We reviewed R2R2000 Red version previously: HIFIMAN R2R2000 Red Luxury HIFI Music Player First Impression Review After some intense using, here we bring you the follow-up. Objective test In this part, we tested the 3.5mm unbalanced and 4.4mm balanced output of the R2R2000 Red, which were not loaded and all of which used high gain. The volume setting displays a maximum of 32. 3.5mm output...
We have updated in-depth review here: HIFIMAN R2R2000 Red HIFI Music Player In-depth Review
Speaking of professional hifi music player, the bulky appearance seems to be everyone’s first impression, although in recent years many Chinese hifi manufacturers launched its flagship music player, but still looked by a lot of music lovers as “brick”, large, bulky appearance size in the daily carry travel still appears very inconvenient, It seems that consumers can only choose one between sound quality and portability. Fish and bear palms can not be both. And at the end of 2017 well-known Chinese hifi manufacturer HIFIMAN has brought a stunning product: Prince R2R2000, the price of 15800 yuan positioned in the high-end flagship portable player, all of a sudden will be sound quality and portable two choice solder ingenuity to break, in the pursuit of the ultimate sound quality at the same time. In the hifi audio market today, R2R2000 can be said to be a few high-end portable player as “benchmark” products. I’m also not able to hold the inner impulse, tried the R2R2000 red special edition, at $1500 less, the red prince appears more people-friendly.
The R2R2000 red special edition is actually the black prince in a red shell and equipped with diff decoding chip. Also by the German Kurz-Kurz design transactions brought about by the design, the red prince brought in new colors. The size and shape maintain the same.
The front is red body with a black screen, the back of the body is a black glass plate, printed with HIFIMAN logo. R2R2000 breakthrough will be the top-level desktop DAC only R2R architecture, the first to be applied to the portable hifi player, which is not common in today’s market-marketing equivalent players, whether it is the front right-hand corner of the R2R gold label, or R2R2000 red prince model name, are very recognizable.
Let the user remember this R2R architecture’s portable player in the first place. When I first saw the R2R2000, I was attracted by the small carry-on size, which is 56mm wide. High 97.4mm, the thickest point 18.37mm, the thinnest place 12.66mm, aluminum alloy body, surface blasting process texture is very strong, the front arc processing of the body enhances the comfort of handling, the upper right corner step volume knob, the damping degree is moderate at the same time, blind will feel the “scale sense” on the feel.
This design is particularly flattering, the volume key below is cleverly combined with LOGO shape, the addition of the back of the glass, to a large extent to enhance the value of the entire machine, especially when the light is sufficient, the physical is very beautiful.
R2R2000 red prince machine all-in-one design sense is sufficient, there is no cumbersome physical keys, the right side of the body only a power supply key, the top of the body is 4.4mm balance headphone hole, 3.5mm with single-ended / balanced headphone hole, dual-spec balance port design fully meet the needs of balance mouth enthusiasts.
On the left side of the body is a TF memory card expansion card slot, the maximum support 256GB capacity expansion, more interesting: R2R2000 red prince did not use the traditional audio player card slot design, on the contrary, the use of a smartphone SIM card slot similar design, providing better closure and dust resistance.
There is a Type-C connector on the bottom left of the body, which, in addition to providing device charging, also supports high-resolution USB DAC use, can be used with mobile phones and PCs, and can support up to 24Bit/384kHz.
R2R2000 red prince adhering to HIFIMAN has always been the beginning, the use of custom embedded operating system, compared to today’s audio manufacturers sacrifice sound quality, have embraced Android system, HIFIMAN in the demanding sound quality on the show of stubborn pursuit, which is also with the ashes music enthusiast.
Pressing every milliamp of electrical energy as much as possible contributes to the sound quality, with piese clocks and high-precision PLL-locking ring circuits that eliminate jitter from the underlying operating system source. Compared with the author has started in the past several with Android hifi player, R2R2000 Red Prince this counter-daily power-saving custom embedded operating system in power control, really did achieve a more outstanding, thin and compact body built-in 1800 mAh battery.
