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The Cayin C5 portable power house.

Discussion in 'Portable Headphone Amps' started by dsnuts, Aug 6, 2014.
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  1. sup27606

    It should show flashing lights and charge to 80% within two hours. You must have got a defective unit. Easiest would be to order another one and return this one to Amazon.
  2. bobthebasshead
    Yeah I think you might be right it's such a shame I was hoping to use them. Is the indicator light suppose to blink right away when you plug them in or after it has a charge?
  3. sup27606

    Yes, it starts blinking right away.
  4. bobthebasshead
    Starting the return process for this amp. A couple reviews on Amazon say after awhile their battery becomes defective in less than a year, so conveniently for the seller as it's over the return period. Have these amps been in storage for years until the battery is no longer any good? It looks like you can't buy a replacement battery for this amp either. Too bad you can't just plug this amp in and just use it from a power source. When I opened the device up the battery is cheaply put together with globs of glue like a little kid did it. I wonder if a person could put together their own battery? How unfortunate as I was really hoping to listen to some great sound on my days off :frowning2:. I'm really starting to have second thoughts about this amp, just couldn't justify spending over $500 on something else as I'll want to get a good sound system later on. The headphone world is a solo experience and a temporary fix until I'm in a better place where I can make some big noise.
  5. MrNick

    Can't answer any of your questions. Mine is well loved and way over a year old and the battery still charges, but only 2/3 of the battery lights work no matter how long it's charged. If you username is indicative of your listening preferences and you're in no hurries I'd suggest making another attempt at snatching this amp.
  6. Lohb
    My friend loving the C5 signature anyway.
    Another Cayin C5 convert, and his audio chain is now truly ready for planar cans with C5 at the end vs his old Altoid amp.
  7. sup27606
    I am amazed at the synergy it gives to the Audeze Sine. What clarity and resolution! The low end is so perfectly balanced. When I try to work with that combo in action, I cannot. The music simply diverts my attention.
  8. skingg
    I was wondering how many of you are using the C5 as a desktop solution. I've been pairing the C5 with the HiFime 9018D USB DAC (which sports a Sabre ES9018K2M DAC) but because the DAC does not have a line out, I am probably getting double-amped all these while.

    Last month I was able to sample a demo unit of the Onkyo DP-X1A and my gosh the transparency and quality of the audio from the dap was on a whole other level. My question is, does anyone have any recommendations of a stand-alone dac (with line-out) to go with the C5 to get close to the level of fidelity of the DP-X1A (without destroying my wallet)? Or would I be better off saving for the DP-X1A as an audio solution for something sub $1k?
  9. leo5111
    how does this compare to the aune b1? i know this has more power but clarity etc how is this vs the aune b1?
  10. Andykong
    If you are using it primarily for desktop, that I suppose you are OK with a slightly bulky "transportable" rig?

    See if you can get hold of a Cayin N6 DAP, the on-going price is below US$500 and in my opinion, this is the best sounding DAP at this price range,

    Last edited: May 28, 2017
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  11. EJ102
    Just bought the C5, and will receive it tomorrow, How does it compare to the FiiO E18? I feel like the FiiO E18 doesn't have great soundstage or it's my headphones the JVC HA-SZ1000's...
  12. EJ102
    My C5 Rev 2 came with the C5 DAC's instruction manual, maybe a mistake on Cayin's part?
    Last edited: Jun 9, 2017
  13. Andykong
    Can you show me the photo of the C5 you have received? especially the bottom part of the amplifier? The most important thing is to make sure you have received the C5, not the C5DAC.
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  14. riderx1
    How does it compare remote the mojo?
  15. EJ102
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    It looks like the regular C5 but I wanted to make sure.
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