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CEntrance HiFi-M8 Portable DAC & Amp

HiFi-M8

CEntrance

Moon Audio

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The CEntrance HiFi-M8 is a portable audiophile DAC that gives you an Ultra Low-noise, Class-A Headphone Amplifier, over 40 kHz audio bandwidth, >130dB THD, and asynchronous USB.


Inputs include USB and iPhone/iPad/Ipod. An exclusive CEntrance technology guarantees bit-perfect audio reproduction. For the version with USB and Toslink input option, see the HiFi-M8 LX model.


HiFi+ Review by Chris Martens, Apr. 24, 2014


We cannot ship the HiFi-M8 to:


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The HiFi-M8 redefines the portable DAC/Amp. This innovative, category-defining product sets a standard others will be judged by. A unique combination of sound quality, output power and battery life, HiFi-M8 sets you free to explore your world, audiophile sound in the pocket. HiFi-M8 (pronounced "Mate") creates a perfect listening experience anywhere you are — at work, on a train, or in the gym; helping you through the workday or soothing you at home. Take your high-res music with you, now that's freedom.

This is a USB DAC and an audiophile sound card for your iPhone, iPad and iPod. It extracts digital audio from computers and Apple's portable devices and converts it to analog, for purest sound reproduction. It is also a powerful headphone amplifier with balanced outputs. Gone are the days when you needed to carry a separate DAC, Amp and a battery. HiFi-M8 has all components built-in and carefully matched to preserve sonic fidelity.

It also enables audiophile on-the-go listening by combining 24-bit/192kHz audio quality, over 6 hours of battery life, balanced headphone output and multiple sonic shaping features within a single, integrated, portable device.

Important Notice:

The available digital audio stream depends on your device and operating system. For a list of compatible devices please visit http://www.extreamsd.com/USBAudioRecorderPRO/  *Note that some devices need 3rd party software to function.

With HiFi-M8, CEntrance raised the bar again, here are the details:

  • Support for Balanced AND Unbalanced headphones: IEMs and over-head
  • Compatibility with iPhone/iPad/iPod, Android, Mac and PC
  • Three levels of output impedance, for best headphone linearity
  • Three levels of headphone gain, for fine-tuning the loudness
  • Three levels of bass sonic shaping, for a subtle boost in the low end
  • Three levels of treble sonic shaping, for a subtle boost in the highs
  • Choice of portable or desktop operation (battery or wall-powered)
 

"Sounds fantastic! The sound from the built-in DAC and headphone amplifier is outstanding -- neutral, very transparent, very revealing. I love its well-implemented tone controls! HiFi-M8 sounds more like a desk DAC/Amp combo than a portable one. It has enough power to use HE-6, HE-500, LCD-2 and 3, HD-800 and other [headphones]."  Jude Mansilla, Head-fi.org.

"I'm BLOWN AWAY! HiFi-M8 is a new class of product when it comes to portable DAC/Amps, especially multipurpose DAC/Amp combos. It's sheer power, the gestalt of the music! It has such a wonderfully dark and airy backdrop that the midrange clarity maybe wholly unmatched in this category  (portable DAC/hphone amps), at least to my ears. The HiFi-M8 has now become THE component I will bring with me everywhere." Michael Mercer, Columnist/Reviewer, the Daily Swarm.

"The CEntrance HiFi-M8 is a superb piece of equipment and a marvelous feat of engineering. It drives everything from IEMs to full-sized over the ear headphones and sounded stunningly good with all the headphones I threw at it...If you need a great sounding DAC/amp combo which is small and light enough for you to take it with you on your travels, look no further. If you value compactness and simplicity, you just can't go wrong with the M8."- Roger Ngaw , Headfi Journey.

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Features

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  · Made in USA. HiFi-M8 is designed and precision-assembled by skilled craftsmen in America. CEntrance takes pride in the quality of its products. We test every unit before it goes out the door, so you get a great experience. 

