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[World Tour] Reviewers Wanted for Cayin YB04 IEM and N6ii DAP with A01, T01 Audio Motherboards

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by Andykong, Sep 23, 2019.
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  1. Andykong
    It has been a while since Cayin conducts review tour on our new products, the N5ii tour was a very successful event, now that we have several new products in past few months, so let's do this again.

    N6ii YB04 Tour Banner 02.JPG

    This tour will include the following items in one package:

    1. Cayin N6ii Digital Audio Player with A01 Audio Motherboard (US$1,199)
    2. Cayin T01 Audio Motherboard (US$339)
    3. Cayin YB04 In-Ear-Monitor (US$499)

    You can use any IEM to test the Cayin N6ii DAP, or use any DAP to test the YB04 IEM, you are not obliged to use these three items as "the" setup during the tour.

    Tour Schedule:
    • 23 September 2019: Tour Application Starts
    • 7 October 2019: Tour Application Ended
    • 10 October 2019: Tour Reviewers announced and start to collect mailing addresses.
    • 14 October 2019: Tour Sample will be sent to reviewers
    Cayin will break for 70th National Anniversary Holiday from 30 September 2019 to 12 October 2019, so 14 October is the earliest possible date to send out the Tour package, we'll try out best to stay with the schedule.

    How to Apply:

    If you are interested to take part in this world tour, please replay to this thread and provide the following information:
    1. HeadFi Username:
    2. The city and country you are located.
    3. Reviews on Personal Audio products you have published in Headfi forum or elsewhere.
    4. Please describe your regular portable setup
    5. Other audio equipment (DAP, IEM, headphones, ....) that you will involved in this tour.
    Note: The current user profile didn't have a quick link to check user's review portfolio or number of reviews published under your username, so please help us to understand your track record by provide review links of similar/relevant products, if there is any.

    N6ii Main Front Left.jpg

    Logistic Arrangement:
    1. We shall group reviewers according to geographical locations.
    2. We shall send The N6ii/YB04 Tour review package to first reviewer on each group.
    3. Each tour reviewer is responsible for paying the shipping costs to the next tour reviewer.
    4. The last reviewer in the list will be responsible to ship the combo to a designated address to conclude the tour. If the return address requires international shipping, Cayin will cover the mailing cost incurred.
    5. Cayin will cover all import tax but please help us to control our tax expenditure whenever possible.
    6. Unless other stated by your next reviewer, please use trackable mailing service with signature required.
    7. The tour reviewer should select the most cost effective mailing arrangement. If the package were to mail within the same country, we should expect the package to arrive within 5 days.
    8. If we have more than one Head-Fiers from the same metropolitan area/city joining the tour, we encourage them to pass the equipment in person to reduce shipping cost and mailing time, and share the final logistic cost.
    Terms and instruction
    • The first reviewer of each group can keep the Tour sample for not more than 16 days, and reviewers after that can keep the Tour sample for not more than 12 days, please plan your audition and be prepared to ship/pass the package on the 16th or 12th day of your audition period.
    • By signing up to the tour, you are agreed to post a formal review and/or some form of impressions within 14 days after your audition period, and Cayin Audio can use your review for sales and marketing purposes.
    • We are particularly interested with the associated electronics you used during the review, and is most appreciated if you can include photo of Cayin N6ii with associated IEMs, and Cayin YB04 with associated players, portable amp or DAC/amp in your writing.
    • Cayin Audio reserve the right on the selection, grouping and scheduling of reviewers in this tour.
    YB04-02.JPG

    Publication guideline

    You can free to write up your sharing or impression as long as it represents your true feeling and opinions toward the product. Please state In your review/impression that the equipment is a free loan unit from Cayin Audio, and you have/shall return the unit to Cayin at the end of review period.

    Please do not post your impression in this thread because no one will read this thread after we finalized our tour reviewers. We want your reviews to be read by as many current or potential users of N6ii and YB04 as possible, so please share y our review to the official N6ii thread, the official YB04 thread, related product showcase in Head Gear or any related general discussion thread in HeadFi forum if you are happened to be an active member.

    On top of the HeadFi forum, you are welcome to post your review/impression to any social media or local Personal Audio forum/blog/magazine etc., but please keep us informed by providing the link of your writing in this thread.
     
