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Cayin i5 Lossless Android DAP with AKM4490 DAC supporting 32/384 PCM + 64/128 DSD

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by nmatheis, Mar 21, 2016.
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  1. karloil
    ah i see, thanks for confirming this! Now i need to look for a USB C Male part
  2. Andykong

    May I suggest one more alternative: Onkyo DP-X1a

    The DP-X1a use Snapdragon 800 (SD800) with Android 5.1, the SD800 CPU is significantly faster then the Leadcore used in i5 and it can handle the single core DAC algorithm of Tidal pretty well.
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  3. Andykong

    I believe that is the only source for Type-C to Coaxial pin out. This is an innovative implementation from Cayin and we are the only one doing this at the moment.

    I don't get this. The pin out I stated above is S/PDIF coaxial, so i5 has coax output and you can get it out from the Type-C connector.
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  4. BrianD19
    Nobody else has an i5 with a randomly inoperative volume control?
  5. frost15
    Apparently not. The only nuissance I have with the volume control is when I connect the i5 to any speaker via bluetooth. It suddenly goes up to maximum volume, yet the volume is controlled by the speaker, so it does not affect the output volume.
  6. BrianD19

    What you describe there with the volume behaviour with bluetooth sounds like how I would expect it to be, unless it occurs at random, if I understand you correctly. I would want full output from the source when the volume is controlled by the speaker.

    Anyway, I sent the i5 back due to the random inoperation of the volume control as it seems like a fault to me. I am likely to order another as the i5 is easily the best DAP I've heard to date.
  7. frost15
    It's not random, and it would be all good and expectable were it not for the fact that it doesn't come back to "normal" volume after disconnecting from the bluetooth device, which can accidentally lead to a huge volume outburst when connecting your headphones after a bluetooth playback... I'm used to it by now, but it can be an annoying issue. Not a deal breaker though, I'm still considering i5 the best DAP under 750 in the market right now.
  8. BrianD19
    Yes, I see now why that wouldn't be great. Thanks for the info.
  9. professor55
    Could someone, or more than one if possible, do a test on their i5?
    This may be normal, but it seems strange to me.
    On my machine, while a file is playing, regardless of what type, if I set the eq for "custom", set the sliders flat at 0, the volume is 7-10 decibels higher than if I go to "rock", even though I set the sliders on the rock eq to flat also. If I toggle between rock set to flat, and custom set to flat, that same jump happens. Is this normal? What is the reason for the volume difference?
  10. Soundtrap
    Don't worry, it is how Cayin implemented USER EQ. I don't know exactly why, but all Cowon players and I own almost a dozen behave exactly like that.
  11. BartSimpson1976
    still no news about next FW. Did they abandon the i5 aready after release of N3?
    Please one more thing: If no earphones connected don't let the player start in play mode after booting. It should be in pause mode when starting up.
  12. pr0b3r
    I guess the after Chinese New Year promise could stretch for months.  If it's taking that long, maybe it's packed with fixes.. or not.
  13. harishmirror
    Hey Hi, received my i5 yesterday. the player keeps crashing (not quite often, but has done is once every 2hrs or so). The firmware is on 2.2, am I doing something wrong?
    It happens when I play FLAC,MP3 audio or use spotify, soundcloud, pandora etc.
    BTW I am love with sound stage and signature, the X5iii is going back to Amazon for a refund. Cheers.
  14. PinkyPowers

    In what way does it crash? What does it do?
  15. harishmirror
    Find the enclosed. It does this every 2-3 hours. I am sure the device is no hot. Running version 2.2
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