Cayin has gained a great reputation for making high-end DACs, headphone amps, and digital audio players. With the N5ii, the company continues its streak. Featuring an Android 5.1 touchscreen interface, this music player can support popular streaming devices like Spotify and Tidal over Wi-Fi. It’s built around the high-quality ESS9018K2M DAC chip and aims for accurate, high-resolution sound. The portable amplifier can output 150 mW per channel out of the 3.5-millimeter jack and 250 mW per channel out of the balanced 2.5-millimeter jack. Designed for long-term daily use, the N5ii has a CNC-machined aerospace aluminum chassis complete with a stainless steel volume knob.
Head-Fi user twister6 says, "When it comes to the N5ii, Cayin clearly did their homework … I usually don't focus too much on the price of the DAP, but here it represents an impressive price/performance ratio. Touchscreen: check! Internal storage and two SD cards: check! Balanced output: check! Mechanical wheel and external hw controls: check! Compact size and decent battery life: check! Bluetooth: check! Wi-Fi with Google Play and app support: double check! The sound quality is pretty good for a mid-fi DAP—a little more on the leaner, brighter side—but it pairs up well with many IEMs and full-size headphones."
Phone Out (Single-Ended)
Phones Out (Balanced)
USB Audio Input
USB Audio Output
All orders will be shipped by Massdrop.
Estimated ship date is Feb 8, 2019 PT.
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