Pros: accurate and neutral sound, great build quality and design, intuitive UI, USB and Bluetooth DAC functionality, HibyLink, gapless playback
Cons: Micro USB for charging/syncing, not-quite-perfect CUE support, and hiss while using sensitive IEMs
I won a Hidizs AP60II late last year in a Facebook contest. I have been using it extensively for about a month. I am writing this review of my own volition and have had no contact with Hidizs other than to provide shipping details to them.
I listen mostly to heavy metal, hip hop, and electronic music, as well as movie and video game soundtracks. I value detail, clarity, and soundstage above other acoustic qualities, and generally prefer a V-shaped sound signature.
The headphones currently in my possession include:
Campfire Audio Polaris, Mee Audio Pinnacle P1, Mee Audio Pinnacle P2, VE Monk Espresso, E-MU Teak, KZ ATE, Mixcder X5, and Archeer AH07
Source files and other equipment used:
I used 44.1kHz/16 Bits FLAC on a 128GB SD card for most of my listening. I have used the Hidizs AP60II as both a Bluetooth DAC and a USB DAC with a Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 smartphone running an Android Oreo custom rom to play Spotify HQ streaming. I have also used the Hidizs AP60II as a USB DAC with PCs running Windows 10 to play Spotify HQ streaming and both redbook and Hi-Res FLAC files.
I requested my AP60II in silver. The unit I received came with a pre-installed screen protector, a USB-A to Micro-USB cable, a semi-transparent matte plastic case which covers the back and sides (not top and bottom) of the player, a quality assurance certificate, an extra screen protector, a screen protector for the glass on the back panel, a warranty card, a card with contact information for servicing, and a user manual in Chinese and English. The AP60II has an aluminum-alloy unibody construction with a 2.5D glass back panel. It feels very substantial in the hand despite its small size, and the fit and finish is exceptional.
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