Cayin iDAC-6 - Review tour (USA only for now), impressions, discussion

Discussion in 'Dedicated Source Components' started by project86, Feb 7, 2016.
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  1. Galm
    Is this dac nos or os?
  2. project86 Contributor
    Normal, aka oversampling.
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  3. llamaluv
    I'm currently eagerly awaiting a drop-shipment of the Cayin DAC and amp from Hong Kong and have a question:

    Is it safe to leave the DAC running unattended due to its tubes? Is this something I should be concerned about avoiding?
  4. project86 Contributor
    Safe? Yes.

    Good idea? Not really. Generates heat, and will reduce the life span of the (non-replaceable) tubes. They are rated for a lot of hours, but why waste it?

    I will leave it on while I go out for an hour or something. But if I am really done listening for the day, I turn it off.
  5. llamaluv
    Thanks, that sounds sensible.
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  7. bala
    Happy New year folks. Just a quick question,is the price cut only for the US? The German site ( still has them for close to 900 euros.
  8. llamaluv
    When connecting from a PC, are there any reasons to favor toslink over USB or vice-versa when it comes to the iDAC-6 specifically? Or do the normal pros and cons of each connection type stand as usual?
  9. project86 Contributor
    Pretty much the usual for those formats - Toslink is inherently isolated from certain types of noise, while USB has far greater bandwidth for playing DSD and higher-res PCM. Personally I would choose USB most of the time as Cayin did a very good job on their implementation. But optical isn't terrible by any means (depending on your transport of course).
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  10. davveswe
    Was reading on ebay, that the iDAC6 don't have a voltage switch on the back anymore?
    Whats more different?
  11. Giru
    Heard the Iha6 and it was a revelation. One of the most transparent amps with a huge sounstage and a powerful punch.

    Im waiting to audition the idac6. How is this as a dedicated dac for a stereo setup? Anyone compare it to the gungnir Delta sigma?
  12. Asukara
    I'm wondering how you switch between the 2 outputs with the idac because I'd like to use it with a headphone amp and a stereo amplifier.
  13. project86 Contributor
    I believe both outputs are always active - which is pretty standard for DACs with RCA and XLR outputs. So you'd just turn off your headphone amp when not in use, vice versa with your stereo amp.
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  14. project86 Contributor
    Correct, that was only on the preproduction models and review units etc. Normal versions are specific to their region.

    I use it sometimes with my big setup. Using PS Audio Stellar amp, and before that Merrill Audio Thor monoblocks. Sounds exceptional. I do recommend a dedicated preamp though.... that's not a strong point of the iDAC-6, as it doesn't really have enough "steps" to dial in the right levels.

    I didn't care for the Gugnir DS when I heard it. No back to back comparisons, but that wasn't really a DAC that I'd care to live with for very long. Too sharp sounding.
  15. llamaluv
    I can confirm this. I'm currently running RCA out to an iHA-6 and XLR out to an iFi Pro iCAN. Both outputs are always active.
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