HiBy R3 Ultraportable Touchscreen Hi-Fi Network Music Player
- Smallest and Lightest Tidal Player
- Full Flavor of Sound
- Professional Customization Audio System
- Mage Sound 8-Ball Tuning
- Easy to Grab Pocket-size
- 3.2" Full Touchscreen
- Simple Control Buttons
- 11 Hours Playtime
- High Speed Wi-Fi, DLNA and AirPlay Support
- Bi-direction Bluetooth Connectivity
- HiBy Link
- Up to 2TB of Expanded Storage
- Supports Most Hi-Res Formats
- Supports Diverse Headsets and Devices
- Bi-direction USB Connectivity
- Supports SPDIF DoP DSD 64
HiBy R3 Touchscreen Hi-Fi Network Music Player
Purchased the HiBy R3 (red) in February 2019 from Musicteck on $159 promotion, as a lighter, smaller alternative to carrying my Cayin N5ii around. While the N5ii gives terrific, clean, detailed neutral sound, the Android OS implementation is slow, glitchy and a bit cumbersome for quick on-the-go listening and the design/form factor are not exactly pocket friendly, being better for at-home or system-feed use.
The HiBy R3 drew my attention based on reviews that gave high marks for the custom touch OS, the form factor, the musicality and the battery life. While it appears to be half an R6 for less than half the price (one ESS ES9028Q2M DAC vs. dual ES9028Q2M DACs), the R3's amp section is both more useful (low noise floor on low-impendence IEMs and less useful (lower overall output power to drive IEMs and full headphones over 150 ohms) delivering a less resolving, impactful signature than the R6, but still very giving a fun, musical sound, especially through low-mid tier IEMs. While not powerful, the R3 delivers resolved ase, clean slightly-forward mids and detailed, but not harsh highs. For the price point, it's definitely more musical/fun than neutral/monitor with an overall warm sound the lights up pop, rock and jazz while giving classical a plush chair feel.
The HiBy OS is the main complaint area. Music scan is quick, but viewing, sorting and selecting music via the playback menus is sometimes clunky and limited. Sorting by Genre is particular poor as it only sorts alphabetically by track, rather then also allowing sorting by album. Guess iTunes on my old iPods spoiled me. The lack of a scrolling filename support is an egregious omission, as different Classical tracks/albums or even long track names can be impossible to distinguish.
Overall, the R3 is an excellent sounding, highly portable sub-$200 DAP that can easily be improved if HiBy works to iron out some of the OS bugs/ease-of-use/omissions. Mostly listening via Macaw GT600s, Fiio R9 Pro, Senn/...
Does a lot for it's size. The touchscreen is sometimes a little sticky (delays), but easy, once one slows down a little. The sound is fine using a standard 3.5 phone, and even better with the balanced output. Many streaming features that I haven't used yet, but am very happy with purchase.
The Hiby R3 is the best bang for your buck, sub $200 DAP you can buy. It is featured packed and has an incredibily well designed UI. On top of all that the sound is great, especially using the balanced line out. Compared to my previous DAP (Cayin N3) I also thought the Bluetooth connection to my smart phone was much stronger.
Last but not least MusicTeck has incredible customer service. I plan on purchasing all future portable sourse gear from here!
i really like the display it is bright and sharp the player sounds good i wish i would have gotten the R6.