Setup : iPod Classic 7G (16 bit ALAC and 320kbps MP3s)-> CEntrance HiFi-M8 -> Beyerdynamic T1 balanced and FitEar MH335DW
I will not comment too much regarding the M8 and T1 pairing due to the noisy environment (cant pay attention to all the little details). The M8 does have more than sufficient power to drive the balanced T1. It is able drive the T1 to ear splitting level at the 1.40 mark along with maximum gain. With the MH335DW demo unit (not the best fit), I don't hear any hissing in all three output impedance but it is still better to toggle it to 1 ohm when using with IEMs.
I also played with the tone shaping features (bass and treble) of the M8. The bass feature does provide very clean and deep bass with absolutely no signs of boom or muffled bass. With the MH335DW, the bass is very tight yet impactful, I would say it is the best bass I've ever heard from any headphones or IEMs. My test track was a trance track by Aly & Fila - Without You. As for the the treble feature, there are zero hints of grain or sibilant when toggled to maximum. I'm not really a treble-head, so I will not talk much about it. I also AB-ed the M8 with a stock DACmini which was also present at the show, and I agree that both of them do sound similar. I will go to my local Jaben store tomorrow to try it with my Denon AH-D7000 and Sony MDR-EX1000 before they send the prototype M8 back to Michael.
I feel extremely lucky and thankful to be able to try the M8 during this year's KLIAV show. I want to thank Michael and Jaben for providing a chance for all the people who were at the show to listen to this phenomenal product. The M8 will undoubtedly be the first item on my wish list (along with the MH335DW ).