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Cayin i5 Portable HiFi Audio Player
- CNC from aerospace aluminium alloy Craftsmanship and Precision
- Line Output, flexible and versatile
- Engraved buttons with finest sandblasting Delicate to touch, Sensible to control
- Native decode SACD ISO, including DST encoded
- Cool and glamorous playback interface, A perfect team work of sound and visual
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|Sold By||MusicTeck||HiFi AudioTronics||JetAudio, Inc||ProStudio Sound & Music||K&M Camera Since 1976||ProStudio Sound & Music|
|Item Dimensions||—||3.94 x 11.81 x 7.87 in||1 x 7.2 x 3.8 in||0.71 x 2.83 x 4.41 in||4.21 x 7.01 x 2.6 in||0.68 x 4.7 x 2.5 in|
|Item Weight||—||6.56 ounces||0.55 lb||2.43 lbs||0.66 lb||6.24 ounces|
|Supported Standards||MP3||—||—||AAC, FLAC, WMA, DSD, DFF||AAC, FLAC, MP3, WMA, DSD||AAC, FLAC, WMA, DSD, DFF|
Native DSD Decoding DST ebcided SACD USO
I5 will meet all your listening requirements and can playback many audio formats.
It will decode PCM format up to 32bits/384kHz, and support native DSD.
Decoding (up to 5.6MHz), including DST encoded ISO files.
We know your music listening requirements
Android 4.4 based
Embedded HiBy Music Player
Operation that you feel at home
i5 Can connect with blue tooth audio devices and become your wireless music player
i5 support third party applications and when connected to WiFi, you can conveniently access music from LAN, via DLAN or through DropBox
High Fidelity and Convenient
Through audiophile considerations during implementation
Optimized for online and wireless listening
Portable Player, Portable Music
Fit into your hand perfectly
Handy when used on-the-go
32G Internal Memory, One TF card up to 200GB External Memory
The USB Type C connector work with external storage such as thumb drive or memory card, the memory capacity can be increased immensely
Cloud Server, LAN, DLNA
You can access to your music anywhere, anytime
Login Dropbox for direct playback or download to local storage
File sharing or remote playback from LAN or DLNA
USB Type C, Fast and Comprehensive
Transmit data at 50MB/s(USB3.0)
Data transfer, charging and USB DAC
All-in-one connection port
Offline playback ~ 11 hours
Wifi playback ~ 10 hours
Top Customer Reviews
+Nice build quality.
+Good sound (using Seinnheiser HD650 open back headphones)
+Large battery provides battery life similar to a smart phone (even when using streaming via WiFi)
+Works with high capacity micro SD cards with large music track libraries. Search function and scrolling is somewhat painful and limited with thousands of tracks.
-Old version of Android 4.4, with all it's failings such as flakey Bluetooth. The Bluetooth is unusable with a Prius optional upgrade sound system - it cuts in/out every 10 seconds or so.
-Latest Cayin firmware (v2.2) is buggy. The Cayin music player app displays a crash dialog message every time the unit is powered up. Dismissing the dialog restarts the app and then it functions. The entire player (Android?) freezes about once a week.
It sounds great with brighter cans or iems. It sounds little too warm for my taste with darker cans like Sony mdr z7.. Since AKM DAC on this player are more on the warmer side. Z7 sounds better with dx90 BTW.
I use Jvc fx850 mainly for now and it sounds great. Darker source with brighter iem. I think Grado or any brighter cans will work good with this player.
UI is user friendly like any other Android phone and quality is top notch. Battery life is good as well.
I would like to see more built in equalizer settings, and i think the equalizers needs configuring correctly. For example all of the eq settings on my cayin I5 sounds different on the apple ipod. am not sure if it is because of the speakers am using, but you can tell a difference.
I hope in the future Cayin can add more eq options like Reggae, hip hop etc.
Battery life is awesome, it will play for hours no stop.
EX-DAP: Unlike the 90's you got plenty of options today, so I was always in the search of the best portable dap. My previous dap was the Walkman ZX2, it was a very capable device with detailed sound signature. But the biggest drawback is the fact that it does not even power my Z5 IEMs well. It throws just 15mW at 16ohms. This is pure BS on a device that is worth more than a grand. I always had to amp it with the PHA3. Simply wanted to get rid of the non-portable solution, so was trying many DAPs that can be a one device solution.
Benchmark: Having set the PHA3 as the bench mark, was looking for a DAP that offered a similar sound signature and be able to power my XBA Z5. Also to note that the PHA3 is the best audio device I have ever heard till date.
Currently I have the Fiio X5iii, Onkyo DP1, Cayin i5 and the Sony WM1A. All ordered to find the best dap and return the others. All DAPs were compared with the same FLAC/MP3 audio files and spotify/soundcloud. I have used the default audio apps on these players to do the comparision.
Fiio X5iii: The X5iii is designed very well, compact and looks futuristic. It also has the same AKM4490, but dual. You name a feature the X5iii has it. But to be honest I did not find the X5iii as musical as the i5. The i5 has a much wider sound stage. Separation is much better on the i5 SE when compared to the X5iii balanced. Totally confused on how a dual AKM4490 with balanced output sound inferior to a device that has one AKM4490 with standard jack. I have tried almost all possible fidling with the Equalizer, but the sound stage,separation, bass response is no where close to the i5.
Onkyo DP1: Didnt like the sound signature. DP1 was more analytical than the others. Sound stage was almost the same as the X5iii, bass was tight and separation was good. But no offense to onkyo, didnt suit my taste.
WM1A: The only dap I had all my hope on. Waited for the 4.4mm balanced cable to try the balanced and sure I was impressed. It was almost the same my old ZX2, with better power. Widest sound stage and tighter bass. Was not as analytical as the DP1 but more musical. It was sounding almost as good as the PHA3 on my Z5 (Bigger headphones may again need PHA3). I was very sure that the WM1A was the device that is going to be on my pockets all the time.
Cayin i5: Just ordered the i5 with no hope based on the reviews, was thinking to send it back even before unpacking it. After doing a decent burn-in for about 3-5 days, I can say the Cayin i5 has simply impressed me with the detailed sound staging. I simply cant beleive myself. This little device is capable of sounding almost similar to the WM1A but with a little more bass response. Then this is exactly I have been searching for years. Yes this player is for bass heads who dont like to compromise on the Audio quality. Bass is a little bloated compared to the PHA3/WM1A, but thats perfectly ok coz it doesnt leak or disturb the mids and highs. Sound stage is again similar to the WM1A if not better. The highs were a little harsh to my taste, but had the equalizer fix it. I am simply in love with this device, coz its a one stop solution now. I dont miss the balanced connection at all, the SE on the i5 sounds better than the balanced X5iii and almost in pace with the WM1A balanced.
What more it does than the WM1A? Well, I got my Spotify and Sound Cloud streaming and the ablity to be able to use the i5 as a DAC on my laptop. This is the one device I have dreaming about owning and will surely give my 1st preference to Cayin devices in future. Even though the Sony have better imaging devices, I simply hate Sony's marketting strategy. They dont offer what the consumer wants rather try to force their amps and cables (with wierd ends). Now all the other DAPs are returned and Cayin i5 takes the throne (My Pocket of-course)
Issues with i5:
Player crashes once every 2/3 hours regardless of source. Have reported it in Amazon and other forums for solution. On V2.2
Need more custom equalizers (Atleast two) and should have access to modify custom equalizer on the Music track window.
PS: I love the classic touch of the volume knob. I simply keep twisting it even when the player is off. I have used the XBA Z5 as the only IEM to do my testing, these other devices may pair well with other earphones for which I am not sure.