CEntrance HiFi-M8 XL4 Portable DAC/Amplifier
CEntrance HiFi-M8 XL4 Portable DAC/Amplifier

There’s One Cure, and It Ain’t Cowbell

You high end headphone and speaker junkies are used to dishing out countless dimes for top gear, but if you only buy one remedy for your audiophilia this year, we’ve found just the cure. Presenting some of the best amplification and conversion around in one easily portable package, the CEntrance HiFi-M8 will change the way you listen, no matter what, how, or where that happens to be.

Note: There are only 25 units available for this drop, so act quickly to secure your unit.

CEntrance HiFi-M8 XL4 Portable DAC/Amplifier

You Have the Power

This HiFi-M8 model comes with three different output options (1/8 in, 1/4 in, and balanced 4-pin XLR) that will fit the whole range of high end headphones. After plugging in, you can adjust three levels of gain output to match the requirements of your cans, impedance to find your ideal sound, and bass and treble to tweak the range to your exact specifications. If you’re looking to pair your high sensitivity CIEMs with a device that gets down to 1 ohm output impedance, this is your ticket. Working with everything from inner ear monitors to a full studio setup, the HiFi-M8 plugs in easily to your wall outlet (or usb port) to charge and can be used for up to six hours once fully charged. Finally, if those features aren't enough, you can use it as a desktop DAC/amp combo via the rear USB input.

CEntrance HiFi-M8 XL4 Portable DAC/AmplifierCEntrance HiFi-M8 XL4 Portable DAC/Amplifier

The One and Only

With high resolution and sample rate, minimal interference, and an internal amplification system that easily competes with the best of the market, this DAC/amplifier combo is the only tool you need to get the highest quality sound from your headphones. But you don't have to take our word for it, read on for opinions from some of the most well respected audiophiles alive.

CEntrance HiFi-M8 XL4 Portable DAC/Amplifier

Reviews

The CEntrance HiFi-M8 is going up on InnerFidelity's "Wall of Fame" as the best hard core headphone enthusiast portable headphone amp.

- Tyll Herstens, Inner Fidelity (USA)

"I'm addicted to the CEntrance HiFi-M8. I can't pull myself away from it! Another mark of a great audio component is when it inspires you to listen to all sorts of music you haven't heard it years, or explore new music.

A beast of power and musical engagement."

- Part-Time Audiophile

"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

Spes

  • CEntrance
  • 24-bit resolution
  • Sample rate: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz
  • Asynnchronous USB transmission
  • Local clock with 10 ppm precision, unmeasurable jitter
  • Frequency 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 1 kHz)
  • Outputs: 1/8 in (3.5 mm) HP and SPDIF, 1/4 in (6.3 mm) HP, and balanced 4-pin XLR
  • Output impedance: 1, 2, 11 Ohm, selectable
  • Output power: 1.4 W (max), 1 W (typical)
  • Headphones: 16 - 600 Ohm
  • Output voltage: -2dBV, -10 dBV, -22 dBV
  • Headphone amp: direct class-a
  • AC powering: globally compatible, 90 - 240V AC power supply included with North American plug
  • DC powering: +9 - +20V DC (3A) from external adapter
  • Internal supplies: battery-isolated, filtered +/- 10 V, super-clean analog rails
  • 5 x 3.2 x 1.3 in (127 x 82 x 33 mm)
  • 2 lb (0.9 kg)

Input Options

  • HiFi-M8 Classic: iPad, iPhone, iPod, Mac, PC, and Android compatible
  • HiFi-M8 LX: Optical S/PDIF, Mac, PC, and Android compatible

Shipping

All orders will be shipped by Massdrop.

Estimated ship date is Mar 30, 2015 PT.

After the drop ends, payment will be collected. To deliver the best value to the group the request will then be submitted to the vendor up front, making all sales final. Be sure to check the discussion page for updates.