So I've had my High CRI Haiku for a couple weeks now and I too feel that it is ASTONISHINGLY GOOD! It's such a treat to have such high quality light from an LED. As someone mentioned earlier in this thread, you get used to mentally "shifting" things when viewing them with a typical LED, but then when you experience a high CRI LED and you don't have to do that anymore . . . well, it's a revelation. This isn't the first time this has happened to me, of course. Back when I switched my EDC from an LED to an incan (E2 at first, then A2) I had the same feeling, but I also definitely regretted having to go to a 2x123 light with a 1 hour runtime to get the high quality light. And, truth be told, incans are such a low CCT compared to these new high CRI LED's (Nichia 119 and 083), that the quality of light from the 119 or 083 is a definite step up from an incan, even an over-driven one. I am just LOVING the beam from this Haiku! Not just the quality of the light, but the quality of the beam--and I also like the distribution--it's got a nice tight center hotspot and really good throw. Don't get me wrong! I love the flood-style beam of the SunDrop, too, but for my EDC I want throw. And the High CRI Haiku freaking delivers!.
And then, of course, there is all the amazing stuff one can say about the Haiku in general, no matter what the emitter. What a light! It feels so good in the hand, and the 3S UI is also astonishingly good--something I certainly did not expect, to say the least. After only a couple weeks switching levels is second nature and entirely intuitive and very simple. I can switch to the level I want in like a second. And I never have inadvertent level switches. Just . . . really great!
So, I definitely have to add my vote for the idea that the High CRI Nichia 119 Haiku is ASTONISHINGLY GOOD!! It certainly is!