Cayin N8 Master Quality Digital Audio Player
- Choice of Vacuum Tube and Solid State amplification in 3.5mm headphone output
- Dual Output Mode: High Impedance High Output Mode (HIGH2) delivers 200mWpc@300Ω (balanced)
- Outstanding digital audio capability with dual AK4497EQ, PCM decoded up to 32Bit/384kHz, DSD up to DSD256
- Support 4.4mm balanced and 3.5mm single-ended headphone output
- Desktop grade line output: single-ended at 2.1V and balanced at 4.3V
- Comprehensive digital interface: I2S, USB Audio and S/PDIF coaxial output and can function as USB DAC
- Massive 128GB internal storage and one external TF card up to 512GB, can further extend through USB OTG storage,
- USB3.0 high speed data transmission.
- Massive 7000mAH battery with QC2.0 quick charging
- Stainless steel chassis with PVD coating, 24K gold plated solid brass control dials
- Custom fit Corning Gorilla 3 (AF and DLC coating) curved glass back panel
- Comprehensive cables accessories bundled
This is my observations of a very expensive but worthwhile journey into portable music. There is certainly enough power to drive any of the headphones or IEM's that I have. Enough storage, even though only 1 micro slot. The OTG Usb C abilities work flawlessly with an M.2 1T external drive. However trying M.2 device on Ibasso Dx200 proves to be problematic The sound qualities are supurb. I am a big fan of large screens, have a LG V30, so that takes some getting used to with a 3.2" screen and will probable try Hibylink in the near future as a means of control and large screens. For me, this comes down to venturing into TOTL territory and then asking "was it worthwhile"?. A resounding yes, would do it again! There are technical reviews from @twister6, so I wont go there. Am still acquiring cables and want to give Campfire Audio Solaris a shot. So, overall, very pleased to have ventured a purchase of this magnitude and very happy with results.
From my post on the head-fi thread: never would have thought that I would be writing this post several weeks ago; But this Wednesday I received my N8. In my past I have owned the Hugo, Mojo and a variety of top tier DAC / Amp combo's over the last 15 years. Often carried the "brick" to enjoy great sound and great headphones. I carefully read this thread before my purchase; and in general, the detailed reviews, Andy Kong's input, and general user experience and comments re: Cayin as a company; allowed me to make the decision for the N8 over the Sony WM1z. Biggest key points in my decision were the tube sound & the ability to have a desktop grade LO and integrate the N8 into my home system. While not a lot of listening hours yet, my impressions are that the build is solid, the interface mature and able to work well with the Hiby app and make Playlists instantly. The sound is on par with anything I have heard, and better to me, because so far in tube mode, songs have incredible soundstage, depth, black background, deep base, sparkle in the mids and highs, detail and tonality pristine, Rare for me to purchase a new product that works out of the box, and not spend endless hours on head-fi trying to iron out the bugs. Instead I can enjoy the music, and a really new mobile experience. Have some fun for change! Cayin N8 in short, Rocks! Based upon a few email exchanges, I also feel confident about this product, because buying from Musicteck, I know how will have support and confidence of being cared for if I ever am to have a problem in the future!
I think this may be the best sounding dap in the current market. I would have given perfect 5 stars if the user interface was in line with its superb sound quality. No feature to sort/play the newly added songs which other daps have. You have to scan the entire music library every time to detect the songs under genre/album/artist when newly added. If you have song library over 10K, even adding a few songs into the device would be time consuming.
Hope to update my review with additional star with the future improvement. :)