AP80 Pro Review - Headfonics
Mar 13, 2021
The Hidizs AP80 Pro is an upgraded version of the company’s entry-level AP80 digital audio player featuring a Dual-DAC ES9218 chipset. It is currently priced at $169.99.
Disclaimer: The Hidizs AP80 Pro sent to us is a sample in exchange for our honest opinion. We thank the team at Hidizs for giving us this opportunity.
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Note, this review follows our new scoring guidelines for 2020 which you can read up on here.
The Hidizs AP80 Pro is a $169.99 powerhouse of a portable music player and one that happens to be adorably small too. Some people build homes out of bricks, but I am building my dream house out of my AP80 variant DAP chassis.
Let’s take a deep dive into this newbie on the block, the Pro variant, not to be confused with the standard AP80 or the AP80 CU, which I reviewed not long ago. I’m not complaining at all, Hidizs DAP’s are awesome. The more, the merrier!
Packaging & Accessories
The AP80 Pro still has the same box, small and cute in its own right. It comes with a few accessories, like a screen protector and a little silicone case. For $169.99, I am more than happy with this setup.
They also have a leather case for the AP80 Pro that sells for $24.99, which I didn’t receive and don’t know anything about. Just be careful if you want one, as they also have a standard AP80 leather case that doesn’t fit this Pro version. So, make sure you are clicking on the Pro model leather case link before you buy it.
Hidizs doesn’t pull punches in the slightest with their build quality. The AP80 Pro exterior is machined CNC’ed aluminum and damn is it a hefty little unit. Not as heavy as the AP80 Cu (copper materials) but this is just so lovely to hold in the hand.
IMO, the AP80 Pro is one of the more portable-friendly DAPs out there that is actually…portable. Each button feels steady and has zero jiggles, no sway what so ever. The volume knob is “Japanese” ALPS and has good resistance to it. I am a big fan of sticky volume knobs. (Giggity!)
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