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HiBy W5 --> Now the W3 Bluetooth Receiver is Here with Better Buttons

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by CactusPete23, Jan 16, 2019.
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  1. Vitandus
    Pairs really well with the Hidizs Mermaid MS4!
  2. Vitandus
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  3. Joe Bloggs Contributor
    50 feet?
  4. Vitandus
    Exactly 15 meters. About 50’, yes.
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  5. moisespr123
    Yes! It's awesome with the MS4, which have become my favorite IEM.
  6. koaly
    Hi guys, some update on my experience for W5. Updated the FW to 1.0 as well as on the r6pro and R3. Updated the phone to Samsung Galaxy A8(2018). No problem with pairing anymore.
    The only problem is the connection quality and results did not depend much on the connected device. LDAC works without interruptions up to 6 meters w/o walls with either "Best Effort (Adaptive Rate) or 330 kbps. Everything higher causes interruptions and distortions. Setting up in UAT on R6pro or R3 makes the connection quality even worse. It works only up to 10cm distance between devices. Thus it is no usable at all. Where W5 shines is the amplifier power. It can drive even the full-size headphonnes without a problem. But considering connection issue, it's useless feature.
    @Joe Bloggs,
    could please advise whether W5 is defective or it just requries further beta testing on my expense? May I return it back to Hiby for refund? I really can't find any benefit in it in comparison with FiiO BTR3, which is stable, robust and gives better connection and sound quality with LDAC.
  7. moisespr123
    Have you updated to the latest firmware? v1.04 is the latest one.

    I find that the sweet spot for UAT is to use the 900Kbit/s mode.

    Also, the Hidizs AP80 recently got support for UAT and it's working fine for me. Just as long as it is set at 900kbit/s. 1.2Mbit may work only for 44.1Khz tracks. Going up makes connection unstable.
  8. koaly
    Hiby Blue says that 1.0 is the lasted FW, as well as the Hiby website.
    There is no other way to update the FW known by me.
  9. moisespr123
    It should be available... V1.04 from the OTA Update.

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  10. jsmiller58
    Sorry, dumb question... if we should limit to 900, why not just stick with LDAC?
  11. moisespr123
    The only reason would be because UAT can go up to 192Khz while LDAC goes up to 96Khz. But the better judgment would be to try both codecs and decide which one to use.
  12. mitsu763
    What kind of battery life is everybody getting? I'm getting maybe 2 hours using LDAC.
  13. moisespr123
    I haven't measured mine, but I use mostly aptX when listening on my Windows 10 desktop and I get a few hours from it. LDAC and UAT for sure are more power hungry... It would be nice if Hiby could add a battery indicator for the W5 in their next R3 firmware.
  14. jsmiller58
    I agree. I will experiment for myself. I was more worried about distance limitations and quality of connection of UAT vs LDAC... but it is on me to try for myself to see if I get any quality and connection differences. Up to now I have given up on the W5 and moved on to the ES100, but I’ll give it a whirl...
  15. koaly
    Yes, it has been updated to 1.04.
    Unfortunaelly not much improved. The connection quality remains poor. Fiio BTR3 works without distortions on a higher frequency with LDAC and sounds better. UAT is unusable. Only a feature for marketing.

    I like Hiby, but this product is a failure. Sorry
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