HiBy Audio is a well-recognized HiFi audio brand with a wide range of High-Resolution audio gears. They also have their self-developed HiBy Music application on Android devices that support hi-res audio playback. Last year, HiBy released R8 flagship Android music player equipped with all the latest sparkles and glitters of audio technology. The player was a huge success. But it went out of stock just after a few weeks of its release reasons unknown. Just a few days back, HiBy has re-released the almighty R8 with all its glitters and glory. Last year two different variants were released for the R8, Aluminum Alloy with 4 GB RAM and 64GB Storage and Stainless Steel with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage.
This year only the Aluminum Alloy variant is being re-released but with increased 6GB RAM and 128GB storage as that with the SS variant. This increase in RAM and Internal Storage has slightly affected the price too, HiBY R8 2021 can be bought for 1999$(instead of 1899$ for the aluminum alloy variant last year).
Increased RAM & Internal Storage:-
HiBy has increased the internal storage and RAM for the R8 Aluminum Alloy variant being released this year. Instead of 4GB RAM and 64GB Internal Storage, the new R8 features 6GB RAM and 128GB Internal Storage. This increased RAM allows for a smooth multitasking experience and increased internal storage will allow the user to store more songs in the internal memory.
AKM Velvet Sound Dual DAC Chipset:-
HiBy has equipped R8 with a high-performance DUAL DAC chipset featuring two now out-of-print AK4497EQ DAC chips. AKM AK4497EQ is a 32-bit DAC chip that provides excellent high-resolution signal decoding with support for up to 32-Bit/768kHz PCM and DSD512 native decoding. The player achieves industry-leading low distortion ratings of up to 0.00083% and a high SNR rating of up to 117dB ensuring a clean, transparent sound decoding.
Premium Audio Architecture:-
Along with a high-performance Dual DAC chipset, the HiBy R8 houses multiple premium components to maintain high-quality performance integrity. It houses Dual Independent femtosecond crystal oscillators, Deeply customized OP02 OPAmps, a high-performance USB processor, and more, each of which is carefully chosen for a flagship-grade performance with the R8.
Full MQA Support:-
HiBy R8 supports full MQA decoding support bringing the support for decoding and rendering high-quality MQA streams and stored files to the users. MQA is the latest technology that brings studio-level recording quality by encapsulating high-resolution data in the empty spaces of a file. Only MQA certified devices are capable of bringing the best out of these recordings, and HiBy R8 is one of them.
Special Turbo Mode:-
One simply doesn’t have to worry about any power issues with the new HiBy R8. It supports the advanced Turbo mode that instantly increases the power supply to the AMP stage hence resulting in overall humongous output power. The player is capable of providing up to 300mW through the single-ended 3.5mm headphone ports and up to 1088mW from the 4.4mm balanced connection.
>HiByLink, DLNA, Airplay support.
>Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Processor.
>128GB Internal Storage.
>Up to 2TB MicroSD support.
>USB 3.1 Type-C Interface.
>5.5” 1080P Full HD Display.
>Fifth-Gen Corning Gorilla Glass Display.
>Latest Android 9.0 OS.
>High-quality Aluminium Alloy body.
>Dual PO Ports, 3.5mm unbalanced, and 4.4mm balanced. There are two separate 3.5mm and 4.4mm Line out ports too.
>Output Power(3.5mm): Up to 300mW @ 32 Ohms.
>Output Power(4.4mm): Up to 1088mW @ 32 Ohms.
>Dynamic Range: 114dB.