Cayin N8: A keynote of our 25th Anniversary

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by Andykong, May 5, 2018.
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  1. Andykong


    May 10, 2018, High End, Munich – Cayin N8, the new flagship portable Master Quality Digital Audio Player from the leading audio manufacturer, will makes its worldwide debut at High End 2018 (H12, Hall).

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    The N8 is the first price-no-objective portable digital audio player from Cayin. This is our attempt to deliver best possible high fidelity audio performance to portable users. The N8 has consolidated their 25 years of extensive experience in high-end audio industry and offers impeccable digital and analogue audio capabilities. It features two AKM AK4497EQ DAC chipsets and can native decode up to DSD256 and 32 Bit/ 384kHz with stellar dynamic range and channel separation,

    Bin Liang, CEO of Zhuhai Spark Electronic Equipment Co., Ltd., parent company of Cayin, said “While the N8 offers state-of-the-art digital decoding for portable player, it’s the analogue that makes it stand our as our statement to the head-fi market. For the first time ever, we have created a DAP with choice of Direct Heated Triode vacuum tube and full balanced solid state in one portable package. N8 users can select the audio signature that fit their headphones or music genre conveniently”.

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    On top of being a brilliant standalone player, Cayin N8 offers six input and output options so that you can integrate the DAP into your home audio system flexibly. The I2S Digital output (via micro HDMI) is by far the most sophisticated digital interface from N8, it can connect to I2S input of our CS-100DAC and N8 will become a high performance digital transport. We have also embedded the S/PDIF Coaxial signal into the Type-C secondary bus pins. This is our proprietary design and N8 users will be provided the necessary adapters to connect the player to portable and desktop DAC. N8 also supports USB Audio, it can function as USB DAC (input) or USB Transport (output) through its Type-C USB interface. Last but not least, N8 comes with dual line out design. On top of the commonly used single-ended line out through the dedicated 3.5mm port, Cayin has added a ground connection to the "Pentaconn" connector so that N8 can facilitate full balanced line out through the shared 4.4mm TRRRS port.

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    There is no reason to settle for less on the final appeal and finishing when N8 excels in almost every aspect. The main N8 chassis is CNC out of a single piece of stainless steel and the rea panel is a specially molded 3D toughened Gorilla glass with AF and DLC coating. This combination not only offers attractive visual impact, it is also a functional design that feels good when you grasp it.

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    World Debut at Munich High End 2018

    Cayin N8 is scheduled to launch at August 2018. The suggested retail price will be announced soon.

    Cayin will demonstrate a N8 Engineering Sample at Munich High End, Hall 2 (H12), MOC, Munich, Germany from 10th to 13th May 2018. The showcase will include complete line of Personal Audio products (including the recently announced HA-300 flagship DHT tube headphone amplifier and the completed i-Series three-piece desktop suit), and selected CD player, DAC and tube amplifier from Cayin latest lineup. Please visit us at Hall 2 of MOC or contact us to reserve a special press audition session.

    About Cayin

    Cayin was founded in 1993. While our products carry a distinctive cultural connotation and span over a very wide price range, we are devoted to developing the best sounding audio equipment at competitive prices.

    We have developed over 400 products to date, ranging from CD players to speakers, all of which provide the same high-quality benchmark and attractive price to performance capabilities. Our tube amplifiers have been particularly well-received within the audio community because of this commitment. With a spectacular track record of over 70 local and international awards, Cayin has grown into one of the largest audio tube amplifier development and manufacturing facilities in the world.

    Cayin pays attention to detail because we believe this is what it takes to reproduce music naturally. We might have a different agenda or employ different technologies for different products, but ultimately, we serve only one purpose: to move our audience with hi-fidelity.

    We deliver music diligently, and we are prepared to go a long way for that.

    With Cayin, your music will never be the same again.

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  2. Andykong
    I have forgotten how many times I have been asked whether Cayin will release a successor to our N6. I have quite a few N6 users told me that while they have bought several DAP after N6, they are still looking forward to the N6ii because N6 is special to them.

    We are flattered by the support and recognition of our users because N6 is, after-all, our ex-flagship DAP launched back in December 2014. When the recent DAP product life cycle is shortened from 18 months to 12 months, a three and a half years old DAP is more or less a historical item already. A lot of DAP have been forgotten by the market way before they reach thus far, and that probably will include our N5 and N3 DAPs.

    So far, I have only told friends and customers that Cayin has a mark 2 of N6 in plan, but we don’t have a date for that, which is an honest statement. What I didn’t tell them is, Cayin will introduce a new flagship before we proceed to N6ii. Now the wait (and the hide) is almost over, as this is about time to unveil our new flagship DAP: the N8.

