HiBy R5 Saber

$399.00
Loading reviews...
  • HiBy R5 Saber
  • HiBy R5 Saber
  • HiBy R5 Saber
  • HiBy R5 Saber
  • HiBy R5 Saber
  • HiBy R5 Saber
  • HiBy R5 Saber
  • HiBy R5 Saber
  • HiBy R5 Saber
  • HiBy R5 Saber
  • HiBy R5 Saber
  • HiBy R5 Saber
  • HiBy R5 Saber

HiBy R5 Saber

$399.00
Loading reviews...
$399.00

Palm-sized powerhouse, unlimited streaming capacities, and full MQA support... all in HiBy R5 Saber! The R5 standard edition gives a warm, smooth sound while the Saber edition ruthlessly cuts through the most complex of recordings to reveal detail for all to hear.

Be the first to know when we launch!

Get the latest news of HiBy R5 Saber & special offers!

Android Lossless Digital Audio Player

Android 8.1, Dual CS43198 DAC chips, Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 SoC, Native DSD256, MQA 8x unfolding, 4.4mm+3.5mm dual outputs

Headfonics

“"The R5 Saber is easy to pair with IEMs that are more limited in staging, thinner in the mid-range, or requires a lot of swings to drive up its dynamics. In addition, the 3.5mm output is performing quite well and clean in sound too. If you are looking for a nicely designed 4.4mm ready DAP, the R5 Sabre is like an audio Swiss Army knife packing in very up-to-date features with a big sound under its small hood that may surprise you!" Check out the review here.

Headfonia

"So everything is almost perfect in terms of user experience. The sound overall is nicely improved with better focus with a sharper separation. The sound has more detail and texture with better transparency and resolution. It’s just like the difference between R3 and R3 Pro. I really find it to be a very good performer in this price range, particularly for its close to neutral presentation and great mid reproduction. The sound stage is also quite good for a DAP that costs this little." Check out the review here.

zmarketchangers

“In fact, Saber sound version is definitely more resolving and delivered more aggressively but the DAP is dependent of end gear quality and tuning. It is a demanding source that hides the full potential until released by the right type IEMs, speakers or headphones. Fortunately, even with less capable end gear, R5s sounds similarly impressive as its predecessor – neither changing the tonality nor the overall perception.” All the differences you want to know between the R5 standard edition and the R5 saber! Check out the review here.

Delightfully snappy to listen to and to use

A real pocket rocket, it looks as good as it is!

The Saber difference

The R5 standard edition gives a warm, smooth sound while the Saber edition ruthlessly cuts through the most complex of recordings to reveal detail for all to hear.

Resolution beyond its peers

With dual Cirrus Logic CS43198 flagship DAC chips on board, integrated to the motherboard using a professional QFN packaging process to maximise heat dissipation. On the R5s, we pull out all the stops to relay every musical detail extracted by the dual DAC chips.

Panasonic electrolytic caps

4 470µF Panasonic electrolytic caps round out the output stage to increase current capability for transient response.

Panasonic Hi-Polymer Tantalum POSCAPs

7 200 µF and 4 47µF capacitors are all high-end Panasonic POSCAPs with minimal ESR for maximal power supply noise rejection and pure sound.

Two OPA1642 in professional audio-grade packaging perform low-pass filter duty while two AD8397ARDZ are in the amplification stage with high-end heatsinking provided to heighten sound quality and performance stability.

Bigger than it looks

Weighing only 160g, with a 4” 16.8 million colour LCD taking up almost the whole front bezel, the R5 is as big as it is handy. With 3.5mm SE and 4.4mm balanced headphone and line outputs and up to 1040+1040mW@16Ω of drive power through 4.4mm, this tiny package is as big as almost any headphone needs.

Systemwide MSEB for your customized sound

Systemwide MageSound Eight-ball tuning board allows you to tune the player’s sound to your specific headphones and listening tastes.

Note: Systemwide MSEB available on firmware v1.6 and higher, does not effect DSD, MQA. Processes onboard headphone outputs, lineout and coaxial digital output (i.e. excludes Bluetooth, USB).

All-format audio support

Fully supporting DSD, DXD, APE, AIFF, FLAC, WAV and WMA lossless music formats; MP3, AAC, WMA, OGG etc. lossy formats; also MQA.

MQA rendering to 8x

HiBy R5 Saber is a portable music player that is capable of MQA rendering to 8x. MQA is an award-winning technology that captures and reproduces the sound of the original studio master in a file that’s small enough to stream and download. HiBy is collaborating with MQA to deliver the true original sound quality to listeners.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 SoC

Rock-steady system programming plus 2GB RAM and 16GB storage ensures silky smooth operation and playback.

Open Android 8.1 System

The HiBy team, with its strong software team, optimized the Android 8.1 system for bit-perfect playback, using the DTA system to bypass the resampling Android audio stack for systemwide bit-perfect audio, while at the same time supporting practically all Android applications, for a smartphone-like operating experience while outclassing them in audio performance.

