HIBY DIGITAL AUDIO PLAYERS LAND IN NEW ZEALAND
You may not have heard of HiBy Music yet. But if you know the names Astell&Kern or FiiO, then you can likely guess what they produce. But they're by no means a new player in the digital audio player market.
HiBy have honed in on the DAP market and have been producing products for more than ten years, but in 2017 when they released their R6 DAP with a high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC and dual ESS ES9028 DACs, they became firmly planted in the DAP market as a real contender.
Launching in New Zealand and being represented by Head-Fi specialists, Computer Lounge in Auckland, two models and a pair of earphones are initially available.
Alexander van der Linde, Sales Manager at Computer Lounge told StereoNET:
Computer Lounge is proud to be representing HiBy in New Zealand, having recognised their product’s potential in the portable audio space.
Their digital audio players are leading the market in performance and features, and the use of a Snapdragon SoC, coupled with HiBy’s intuitive user-interface make for a joyous experience.
HiBy's flagship DAP, the R6R6 is the first Android-based digital audio player with advanced backwards compatible Direct Transport Audio (DTA) architecture, allowing all applications to bypass Android Sample Rate Conversion (SRC) which results in a true bit-perfect audio stream with both local and streamed content.
It features a 4.2" 1280x768 multi-touch LCD panel, offers 3.5mm line out / coaxial digital output, 2.5mm balance headphone out as well as standard 3.5mm headphone output, supports up to 400Gb Micro SD cards, Bluetooth 4.0, and 2.4G/5G dual band WiFi.
The R6 Android-based Digital Audio Player is available now in Stainless Steel ($999.95 RRP) and Black Anodised Aluminium ($899.95 RRP).
Also available is the more affordable HiBy R3 Digital Audio Player which sells in New Zealand for $349.95 in Black Anodised Aluminium, and HiBy Seeds Earphones ($149.95 RRP).
StereoNET NZ will put the R6 DAP through its paces shortly, but if you'd like a demo for yourself drop into Computer Lounge and bring your favourite headphones along.
For more information visit HiBy Music.
StereoNET's Founder & Publisher and still buried deep in the review room auditioning everything from docks to soundbars, amplifiers to headphones. Marc also founded Melbourne's International HiFi Show.
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