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May 4, 2020 at 6:35 PM Post #136 of 3,019

Xinlisupreme

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I waited R8 many months, but I’m going to upgrade R5 to Cousin Shanling M6 pro...
 
May 5, 2020 at 2:34 AM Post #138 of 3,019

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The tricky part is that Hiby official media has not released any news about R8 yet. Even though I tried ask in weibo, but no response at all.

We are in May already. I guess Hiby got some troubles in finalizing the R8...

Need more patience.

If audiophiles are in a hurry to upgrade, FIIO M15 is another very good choice!
 
May 5, 2020 at 3:23 AM Post #139 of 3,019

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FIIO M15 is another very good choice!

I read many different feedback about M15, someone prefer M11 pro and now Shangling M6 pro over Fiio top dap
 
May 5, 2020 at 3:35 AM Post #140 of 3,019

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I read many different feedback about M15, someone prefer M11 pro and now Shangling M6 pro over Fiio top dap
Not one gear that doesnt have Pros and Cons , Love and Hate. Even the many who once loved it now sold it.
 
May 5, 2020 at 8:16 AM Post #141 of 3,019

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It’s so true @jmills8
Have you listen M15?
 
May 5, 2020 at 9:07 AM Post #145 of 3,019

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I dunno about you guys but AK DAC chips (Fiio) are just not as clear and holographic as the ESS implementations of iBasso dx220 (/ amp8) and also hiby r6 pro imo. I know I prefer an analytical signature over a warm one.
Get the DX200 that will crack mirrors.
 
May 5, 2020 at 12:46 PM Post #147 of 3,019

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I dunno about you guys but AK DAC chips (Fiio) are just not as clear and holographic as the ESS implementations of iBasso dx220 (/ amp8) and also hiby r6 pro imo. I know I prefer an analytical signature over a warm one.
<Gentle disagreement>

I've had a few different DAPs with both ESS & AKM DAC chips (FiiO x5iii, Cowon Plenue II mk2, Opus#2, Hiby R6pro). To my ears, Hiby and Cowon are very close. Yep, Cowon is a tiny bit 'softer' -- preferred to drive my Utopia, while the Hiby might do a little better with Ether 2/RAD-0. Auteur & HEKv2 are happy either way. But neither is significantly 'better'. I use the Hiby when I want to stream Spotify, while the Cowon is strictly 'local music only'.

FiiO was sold a while ago, and it was slightly warm. But there were issues with its analog section, which added to the warmth vs line-out to an external amp. Opus is currently for sale :)

I'm not sure that 'warm' is the opposite of 'analytical'.

</Gentle disagreement>
 
May 18, 2020 at 9:41 AM Post #149 of 3,019

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Man, Hiby released the "official leather COVER" 3 days ago in China. Remember it's "Official Leather Cover" of R8. No any news on R8 yet.

It seems Hiby is playing the marketing game following the Apple G1 way back into 12 years ago.

I hope the final quality would let me down.
 

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