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post #1411 of 2814
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Originally Posted by oqvist View Post

I got both the WM8805 and Dir9001. Switched to dir9001 the second day but haven´t really done any comparisons.



Do you have any further impressions of these 2?

post #1412 of 2814
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Originally Posted by deadkenny64 View Post

Yes, Kingwa will build it with -7DB low gain as opposed to 0DB.  The high gain will remain at +12DB.  I don't know why they don't just make this a running change since I really can't see the downside.

 


Hmm, might also need high-gain taken down a bit for the LCD2's.

 

 

I did ask another manufacturer the same question and they said there would be a slight sound-quality penalty if a gain-reduction board was fitted.  Then again, the NFB10 is a different design and this might not apply.


Edited by BrainFood - 10/13/11 at 8:34am
post #1413 of 2814
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Originally Posted by tim3320070 View Post

Do you have any further impressions of these 2?


Don´t wait for that to happen. May take some time before I start the urge to compare those. I don´t expect the difference to be all that note worthy. Didn´t notice anything when switching them the first time but then it was rather fresh. The sampling settings is pretty pointless to these ears I dare to say. There is no way on earth I would ever be able to differentiate them in blind testing.

post #1414 of 2814

Does anyone know if it's ok to have both balanced and unbalanced output connected at the same time? Or will it degrade sound quality?

post #1415 of 2814
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Originally Posted by BrainFood View Post



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Originally Posted by deadkenny64 View Post

Yes, Kingwa will build it with -7DB low gain as opposed to 0DB. The high gain will remain at +12DB. I don't know why they don't just make this a running change since I really can't see the downside.


Hmm, might also need high-gain taken down a bit for the LCD2's.

I did ask another manufacturer the same question and they said there would be a slight sound-quality penalty if a gain-reduction board was fitted. Then again, the NFB10 is a different design and this might not apply.


Kingwa has stated there is no compromise in sound quality when using low gain. Volume matching with a meter verifies this claim. The volume control implementation also ensures there is no channel imbalance at lower levels like in traditional volume pots, so the main concern may be increments that are too big when using the unit in balanced mode and with sensitive headphones.
post #1416 of 2814

Yes there is no difference with low gain or high gain. I think most of the time for people who preferr high gain is that it´s so easy to accidentally listen a bit louder.

 

I had the gain lowered on my GHP. Stepped attenuator it just had to big steps in the low end for my taste. Even though the ED 8, DX 1000 and HD 800 balanced is really low I haven´t had problems fine tuning the SPL on the NFB10SE. Seems a bit more evenly spread not as logarithmic as the GHP.

 

I do like the digital controls. Sure it´s more fun with a knob to turn but it´s less precise and if you use higher quality stepped attenuators like the Goldpoint Headphone Pros you don´t get that smooth feel anyway. The best is the LCD display showing you the volume settings.

post #1417 of 2814

I agree with you about digital volume- but after a few glasses of wine when the room is dark.......buttons are not my friend vs. a big knob blink.gif.

post #1418 of 2814

After a few glasses of wine when the room is dark... I just need it to be louder.

post #1419 of 2814

If anyone near MA gets one, I want to audition it with my new HE-5LEs. (Yah, I finally manned up and got them!) Still waiting for a loaner power amp in the mean time. Right now, I'm astonished that my head-five can drive them, but it is. Anyway, the more I read, the NFB-10SE seems right up my alley. I have to say though, if these new phones get even a bit better than they already are, I don't know what I'll do with my self. Quit my job and live in a box near some source of electricity and wifi? This is a possible scenario!

post #1420 of 2814

Shot an email and found out that mine shipped out today. Get hype.

post #1421 of 2814
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Originally Posted by olor1n View Post


Kingwa has stated there is no compromise in sound quality when using low gain. Volume matching with a meter verifies this claim. The volume control implementation also ensures there is no channel imbalance at lower levels like in traditional volume pots, so the main concern may be increments that are too big when using the unit in balanced mode and with sensitive headphones.


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Edited by BrainFood - 10/14/11 at 10:44pm
post #1422 of 2814

Anyone knows if the NFB-10SE hisses with the JH13s?

post #1423 of 2814

It may not hiss but you'll be on level 1 or 2 unless you get it with lowered gain. I use 50ohm X10's sometimes and level 1 is a medium/low volume.

post #1424 of 2814

The may not part does worry me. I understand that the gain can be lowered so volume adjustment shouldn't be much of a problem. 

post #1425 of 2814

Also, how does the NFB-10SE's USB compare to the DI in terms of sound?

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