HB2 HI-FI HUB SYS­TEM – bring­ing it all back home

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Along with the lat­est ver­sion of its high-res por­ta­ble player, Questyle has re­leased the HB2 Hi-Fi Hub Sys­tem, which al­lows far eas­ier use of the unit’s high-qual­ity re­play when you’re back at home. It docks the QP2R and can charge it (though stops charg­ing while play­ing), and it comes with a con­ve­nient phys­i­cal re­mote con­trol al­low­ing play­back and menu nav­i­ga­tion from a dis­tance. The Hub does not in­cor­po­rate a DAC it­self, rather ex­tend­ing the out­puts of the QP2R into the RCA con­nec­tions most use­ful as in­puts to hi-fi sys­tems, and in the set­tings menus you can choose whether the Hub will out­put as dig­i­tal or ana­logue. In de­sign terms it fol­lows the cues of the QP2R, also pro­tect­ing against vi­bra­tion by us­ing solid air­craft-grade alu­minium to­gether with a spe­cial sil­i­cone ma­te­rial sup­port­ing the player and on the base. As a sys­tem the HB2 has just landed it­self an iF 2018 De­sign Award, and the price to add this to your QP2R is $999.

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