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