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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. alvinlim2010
    Thanks Brooko! The more I read, the more I'm leaning towards the Fiio, given that it's not as, dated and a somewhat similar sound signature to the Cayin. I don't use headphones so the better power output from Cayin wouldn't benefit me as much.
     
  2. Brooko Contributor
    They're both very good DAPs - so it pretty much comes down to UI and features. You can't really go wrong with either IMO.
     
  3. Andykong
    How about N5ii? I am interested to find out why do you prefer i5 over N5ii as your next DAP candidate?

    Besides a slightly different sound signature, N5ii offers more updated configuration and features. :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:
     
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  4. alvinlim2010
    If I have the budget I will definitely go for the N5ii! Sadly I'm constrained by the budget I have.
     
  5. Andykong
    I see, this escaped my mind completely because the SRP of i5 is actually higher then N5ii, and the retail price of X5ii and N5ii should be very close to each other.
     
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  6. MROOD
    hello

    Cayin i5 HEAVY DISTORTION when BASS is high on the EQ

    I have purchased a Cayin i5, now ive had it for a week now, used it for a few hours, do i have to burn in to get better sound?

    My issue is when i increase the bass via the EQ (last 2 on the left) on the i5 I get heavy distortion.

    I read the reviews before purchase and it stated that the device has strong booming bass

    The mids and highs are nice and the sound stage is wide, however the bass is very disappointing, if I increase it more than 30% then the distortion kicks in and its horrible, i wanted to email Cayin support but its in chinese, support

    Im using 80ohm fostex tr90s HD650 and beyers Amirons

    they are all high impedance cans but something like the Cayin should not distort on increased bass

    Im thinking to buy low impedance headphones now, ive already purchased the C5 amp and had to use the bass on the amp, but I shouldnt need a amp on the i5

    Is it faulty?

    What do I do to get nicer sound in the lows dept, my cheap sony A35 has better bass, my ibasso DX80 does not distort on full bass, what am i to do to correct the problem?
     
  7. Andykong
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  8. Ziggomatic
    New buddies.
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  9. Necron99
    The Cayin i5 via line out to a Yarland FV-34C-V with Sennheiser 660s at the hearing end. Excellent, clean signal from the i5.

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    Last edited: May 17, 2018
  10. Andykong
    The Yarland FV-34C-V looks beautiful. I believe this is a speaker amplifier by design, Wander if the headphone output are transformer coupled or not? Did you use this setup to drive your speakers as well?

    The line out of i5 is a "real" line out bypassing the headphone amps components completely, so it is clean and serve its purpose well for personal audio application, It might sound a big dull for speaker setup as the output from i5 is a bit low when compare to desktop DAC.
     
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  11. Andykong
    Very interesting, and I find N6 in your library, it is such a joy to compare N6 vs i5 in such level of technical detail. Thank you very much for your contribution, this is a big hidden treasure to Personal Audio community.
     
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  12. WindowsX
    Finally I got my hands on i5 again. I wonder if it's OK to put some stuff from N5mk2 to i5 ROM.
     
  13. Jay91
    Hi all,

    Did you compare this i5 with an AK1200II?
     
  14. thrgk
    where are these 4 sale in the us?
     
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