HiFi-M8 V2

reference DAC + Amp

USB + Bluetooth DAC with balanced headphone amplifier

Precision Portable Reference

HiFi-M8 V2 is the World’s most advanced portable D/A converter and headphone amplifier. With high-resolution USB input, studio-quality Bluetooth input, professional VU meters and four separate headphone outputs (including two balanced outputs),  nothing matches this portable gem! At a meet or at the store, enjoy or compare any headphones, up to 4 pairs at once, with this Flagship DAC/AMP from CEntrance.

With HiFi-M8 V2, we proudly present the next generation of our award-winning portable DAC.  Pronounced “HiFi-Mate”, the original D/A converter and amplifier took the world by storm due to its ability to drive any headphones and compatibility with most computers and phones.

In Version 2, we updated the D/A resolution, further improved noise and distortion specs, added Bluetooth input and four headphone outputs (two balanced and two unbalanced). We further added a VU meter and USB C jack, as well as many other improvements! HiFi-M8 V2 is the next generation portable amplifier for the demanding audiophile.

HiFi-M8 V2 works with iOS, Android, Mac, Linux and Windows. It’s lightweight and makes it easy to listen to high-quality music anywhere. Whether you prefer balanced-armature IEMs or large overhead cans, this product is for you.

What Reviewers Say

I AM THRILLED with the sound and performance of the HiFi M8 V2. The hot side can not only drive difficult 300 Ohm Sennheiser headphones but can actually drive them with authority and skill befitting the performance of a desktop amp. And, conversely it is an excellent match for my laid back JH 13 Pro, and energetic NXEars Basso, as well as Westone ES70 customs. I was impressed enough with the sound via Bluetooth that I’ll probably always use mine in Bluetooth mode for iPhone and USB mode for MacBook, even with 100GB of lossless music on my iPhone (plus Tidal).

HeadphoneAddict, Head-Fi.org

 

Excellent results. Nice full body, yet neutral sound. Black background. The Hifi-M8v2 combines all the excellent developments of earlier models. It retains the full bodied, detailed and clear sound signature that CEntrance products are known for. 

ExpatinJapan, HeadPie.net

 

Michael Goodman & Co. have a lot to be proud of with their new HiFiM8 v2 portable headphone amp/DAC! Expanding on the groundbreaking feature set of the original HiFiM8, the v2 is a Personal audio Swiss Army Knife! It’s been driving everything from my Audeze LCDs to Audio Technica ATH-ADX5000s with gusto. And I love the dB level meters — a nice touch. Check it out!!

SonicSatori, Audio360

HiFi-M8 v2

20th Anniversary Edition
$ 749
99
  • 32-bit / 764 kHz USB input
  • Balanced Bluetooth input
  • 4 Headphone outputs
  • 2 Balanced outputs
  • 15 hr Battery (BT mode)
  • Smart Charging system
  • Professional VU meters
  • Digital Volume control
  • Dual-band, musical EQ
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Key Benefits

Studio-Grade Quality

HiFi-M8 builds on 20 years of studio product design. Unmatched in performance and audio quality, it  supports 4 headphones (2 balanced), for ultimate flexibility. It adds USB and Bluetooth inputs, subtle, musical EQ and digital gain control for perfect channel matching. But that’s just the beginning…

Studio-Grade Quality

HiFi-M8 builds on 20 years of studio product design. Unmatched in performance and audio quality, it  supports 4 headphones (2 balanced), for ultimate flexibility. It adds USB and Bluetooth inputs, subtle, musical EQ and digital gain control for perfect channel matching. But that’s just the beginning…
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Hybrid Power System

Listen on the train, at the office, at home, or by the campfire. HiFi-M8’s Hybrid Power System features a rechargeable Li-Po battery that lasts for up to 15 hours of playback and isolates the product from the wall supply. When at home, leave it plugged-in. The internal supplies are regulated, clean and plentiful.

