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Originally Posted by dryvadeum View Post


I have used the MD's on my NFB- 10 but not in balanced mode. The NFB- 10 seems to open up the sound quite a bit so they sound a little less congested.

Good to hear!  From what I've read of other Audio-gd + MD setups they should pair well together.  Also, I noticed you are looking for a 4-Pin XLR to 4-Pin TRS adapter - I could craft you one if you'd like (and haven't already acquired one).  If you're interested, just shoot me a PM with more details and I can forward you some pictures and details of adapters I've already made. cool.gif

post #6197 of 6388
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Originally Posted by modulor View Post

Anyone have experience using the Audio-gd NFB-10.32 with the MD?  Possibly with them balanced?  tongue.gif  I've thought long and hard about it, but I am almost certain now that I will be swapping my desktop setup for the balanced MD and hopefully an all-in-one balanced unit.  Thanks in advance for any input!

 

I just got a NFB-15.32 out of curiosity.

It helps with the congestion compared to my beloved Fostex HP-A3 I was using so far.

I think the power capacity is what makes such a difference (100mW vs 3W). The MDs greatly benefit from beefy amplifiers, that's a fact wink.gif

 

Yet, I think the NFB-15.32 is not the best match for the MDs since they are both warm sounding, which, in the end, makes for too much warmth.

The NFB-10.32 should have the same tonality.

 

I'd rather go for the Sabre based units (NFB-11.32 / Compass 2) or the new dual PCM5102 based units (Compass 384) which are cheaper. They both are described as " very neutral and a ton of details without harsh" and should make for a better match. IMO

post #6198 of 6388
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Originally Posted by Clemmaster View Post

I just got a NFB-15.32 out of curiosity.
It helps with the congestion compared to my beloved Fostex HP-A3 I was using so far.
I think the power capacity is what makes such a difference (100mW vs 3W). The MDs greatly benefit from beefy amplifiers, that's a fact wink.gif


Yet, I think the NFB-15.32 is not the best match for the MDs since they are both warm sounding, which, in the end, makes for too much warmth.
The NFB-10.32 should have the same tonality.

I'd rather go for the Sabre based units (NFB-11.32 / Compass 2) or the new dual PCM5102 based units (Compass 384) which are cheaper. They both are described as " very neutral and a ton of details without harsh" 
and should make for a better match. IMO

The NFB- 10 is bright sounding so it works well with warm headphones.
post #6199 of 6388
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Originally Posted by Clemmaster View Post

 

I just got a NFB-15.32 out of curiosity.

It helps with the congestion compared to my beloved Fostex HP-A3 I was using so far.

I think the power capacity is what makes such a difference (100mW vs 3W). The MDs greatly benefit from beefy amplifiers, that's a fact wink.gif

 

Yet, I think the NFB-15.32 is not the best match for the MDs since they are both warm sounding, which, in the end, makes for too much warmth.

The NFB-10.32 should have the same tonality.

 

I'd rather go for the Sabre based units (NFB-11.32 / Compass 2) or the new dual PCM5102 based units (Compass 384) which are cheaper. They both are described as " very neutral and a ton of details without harsh" and should make for a better match. IMO

I'm planning on ordering a balanced MD, so I was thinking the NFB-10.32 would be the best all-in-one type that is fully balanced to utilize that.  Is there not much advantage to the higher power output or balanced vs. single-ended you've found with the MD?  I was thinking another benefit of the NFB-10.32 is that I can use the balanced DAC outputs to my Airmotiv4 speakers, which have balanced inputs.  It's within my price range, but if you think something like the Compass 384 (or something Sabre based) might be a better pairing, I'll definitely look into that option.  If you think single-ended is the way to go though, I could just find a good amp to pair with my ODAC instead, unless there would be other better options out there.  I appreciate the advice!

 

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Originally Posted by dryvadeum View Post


The NFB- 10 is bright sounding so it works well with warm headphones.

 I wonder if it would be brighter than the ODAC?


Edited by modulor - 5/24/13 at 6:17pm
post #6200 of 6388
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Originally Posted by modulor View Post

I'm planning on ordering a balanced MD, so I was thinking the NFB-10.32 would be the best all-in-one type that is fully balanced to utilize that.  Is there not much advantage to the higher power output or balanced vs. single-ended you've found with the MD?  I was thinking another benefit of the NFB-10.32 is that I can use the balanced DAC outputs to my Airmotiv4 speakers, which have balanced inputs.  It's within my price range, but if you think something like the Compass 384 (or something Sabre based) might be a better pairing, I'll definitely look into that option.  If you think single-ended is the way to go though, I could just find a good amp to pair with my ODAC instead, unless there would be other better options out there.  I appreciate the advice!


 I wonder if it would be brighter than the ODAC?

It's bright but the wolfson dac gives it a smoothness. The ODAC is really airy and clinical. I doubt you'll be disappointed.
post #6201 of 6388

nfb10,32..........my best buy so far...for very few bucks...relatively..to the bigguns.

 

its got a tall big deep soundstage, its clear, without being cold analytical, with a tinge of warmth...which is a good thing imho.

( its not bright with a suitable cable, i think the dac just amplifies what comes down from the source/usb cable 

 Sold my Lyr n LDmk4se soon after, dun think i will miss them.)

The balanced mode is very powerful, great for my D7k...n 600ohm can.

I reckon the T50rp will get a good kick out of this dac/amp.

 

yes, n I like the 9 diff filters offered, 2x/4x/8x upsamplings,  to feed the diff resolution of my cans. 

Do buy the remote if u do end up getting one.

 

PS: by the way, u cant use it just as an "AMP"...cos its got no RCA input.

u can use it as a pure dac, n hook up another tube amp though. haiz..i just gotten a battered DV336se...from the thriftshop..150bucks. 

 

 

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post #6202 of 6388
I can verify that the MD sounds fantastic off the Compass 2. Using the Sabre ES9018 dac chip, and its a very clean and neutral sounding amp with an excess amount of power for the MD.
post #6203 of 6388

Ugh, so tempted to get these over the HE 400 since I keep reading impressions saying the 400 has hot, sometimes shrill treble (which I can't stand) but as a basshead, I keep wondering if I'd be better suited to the 400s, especially since I've got the HD 600 for my midrange needs. Any recommendations? smily_headphones1.gif

post #6204 of 6388

Are you totally against EQ?  A very simple EQ and the treble of the HE-400 becomes a non-issue.

post #6205 of 6388

Nah, I'm not against it, I just don't often use it.

post #6206 of 6388

If you don't mind the mid coloration of the HE-400 and use a simple EQ, then HE-400 is quite intoxicating.  It would be a good place to start with EQ.

post #6207 of 6388

Yes, a simple EQ and the HE 400's transform into LCD 2's.

post #6208 of 6388
Just...no.
post #6209 of 6388

Believe me I tried to EQ the HE-400 to sound like the LCD2 when I had both, but it's physically impossible to make the HE-400 sound like the LCD2.  LCD2 will always be more creamy and thicker sounding, HE-400 will always be airier sounding.  Overall performances are closer than people would think though.  LCD2 isn't a 1000 dollar headphone.

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