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Hisoundaudio Studio-V review

Andrew Williams



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Hisoundaudio Studio-V
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  • Hisoundaudio Studio-V
  • Hisoundaudio Studio-V
  • Hisoundaudio Studio-V
  • Hisoundaudio Studio-V
  • Hisoundaudio Studio-V
  • Hisoundaudio Studio-V


Our Score:



  • Rock solid metal body
  • OLED screen
  • Great battery life


  • Very expensive
  • Sound quality good, not incredible

Key Features

  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Claimed 100-hour battery life
  • 1.1in monochrome AMOLED display
  • 3.5mm audio input
  • Supports FLAC
  • Manufacturer: HisoundAudio
  • Review Price: £279.99

The higher you climb up the price scale, the more your have to pay for each successive performance increase. A £20 pair of headphones can sound miles better than a £10 pair, but it'd be much tougher to judge between £110 and £120 sets, wouldn't it? The Hisoundaudio Studio-V "audiophile" media player demands a certain appreciation of this principle. It's a flash MP3 player that will set you back almost £300. But is it worth it over a £100 model?

Hisoundaudio's Studio-V makes an imposing entrance. It comes delivered in a leather-bound box, complete with the kind of hinge you'd find in the casing of a £5k diamond necklace. We're off to a classy start.

Hisoundaudio Studio-V 4

The player itself is only an eighth the size of this box - the rest must be taken up with all that pomp and circumstance. Thankfully, the sense of quality and ceremony doesn't fall apart when you get hold of the player. The body is made of thick brushed metal. The front buttons are metal too, while the back has a mirrored finish.

The brushed metal finish will likely soon get scratched and tarnished with careless use, especially as it is painted black rather than showing the bare metal. However, it's one of the sturdiest media players we've ever come across. Muscle-bound as we aren't, we couldn't get the Studio-V to flex even a fraction of an inch.

Hisoundaudio Studio-V 3

Quality materials aside, the design of this player is extremely simple. It's a metal matchbox, with edges that are each bevelled rather than curved. They're not sharp but they are severe. Throw this media player at someone in anger and you can expect an ABH charge.

The Hisoundaudio Studio-V comes with 4GB or 8GB of internal memory built-in, which can be accessed like a standard USB pen drive when plugged into a computer using the miniUSB slot on its bottom. Next to the miniUSB is the microSD slot, letting you boost memory by up to 16GB.

Hisoundaudio Studio-V 2

Both sides of this miniature metal fag packet are blank, while the top is home to the 3.5mm headphone jack and 3.5mm audio input. Yes, you read that right folks. The Studio-V doesn't feature a second audio out, but an audio in. That shows you how much confidence Hisoundaudio has in the built-in DAC and headphone amp. Of course, if you want to output sound to some speakers, you can simply use the headphone jack.

Matt Ross

July 13, 2011, 1:37 pm

Funny you should mention the Iriver H140 as I still use mine. I've never found a replacement unit that has all its features: true line out for my headphone amp, wired remote control so it can be tucked away safely, and FLAC support. Needs Rockbox to make it effective but seven years on it's still my player of choice.


July 13, 2011, 2:08 pm

Sadly I sold my H140. Great player. Weirdly, I miss my old Rio Riot even more, even though it was the size of an Atari Lynx.


July 13, 2011, 6:33 pm

April 1st already?


July 13, 2011, 10:52 pm

It astounds me how this ever got to market. This is exactly the type of product that was

a) created to fill a gap that doesn't exist in the market.
b) expensive for the only reason that it won't see in great volume, not due to any sort of premium feature, USP or branding opportunity
c) Aims to part fools with their hard earned (or otherwise) money


July 14, 2011, 8:08 am

With a name like Hisoundaudio and 'Audiophile' branded on the rear you know it's going to be anything but.


July 14, 2011, 12:10 pm

The company has another player AMP3 Pro, the inside looks just like Studio-V. Anything but iPod has a detailed review -- Oh, the humanity!

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