Hi Larry, good to hear from you!
Q: (a) 4-pin XLR + 1/4" jack
A: Yes, that's what we are going to offer. Not at RMAF, but shortly afterwards.
Q: I'm pretty happy with something like this if it will run forever while plugged into power, and having battery for 5 hours is just icing on the cake.
A: Yes, it will work forever when plugged in, and retain XX hours of charge when not plugged in. We are still collecting data on that.
Q: It can then be used as a desktop replacement, transportable, or portable.
A: Yes, that's we are leaning. A multi-functional device. We weren't thinking this way initially, but this here community lead us down that path. The draw back is that's extra work and now I'm living totally without sleep... Thanks, community! (LOL)
Q from jJacal01: As a baseline design reference, battery life should at least be able to last the duration of a transatlantic flight.
A: I wish they brought back the Concorde! :) But seriously, I totally hear you on this one.
This week is shot due to RMAF preparations, so design changes will occur sporadically. We are still holding to our goal to ship before XMAS. Did that with DACport. Did that with DACmini. HiFi-M8 is probably double the complexity though...