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    2018 is indeed a very important milestone for Cayin. We’ll celebrate our 25th Anniversary on August 2018, and we want to show the world what Cayin is truly capable of at this important moment. HA-300 is our first statement product on 2018 and we have established a new benchmark on tube amplifier for ourselves. We’ll release another product to showcase our digital capability very soon, and the N8 is our third and probably most important flagship product in our 25 years history.

    The N6 is a very special DAP to me. When Headfonia interviewed Cayin and ask me what is my favorite personal audio product, I named Cayin N6 immediately. This is because I reviewed this DAP as a beta Tester, I was an audiophile taking a long medical recovery at that time, I know almost nothing about Cayin before I find out N6 in on the pipeline, and I joined Cayin after a 6 months non-stop interaction with their engineers and managers as an outsider. N6, the ex-flagship DAP from Cayin, changed my professional path. So when I discussed the N8 marketing plan with our CEO, I pleaded to become the thread starter of Cayin’s new flagship DAP.

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    The N8 will debut at Munich High End 2018, Cayin will host a display booth at Booth H12, Hall 2 of MOC from 10-13 of May. We’ll have demonstrate an engineering sample of N8 in this important event, and we’ll also showcase the exotic HA-300, our Direct Heated Triode tube headphone amplifier. The pre-production version of the CS-100DAC, our new flagship desktop DAC will also be demonstrated at the same time. We shall also display our complete line of Personal Audio products, and selected star-products from our CD players and pre/power/integrated tube amplifiers. So if you plan to visit Munich High End Show this year, please make sure Booth H12 of Hall 2 is on your to-visit list.
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  3. Andykong
    FAQ and resources

    Basic design explained: Dual DAC, Vacuum Tube output, I2S, Balanced Line Out, Toughened Glass

    Singled-end Tube Headphone output

    Connectivity and accessories

    Spring-loaded Suspension System for Nutube installation

    High Impedance High Output Mode

    Offical Announcment of N8 (with price) on 25th Anniversary of Cayin

    Headphone Amplification of N8

    N8 Impressions

    Mimouille, May 26, 2018 (Prototype)

    seanwee, July 16, 2018 (Prototype)

    Decreate, August 10, 2018 (Sample)

    jasonho, August 10, 2018 (Sample)
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  4. seanwee
    Subbed :D

    Any disclosable information about the N8 like what DACs does it use, what processor does it use, etc.
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  5. Wyville
    Very interesting and I look forward to seeing the N8 revealed!

    Also very nice to read about how your personal relationship with Cayin started. Great to see the human side of this industry as well, as I think that it is often forgotten that behind every product there are passionate people who put their heart and soul into it (something I can relate to).
  6. Mython Contributor
    Good luck getting customers to actually read 'post #3' :wink:
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  7. Andykong
    I have shared the story back in August 2015, around 1 month after I joined Cayin. It was an important move to me and my family (as I become a frequently traveler soon after that), but I am glad that I make the right move. :beerchug:
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  8. Andykong

    i know someone will read post #3 frequently, and that's me. This FAQ and resources are there so that I can refer to them again when someone asked similar questions again, and again, and again. :sweat_smile:
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  9. Slater91
    Can't wait to read more about the N8!
  10. Mython Contributor

    Well, I've truly lost count of the number of times I've had to remind someone to read post #3 in the Mojo thread, even though it says so in the thread title!

    Anyway, good luck to Cayin, on the new release(s).

    I can't deny I'm disappointed at the enormous price of the N8 (iRiver have destroyed the consumer marketplace, by forcing DAP prices higher, in my opinion, and now there's a rush by manufacturers to grab a piece of the high-pricetag-DAP action).

    However, I'm sure Cayin will produce a nice-sounding player. For goodness sake, make sure the firmware is reliable before you release it, though! cheers beerchug EMOTICON.gif
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  11. PinkyPowers

    I've been so impressed by what Cayin does in the mid-tier realm, I've often fantasized about what great heights a summit-fi offering might reach.

    Pinky is losing his $h*t! :D
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  14. Wyville
    Thanks for linking to that, I enjoyed reading it (it was long before I joined Head-fi). I love seeing these type of stories, both here on Head-fi as well as elsewhere. And of course great to see that you have come full circle with the N6ii release in the future as well. Looking forward to seeing it all!
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  15. Signal2Noise
    Where has a price been disclosed?
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