They say, “If it isn’t broken, then don’t fix it.”. Hidizs is back with a refresh of their entry-level DAP, the Hidizs AP80 Pro-X. What can I say, at first glance, it looks exactly the same as its predecessor, the AP80 Pro.
Looking more deeply, it has the same small footprint, with minor details here and there. Under the hood reveals a more significant improvement, the DAC chips themselves!
Priced at $199, Hidizs may have unleashed another powerhouse packed in a small form factor.
The Hidizs AP80 Pro-X uses a new dual ES9219C for its DAC. This chip is previously found in higher-priced DAPs such as the Shanling M3X and crept down to portable BT amplifiers such as the FiiO BTR5 and similarly priced DAPs such as the Hiby R3 Pro Saber. This is an upgrade from the previous model Hidizs AP80 PRO’s Dual ES9218P.
The main improvement of the new dual ES9219C DAC chip compared to the AP80 PRO’s dual ES9218P is its dynamic range and ultra-low distortion. The dual ES9219C DAC chip supports up to 2.0Vrms output with analog gain control which reduces noise and makes audio sound cleaner on audible levels.
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