Well I'm not much of a reviewer, but here is my impression of the NFB-11.
Firstly, it's quite pretty!
To be honest I am very pleasantly surprised by the build quality of this thing. The controls are pretty intuitive and the volume pot is nice and silky. The switch labels look professional, and it's just a nice thing to sit on my desk. The one gripe I would have is that the switches look like generic parts-bin items that look like they might be more at home as a power switch for a desk lamp (I think it's due to the Os and 1s). Rather ironically the actual power switch is at the back, which is quite inconvenient.
One of my slight concerns about this product is that I hadn't ordered anything from Audio-gd before and so didn't know what to expect. My last desktop amp was a Tiyuan Zero and it was nowhere near up to this standard. It also used to pop rather loudly on power-on, have a noticeable power supply hum, and also have other off-putting quirks. To be honest the Zero turned me off cheap Chinese equipment entirely for a while. I'm happy to say that the NFB-11 has changed all that. It just performs the way you'd expect from a quality piece of audio kit - at a fraction of the price of any competitor.
The price of this thing is/was just astounding. I'll get to the sound in a minute, but so far this is an absolute bargain at $270 shipped. Of course as with any piece of kit, it's always possible that this money could go down the drain if the amp just dies in the arse. But from all accounts the customer service from Audio gd is very good, and indeed I've been happy so far with the communication from Kingwa during the seemingly interminable wait to get the unit in the first place. So I'm willing to call it a bargain already.
So about the sound. Well, I have to say that my initial impressions have changed significantly. I am not a big believer in burn-in, but without doubt my perception of the audio signature has changed. Initially I was extremely impressed with the sound, with the infamous detail of the amplifier showing up all sorts of nuances and, yes, details in music which often go unheard on lesser equipment. However in many ways I found it quite tiring to listen to! One of the previous posts mentioned the phrase 'borderline sibilance' (or something like it) and I have to say this describes my initial impression. The highs of some tracks were like razor cuts in my ears - exquisitely sharp and distortion-free but difficult to listen to.
However I'm happy to say that I've persisted with it and am now either used to the signature (or burn-in has occurred, take your pick) and am totally happy with the result. The detail is still there but without the discomfort. And let's not forget the midrange and bass. I don't really have the vocabulary, but the detail and clarity is exceptional. Also the soundstage - the NFB-11 really opens up the music to a new level (new to me anyway). I don't have a lot of experience with other amps to compare it but the NFB-11 is clearly a cut above the other amps I've owned. The only problem is a tendency to turn it up too loud!
I haven't yet tried the problematic USB connection, currently I have it connected via optical cable to the Mac Pro and am currently enjoying Radiohead's latest through D5000s. Just fantastic.