Originally Posted by Bokyung
elnero might be bit surprised by this post. I somewhat feel bad about this since it feels like I've back-stabbed him. We've been discussing about audio gears in general and he has generously offered for some advice, so the least thing I could have done was PM him and mention that I recently decided to get 1Plus2.
Don't feel bad or the need to apologize, we all go through this audio journey in different ways. If you haven't heard a good source and amp it's probably hard to understand the difference it will make. You'll get there when you're ready. :-)
That said, congrats on the 1plus2's! I'm going to be looking forward to reading your impressions and hopefully some comparisons to a few of the other IEM's in your stable. I can't wait to hear the demo pair myself, during the slow period a few weeks back my interest waned a bit but after recently talking to Gavin about the tour and the revisions, our discussions have rejuvenated my enthusiasm. It's not just the product either, it's the responsiveness and genuine passion that is apparent when talking with him.
Originally Posted by lee730
The HiFi M8 has me tempted as well but I think its amp section will be a weak-point in comparison to what I have now so I really wanted them to release and upgraded pure DAC with 24/192 support. Then I'd be all over it like rice-cake :).
I'm curious why you think the amp section will be a weak point? The DACmini has a pretty good headphone amp in it and the HiFi-M8 is supposed to have a similar, if not better, amp, plus it will also have more control over the output making it easier to use with a wide range of headphones. Sure it's not likely to beat out a good standalone amp but as a portable DAC/Amp combo my expectation is this will be one of the better ones on the market.
Originally Posted by Bokyung
Haha, that's exactly what elnero said. I wanted to get the HiFi M8 after he mentioned it to me. I just got a PM saying there's still a slot for a preorder. I am going to preorder but I am not sure when it's going to be released.
I looked around and was tempted to get a used DX100 but the seller was facing some unexpected personal problems so things didn't work out.
Then 801 caught my attention so I asked around and got few responses back. Too bulky, etc etc etc.
I will just take my time and explore around for now. Will probably have to get get some sort of amping soon , since I gave my used O2 (got it cheaply, like 40 bucks) to my acquiescence as an early xmas present.
Yeah, I never owned a single DAC in my life. Just few amps here and there. I will have to look into this combo, although it does sound bit expensive for my pocket right now :(
What really appeals to me about the HiFi-M8 is it's versatility, it's USB and iDevice inputs will allow for high quality listening in many more situations than I'm able to now. It should also be able to drive all but the most difficult headphones which will give me flexibility in my future buying decisions. The various "sound shaping" switches on the back will, at least to some degree, help match and tailor the sound of each headphone I use with it. That it will offer balanced output as well as single-ended is a bonus which gives me a further upgrade path. That's not to mention that based on my experiences with the DACmini and from what I've read about the design goals of the M8 I expect it will offer some of the best sound quality from a portable DAC/Amp combo unit. It's shaping up to be the swiss army knife of portable DAC/Amp combos.
As you can tell I'm pretty excited about the prospect of the HiFi-M8, I've been waiting for a product like it to be released for quite some time now, but that's me, your needs and preferences may be very different to mine. A DAP may serve you better or maybe a good USB DAC/Amp, there's plenty of things out there to consider. I think the first step is figuring out how and where you want to use it, that will start to narrow down the choices giving you more focus.