The dedicated DAP, or digital audio player market has always been one of confliction between smart features and the pure audio experience. And one could argue that, with the mass genocide of the 3.5mm headphone jack, dedicated DAPs are now more relevant than ever. But in the more affordable market, hyper-portable DAPs such as Sony’s Walkmans and Apple’s iPods have always held an important role as secondary or backup devices to be used during activity, driving or general commute.
In that sense, I really enjoy my iPod Nano; it’s small, lightweight, has a fast GUI and sounds fine enough when out and about. However, iPods also come with a steep entrance price, the 7th generation model costing over $200 AUD. Combine the high price with limited file support and a reliance on proprietary software and it becomes easier to see why cheaper players from Fiio, Hidizs and Shanling are so appealing. And that’s just what we’ll be looking at today; the Hidizs AP60 is an incredibly compact and feature-rich player with a meagre asking price of just $90 USD. With the vast majority of these Chinese DAPs being significantly impaired by an average interface and plagued with software bugs, let’s see if the AP60 can best other portable budget players such as Apple’s iPod Nano and the similarly priced Fiio M3.
I would like to thank Nick from Hidizs for reaching out to me and providing me with the AP60 for the purpose of review. There is no monetary incentive for a positive review and despite receiving the product free of cost, I will attempt to be as objective as possible in my evaluation.
The AP60 comes packaged within a nicely presenting box featuring renders up front and specs and features on the rear. A leather textured inlet snugly holds the player with the accessories in a separate compartment just below.
In addition to the player, Hidizs provide the buyer with a faux leather pouch that comfortable fits the player and a cable/earphone, micro usb data+power cable, a pair of earbuds and a screen protector.
The earbuds were quite unremarkable to my ears with quite a dark sound and minimal low-end though I see them as more of an extra inclusion. Hidizs also include a few papers for warranty, service and some instruction. Overall, a nice setup, perhaps Hidizs could include a TPU case instead of the earbuds, but it’s a surprisingly premium accessory suite.
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