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Cayin N5ii Android based Master Quality Digital Audio Player

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by PinkyPowers, Oct 14, 2017.
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  1. seanwee
    Well, I've never had the sockets loosen up noticeably on me so I can't comment on that. But given its nature it sort of inevitable.

    If that happens to me I'd just get replacement sockets online and resolder them myself.
  2. zumbito
    How would you compare this to fiio x5III or x7? I am looking for a DAP for a new bought pair of SE535s and these are the ones that caught my eye.
  3. fokta
    So.... This N5iis should have better black background for High sensitivity & Low Impedance IEM?
  4. maira
    Take a look at the Shanling M5s ... .
  5. Gerryhatrick
    Hi - can anyone confirm that the N5ii will be able access my Western Digital NAS by DLNA, either out of the box or by installing an app such as foobar or media monkey on the player?

    Somebody in the forum did have problems, but Andy answered with a PM. Streaming from my NAS is an important feature for me and I have so far been unable to find a definitive answer for either the Fiio M9 (where installing the apps mentioned is not possible) or the N5ii (my preferred DAP).
  6. originalsnuffy
    Its been a while but I recall scrolling to the network on the top bar and having no problems streaming from my Synology NAS. I had to put in my network credentials but that is because my NAS is password protected. Just used the regular SMB; no need for DLNA.

    If I recall it worked best with regular 16-44 FLAC; worked pretty well with 24-88 files but was iffy with higher res or DSD. But that might have been a function of my network.
  7. Gerryhatrick
    Many thanks for the detailed response - that’s very reassuring. I’ve just read the manual which is clear in that streaming from a local server is supported, but what the manual says and what happens in real life do not always coincide!
    most of my files are 24 96, but they stream to my phone with no problem - my WiFi signal is pretty strong.
  8. seanwee
    It's far better than the X5iii, and about the same level as the x7 though the X7ii is a little better than the N5ii.

    Another option you may want to consider is the iBasso DX120 which is on par with the N5ii. The DX120 is slightly more detailed sounding overall while the N5ii has better dynamics with better bass control.

    The DX150 is also an option if you need android but it doesn't sound as good as the N5ii in its stock configuration. You'll need to upgrade to the AMP 8 module to beat the N5ii.

    Every dap in the FiiO M series falls behind the N5ii. The Hiby R6 also loses against the N5ii.

    I haven't heard the Shanling M5s yet so I can't comment on that.
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  9. zumbito
    Really? I thought Hiby R6 was much better than this.
  10. gazzington
    I'd imagine r6 pro is definitely better but then it costs more
  11. seanwee
    UI wise, most definitely. It's the smoothest and fastest android player I've ever used.

    Sound wise, it's good but not great imo. Depends on what type of sound you want. I like a more dynamic sounding source. Which is one of the main reasons I use a dap instead of just using my smartphone.

    I expected better from the R6 too initially.

    Looks nice, feels great (a bit on the heavier side tho) but sounds.... ok.
  12. zumbito
    Well, I dont really understand all the technical jargon (bright, dark, V shape U shape, etc...) on top of that audio is quite subjective I suppose. I think to me what I expect from good IEM is that I can hear details otherwise I couldn't and clearly identify all the instruments and voices, with not a too loud bass. But that again, it is hard to form an opinion just reading:weary:.

    I was thinking, as I need to reitre my phone due to cracked screen and terrible battery, just go with a V30 or g7, and then start buying 2nd hand DAPs, to test them against it.
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2019
  13. nikolay.s
    In this case I would start with V30. You will have to download Neitron or UAPP to play music correctly on it. There is a V30 thread.
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  14. seanwee
    What iems are you using currently? Getting a good pair of IEMs may prove to be a much greater upgrade than getting a dap.
  15. zumbito
    I am receiving this week a pair of SE535s. I also have AKGs 545s but didn't bring them with me so just using some cheap earphones, sound magic e10.
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