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post #4966 of 4979

Sure. It's a bit messy because it was done with what I had here.

Also, pls don't get confused: the X5 has the E12 DIY attached but switched off.

 

So... you can see the FiiO adapter 3.5mm to RCA, then the blue coaxial cable. On the other side of the converter it's a Toslink connection to the M8.

This converter is 9V and connected to a power adapter. Soon I'll have another one with a small 5v battery. A shorter coaxial will also help to get rid of the mess.

 

post #4967 of 4979

Thanks :).

 

Ah, I think i get it.

 

 

 

Fiio X5 goes via the Fiio 3.5mm to RCA cable,  then to the blue coaxial cable to the coaxial/optical convertor box.

 

From the coaxial/optical convertor box it goes  (+a small adapter?) via Toslink cable  into the Hifi-M8.

 

From the  Hifi-m8 to headphones/speaker system.

 

 

 

The third cable is an AC power cable.

 

 

A bit messy of course, but seems to be effective. ;) Good job.


Edited by ExpatinJapan - 7/17/14 at 5:23pm
post #4968 of 4979

I've got a question for those using the hifi m8 with android, through usb audio player pro, is it a flawless procedure for you? I'm asking because, I usually have to try 2 or 3 times before the m8 is recognised by the app. Usually I follow this procedure: turn on the m8, plug the usb, start uapp.

 

 

post #4969 of 4979

I'm really enjoying my HiFi-M8 XL4 but I'm finding it's bulky using the power adapter for a mobile product.  I use it when I'm working in an open office layout in which I'd prefer not to just deplete the battery.  


Does anyone use an ultra short IEC (that's the power supply's input connector) cable that could plug directly into an outlet?



 



I was thinking of trying a product like this:







Bulky, sure, but it could be nice.  A right angle version of that could be super cool for plugging in along the wall.


Edited by schalliol - 7/24/14 at 6:56am
post #4970 of 4979
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Sounding good, too! We will be opening up the preorder soon. Hang in there!

ExpatInJapan graciously opened up another thread, so we will move all Mini-M8 related announcements there.

 

While the mini-M8 is way cool, the HiFi-M8 does everything I ever wanted in a portable/transportable DAC/amp for my portable and full-size headphones.  It's so versatile, with enough power for everything but my HE-6, which I don't use mobile anyway.

 

It's funny that when I came up with the idea for a mini-M8 and showed it to you, you had come up with the idea first and already had the mockup case built, well before I brought it up.  We can't keep up with you!

 

Sorry Larry, I beat you to it: When Michael showed me the original box way back, I suggested it should be small and thin. :p

 

Actually I came back to this thread as I'd just got out the M8 again and have been surprised how good it sounds. From my iPhone the sound seems to best using upsampling mode from the Onkyo HD player, with the typical feeling of being slightly smoother and more spacious. 

post #4971 of 4979

I've had the M8 for a couple weeks now with my new HE560s.  Just enough power for them but barely.

 

Anyway, I am enjoying it but have a couple questions.  I'm running mine with an ipod and when I switch albums, it takes about 3 secs for the sound to start so I am constantly having to start the first song over again.  No problems once it's playing an album but a bit annoying if I want to move around and listen to tracks from different albums.  Also, I've had to turn it off and on again when first powering up as a couple times there is no sound..  Is this normal behaviour?  I can live with it if it is but I wanted to confirm this.

 

And... until I started reading this thread, I didn't realize that the XLR output is no different, just a different plug than the 1/4" SE output, correct?

I was just about to buy a new cable with an XLR plug to see if it would be different... I guess there's no point then?

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I've had the M8 for a couple weeks now with my new HE560s.  Just enough power for them but barely.

 

Anyway, I am enjoying it but have a couple questions.  I'm running mine with an ipod and when I switch albums, it takes about 3 secs for the sound to start so I am constantly having to start the first song over again.  No problems once it's playing an album but a bit annoying if I want to move around and listen to tracks from different albums.  Also, I've had to turn it off and on again when first powering up as a couple times there is no sound..  Is this normal behaviour?  I can live with it if it is but I wanted to confirm this.

 

And... until I started reading this thread, I didn't realize that the XLR output is no different, just a different plug than the 1/4" SE output, correct?

I was just about to buy a new cable with an XLR plug to see if it would be different... I guess there's no point then?

 

The XLR output is balanced rather than single ended, so there's a difference there. Usually, with balanced outputs, you get double the volume as well, but I think in the M8's case, the wiring is done in a way where there's still equivalent volume output (IIRC, because I haven't driven mine balanced yet).

 

My power switches are a bit fiddly too, and they take a try or two sometimes. But what's with the iPod issue? My iPC plays just fine

post #4973 of 4979

I thought I read that there was no difference in the XLR or TRS circuit or something to that effect (I'm not technically minded in these matters) and that the amp is not a balanced design due to the desire to have a lot of power but still have decent battery life.

 

As far as the ipod thing... I don't know.  I've never encountered this kind of delay in response to the signal before and I can't logically imagine why switching albums would have this effect where between songs on the same album is fine.

 

Maybe I should write CEntrance with the issue.

 

Stuart

post #4974 of 4979

Just tested with an old iPod Touch (3rd gen), and I don't seem to be encountering that particular issue. It's likely a device specific issue.

 

Sorry I couldn't be of any help!

post #4975 of 4979

Hey guys, just got mine yesterday, dosnt seem to have a battery though, had the power brick plugged into 

it all night and was listening to it for abit, but it wont function without the power plugged in, just 

comes up with a flashing led below the power symbol or a constant light when i take out the power with the unit turned on and the speaker symbol on my computer's 

taskbar gets crossed out, theres no lights on when the unit is off and the power plugged in

 

Anyone else had the same prob or am i missing something? Other then that it works great, using it with a pair of UM Merlins at the moment, dat bass...


Edited by JeremiahD - Today at 12:46 am
post #4976 of 4979
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Hey guys, just got mine yesterday, dosnt seem to have a battery though, had the power brick plugged into 
it all night and was listening to it for abit, but it wont function without the power plugged in, just 
comes up with a flashing led below the power symbol or a constant light when i take out the power with the unit turned on and the speaker symbol on my computer's 
taskbar gets crossed out, theres no lights on when the unit is off and the power plugged in

Anyone else had the same prob or am i missing something? Other then that it works great, using it with a pair of UM Merlins at the moment, dat bass...
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Hi, sorry that I cannot answer your query as I am just about to pull the trigger on the M8 myself, but you mention you are using this with the Merlins and I am interested to know whether you bought you M8 with the IEM mod? Apparently some are getting a hiss from the M8 with low impedance iem's, and I intend to get the UM Merlins myself, so did you get the mod and if not are you experiencing a hiss when nothing is playing? Thanks for your help
post #4978 of 4979

No iem mod, there is slight hiss that increases in volume from 12 to 4 oclock volume position then drops off a cliff at max volume but still there if you listen for it, wasnt a deal breaker for me as they sound awesome on it and has made my DAP sound like a piece of **** (Rocoo P), also ill be using planar magnetic cans on it alot of the time, just the IEMs while traveling

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No iem mod, there is slight hiss that increases in volume from 12 to 4 oclock volume position then drops off a cliff at max volume but still there if you listen for it, wasnt a deal breaker for me as they sound awesome on it and has made my DAP sound like a piece of **** (Rocoo P), also ill be using planar magnetic cans on it alot of the time, just the IEMs while traveling

Thank you, much appreciated.
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