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AP80 - Hidizs next portable Hi-Res music player

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by IryxBRO, Apr 24, 2018.
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  1. rollemao
    I was under the impression that Hidizs was a subsidiary of a larger company and had backing from them. Didn't know that they're a small company.

    Still waiting on concrete details before dropping some money on either a M0 or their new AP60 II
  2. chupacabra314
    I have no idea on their size either actually...I don't know why I assumed they were small. Regardless of the size, my statement still stands - new product launches are tough.
  3. AndySocial
    Looks like they're getting ready to make a big launch announcement soon. Ads and videos are starting to pop up on social media.
  4. chupacabra314
    I've been seeing their facebook ad every day for the past 2-3 weeks now. Love how most of the comments are: "Who needs this if I my phone can play music? mp3 players have been dead since the 90s." Hidizs should've done their social targeting better. :)
  5. crezo
    I live the design of this and specs sound good too.

    Was tempted by the Hiby R3 but just got the M0 a fee days ago. Awesome little thing but almost too small for my fat ass fingers so this is really tempting.

    Are Hizids and Hiby linked in terms of the business owners? As it seems odd Hiby would let a direct competitor use their own platform if theyre not! The Hiby player is my favourite audio player for my android phone so this pretty much ticks all the boxes!
  6. AndySocial
    I believe Hidizs licenses the Hiby firmware.
  7. chupacabra314
    Hiby's s been licensing their firmware to other OEMs long before they made DAPs themselves.
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  8. crezo
    Ah interesting to know thanks!
  9. rollemao
    Would love to see these ads and videos lol. Feels like the web page for the ap80 hasn't been updated at all
  10. lumenmax
    I signed up just to share this with you lol

    It popped up in my Facebook feed and it does look very nice and modern.
    AndySocial likes this.
  11. AndySocial
    The FB page is now saying the AP80 will launch on Kickstarter in the middle of July, for probably around $150.
  12. chupacabra314
    Ugh what a letdown. I thought they weren’t doing kickstarter. This means we wont have units in hands before September probably.

    Why does a company backed by a big parent do kickstarter anyways? Let your parent take the damn risk, not the users.
  13. AndySocial
    It does seem like a number of companies aren't using Kickstarter as an alternative venture capital system, but as a means of front-loading a pre-order system. Get the money, then turn the production line up. I guess it's simpler than actually having a good market research team that can tell you what the interest level is.
    crezo likes this.
  14. chupacabra314
    Exactly - they’re shifting the risk to their customers. Also, no returns, no warranty or guarantees, and you wait forever for the product to ship. I’ll stick with Fiio for now thank you very much.
    darmanastartes likes this.
  15. silverfishla
    Well, I can say that the Kickstarter for the DH1000 Hidizs DAC/Amp went off without a hitch. Hidizs delivered on that one.
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