Originally Posted by Saraguie
It's a fine line. If the HIFI M8 cannot get 7-8 hours on a charge with typical IEMs and settings, then for me (and I think a lot of others) it looses much of its appeal
. There are many transportable rigs available but we are looking at a portable rig meaning to me not having to rely on recharging often. I'm using the Fostex HP-P1 as the closest comparison and it get's 7-8 hours.
And hence the the deli-ma IMO. As many who feel having less than 7-8 hours of battery life will loose it's appeal, I can make the case there's more people who would say the same thing about compromising sound quality to get better battery life. Of course it's a given it will have more than 2-3 hours. But I would take 5 and better sound quality over 8 with reduced sound quality. I remember talking to another headfier about this product and he thought that in the end Michael will end up making this too complex and over thinking himself in order to satisfy everyone. I'm now starting to believe there's a chance he might be right. But I still have faith this will sound at least as good as the demo unit. There are a few who have heard it who can confirm once we get it. But for the most part, we might never know.
That said. It's impossible to satisfy everyone. There's going to be some disappointed people no matter how you slice it. But given the size, and what this actually is, I never saw this as being a portable device. Portable is something like a pico slim. Something you take with you anywhere with quick easy access. This isn't such a device. So given it's size and transportablility, the main priority should be sound, and whatever battery life we can get past 4-5 hours would be a bonus. There's are a slew of products that are portable that have several hours battery life. And many of them sound very good as well. But there are people who want it all, and I understand that. But getting desktop level performance and getting 8 hours of battery life isn't something that's easy to do. Getting 8 hours of life and very good portable performance is easy to do. But given the already massive size, I'm hoping for maximum performance.