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2019
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  2. Andykong
    N6ii A01 T01 Poster.jpg

    Cayin N6ii Digital Audio Player with A01 and T01 Audio Motherboard

    N6ii is our latest smart DAP based on customized Android 8.1. With Google Play pre-installed and Direct Transport Audio (DTA) bypassing Sample Rate Conversion (SRC) of Android system completely, all music playback (local and streaming) from all applications will decode in original Hi-Res without resampling. This is also our first modular based portable player, and we have adopted a very innovative approach to our modular concept. Our Audio Motherboard consists of DAC and analogue amplification circuit, so when you change the module, you basically change the complete audio circuit completely, that's why we called it Audio Motherboard.

    So far Cayin has released two Audio Motherboard:
    • A01: single AK4497 with 3.5mm phone out, dedicated 3.5mm line out, and shared 4.4mm Balanced phone out/line out
    • T01: Dual PCM1792 with 3.5mm phone out, dedicated 3.5mm line out, and shared 4.4mm Balanced phone out/line out
    ** Both motherboard will be included in this Review Tour.

    You can find out more about N6ii from Cayin website site and Official Discussion Thread in HeadFi Forum.

    For more detail, please check out the following reviews:
    HeadFi Forum HeadGear Reviews
    Headfonics N6ii and A01 Review
    Headfonics T01 Review
    Twister6 N6ii and A01 Review
    Twister6 T01 Review

    yb04_01.jpg

    Cayin YB04 is our first attempt to design and produce in-Ear Monitor since we plunge into the Personal Audio market on 2013. In the past 6 years, Cayin has demonstrated convincing product development capability and a deep understanding of music reproduction for home and personal appreciation. Our audio tuning experience is among the best in Personal Audio segment, and the Cayin sound signature has been well-received by our customers through a wide range of portable amplifiers, digital audio players, and desktop DAC and amplifiers. We have, based on these experience and passion, developed the YB04 from the ground up.


    You can find out more about YB04 from Cayin website site.

    For more detail, please check out the following previews:
    Preview from Headfonia
    Preview from Headfonics
     
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2019
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  3. Andykong
    The N6ii/YB04 tour will be conducted in the following grouping:

    Group 1
    1. twiceboss West Des Moines, IA USA
    2. ngoshawk Warrensburg, MO USA
    3. Wiljen Kingsport, TN USA
    4. wormsdriver McAllen, TX USA
    5. Mshenay Myrtle Beach SC USA

    Group 2
    1. Niyologist Bronx, NY USA
    2. Musicheaven Boston, MA US
    3. Miru Wayne, NJ USA
    4. Army-Firedawg Concord (NC) USA

    Group 3
    1. davidmolliere Paris France
    2. MrLocoLuciano Lyon Frances
    3. Kennylim Amsterdam Netherlands
    4. kmmbd Munich Germany
    5. angpsi Athens Greece

    Group 4
    1. skedra London UK
    2. Skint Bristol UK
    3. sunstealer Devon UK
    4. Deferenz West Sussex UK
    5. robthemac Whangarei New Zealand
    6. thecrow Sydney Australia
    I'll start PM communication with each group today, and expect to ship out tour package by Monday or Tuesday, please check your PM during the weekend. :beerchug:

    We are grateful for the very positive response to the tour, sorry that we can't accommodate everyone in the tour. We hope you'll find more information about N6ii and YB04 in the discussiion thread, or even better can audition the N6ii and YB04 in person. Thank you very much once again. :beerchug:
     
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2019
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  4. davidmolliere
    Quite interested as I am looking at the N6ii and have been meaning to start writing DAP reviews :)
    Also quite interested by the YB04!

    1. Headfi pseudo : davidmolliere
    2. Paris, France
    3. Reviews here on HF and also on headpie.net : including a few which made HeadFi homepage Campfire Solaris, EM64, FIBAE4, StealthSonics U9, Meze Rai Penta also reviewed the U2 (as part of the StealthSonics tour), JVC FW10000, FIBAE Black, RHA CL2, Astrotec Lyra and
    4. I use the DX220 + AMP1 mk2 + AMP9 + AMP8 (and could provide in depth comparison with the N6ii and its module)
    5. Current IEMs : Vision Ears VE8 - Empire Ears Phantom - Earsonics EM64 - Custom Art FIBAE 4 - FIBAE Black, StealthSonics U9, FIBAE 7


    Edit : Well, I auditioned the N6ii and I loved it so much that I didn’t wait for the Tour so I got one yesterday and I love it :D. If spots are scarce then maybe pass the slot on to someone who hasn’t a N6ii. Not that I am not interested in YB04 and T01 :p
     
