This is a review of Cayin C5 portable hi-fi headphone amplifier. Cayin Spark C5 Stylish Portable HiFi Audio Headphone Amplifier (2014 New) - Professional Audio Store - Shenzhenaudio.com
As I mentioned in one of my recent reviews, headphone amplifiers opened up to me a new world of sound shaping. Though I don't have any power hungry or high impedance headphones, I was in for quite a surprise with a number of my IEMs and how much sound improvement you can get from a well designed portable amp used either with your smartphone or digital audio player (DAP).
For the last few years I have been a regular attendee of our national Hi-Fi show held every November in the business district in one plush hotel or another. Quite apart from jostling for space as the President of the country no less flirts from room to room with an ensemble of like minded audiophile nuts you would also be hard pressed to enter a few of the showroom areas without noticing the achingly beautiful Cayin layouts from one or two well known local distributors.
Cayin of course are a well-known name in the world of desktop and home audio. They make valve and solid state amps that pack a punch for most loudspeaker systems out there. They are handsomely designed, and well-made.