HiBy - R2 II (Gen 2)

Hi-Res Digital Audio Player

Sale price₹ 8,990
Discontinued
This product is permanently discontinued by the manufacturer and continues to live on in Headphone Zone's Museum.

Unfortunately, even if we desire to, we won't be able to resurrect this product. The Museum is where we pay our respects to end-of-life, old, archived, but not forgotten products. This page was made with a lot of love and will live on for posterity. What to say, we're sentimental people. 😔

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Customer Reviews

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Arjun (Delhi)
Great DAP, Suitalble for everyone

Great DAP, suitable for everyone. You can stream wirelessly, play wirelessly (over buds) or by a USB DAC or through the internal DAC.
As for the DAC, it seems better than my DAC with the Synaptics CX1993 chip.

It comes with a screen protector and clear case bundled, and has a protector already applied on the front and back glass surfaces.

Playback was easily 10 hours plus, took about 30 minutes to charge full. The Volume knob is a bit fiddly (it moves a little between the ratcheting) but otherwise is solid. Buttons work well, but the placement will take a while for you to get used to.

This makes us really happy and we really appreciate the genuine feedback! We're glad that you have such positive thoughts about our team and the company.

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Sidd (Bengaluru)
Amazing for beginers

As my first dap i found this amazing but tyere are still some thing to be ironed out

(+)tives
It has great power(they can drive kz pr2s that stumped even the btr5)
Rarely hangs/crashes
Has a good dac mode and works well
Has good recording and airplay/dlna
Can transfer songs by a local website(huge W i can transfer my whole library without even needing a cable i can just hook up to wifi and transfer songs fast and reliabaly)

(-)tives
Bluetooth mode dosent work well with ipad
Has a decent delay/lag(not suited for videos as words seem delayed)
Can be hard to navigate through the library at times

Luckily these flaws arent related to harware and are mainly software or optimisation based so can be worked out with a firmware update

Since this is the cheapest dac on the market this has raised the bar of value for money

According to me this a direct pic for any new audiophile who just wants to dip their toes before jumping in

If you want to buy this dont think twice just get it (coming from a guy who very pick about fube detaiks and almost never stops someone from thinking twice)

Thanks a lot for your detailed and genuine feedback, we're glad that you have such positive thoughts about the product and we'll share your thoughts with the brand as well. It'll also help our fellow customers to make the right choice!

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Raman (Delhi)
Totally satisfied!

I usually don't buy products from websites as they make me nervous, but this time I really wanted a Digital Audio Player (DAP). I couldn't find one of my choice on Amazon, so I stumbled upon Headphone Zone. At first, I was a bit apprehensive, but now I would definitely recommend it to everyone.

I'm impressed by their efforts in keeping me updated about my product through emails at every step. They delivered the product to me in just 2 days, although the delivery time may vary for others.
Regarding the DAP itself, it fits perfectly for my needs, and if you haven't used an MP3 player before, it won't disappoint you.

Here are some key points about the DAP:

Lightweight: It weighs around 70 grams and fits perfectly in my hand. The only minor drawback is that I wish the screen could be a little bit bigger, but it's not a deal breaker.

Battery Life: The DAP has a 1000mAh battery, providing approximately 15 hours of playtime, which is sufficient for my needs.
Design and Build: The device has a well-made, smooth plastic frame, and it has a glass back. The overall design is appealing.

Connectivity: The DAP comes with Bluetooth 5.0 technology, allowing for seamless wireless connection. It also has Wi-Fi connectivity 2.4ghz, enabling easy access to 2 online music streaming services and firmware updates.

In conclusion, my ordering experience with Headphone Zone has been excellent, and I highly recommend their services. The DAP I purchased has met my expectations, offering a lightweight design, good battery life, reliable Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi connectivity, and a well-built construction.

Thanks a lot for your detailed and genuine feedback, we're glad that you have such positive thoughts about the product and services, we'll share your thoughts with the brand as well. It'll also help our fellow customers to make the right choice!

