*. Hi-Res Audio SOC
*. 192KHz/24bit APE/FLAC/WAV Audio Playback
*. Hi-Res Audio Recording WAV 192KHz/24bit
*. Micro USB Jack
*. 3.5mm Phone Jack
*. Mono Speaker 100mW
*. Display 128*32 OLED
*. Keys: On/Off/Rec, Vol+/-, Return, Skip+/-, OK
*. LEDs: Action/Charge/Voltage Indication
*. Battery: 500mAH, 12hrs playback
I tested it with the TOTL Campfire Audio Andromeda IEMs and the Shozy Zero IEMs to get a proper spread of the capability of this device.
Does it playback Hi-Res? Yes it does.
Can I get enough volume? Yes, I can.
Is there hiss? Very slight when music is not playing, I couldn`t detect it when the music was playing.
Does it have a low output impedance for IEMs? Yes, under 1 Ohm.
The sound with stock Cyberdrive earphones is basic, one needs mid to high end earphones to get the most out of this small and surprising player.
With Campfire Audio Andromeda:
It is quite listenable, has enough detail, good instrument separation and it possesses a decent depth.
Soundstage is adequate although not super wide. But wide enough.
It is neither warm nor airy. It seems to playback music fairly accurately.
Sometimes it feels like the low end gets a bit loose in places.
Treble is far reaching enough without over reaching getting sibilant.
The music and vocals appear fairly balanced.
At times it can come across as musical.
It does not approach other more costly daps in terms of features, detail and soundstage, but to my ears it gets very close.
With the Shozy Zero IEMs:
Being less sensitive earphones the volume has dropped drastically and I had to turn it up, a handy warning sign popped up which I clicked past, but then clicked back as there was a slight distortion to the music (whether the player or earphones I dont know).
With the Shozy Zeros being a less expensive and single driver earphone the sound became more laid back.
Still very musical and an enjoyable listening experience.
Decent sound stage and instrument separation, A bit of a combination between warm and airy.
With the Meze Classic 99:
They seem to respond well to the Seiun player.
I think the Meze needs a bit more juice/amplifying to get their best result.
I could get a decent and acceptable volume but sensed the player was struggling at times.
What I heard was consistent with my earlier findings.
I tried to max out the volume to 32 to test out any limitations of the player The Doors `The end`.
The results were positive, good separation, low distortion, If any, nice and wide with good height and depth.
End notes: I may have to get some more hours on this player and see If it tightens up in the low end and extends in its soundstage.
At US$70:00 on the Cyberdrive and from US$80:00 on Amazon.us it is certainly within the price range of even the most wallet strapped audiophile.
It is quite a surprise for such a small and inexpensive device, but then this is also the age of add on tiny dac/amps such as the Cozoy Aegis and Dragonfly.
I found the Seiun player to be a pleasurable player to listen to.
Its below 1ohm output impedance makes it a great companion for multidriver IEMs.
It keeps playing music when the headphones are removed so be wary of battery wastage and turn it off properly. Although the music keeps playing out of the speaker so you do know.
Hiss can detected with no music playing. But it is not excessive.
In all quite a surprising device and I am interested in others opinions of the Seiun player.
It does require other earphones rather than the supplied Cyberdrive earphones to get the best results.
Cyberdrive plans to release a Seiun Plus (Kind of an ungraded version of the one reviewed today) thenSeiun Player pro and also Seiun Pro X. (See the indiegogo campaign).
Part me hoped to dislike it due to the repeated promises to send me Cyberdrive gear for review which never materialized, but in the end I think for its price it performs very well.
A budget player with great sound.