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post #1261 of 5812

Recessed will collect dirt. Raised will collect dirt on the outside of the lettering. Toothbrushes work wonders.


That said, I'll go along with the fellow who mentioned "small amount of protection" and voted for "raised lettering". Not for the protection issue, but rather because it is different and not the same old LiveStrong recessed style with which Lance Armstrong stuck all over the world.

post #1262 of 5812

A vote for raised.

post #1263 of 5812

At the age of 62, maybe I really am getting too old for this. But, I will tell you this, Michael, I can hardly wait to hear the "Tea for the Tillerman" album in 192/24 through the Hifi-M8 with balanced HE-500's or the balanced Tesla 1.


Make sure you ship before the end of Q1. Got one foot in the grave and one on the banana peel here.

post #1264 of 5812
I prefer inset, and it stands out more.
post #1265 of 5812
Originally Posted by mrfcpa View Post

At the age of 62, maybe I really am getting too old for this. But, I will tell you this, Michael, I can hardly wait to hear the "Tea for the Tillerman" album in 192/24 through the Hifi-M8 with balanced HE-500's or the balanced Tesla 1.


Make sure you ship before the end of Q1. Got one foot in the grave and one on the banana peel here.

First of all, don't be so hard on yourself. Many more years of excellent auditory stimulus to you!

Secondly, I'm doing the best I can. Have so many things I can NOT get to because of this project being in the way, that I MUST finish soon.

post #1266 of 5812

Raised vs. Inset: So far looks like Lance Armstrong is losing... 

post #1267 of 5812

I vote for inset. I like the looks way better, and the ergonomic advantage of raised is a very minimum one.

post #1268 of 5812
Originally Posted by mgoodman View Post

In theory, we should be compatible with iPhone 6, but there is not a short cable available at the moment with the lightning plug. Only the short cable with the 30-pin plug is available for now.


I'm very interested in your M8. Right now, I'm using my ipod touch G5 with VentureCraft Go-Dap X. They have their modify short lightning to USB cable that I'm also using it. Do you think this will work with M8 or not?




post #1269 of 5812

Sigh...I have so much to write, just not enough time recently. Below is just a truncated version of what I wanted to write.


Whenever I upgrade my audio gear, I do it after a good gap of years in between purchases, and after a tremendous amount of research about the products. I also make sure that the upgrades are nether too extreme to my previous purchases, but are also a good upgrade sonically and gear-wise to what I own.

My last upgrades were in Dec 2011/Jan 2012, in which I bought the (now Logitech branded) Ultimate Ears Triple.Fi 10 Pro's at about £99.99, the JDS Labs c421 (AD8620 op-amp) headphone amp (pre-release, 1st batch PCB, with early silver face plates and black enclosure), FiiO RC-UE1 recable for the TF10's, and a FiiO L9 LOD.

(My last upgrade before 2011/2012 was back in 2008!).


That said, Dec '12 and Jan '13 have been the most expensive, concentrated amount of finances I have spent on audio related stuff ever in my life.


What did I buy? See below:

  • Heir Audio 4.Ai's IEM's (Christmas discount),
  • CEntrance HiFi-M8 amp/DAC/iDevice with tone shaping controls and two 3-pin XLR/TRS output connections (pre-ordered, and cost more than the IEM's above),
  • Final Symphony at the Barbican Center on  May 30th (to see the London Symphony Orchestra and composer Nobuo Uematsu, composer and arranger Masashi Hamauzu, producer Thomas Böcker, and conductor Eckehard Stier play symphony pieces from Square Enix's Final Fantasy VI, VII & X games in new compositions. Seriously, this will be an awesome event!). :D
  • Two albums from Warp Records/Bleep.com: '100 Tracks / 2012' in FLAC, and a pre-ordered copy of 'Autechre - Exai' in vinyl and 24 bit/44.1kHz WAV files,
  • Pre-ordered 'Bonobo - The Northern Borders' Deluxe 10" Boxset from Ninja Tune, and finally
  • A new Seagate 3Tb HDD.


Total cost? Not checking (ignorance is bliss and my friend ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!).


Oh, I am also not including the cost of shipping to get my JDS Labs c421 serviced, nor the allocation of funds to obtain a new thin headphone amplifier (watch this space), nor the next few games on my February list (Alien's: Colonial Marines Collector's Edition, Crysis 3 Hunter's Edition, and possibly Metal Gear Rising: Revengence). Might have to cancel the last two games...


Right, so now that I am organise my new audio around the CEntrance HiFi-M8 (thought that is still a while away) and my c421 (until I get my other new mysterious amp), I am also looking at my Feb pay check. Here's the thing:

I want a balanced audio cable for my Heir Audio 4.Ai's. My choice of maker is Moon-Audio.com. I have chosen the Moon Audio Silver Dragon V1 IEM Headphone Cable. The truth is that the 4-pin XLR is the sensible choice, and I should have chosen the 4-pin XLR HiFi-M8, which makes sense for portable use.

Instead, I actually want to get this cable terminated in, wait for it...Furutech Rhodium Plated Dual 3-Pin XLR's (FP-601). FOR PORTABLE (and desktop) USE! :O

Yes, this is not sensible. AT ALL. But I am not sensible either.

In fact, I want to ask Moon Audio if they can terminate the cable using the Furutech Carbon Body Rhodium Plated Dual 3-Pin XLR's (CF-601MR), but until I get the HiFi-M8 in my hands, I will leave these options out.

Yes, I am sure many of you will be aghast by the above cable termination choices, and will shout "WHAT ABOUT PORTABILITY!?!?!", but I am mad.

I also blame the hobby.

And Head-Fi.org (as well as almost every other audiophile news/magazine outlet that I frequent).


Ok, now on to the fun part.


Which rubber band to choose?


Well, in truth, to just shave off a few millimeters, the recessed bands would be better, but looking at the current girth of the HiFi-M8 and the stack overall, I would go for the RAISED rubber bands.

Actually, I won't be using the bands too much anyway, as I will be using my 6th iPod Classic 160GB (2007) side-by-side with the HiFi-M8 in my coat pocket or my shoulder bag, or my Samsung Galaxy Note II (using the Neutron App, though I have yet to root my Android phone as it is still too new).


Also, I am interested in how the DAC will be used for desktop duties (how can the user know at which bit rate and frequency the DAC is receiving the audio in, and is it bit-perfect). This is my main area of interest, followed by the amplifier power for my single ended AKG K 701 headphones (will get new pads next month too).

I want the new AKG K 702 ANV version, but that is way too expensive...


Anyway, enough waffling, time to use Netflix before bed.


Good night!




Edited by TheOneInYellow - 1/31/13 at 3:44pm
post #1270 of 5812

Inset. I'll turn them inside out to keep out debris and dust unless I want to impress my buds :)

post #1271 of 5812

Inset please.

post #1272 of 5812

I vote for the in-set bands  I am going to use one Centrance and one Heir (if the Heir band is big enough).  That is one BEEFY amp that Centrance is putting together. 


I waited over 4 months for my Heir 8a's and couldn't be happier.  I have no issue waiting for the HiFi M8.  Good things come to those who wait.


pS  ,

post #1273 of 5812
Inset for me! I like stacking bands and the raised bands might get in the way...

Also +1 for the modified short Venturecraft USB cable question... Hope it works with the HiFi-M8 since I'm using it for the HP-P1!
post #1274 of 5812
Inset please
post #1275 of 5812
another vote for inset!
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