    Last edited: Oct 5, 2019
  5. suman134
    1. HeadFi Username: suman134
    2. The city and country you are located: India, Bhubaneswar
    3. Reviews on Personal Audio products you have published in Headfi forum or elsewhere:- Shozy Pola :- https://www.head-fi.org/showcase/shozy-aaw-pola.23538/reviews#review-22434

      NCM Bella V2:- https://www.head-fi.org/showcase/ncm-bella-v2.23782/reviews#review-22266

      Eternal Melody EM-5H :- https://www.head-fi.org/showcase/eternal-melody-em-5h.23680/reviews#review-21901

      Fibae 3 review:- https://www.head-fi.org/showcase/custom-art-fibae-3.22913/reviews#review-21341

      NCM NC5 v2 review:- https://www.head-fi.org/showcase/ncm-nc5-v2.23297/reviews#review-21170

      Nocturnal Avalon review :- https://www.head-fi.org/showcase/nocturnal-audio-avalon.23303/reviews#review-20866

      EE bravado review:- https://www.head-fi.org/showcase/review/20922
    4. Please describe your regular portable setup : DAP
    5. Other audio equipment (DAP, IEM, headphones, ....) that you will involved in this tour: Fibae 3, Fibae Black, EM-5H, Shanling M5s and Plenue R.
     
  6. Sunstealer
    I have owned and enjoyed the N5ii and had a quick blast on the N6ii at Canjam with a pair of Meze Empyreans. Would be interesting to see how stacks up to the usual suspects....

    1. Username: sunstealer
    2. Based in Devon, UK
    3. Reviews: Shure SE535 damper modifications: https://www.head-fi.org/threads/se530-535-acoustic-filter-mod-more-sq-improvement-than-cables-dampers.663273/page-36#post-14983970, CanJam 2019 London Impressions: https://www.head-fi.org/threads/canjam-london-2019-impressions-thread.911785/page-12#post-15090121, Empire Ears ESR with Effect Audio cable rolling. On the Meze Rai Penta Tour and awaiting to hear about EA Vogue Tour.
    4. Current portable DAP setup: iBasso DX228, Empire Ears ESR with EA Ares II 8W
    5. I also have iBasso IT04s and DX220 AMP1 for comparisons.
     
  7. robthemac
    1. robthemac
    2. Whangarei, New Zealand
    3. Currently on the list for the Rai Penta tour.
    Did a bunch of reviews for HifiMan earlier this year.
    https://www.head-fi.org/threads/hifiman-re2000-silver-loaner-tour.902874/page-4#post-15050696
    https://www.head-fi.org/threads/ananda-loaner-tour.905067/page-6#post-15024009
    https://www.head-fi.org/threads/hifiman-he6se-loaner-tour.902344/page-8#post-15006163
    Also https://www.reddit.com/r/headphones...x_vs/?utm_medium=android_app&utm_source=share
    4. Portable set-up is currently iBasso DX-90 or Fiio E17. Desktop is Woo Audio WA7 or JDS Atom
    5. Currently own 64 Audio U10, HifiMan RE2000 and Shure SE846.

    Also have a new DSLR camera so will take some sexy photos for y'all. Perhaps even of the gear I'm reviewing.

    Only thing is shipping to and from NZ can be quite expensive. I'm happy to pay a decent share (up to USD$50 or so), but would want help with anything above that.
     
  8. Army-Firedawg
    Loved you i5 I was honored to review a while ago. I'd love to hear this set up you're now offering if I'm able.

    1. HeadFi Username: Army-Firedawg
    2. The city and country you are located: Concord (NC), USA
    3. Reviews on Personal Audio products you have published in Headfi forum or elsewhere: I've several posted on my YouTube channel (https://m.youtube.com/c/xarmyfiredawgx) with their applicable written reviews linked in the description.
    4. Please describe your regular portable setup: Bowers & Wilkins P7/Empire Ears Hermes VI/Oppo PM-1 usually powered from my LGV20 (soon to be G8) and occasionally my Luxury & Precision L3 DAP.
    5. Other audio equipment (DAP, IEM, headphones, ....) that you will involved in this tour: Sennheiser HD650/660S.

    EDIT: Also, I of course agree to the terms and conditions set forth for the tour. Additionallyb thank you for the opportunity you're presenting with allowing some of us the ability to experience gear we otherwise likely wouldn't have.
     
