Greetings all - I'm new here - drawn to the thread as I've narrowed down the NFB-11 as my preferred next DAC. I'm particularly keen on the Sabre chip and can't find any other product that is close to the price of the Audio-GD - mind you, they aren't taking orders and don't know if they will again Has anyone here got any info regarding the situation with new orders - Edwin and I seem to spend a great deal of time mis-communicating...
If I can't get a new one, I wonder if anyone knows of a second-hand one that's available? I'd also consider a NFB-3, but have not been able to get a real sense as to the difference in sound between it and the NFB-11 - anyone have an opinion? What I'm looking for is an articulate extended top-end - I lost this changing my speakers from FocalJMLabs 705s to Polks. The Polks have better bass but loose out to the 705s in their ability to resolve ambience. This is probably due to the 705s metal inverse-dome tweeters.
Another consideration is the Emotiva XDA-1 - again any opinions or other recommendations would be welcome.
PS: Can anyone point me to any discussion as to the reason Kingwa is considering dropping the NFB-11?
I'm quite sure there will be a third batch, they just need to wait to know if this second batch won't have a high return due to fail.... as their warranty policy is very good (but may cause a big hole on their pockets), I'm sure they are waiting to see what happens.
As for my NFB-11 (less than a week) from the second batch, I'm loving it. And still can't relate any issue to it.
I would say you need to wait a little.
As for extended top end I would consider the magiDAC to be close to the NFB-11.
This is a quote from Lukasz FIkus (lampizator site) about highs on the Sabre32 chips
And indeed the Aeolus Audio magiDAC uses CS4398 (which must be very close), and has a great top end... it really impressed me. And when it was sold, it was priced close to the nfb-11.