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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. Andykong
    We just resume duty from our 70th National Anniversary holiday, sorry for the late response.

    N5iiS uses SJ2-25414D-SMT and this can fit into N5ii if worked it out carefully. :beerchug:
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  2. originalsnuffy
    Hey Andy,

    Is this unit at the end of software support; or is there still the possibility of a release to fix some of the usb input / output issues? Also is there any remote chance of implementing the changes (which I suspect are small) to support Amazon HD streaming or even local storage?
  3. Andykong
    We didn't have any firmware update plan for N5ii or N5iiS at this stage. There are some known shortcomings with N5ii/N5iiS, we have tried but unfortunately we couldn't deliver a perfect solution. We won't entertain new feature request either, so unless there is a new bug coming out suddenly that require immediate attention, otherwise the current firmware will be the final firmware release for N5ii and N5iiS.
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2019
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  4. nhumdorn
    Thanks for your information. :D
  5. originalsnuffy
    I am curious how far the current state of this unit is from the original product specifications. In particular, wasn't this supposed to be able to act as a USB DAC?
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  6. fokta
    @Andykong how to fixed a bootload stuck?
    wait until Battery run out? other options?
  7. originalsnuffy
    Hey, tried loading the latest version of the Amazon app. Got to the point where it found my artists from other devices; but it won't play anything or download anything. Error 205.

    I can even get it to show lyrics on some songs; but the playback wheel just spins. So close yet so far.
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2019
  8. Andykong
    Extremely sorry for the late response.
    Press the power on button continuously for 12 second, this will force the player to software reset.
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  9. fokta
    Just want to update, Alrd tried to push power button, but it wont reset.
    Already bring this to a technician, it just replug the battery, and it backs to normal...
  10. seanwee
    Had a listen to the DX160 just now. It improves upon every aspect of the N5ii while having a similar signature.

    Looks like I found my upgrade :)
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  11. originalsnuffy
    I appreciate the comment on ibasso. Their units highly interest me. I hope to come back to Cayin for new units at some time; but this experience has been a mixed bag. Lately I have been looking at ibasso, Shanling, and maybe even going way back to FIIO.
  12. seanwee
    I just look at how good a product is without looking at the brand. If a company has a really good product, then they have my attention.

    It would be nice to see Cayin compete in the price range of the DX160/M11 as well but unfortunately they went so far up with the N6ii leaving a massive price gap in their product stack.
  13. originalsnuffy
    Yes, but aftermarket support matters a lot to me.

    For example, Andy always struck me as a very excellent person and I assumed the company had his back. I had problems with my Cayin when first purchased but didn't return it because I had the sense from him that an upcoming software release would fix the issues. Well that update made it somewhat better but the unit has never really been stable until the latest release.

    If Cayin just got the unit to its original specifications of features I would be a happy camper. But the device reached end of support really quickly and until the last release was quite the dog. And still some key USB features are not there an simply never will be. Short version: Support matters not just hardware.
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  14. seanwee
    That is true. The only thing that really bothered me was the play/pause delay and luckily that was solved. I don't use the N5ii as a transport so I don't have any issues with that but it will certainly be a drawback for others.

    Support wise Cayin is good, though having a faultless device would have been better. While the 2 RMAs I've had to make went smoothly, the downtime was annoying.

    The DX160 has some issues too at the moment. But hey, at least it sounds good. That's the most important part to me as long as it isn't unusable levels of bad.

    Subpar sounding players don't even get a consideration from me. The M11 was quite underwhelming (The Pro version is good tho a bit warm for my taste).
  15. originalsnuffy
    I do wish I can use this with my iPhone as a DAC. But apparently there are known bugs with the DAC function.

    I know Tidal has been a big deal for many. In my case, I would like support for Amazon HD. Would love to know if any units support that since Cayin has been clear that they will not support anything new on the N5II; its a dead unit for them.
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2019
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