Well NOTHING can beat that budget!
Yeah I felt the same way about my PHA-1, and ADL X1.
But I'm PUMPED to have the M8 now.
This is ALWAYS down to the listener/ear of the beholder,
I find the M8 to be a big upgrade sonically over my other
battery-powered iDevice DAC/amps. It gets me closer to my MYTEK/E.A.R home rig
when on-the-go than the others. The gestalt of the music, it's velocity and clarity, man
I'm not sure how they packed all that into this beast.
But the HP-P1 is also a fantastic piece. My buddy has one and I've used it often.
Edited by mikemercer - 9/30/13 at 5:19pm