of the playback screen just below the folder also. Here it will tell you the exact output information of the file being played including sample rate and Bit depth.

To the left of this is a playback order function for shuffle or repeat. To the far right is the playback queue where you can move tracks around to create the playback queue of your own choosing which I have always enjoyed using.

Media Management

Media Management in the R6 HiBy Music App is exactly the same experience as the smartphone app and pretty similar even to the themed skins you find on the likes of the Cayin I5. Only this time it is much faster.

Speed & Accuracy

Scanning time is blazingly fast, tag management is on the whole very accurate and the category labels are fairly intuitive. I am glad they used text labels for each category over icons, they are much quicker to understand. All tracks are organized into song, artist, album, and genre with a further option to connect to cloud storage options.

Above the category breakdowns, you have 3 more features which split the functionality between the library management, playlist, and favorites functionality and fairly powerful search feature that can mine the database based on your text inputs.

HiBy Link

In this particular firmware, HiBY Link is not yet active, it will be in the international firmware release. For further details of how cool HiBY Link is please see our iDAP-6 review released last week which makes extensive use of the duplex BT and HiBy Link services.

In summary, HiBY will allow you to not only tap into alternative storage services on a BT connection but it will also display them inside the HiBY Music app for you to control and play. It is a fantastic and innovative piece of software that turns the R6 in either a remote control or a remote transport.

Networking Features

The R6 HiBy Music app also offers a simple but effective UPnP and DLNA cloud service. There is also an option to connect to Baidu cloud services for remote storage streaming but I am not sure if that will be available in the international firmware.

The DLNA service is an alternative to more comprehensive tools such as BubbleUPnP which also works just fine on the R6. You can tap any source reciprocal DLNA server such as oShare on Windows and render the tracks locally on the R6.

How good the performance will ultimately depend on your network connection but otherwise I had no issues browsing, downloading and playing the files from oShare on my own network. I did have some initial startup issues with BubbleUPnP primarily on the codec but you can get around that with the settings UPnP tweaks section by unchecking the Mime-type tick box.

 

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91 Responses

  1. john

    Want a fast android dap. Lg v30 or V40 Latest snapdragon cpu (800 series) All the features you want. Great dac and opamp. After trying it i sold all my daps. One device does it all. Holds all my music. Support up to 2tb sd cards. Never run out of room. I have 400gb sd card in mine. Has 3 different output stages, but must use a trick for it to work.

    Reply
  2. Headfonics

    I would wait a month or so and buy the new up and coming R6 Pro from HiBy which has a much lower output impedance rating – better for sensitive IEMs. SQ wise the DX150 is a little warmer and richer sounding with a choice of amp modules you can vary that. With the R6 you can tweak the sound radically with the MSEB DSP module so you can have cold, lean, recessed, forward, warm, thick however you want it.

    Reply
  3. Ateeq

    Hi thanks for the great review I like
    the comparison with dx200 as I own one, I also like flexibility to switch to a USB optical external if dac like the if xdsd does the R6 support USB out

    Reply
  4. Dt

    Most reviews are head over heals picking the dpx1A as the best or right up their. Go online, Google high resolution music player reviews, and read. Besides, the hiby r6 does not support MQA.

    Reply
    • Marcus

      Though MQA is a considerable step down on FLAC in terms of resolution. I appreciate its purely for TIDAL lovers and I am one of them.

      Reply
  5. Camby Pierre

    Which one do you prefer in sound quality between Ibasso DX200 with or without AMP3 and Hiby R6 ? Why ?

    Reply
    • Marcus

      If you click on page 3 and scroll down to comparisons, the second comparison is dedicated to the DX200 vs R6 (7 paragraphs) and where each performs including sound quality. Thanks

      Reply
  6. Michael Leonard

    I have a set of Mr. Speakers Aeon Flow Closed and I was looking very closely at the
    HiBy R6. Do you think this low 16ohm device will match up with the R6?

    Reply
    • Marcus

      The planar will be less affected by impedance variation the only issue is really power. I prefer the AEON series with desktop tube amps or with a questyle QP1R

      Reply
      • Michael Leonard

        I currently use my Aeons with my Moljnir 2 & love it. How about if I paired it with the Fiio Q5?

  7. Arkham

    Is it has a problem if i use sony n3ap with this player?

    It only 16 ohm.

    Reply
    • Marcus

      I have never tried them before but at 16 ohm it is possible the low-z skew will affect their response though I find BA designs more affected than dynamic drivers. I suggest an IEMatch cable.

      Reply
      • Arkham

        thank you,but i have earbuddy.Is is same effect?

      • Marcus

        If you mean an earbud it depends on the ohm rating of the earbud. Anything over 30 ohms will be fine.

  8. DT

    I would have liked to have seen a comparison between the r6 and the one unit considered the best on the market, the onkyo dp x1a.

