Hidizs S8 Pro Robin – next version of Hidizs bestseller DACs

Hidizs, as a company, already has extended lineup of ultra-portable USB DACs to suit any taste and compatibility. Some were enhanced versions of the previous iterations, while others brought completely new form-factor and functionality. The reason for another generation of S8-series model is shifting again to Cirrus Logic DAC chips that impact the resulting sound more than the form-factor, design or sound tuning. Hope that one day Hidizs would release something like this based on the beloved AKM DACs that sound the most mellow and musical to my personal taste. Although, this review would shed some light on how or whether CRL DACs sound better or worse compared to its S9 Sabre siblings.

S8 Pro “Robin” sales has launched on 20th of May with $69 listing price. First 100 order would receive 5%OFF automatically, resulting in the price of $65.55. Additionally, even the first 100 orders as well as the consequent ones may use our discount coupon code ZMCR5OFF to bring prices down to $61.75 and $65,55 respectively. This all applies whenever the product is ordered in Hidizs official store: LINK

In the box:

S8 PRO (codename “Robin”) shares the box design with S9-series USB DACs – very compact and sturdy. High quality prints all around the wrap, full list of specs and features on the back side. Box itself is made of recyclable plastics, inside you’d find soft foam holding the DAC and small compartment underneath that stores all of the additional accessories.

Apart from the DAC itself, there are the next items included:

  • “HiRES” stickers
  • Type-C to Type-C cable
  • Type-C to USB A adapter
  • Type-C to Lightning adapter

Having the latter in the box provides the compatibility of S8 Robin with iOS devices equipped with the corresponding port.

Full specs of S8 Robin are as following:

  • 1. Dual 32-bit High-performance DAC Balanced Architecture – CS43131×2
  • 2. PCM Supports Up to 32bit/384kHz
  • 3. Native DSD 64/128/256
  • 4. 4.4mm Balanced & 3.5mm Single-ended Output
  • 5. CNC Aluminum Alloy Integrated Molding
  • 6. Practical Function Buttons (volume +-/filter switching)
  • 7. Sampling Rate Indicator
  • 8. 80mW+80mW@32Ω 3.5mm SE / 160mW+160mW@32Ω 4.4mm BAL
  • 9. Compatible with All platforms: Windows/Mac OS/iPad OS/Android/iOS/Harmony OS
  • 10. Hi-Res Audio Certification

Looking at the design – it also resembles previous generations of S8 and S9 DACs, with some new features and more complicated elements. S8 Robin case is made of aluminum with glass panels covering front and rear of the device. The newly designed are the decorative fins on the right side, and all buttons on the left. Pity is that the central crown is not a rotary element as it seems to be. It is a mere push-button that serves only one purpose – to play|pause. Other two buttons are for changing the volume (long press) / changing effect filters (simultaneously press both).

Since this DAC is fully balanced (2 DAC chips + parallel L+R circuitry) – it is equipped with 4.4mm Pentacon balanced connector along with single-ended 3.5mm one. USB type-C is used to connect S8 Robin to the source (Windows, Android OS, iOS, MacOS devices and HiBy OS DAPs).

S8 Pro Robin is very lightweight (only 17 grams), doesn’t require external power supply and doesn’t heat up notably which makes it perfect companion for phones, tablets or laptops.

In operation:

Undoubtedly, the central design element of this DAC is the semi-transparent logo at the front that also lights up with different colors resembling current sample rate and the chosen filter effect. To understand it, here is the list of color and corresponding meanings:


  • Red: High Pass Filter
  • White: Wide Band and Flatness Mode
  • Green: NOS Filter
  • Blue: Deem Phase Filter
  • Yellow: Fast & Slow Filter
  • Pink: Phase Compensated Filter

Sample rates:

  • Yellow: DSD 64/128
  • Purple: DSD 256
  • Blue: PCM 176.4/192kHz
  • Red: PCM 352.8/384kHz
  • White: PCM 705.6/768kHz
  • Green: PCM 44.1/48/88.2/96kHz

I’ve paired S8 with Xiaomi Redmi Note 8PRO, Lenovo Thinkpad E14 laptop, DooGee tablet – all recognized S8 Pro as USB DAC straight away. But I would recommend to use some specific audio player apps on Android (like HiBy Music) and ASIO drivers for S8 Pro on Windows 10/11 (available at Hidizs official website download page) in order to bypass system mixers and get the best sound quality.

As to the power draw from a smartphone – S8 Pro is pretty effective. I’ve noticed around 3-4% increase during 2-3 hours of listening to music with the screen off.



There is a slight emphasis on the bass which gives a bit of warmth to the overall sound which is quite good for my taste. Just getting border of the crispy sound of the Sabre siblings. Bass extension is pretty good. Lows are apparently outlined, exhibit moderate detalization. Mid bass is tight and punchy with most of the sensitive IEMs and gets slightly dull with large overheads. This region is the most vulnerable for power-hungry headphones of any types. Anything below 72Ohms should be good to go but I would not recommend the most of the ultra-potable USB DACs for anything above that.


I like how the warmth that bleeds in from the lows add the wight and timbre to the mids. Mids manage to stay close to neutral but the warmth make it feel more volumetric and standing forward. This also helps to keep the control of the upper mids which doesn’t exhibit sibilants or hissing. Higher resolution is evident here, separation and layering of the instruments are quite good. S8 Pro is definitely demonstrates the best performance in this range – rich, resolved, natural sound and appealing timbre.


Again, treble is sensitive to type of the IEMs or headphones used. The best performance when there is no notable shading is with the armature-based sensitive IEMs while closed-back overheads might tend to dark sound when you’d obviously lack treble amount. I wouldn’t say that treble is not crispy or detailed enough. Neither it is not under-emphasized – presence is pretty balanced with the most neutral IEMs. But the rest – resolution, amount, crispness and extension is headphones-dependent, more than with Sabre siblings. Part of this comes from the overall slightly warm sound character. Again, with neutral of bright IEMs – treble feels excellent, with no fatigue and pleasant for long listening sessions even at high volume levels.


There is almost a full lineup of USB DACs from Hidizs in my possession, as well as 5 other ultra-potable DACs from other brands (ColorFly, Audirect, etc). And among those my favorite ones are from Hidizs due to the combination of price/power output/sound quality. Recent S9 generations were based on ESS Sabre DAC chips with its prominent treble clarity and performance but I’ve always tended towards warmer sound and mellow timbre. That is why DAPs based on AKK ships are the main sound sources for me throughout the years. At last, Hidizs has made a DAC with the sound character much closer to such preferences. It sounds rich, warmer, puts a slight emphasis on mids, brings it forward, resolves lows pretty well and doesn’t make you feel tired after long listening sessions due to the reasonable amount of treble.

Hidizs S8 Pro “Robin” is available at official Hidizs store page: LINK

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