Centrance Hifi-Skyn review - Rudi0504

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I would like to say a thank you to Michael Goodman of Centrance for the HiFi-Skyn review unit.
-Rudi0504

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Product Description:
Centrance HiFi Skyn is a brilliant solution for iphone users as iphone fans are not satisfied with the sound quality they get out of their iphones/ipod touches.

That is why many Dacs and Dac/Amps for iDevices have come out on the market since 2010.
Such as:
Cypher Labs Clas Solo classic
Fostex HP P1
Venture Craft Go Dap DD
Centrance Hifi-M8. One of the most popular products from Centrance.

Now days people are thinking more practical , such as mobility and simplicity as in a All In One unit.
So last year (2015) Centrance launched their All in One Unit solution for iphones and the ipod touch:
The Centrance Hifi Skyn.

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Product Features:
Dac and Amp in one Unit
Power bank for recharging iphone/ipod.
Has 3 gain switches.
There are 3 models for Iphone 5/5s/ipod touch 5/6 and 6/6s and 6/6s Plus.
If I use nonstop as a Dap the battery can last more than 12 Hours.



Digital specs

Resolution: 32-bit (Also supports 24-bit)
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, 176.2 kHz, 192, 352.4, 384 kHz
DSD Support: DSD64 and DSD128
Clocking: Two independent 1ps clocks
Jitter: Unmeasurable
Max playback: Plays what the iPhone plays
Compatibility: iPhone 5, 5S, 6, 6S,6 Plus, 6S Plus, iPod Touch 5th and 6th Generations

Screenshot with Flacplayer app by Dan Leehr

Analog Specs

Freq. Response:  20 Hz...90 kHz
S/N Ratio: 110 dB
THD+N: 0.002 %
Crosstalk, 1kHz:  -111 dB
Output Impedance :  1 Ohm
Output power, 32ohm :  410 mW
Supported Headphones: 16...600 Ohm
Max Output, 1kHz:  +11.5 dBV

General Specs

Audio Output: Gold-plated 3.5mm headphone jack
Headphone Amp: Class-A, bipolar power supply
AC Adapter: Uses any standard 5V adapter. 2.1A output highly recommended for faster charging
DC Powering:  +5V (2.1A) from external adapter, such as iPad charger
Internal supplies: Battery-isolated, filtered ±8V, super-clean analog power supply rails 
Unit Dimensions: 170 mm (L) x 65mm (W) x 20 mm (H) (iPhone 5/5S model)
Shipping weight: 550 g
Chassis Material: Impact-resistant polycarbonate with non-slip soft-touch finish
Battery specs: Rechargeable Li-Polymer, 8 hours play time

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Sound Quality.
*After my Centrance HiFi Skyn burned in for about 150 Hours.


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Source :
Iphone 6s Rose Gold USA Version
Dac Amp*
Centrance HiFi Skyn for Iphone 6s
IEM:
Ocharaku AKA Sakura
song:
Jazz at the Pawn Shop
Doug Macleod: Exactly Like This
music player:
Relsiten Player
kaisertone
Ne Player


Highs:
Great detail and clarity.
Excellent high presentation.
Mids:
Clear and has good pronounce
Bass:
 Detailed and solid bass impact, clean sounding and has good speed/response, minimal decay.
Separation:
Separation is exceptional in that the individual instrument can imagine where the musician placement is.
Sound Stage:
Wide and has a good depth.
It is like medium sized Concert hall, if you can imagine.

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Conclusion:
As a 2 in 1 Solution the Centrance HiFi Skyn is an ideal solution for a on the go set up that is good for traveling.
Users can use their iphone as a smart phone and also as a high end music player.
The Centrance HiFi Skyn is my every day on the go set up for my iphone 6s , beside another Dap like
AK380 Copper
AK240 SS
AK120 II
Venture Craft Valog SouDroid
Onkyo DPX1
Lotoo Paw Gold
and many more.

I usually bring a minimum two Daps for traveling in my bag.
The Centrance Hifi-Skyn is a highly recommended product by my personal evaluation.

If you liked the Centrance Hifi-M8, you will possibly love the Hifi-Skyn even more, because the Sound Quality is better than the Hifi-M8, I think it has more life, focus and also has big enough power to drive my larger headphones like the LCD X and Fostex TH 900.



Thank you again to Centrance for sending me this review unit of the Hifi-Skyn
-Rudi0504


*Some editing and additional photos by expatinjapan.

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