I'm still gathering my thoughts to write a mini-review (which I'll post on the other M8 thread)... but, in the meantime I can say that after spending a couple weeks with the M8 - I'm pretty damn impressed. I was actually looking for an excuse to sell it at first, as I needed some cash for a DAC upgrade for my desktop system. Well I just couldn't bring myself to part with it.
It's very very good with the iPod touch 5G running balanced out with my CIEM's. Detail, separation, and soundstage are fantastic. (Is it me or is the depth especially good? maybe just the pairing with my specific CIEM's?). LCD-3's on it are no slouch but honestly not up to the level of my full rig. Comparing it with my full system, it's not a fair fight. But keeping expectations realistic, it's pretty amazing for a portable setup. Could it go up against a desktop system in a more similar price range? Absolutely! Going from memory, comparing to the DACmini...I prefer the M8. SQ is right up there, close to the DACmini. But the flexibility and tone shaping (not to mention portability!) push the M8 wayyyyy past the DACmini in my book. (My preferences of course) I have no complaints being able to take the LCD-3 around the house, in the yard, etc. and I don't miss the desktop system at all while taking the big cans portable. It's amazingly good in that regard but even more so with my CIEM's, in my very humble opinion.
Anyway- I have made version 2 (V2?) of the mini lightning digital M8 cable. Nice, sturdy double shrink around the USB plugs (and even slightly shorter wire on the black one). The first one I posted a week or so ago has been holding up well, and I have NOT been gentle with it. I have been bending, pulling etc on it trying to see if it would fail. (While not attached to the M8 of course)...Hasn't failed!
The next version will be made with this mil-spec silver plated copper wire, braided as in the pic. Just waiting to get some in black. Black is sleeker and ninja-like.
I'm going to get parts to build a few more of these, probably with the braided black SPC wire. If anyone is interested in one of these cables, please PM me, and I'll know to get enough parts. I'd be happy to make a few up for other members.