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N.C. (Kochi)
Great beginner hifi equipment

This review is after 2 months of moderate usage, and this is my experience.

The sound quality produced by this DAP is amazing, especially for someone who has always relied on smartphones for music consumption. This is my very first hifi device and it is far better than I expected.

As a beginner audiophile, it really opened up the soundstage of music. Currently, I am re-listening to all my favorite tracks and discovering a lot of subtler tones that were unnoticeable. In a way, it has made me appreciate music even more.

Pros-
1. The musical quality is really impressive, hiby's equalizer has a lot of customizations.
2. Analog music control buttons are very tactile and responsive, especially the volume knob.
3. During my test,the battery lasted for almost 10 hrs at 35% volume (but not the advertised 13+) for the basic set of earphones.
4. Importing music through a web server is a plus.
5. Easily handles large collections of music.
6. USB Dac feature works great over type-c

Cons-
1. The screen is a little bit finicky to navigate due to small size. It might be even harder for people with bigger hands.
2. Book reader feature is a gimmick. No audiobooks, only text-based formats are supported (but no one is going to read on this tiny screen anyway).
3. There is no Tidal or Quobuz support in India.
4. Bluetooth range is very limited, sound easily breaks even if there are even minor obstructions.
5. The device has to be closer to the router, for wifi signal reception.

Bugs : While charging in the 'power-off' state, charging animation is stuck at 25% even when the device is fully charged. And when importing music through the web server function, the language defaults to Chinese, don't know why it changes, even if the system language is set.

Overall, the device is definitely a value for money. Thanks to Raghav and his team for careful packaging and timely delivery (and thanks for that surprise gift too).

Thank you for your detailed review of the HiBy R2 II. We're glad to hear that you're enjoying the sound quality and appreciate the customization options. We apologize for any inconvenience with the screen and book reader feature, we'll share your thoughts with the brand as well!

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Praveen K M (Bengaluru)
Good for a beginner

This is my first HiRes DAP. So I don't much about the sound signature or other specs. Out of the box the DAP had few scratches on the back side. I don't mind those. DAP works well, so far no glitches or any software related issues. Sound quality is good. It was delivered one day earlier, that was a good thing from Headphone zone.

Hey Praveen, thank you so much for the amazing feedback! It means a lot to us. We are so happy to hear that you are loving our products and services.


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Excellence

1 Year of
Warranty

Best Suited for Portable Use

Bluetooth with
UAT, LDAC, aptX & AAC

ESS Sabre ES9219C
DAC Chip

90mW
Power Output

Upto 2TB
of Storage

Battery Capacity of
1000 mAh

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​PRESENTING THE BEAUTEOUS HI-RES AUDIO PLAYER FROM HIBY - THE R2 II (GEN 2)

HiBy Music specialises in the research & development and manufacturing of high-quality portable audio products. They have been in the HiFi audio industry for over a decade now. HiBy's line-up of Digital Audio Players has garnered great success. Continuing the legacy, HiBy takes great pleasure in introducing their all-new Digital Audio Player - the R2 II (Gen 2). It packs all the required features you need from a Digital Audio Player. Under its hood, it hosts an ESS Sabre DAC chip that delivers flawless music reproduction. The HiBy R2 II (Gen 2) has a universal 3.5mm headphone output port offering 90mW of power output capable of driving IEMs and some less power-demanding headphones. Last but not least, the R2 II (Gen 2) is certified for Hi-Res and Hi-Res Wireless.
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​FEATURES ESS SABRE DAC CHIP FOR EXCEPTIONAL SONIC PERFORMANCE

