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post #181 of 1245

I very recently sold my Dacport since that was my original intent anyways once I got the Hif-m8.

 

The Hifi-m8 to me sounds so much better than the Dacport. Right off the bat, the M8 sounds waaay more realistic than the dacport. Whenever I do get a chance to listen to it, I've used Grado Rs1 single ended, and Senn. HD650 balanced.

Yep, I'm a happy camper, although, part of me still thinks I should get the idevice version...confused_face_2.gif

post #182 of 1245
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Originally Posted by wormsdriver View Post

Yep, I'm a happy camper, although, part of me still thinks I should get the idevice version...confused_face_2.gif

 

Greener grass on the other side....

 

I'm debating a switch to the LX.  I guess its just part of the game.

post #183 of 1245
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Originally Posted by wormsdriver View Post

I very recently sold my Dacport since that was my original intent anyways once I got the Hif-m8.

 

The Hifi-m8 to me sounds so much better than the Dacport. Right off the bat, the M8 sounds waaay more realistic than the dacport. Whenever I do get a chance to listen to it, I've used Grado Rs1 single ended, and Senn. HD650 balanced.

Yep, I'm a happy camper, although, part of me still thinks I should get the idevice version...confused_face_2.gif

 

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Originally Posted by ButtUglyJeff View Post

 

Greener grass on the other side....

 

I'm debating a switch to the LX.  I guess its just part of the game.

You two should trade....

 

iDevice for me - Cheaper than AK / iRiver, more readily available, and better supported (very arguable, that last one...).  Downside - mass market device, who knows what Apple will do on a whim.

 

EDIT to add a cross post of mine from the other HIFI-M8 thread:

 

Michael, Centrance - Would you mind replying with a post that definitively describes the use of the M8 as a DAC only - basically, the appropriate settings of gain and volume for the 2 VRMS or whatever is the accepted line out signal.  I have read here middle and high gain, with the volume at 12:00, 1:00, 3:00, full on.  For clarity's sake, please post the most accurate settings.  Thank you!


Edited by aamefford - 7/28/13 at 8:51am
post #184 of 1245

I was thinking the same, trade for even a week, might help you decide you like what you already have :)

post #185 of 1245

Mark,

 

If possible, love to have you use the M8 as a DAC into your headamp in comparison with  your desktop DAC. Would be helpful to hear your comments. 

 

Thanks,

UL

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I have listened to a HiFi-M8 for the last two days.  Source material is lossless 44.1/16bit, typically coming via USB from my Mac Air, though I have played with my iPhone 5 and iPod Nano to be sure they function correctly.  So far, >95% of the listening has been with a pair of HD800.  I haven't played with any of the sound shaping switches (left them in neutral position).  In general, I have been very happy with the HiFi-M8, though it's no so good that I am tempted to simplify my system and sell off my Lavry DA-11 and Headamp GS-X mk2 (which the minimalist in me  and my bank account would like to do). 

 

 

 

--Mark

post #186 of 1245
Thread Starter 

Centrance Hifi-M8 and Hifi-M8 LX (8 versions!) incoming impressions and appr...

@aamefford:

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-general news.
I have updated the first page with general specs etc and have started a FAQs on post 2.
post #187 of 1245
^ great thanks for the info ... Ur really helpful
post #188 of 1245
Thanks Expatin. I should be all ready for it once received.
post #189 of 1245
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Originally Posted by ULUL View Post

Mark,

 

If possible, love to have you use the M8 as a DAC into your headamp in comparison with  your desktop DAC. Would be helpful to hear your comments. 

 

Thanks,

UL

 

I prefer my desktop DAC, a Lavry DA-11, to the HiFi-M8 set to line level feeding a GS-X mk2 into a pair of HD800.  It was easy for me to spot the difference in blind A-B testing.  This should not come as a surprise since I really like my DA-11 and factoring in that the Lavry is 2x the cost without the overhead / cost of making the unit portable / battery powered.

 

I also spent a few hours with the HiFi-M8 set to line level out feeding a Headamp PicoPower and a GS-X mk2 which fed a pair of HD800.  This was a sighted compare so who knows how my biases affected the results, other people might have a different perception.

 

I didn't hear any significant difference between the HiFi-M8 driving the HD800 directly or the HiFi-M8 feeding the Pico Power which drove the HD800.  I think this is a pretty good indication that the HiFi-M8's amplifier is fully capable of driving the HD800, and that the Pico Power is a capable and neutral portable amplifier.  Using the GS-X mk2 to drive the headphone while taking input from the HiFi-M8 at line level was an improvement.  Through the GS-X the music came more alive, faster transitions, more responsive, better in just about every way.

