HiBy's flagship R6 digital audio player to be available locally in June
Audiophiles, take note, there’s another high-end digital audio player in the market.
For discerning lovers of music, a digital audio player is the only way to go. Not only does it have dedicated components that improve music playback, it also supports more audio codecs and formats. Finally, it can also drive headphones with greater control and authority.
The latest digital audio player to hit our shores is the new HiBy R6. Admittedly, HiBy isn’t a household name in the DAP space unlike say Astell & Kern and Fiio, but these guys have serious audio chops.
HiBy specializes in audio software and processing and their products are used by other DAP makers such as Shanling, Fiio, and Cayin, and so the R6 is their take on a high-end flagship DAP.
As befits a flagship DAP, the R6 comes in a solid stainless steel or aluminum chassis and it has suitably impressive specifications.
We begin with the display, which is 4.2-inch large and has a resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels. This gives it a high pixel density count of 355 PPI.
The R6 is running on Android 6.1, which is old if you compare to smartphones but is actually pretty advanced for DAPs. Controlling all processes is a Snapdragon 425 SoC with 3GB of RAM, and all music decoding duties are handled by dual ESS 9028Q2M DACs.
It supports PCM playback up to 32-bit/384kHz and DSD up to DSD256.
As for storage, it comes with 32GB of built-in storage, but that is expandable via a microSD card slot.
The R6 comes with dual headphone outputs - one 3.5mm and the other 2.5mm balanced. Power output is rated at 120mW into 32 ohms through the 3.5mm output and 300mW into 32 ohms through the 2.5mm balanced output. These are pretty good numbers, which means the R6 should be able to drive all IEMs and even sensitive full-size headphones confidently.
It has Bluetooth connectivity too and supports aptX for higher quality wireless playback on aptX-compatible headphones. It supports Wi-Fi too, so you can use the R6 to stream music from your favorite music streaming services and apps like Tidal and Spotify.
Battery life is rated at 12 hours through the 3.5mm single-ended output and 7 hours through the 2.5mm balanced output.
The Hiby R6 is available for pre-order now through Zeppelin & Co. and will be available in late June. The Hiby R6 in stainless steel is priced at S$1,099, while the aluminum edition is S$999.