Hiby R3 pro Music Player Coming With Dual DAC
The original R3 was Hiby’s first statement device. In fact, it was their very first device sold to the public. As mentioned, Hiby was primarily a software company, but when they released the R3 it served as a warning-shot to other manufacturers of players that Hiby was not only willing, but completely able to compete with them head-to-head.
The R3 packed a ton of value into a relatively compact body. It had a great 3.2-inch IPS display, built-in WiFi and the ability to stream over Airplay, as well as both a 3.5mm single-ended and a 2.5mm balanced output. The R3 Pro, on the other hand, takes things up to a new level.
For starters, the ES9028EQ2M DAC of the R3 is replaced with a CS43131 DAC chip from Cirrus Logic. This is the same chip as is used in the Plenue D2 and Cowon’s upcoming Plenue R2. Looking at the specs of this chip in terms of power requirements and the THD+N figure, it also wouldn’t come as a surprise to see more manufacturers adopt this chip in upcoming devices.
Compared to the R3, the R3 Pro has only slightly more power available via the 3.5mm output, but the power for the balanced connection has nearly doubled as it now sits at 210mW per channel into a 32-ohm load.
The THD+N has been improved by around 75%, and the battery-life has also increased by roughly 80%. You’d think, given the addition power available, that the R3 Pro might take a knock in terms of battery-life, but the fact is that the CS43131 DAC chip is so power-efficient that the R3 Pro can have this increase in battery-life despite still having the same 1600mAh battery.
Other improvements also include that the R3 Pro now has Bluetooth 5.0, and the WiFi can now connect to both 2.4GHz and 5GHz networks.
Retails here in Australia at $360 arriving beginning of November 2019.