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Originally Posted by ButtUglyJeff View Post

Honestly, I wouldn't want to play music like this always.  My new TH-600s and HD650s want different gain and impedance settings, and I had to turn the M8 back and forth every time I switched cans.  It was more a statement complimenting this little baby from CEntrance, and how it has a lot of juice to throw at the end user...
How do the TH600 sound with it?
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How do the TH600 sound with it?

 

Its really, really early.  But I'm liking what I've heard so far.  Just don't consider them as "closed".  I'm sure I will have a balanced cable put on them eventually...

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Its really, really early.  But I'm liking what I've heard so far.  Just don't consider them as "closed".  I'm sure I will have a balanced cable put on them eventually...
Would you say that they work well as a second pair of headphones against the HD600 / HD650? I assume they leak sound from your comment as well.

Am I right in thinking the TH600 are fixed cable....so would you mod the whole cable or just change the connector?
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Would you say that they work well as a second pair of headphones against the HD600 / HD650? I assume they leak sound from your comment as well.

Am I right in thinking the TH600 are fixed cable....so would you mod the whole cable or just change the connector?

 

Well that is the $64 question.  So far, I'd say yes.  The HD600/650 have great mids, in my opinion. and female vocals really come to life with them.  Well, so far, the TH600s are showing that "V" shape I've read so much about.  The mids take a back seat to punchier bass, and treble with more sparkle.  I could see how some recording could come off with harsh sounding highs.  I was listening to Eric Clapton's "Unplugged" album, and the acoustic guitars and bass really came to life.  And since Eric's singing voice is so laid back, the treble strength of these phones made his voice pop a bit more then usual.  But I swear, I get the same amount of sound leak as my 650s and HF-2s.  I didn't expect that level of leakage...

 

With that said, I think these cans still have some breaking in to do, and there's more I want done to them.

 

The cable is fixed on the Fostex, but I believe they are cabled like the higher end Beyers, where all one would have to do is reterminate the end for a true balanced headphone.

 

However, I plan on sending these to Brian at BTG Audio (http://btg-audio.webs.com/) for the full treatment.  A new SPC cable, shorter, with the termination in mini 4 pin XLR.  I have adapter cables already for 4 pin XLR (for the M8), RSA (for my CLAS-db/RxMk3 B combo), 1/8", and 1/4"

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Originally Posted by ButtUglyJeff View Post

Well that is the $64 question.  So far, I'd say yes.  The HD600/650 have great mids, in my opinion. and female vocals really come to life with them.  Well, so far, the TH600s are showing that "V" shape I've read so much about.  The mids take a back seat to punchier bass, and treble with more sparkle.  I could see how some recording could come off with harsh sounding highs.  I was listening to Eric Clapton's "Unplugged" album, and the acoustic guitars and bass really came to life.  And since Eric's singing voice is so laid back, the treble strength of these phones made his voice pop a bit more then usual.  But I swear, I get the same amount of sound leak as my 650s and HF-2s.  I didn't expect that level of leakage...

With that said, I think these cans still have some breaking in to do, and there's more I want done to them.

The cable is fixed on the Fostex, but I believe they are cabled like the higher end Beyers, where all one would have to do is reterminate the end for a true balanced headphone.

However, I plan on sending these to Brian at BTG Audio (http://btg-audio.webs.com/) for the full treatment.  A new SPC cable, shorter, with the termination in mini 4 pin XLR.  I have adapter cables already for 4 pin XLR (for the M8), RSA (for my CLAS-db/RxMk3 B combo), 1/8", and 1/4"

I have the Sennheiser HD600 and would agree that they are brilliant with female vocals...I use mine via balanced with the HIFi M8 and the balanced output definitely takes them to the next level of clarity and detail.

I was looking to get a pair of closed back headphones to compliment the HD600, but ideally looking for something that doesn't leak that much sound (so maybe the TH600 don't meet that criteria).

Sounds like a nice project for the TH600 you have planned, will be interesting to hear what a difference the mods make to them.
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I'd look at the Alpha Dogs if isolation is a goal.  You can even order them with 4 pin XLR termination.  I've wanted to try them as well, ever since my attempt to get a pair of Thunderpants failed...

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Mine 1 month old Centrance HiFi-M8 became noisy when I rotate its volume knob. It's some kind of loud scratch, only in left ear. Loud and harsh if I rotate faster. If I rotate it 3-5 times from zero to max and back, the noise disappears for some time. Has anybody else experiencing the same problem?

