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  1. RRHMJ23's Avatar
    Looks like HTC is releasing a whole other phone for this , I thought this was just a update to the current Sprint model.
    04-29-2014 05:27 PM
  2. Captain_Throwback's Avatar
    Yeah, it's angering.

    If you S-OFF, you can get the software enhancements, at least.
    coronaboy10 likes this.
    04-29-2014 05:28 PM
  3. RRHMJ23's Avatar
    Does this mean no HK for us OG Sprint m8 owners ?
    04-29-2014 05:52 PM
  4. Captain_Throwback's Avatar
    We literally have the same hardware. So the only thing you don't have is the earbuds and software, essentially - which you can get by attaining S-OFF 😉
    04-29-2014 05:54 PM
  5. RRHMJ23's Avatar
    and that can come in a update?
    We literally have the same hardware. So the only thing you don't have is the earbuds and software, essentially - which you can get by attaining S-OFF
    04-29-2014 06:02 PM
  6. Captain_Throwback's Avatar
    and that can come in a update?
    I don't understand your question. The "regular" Sprint M8 won't get an update to become the HK edition. I explained the only way you'll get it (outside of buying it) it by S-OFF and flashing the ROM with the supporting software.
    04-29-2014 06:09 PM
  7. Hammer9274's Avatar
    This is why I hate buying a phone only 1-2 weeks after its been released......knew I should have waited.......
    04-29-2014 06:18 PM
  8. RRHMJ23's Avatar
    Oh ok. Well i heard earlier that their will be a update for the original m8s. But i guess they decided to just release a whole other phone
    04-29-2014 06:21 PM
  9. Captain_Throwback's Avatar
    Oh ok. Well i heard earlier that their will be a update for the original m8s. But i guess they decided to just release a whole other phone
    Pretty sure this was always the plan. Sounds like some incorrect speculation.
    04-29-2014 06:25 PM
  10. josh6113's Avatar
    There is new hardware in the HK version....it will have a 24 bit 192 dac and special amps for the BoomSound speakers...I just read the press release on a topic on XDA.

    http://newsroom.sprint.com/news-rele...ee-spotify.htm

    Sent from my 831C using Tapatalk
    04-29-2014 06:31 PM
  11. Captain_Throwback's Avatar
    There is new hardware in the HK version....it will have a 24 bit 192 dac and special amps for the BoomSound speakers...I just read the press release on a topic on XDA.

    http://newsroom.sprint.com/news-rele...ee-spotify.htm

    Sent from my 831C using Tapatalk
    All the Sprint M8s have the hardware. The software is just needed to take advantage of it.
    04-29-2014 06:36 PM
  12. josh6113's Avatar
    All the Sprint M8s have the hardware. The software is just needed to take advantage of it.
    Ok...I didn't know we had an HD dac in our OG m8's at 24 bit 192khz...I'd be curious if we did....cause if not then there is a hardware difference.

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    04-29-2014 06:39 PM
  13. Captain_Throwback's Avatar
    Ok...I didn't know we had an HD dac in our OG m8's at 24 bit 192khz...I'd be curious if we did....cause if not then there is a hardware difference.

    Sent from my 831C using Tapatalk
    Only thing needed to take advantage of it is the updated audio_policy.conf in /system/etc. But yup, we have the hardware.

    Of course I guess you could take yours apart and check .
    ChrisGonzales90 likes this.
    04-29-2014 06:48 PM
  14. josh6113's Avatar
    Only thing needed to take advantage of it is the updated audio_policy.conf in /system/etc. But yup, we have the hardware.

    Of course I guess you could take yours apart and check .
    Ok cool just my curious nature...😃

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    04-29-2014 06:50 PM
  15. Skyway's Avatar
    The Sprint press release isn't very clear on what differences there are in hardware. This is from the link posted above:

    The new handset is the culmination of a months-long project that Sprint and its partners at HTC and Harman Kardon embarked on to redefine the way people listen to music on their smartphones:

    A revolutionary application -- HARMANs Clari-Fi -- that restores and rebuilds music fidelity lost during audio compression. The first time in a mobile device, Clari-Fi yields richer, deeper and clearer sound quality for compressed digital music (like MP3 downloads or streaming services like Spotify).

    Lossless HD Audio music reproduction via a 24bit/192kHz DAC that delivers roughly six times the information of compact disc music and 60 times the information of an MP3 or streaming music source when playing high-res digital (FLAC) downloads from sources like HDtracks.com.

    The HTC One (M8) Harman Kardon edition features industry-leading sound with HTCs proprietary front-facing speakers, dedicated custom amps for the speakers and headphones, and the device comes bundled with a custom set of Harman Kardon AE-S headphones with extended bass response -- a $149 retail value. It also boasts up to 160GB of total data storage with a microSD card slot that supports up to 128GB of storage cards on top of the built-in 32GB.



    While it clearly says it has clari-fi (which is software) and the 24 bit/192khz dac, that seems to be all. The last paragraph talks about HTC's proprietary front facing speakers and dedicated custom amps, but the thing is all m8's have front facing speakers with dedicated custom amps. It doesn't mention anything about Harmon Kardon specific amps or speakers which leads me to believe that the clari-fi and dac are the only differences, besides the color. That's how I took it, but I could be wrong.

