The Cayin C5 portable power house.

Discussion in 'Portable Headphone Amps' started by dsnuts, Aug 6, 2014.
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  1. CJG888
    One USP of the C5 is that it is one of the very few portable amps that can ACTUALLY drive some of the easier orthos properly. You owe it to yourself to try it!
  2. misteral201103
    Fellow C5 lovers,

    Absolutely love my C5, use it with Audioquest Nighthawks and HifiMan HE400i and the result is fantastic.
    However, you know how this hobby goes, there's always the next thing.
    My question is, what would be the next thing to upgrade from the C5?
    I find the C5 gives a slightly wider soundstage, obviously delivers plenty of power for those big cans, and of course the bass-boost is fantastic and vastly preferable to software eq-ing.
    So if I wanted to go even higher in quality, do you have any suggestions?

    Doesn't need to have a DAC, running my X5iii as source. Wouldn't be totally against it though. Hard to find the combination of power, bass-boost and price that the C5 offers. I guess I'd be willing to look at 300-350 dollars in terms of price.

    I'm only asking here (and I realise it's a little sacrilegious) because I genuinely find the C5 hard to beat (on paper at least). I'm not displeased with it in the slightest, just looking to upgrade.
    Thanks in advance!
  3. squeakez
    I, too, was looking for an upgrade to the C5. I tried the Chord Mojo, IDSD Black Label, and the xDuoo XD-05 and ended up selling the first two and keeping the xDuoo. Even though the Mojo and the IDSD were much more expensive than the C5, for my headphones and music, the C5 sounded noticeably better. I like the xDuoo a lot but still use the C5 most of the time.
  4. sup27606
    C5 synergies very well with Audeze Sine.

    The xDuo should sound noticeably better with an opamp upgrade to Burson V5i.
  5. dhm78
    I picked this up last week and I'm pretty amazed. Does anyone know what type of charging cord this uses? I grabbed one of my girlfriend's cables but I'm not sure what kind it is and I want to buy a spare. Thanks!
  6. EmPathWalker
    It's a micro USB on the C5 End.
  7. misteral201103
    Two things - make sure you plug it into the correct port, it's the one closest to an outside edge. The other one is so you can use the C5 as a portable charger for other equipment. Also, you cannot charge and have it working at the same time - make sure you turn it off before you charge it and don't try to use it during charge.

    Glad you happened across it - I still haven't found anything to beat it (other than the not-really-portable iFi iDSD at four times the price!)
    Happy listening :)
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  8. BadReligionPunk
    Yup C5 is one piece of must have equip for me. I really really wish Cayin would go all Fiio on us and redesign the thing and make it smaller/better, but still at $130 its a no brainer. Pairs beautifully with Cayin N5 too. :L3000:
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