The CEntrance Hi-Fi M8 V2 Thread
Jun 27, 2019 at 8:42 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 724

schalliol

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Having just placed an order for the upcoming unit, and at ExpatinJapan’s recommendation, this is a thread for the new version of the Hi-Fi M8 portable DAC/Amp.
Photos! (Posted with permission of CEntrance)

*Not the final design.












You can now order via a pre-order link if you’re a previous buyer, and we can add the link here when it goes live.

CEntrance sent a survey and is adjusting the product based on feedback. Expected specs as of today are included here directly from the company:
Based on the first hundred responses so far, we plan to offer the following set of features (ranged by priority):

Battery 79%
Bluetooth 75%
EQ 73%
Dual Amp 73%
3.5mm line-in 58%
4-pin XLR 56%
SPDIF input 48%
LED Meter 47%
Stamina 46%

The following features aren't weighing in heavily in the survey:

4.4 mm output 39%
4.4 mm input 19%

Panel space is tight. There is space on the front panel. We will try to squeeze the 4.4 mm balanced headphone output jack on the front panel, but if it doesn't fit, we will give preference to 3.5 mm input, both analog and SPDIF (same jack). We will really try and let you know.

So, without the 4.4 mm jack we will have at least 3 other outputs: 4-pin XLR balanced, 2.5 mm balanced, 3.5 mm unbalanced. If we can fit the 4.4 mm jack, there will be a total of 4 (four) outputs on the device! That's a lot, but you will be able to easily compare headphones this way.
Other Features

Additionally, based on your feedback we will be implementing the following requests:
  • A *modern* DAC chip TBA (AK4097/99/??)
  • 6dB more output than DACmini (wow! loud!)
  • Clean, digital volume control with no scratchy pots
  • Reasonable EU shipping arrangement via distributors
Some things might still change based on the additional surveys received, but the above is a pretty good baseline. As with previous campaigns, we will keep in regular communication with you and give you frequent visual and written updates about the progress of this endeavor. It's our goal to make you happy!

Dimensions are 121 mm (4.76″) (L), 70 mm (2.76″) (W), 36 mm (1.42″) (H). Weight approx. 260 grams (9.1 ounces)

Note that the unit is lighter shorter, narrower and slightly thicker than the predecessor.
 
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Jun 27, 2019 at 8:59 PM Post #2 of 724

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So, connecting it to a dap will have cable going into the V2 on one end and headphone coming out from same end ? So one can put in jean pocket ?
 
Jun 27, 2019 at 9:13 PM Post #3 of 724

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So, connecting it to a dap will have cable going into the V2 on one end and headphone coming out from same end ? So one can put in jean pocket ?
Thank you for your feedback. We need to say that you would have to have larger pockets, since HiFi-M8 V2 is 36mm thick. We will work on implementing the "same side" solution, but need to say that the back panel is rathe packed already.... will say more about this later.
 
Jun 27, 2019 at 9:19 PM Post #4 of 724

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Thank you @schalliol for making this thread.

Photos added to this new thread:

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*Early mock up photos.
 
Jun 28, 2019 at 3:13 AM Post #7 of 724

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You can now order via a pre-order link if you’re a previous buyer, and we can add the link here when it goes live.

CEntrance sent a survey and is adjusting the product based on feedback. Expected specs as of today are included here directly from the company:

Hi

Am I supposed to get this link via email (current BlueDAC & DAC portable owner)?

I have already participated in the survey.

Thanks
 
Jun 28, 2019 at 6:19 AM Post #8 of 724

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Hi

Am I supposed to get this link via email (current BlueDAC & DAC portable owner)?

I have already participated in the survey.

Thanks
I just sent you the link via Private Message. They’re almost out of the early pricing, according to the email I recently received.
 
Jun 28, 2019 at 8:16 AM Post #10 of 724

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Thank you for your feedback. We need to say that you would have to have larger pockets, since HiFi-M8 V2 is 36mm thick. We will work on implementing the "same side" solution, but need to say that the back panel is rathe packed already.... will say more about this later.
I may not have received the survey but I am among those who suggest for a line input. By the way, I have signed in!:beerchug:
 
Jun 28, 2019 at 9:52 AM Post #12 of 724

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I'm in (despite my pledge to self not to buy new gear...oh well).
Is there a time frame for the release of v2?
 
Jun 28, 2019 at 9:58 AM Post #14 of 724

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Good lord. That’s lot of switches and buttons beating a helicopter control panel.

Make it thinner but wider, at least more pocketable. Transfer all similar switch/button to one side or other surface (see iFi micro BL). Remove unnecessary functions.
 

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