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post #16 of 23

There may be much better upgrade paths than going ref 5 to this. If you do decide to, be sure to ask audio-gd their opinion on how the two dac's sound different from each other.

post #17 of 23
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Originally Posted by Bojamijams View Post

I was planning on using the NFB1+Phoenix in ACSS mode so gain shouldn't be a problem :)
 


 


I have the Phoenix and (had) the Ref-1 in ACSS mode. Sometimes I would use my Klipsch X10 IEM's to drown out noise. The loudest I could tolerate was about 8/99 steps on the volume- that is single ended from the Phoenix so balanced would be 1 or 2 out of 99 so it would definitely be a problem. FYI.


Edited by tim3320070 - 8/17/10 at 10:46am
post #18 of 23

Hmmm.. good to know. Thanks :)
 

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I have the Phoenix and (had) the Ref-1 in ACSS mode. Sometimes I would use my Klipsch X10 IEM's to drown out noise. The loudest I could tolerate was about 8/99 steps on the volume- that is single ended from the Phoenix so balanced would be 1 or 2 out of 99 so it would definitely be a problem. FYI.

post #19 of 23
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Kingwa can build it with less gain or maybe a switch I would think.


Edited by tim3320070 - 8/17/10 at 12:26pm
post #20 of 23

US$765 is the preorder price according to: http://www.audio-gd.com/Pro/dac/NFB-1/NFB1EN.htm

 

Cheaper than the Ref5.

 

Wonder how it compared with other ESS-DACs like the Eastern Electric Minimax.

 

Me? I might wait till Kingwa retires before getting an Audio G-D product. I mean, hewill only replace anything I've bought three months later right? :-)

post #21 of 23

Yet another DAC  I am still on the lookout for one. This is probably out of my budget, but nonetheless, it should be interesting to see comparisons of this and the Ref 5 DSP. 

post #22 of 23
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Originally Posted by SoupRKnowva View Post

From what i gathered in the are audio gd dacs all that thread, this ESS version isnt as good as the PCM1704UK version, so if youve already got the ref5 DSP no reason to get this one as well...


good to know cos my wallet got scared when I saw this thread

post #23 of 23
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Lets move all discussion to Prickly Peete's thread and end this one?

http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/508162/new-ess-sabre32-es9018-based-dac-from-audio-gd-the-nfb-1

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