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Mine 1 month old Centrance HiFi-M8 became noisy when I rotate its volume knob. It's some kind of loud scratch, only in left ear. Loud and harsh if I rotate faster. If I rotate it 3-5 times from zero to max and back, the noise disappears for some time. Has anybody else experiencing the same problem?

 

I haven't.  Have you tried the other headphone ports?  I suspect the volume pot, but that would have an effect on all ports...

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Seriously considering picking up the HiFi-M8, but looking for some advice on the source. I currently have an iPhone 5 (64) with all my music on it via iTunes (old collection). I would like to build a hi res collection moving forward. I'm willing to pick up an iPod if necessary to combo with the HiFi-M8 since I'm concerned about added noise with the iPhone given what some have reported. That said, before I do that, I want to make sure that is the best choice for SQ.

 

So, I'd appreciate any advice as far as source files, storage and hardware (for portable use). I'd prefer to use iOS-based products if doable.

 

Thanks 

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Shaker,

 

I have had great success with hooking up (Lightning USB cable) from my iPhone 5S and iPad to the M8, and listening every night.

no "noise" at all from iPhone or iPad, have played redbook lossless, streaming Bandcamp, Onkyo to play HD files, even DSD by utilizing DoP.  (setting in Onkyo).

 

I've been using IEMs (UM3X) more, and thus the M8 is really "over kill" perhaps for my use as I'm not pairing it much with HD600, HP50 (or previous HE-500) over the past few months.

one day soon, I could be talked into selling my M8 perhaps due to not truly utilizing all it's features (headphone jacks, powerful amp) as much as I hoped.

 

any more questions, send me a PM perhaps.

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Originally Posted by Shaker View Post
 

Seriously considering picking up the HiFi-M8, but looking for some advice on the source. I currently have an iPhone 5 (64) with all my music on it via iTunes (old collection). I would like to build a hi res collection moving forward. I'm willing to pick up an iPod if necessary to combo with the HiFi-M8 since I'm concerned about added noise with the iPhone given what some have reported. That said, before I do that, I want to make sure that is the best choice for SQ.

 

So, I'd appreciate any advice as far as source files, storage and hardware (for portable use). I'd prefer to use iOS-based products if doable.

 

Thanks 

I run it using an iPod Classic and Apple Lossless files. Sounds great to me:

 

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Taken delivery of my HiFiM8. I seem to be missing the iPhone 30-pin USB from the package. Has this been removed from the accessories list? Has anyone here taken delivery of a M8 from the new batch, and can confirm if this piece was omitted? Cheers!

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I run it using an iPod Classic and Apple Lossless files. Sounds great to me:

 

Great review, phototristan!  I've got the M8 as well.  It really does punch above its weight in sound quality.  I compared it to the Resonnessence Concero 24/384 DAC this weekend at a local meet, and the M8 was nearly its equal -- very impressive performance given that the Concero is a dedicated DAC and USB-powered (i.e not portable). 

 

One thing on the review:  The 1/8" inch headphone jack is output only, not input.  You can use it to check the sampling rate of the M8 when using the iDevice or USB B inputs, and it passes the digital output to another optical device, bypassing the amp (not sure if the digital signal is reclocked).  You can then drive another DAC/amp with optical in, like a home theater receiver, with your iPod's digital signal.  A small feature, but another example of the versatility of the M8. 

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Great review, phototristan!  I've got the M8 as well.  It really does punch above its weight in sound quality.  I compared it to the Resonnessence Concero 24/384 DAC this weekend at a local meet, and the M8 was nearly its equal -- very impressive performance given that the Concero is a dedicated DAC and USB-powered (i.e not portable). 

 

One thing on the review:  The 1/8" inch headphone jack is output only, not input.  You can use it to check the sampling rate of the M8 when using the iDevice or USB B inputs, and it passes the digital output to another optical device, bypassing the amp (not sure if the digital signal is reclocked).  You can then drive another DAC/amp with optical in, like a home theater receiver, with your iPod's digital signal.  A small feature, but another example of the versatility of the M8. 

 

Thanks. Yeah, I realized that after I made the video. I think I put an annotation in citing the correction. 

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Taken delivery of my HiFiM8. I seem to be missing the iPhone 30-pin USB from the package. Has this been removed from the accessories list? Has anyone here taken delivery of a M8 from the new batch, and can confirm if this piece was omitted? Cheers!

probably an oversight. I recommend contacting centrance.

Of course the lod only comes with the idevice version which i understand you have.
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