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2019
  9. twiceboss
    1. HeadFi Username: twiceboss
    2. The city and country you are located. West Des Moines IA
    3. Reviews on Personal Audio products you have published in Headfi forum or elsewhere. I did actively answering questions in forum, i did Hugo 2 review back then, Meze Penta in another week.
    4. Please describe your regular portable setup: RHA CL2+EQ+direct Phone
    5. Other audio equipment (DAP, IEM, headphones, ....) that you will involved in this tour: I have many exp with totl IEMs, I had M9/M11 as DAP, xCAN, ES100, my fav is my HD800 setup
     
  10. ngoshawk
    • HeadFi Username: ngoshawk
    • The city and country you are located: Warrensburg, MO, USA
    • Reviews on Personal Audio products you have published in Headfi forum or elsewhere: See my sig and blog for reviews. I have reviewed Cayin items before as well.
    • Please describe your regular portable setup: my regular set up consists of either a Questyle QP2R and an assortment of IEM’s (UM, Clear Tune Monitors, Oriolus); or a Shanling M5s with any of the above mentioned IEM’s as well as Fearless Audio and BGVP IEM’s.
    • Other audio equipment (DAP, IEM, headphones, ....) that you will involved in this tour. I will compare to my Opus #2 and XDuoo X10t ii/iFi xDSD combo as well.
    Thank you for the opportunity! Best of luck to all.
     
  11. Mshenay
    Head Fi Username :Mshenay

    Myrtle Beach SC USA

    Signature Has Links to all my content but
    Regular Portable Set up is My HM901 Line out into my iBasso PB2 - My Smart Set up includes my Geek Out V2+ linked into my Smart Phone
    Headphones used With Setups Include:
    • Campfire Casecade - Solid Silver Cable no internal Dampening
    • Mr. Speakers Aeon Flow Closed
    • Maple Sleeved over Black Limba Magnum V7 Gradoesque Style Open Back
    • HD 600 [Though realistically I don't use it portable tho it still serves as a nice reference]
    • Hifiman HE 4XX
    I've a few other smart DAPs such as the Kaan and Shanling M2/3s family of devices

    Thank you for the consideration and I really enjoyed the N5ii, and I actually had very few issues with it and felt at the time it was the best portable on the market!

    https://oakforestaudio.blogspot.com/2018/05/exploring-portable-audio-solutions.html
     
  12. Skint
    1. HeadFi Username: Skint
    2. Location: Bristol, England.
    3. Reviews:

    4. Regular Audio setup: Cowon Plenue PM2 + JH Audio Angie CIEM
    5. Additional equipment I will use: IEM: Fearless Audio S8f, Empire Ears Cerberus CIEM, TRN V80. Headphone: Sennehiser RS180. DAP: Cowon Plenue D. DAC/AMP: Chord Mojo

    Looking for a new DAP and the N6ii is in the top 2 on my list, but not heard it yet. Very interested in the swappable motherboard idea (considering I tinker with my current DAPs e.g. battery replacement/upgrade, fixing headphone jacks etc.).

    Good luck to all.
     
  13. Deferenz
    @Andykong , I purchased the Cayin N6ii last week so already own it. Is there any chance that I could still apply to trial/review the T01 motherboard and the YBO4 IEM?
     
  14. angpsi
    Would be nice to follow up on the Rai Penta review with this set!
    1. HeadFi Username: angpsi
    2. The city and country you are located: Athens, Greece
    3. Reviews on Personal Audio products you have published in Headfi forum or elsewhere: Final D8000, SPL Auditor
    4. Audio equipment that you will be used in your audition: Chord Mojo, FiiO BTR3, SPL Auditor, iPhone 6, FiiO X5iii, Odroid C2/Archphile headless streamer; other gear I intend to access through my own network of audio dealers and fellow contributors.
    5. Your current or previously owned IEM or portable headphones: FLC8s, Etymotic HF2/3; also long term audition with RHA CL1
     
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2019
  15. kennylim
    1. HeadFi Username: kennylim
    2. The city and country you are located: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    3. Reviews on Personal Audio products you have published in Headfi forum or elsewhere: https://www.head-fi.org/showcase/hifiman-sundara.23041/reviews#review-22363
    4. Please describe your regular portable setup: Sony ZX300 + Lime Ears Aether/Flares Pro, ZX300+WH1000XM3, ZX300+MDR1AM, Momentum 2.0+CEntrance BlueDAC
    5. Other audio equipment (DAP, IEM, headphones, ....) that you will involved in this tour: Sony ZX300, CEntrance BlueDAC, Senn HD6XX, AKG 7XX, Fidelio X2, Lime Ears Aether, Senn Momentum 2.0, Sony WH1000XM3, Sony MDR1AM, Flares Pro
     
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