 · Built tough. Lightweight and durable, the extruded aluminum body is styled to please. The curves are smooth on the hand and easy on the eye. Super looks and scratch resistance are given by the laser-engraved anodized finish.

· Portable. HiFi-M8 packs a powerful Lithium-Polymer rechargeable battery for the highest amount of power density. That means longer play time between charges. Battery status is conveniently displayed on an LED bargraph.

· Versatile. HiFi-M8 is a portable DAC/Amp with iPhone/iPad/iPod and USB inputs. This device does it all! Use your HiFi-M8 with your computer at work and with your iPhone on the way home.

· Audiophile. HiFi-M8 supports most headphones on the market. High output level means you never run out of loudness. The built-in gain, impedance and tone-shaping switches allow for dialing the sound just right.

· Dual Core. HiFi-M8 uses a dual-core XMOS microprocessor to achieve the dual functionality of a USB DAC and an iPhone Dock. HiFi-M8 runs custom CEntrance code, supporting 24-bit/192kHz, asynchronous USB audio.

· Driver Support. HiFi-M8 supports up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution with Macs and PCs. With Macs, no drivers are required. For Windows, CEntrance offers a free download of its world-renowned Unversal Driver.

· Worldwide Use. HiFi-M8 is designed for real-world use. The bundled power supply works around the globe and charges both HiFi-M8 and the attached Apple device. HiFi-M8 can also be charged from a car or a boat.


Specifications

Digital specs

Resolution  24-bit (Also supports 16-bit)

Sample Rate  44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, 176.2 kHz, 192 kHz

USB Protocol  Asynchronous

Local clock  10 ppm precision, unmeasurable jitter

Compatibility  iPad, iPhone, iPod, Mac, PC, Andorid


Analog Specs

Freq. Response  20 Hz...50 kHz (flat EQ circuit)

S/N Ratio  113 dB (A-weighted)

THD+N  0.002 % (mid gain position)

Crosstalk  -103 dB (at 1kHz)


Output Impedance

1, 2, 11 Ohm, selectable

Output Power  1.4 W (max), 1 W (typical)

Headphones  16...600 Ohm

Output voltage  -2 dBV (nominal, max gain) use with less-sensitive over-the head headphones

-10 dBV (nominal, mid gain) use for connecting to line-level consumer audio equipment

-22 dBV (nominal, min gain) use with ultra-sensitive IEM headphones


General Specs

Audio Output  XLR balanced, 1/8" combo analog output / SPDIF mini toslink output, 1/4" unbalanced jack, model-dependent

Headphone Amp  Direct Class-A

AC Powering  Globally compatible, 90...240V AC power supply included

DC Powering  +9...+20V DC (3A) from external adapter, car, boat, etc.

Internal supplies  Battery-isolated, filtered ±10V, super-clean analog rails

Unit Dimensions:  127 mm (L) x 82 mm (W) x 33 mm (H)

Reviews

Balanced output makes it worth it.Review by WaiK
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I mainly use it with my iPhone 6 to listen to HiFi streaming from Tidal. To tell you the truth, it is a bit too big to carry around. I used the standard outputs first, they were ok.

I wasn't sure if I wanted to keep it, until I listened from the balanced output, wow, now it is definitely a keeper. (Posted on 5/15/2015)
Excellent portable DAC/AmpReview by Forestken
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I purchased the HiFi M8 nearly a year ago and have been very happy with the features and audio quality. I travel a lot for work and find the flexibility of connecting to an iPhone in cramped economy seats to be a great option - switching to my notebook when I have more space.

The ability to tailor sound options by track using the bass and treble switches is very useful and pragmatic.

Form factor is perfect for the iPhone, the battery life is good (I seem to get about 5 hours per charge), controls are easy to find/use. A fine DAC/Amp that I would suggest to anyone looking for quality audio that offers flexibility for multiple source types. (Posted on 10/15/2014)

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