T.H.E. Show Newport 2014: New Products from CEntrance

Earlier this year I reviewed the CEntrance HiFi-M8 very positively. It's a bells-and-whistle beladen beast that will drive anything your throw at it...but it's big...it'll never fit in your pocket big.

While I really like the M8—it's the perfect rig for testing headphones at trade shows—it's probably more headphone amp than most people need for normal portable duties. Recognizing this, Michael Goodman, CEntrance Managing Director, stripped the M8 of all the bells and whistles and is about to release the CEntrance Mini-M8. Gone are a lot of the subtle tweaking controls, and gone is about a third of the size, but the M8 retains a lot of the basic beefy character of it's big brother. Added are front panel S/PDIF optical and coaxial inputs, and almost double the battery life-time, now at about eleven hours.

Also revealed is a new sub-brand for CEntrance: Glove Audio. This line of products will be headphone DAC/Amps that mechanically couple to portable players without needing rubber bands or Velcro to attach the two devices. The first Glove audio product will mate to the original Astell&Kern AK100 and AK120. Glove amps will have both balanced and unbalanced outputs.

Michael does a dandy job in the video going into detail on both products, I'll let him fill you in. New products aren't up yet, but more you'll find CEntrance here on the web.