HiBy R6 Pro Hi-Res Music Player – Specs, Price and Release Date (UPDATED)

HiBy Music is releasing their latest flagship Hi-Res portable digital audio player – the HiBy R6 Pro. It’s the successor or rather the improved version of their current flagship the HiBy R6. The older HiBy R6 and upcoming R6 Pro looks similar, but the R6 Pro comes with added features and improvements.

UPDATE Feb.: It’s now available on Amazon.com here!

UPDATE: Looks like HiBy is finally ready to release their new HiBy R6 Pro flagship portable audio player anytime now. HiBy has updated their site and officially revealed the complete features, specs including expected manufacturer’s suggested retail price of the R6 Pro – at $799 USD. They did mention that “is not available yet” and the price may vary due to international trade conditions. But at least it’s finally out and it’s just around the corner. So what does the new HiBy R6 Pro offer? Check out below.

HiBy R6 Pro Hi-Res Music Player Specs Price and Release Date

HiBy R6 Pro Portable DAP Features

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.

You can check out the rest of the HiBy R6 Pro’s specifications from the HiBy R6 Pro vs R6 comparison table below.

HiBy R6 Pro Price and Availability

The HiBy R6 Pro comes with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $799. Actual price may vary depending on the region. It is also expected to be available any time soon. No specific date yet.

UPDATE: The HiBy R6 Pro is now available on Amazon.com here.

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.

Specifications R6 ProR6
Operating SystemAndroid8.1Android 8.1 
CPU ModelSnapdragon 425 SoCSnapdragon 425 SoC
CPU StructureQuad-Core A53Quad-Core A53
CPU Frequency1.4GHz1.4GHz
DACES9028Q2M x2ES9028Q2M x2
AmplificationI/V: Muses8920 x4 
LPF&Amplifier: SSM6322 x2 
Crystal: Low Phase Noise Crystal x2
LPF: QPA1612 x2 
Amplifier: TPA6120A x2
Connectivity
WIFIIEEE802.11 a/b/g/nIEEE802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth4.24.2
USB2.0 (Type-C)2
Display
Display Size4.2 inches4.2 inches
Display Color16 million True color16 million True color
Display TypeIPS (Corning Gorilla Glass)IPS
Resolution768x1280768x1280
Display Pixel Density PPI320320
Touch ScreenG+FF/5 G+FF/5 
Storage
RAM3GB3GB
Internal Storage32GB32GB
Micro SD Card> 512GB> 512GB
Buttons and Interface
Buttons6 Buttons6 Buttons
Button CustomizationPower / Previous/Pause/Next/Volume Up/Volume DownPower / Previous/Pause/Next/Volume Up/Volume Down
Player Output (PO)3.5mm3.5mm
Balanced Output4.4mm2.5mm
Analog Audio Output Interface (LO)3.5mm LO/COAX multiplexing3.5mm LO/COAX multiplexing
Digital Audio Output Interface (Coaxial)3.5mm LO/COAX multiplexing3.5mm LO/COAX multiplexing
USBUSB data transfer, USB DAC IN/OUT, ChargingUSB data transfer, USB DAC IN/OUT, Charging
General Specification
Color ChoicesStainless steel colorStainless Steel/Aluminum Alloy Black Red/Green/Blue
Dimensions119.8mm x 66.96mm x 15.7mm116mm x 66mm x 15.5mm
Net Weightabout 285gabout 275g
Impedance Adapter8~150Ω8~150Ω
EQ Adjustment10-band EQ adjustment (±12dB) with 10 preset EQs10-band EQ adjustment (±12dB) with 10 preset EQs
Left and Right Channel BalanceLeft 10dB to right 10dBLeft 10dB to right 10dB
Gain SelectionDSD+6dB TGC, High and Low, 2-levelHigh and Low, 2-level
USB DACPCM/ DoP/NativeMaximum support 384kHz/32bit?DSD256
Tone AdjustmentMinimum Phase/Fast Rolloff/Slow Rolloff
Default / monitor / warm sound / bile duct
Minimum Phase/Fast Rolloff/Slow Rolloff
Power Specifications
Power SourceUSB DC5~9V5V 2.5A, 9V 1.5A
Battery Capacity4000mAh (14.8Wh)4000 mAh
Charging DisplayLightning iconLightning icon
Charging Time70%≈60min (QC3.0 Quick Charge)
100%≈150min (QC3.0 Quick Charge)
70% < 70min (QC3.0 Quick Charge)
100% < 140min (QC3.0 Quick Charge)
Power Status Display0~100%0~100%
Other Features
Software UpgradeInternal storage upgrade, micro SD card local upgrade, OTA online upgradeInternal storage upgrade, micro SD card local upgrade, OTA online upgrade
Font Size SettingSupportSupport
Third Party AppUnrestrictedUnrestricted
Single-ended Headphone Output (3.5mm)
Output Power245mW+245mW(@32Ω)120mW+120mW(@32Ω)
Noise Floor Level (Noise)3.8uVrms
Frequency Response (±3dB)20Hz-90KHz±0.02dB 20-20000Hz/±0.5dB 10-70000Hz
Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR)131dB118dB@Max
Channel Separation (Crosstalk)68dB>77dB
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD+N)0.00%0.00%
Closed-Loop Output Impedance0.24Ω
Balanced Headphone Output4.4mm2.5mm
Output Power750mW+750mW(@32Ω)300mW+300mW(@32Ω)
Noise Floor Level (Noise)5uVrms
Frequency Response (±3dB)20Hz-90KHz±0.02dB 20-20000Hz/±0.5dB 10-70000Hz
Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR)133dB120dB@Max
Channel Separation (Crosstalk)97dB>98dB
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD+N)0.00%0.00%
Closed-Loop Output Impedance0.28Ω
Line Output (3.5mm)
Output Level2Vrms2Vrms (10 kΩ/1 kHz)
Noise Floor Level (Noise)2.6uVrmsBalanced 3.1 /Single 2.8
Frequency Response (±3dB)20Hz-90KHzv
Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR)122dB
Channel Separation (Crosstalk)109dB
Total harmonic distortion (THD+N)0.00%
Closed-Loop Output Impedance10KΩ

So what do you think guys? Currently, the R6 is priced at around $499 MSRP (available on Amazon.com here); there is a $300 price difference between the R6 Pro and R6. Do you think it is worth the upgrade? For those who don’t own an R6 yet, I think it’s better to jump directly to the R6 Pro. Still, the price difference is somewhat significant and needs to be considered.

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3 Responses

  1. Alex says:

    I don’t see any significant reason for the Pro, since I have already some cables with 2,5 mm – connector. Got the R6 really the update to Android 8.1?

  2. Scott Peterson says:

    This might come in purple?

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