Originally Posted by EmptyTalk
I've been looking for some new gear, and this sounds interesting. Long ago I was about to buy the Compass when it first came out, but ultimately went with a Keces DA-131MK2 DAC with a Keces HA-171 amp. Does anyone have an opinion regarding whether the NFB-11 would be an upgrade with better sound, a downgrade, or about the same? Even if it's about the same, it would be nice to try something new and to eliminate one component from my desktop.
Thanks in advance for any replies.
I haven´t heard the Keces DAC/amp, and noone has the NFB-11 except Kingwa & his company so far But it does have the Sabre32, which is by far considered the highest performing Delta-Sigma type DAC chip on the market ("latest and greatest"). So far the chip has been completely unheard of in sub-750 (Eastern Electric Minimax DAC) dollar products. To see it in a 260 dollar one that also includes a headphone amp section is unbelievable. My personal guess would be that it might even be a clear upgrade at least if you are into analytical sound, but maybe I´m just a victim of the Sabre32 hype machine. I can´t see Kingwa making much profit off this with the promo price. I´d assume it´s a trojan horse to get people to try out the Sabre32 chip - sort of a "taster". When people want more, then eventually they might buy one of its bigger brothers.
Interesting point to consider: with the promo price being so low I can´t imagine it being hard to sell it for minimal loss if you don´t like it. Another interesting thing is that the first ~35 units will be built with Vishay resistors that apparently have a very neutral sound signature. Kingwa told me in a mail that if the feedback on the Vishay resistors is positive, he´ll keep them. But if the initial customers find it too neutral sounding, he´ll change them to something else. So even if he ends up changing the part, you´ll have a very limited edition super neutral NFB-11 :-) Again: the promo version might not end up being the same as the final version. Personally I love this approach, everyone wins.
Shirukii: I´d assume it´s for the first units with the Vishay resistors that might or might not be changed in the final version (+ price increase etc).
Edited by vrln - 10/17/10 at 2:28pm