Bluetooth now also HiFi with UAT technology

Ultra Audio Transmission—the Bluetooth audio codec developed in-house at HiBy, supports 192kHz audio transfer with bitrate up to 1.2Mbps, while also optimizing itself for different music content. Bringing you true hi fidelity in Bluetooth.

HiByLink for remote operation

Simply install the HiByMusic app on your smartphone to connect to the R5 via WiFi or Bluetooth to control playback, browsing, volume control, etc. on the big screen while playing from the R5.

18 hours continuous play time for all-day listening

Also supporting QC3.0 quick charge, with internal 3500mAh battery for 18 hours continuous play time and quick recharging.

18 hours play time on 3.5mm SE / 11 hours play time on 4.4mm balanced.

* The playtime may differ according to different scenarios.

All portable usage scenarios supported

Using R5:
- as USB DAC
- or playing to USB DAC
- LDAC as Bluetooth receiver or transmitter
- transmitting and receiving music files via WiFi
- or playing to other HiFi systems via line out 

List of included items

The R5 Saber, leather case, screen protectors, USB charge and data cable, instruction manual and warranty card.

Specifications

ModelHiBy R5 Saber
ColorsAluminum alloy black
Dimensions107.7*61.2*15.6mm
Bluetooth4.2
USB2.0 
Operating SystemAndroid 8.1
DACCS43198*2
SoCSnapdragon 425
No. of CPU Cores4
CPU Max Frequency1.4GHz
WIFI5GHz/2.4GHz, supports IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n protocols
Display Size4.0 inches (540*1080)
Colors16 million colors
TopologyIPS
RAM2GB
Internal Storage16GB
External StorageUp tp 2TB + via 1 micro SD card
Headphone Out3.5mm
Balanced Headphone Out4.4mm
Line Out3.5mm LO
Balanced Out4.4mm LO
Digital OutSPDIF (USB out)
USBUSB storage, USB DAC IN/OUT
Headphone Impedance Range16~300Ω
EQ Adjustments10 bands (±12dB)
Channel BalanceL 10dB to R 10dB
USB DACPCM/DoP/DSD Native
Power Supply9V/1.5A
Battery3500mAh
Charge ProtocolQC3.0
Firmware UpdateOver-the-air update

R5 Saber vs R5 standard edition

Be the first to know when we launch!

Get the latest news of HiBy R5 Saber & special offers!

Android Lossless Digital Audio Player

Android 8.1, Dual CS43198 DAC chips, Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 SoC, Native DSD256, MQA 8x unfolding, 4.4mm+3.5mm dual outputs

Headfonics

"The R5 Saber is easy to pair with IEMs that are more limited in staging, thinner in the mid-range, or requires a lot of swings to drive up its dynamics. In addition, the 3.5mm output is performing quite well and clean in sound too. If you are looking for a nicely designed 4.4mm ready DAP, the R5 Sabre is like an audio Swiss Army knife packing in very up-to-date features with a big sound under its small hood that may surprise you!" Check out the review here.

Headfonia

So everything is almost perfect in terms of user experience. The sound overall is nicely improved with better focus with a sharper separation. The sound has more detail and texture with better transparency and resolution. It’s just like the difference between R3 and R3 Pro. I really find it to be a very good performer in this price range, particularly for its close to neutral presentation and great mid reproduction. The sound stage is also quite good for a DAP that costs this little.

zmarketchangers

“In fact, Saber sound version is definitely more resolving and delivered more aggressively but the DAP is dependent of end gear quality and tuning. It is a demanding source that hides the full potential until released by the right type IEMs, speakers or headphones. Fortunately, even with less capable end gear, R5s sounds similarly impressive as its predecessor – neither changing the tonality nor the overall perception.” All the differences you want to know between the R5 standard edition and the R5 saber! Check out the review here.

Delightfully snappy to listen to and to use

A real pocket rocket, it looks as good as it is!

The Saber difference

The R5 standard edition gives a warm, smooth sound while the Saber edition ruthlessly cuts through the most complex of recordings to reveal detail for all to hear.

Resolution beyond its peers


UAT - The Ultimate In Bluetooth HiFi

With dual Cirrus Logic CS43198 flagship DAC chips on board, integrated to the motherboard using a professional QFN packaging process to maximise heat dissipation. On the R5s, we pull out all the stops to relay every musical detail extracted by the dual DAC chips.

Panasonic electrolytic caps

4 470µF Panasonic electrolytic caps round out the output stage to increase current capability for transient response.

Panasonic Hi-Polymer Tantalum POSCAPs


UAT - The Ultimate In Bluetooth HiFi

7 200 µF and 4 47µF capacitors are all high-end Panasonic POSCAPs with minimal ESR for maximal power supply noise rejection and pure sound.

Two OPA1642 in professional audio-grade packaging perform low-pass filter duty while two AD8397ARDZ are in the amplification stage with high-end heatsinking provided to heighten sound quality and performance stability.