The capability of a Digital Audio Player to reproduce Hi-Fidelity sound depends on the DAC chip and its implementation. HiBy, with their R2 II (Gen 2), has incorporated an ES9219C DAC chip from ESS Sabre capable of decoding PCM (Pulse Code Modulation) 32bit/384kHz, DSD256 (Direct Stream Digital), and 8X MQA unfolding (Master Quality Authenticated). Make your way to Hi-Fidelity music with the all-new HiBy R2 II (Gen 2)!
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​EXPERIENCE HI-RES AUDIO WIRELESSLY WITH BLUETOOTH 5.0, WIFI, AND MQA SUPPORT

The HiBy R2 II (Gen 2) comes equipped with Bluetooth 5.0 supporting Bluetooth codecs, including UAT, LDAC, aptX, AAC, and SBC. It supports two-way high-definition wireless audio transmission. The 2.4GHz WiFi support enables OTA firmware updates, WiFi music transfer, AirPlay, and DLNA. The HiBy R2 II (Gen 2) with 8X MQA unfolding allows you to experience master tape quality audio, making you feel as if you were right there with the artist at the recording studio.
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​WHOPPING 15 HOURS OF BATTERY LIFE FOR CONTINUOUS PLAYBACK

Apart from music, a Digital Audio Player's battery life is its most crucial feature. With 15 hours of nonstop playback on a single charge with the R2 II (Gen 2), HiBy has you covered. A 1000mAh battery within it provides 20 days of standby time. Groove to your favourite music with the R2 II (Gen 2)!

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​ONE AUDIO DEVICE, CONSIDERABLE POSSIBILITIES

HiBy has designed the R2 II (Gen 2) to be a highly versatile Digital Audio Player that is here to take your breath away merely by the performance it packs. It can be used as a USB audio device, smartphone audio dongle, portable digital audio source (to external DAC), Bluetooth receiver, Wireless music server, audio recorder (dual microphones), and eBook reader. The R2 II (Gen 2) is one device with multiple possibilities letting you enjoy your music the way you want!

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HIBYLINK WIRELESS CONTROL WITH STREAMING SUPPORT AND MSEB MASTERING BOARD

MSEB is HiBy's in-house developed audio processor, designed to bring out what audiophiles desire the most in their music. Get your warm, thick, vocal-forward sound with low sibilance, fast impulse response and crisp airiness by dialling in the temperature slider, note thickness slider, voice slider, sibilance slider, impulse response slider and air sliders, among others. The HiBy R2 II (Gen 2) supports HiByLink wireless control functionality allowing you to control playback, volume and manage playlists of the R2 on the big screen of your smartphone via the HiByMusic app for Android and iPhone! The HiBy R2 II (Gen 2) supports streaming apps like net radio, Tidal, and Qobuz and file formats like MP3, WAV, APE, FLAC, DSF, DFF, Iso, Cue, WMA, Ogg, AAC, Opus, Aiff, etc.

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PUREAUDIO HIBY OS FOR SMOOTHER AND REFINED PERFORMANCE

HiByOS is HiBy's in-house developed operating system targeted towards HiFi audio devices, optimising for audio processing from the ground up and possessing endless usage possibilities limited only by your imagination!

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ICONIC DESIGN WITH 2.45-INCH TOUCH DISPLAY

HiBy has taken a minimalistic approach while designing the R2 II (Gen 2). It has an iconic design with a compact form factor. The HiBy R2 II (Gen 2) has a 2.45-inch touch display with a resolution of 480*360. At the bottom, you will find a microSD card slot which supports up to 2TB allowing you to store offline files. The USB-C port located at the bottom can be used for charging and data transfer. It also has control buttons on the right and a volume wheel with a power button on top.

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1 Year Warranty

Don't sweat it, this HiBy - R2 II (Gen 2) comes with a 1 Year warranty from HiBy that covers manufacturing defects. All products featured on Headphone Zone are backed by an original manufacturer's warranty.

Read more about HiBy's warranty in India.

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"The HiBy R2 II is not only a good performer far as sound quality is concerned but it has a ton of features for the average price of a dinner for two which makes it quite a high-value purchase."

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