Cayin C9: Dual Nutube, Fully discrete Fully Balanced Class A/AB Portable Headphone Amplifier
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I haven't try TH900 with C9 yet. Will update if I have the opportunity to test this combo.
I should be getting my C9 this week and will also give it a whirl with my TH900 if helpful.
 
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I’m thinking of buying a c9 to partner a hiby r8 or shanling m8. What iems or headphones have people found to have the biggest wow moment with the c9?
In my own experience:

MEST
MMR Gae Bolg
Traillii
U18t
Dita XLS

Some other positive pairings I have seen/will try:
Dunu Zen, Luna, 112, QDC V14, LCD i4, Sony IER-Z1R.

Headphones:
Abyss Diana V2, ZMF Verite Closed, Meze Empyrean.
 
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In my own experience:

MEST
MMR Gae Bolg
Traillii
U18t
Dita XLS

Some other positive pairings I have seen/will try:
Dunu Zen, Luna, 112, QDC V14, LCD i4, Sony IER-Z1R.

Headphones:
Abyss Diana V2, ZMF Verite Closed, Meze Empyrean.
I recall reading someone rave about the A8000?

My Empy has landed. Now just waiting for the replacement C9 to arrive. :)
 
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In my own experience:

MEST
MMR Gae Bolg
Traillii
U18t
Dita XLS

Some other positive pairings I have seen/will try:
Dunu Zen, Luna, 112, QDC V14, LCD i4, Sony IER-Z1R.

Headphones:
Abyss Diana V2, ZMF Verite Closed, Meze Empyrean.
We need a way to update this list and track the various pairings.

I am surprised that Odin didn't fair well with the C9. When I paired it with the Chord Hugo TT2, it really was able to separate itself from the rest of what I own with everything except the Z1Rs which has the most benefit.
 
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I recall reading someone rave about the A8000?

My Empy has landed. Now just waiting for the replacement C9 to arrive. :)
I can imagine the c9 making the a8000 a bit less peaky if you use tubes
 
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I’m thinking of buying a c9 to partner a hiby r8 or shanling m8. What iems or headphones have people found to have the biggest wow moment with the c9?

EE Zeus with a PW Audio copper cable is MUCH MUCH better with a C9 than directly out of a DX300. The improvement is not as obvious with a different cable but there's still an improvement.

Utopia is noticeably better out of a C9 than directly out of a DX300, enough so that I was happy to buy the C9 over a Focal Arche.

TH600 (which I preferred to a TH900 at time of purchase) is pretty good out of the DX300->C9 (with the Grado adaptor) - it's better than a Naim DAC-V1 anyway. Haven't bothered trying the TH600 directly out of the DX300. Since I have Utopia and Zeus (which both do very well in my chain) the TH600 rarely gets any time nowadays.


Could you confirm that this is actually what iematch is?

https://www.audiosciencereview.com/...asurements-of-ifi-ear-buddy-and-iematch.4707/

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(It's really not an impedence adaptor.)
 
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Quick Q, @Andykong : any ETA for the replacement C9? Zepp has been asked but no response. Guess they’re too busy with shoppers over the Easter weekend. Thanks!
@Andykong Hey Andy! Don’t suppose Cayin has any visibility on ETA of the replacement for the DOA C9? Thanks! 🙏
 
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Nah... just happy anticipation :)
 
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Cayin’s general manager made a teaser in C9’s user group yesterday that Cayin will have a new product release event in May (not an April fool’s announcement lol). It is very likely to be a new player as it begins with “N”.

Edit: If you are a C9 user and wish to join the C9 user WeChat group, shoot me a PM. :)
 

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Interestingly, one week on from my DOA C9, I am still getting mixed signals from the Singapore AD on what is happening to my replacement C9. :frowning2:

@Andykong I've sent you a PM. Please respond. Thanks!
 
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Just arrived. Impressions to follow. First thoughts: I was *very* lucky not to pay a massive customs fee on this, after importing it from AMP3 in UK. Second: build quality is phenomenal! Wow. Impressive in the hand.

I literally just received it, but quickly tested out my ZMF VC and am thrilled with the sound. Drives them with ease, plenty of headspace.

More to come.
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