The new HiBy R6 Pro is an improved version of the company’s previous flagship DAP – the R6. The R6 Pro runs on Android Orea 8.1 and features two ES9028Q2M Sabre32 reference DAC chips paired with four MUSES8920 high quality audio J-FET input dual operational amplifier. HiBy has also included a 4.4mm balanced port since this has been growing popularity over the 2.5mm balanced output. It’s larger compared to the 2.5mm balanced plug, this means more surface contact area.
The HiBy Pro R6 features Direct Transport Audio architecture and will support up to DSD256 natively. It will run on HiBy OS with HiBy Link, meaning it’s still Android-based but the player itself will be HiBy’s proprietary player. It will also feature MSEB Tuner, or Mage Sound 8-ball Tuning that is based on parametric equalizer (PEQ) and sound filed adjustment.
As for the unit itself, the HiBy R6 Pro is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 SoC with 3GB of memory. It comes with 32GB of internal storage plus a microSD card that can support up to 512GB of microSDXC card. It features a nice 4.2-inch touch screen display with a resolution of 1280×768 (HD), and yes it is an IPS panel and expect quality is similar with the previous R6. The R6 Pro DAP is powered by a huge 4,000 mAh battery and supports QC3.0 quick charge. Good thing it does have quick charge feature since it can take a while to charge a 4,000 mAh under “normal” charging speed.
When it comes to connectivity options, aside from the 4.4 balanced output, it has line out, coax out and USB Type-C. But it’s only USB 2.0 and not USB 3.0 or USB 3.1; so I don’t expect transfer speed would be that fast if you copy files via the USB connection. It also has WiFi 2.4G/5G dual band and Bluetooth 4.2 with apt-X and LDAC support. Its body is made of stainless steel, measures 120mm x 67mm x 15.7mm and weighs around 285 grams.
HiBy R6 Pro vs HiBy R6 – Specifications
Below is a table showing the specifications of the HiBy R6 Pro, side by side with the specs of its predecessor, the R6.