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Cayin N5 Digital Audio Player

Cayin N5 Digital Audio Player

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Cayin Sound, Portable Package

The Cayin N5 digital audio player features the same premium build and detailed sound quality as its predecessor, the N6, in a slimmer, truly portable package. Along with a new high-end DAC, it has dual microSD card slots, a USB 3.0 interface for fast file transfer, a bonus 2.5-millimeter balanced output, and an impressive battery life. The N5 supports most formats under the sun, up to 129 kHz / 24 bit for lossless files and DSD hardware decoding of DSD64 and DSD128 files. It looks pretty slick, too—with beveled edges, a large scrolling wheel with a grip-friendly pattern, and a carbon fiber backplate.

Note: This drop is limited to 18 units.

Cayin N5 Digital Audio Player

Customizable Features

Cayin specialized in tube amplifiers for many years before producing DAPs, and the company’s expertise and attention to detail is evident throughout the N5. On the front of the device, a right-justified 2.4-inch screen displays a graphical user interface and menu selection nearly identical to the N6. The categories and settings are easy to navigate and offer a variety of options, including gain, digital filter, a 10-band EQ, four different background themes, and more.

Cayin N5 Digital Audio Player
Cayin N5 Digital Audio Player

User-Friendly Design

The front-panel scrolling wheel has a multi-function button, and is flanked on the right by a charging LED indicator and on the left by three buttons with return/back, skip/fast forward, and skip/rewind functionality. The left panel features a volume button and a menu button that doubles as play/pause. The top panel houses a power button, a 3.5-millimeter dedicated coaxial port, a shared HO/LO 3.5-millimeter port, and a 2.5-millimeter balanced wired TRRS port. Along with a reset pinhole, the bottom panel features a USB 3.0 port and both microSD flash card ports beneath a protective dust cover.

Cayin N5 Digital Audio Player
Cayin N5 Digital Audio Player
Cayin N5 Digital Audio Player
Cayin N5 Digital Audio Player


  • Cayin
  • USB DAC: Asynchronous USB 2.0 class up to 24 bit / 192 kHz
  • Frequency response: 20 Hz-20 kHz (+/- 0.2 dB, Fs=192 kHz); 5-50 kHz (+/- 0.2 dB, Fs=192 kHz)
  • THD + N: 0.006% (1 kHz, Fs = 44.1 kHz, 20 Hz-20 kHz, A-weighted)
  • Dynamic range: 108 dB (20 Hz-20 kHz, A-weighted)
  • Signal-to-noise ratio: 108 dB (20 Hz-20 kHz, A-weighted)
  • Output impedance: 0.26 ohm
  • Power rating, phones out (balanced): 300 mW + 300 mW (at 32 ohm)
  • Power rating, phones out (single end): 200 mW + 200 mW (at 32 ohm)
  • Output level, line out: 2 V (at 10 kohm)
  • Volume control: 0-99
  • Gain selection: High/Low (+ 6 dB)
  • Equalization: 10 bands, +/- 10 dB
  • Storage: 2 microSD cards (up to 128 GB each, 256 GB total); no internal storage
  • Audio formats: DSD (DSD64, DSD128, SACD ISO), WAV, FLAC, ALAC, AIFF, APE, WMA, AAC, OGG, MPEG (MP2, MP3)
  • Battery capacity: 4,200 mAh
  • Battery life: Approx. 9 hours
  • Charging time: Approx. 3 hours
  • Power saving: Auto power off, backlight time off, breakpoint resume
  • Supported devices: MAC OSx and Windows (driver required)
  • Dimensions: 4.4 x 2.5 x 0.6 in (11.1 x 6.4 x 1.6 cm)
  • Weight: 6.9 oz (195 g)


  • Extra screen protector
  • USB 3.0 cable
  • Short coaxial to 3.5 mm interconnect cable
  • User manual
  • Protective silicone case


All orders will be shipped by Massdrop.

Estimated ship date is Feb 8, 2017 PT.

After the drop ends, payment will be collected and the group’s order will be submitted to the vendor up front, making all sales final. Check the discussion page for updates on your order.