FOR THE LOVE OF AP­PLES

A look at the Cen­trance HiFi M8 DAC/Amp

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By now, you should be some­what fa­mil­iar with DACs and por­ta­ble amps. Well, in the au­dio­phile world, they’ve man­aged to in­te­grate both de­vices into one, push­ing the lim­its of por­ta­ble au­dio­phile tech­nol­ogy. This month, we take a look at one of the best known por­ta­ble DAC/Amp, the Cen­trance HiFi-M8 (pro­nounced “mate”).

What Ex­actly is the Cen­trance HiFi M8?

As men­tioned above, the Cen­trance com­bines both DAC and am­pli­fier func­tion­al­ity, al­low­ing it to out­put some se­ri­ously high au­dio qual­ity. It works best with iOS de­vices such as iPhone, iPad, and of course, iPod. The rea­son for this is sim­ple – the in­te­grated sound­card was spe­cially de­vel­oped to ex­tract dig­i­tal au­dio sig­nals from Ap­ple’s por­ta­ble de­vices and con­vert them into ana­log sig­nals. Once the sig­nals are con­verted into ana­log sig­nals, the in­te­grated am­pli­fier boosts the sig­nal to drive high-end head­phones. It is ca­pa­ble of pro­cess­ing sig­nals up to 24-bit and 192kHz, giv­ing you noth­ing but the best au­dio qual­ity. Of course, the Cen­trance HiFi M8 is com­pat­i­ble with de­vices other than iOS de­vices. You can also con­nect your An­droid de­vice and the Cen­trance HiFi M8 will func­tion just as well.

In Sum­mary

The Cen­trance HiFi M8 is an in­cred­i­bly pow­er­ful DAC/Amp. It has three dif­fer­ent out­put op­tions, a 1/8-inch for SPDIF, 1/4-inch for head­phones, and a bal­anced 4-pin XLR port. There are also a num­ber of sound op­tions to play around with, in­clud­ing out­put im­ped­ance, head­phone gain, bass sonic shap­ing, and tre­ble sonic shap­ing. Each op­tion has three lev­els, al­low­ing you to fine-tune the M8 ac­cord­ing to your pre­ferred mu­sic genre.

There are var­i­ous op­tions to HELP fiNE-TUNE THE M8 TO SUIT your pre­ferred mu­sic genre.

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