The HTC One M8 is one solid device, no doubts there. But some time ago, HTC somewhat outdid themselves and introduced the HTC One M8 Harman/Kardon edition. Now all the audiophiles out there may have already gotten the idea that this phone must be having certain audio tricks up its sleeve. And this time it’s less gimmick and more results, as the phone has dedicated Harman Kardon audio tweaks to enhance your music listening experience with Clari-Fi which restores the clarity of compressed audio. On the other hand, the Live Stage effect too processes sound with certain reverb techniques to produce lively surround sound over headphones.
Although you might have a hard time grabbing those exclusive headphones that come with the Harman Kardon edition; the software trick can be had now with this great mod by XDA dev scrosler. To install the mod the first thing that you have to ensure is that you are not running an AOSP based ROM on your M8. Check other requirements below:
- You’ll have to ensure that your device is S-off. If you have no idea what that means, we’d suggest you to head back, or head forth to this resource which has a step by step guide for the same.
- Your device must have a working recovery for flashing zip files since the MOD itself has to be installed from a custom recovery via a flashable zip.
- Another thing that you might have to take care of is that this MOD is a total no-go for devices below the 1.5X base. So, you better check that out first before proceeding
- This MOD is ONLY supported for the One M8 and not the M7. If you install this on your M7, it may well brick your phone or break certain software functionality.
So if you are already salivating with the idea of giving this MOD a try, and have checked and rechecked the above requirements, you may well proceed to this XDA thread → to get your dose of harmon/kardon music. Also keep in mind that support for 24bit/192kHz flac audio processing is dubious since that’s a hardware feature built into the device. But yes, the software perks work great without any hiccups whatsoever.