1964 ears quads, iPod classic to HIFI-M8, lowest gain
Loudness wars winner recording, same setup
Pictures came out a little blurry. The volume pot is above any channel imbalance. This particular volume pot is pretty good. Enough adjustment to fine tune even way down there in the travel, though you need bit of a fine touch. Not too bad, as the know is a bit stiff - really just about right as to turning resistance.
Hiss - barely audible with player on pause. I could not detect any hiss at all with music playing. For my personal use, this is just fine. If I used IEM's all the time, I might get the mod, but I don't so I prefer the HIFI-M8 as delivered.
More notes - non scientific "comfortable" listening volume for me. I listen pretty quietly.
Edit for a random report - Pandora 256 kbs files sound pretty darned good from the M8. Still 256 kbs files, but quite good.
Edited by aamefford - 9/8/13 at 2:47pm