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I know what you mean.

 

I am a bit disappointed I have to source my own cable - it pushes the price up further. Add a Tuono cable (10cm, not ideal) plus dealer tax and i'm looking at $900...

 

30 pin connectors are legacy - all current gen apple products have switched to lightning adapters. Just seems confusing to me why they put out a device specifically targetting idevices, including certification, and not include a cable for the current interface standard.

 

 

They have their reasons.

You can read about it here:

 

http://centrance.com/products/new/blog/2013/05/27/about-the-lightning-cable/

post #482 of 1308
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They have their reasons.

You can read about it here:

 

http://centrance.com/products/new/blog/2013/05/27/about-the-lightning-cable/

 

Thanks for the link, it makes sense now. Nothing with apple is ever easy!

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Another crazy question: has anyone tried the Ultrasone Edition 10 or 12 with their M8?

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I think Todd has some Cypher labs lighting connectors for sale on his site.   http://www.ttvjaudio.com/category_s/1846.htm


Edited by LDfan13 - 9/4/13 at 6:28am
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I think Todd has some Cypher labs lighting connectors for sale on his site.   http://www.ttvjaudio.com/category_s/1846.htm

Too bad that their straight one is a bit long, and the right angled one is mini-USB for CLAS or the new CLT720...

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My cheap 2.00 4in lightening cable which was not apple certified has stopped working. But i did get a couple of months of use out of it, so the 2.00 investment wasn't bad considering that. Amazon have some 4in apple certified cables but the shipping cost as much as the cable itself. And I could get free shipping if my order total = 25.00, but I don't want to spend an additional amount just to get free shipping. I finally stumbled upon monoprice and got a 4in apple approved one for a little of 13.00 shipped. It should be here by the end of the week, oh and it's black as well. That was the only thing that kept me from getting the nomad one. That white cable would stick out like a sore thumb with everthing else being black.               

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I don't get the very expensive digital cables.  I understand having a low profile connector and exact cable length, but I have found that the monoprice 4" certified Lightning cable at the $11 price point has worked well for me in the last couple of months. The only issues is that  boot on the lighting connector  came loose, but was easily fixed with superglue.

 

--mark


Edited by verber - 9/4/13 at 7:31pm
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I don't get the >$20 digital cables.  Sure, having the low profile connectors is nice, but I have found that the monoprice 4" certified Lightning cable at the $11 price point has worked well for me in the last couple of months. The only issues is that  boot on the lighting connector  came loose, but was easily fixed with superglue.

 

--mark

What do you mean you don't get it?  You stated a personal preference, so surely you know that others might have different preferences.

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I just noticed TTVJ is selling the Cypher Labs short Lightning Cables, as separates.  Including:

 

http://www.ttvjaudio.com/USB_to_Micro_USB_2_1_2_Cable_p/cyp0000012.htm

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I have just received my HiFi-M8 :D

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I have just received my HiFi-M8 :D

You are in for a fun evening!

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I have just received my HiFi-M8 :D

You are in for a fun evening!

I hope your Hifi-M8 respects you in the morning.
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I hope your Hifi-M8 respects you in the morning.
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Coffee?

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I'll add a few more brief impressions, sort of random access thoughts:

 

There is some real magic with the HD650's - anybody else notice this?  A lovely synergy.  Additionally, switching to 10 ohm allows a nice lush presentation, 1 click on the treble adds a bit of sparkle, and for those that find a veil (I don't) they may find this lifts it.  1 click on the bass adds a nice deep blossom, for the times one might want that.  I don't use either tone control by default, at least so far, but both are a nice touch with the HD650, as is the 10 ohm selection.  1 ohm to 2 ohm was imperceptible to me.

 

Lovely as well with the Mad Dogs, but I haven't spent enough time with them yet.

 

I have a pair of 1964 Ears Quads, custom iems.  They are quite sensitive, and have impedance down in the 25 ohm range, sensitivity in the 118 dB / mW.  The HIFI-M8 is useable with them, but not the best choice for these CIEM's.  At just off of full left (0 volume) on the pot, there is slight imbalance to the left.  It disappears almost immediately, and is gone well before listening volume.  I am at listening volume by the second to third mark around the volume knob, say 7:30 to 8:00.  As I said, useable, and acceptable for my needs.  If I was CIEM's only or very often, I would send it in for the mod.  As to "hiss" - with an iPod plugged in, on pause, very, very quiet hiss throughout the volume rotation (and I mean quiet, I am sensitive to this), with a couple of hot spots at about 10 o'clock and 2 o'clock that had very slightly more hiss.  This is not an issue at least with my ciems - my ears will be bleeding by 9:30 or so.  NONE of this is noticeable with headphones - this is a multi-driver CIEM issue.  Oh, I better mention - the Quads sound really stinking good out of the M8!  My purpose and point here - to share my experience with my ciems with the HIFI-M8.  If I used CIEMS a lot, I'd get the mod; I've become more of a headphone guy, and I appreciate the power available unmodded.  For the little that I'll use my ciems with the M8 (ciems = small rig to me - straight out of the iPod), limited travel with the volume pot is acceptable.

 

I've mentioned a couple of times that it sounds so good I don't notice it.  Essentially true - it just gets out of the way.  That said, I've had more than a few "Damn!" moments when I just glance at it with kind of a holy shiite! thought and expression.  It is the finest portable solution I have heard so far.  If you happen to be thinking about the fact that you are listening to the HIFI-M8, it occasionally blows you away while getting out of the way.

 

This thing is non-fatiguing to the point I have to be cautious about volume.  It sounds so good my ears don't get tired.  I suspect this is a combination of the DAC implementation and the pure class A distortion (or lack of) characteristics.

 

Summary - I really, really like it so far.  I'm definitely in the honeymoon period, though a good marriage survives the honeymoon and gets better (ok, bragging :) .  I love the ability to put my iPod on the stock long cable and use it like a wired remote, while the HIFI-M8 pulls digital output from it, I love the sound of the dac and the amp.

 

I'll try to stay away for a while, and quit gushing, and report back after a bit of time with it.  Jeeze, I'm such a fanboy...

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