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Cayin C5 Amp

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This, a DAC, and and a phone or a player? That's a lot of shit to tote around! Good thing I joined the Massdrop Mobile Music cart drop last month!
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Well, those were very few DAC's...
Which would pair better with Massdrop x Sennheiser HD 6XX?
I think if you are after a portable amp the fiio A5 stands out far to much in such a similar price range!
Not sure hoe hoe it compares as dac/amp though
When is the shipping date for this?
andresjsalazar
" Estimated ship date is Feb 1, 2018 PT. " it's under the spec at the bottom of the description
Waiting for the Cayin N5ii drop.
SIrKazm
They have a lot to fix on the DAP. DSD will not play out USB or optical.
Scott178
DSD will not play out of optical due to copyright restrictions.
How does this compare to the Oppo HA2-SE?
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Any prior experience on cayin c5 or just your thoughts?
JungW
Not specifically with the cayin, but somebody lent me their xduoo portable dac/amp and I still liked the Ha-2se since it is slimmer, and there is something to the sound that just makes the hd 600s sound incredibly good, just something is there.
My shipment just arrived, but its suffering from an absolutely infuriating issue, whenever I pick a song on spotify my headphones BLAST a max volume SCREECH, and then plays the song. Or it plays the song for a second and then SREECHES before the rest of the song. I tried as well on google music, where it only SCREECHED once in about 15 tracks or so. Anyone know what is going on?
MCSolaire
After some more research if I had to guess it is the built in equalizer on my phone causing the issue, since I tried it with a different phone and did not have the issue once. Unfortunately, turning the equalizer off did not fix the problem.
Isn't that same drop was for 99 USD a few weeks ago? (DAC/AMP version same as this one)
Chaturanga
this cost 149 dollars with DAC. 99 without perhaps
This or the JDS C5D?
Well, mine arrived dead . Does not keep the charge at all. Only works whilst plugged in the charger or PC USB port .  The moment you unplug from the charger it goes back to the tomb. Contacted Massdrop support and they issued me a full refund.   I have to say C5 built feels like a proper cheap Chinese knock off. Nowhere near the quality of built  of my FiiO E12 Mount Blanc. I opened C5 up and QC is schocking. Just look how PCB looks like.
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Is their a warranty and a serial number?
Really want to try this but at $30 US difference from Amazon, I'll wait to buy there where I can easily return for any reason.
Snafu1
Don't know how many times we've been through this. The C5 Amp you've linked on Amazon is $129.99. The DAC Amp, which is what is being offered in this drop, is $199 on Amazon.
Anyone have issues getting the USB DAC to work with the Samsung S8/S8+/Note8? I tried using a USB Micro-B to USB-C adapter and my phone doesn't even recognize the DAC. :(
Cayin, if you're listening, please make the DAC/Amp available in black or silver in the future... instead of champagne gold...
Thanks.
How does this compare to the Fiio E10K for driving the AKG K7XX?
I just got Cayin C5 Amp & DAC/Amp from the last drop. I already have the AudioQuest DragonFly Red, and the CENTRANCE DACPort Slim HD. I am a new with HiFi, but I found for whatever reason my new set of Audeze EL-8 Closed Backs sound so much better with the DragonFly Red. It also seems that my Massdrop Fostex TH-X00 sounds better with C5 DAC. I am not sure how to test the amp yet on the C5 (newb). I LOVED the CENTRANCE DACPort until after a month the 3.5 MM jack in the unit is so loose it useless and being RMA'ed. The HD version sounded great though.
I currently pair my DragonFly Red with the Audio Engine HD3 and found I get the most clear and realistic sound in that combination. Is there anything I could be doing better? Thanks all!!
My Cayin amp started to cut the sound whenever the volume button is touched. Sometimes it cuts out on its own and wont turn back on until i move the knob again. Support from Cayin pretty much doesn't exist and I only had it for about a month. Buy with caution as I don't think these come with a valid warranty.
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Peicille
Last update, my return was sent out (haven't received my refund from Massdrop yet) but I wanted to provide an update on the product before being sent out. I mentioned in my initial post that the sound started cutting out randomly. Well a week or so after my post, the amp just stopped working all together. Did not even turn on, I want to assume due to how cheaply made this is.
