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Audio-gd NFB-10ES2 balanced desktop amp/DAC Reviews

Mshenay

Comparative Review Audio GD NFb10ES2 SE OUT vs Schiit Vali (Opening Notes About the NFB10ES2 Dac Included)

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Pros: Clean sounding, EXTRAS, Powerful

Cons: Heavy, Large, Headphones Need Re-termination

Schiit Audio - Vali )[$119 New]  VS Audio GD NFB10 ES2 Balanced Amp (SE Out) [$600 New (Unit is a Dac/Amp Combo) Personal Back-Story    I’ve enjoyed both Tube and solid state amplifiers over the years, although I prefer solid states. That said, there’s still something magical about tubes for me, thus I owned two before the Vali, both where attempts to find that perfect tube sound, the right mix of warm mids and taught bass and airy treble. That said, I got the Vali, with hopes it would bring the balanced I was looking for. That said, though I’m still undecided about wheather I like a solid state amp or a tube… so it’s time for a comparison!  Notes on the NFB10ES2 Dac          The NFB10ES2...
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vampire5003

Great for LCD-2. Neutral but not boring, Extremely Detailed. IMO Compares to Beta22 at half the price.

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Pros: Details! It sounds 10X better than Schiit's Bifrost Uber, Neutral, but not boring, powerful, drives the LCD-2 to heaven!

Cons: Plastic Casing. Headphone(s) need to be terminated to balanced. Difference is sound between single ended and Balanced

Well not much to say here. Audio-GD kicks as(s). Seriously this amp/dac combo has details, neutral, but not boring, powerful, has a remote control, preamp functions, low and high gain, balanced output, etc, all at $580 promo price. I cannot recommend more. It sounds better than the Schiit Bifrost, and the amp in this NFB-10ES2 is better in every way than the M^3 with ADA4627 opamps. For rock music, reggae, and jazz this thing wins. Seriously I don't care if this is made in China or US, it sounds amazing. I compare this to the Beta22, my uncle had a beta22 2 channel, and it was so similar sounding.    Honestly this unit should be priced at $750 maybe even $1000. Hell I'd pay...
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