 

I will eventually get back to doing this sort of comparison, but for the next few weeks I am going to be spending all of my time using the HiFi-M8 in a manner I purchased it for: as an integrated do-it-all device that lets me drive my HD800 when I am away from my living room rig from either my laptop or my iDevice.

 

--Mark


Edited by verber - 7/28/13 at 7:56pm
post #190 of 1245
Thread Starter 

@aameford.

RE:Line Out.

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Originally Posted by Ksef10 View Post

Hey Moodyrn,

 

I believe the 3 oclock position you may be referring to is the spot where DACport is equal to "line level" output.

 

HiFi-M8 is designed so that you can achieve "line level" output by keeping the gain switch in the middle position and putting the volume control all the way up.

 

-Kenny

 

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Originally Posted by aamefford View Post

 

Michael, Centrance - Would you mind replying with a post that definitively describes the use of the M8 as a DAC only - basically, the appropriate settings of gain and volume for the 2 VRMS or whatever is the accepted line out signal.  I have read here middle and high gain, with the volume at 12:00, 1:00, 3:00, full on.  For clarity's sake, please post the most accurate settings.  Thank you!

post #191 of 1245
Anyone notice that the 2 ohm enhance the vocal or boost the mid slightly? I notice this in all my slightly v shape headphones and iem.
post #192 of 1245
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Audiowood View Post

Anyone notice that the 2 ohm enhance the vocal or boost the mid slightly? I notice this in all my slightly v shape headphones and iem.

i find it the vocals nice  and centered on my phones at 2ohm, with 1 and 11 they are slightly to the right.


Edited by ExpatinJapan - 7/28/13 at 5:58pm
post #193 of 1245

@aameford.

RE:Line Out.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ksef10 View Post

Hey Moodyrn,

 

I believe the 3 oclock position you may be referring to is the spot where DACport is equal to "line level" output.

 

HiFi-M8 is designed so that you can achieve "line level" output by keeping the gain switch in the middle position and putting the volume control all the way up.

 

-Kenny

 

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Originally Posted by aamefford View Post

 

Michael, Centrance - Would you mind replying with a post that definitively describes the use of the M8 as a DAC only - basically, the appropriate settings of gain and volume for the 2 VRMS or whatever is the accepted line out signal.  I have read here middle and high gain, with the volume at 12:00, 1:00, 3:00, full on.  For clarity's sake, please post the most accurate settings.  Thank you!

Thank you Expat!  That is most convenient, and technically "best".  Pot is virtually out of the signal path, plus, it is more repeatable - max is max.

 

I am really jonesing for mine, should be in the late August shipment.

post #194 of 1245

My logic to get the LX version vs. the idevice version was:

 

A: I wanted optical in to enjoy my live music shows from my TV

 

B: At the time, I needed a new phone. I knew I would be getting an Android phone over an iphone, and thought the Galaxy s4 would work seamlessly with external dacs(not necessarily true). I figured I'd kill two birds with one stone, buy the 32gb version of the s4 + 64gb micro sd.

 

C: I did not want to convert my Flac files to apple lossless. Now I know there's a Flac player app, but that would mean I would have to buy an ipod touch, and max capacity is 64gb for those, so why buy a phone and an itouch when I could have it all with the s4.

 

 

In theory, this sounded like a great plan...

 

Unfortunately, at this point in time, the only way to use a device such as the Hifi-M8 with my S4 is through an app that isn't meant to be a player, but a recorder app. Compared to a proper music player app like poweramp, USB Audio Recorder Pro interface sux major balls!...but then again, it's not meant to be used in such a way, and lots of us are just thankful it even exists!

 

Anyhow, I'm starting to miss apple's no bs interface, and no buggy bs.

 

So in conclusion, for those of you that are considering which version of the M8 to pick, know that if you intend on using your M8 with your Android smartphone, it is NOT a perfect M8ting!

post #195 of 1245
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Originally Posted by wormsdriver View Post
 

~snip~

 

Unfortunately, at this point in time, the only way to use a device such as the Hifi-M8 with my S4 is through an app that isn't meant to be a player, but a recorder app. Compared to a proper music player app like poweramp, USB Audio Recorder Pro interface sux major balls!...but then again, it's not meant to be used in such a way, and lots of us are just thankful it even exists!

 

Anyhow, I'm starting to miss apple's no bs interface, and no buggy bs.

 

So in conclusion, for those of you that are considering which version of the M8 to pick, know that if you intend on using your M8 with your Android smartphone, it is NOT a perfect M8ting!

 

So you mean to say that the iDevice port (USB) connection on the Hifi-M8 is not strictly for iDevices? You managed to make it work with the S4? What is this app? 

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