    Reply
    • Marcus

      Unfortunately, Onkyo rarely sends anything out to review to anyone but going by the specs the R6 will be faster. I recently got the Granbeat which I love for its hybrid design so maybe I can add to that in due course since it is quite similar to the DP X1a.

      Reply
  9. Alf

    Which one do u prefer, Hiby r6 or ibasso dx200? (for the sampe Price) since i got deals on dx200. Thanks

    Reply
  10. Hans

    Hi Marcus,

    Hi, another reviewer found that the R3:
    “R6 is slightly bassier than R3 and better 3D. R3 is more balanced”

    Is this similar to what you found, as I think you mentioned the R3 is a bit warmer and forward?

    Thanks!

    Reply
    • Marcus

      Balanced doesn’t mean neutral, it just means nothing is out of sync. Linear and flat would be the terms the person is trying to use if they think its neutral. What I found is the R3 is musical sounding compared to similar priced DAPs such as the M3s with a beefier low-end. I am not sure why people are comparing the R6 to the R3 since one is double the price. Maybe it is all they have to compare with?

      Reply
  11. Kai

    Hi Marcus

    Have you tried Campfire Polaris with the Hiby R6? I’m wondering if this pairing is good?

    Reply
    • Marcus

      Actually, I have not, will give it a spin after Canjam this weekend and post some impressions in this comment thread. I suspect with the impedance at 16.8ohms it might need an IEMatch cable.

      Reply
      • Kai

        Looking forward to your impressions! Hope you enjoy Canjam :)

  12. Long time listener

    I appreciate your reviews. They could sometimes be clearer though. You say “the R6 delivers a bit more bass impact and a slightly more euphoric timbre …”

    I think you mean “euphonic,” i.e. “pleasing or agreeable sound.” “Euphoric” means “blissfully or manically happy.”

    Cheers

    Reply
  13. Ravinder

    Great review. I want to try a DAP as music source in my car which has Helix P six DSP with optical input and slot for Helix USB HD Audio card with USB in. Using DAP in car is better idea these days as DAPs are coming with more memory slots and OTG support. I have about 600GB of music with 90% CD quality and only 10% is 24bit.
    I have shortlisted AK 70mk2, Hiby R6 and Cowon Plenue R. Former two come with coax ouput so I would need to convert to optical with $10-20 converters which will be one more link in chain and that can be problematic in car. So that means only Cowon PR is left as only choice.
    Out of all these which one would you recommend (supposing coax-optical converter doesn’t degrade audio quality) in car and is there any better option with digital out put?
    And sorry for long question but need your advise badly.

    Reply
    • Marcus

      If you want to stick with optical then AK DAPs are just fine, I see no issue with that as they are digital outputs and the OS is snappy enough to use in transit. If you throw in a coaxial converter than the R6 is miles ahead in terms of usage potential due to its Android platform, 3GB of RAM and super fast performance.

      Reply
      • Ravinder

        Thanks for quick reply and pointing that 70MKii has optical output. I wish if Kann has optical output too as it can take in huge memory.

        So now the other DAPs are out of list the simple question is out of AK70 MKii (with optical to optical cable) and R6 ( with coaxial coverter) which has better SQ. Both will be used as digital transport to Helix DAC.

        Also do both have OTG support for external storage and can they both access music stored on wifi HDD?

      • Ravinder

        I’m buying either Kann or 70mkii very soon. Thanks Marcus

    • Ravinder

      BTW I also have cayin N5ii in my list as it not only has coax ouput but also USB-coax cable as accessory. And its cheapest of all.

      Reply
      • Marcus

        That one is fine also but has more limited Android app capability due to the rockbox processor chip and 1Gb of RAM.

      • Ravinder

        Thanks. I’m not looking beyond using it as DAP, not even DAC. All I want in my first DAC,in order of preference, are best SQ under $1000, digital output (preferably optical), OTG/wifi HDD support and UI if that matters. Everything else is bonus.

      • Marcus

        I know the R6 has full OTG support, not sure on AK though their previous ones seem to be fine.

      • Ravinder

        This is what I got from their official website…..

        ” The type of OTG cable to connect the AK70 MKII with a portable amp differs depending on the specs of the amp. An OTG cable is not included in the AK70 MKⅡ package.”

        Not sure what to make of it?

  14. Michele

    Dear Marcus,
    first of all thanks for this great review and your clear words on all these questions!
    It really inspired me to change from Fiio X5ii to HiBy R6 and to go balanced
    (which hopefully will work with my Meze 99 Classic!);so one question remains:
    Is the output-power of the R6 bigger than X5ii?
    Sometimes I’m missing a bit more power on the way!

    Thanks & greetings fromGermany by Michele!!!

