The New HIBY R3 II is here. 4.4MM Jack; Improved Sound and Bluetooth.
Feb 14, 2018 at 2:24 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 6,839


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Quoted from HIBY.COM:

The R3 second generation (R3 II) maintains the previous model's sleek body, with the addition of a volume knob and further adjustments to body details. Crafted from aluminum alloy, weighing around 118g, its dimensions differ slightly in length and thickness from the previous model, yet it remains pocket-sized, compact, and easy to carry without hassle.

Equipped with two ES9219C chips, the R3 second generation natively supports DSD256 and PCM 384kHz/32bit audio formats. Its front features a 3.2-inch touchscreen, running on HiBy OS, boasting an intuitive and user-friendly UI. The bottom is designed with a USB-C interface, supporting USB DAC input/output and coaxial output. It comes with standard 3.5mm single-ended and 4.4mm balanced ports. Notably, the 4.4mm balanced port is introduced to the R3 series for the first time, replacing the previous 2.5mm port. Additionally, the R3 second generation boasts an increased maximum output power of 380mW, continuing the positioning of the R3 series as a "200$ best choice".

The battery capacity has been boosted by 25% to 2000mAh compared to the previous generation, providing a continuous playback endurance of about 16 hours. It supports Bluetooth 5.1 and 2.4GHz wireless Wi-Fi, offering features like AirPlay, DLNA, wireless audio streaming from Tidal and Qobuz. Beyond music playback, the R3 second generation can function as a digital turntable, supporting LO output, coaxial output, and can be paired with other portable decoding amps, or even integrated into desktop systems without a hitch.

In summary, the R3 second generation retains its compact and portable touchscreen design while expanding its functionality to cover a variety of use cases. Compared to the first generation, the R3 second generation leans more towards professionalism, showing varying degrees of improvement in sound quality, output power,and battery life.

Right on the heels of the successful R6 introduction, HiBy released a new DAP, the R3.

Kickstarter funding has completed


It has just come to HIBY's attention that developments in IP rights disputes between TIDAL, record companies and China have made it so that TIDAL cannot legally be used in China. As such, firmware updates to Chinese edition R3's will NEVER include TIDAL, nor any future streaming clients falling in the same kind of situation, and there will be measures to prevent the cross-flashing of Chinese edition R3's with international firmware--this despite any claims to the otherwise I may have made in public or in private. :triportsad: Sorry guys. :triportsad:
NOTE: The International Versions, sold via Kickstarter, will still TIDAL. The offline Storage feature is not being allowed by TIDAL.
On a Positive Note, After good discussions with 2 Other Streaming Service Companies, 2 new streaming services may become available on the R3 in future firmware. Per Joe Bloggs

Check Out these Two Very Positive Reviews:


Small Body Powerful Performance
Using Hiby OS, with built-in ES9028Q2M decoder chip, directly delivers hi-res audio; supports up to PCM384/32bit、DSD256 and most high-definition music format, including FLAC, APE, WMA, WAV, ALAC, as well as DST ISO compression format.


Delicate Yet Magnificent
Hiby R3 is a portable HiFi music player equipped with a 3.2-inch full touchscreen; supports bidirectional communication for Bluetooth with APTX; and comes with physical buttons; it is your best workout buddy. Connect to the Tidal app via Wifi; you can access enormous song files, and enjoy your favourite music up to 10 hours!


Strike for balanced audio
R3 features 3.5mm /2.5mm balanced outputs; user can achieve a wide frequency range with full-bodied sound with different headphones. A balanced-output interface delivers sound with rich details and allows you to hear every drumbeat and every breath.

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Here's a teaser video:

Looks to be a be a Single DAC DAP, with: Balanced Out, HIBY Link, an lots of other cool features. Expect it won't have all the power of the R6. But for IEMs and when out and about, the R3 looks perfect!

Will Update this page as more info is released ! Stay Tuned !
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Feb 15, 2018 at 4:36 AM Post #2 of 6,839
Received mine in the mail yesterday!
Still some issue with shuffle and DLNA in the engineering sample though. Joe, is the DLNA only accessible when connected to your phone?

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Feb 15, 2018 at 12:23 PM Post #8 of 6,839
Received mine in the mail yesterday!
Still some issue with shuffle and DLNA in the engineering sample though. Joe, is the DLNA only accessible when connected to your phone?

Is the operating system still full android? Or is it just the hiby player app?
Feb 15, 2018 at 2:00 PM Post #11 of 6,839
Subscribed :yum:

Hmm... some answers

This will of course come out later than the R6, and it's running a custom non-Android OS. We try to pack as much smarts in as possible though, including Tidal and hopefully more streaming services, and a player app that works similarly to HiByMusic ono Android.
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Feb 15, 2018 at 3:14 PM Post #12 of 6,839
Guesses at price point for the R3 ?
Feb 15, 2018 at 4:27 PM Post #14 of 6,839
Not direct from a HiBy website, but somewhere I saw "around $230" ... Unsure it that's full retail or something else.

As Chinese New Year just started, we may not get much official info from HiBy for a couple of weeks.

I'd be good with that although, at $150 or so it would be head to head with the Cayin and Shanling offerings.

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