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HiBy R5 Detailed Review – From Software To Hardware – Almost Smartphone With Hi-Fi Sound


Hiby do know how to make a nice software because of that whole lotta Chinese digital audio players are working nice but there's always a story about hardware products of this company Even their top players look really questionable in reviews their most advanced Bluetooth receiver w5 plays juicy but they paired codec UAT which is ultra audio transmission still refuses to work properly even on medium settings

Among their product line audio player models R3, R6 and R6 Pro escaped from my side but Hiby R5 has been in our hands for a pretty long to create a certain impression Mine is Bohdan welcome to Tech Fellas so now you'll find out how good or bad that impression is Before I turn on an audiophile mode just take a look on its body The player isn't so eye-catching, it's bulky but also compact and incredibly easy to use All buttons are scattered along the sides and I personally feel tactile pleasure pressing them

There's no volume dial and the power buttons got a damn bright LED that thanks to engineering sanity can be turned off in settings The body itself is an aluminum frame with glass panels glued on the front and back Oleophobic coating is only in the front one and it's pretty mediocre Top and bottom frame inserts are distinctive especially in profile and attractive in their own way They are made of fairly solid and wear resistant but still plastic and therefore it's only a matter of time when they lose their attractiveness

Although the only digital port here is Type C it helps to manage everything you need which is memory access by USB 20 unfortunately, signal output and receiving in USB DAC mode and essentially device charging In particular the system supports quick charge 30 Why there's no charging block at all from the box with audio player for 400 bucks I think on the Apple can answer these after all iPhone 11 supports quick charging but it's charging brick comes in 5 watt

By the way check out this one if you want to see more hidden stuff from Apple iPhone 11 recent presentation Thank you and have a great day There are two analog outputs: 35 headphone jack that supports playback control via headset button and balance pentagon for those who like thick hips By the way both can be used like line outputs as well as headphone outputs

I found this quite extraordinary but anyway it's said – it's set The screen here is 4 inches IPS one with resolution too painful for my reviewer mouth It's 540 by 1080 for you understanding even iPhone 5 with the same diagonal had more pixels inside If stop being nasty the screen is actually good enough and isn't too scratchy Colors are classic for LCD, viewing angles are okay for that class even upon the strong tilt contrasting objects do not lose their details although colors distort a bit

Unfortunately the brightness range is abstract and almost useless here As for the performance this digital audio player is one of the fastest I've ever used To be frank I would play games here only for making fun of owners of DX 220 but in general snappy response and smooth work in both player and streaming clients is a big advantage of these DAP because not a lot of players can easily run even such low load tasks Hiby R5 obtained Bluetooth 42 – that works in two ways and by programming means understands almost any modern codec

How strong is its signal I'd define by the worlds "Fair enough" because W5 receiver's signal transfer is weaker than expected but still manageable So to say DX150 doesn't know how to deal with it at all Wi-Fi in the player comes with 5 gigahertz support but it doesn't bring really worth results One of the reasons why our DAP is bulky is its battery for 3500 mAh If you connect your headphones through regular output, it will play music for about 20 hours

In case of the balanced one 12 hours is players maximum At least with my earphones with 20 ohm impedance When it's in standby mode the battery will discharge by 5 percent in a day Getting closer to the sound the main engine here is dual Cirrus logic CS 43 198 with two crystal oscillators low-pass filter OPA 1612 and an amplifier DP 8397 For you to know such DAC you can see Norma SR 15 and upcoming ibasso DX160

And now start in the audiophile madness – the sound from this DAP is sassy pleasurable and fairly not dull at all Hiby R5 will bring any recording with flows to the maximum stage of comfort and delicacy almost without the influence of headphones Such effect is brought by wise treating of high frequencies not killing them but noticeably clamping This makes the sound a bit darker so for example jazz gets somewhat constrained flavor What surprises me the most is that hardly noticeable cymbals on the background don't become a noise and I can even hear them somehow

Considering that explicit sounds are frankly crushed in amplitude and what used to bite our ears doesn't do that anymore, that makes me think that not everything is so simple in R5 tuning The same thing applies to overtones if the highs were roughly cut the players sound would be artificial muddy and too defective by the way how it's realized here is some kind of a magic Mids are emotional expressive and not waxed, if I had to talk with allegories imagine a big flashy Hedgehog it's like a hedgehog but not prickly a big one but it won't hurt you by any means There are no issues the reflection of the contrast between sounds of different volume but the soundstage I wish would be better After all hiby R5 it's not so analytical and subtle source so why is there need to limit yourself in soundstage

I cannot call mids very crisp and sharp They're mostly fluid and musical You will clearly feel how massive become acoustic instruments and male vocals Literally after 10 minutes of listening you stop caring about that slight lack of air and begin enjoy the sound from R5 kinda like from the expressed taste of matured whiskey With all the picture bass here is certainly not dry it's raised slightly crawling into the middle that makes drumming shock really noticeable even at not high-volume

The texture of lows and deep bass are not easily reproduced by a player but they could the feeling that no one was going to focus on them Well engineers see better! The main goal of local bass is to add some Drive and make you dance in a music with the most delicious sound Like any player with its own character hiby R5 has its own preferences Such styles like instrumental jazz soul and close to them I would prefer to listen on something else Absence of blooming and sparkling treble might ruin the whole picture for you, however electronic, pop, not very fast metal and rock these are the main bros of the hero of our review

The choice of headphones is as simple as possible – R5 will gladly work with everything that the same person will plug to DAP The fact is when connected by the pentacon with the standard load of 35 ohms the maximum power per channel is just some kind of miserable 564 milli watt At the same time there's very low background noise and an insanely quiet click on the relay that you can slightly hear every time pressing the pause As for the firmware it's Android with almost perfectly working and so familiar to us Hiby music app and Play Store with Google services The system is frankly naked you won't find what you won't need but some necessary things have been added like bypassing the sample rate converter that prevents the Android beast from spoiling the sound

The system is well set I didn't notice any glitches and crashes during the usage Summarizing the stuff hiby R5 is one of the finest audio players that I had a chance to try out, it's pleasing by many reasons ergonomics comfort hold stable work response and most importantly the sound Some better players will have significantly higher costs For instance DX150 will cost you 150 bucks more when SR15 will ask you twice as much as price of Hiby R5 I'm personally waiting for DX160 and what do you think which device will beat Hiby R5 and if you like this video then why not to support our channel by subscribing to it hitting the like button a ringing the bell to stay tuned for more cool content My thanks for watching and Cheers!

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