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post #1066 of 1174
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Originally Posted by wormsdriver View Post
 

^NOW DATS WHAT I'M TALKING 'BOUT!:popcorn: 

 

Where's that picture from?

http://www.hifiplus.com/articles/ces-2014-headphone-earphones-and-related-electronics-part-1/?utm_campaign=Hi-Fi%2B+Weekly+Emails&utm_medium=email&page=4&utm_source=email-205

 

Prototype...

post #1067 of 1174
Thread Starter 

wow.

 

CEntrance

CEntrance is best known in the high-end headphone/earphone community for its impressively power, balanced output HiFi-M8 portable headphone amplifier/DAC ($699). For T.H.E. Show 2014, however, the big news was the CEntrance has begun development work on a smaller, somewhat less full-featured, and therefore cost reduced version of the HiFi-M8 to be called the Mini-M8 (M8 is pronounced “mate”). As you can see from our photo here, the Mini-M8 retains some, though not all, of the elaborate user control features of the HiFi-M8, but in a substantially smaller chassis. Note: The unit shown here is a rough-and-tumble development “mule,” so expect the final Mini-M8 to look much more polished.

post #1068 of 1174

Mini M8 with COAX INPUT please?????

post #1069 of 1174

It is pretty easy to guess what might be missing in the mini M8:

 

1)  No balanced out (no room for XLR)

2)  No tone switches

3)  No output impedance change -- I suspect 1 ohm will be standard.

 

I wonder if the optical out will be retained.  Also wonder if the battery life will stay the same or get longer.  If the other internals stay the same (DAC, Class A amp), it could be very popular, especially if it has another digital input not shown (coax in particular). 

post #1070 of 1174

I think they can put RSA style balanced there, there is enough room for it, not XLR though.

post #1071 of 1174
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Originally Posted by AmberOzL View Post

I think they can put RSA style balanced there, there is enough room for it, not XLR though.

Hmmm...maybe mini XLR?
post #1072 of 1174
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Originally Posted by AmberOzL View Post

I think they can put RSA style balanced there, there is enough room for it, not XLR though.

They shurly could, but to justify an. price difference the will propably not. And the reduced size shows the amp will be less beefy. Otherwise they would not get enough operation time out of the smaller battery.
post #1073 of 1174

Although I too speculate with others, it is just that for me -- speculation.  It is up to CEntrance to decide what goes in what, and for what price.  I've seen other head-fi discussions on yet-to-be-released equipment turn into "if it does not have this, I am not buying" which in my mind is kind of silly given that there is nothing yet to buy.  

 

What I do know is that the HiFi-M8 (have to be specific now that there's another M8 potentially coming out) with an iDevice as source is better than an iPod 5.5G amped, and that makes it worth carrying in my bag.  If the mini-M8 comes close to the 'full-M8' sound quality, it will be special, and other factors (lighter weight, smaller size, and lower price) could make it even more attractive. 

 

Finally, I appreciate that CEntrance is looking to move down in price.  But it begs the obvious question:    Michael, do you have any plans to do a "super-M8" going up the food chain now that you have staked out plans for a (presumably) lower-cost, fewer-featured model? 

post #1074 of 1174
Thread Starter 

Its probably too early for a mini-m8 thread, although we do have a prototype photo.

 

One change I would like to see is having the headphone output and ipod input on the same side, so it can sit better in a pocket.

post #1075 of 1174

Wow! I go on holiday for three weeks and I already missed so much. Mini-M8 huh? Maybe I should cancel my M8 order...nah!

post #1076 of 1174

Yep, same here and I just got my Hifi-M8 less than a month ago. If I'm not wrong the Mini-M8 is a scaled down version of the Hifi-M8 minus the EQ, impedance extras.


Edited by Francisk - 2/6/14 at 6:54am
post #1077 of 1174
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Originally Posted by mikemercer View Post
 

Some body use a thousand dollar cable with a $700 amp :basshead:

post #1078 of 1174
Thread Starter 

Spammed this here and there already today.

 

Check it out 24/96!

24/96!

 

Apple touch 5G running latest OS, Flacplayer app, Hifi-m8 (idevice version) to CCK (Apple camera connection kit).

 

 

 

 

24/96 ;)

 


Edited by ExpatinJapan - 2/20/14 at 7:25pm
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That's amazing, looks like upgrading my iPhone 4S to 5S is inevitable. Thanks for sharing ExpatinJapan
Edited by Francisk - 2/20/14 at 7:37pm
post #1080 of 1174
Thread Starter 
I will try my iphone 4 and touch4g tonight.

I tried my iphone 4 and it worked via CCK but didnt have high resolution 24/96 files on it.
I will add some 24/96 files to iphone4 tonight and retry for you.
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