From HiFi-M8 blog:
Dear Evaluation Group Customers,
Very good news: if your unit was paid-for by May 1, your HiFi-M8 will be shipping by October 11.
All remaining evaluation group units will be sent by October 25.
I will be email you your tracking numbers as units get sent.
At that time (starting October 28) we will begin fulfilling dealer orders and in-store orders of HiFi-M8′s.
Hurray: light at the end of the tunnel, and not just another [smaller] tunnel!
Also, please rememeber that the units now being sent are update-capable for the 24/96 upgrade.
You will be able to download and perform this firmware update from your home when it becomes available.
Thank you all for your support and enthusiasm over the last several months. It has been a pleasure.