Parts for the build

Today we have purchased the parts for the upcoming HiFi-M8 build.
You may remember that we are planning a large build in September.
That’s still on schedule so far.
We just dumped a lot of money into parts… too much to think about.
Parts should be arriving next week and then will be sent to our suppliers for assembly of the PCBs.
I will be keeping you in the loop on this production build throughout the next month.

About the Shipping Cue

Let’s talk about the shipment cue.

As many of you know, we’ve chosen a personalized way of dealing with managing the cue, but it’s taking its toll. Other companies, such as Headamp, just put out a spreadsheet with expected shipping dates, listing all customers at once.

We decided not to do that and to deal with everyone personally instead. However, the amount of email coming in is overwhelming. Stacie, who is managing the pre-order cue has asked me to post this here:

Dear Evaluation Unit Customers,

I have received an overwhelming amount of inquiries regarding shipping dates for preordered units.
Please refer to the following dates to see where you are in the queue:

We are currently shipping units paid-for between October 1- October 31.
If you paid between November 1 – November 30, your unit will be shipped before Sept 16
If you paid between December 1- December 31, your unit will be shipping before Oct 7.

A more detailed shipping schedule for orders placed in early 2013 will be posted here on September 23, and the rate of production is expected to increase markedly at this time.

I appreciate your patience and continued support. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to email me [address removed to protect from spam bots - MG]


Webstore is back, and Video Review

Our Webstore is back.

You can place your orders and the security certificate on the site is valid. It was a temporary glitch, which is now solved.

Meantime as most reader probably know by now, Jude Mansilla has posted an excellent video review of the HiFi-M8., which you can see again and again here:

Webstore is OK

If you go to our web store today you may notice a message saying: “This Connection is Untrusted”.

Don’t worry. You can still trust us.

We are updating the security certificate today. This process will be complete shortly.

It’s safe to shop at, despite the warning.

Building a big new batch

HiFi-M8 is very popular. So much so that we ran out of stock pretty much right away.

We promised an awesome product. We delivered. We hear that people really like it!

We should be really taking advantage of that, but we don’t have stock at the moment.

We are making a new batch in September, a big batch — enough to satisfy all outstanding orders and then some!

We have allocated the original pilot production run to those who have waited the longest.

Now we need to build more and that means we need to wait.

This wait is killing me….

But this too, will pass and everyone will get their “Fix of M8″.

Breathe in, breathe out….

Watch next week

That’s all I am allowed to say today.

Look for something cool to come out on head-fi next week.

It may be related to HiFi-M8.

Whatever it is, it will come from the brightest minds out there.

That I can guarantee.

What flood looks like

My to do list for this week

This is my current to do list. It’s longer than usual, because of extra product release-related activity.

I sat down and put this list together from a bunch of little notes sitting on the desk, on the calendar, on the cellphone, etc.

This would normally be a no-brainer, but unfortunately, many items on the list are each a project in their own right.

Suddenly, we are not talking about “flying through” the list. Nope, we are talking about crawling through it.

And this is what “flood” looks like: A lot of stuff to do. Very little time to do it all. Things falling off the plate.

To do list, prioritized

Here is how I manage the flood.

I step into a coffee shop, get a latte and “turn off” the world.

I prioritize the list. I color code it. I take a deep breath and dive into it.

To the left is the processed version, where tasks are grouped into eight categories and prioritized. The categories range from Engineering, to Finance, to Marketing, to Consulting (our consulting business is doing well).

Grouping the tasks is very helpful, since several items can be accomplished at once.

Now that there is structure, we can attack the action items.

First Review is Glowing Positive


We have our first real review in!

This comes from a publication called headfijourney, familiar to our customers in the Asian market.

This review is unusually long, but very positive!

Here is the summary:


Final Thoughts

The CEntrance HiFi-M8 is a superb piece of equipment and a marvelous feat of engineering. Not only is it well built with tons of connectivity options, it excels at what it’s designed to do. It drives everything from IEMs to full-sized over the ear headphones and sounded stunningly good with all the headphones I threw at it but most of all, it brought out the best in the T1 (in balanced mode). Whilst it is certainly a portable device, it will not be out of place in a desktop system. I could happily live with the M8 as my main DAC/amp for headphones. Indeed, it may be the game changing no compromise combo that head-fiers have been waiting for.

At the time of writing, the M8 is peerless at this price range. It can certainly punch above its weight, way above, as a matter of fact. To get better results, you’d have to spend a lot more. 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. Plug in the USB cable from your PC/Mac and in an instant you have a high end head-fi system on your desktop. No fuss, no muss.

Managing Flood

We are entering the project stage known as “flood”.

Projects go through a number of stages, from “scared of the unknown”, through “getting somewhere”, to “too much at once”, to “done and lost all subsequent interest”.

There is a more structured project overview model out there, but this simplistic view demonstrates the main point. At some time, the tweaking is complete and you have some success. That’s when you enter the flood stage.

Sadly, many companies fail at this stage. Don’t get me wrong, many more companies fail at the previous stages, as they miscalculate the real costs of “getting there”. But success can also be taxing, which is less obvious.

The problem is some people tend to relax at this point, as if the work is done. Wrong! The work is just starting.

And that’s what we have with the HiFi-M8 currently. We need to ship, and we have a limited supply and we are frantically arranging additional production, and we are communicating with existing customers, future customers and media, who all want their unit right now. This can be taxing.

We need to live through about a month of this. More units should be here in late September. Enough to get out of back order.

Or so we we think.

We Have Apple Approval !!!

Exciting news.

HiFi-M8 is approved for sale.

By Apple.

We can start shipping now and will be sending out a press release shortly.


Regular HiFi-M8 is now available at our store.

Place your order soon, we expect to be flooded with orders and go on back order within days.