For All Headphones

The only way to satisfy both In-Ear and Overhead headphones is to use separate amps. So that’s what we did. The “Cool Side” is ultra-quiet, for driving IEMs. The “Hot Side” will push your planars to ear-splitting levels. HiFi-M8 V2 has four separate headphone outputs, meaning 8 mono amps inside!

For All Headphones

The only way to satisfy both In-Ear and Overhead headphones is to use separate amps. So that’s what we did. The “Cool Side” is ultra-quiet, for driving IEMs. The “Hot Side” will push your planars to ear-splitting levels. HiFi-M8 V2 has four separate headphone outputs, meaning 8 mono amps inside!

Professional Meters

See mastering levels of your favorite tunes. HiFi-M8 V2’s professional VU meters are precisely calibrated to 0dB FS, with over 40 dB of dynamic range. Brightness is adjustable from zero to daylight. Best of all, LED meters consume only a fraction of power of an LCD screen, so the battery lasts much longer!

Stamina Mode

HiFi-M8 has a smart power management system that adjusts battery life to match your lifestyle. Far away from a charger? Turn on the Stamina mode and enjoy up to 15 hours of continuous high-quality playback. Working at a desktop? Unleash watts of power from the Hybrid Power System!

Stamina Mode

HiFi-M8 has a smart power management system that adjusts battery life to match your lifestyle. Far away from a charger? Turn on the Stamina mode and enjoy up to 15 hours of continuous high-quality playback. Working at a desktop? Unleash watts of power from the Hybrid Power System!

Charging Flexibility

HiFi-M8 is smart enough not to drain the battery of your phone. But it can charge from the laptop you stream from. Or a standard 5V USB charger. There are two USB C jacks on the product: one for USB audio / charging and another for charging only. You can reconfigure them with the flick of a switch.

Product Details

UPGRADING AUDIO QUALITY

CEntrance raised the bar when it launched a portable amplifier that could drive “Most Headphones Under the Sun.” As audiophiles started investing in high-end planar magnetic headphones, they needed a compact, battery-powered amplifier that would allow them to take their headphones to work, on a trip, etc. In 2013, CEntrance produced a portable amp that could drive 1W of clean power into most demanding headphones. The original CEntrance HiFi-M8 (pronounced “HiFi- Mate”) got awards from Absolute Sound, CNET and other prestigious audiophile publications. It’s is still in use in countless homes around the world and we continue to get thank you emails from customers, whose listening experience has never been the same ever since they got the “Mate”. But time has come to upgrade the legend.

20-TH ANNIVERSARY FLAGSHIP

For our 20th anniversary we knew we had to do something special. As before, we used crowd sourcing to come up with the best set of features for HiFi-M8 V2. We added more outputs, improved Output Power, Digital to Analog conversion, Noise and THD specs. We added a cool, 12-segment LED meter that makes it fun to listen to the music and is reminiscent of old Japanese tape decks. But knowing that some people don’t want the blinking lights while listening at night, we added a control to adjust the brightness from zero to daylight. In keeping with the times, we upgraded to USB C jacks and made it so that you can charge from a laptop or a standard 5V USB charger that everyone already has at home. But HiFi-M8 V2 is smart and won’t take power from the phone, so your phone’s battery is safe.

Built ToUGH, BUILT to Last

HiFi-M8 V2 is built like a tank and is not afraid to take a beating. It takes design cues from our recording products, which are used daily around the world by CNN, ESPN and famous touring musicians. The chassis is made from tough, yet lightweight, extruded, anodized aircraft aluminum. All controls are recessed to avoid accidental bumping. The top panel is flat, so you can turn on and throw your HiFi-M8 in the backpack, without worry that this will accidentally change a setting. But the best part is on the inside. Our custom Hybrid Power System uses a rechargeable battery as a buffer, to fully isolate the sensitive circuitry from the noise and interference coming from wall power. The battery circuit reconditions the supply voltages to deliver clean power to your headphones, now and for many years to come.

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