However, it provides the hifi mode for up to 8 hours or so of battery life, while in the energy-saving mode up to 35 to 40 hours of battery life can be described as “horror” word, than other brands of heavy national brick battery life is also a lot longer. In terms of core decoding chips, although the R2R2000 Red Prince did not use the top-of-the-line PCM1704 chip like the Black Prince, it still carried a PCM1702 chip based on the R2R architecture, only the quantification accuracy from the PCM1704 24Bit to PCM1702 20Bit.
Red black prince’s circuit board, filtering, amplification circuit is completely consistent, for the same time did not compare the black prince’s burner friends, R2R2000 red prince and black prince two sound difference is very small, but the sacrifice of the slight chip brings the advantage of ultra-good value for money. In order to take into account the pursuit of small carry-on and extreme hifi, HIFIMAN in the R2R2000 red prince small body redesigned the filter buffer line and front and rear balance ear-set line, built-in 7 dual-flow mono-channel architecture, the biggest advantage of this architectural design is to ensure that the left and right channel error rate is less than one thousandth, At the same time with the independent research and development of digital filters, the tone again polished to a more natural, real. Before starting r2R2000 red prince, the author is not cold about the so-called Bluetooth HIFI on the market, whether it is APTX or APTX-HD in Bluetooth transmission has more or less sacrificed a lot of sound quality, and LDAC technology before most of the Sony exclusive, R2R2000 red prince on the Bluetooth standard, First support for the HWA Bluetooth standard, this Huawei’s new Bluetooth standard distortion as low as 0.0005%, audio specificationsupport support 24bit/96kHz, compared to the normal Bluetooth transmission distortion rate of 0.017%, 24/48kHz and a higher level,
For burners who like to listen to rich cloud music like the author, the R2R2000 Red Prince’s fever-grade HWA Bluetooth standard offers more hope.
I first took HIFIMAN RE600S to match. I usually prefer to listen to vocals. This time with R2R2000 red prince, when the singer opens the throat I can feel the strong thrust of the red prince. The old RE600S can also be picky. This time with the red prince, I try to listen to a group of vocal music. The abundant power pushes the sound field very quickly. The sense of space will not be boring. Vocals is relatively close. There is a kind of feeling someone is singing to your ear. For music with more beats, the bass dive is deep enough. Transient feedback is also notable. In particular, the elasticity of the drum is very comfortable. The vocal of R2R2000 red prince continues HIFIMAN’s usual warm style, the emotional and atmospheric feeling is well interpreted.
With Sennheiser IE80S, I used to prefer to listen to some instruments-based music. The first feeling is R2R2000 red prince resolution power is very prominent. The background although is not particularly dark. But it’s still clean and pure. The separation control of different instruments is very good. The drum, guitar, bass, keyboard can be clearly positioned. The bass is thick and flexible. Female voice is clear, but also kind of soft. The treble part is limited by iE80S characteristics, not so transparent. But the whole vocal is fluffy, atmosphere is very satisfying.
Finally let’s take HIFIMAN’s own RE800 for a run. With a vein inherited HIFIMAN’s classic tuning style, this RE800 is very suitable for different music style. RE800 sound will feel very attractive. The voice is sweet, crisp. This is a very difficult for people to refuse to listen. Even the treble part does not have a cold listening feeling. On the contrary, the high-pitched details are rich, transparent and will not burr. Especially the sweet, soft voice of the female will make people have a feeling of haunting. Sound layer is rich. Thanks to the powerful resolution, the sound contour is very clear. Taking into account the delicate tone of emotion, the emotional songs go ups and downs, bring a good sense of immersion.
For hifi enthusiasts like me, for the hifi listening is more critical than the newbies, but often do not have enough budget to spend tens of thousands of dollars on equipment. In the mid-market price of $800-$1000 the hifi player, most manufacturers are beginning to using Android system and this more or less sacrifices sound quality. R2R2000 red prince maintains the ideology of “extreme HiFi” from the beginning. The advantages of the top R2R architecture is self-evident, while compared to the black prince, cheaper red version suddenly brings me closer to R2R architecture distance. No matter for vocals, popular, metal, musical instruments or other different music, the R2R2000 Red Prince is undoubtedly a choice that will not be the wrong.