Met Michael and Stacie today at Tokyo Headphone Show.
I tried out the three models and was pleased with what I heard, although I dont think I have the best ears as others perhaps do.
I tried them out with my ATH-ESW9 and Triple Fi10 and iphone4, gain set at 1 and 1ohm.
Gain 1 , 1ohm.
Clarity and clear.
More `warmth` when set at 10ohm.
The sound stayed more smoother at higher volumes than on my Fostex hp_p1.
Flacplayer app worked with no problems.
Bass and treble hardware settings are nice, subtle and gradual, not overly done. Bass change is more subtle than the treble switch.
USB LOD cable is snug and a good fit.
It gets a bit warm when in use (it was also plugged into the AC power at the time).
I preferred them on gain2 (I dont like using gain2 on my Fostex as it loses details)- still sounded good, kept the clarity and details well.
Triple Fi10- smooth and clear, sounded as they should at 1ohm.
LCD(2?,3?)-single 4 pin XLR I am not familiar with these headphones. Gain 1 was just fine, Gain2 had more body.
T1 Beyerdynamic - Dual XLR. Clarity (the headphones natural sig I think), smooth. Gain 2 -beautiful.
The only `negative` feedback i had was that the volume bar on my iphone4 was still functioning which Michael said he would take care of in within the Hifi-m8 software.
My personal preference (which I didnt share with Michael on the day, sorry) is for it to be deactivated AND disappear altogether like on my portable amps, one irk of my Fostex hp_p1 is that visible volume bar.
Thanks again to Michael and Stacie for taking the time to spend with me today, I swear English is my first language! Unfortunately ten years of living in another country has degraded my conversational abilities :)
Looking forward to hearing the final version of the Hifi-m8 in the future, safe journey home.