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Your HTC One (M8) too can feature Harman/Kardon sound

The enthusiast community didn’t need much time to find a way to transplant the Harman/Kardon audio enhancements from Sprint’s edition to all other versions of the HTC One (M8). You will require root access and the ability to flash a zip file from recovery, but that’s about it.
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May 2, 2014
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Earlier this week, HTC and Sprint introduced a special edition of the One (M8) that features a unique design and sound enhancing technology created by Harman Kardon, the legendary audio company.

This special version of the One (M8) uses two different techniques to output high fidelity sound when playing compressed files. Clari-Fi is said to improve the quality of compressed files audio by analyzing the song and “reconstructing” the highs, lows, and reverbs in real time, for richer sound. According to Harman Kardon CEO Dinesh Paliwal, this technology is superior to regular equalization, which is not a “scientific solution”. The other technique is LiveStage, which attempts to simulate the sound of a band of musicians spread on a live stage.

The ever resourceful development community on XDA didn’t need much time to find a way to transplant the H/K audio enhancements from Sprint’s edition to all other versions of the HTC One (M8). You will require root access and the ability to flash a zip file from recovery, but that’s about it.

XDA user baadnewz  laid down instructions here, as well as solutions for troubleshooting a few common issues with the mod. After flashing the file and rebooting the phone, you will see a new Harman/Kardon audio option in Settings>Phone, from where you can turn on Clari-fi and LiveStage.

We weren’t able to test the mod, but feedback on XDA and Reddit suggests that enabling Harman/Kardon does increase clarity, bass levels, as well as volume. Of course, for optimal results you will need a pair of nice headphones, such as the $150 H/K earbuds that Sprint is bundling with its special edition HTC One (M8). Or, you can check out our new sister site SoundGuys for great headphones news and reviews.