This player is exactly what Cayin in known for for….balanced warm midrange via tubes. The class A/AB amp offers a great balance between warmth and detail. The cost is likely prohibitive and not the best value…for those with a lesser budget. If cost is not a factor then the N8ii should be auditioned prior to purchase. I purchased from MusicTeck.
Amazing build amazing sound
I bought N8ii once then sold it due to financial needs but couldn’t miss its sound especially nutube sound so I buy the second one…
So I have paired the N8ii up with the incredibly resolving Final Audio Sonorous X headphones (pictured)... and it just doesn't get much better than this. Between the two devices, you have a jet-black background and crystal clear music reproduction. Nearly 100% of the time with my mainly DSD collection, I use N8ii's main forte: Balanced Tube mode, P+, AB... and the sound (as my audiophile friend eloquently put it) "is simply the best portable audio quality I've ever heard".
In terms of interface and operation, I have also had zero problems. And the screen doesn't have to be high-res just to play music...so it does perfectly fine and keeps the battery in check.
Musicteck ordering, delivery and customer response has been stellar as well.
The N8ii sounds warm and lush and as a mostly Tidal user I’m finding that the operating system is smooth and glitch-free. I ordered the player one evening and it arrived the next day. I appreciate the great service provided by Musicteck