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New Hidizs AP200 double DAC Android-based smart music player

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by crabdog, Mar 6, 2017.
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  1. Hawaiibadboy Contributor
    N3 is great but small with plastic screen that scratches too easy. Sound diff is minor and can be chalked up to whatever drivers you use...IMO. I have a Plenue D and the screen is fuuuu. I take super good care but it is fuuu.
    The only thing holding this device back is the FW. love the contrast and design of the GUI but it needs polish. Sound is great on guitar sting pulls and all the minutia. If Hidizs has a new FW.....let me know guys :)
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  2. kalo86
    Hi, do you think that the Hidizs AP200 has a similar sound quality of the FiiO X7 Mark II? Thanks
  3. HungryPanda
    I opted for the 32Gb variant, have the Fiio X5III, iBasso DX80, Sony NW-A35 & Shanling M1 so will see how they compare
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  4. reeza
    The good thing is at least it’s software and not hardware issues... Fingers crossed they can get it at least stable enough by they time they ship, and then keep tweaking. @Hawaiibadboy are you able to send them details of the FW issue you are having?

  5. Hawaiibadboy Contributor
    Exactly. Sound is great with lots of detail (no more ocean water in my ear :wink: ) No I have not as the events do not repeat. Very random. I will PM them tomorrow with my list
  6. snip3r77
    I was wondering why most chinese DAPs has half baked firmware. When I had my DX90, I have to be careful NOT to ugprade firmware as it might even affect the SQ.
  7. CarstenF
    From the transfer speeds reported (12 MB/s) it appears to be usb 2 over usb-c.

    But I do agree that the usb-c plug is an advantage - connecting a usb otg cable to my Android phone"s micro USB port is always hit and miss. If you touch the phone or the cable, the connection is lost.
    A usb-c plug would probably not have this issue and is reversible.
  8. reeza
    Even if it is only random glitches, definitely still worth passing on them. The more information they have the easier it maybe for them to duplicate and fix. Out of curiosity, what is your firmware number?

    Good question. From a lot of early reviews of the x5III, the software was pretty bad to start with, but seems to now be getting there now. However, Fiio may have a larger team. Also, IMO they all use old CoCs and limited RAM on old Android OS’s, there is only so much they can probably do to help the sluggishness and random slowdown/ lockup’s we just don’t really see in higher end mobile phones etc these days using more modern chips/ specs etc.

    Last edited: Aug 11, 2017
  9. snip3r77
    Why they can't they use newer Android ? It's unbearable to use something that is in alpha stage.
  10. Hawaiibadboy Contributor
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2017
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  11. Hidizs Hk
    Thanks. Looking forward to your advice. We will update it soon.
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  12. reeza
    Excellent! Happy to see you guys are really working hard to get this firmware top-notch.
  13. reeza
    @Hidizs Hk Off the topic of software... Can you please upload some high quality photos of all the player bodies and color options to help us choose our rewards? If its too hard, send them all to @Hawaiibadboy, he knows how to take a great photo, hehe :)
  14. wiski
    Probably the same reason the Fiio X3 III, Onkyo DP-X1, A&K KANN and Sony Walkman NWZX2 are all also using Android 5.1 or older (NWZX2 using 4.2) according to the chart they have on the KS page. It might be a hardware limitation of the DAPs, meaning they don't want to bump up the specs to what modern Android phones are required to have for newer Android versions, or it might be some other limitation related to the hardware. I have no actual idea, just speculating, but they likely would need to increase the device specs to use one of the newer Android versions, which would increase the price, and having a newer Android version might not actually make much difference for something primarily designed to play music.

    As far as it being unfinished software, I don't know how it works with DAPs in development normally, but much of the time with other software they usually leave the optimization phase to be the last thing they do because it doesn't make sense to optimize everything while you're still adding and tweaking the rest of the software, they would likely want to wait to do that until all the software features are finalized, and part of it might also be just the regular fixing of bugs that pop up during software development. They likely could just hold off longer and not give anyone the device until it was perfect, but then we'd be sitting here with no idea of if it sounds any good right now.

    Not saying that it wouldn't be good to have a newer Android version or having finished, optimized software wouldn't be good, just speculating on why it's not what we're getting right now.
  15. davidcotton
    So if I didn't like the experience with a fiio x5III (back plate warm in pocket, questionable ui and so on and so forth) will I be any better faring with the hidizs? How's battery life going?

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