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post #976 of 1229
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Originally Posted by cucera View Post

Am I the only one here who took the IEM mod? With this I don't have the hiss problem.

What's the IEM mod?
post #977 of 1229

..... Well IronLung did.

post #978 of 1229
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Originally Posted by woodcans View Post


What's the IEM mod?

The IEM mod lowers the gain across the board by 6 dB.  From what I can tell at stock: -22dBV @ low > +12 dB > mid > +8 dB > high @ -2 dBV.  So for the IEM mod it would be -28 dBV @ low and -8 dBV @ high.

Im leaning towards having the mod done but I was to get my hands on my full size cans first.  If Mid level gain works fine for all of them then it will be no problem to get rid of 6dB gain.  If I need high gain mode then I suppose the IEM mod is out.

post #979 of 1229
The reason for this mod is some sensitive iems (eg my UERM) will experience a slight hiss with the M8 and no music playing. That noise floor dissapears with that mod. My modded one is in High gain still able to drive the HE500 and LCD2 perfectly.
post #980 of 1229
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Originally Posted by cucera View Post

The reason for this mod is some sensitive iems (eg my UERM) will experience a slight hiss with the M8 and no music playing. That noise floor dissapears with that mod. My modded one is in High gain still able to drive the HE500 and LCD2 perfectly.

NICE!!

I'm going to do this for IEMs for sure!!

 

I haven't had any noisefloor issues driving my LCD-3, LCD-X or XC - but would LOVE to get the mod for use w/ IEMs!!

Thanks for the info! I gotta reach out to @mgoodman !!

post #981 of 1229
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Originally Posted by mikemercer View Post
 

NICE!!

I'm going to do this for IEMs for sure!!

 

I haven't had any noisefloor issues driving my LCD-3, LCD-X or XC - but would LOVE to get the mod for use w/ IEMs!!

Thanks for the info! I gotta reach out to @mgoodman !!

 

And I wouldn't say it is even necessary, depending on how sensitive your IEMs are.  Though I was one of the people who was commenting about hearing the noise floor, it really isn't that bad, especially once music is playing.  I also have a noisier amp that I added to my stack for fun, so the M8 sounds super quiet by comparison now :)

post #982 of 1229

Apparently for most iems out there, the mod is not even necessary. Unless you have the most sensitive hiss prone iems in the world, you might want to keep the M8 as default.

post #983 of 1229
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Originally Posted by AmberOzL View Post
 

Apparently for most iems out there, the mod is not even necessary. Unless you have the most sensitive hiss prone iems in the world, you might want to keep the M8 as default.

Agreed. With the IEMs that I've tried, I only hear a slight hiss when no music is playing and it's only very slight. 

post #984 of 1229

I only hear minimal hiss with no music playing (with iems). Not audible when in use. I think I'll pass on the mod.

post #985 of 1229

Just spent my first night away from home with my new travelling companion, and after a few days of dabbling and snatched moments here and there I've had a whole evening in with laptop, foobar, HiFi-M8 and Ultrasone Sig Pros. It's the first time I've been able to enjoy really decent music on my travels.

 

First the practicals: although it's on the bulky side for a portable, it's not particularly noticeable amongst my travelling kit, but by the time the charger and cables is included it does all add up, I'm going to try the trickle charge via usb and cut down a power brick for the next trip... 

 

Now the sound bit: my previous hotel listening was either the DX-100 and Sig Pros or laptop and Bose AE2w wireless. Nothing wrong with either combo as far as they go, the SQ of the DX-100 and Sig Pros is very acceptable, but I never seem to manage to organise the music I fancy for a four day stay. The laptop can't drive the Sig Pros that well, and though the Bose are better than I expected (doubly so for wireless over bluetooth) they are still a bit of a let down after home listening. 

 

The HiFi-M8 seems to be the perfect solution for my travels. The listening experience is a noticeable improvement over the DX-100 and gives me access to a much larger selection of my music library (though I still haven't transferred all of it across yet). Currently enjoying Girl Talk's All Day, the way I'm enjoying this sound at the moment I think I'll be listening through the night, sleep is overrated...

post #986 of 1229
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Originally Posted by dc-k View Post

Just spent my first night away from home with my new travelling companion, and after a few days of dabbling and snatched moments here and there I've had a whole evening in with laptop, foobar, HiFi-M8 and Ultrasone Sig Pros. It's the first time I've been able to enjoy really decent music on my travels.

First the practicals: although it's on the bulky side for a portable, it's not particularly noticeable amongst my travelling kit, but by the time the charger and cables is included it does all add up, I'm going to try the trickle charge via usb and cut down a power brick for the next trip... 

Now the sound bit: my previous hotel listening was either the DX-100 and Sig Pros or laptop and Bose AE2w wireless. Nothing wrong with either combo as far as they go, the SQ of the DX-100 and Sig Pros is very acceptable, but I never seem to manage to organise the music I fancy for a four day stay. The laptop can't drive the Sig Pros that well, and though the Bose are better than I expected (doubly so for wireless over bluetooth) they are still a bit of a let down after home listening. 

The HiFi-M8 seems to be the perfect solution for my travels. The listening experience is a noticeable improvement over the DX-100 and gives me access to a much larger selection of my music library (though I still haven't transferred all of it across yet). Currently enjoying Girl Talk's All Day, the way I'm enjoying this sound at the moment I think I'll be listening through the night, sleep is overrated...

Now that's when you know you have a nice piece of kit.
post #987 of 1229
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Originally Posted by woodcans View Post


Now that's when you know you have a nice piece of kit.

INDEED!!!

I'm rockin my HiFi-M8 right now w/ these upcoming Monster DNA Pro over-ear headphones,

and I'm hearing bass from these cans that I didn't think existed! I thought they rolled off the bottom end - 

but it was the previous DAC/amp I was using!

 

That's why I stay away from blanket statements!

My HiFi-M8 holds its own against some of my larger desktop amps!!

Hence what I said in my review at Part-Time Audiophile!!

post #988 of 1229

Enjoying it more and more. The plan was to keep it in my travel kit for hotel use, but it's stayed out and I'm using it for listening around the house so no longer stuck in the study with the BiFrost and Lyr...

 

Am going to try using it with the DX-100 just for the fun of it...

post #989 of 1229

Rocking today:

 

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post #990 of 1229

Ok...so heres one for you guys:

 

As far as I can tell the m8 does 16/48 DAC with iDevices (correct me if thats wrong)

 

My iPod will play 24/48 ALAC files so what happens when that hits the DAC?  Does it slide through at 24/48 or get dropped to 16/48?

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