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Today HTC introduced possibly the best version of its flagship HTC One (M8) that few people will get to experience because it’s a Sprint exclusive.

The new HTC One (M8) Harman Kardon edition enhances the audio of the already-great One (M8) using Harman Clafi-Fi technology. The app “rebuilds” compressed audio to add in elements of music that’s lost when its compressed to fit on your phone. Harman uses the Clari-Fi technology in select speakers, but this is the first time it’s available on a smartphone, or any other mobile device.

It’s easy to dismiss the technology as a gimmick, but unlike Beats or some other brands that mostly seem to emphasize the bass in music, Clari-Fi actually adds highs and lows to music, giving it a fuller sound. The technology can transform something like a Spotify stream or a highly-compressed MP3 and make it sound as good as if not better than CD quality music. It’s a noticeable difference that should make a big difference to anyone who spends a lot of time listening to music.

In our review we found the original HTC One (M8) to be on of the best phones on the market. With Clari-Fi and to enhance the BoomSound speakers, the HTC One (M8) Harman Kardon edition is arguably the best version of that phone, at least it’s the best version of the phone for audiophiles. It’s probably the best phone for audiophiles overall. Except very few people will buy it, because it’s only available on Sprint.

The phone will come with a custom set of Harman Kardon AE-S headphones with “extended bass response” that should help you get more out of Clari-Fi. Though audiophiles probably have their own headphones they’d prefer to use.

The HTC One (M8) Harman Kardon edition will be available on May 2 online, and on May 9 in stores. It will cost $28.34 a month with no down payment on a Sprint Easy Pay plan. With 24 monthly payments that prices the phone at $680.16. There’s no word on the subsidized price of the phone.

Along with the new phone Sprint introduced a new partnership with Spotify to offer Framily Plan subscribers six month of Spotify Premium for free. Framily Plan subscribers can subscribe to the service for $7.99 or $4.99 depending on the number of people in their “Framily,” which larger groups paying less for the service each month.

Would you consider buying the HTC One (M8) Harman Kardon edition on Sprint? Or would prefer to have it on another carrier?