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Yulong d100 II vs GF Tube DAC-11 vs Audio-GD NFB 10.2 vs Schiit bifrost

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

Hello everyone, please help to chose.

I need DAC+amp\combine with asynchronous USB and cant make a decision between several DAC’s:

  1. New yulong d100 II combine, with USB, but  only 24\96  450$
  2. http://shop.grantfidelity.com/Yulong-D100-MKII-ASRC-D-A-Converter.html
  3.  GF Tube DAС-11 also all in one and USB 24\96  350$

http://shop.grantfidelity.com/Grant-Fidelity-TubeDAC-11-D-A-Converter.html

  1. Audio-GD NFB 10.2 new model with asynchronous  USB 24\192  800$

http://audio-gd.com/Pro/Headphoneamp/NFB-10.1/NFB10.1EN.htm

  1. SCHIIT Bifrost asynchronous  USB 24\192 450$ + amp (darkvoice 336 or X-amp 250$) total 700$

 

 

  1. So, the first I can’t understand number 2 is it with asynchronous USB or not?
  2. As you can see, the price are different,  is it worth to pay little bit more or twice more, do I get better sound for such difference?
  3. I would like to use dac + stereo amp+acoustics also, as I understand all of this DACs I could connect to the stereo amp?

 

I understand that no one listen all of this stuff together, but maybe some of them. I would be happy to hear any thoughts or to look to another, not mentioned DAC’s

post #2 of 12

A good combo is Schiit plus more Schiit equal = Very Good Schiit. Lol! 

 

Now for the serious Schiit :D.

 

Which headphones are you planning to use with these expensive AMPs and DACs? If you have a Asgard or Valhalla most people just go with the Bifrost. The Yulong D100 has been very well received, but IMO I prefer not to go Chinese products. That's the reason I have a Asgard but am selling for the LYR to do the LYR plus Bifrost combo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope this helps,

 

 

Thomas Lopez


Edited by vampire5003 - 6/18/12 at 1:03pm
post #3 of 12
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Originally Posted by vampire5003 View Post

A good combo is Schiit plus more Schiit equal = Very Good Schiit. Lol! 

 

Now for the serious Schiit :D.

 

Which headphones are you planning to use with these expensive AMPs and DACs? If you have a Asgard or Valhalla most people just go with the Bifrost. The Yulong D100 has been very well received, but IMO I prefer not to go Chinese products. That's the reason I have a Asgard but am selling for the LYR to do the LYR plus Bifrost combo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope this helps,

 

 

Thomas Lopez

 

Thomas, thanks for your reply. I have  Sennheiser  hd-598 for now. Just to start. Then I'm planning to try smth. else with new DAC or combo. I am now reading about that schiit )), interesting DAC. But can’t find any comparison  with the DAC’s from the same price level.

post #4 of 12

bump!

post #5 of 12

I would also like to know what is a better buy between Grant Fidelity Tubedac and Yulong d100.

 

Thanks =)

post #6 of 12

I'm in the same boat, about to pull the trigger on the yulong d100 but wanted to get some feedback on what the other options were. 

post #7 of 12

I only have the TubeDAC 11 out of those, so I can't comment on how it compares to the others sound-wise.  But it is an excellent and highly versatile piece of equipment.  The tube out is a lot of fun, especially when you start swapping out tubes.  The general consensus is, I believe, that when set up right it competes with many much more expensive DACs.

post #8 of 12

In the exact same situation as OP! Gonna give a free bump to you! I am however mainly interested in the NFB-5, I asked Kingwa and he told me to not bother opting for the 10 if I don't plan on going balanced.

post #9 of 12

I too am in a similar situation. Currently debating between the bifrost or the yulong d100. I currently have the bottlehead crack with my Beyerdynamic dt880 600 ohms. I currently have a gamma 2 under construction, but was wondering if the bifrost would a better upgrade? Was looking at the yulong due to having the option of a solid state amp for future headphones. I would like to hear some thoughts/opinions on which pairing would be better or if it would be worth the upgrade from the gamma 2 once I complete it.

post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by luffy92 View Post

I too am in a similar situation. Currently debating between the bifrost or the yulong d100. I currently have the bottlehead crack with my Beyerdynamic dt880 600 ohms. I currently have a gamma 2 under construction, but was wondering if the bifrost would a better upgrade? Was looking at the yulong due to having the option of a solid state amp for future headphones. I would like to hear some thoughts/opinions on which pairing would be better or if it would be worth the upgrade from the gamma 2 once I complete it.

I ordered a Bifrost Uber, if you'd like I can leave my impressions here. I should have it in on Friday or Saturday.
post #11 of 12
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I ordered a Bifrost Uber, if you'd like I can leave my impressions here. I should have it in on Friday or Saturday.


That would be great!

post #12 of 12

I don't have experience with the other dacs but I just received my Yulong D100 mk.  So far so good.  I had to listen through a few songs for about 30min. to understand where the difference was coming from vs the integrated sound card from my pc using Grado PS500 headphones.  It definitely extended the top ends...the highs and lows but more noticeable on the highs...snare drum rolls off smoother unlike before which was harsh, short, and piercing.  Only been 2hr of use so we'll see after proper burn in.  

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