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    04-29-2014 07:00 PM
  16. alvin319's Avatar
    So I guess those of us how purchased or M8s a little over two weeks ago are screwed by Sprint again???
    04-29-2014 07:45 PM
  17. maverick96's Avatar
    This is really ****ty of both HTC and Sprint to stick it to their customers like this. This device should have come out with the original to give Sprint customers choice. Not come out just long enough so that no one can exchange for it. What a joke.

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    04-29-2014 08:07 PM
  18. B0WIE's Avatar
    The Sprint press release isn't very clear on what differences there are in hardware. This is from the link posted above:

    The new handset is the culmination of a months-long project that Sprint and its partners at HTC and Harman Kardon embarked on to redefine the way people listen to music on their smartphones:

    A revolutionary application -- HARMAN’s Clari-Fi -- that restores and “rebuilds” music fidelity lost during audio compression. The first time in a mobile device, Clari-Fi yields richer, deeper and clearer sound quality for compressed digital music (like MP3 downloads or streaming services like Spotify).

    Lossless HD Audio music reproduction via a 24bit/192kHz DAC that delivers roughly six times the information of compact disc music and 60 times the information of an MP3 or streaming music source when playing high-res digital (FLAC) downloads from sources like HDtracks.com.

    The HTC One (M8) Harman Kardon edition features industry-leading sound with HTC’s proprietary front-facing speakers, dedicated custom amps for the speakers and headphones, and the device comes bundled with a custom set of Harman Kardon AE-S headphones with extended bass response -- a $149 retail value. It also boasts up to 160GB of total data storage with a microSD card slot that supports up to 128GB of storage cards on top of the built-in 32GB.



    While it clearly says it has clari-fi (which is software) and the 24 bit/192khz dac, that seems to be all. The last paragraph talks about HTC's proprietary front facing speakers and dedicated custom amps, but the thing is all m8's have front facing speakers with dedicated custom amps. It doesn't mention anything about Harmon Kardon specific amps or speakers which leads me to believe that the clari-fi and dac are the only differences, besides the color. That's how I took it, but I could be wrong.

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    The key there is the DAC. If the M8's current DAC is 24/96 then it's likely that this is just a software thing + headphones. If they are using a new DAC then it's something special.
    As far as the software goes, from an engineering perspective, it's not anything to be jealous over. There's a few "tricks" to making it sound less damaged from compression but if you are listening to low quality music in the first place, then the point of this feature is somewhat lost. The language dances around teh fact that it's using the same speakers and amp.
    My guess is that that this is a cheap and easy way to boost sales without actually giving much away. If you have decent headphones already, don't worry about missing out this. I do commend HTC for doing things like this though. They need to keep their lead in the smartphone audio field and keep running with it.
    04-29-2014 08:18 PM
  19. B0WIE's Avatar
    This is really ****ty of both HTC and Sprint to stick it to their customers like this. This device should have come out with the original to give Sprint customers choice. Not come out just long enough so that no one can exchange for it. What a joke.

    Posted via Android Central App
    You should try to understand what this is and what it isn't. Please read above.
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    04-29-2014 08:19 PM
  20. Skyway's Avatar
    The key there is the DAC. If the M8's current DAC is 24/96 then it's likely that this is just a software thing + headphones. If they are using a new DAC then it's something special.
    As far as the software goes, from an engineering perspective, it's not anything to be jealous over. There's a few "tricks" to making it sound less damaged from compression but if you are listening to low quality music in the first place, then the point of this feature is somewhat lost. The language dances around teh fact that it's using the same speakers and amp.
    My guess is that that this is a cheap and easy way to boost sales without actually giving much away. If you have decent headphones already, don't worry about missing out this. I do commend HTC for doing things like this though. They need to keep their lead in the smartphone audio field and keep running with it.
    Yea I wasn't too worried about the software but the DAC is a competent different story. I don't listen to a whole lot of lossless/flac files so it may be irrelevant to me. I still want it though 😒

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    04-29-2014 09:47 PM
  21. B0WIE's Avatar
    Yea I wasn't too worried about the software but the DAC is a competent different story. I don't listen to a whole lot of lossless/flac files so it may be irrelevant to me. I still want it though ��

    Posted via Android Central App
    I listen mostly to lossless but specs do not dictate the quality when it comes to D/A conversion. The chips themselves are cheap enough, it's the implementation that makes or breaks it. You can have two items using the exact same D/A chips and get very different quality results in digital to analog conversion. It's amazing that phones have come so far that we can even have this discussion. I'm blown away that my 600ohm studio headphones actually sound good on the M8.
    04-29-2014 10:08 PM
  22. pootyash's Avatar
    I want 192khz! Any way a software update could do this on a standard M8?

    Posted via Android Central App
    04-29-2014 10:26 PM
  23. Captain_Throwback's Avatar
    I want 192khz! Any way a software update could do this on a standard M8?

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    As I already said, it's all software side. We have the hardware. This is the update to audio_policy to which I referred earlier:
    Code:
          tunnel {
            sampling_rates 8000|11025|16000|22050|32000|44100|48000|64000|88200|96000|176400|192000
    The bolded section above is the added portion.
    04-29-2014 11:22 PM
  24. TriBeard92's Avatar
    Do the M8's for other carriers have the same hardware? I know some of the ROMs have the Harmon Kardon stuff enabled in software, but I just wonder if the hardware is there as well. Surely it would be. I can't imagine HTC making a custom version just for sprint, but stranger things have happened.
    seankly likes this.
    04-29-2014 11:31 PM
  25. ChrisGonzales90's Avatar
    04-29-2014 11:36 PM
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