    Reply
    • Marcus

      Hi Michele

      Here is a simple comparison on paper between the two DAPs using the latest firmware:

      X5iii – ≥240 mW(32Ω /THD+N<1%) balanced (latest turbo firmware option increased this to 740mW according to the spec sheet of the Fw1.1.9
      – ≥250 mW(32Ω /THD+N<1% unbalanced

      R6 – 120mW (RMS) @ 32Ω unbalanced
      – 300mW (RMS) @ 32Ω balanced.

      Reply
      • Michele

        Dear Marcus,
        we have a misunderstanding here,sorry:
        I spoke about the Fiio X5 2nd Gen. and if the
        R6 could be or is an upgrade here.

        Thanks again;Michele!!

      • Michele

        Dear Marcus,
        it’s a pity,that you didn’t answer my last question from the 21st:

        ..”we have a misunderstanding here,sorry:
        I spoke about the Fiio X5 2nd Gen. and if the
        R6 could be or is an upgrade here.”
        I’m trying one more time,hoping for an answer!
        Thanks;Michele

      • Marcus

        It’s more or less the same answer as per our X5ii review page 2 tech specs:

        Output Power 1 – >245 mW(32Ω//THD+N<1%)

      • Michele

        thanks Marcus for your answer of the 27th;so does that really mean
        the Fiios has double volume over the R6 by listening not on paper?
        Sorry,man for being a pain…but it’s really important for me
        to know if it’s gonna be an upgrade in this case.
        I really want to hear/read your opinion!
        Regards;Michele

      • Marcus

        On paper, it seems to be the case and it does go louder than before. I just think the R6 is more resolving and a better Android experience.

  15. Ramon yap

    Hi Marcus, do you think the hibyr6 is a good pair with the CA Vega?or you’d still go for the dx200 with the Vega?:)

    Reply
    • Marcus

      The Vega has no output impedance issues and sounds excellent with either with the Vega so it just comes down to your preferences. I think the R6 will give you the best bass performance and the DX200 might be more balanced but also it depends on the amp card you are using.

      Reply
  16. Cristian

    Hey. Really great review. I’m a new audiophile and I’ll need some advice. I own a pair of oppo pm-3 paird with ha-2 se and iphone x. They sound great. But i don’t really like to use an amp and a phone. So the question is: is the r6 capable enough to handle my headphones without an amp? If not, is there any other dap around 500£ capable to offer me what ha-2 se does? Thank you and sorry if my question sounds silly.

    Reply
    • Marcus

      The short answer is yes it will. The other ones capable that I like to use are the Shozy alien plus and Ibasso DX200 though Ibasso is over your budget.

      Reply
  17. Wonder

    How about the tonality only as compared to ifi Micro BL? Have a Fiio X5iii but thinking of an upgrade. Portability is less of a concern.

    Reply
    • Marcus

      Honestly couldn’t tell you as we do not have a Micro BL to compare with. We will, however, be shortly reviewing the Nano BL which has an IEMatch built into it which I find quite interesting.

      Reply
  18. Dilpal

    Nice review. It looks like a perfect DAP except from the high output impedance. I have flc8s and planning to buy the Oriolus mk2; both are low impedance IEMs. Will they behave poorly with R6? If ifi IEmatch can solve these problems, I will be more than happy.

    Reply
    • Marcus

      Yup, the IEMatch will be just fine with the R6. The 8s is 11 ohms and the Oriolus MK2 I have not tried before but rated at 16 ohms. Both will be balanced out with the IEMatch.

      Reply
  19. Matthew Wingert

    Hi Marcus,

    Always enjoy reading your reviews!

    Can the R6 be used as a source connected to a desktop DAC? Maybe through the USB-C jack? I did not see this option mentioned on the Indiegogo campaign page. The only configuration I see mentioned is connecting the line out of the R6 to desktop amp.

    Reply
  20. Amin Mohamad

    Hi,
    Which one would be best paired to hiby R6: Fiio F9 pro , Nuforce HEM6 , or Nuforce HEM8 ?
    Thank You

    Reply
  21. Pierre

    Hi Marcus, many thanks for this great review!
    Do you think the R6 will pair well with my He400i or would I need a portable Amp?
    I am also considering the N5ii, any thoughts on this model?
    Thank you

    Reply
    • Marcus

      It will do ok but personally, I use a desktop setup for the HE400i. I do not think DAPs are an endgame with planars of this type.

      Reply
  22. Dhofi

    Hi, great review really. Could you confirm if the SE jack could respond to button or mic? As this is a very important aspect for me.

    Reply
    • Marcus

      Sadly the short answer is … no.

      I tested it with FiiO, Aedle and Ultrasone remote inline and nothing worked either on Android or in the HiBy Music app.

      Now my firmware is pre-launch so I checked with HiBy if this is a feature in future firmware and they will get back to me if this will happen.

