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I lean toward the iDevices.  They can be had used pretty cheap, the interface is very familiar to me, the on board amps are so crappy that they don't take up too much space, so the devices themselves are pretty small.  All in all, a fine transport for the iDevice version.  If you can't stomach the big Apple though, well, I get it.  They P me O often enough as well.  And yet I remain a fanboy.  Weird.

Well, I kinda like the looks of the black Classic, so if push comes to shove I might go with that. Not sure if 24/96 is supported with classic but then I'd just leave any hi-res stuff for my laptop.

And hope some decent OTG source comes sooner or later.

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Got my M8 and I am loving it.

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I'm using a black classic. Works great, pretty sure it will never support 24/96. I think my touch 4G may support 24/96 once the stars align...
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I am still not 100% convinced that music sounds better because it is hi rez or because it was recorded better.  I think this time around (ie next couple of years), I will spend my time and money finding better recordings of music as opposes to worrying about hi rez.  Once iOS or Android gets their game together for hi rez, then I will dip my toes back in.  Makes it easy to buy a cheap iDevice as transport should my Note II not work out well.

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Well, if hi-res audio is not of primary concern, there are also a suite of cheap Chinese DAPs currently available with optical SPDIF out for the LX.
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I am still not 100% convinced that music sounds better because it is hi rez or because it was recorded better.  I think this time around (ie next couple of years), I will spend my time and money finding better recordings of music as opposes to worrying about hi rez.  Once iOS or Android gets their game together for hi rez, then I will dip my toes back in.  Makes it easy to buy a cheap iDevice as transport should my Note II not work out well.

I'm with you on this one.  I've transcoded all my 24/96 FLAC HDTracks files to 24/96 ALAC and to 24/44.1 ALAC for the ipods.  Same itunes with BitPerfect running, same iBasso DB2/PB2 dac/amp, same headphones, non blind test, and I can't hear the difference.  Some may say the dac/amp is not resolving enough.  I'll give you that if I have to.  My final take - in many cases, the hi rez files were recorded better, though certainly not all, and I can't hear the difference that the increased resolution supposedly offers.  I think searching out well recorded music as opposed to blindly hi-rez is a wise strategy.

 

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Well, if hi-res audio is not of primary concern, there are also a suite of cheap Chinese DAPs currently available with optical SPDIF out for the LX.

Good to know for all the folks that just cant stomach Apple for whatever reason (and any reason is a good one, if it is yours), though my path is locked with the iDevice version.  iPods are pretty cheap used, and are a good dap and interface.  Every time I leave for other options, I always come back for the ipod interface.

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Originally Posted by FraGGleR View Post
 

I am still not 100% convinced that music sounds better because it is hi rez or because it was recorded better.  I think this time around (ie next couple of years), I will spend my time and money finding better recordings of music as opposes to worrying about hi rez.  Once iOS or Android gets their game together for hi rez, then I will dip my toes back in.  Makes it easy to buy a cheap iDevice as transport should my Note II not work out well.

Well the main reason for the "do high res sound better" debate is not all high res is actually high res. A lot of what people are downloading has been confirmed to be upconverted 16/44. And yes, that included hdtracks. A while ago a audio mag(can't remember which one) did a test on a lot of high res downloads and many of them turned out not to be high res. Hdtracks claimed they didn't know this and vowed to go through their entire collection to remove the files that were determined to be redbook upconverts. 

 

But do that mean that now everything is straightened out now. Well I don't think so. A friend of mine paid a good price to them for a Dave Brubeck high res album. Upon being over to his place to check it out, we both noticed something sounded off. He just so happened to have the redbook version of the album, and it sounded much better. He later contacted hdtracks and they gave him a new file to download that was much better.

 

Now why didn't he get that download the first time,  I don't know. But if not for the redbook version to compare it against, we might have ended up thinking that it was the album and not the file. Now just think of how many people this may have happend to that's unaware of it. The only way to know you truly have a high res file is to rip it from the dvdaudio or sacd yourself. Dvdaudio ripping has been possible for years and now finally you can do the same for sacd rips which is what i do now. And IMO, after comparing hybrid sacds with both a sacd layer and redbook layer, and dvdaudio against the redbook equivalent, I can say to my ears true high res is a significant improvement. But everyone's ears may differ. So ymmv.


Edited by moodyrn - 9/3/13 at 2:42pm
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Originally Posted by FraGGleR View Post
 

I am still not 100% convinced that music sounds better because it is hi rez or because it was recorded better.  I think this time around (ie next couple of years), I will spend my time and money finding better recordings of music as opposes to worrying about hi rez.  Once iOS or Android gets their game together for hi rez, then I will dip my toes back in.  Makes it easy to buy a cheap iDevice as transport should my Note II not work out well.

I'd even go as far as to say I'll take good, interesting music over well-recorded music (maybe not to the extent where the recording is so bad your ears bleed, but still), so obsessing over hi-res is very likely to make your (well, mine at leas) overall experience less enjoyable.

Still it's nice to know you can play hi-res if you have some. Maybe even hear the difference. Makes the M8 even a better investment.


Edited by hoichi - 9/3/13 at 2:45pm
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Enjoying it.  Best portable setup I have used so far.

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Dear all you Lucky M8 owners,

 

any noise or imbalance on the volume pot?

 

that knob looks just like the one on the DACport, which at low volume can have a tad bit of scratchiness when adjusting volume....

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Dear all you Lucky M8 owners,

 

any noise or imbalance on the volume pot?

 

that knob looks just like the one on the DACport, which at low volume can have a tad bit of scratchiness when adjusting volume....

 

 

Nothing sonically wrong with my pot, though there seems to be more physical resistance halfway through turning the pot at around the 11 to 1 o clock positions.

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I suspect that your unit isn't "new" from CEntrance due to the full battery. 
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Michael Goodman confirmed via email this morning that the unit is new. Jaben Singapore had limited stocks and probably some VIP customer cancelled his order.
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Special message to Todd The Vinyl Junkie.

 

When order Centrance HiFi M8  ship out ? Labour Day holiday already over ..

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Special message to
Todd The Vinyl Junkie.

When order 
Centrance HiFi M8  ship out ? Labour Day holiday already over ..
?
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Originally Posted by Nitrile View Post
 

 

 

Nothing sonically wrong with my pot, though there seems to be more physical resistance halfway through turning the pot at around the 11 to 1 o clock positions.

I haven't had any issues thankfully.

 

I remember I had a DACport with a knob (this one is different on the M8 BTW - Michael went through a whole process of picking out the right knob even,

which he documented on the HiFi-M8 blog) that was a bit noisy.  I returned it and got another one without issue.

 

Let them know about ANYTHING like this.

 

It sounds ultra-geeky - but when I got mine one of the first things I did was move the pot all the way up and down to be sure it was smooth 

from bottom to top.

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