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post #5806 of 5812
I still use mine.

Mainly for thr impedance switch so I check how gear responds under different impedances.

I doubt I will ever sell it.
post #5807 of 5812
Originally Posted by gc335 View Post

Can you still get the M8 with a 4 pin XLR output?  It shows as out of stock on their site.
Maybe try emailing CEntrance or check the dealers (I can't check it now, but I think the website lists dealers that carry CEntrance products.
post #5808 of 5812
I don't get the balanced output... From what I understand, the internal electronics aren't balanced. I know, it's convenient if you're already wired with balanced headphones, but I found that disappointing.
post #5809 of 5812
Yeah I didn't do my research first when I bought mine... thought it was truly balanced. Now I realize how mistaken I was! But after that annoyance, I still fell in love with the m8, and don't regret the decision at all.
post #5810 of 5812

Yes agreed - I actually thought that was a bit disingenuous on Centrance's part... they always mentioned it had "balanced outputs", and while it's true technically that doesn't necessarily mean it's a balanced amp, 99% of people would interpret it that way, and they never clarified (until someone opened one up and confirmed) that it just included a 4pin XLR output for convenience, but it was technically a SE amp... What made it more confusing was that during the planning process, this was supposed to be a true balanced amp (and was discussed as such), but somewhere down the line they decided not to (forgot the reason why). 


Anyways regardless, I still love mine, and the fact that it has a 1/8", 1/4" and 4pin XLR output really makes it a dream for bringing to meets. Also lets me use my MrSpeakers Ether C's with 4pin XLR around the house (I listen in bed from my iPhone pretty frequently). 

post #5811 of 5812
I was disappointed, jumped in quickly when there was a Massdrop offer without doing enough homework, didn't realize it wasn't really balanced. And, I got the Non Apple version, only to find out it had to connect via optical,which I didn't have for my various sources. And it didn't play well with my PC. I finally found a use at the last Philly meet I went to, used an iPad 3 streaming TIDAL on a Pure base, which does optical digital out. Into the CEntrance, line out into my MicroZOTL2, then to my HE-1000.a bit convoluted, but worked out pretty nicely.
Edited by doctorjazz - 2/22/17 at 8:39pm
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Originally Posted by feinanng View Post

I have access to a new hifi m8 for about $285USD, is it still a good buy in 2017? Gonna pair it with hd650s.


Originally Posted by jmills8 View Post




Originally Posted by peterinvan View Post

Yes...especially if it is the version for iDevices. Love how it charges my (dedicated) iPhone at the same time.

Only downside is battery life limited to about 5 hours at high gain output.

+3 on this, thats an excellent deal on a great sounding piece.


I doubt I'd ever sell mine, my only annoyance with it was when CEntrance briefly hinted they would offer a factory revision to include DSD capability, then immediately withdrew that idea and said they would only offer DSD playback on "newer devices" which sounded very Apple-esque to me and was a big disappointment since they had already indicated a board revision to enable DSD was possible.


Nobody was asking for that modification for free, there would have been a charge of course, but CEntrance suddenly thought better of it and I guess in the end decided they didn't want to cannibalize sales of their newer Mini-M8, which does offer DSD as standard.


I was turned off by that but I got over it, and I'll likely have the M8 for the long haul, very versatile and high quality.

Edited by MikeyFresh - 2/22/17 at 9:18pm
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