Peicille
Great...I used my c5 for a few hours (5 tops) and today it started cutting out sound, it's sort of like a micro-stutter in the sound.... I thought it might be driver related but when I read your comment..... I guess I need to contact Massdrop about this, or how did you go about it? This is just brilliant, paid $157.49 as well as customs fees of more than 50 dollars ... I guess those 50 dollars are completely burnt but yeah... Great buy.
I got the amp/dac as a replacement for my Fiio e17k. So far i like it. The included cables are good enough for me; likewise for audio quality. It drive my hd 598's easily (volume max 5 on low gain). It does seem to struggle with my dt990 premium 250 ohms. It's loud enough but it's really at the limit. Cranked on high gain setting is uncomfortable but not painful.
How does the dac sound?
Can I buy this for hd 6xx? Or will the O2 be a better choice? Please suggest in terms of power and sound quality!
Siva283
There's a new Schiit Magni 3 that came out a few days ago. It has plenty of power and I don't think there's anything that can compete with it at 99$ price point. I was going to buy the Topping A30, but Magni 3 has even more power + it's output impedance is 0.3 ohms, so I'll buy it as soon as I get my 6XXs.
Siva283
O2 and Cayin C5 are not at the same category. O2 is not as portable as Cayin C5. And O2 is just an AMP not including a DAC. C5 is designed to be used mobile but O2 is not.
If you need just an AMP for HD6XX there is no discussion, O2 will be the best choice at it's price point. And it's a really price-performance AMP I think, comparing with some pricey desktop AMPs around, still O2 is a very good option.
I already have Fiio A3 which o use it with a DAC. I was willing to upgrade from my A3 so is this amp way better than the A3 ?? I won't consider it if its not a huge gain. I use 250 ohm beyers, hd 650. And i want to run a 600 ohm beyer. Thanks in advance
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On high gain the c5 has almost twice as much power output than the e12 but i its probably closer to 1400mW and not the 1600mW that theyre claiming. Its still much more powerful.
Once again for the price imo you cant beat it.
Danielbea122
Absolutely thats what i mentioned that these are definitely a bargain for 99 bucks but a5 is having twice as power as the e12 so it may beat the c5. If u get a chance to audition both then let me know that should i pick these up.
Is it 800mW per channel? Also is the c5 amp only any different other than the price from one you can buy from ebay Amazon etc ?
Is this a better choice than the Nuforce Udac 5 if using mainly with a computer. I Ordered the HD6XX in a the last drop. Thanks
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May I suggest the Schiit Magni 3 as a better option if you don't need that portability?
iatsbohdan
You really saved me from buying this. Magni 3 seems to be even powerful which is what is needed for hd 6xx. Will wait for the reviews and buy it
Would this be an ugrade over a df red?
I am S O excited to get this. Thank the lord I got it, even if it's a small discount.
Can I use this with Bose Q35 head phone ?
For those planning to use this with a phone, you should get the upgraded DAC version as they don't have a line out and you don't want to double amp by connecting to headphone out of phone. The amp only C5 is only for DAPs that have a fixed line out feature. For Android, you will need to purchase the appropriate OTG cable. For iOS, you will need to purchase a CCK cable.
Edit: If one insists on doing phone headphone out to amp, then set phone volume to somewhere between 80 and 90% of max volume to reduce artifact and distortion noise.
do i need the to pay for the additonal 40 bucks if i mainly use this with a phone?? to listen to music? head phone will be hd6xx
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How much will they charge me at the door here in canada when I get it?
guardianx9
No, you don't need an external DAC with your phone. Most phones have pretty good DACs in them these days, it's the amplification that is poor and where you will really hear the difference. Plus if you use it as a DAC, you can't charge it at the same time because it will use the data/power port instead of the headphone jack.
I currently listen to music with B&O H7, UE 900s, AKG 550 MKII, and Sennheiser HD 555. My source is the Fiio x5 III. Will I be blown away if I get this amp?
dapmaster
no you will not