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Date:2017-06-30 01:06:29
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Announcement of Cayin N3 firmware v2.0


The major feature of this new firmware is the formal introduction of HiByLink from HiBy Music.  While this can be generally perceived as a phon-based remote control, the technology is actually much deeper than that.  

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The HiByLink is a lossless resource sharing platform.  It is based on duplex BT communication right now and might extend to cover other wireless communication means in the future.  The HiByLink will connect your N3 DAP with the HiByMusic App on an Android mobile device (iOS device will be supported in the future) and your music resources will be shared with the HiByMusic App, the latter will read the file, manipulated the content, and control (feedback) the N3 operation.  It can even offer user operations that are not originally available on the N3 DAP. 

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Saying the HiByLink has revolutionized the user experience of N3 is a bold claim but I am sure you’ll agree with this after you tried out the new firmware and HiByMusic App in pair.  Just to name a few, gone completely was the issue of clicking the wrong capacitive button, and the up/down, left/right, next/pre controls are a lot more intuitive.  You can browse through long lists of folders or music files at ease, and even create playlists on the big screen of your mobile phone. The best part is that you can perform all these while the N3 stays in your backpack/pocket or having the N3 connected to your home Entertainment system and you are relaxing at your sofa 3 meters away.


New Functions and System Optimization

1. Incorporate HiByLink* to connect with HiByMusic App.

2. Increase file limit of Music Library from 12,000 titles to 20,000 titles

3. Improve the quality of Bluetooth output by reducing distortion that happens occasionally

4. Rectify the S/PDIF distortion or output error under specific operation sequence

5. Improve the Bluetooth connection stability with Apple MAC systems.  We recommend users to start playback AFTER Bluetooth paring is completed.

6. Update French User Interface

7. Optimize the battery reading accuracy at specific operation sequence after the battery is fully charged



· HiByLink is only available in Android environment right now, the iOS version is under development.

· When HiByLink is turned on, it will occupied the BT connection, N3 cannot function as wireless Bluetooth DAC at the same time.


Cayin N3 Firmware Upgrade

· Each version of firmware might contain minor different, consumer please decide on your own accord whether you need to update the 

  firmware of your N3 DAP.

· Under normal circumstances, firmware upgrade will not cause any damage to user information, but Cayin cannot exclude the possibility 

   of upgrade failure due to mal-operation or any other reason. For these reasons, you might be required to format your N3 DAP and result

   in losing person data stored on the player. We strongly suggest you backup all your personal data stored on the player before you perform 

   firmware upgrade.

· The N3 firmware cannot be used in other product, and the firmware from other product cannot be used in N3


Firmware upgrades procedure

1. For safety reason, please make sure the N3 DAP has not less than 50% battery power before you proceed, otherwise please charge up the

    player before you upgrade the firmware

2. Download the latest firmware from Cayin website (www.cayin.cn). Decompress and copy the N3 firmware file (update.upt) into the root

    directory of a TF card.

3. Insert the TF card into the N3 DAP and complete your firmware upgrade with either one of the following steps:

    · While N3 has been turned on, select “System Setup” and scroll all the way to the bottom of the list, select “System Update”, the 

      system will complete the upgrade process automatically, and reboot the player after update is completed.

    · While N3 has been turned off, hold the round physical “Enter” button, and then hold the “Power on/off” button, the system start

     the firmware upgrade process and will complete the process automatically.  It will reboot the player after update is completed.


Noe:  N3 can support FAT/FAT32/exFAT/NTFS formatted TF card during the firmware upgrade process.


When the upgrade is completed, you can verify the current firmware version number by selecting “System Setting” menu, under “About the Player and storage information” option, check out the “Firmware Version” detail.


· Do not operate the machine during firmware upgrade

· Please delete/remove the firmware file from the TF card after firmware upgrade

· Please update your Music Library after firmware upgrade


Acquiring HiByLink for the Cayin N3 DAP

On top of updating your N3 DAP with the latest v2.0 firmware, you also need to install the latest HiByMusic App on your Android Mobile phone because HibyLink is an integrated component of the next generation HiByMusic App.  Thanks to HiBy Music, we can make available the beta version of the Android HiByMusic App to N3 users, the following steps will guide you through the installation and connection setup of HiByMusic App:

1. Update your N3 to the latest v2.0 firmware.  You can verify the firmware version from System setting -> About the Player

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2.Turn on the Bluetooth of N3 and you can see the new HiByLink option; turn this on and set apt-X to On as well.

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3.Copy HibyMusic Android application package (HibyMusic_3.0.0_build_5313_Beta) to your Android mobile phone and install the app; You probably need to enable the phone to “allow installation of apps from sources other than Google Play Store” under Security menu

4.Start up the HiBy Music App, tap the HiByLink icon , and turn on HiByLink; the system will pop up a window to seek your approval to set the Bluetooth to broadcast mode. Make sure you have turned on the Bluetooth of both N3 and your mobile phone now. Click “Search for devices” to locate your DAP, and the system should display your N3 DAP as an available device, you can now select N3 to proceed.

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5.After you select your device, the HiByMusic App will display a pairing notification.  The N3 will NOT display any passkey.  We recommend you to setup the connection from the HiByMusic App, so please select the “Pair” option.  N3 will now be displayed as a “currently paired” device.

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6.You can now leave the HiByLink page and go back to the music playback interface by pressing the Music Note icon 图片1.png . From now on, all display and control on the HiBy Music App will pertain to / be directed to the remote device (i.e., your N3 DAP). We recommend you to scan your music before you move on.  While the music files will be sorted into Title/Album/Artist/Genre, the album art from the remote device cannot be displayed in thumbnail views; they can however be displayed on the playback screen.

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