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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. fishda30
    I agree. I don't know how it does it. Small form but big clean sound.
     
  2. BadReligionPunk
    I got mine back in early 16, and it's still chugging along. Admitidly it's starting to show signs of its age, but it's still holding up. Phenomenal sound and still the best bass boost on the planet.
     
  3. Andykong
    Cayin Stay updated on Cayin at their sponsor page on Head-Fi.
     
    http://en.cayin.cn/
  4. Lohb
    Anyone owned both the C5 and iBasso PB3 ?Any impressions WRT C5 ?
    I'm looking at PB3 for the balanced connection and better imaging separation/soundstage.
    I know PB3 has about half the output of C5 though.

    Looking to power Sony XBA-N3 and LCD-2CB mainly from it.

    Edit : Cayin, if you are listening - bring out a balanced 2.5" version of C5 with SE out same as before also...
     
    Last edited: May 22, 2019
  5. Andykong
    I am not going to say we have an ongoing project to revise the C5, but if we do, I mean IF, it will be 4.4mm instead of 2.5mm. :ksc75smile:
     
    Cayin Stay updated on Cayin at their sponsor page on Head-Fi.
     
    http://en.cayin.cn/
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  6. skingg
    Off topic but does Cayin happen to have a desktop equivalent that is reminiscent to the power/sound signature of the C5?
     
  7. Andykong
    The high gain of C5 is powerful, musical and warm sounding, if this is what you after, check out our HA-1Amk2.
     
    Cayin Stay updated on Cayin at their sponsor page on Head-Fi.
     
    http://en.cayin.cn/
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  8. leo5111
    what happens if i get a 2.5 to 3.5 cable and plug balanced out into the cayin c5? does it work or not sound right?
     
  9. sup27606
    You meant 2.5 mm balanced out of a DAP to the single ended input of C5? I wouldn’t recommend it. First of all, balanced 2.5 or 3.5 output Jack contains 4 contacts and is not compatible with the single ended jack of C5, which accepts 3 contact 3.5 mm Jack. Secondly, Balanced out from any amp when connected to single ended terminal can destroy the amp circuitry due to shorting of the negative poles. In one word, don’t do it. May be check your DAP manual.
     
  10. leo5111
    i kind of figured you coudnt so i wasnt going to unless someone said for sure one way or the other im looking for a 3.5 line out amp for the ibasso dx 150 that has more power then amp 6 it comes with
     
  11. sup27606
    C5 has reasonable power to drive even the 300 ohms dynamic driver full size cans, but you have to use the single ended line-out from the ibasso.
     
  12. leo5111
    i have Planers the LCD-XC
     
  13. sup27606
    I have used low impedance planers like EL-8 and Sine with C5 and they sounded really good. LCD-XC has comparable low impedance, so my guess would be, it will work well. Also there are multiple posts in this thread on LCD series of cans with C5, and the impressions are overall positive.
     
  14. rjoudrey
    Started using the C5 with my LG V30. Between the quality of the ESS Quad DAC and the amplification and SQ of the C5 I am in absolute heaven. Using with HD660s cans. The bass rocks!!
     
  15. Shareknow
    These are quite interesting results, wow!!!! C5 beats the chord mojo, sounds sooo wonderful to read this as i have ordered the C5 recently. :smile_phones: But why is C5 better sounding than mojo? Plz help understand a newbie like me. Thanks
     
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2019
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