Bigger than it looks


UAT - The Ultimate In Bluetooth HiFi

Weighing only 160g, with a 4” 16.8 million colour LCD taking up almost the whole front bezel, the R5 is as big as it is handy. With 3.5mm SE and 4.4mm balanced headphone and line outputs and up to 1040+1040mW@16Ω of drive power through 4.4mm, this tiny package is as big as almost any headphone needs.

Systemwide MSEB for your customized sound

Systemwide MageSound Eight-ball tuning board allows you to tune the player’s sound to your specific headphones and listening tastes.

Note: Systemwide MSEB available on firmware v1.6 and higher, does not effect DSD, MQA. Processes onboard headphone outputs, lineout and coaxial digital output (i.e. excludes Bluetooth, USB).

All-format audio support


UAT - The Ultimate In Bluetooth HiFi

Fully supporting DSD, DXD, APE, AIFF, FLAC, WAV and WMA lossless music formats; MP3, AAC, WMA, OGG etc. lossy formats; also MQA.

MQA rendering to 8x

HiBy R5 Saber is a portable music player that is capable of MQA rendering to 8x. MQA is an award-winning technology that captures and reproduces the sound of the original studio master in a file that’s small enough to stream and download. HiBy is collaborating with MQA to deliver the true original sound quality to listeners.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 SoC


UAT - The Ultimate In Bluetooth HiFi

Rock-steady system programming plus 2GB RAM and 16GB storage ensures silky smooth operation and playback.

Open Android 8.1 System


UAT - The Ultimate In Bluetooth HiFi

The HiBy team, with its strong software team, optimized the Android 8.1 system for bit-perfect playback, using the DTA system to bypass the resampling Android audio stack for systemwide bit-perfect audio, while at the same time supporting practically all Android applications, for a smartphone-like operating experience while outclassing them in audio performance.

Bluetooth now also HiFi with UAT technology


UAT - The Ultimate In Bluetooth HiFi

Ultra Audio Transmission—the Bluetooth audio codec developed in-house at HiBy, supports 192kHz audio transfer with bitrate up to 1.2Mbps, while also optimizing itself for different music content. Bringing you true hi fidelity in Bluetooth.

HiByLink for remote operation


UAT - The Ultimate In Bluetooth HiFi

Simply install the HiByMusic app on your smartphone to connect to the R5 via WiFi or Bluetooth to control playback, browsing, volume control, etc. on the big screen while playing from the R5.

18 hours continuous play time for all-day listening


UAT - The Ultimate In Bluetooth HiFi

Also supporting QC3.0 quick charge, with internal 3500mAh battery for 18 hours continuous play time and quick recharging. 

18 hours play time on 3.5mm SE / 11 hours play time on 4.4mm balanced.

* The playtime may differ according to different scenarios.

All portable usage scenarios supported

Using R5:
- as USB DAC
- or playing to USB DAC
- LDAC as Bluetooth receiver or transmitter
- transmitting and receiving music files via WiFi
- or playing to other HiFi systems via line out 

List of included items

The R5 Saber, leather case, screen protectors, USB charge and data cable, instruction manual and warranty card. 

Specifications

Make/Model
HiBy R5 Saber
ColorsAluminum alloy black
Dimensions107.7*61.2*15.6mm
Bluetooth4.2
USB2.0 
Operating SystemAndroid 8.1
DACCS43198*2
SoCSnapdragon 425
No. of CPU Cores4
CPU Max Frequency1.4GHz
WIFI5GHz/2.4GHz, supports IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n protocols
Display Size4.0 inches (540*1080)
Colors16 million colors
TopologyIPS
RAM2GB
Internal Storage16GB
External StorageUp tp 2TB + via 1 micro SD card
Headphone Out3.5mm
Balanced Headphone Out4.4mm
Line Out3.5mm LO
Balanced Out4.4mm LO
Digital OutSPDIF (USB out)
USBUSB storage, USB DAC IN/OUT
Headphone Impedance Range16~300Ω
EQ Adjustments10 bands (±12dB)
Channel BalanceL 10dB to R 10dB
USB DACPCM/DoP/DSD Native
Power Supply9V/1.5A
Battery3500mAh
Charge ProtocolQC3.0
Firmware UpdateOver-the-air update


Specifications

Bluetooth chipsetQCC 5121
Driver complementone dynamic and one balanced armature driver, total two drivers per earpiece
Bluetooth standardBluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth codecUAT/aptX/SBC/AAC
Bluetooth coverage distance10m
OperationTouch, indicator light and voice feedback, HiBy Blue app control
Status indicatorsBlue and red lights
MicrophoneIncluded
Battery capacityWH3 = 45 mAh, Battery case = 400 mAh
Battery Life5-hour playtime after fully charged. With Battery case up to 24-hour playtime.
Weight63g (including battery case)

R5 Saber vs R5 standard edition