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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. squeakez
    I wrote that quite awhile ago but still think the Cayin C5 is all that. It's been a couple of years since I owned the Mojo but I do remember that it's lack of a bass boost was a deal breaker for me. I am somewhat of a bass head and love the bass boost on the C5. And really, I thought the IDSD Black Label was better than the Mojo. The Black Label has a bass boost but it is nowhere as good as the C5 to my ears. I actually have 2 C5s in case they go away. That little amp can easily drive my DT880/600. That's some impressive power! The pairing of the C5 with the Denon D600 is magical to me.

    If you aren't a bass head and listen to music that isn't bass oriented, than perhaps the Mojo would be the best choice. I listen primarily to EDM through headphones so having the bass boost is really important to me.
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  2. rjoudrey
    If you had to buy a new amp today what would you get?
  3. CoFire
    Has anyone had problems with their 3.5 mm connector making clicking sounds on their C5? I've had issues with this unit since purchase and tabled it. I found it the other day and forgot about the faulty 3.5 mm connection. Anyone know if this is an easy fix?
  4. squeakez
    I don't use the Cayin C5 as my main amp anymore. I have a "desktop setup" that I actually use semi-portably. By that I mean that I have the system on a large cutting board that travels between my home office and the living room couch, which is where I do the majority of my listening. It's an Emotiva BasX A-100 amp (with jumpers installed) and a Topping D50 DAC plus a Schiit Loki tone control (EQ). This is an awesome system for me and pairs well with most of my headphones. It is extremely powerful and can drive any headphone out there. The Loki gives me the ability to add a very nice bass boost to all my headphones.

    For example, it easily drives the DT880/600 but without the bass boost, I probably would not be interested in these headphones at all. But with it, they are fantastic.

    I am about to purchase a new amp for Christmas - the DarkVoice 336SE tube amp and am interested to see how it pairs with all my dynamic driver headphones.

    But the Cayin C5 still rules supreme for me in the portable amp category. That has been true for 4 years now.
  5. squeakez
    Yes, I have had problems with the 3.5 mm connector but mine showed up as cutting out. At the time my main headphones were the DT770/80, which I had purchased from Amazon. I literally sent back 3 of them because I thought the problem was with the cord on the Beyers. Eventually I figured out the problem was with the Cayin C5 connector. I will not go into the long story but I did return it and 4 months (!!!) later, when I received it back from Cayin, the problem was still there. I had to suck it up and buy a new amp which, back then, cost $150. I still think it was worth it though.
  6. Shareknow
    Sir, You are a great person, you do love ur hobby. But i think, they don't deserve your loyalty. They should have repaired your first unit properly. I will never buy such a product ever again. My first and last mistake.
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2019
  7. Shareknow
    So, there is no service centre in US!!! :triportsad:.Now i can rightly guess their service in other parts of the world also.

    How can a company survive without giving proper service facility to its customers? Considering some of their products cost a fortune such as cayin N8, priced at $3299 in the US.

    At least they can provide extended warranties. Which i guess are non existent.

    Ours is a very dangerous hobby.
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2019
  8. squeakez
    I'm not sure about dangerous but it is definitely expensive. The C5 unit I bought as a replacement has worked like a charm for about 3 years now and the backup unit which I also use has worked beautifully too. I would never buy one of their more expensive amps though, based on my experience with the cheaper ones. Losing $150 is one thing, but losing thousands would be devastating.
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  9. CoFire
    What amp did you get? I'm itching to take apart my Cayin C5 and perform surgery. Would be nice to get replacement parts from Cayin (or credit) if they can't support their products in the US.

    There were a host of issues with the C5 but if you landed a good one, it pays dividends! I used to power my Beyer DT-1350 and with a little bass boost, those sounded clean! I was going to work it in with my growing collection of IEMs but the crackling from the 3.5 mm socket is just too aggravating!
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  10. squeakez
    I should have been more clear. I bought another Cayin C5. I have had it for several years now and tons of hours of use and have had no problems whatsoever. It was worth it to me to get another one. It's a great amp.
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  11. Shareknow
    I hope i receive it in good condition. I usually take good care of the products i own, be it portable or desktop. Now i have some hope of getting a good user experience. But still worried about after sales service once 1 year warranty is over.
  12. Shareknow
    Will they provide spare parts?

    Nice to know that you had an enjoyable experience, pairing C5 with Beyer DT-1350.
  13. squeakez
    I have no idea if they will provide spare parts. And you may still have problems with repairs even if you are still under warranty. My connector problems happened when I was still under warranty.

    My pairing is with the DT 880/600 and the Denon AH-D600.
  14. Lohb
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2020
  15. Shareknow
    C5a.jpg C5b.jpg C5c.jpg C5d.jpg Today received the C5 amp package. So far so good:gs1000smile:. The amp is working fine. The included 3.5mm to 3.5mm cable is poor in quality.

    Need new cable. Will the FiiO L17 cable work properly with it ?

    Sharing some pics.
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