      Reply
      • Dhofi

        Well, thats unfortunate. Just curious if this is hardware limitation or software. If it is software, I hope they can support inline button via software update, just like FiiO X5ii.
        Please update us if Hiby have an answer regarding this matter. Thank you very much.

  23. John

    Hello thanks for the review.

    In your opinion which one would be best paired with a paire of Isine 20 :
    The chord mojo or the hiby r6 ?

    Thank you.

    Reply
    • Marcus

      Both are fine but one is a dap and one is a dac and amp. If you want to use your phone then Mojo hut if you don’t need it for audio then R6 is fast and the first dap that feels as fast as a phone.

      Reply
      • John

        I was wondering about the ISINE 20 scaling with strong AMP since the mojo has a stronger amp than the R6.

        Do you think this could result in better sound with the mojo ?

      • John

        I forgot to tell you that I plan on using it as replacement of my Ibasso dx80 as a DAC via USB with my computer at home.

        I’m only looking at pure sound quality over everything else.

        Thank you.

      • Marcus

        What you will get is the Mojo sound. I suggest if you want the Mojo use your Phone and a good audio app.

      • John

        Thank you for your opinion I think I will go for the mojo with my phone, what app would you recommend exaclty ?

  24. Richard

    How does the bass compare to the cayin i5 on both normal impedance and low impedance iem’s?

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    • Marcus

      Fatter with normal and leaner with low impedance – though note my list of low-z cans is not neverending and some IEMS have been known to get darker on the M2s which had a 4.8ohm rating.

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      • Richard

        Thanks for your reply. I’m wondering if you still have the campfire audio Dorado’s to test with the Hiby R6 and what your impressions are with those IEMs.

      • Marcus

        I do have them actually and we did a full review of the Dorado last year, quite a musical IEM. I will give them a go this weekend on the R6 an diet you know.

  25. s4tch

    great review, thanks, Marcus! i see from the screenshots that you did try to connect to dlna servers with the default hiby app. could you please check whether the files in dlna folders are sorted by their track title or their track number? i stopped using hiby on android because the files were sorted by their title, so i could basically never see the intended track order in any album. thanks in advance!

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    • Marcus

      It depends on the server you connect with, to be honest. The two I use are oShare and Serviio. oShare is simple for, it just lists it by File and folder. Serviio is more complex and will gather various categories.

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  26. scottm_dj

    The main problem with the AP200 is the ancient version of Hidzs (HiBy) music they put on (a beta no less)–and doesn’t appear to be upgradeable. Among other things, that old version doesn’t recognize OTG drives, which is a real nail in the coffin for sure.

    What i *REALLY* want to see compared is this R6 vs the Snapdragon-driven ESS equipped LG V30, which I am close to jumping to for maximum efficiency. Other than the Android SRC issue of the V30 (except for stock music app), it really is supposed to hold it’s own with the big boys–do you guys have one of these around to run a test comparison with?

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    • Marcus

      We used a G6. Honestly pretty much all flagship smartphones will have a faster UX. The problem starts as you have mentioned with SRC combined with a much weaker amplification stage. Buy a Mojo though and your problems are sorted if you want to stick to smartphones.

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  27. Adam Lukacs

    Hi,
    Nice review.
    I actually intend to use the r6 as a streamer and dac in my home system (use it as a headless dap controlled through hiby link and stream from a nas).

    Right now I’m using my old macbook pro with jriver for the same purpose.

    As I have lots of Sacd ISO files, I see two options: 1. Buy the r6 and use it as the player and dac in one 2. Keep my ifi micro idsd and buy a nuc and continue with jriver.

    Could you, by any chance, compare the sound quality of the r6 to the ifi micro idsd?

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    • Marcus

      Sadly I do not have an iDSD to compare but looking at the specs the iDSD is a nice powerful output option for full-size headphones using the R6 as a good source.

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  28. amigozzz

    So with MEZE 99C you liked more FIIO X7 MK2 or HIBY R6? Which you prefered one of them?

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    • Marcus

      There is a case for both. I think with the Magesound 8-Ball DSP of the R6 it has the edge in texturing and coloring the sound to just how you like it.

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  29. koaly

    Hi! Interesting review.
    How does it go vs the FiiO x7ii sonically?
    I have read on Head-fi about the output Impedance, which is reported as 10 Ohm. Could you check how low-ohm hybrid IEMs behave? E.g. Dunu 2002 or Fiio f9?

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    • Marcus

      Did you click on page 3? There is an entire section there explaining the low-z impedance factor and about 500 words on how it compares to the X7ii.

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  30. Tibor

    Hello
    Great,thanks for the review.
    Could you also compare it to the Hidizs AP200 soundwise please?
    I know it is not in the same price bracket,but want to know,if it is worth it.
    Thank you

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