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Poll Results: What do you think of amp recommendations in general?

 
  • 11% (17)
    Disgustingly not thought out, just recommended from the single amp they have tried
  • 13% (19)
    Poorly thought out, mostly blind brand loyalty
  • 42% (60)
    50/50, a lot of zealots but about the same number of helpful recommendations
  • 11% (16)
    Mostly people here know what they are saying
  • 14% (21)
    WiR3D is a zealot.
  • 6% (9)
    I disagree with you most things, people can recommend from there own experience, even if it is just the one amp that they own.
142 Total Votes  
post #151 of 436
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Originally Posted by mrAdrian View Post

I've been using the NFB5.2 with no problems except once I unplugged the USB cable while playing music, and tadada~!

 

Blue screen

 

So I now never disconnect the usb cable unless everything is turned off. Lesson learnt.

Would you mind clarifying if you're using the NFB5.2 with Denon headphones?

post #152 of 436

Yes I am, with alright results. I seem to have over-dampened the bass response of the Denon's, resulting in an overly sharp tone; so I won't comment on how the nfb5.2 drives my D2000 now.

 

It provided far more than needed power for them obviously, and bass response is very deep and tight compared to more consumer grade sources e.g. onboard soundcards or ipods.

post #153 of 436

I bit the bullet and ordered the NFB 15.1. I have nothing to compare it too other than my Macbook, but wow. The bass has tightened up quite a lot and is providing a much richer, smoother sound. I'm very impressed. I had issues initially with the sound dropping out but it seems it was just a loose connection. I don't think much of the supplied USB cable. The connection to the unit itself it is a bit loose. I think i've done pretty well for my first AMP purchase. Would recommend

post #154 of 436
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Originally Posted by liqwidlord View Post

I bit the bullet and ordered the NFB 15.1. I have nothing to compare it too other than my Macbook, but wow. The bass has tightened up quite a lot and is providing a much richer, smoother sound. I'm very impressed. I had issues initially with the sound dropping out but it seems it was just a loose connection. I don't think much of the supplied USB cable. The connection to the unit itself it is a bit loose. I think i've done pretty well for my first AMP purchase. Would recommend

Where are you getting your NFB 15.1 from if I may ask?

I thought about getting either the NFB 12 or Yulong D100 although in a different price bracket.

post #155 of 436

willmax I ordered it through Addicted to Audio in Melbourne. I'm not sure if you have used them before, but i've bought a few things from them now and they are brilliant. Ordered the unit Thursday afternoon around 2pm and it was on my door step the next morning at 9am! Can't beat that for service. I can't comment on those other two as I havent heard any others. It would be nice to try out some other gear so i could try and start drawing comparisons. One day.


Edited by liqwidlord - 10/6/12 at 9:03am
post #156 of 436
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by liqwidlord View Post

I bit the bullet and ordered the NFB 15.1. I have nothing to compare it too other than my Macbook, but wow. The bass has tightened up quite a lot and is providing a much richer, smoother sound. I'm very impressed. I had issues initially with the sound dropping out but it seems it was just a loose connection. I don't think much of the supplied USB cable. The connection to the unit itself it is a bit loose. I think i've done pretty well for my first AMP purchase. Would recommend

Glad you enjoy it :) seems AudioGD in general is a good buy for Denons.

post #157 of 436

hi,if i have$ 1000-2000 budget for the amp of d7000, what's the best to be recommended?

post #158 of 436
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Originally Posted by Alanaudio View Post

hi,if i have$ 1000-2000 budget for the amp of d7000, what's the best to be recommended?

Did you read any of this thread?
post #159 of 436

The first time I listened to a Denon headphone was at a meet in Calgary where someone brought a set of AH-D2000's. I tried them with a number of different amps and the impression I was left with was that they sounded a bit too muddy and closed-in. As soon as I paired them up with my Grace m903 everything changed. The m903 has a bit of a reputation for being either "bass light" or more specifically "lacking in bass weight"...something to that effect, but with the Denons they were able to tighten up the bass to a degree where it rivaled much more expensive headphones. Not only that, but everything else seemed to "click in" a bit better, especially the soundstage. The lowly D2000's sounded like a thousand bucks.

 

As a result of that meet I bought a set of AH-D7000's with J-money pads and combined with the m903 they are extremely enjoyable. I think that Grace must have designed the m903 to have an extremely tight low frequency presentation that is why they sound good with Denons and other cans that might otherwise be a bit too boomy or bloated. The flip side is that on cans that already have extremely tight, controlled bass the pairing can come off as anemic. That's the reason I have other amplification for my HD-800s and LCD-3s, and in those situations I use the Grace as DAC. 

 

So for me the best amp for Denons is the Grace m903, but it comes at the price of worse pairing with some other desirable headphones. That being said, the m903 makes a good foil for a warmer tube amp and is an awesome, feature filled DAC regardless. 


Edited by Jeff Graw - 10/22/12 at 4:09pm
post #160 of 436
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Originally Posted by Jeff Graw View Post

The first time I listened to a Denon headphone was at a meet in Calgary where someone brought a set of AH-D2000's. I tried them with a number of different amps and the impression I was left with was that they sounded a bit too muddy and closed-in. As soon as I paired them up with my Grace m903 everything changed. The m903 has a bit of a reputation for being either "bass light" or more specifically "lacking in bass weight"...something to that effect, but with the Denons they were able to tighten up the bass to a degree where it rivaled much more expensive headphones. Not only that, but everything else seemed to "click in" a bit better, especially the soundstage. The lowly D2000's sounded like a thousand bucks.

 

As a result of that meet I bought a set of AH-D7000's with J-money pads and combined with the m903 they are extremely enjoyable. I think that Grace must have designed the m903 to have an extremely tight low frequency presentation that is why they sound good with Denons and other cans that might otherwise be a bit too boomy or bloated. The flip side is that on cans that already have extremely tight, controlled bass the pairing can come off as anemic. That's the reason I have other amplification for my HD-800s and LCD-3s, and in those situations I use the Grace as DAC. 

 

So for me the best amp for Denons is the Grace m903, but it comes at the price of worse pairing with some other desirable headphones. That being said, the m903 makes a good foil for a warmer tube amp and is an awesome, feature filled DAC regardless. 

Great post.

 

At $1895 though, it ought to sound amazing.

post #161 of 436

Sub.

post #162 of 436
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Originally Posted by whereas View Post

Great post.

 

At $1895 though, it ought to sound amazing.

Exactly..... ;-( I wan't one that sounds awesome with the 2000's for less than $300

post #163 of 436
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Alanaudio View Post

hi,if i have$ 1000-2000 budget for the amp of d7000, what's the best to be recommended?

What sound are you after? More vinyl, or analytical, or tubey or what? A lot of choices. And what are you pairing them with: My personal choice would be Yulong D18 DAC -> AudioGD master 8 amp, it seems the best of both worlds, vinyl sound with pristine clarity (according to another user with faaaar too much money).

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jeff Graw View Post

The first time I listened to a Denon headphone was at a meet in Calgary where someone brought a set of AH-D2000's. I tried them with a number of different amps and the impression I was left with was that they sounded a bit too muddy and closed-in. As soon as I paired them up with my Grace m903 everything changed. The m903 has a bit of a reputation for being either "bass light" or more specifically "lacking in bass weight"...something to that effect, but with the Denons they were able to tighten up the bass to a degree where it rivaled much more expensive headphones. Not only that, but everything else seemed to "click in" a bit better, especially the soundstage. The lowly D2000's sounded like a thousand bucks.

 

As a result of that meet I bought a set of AH-D7000's with J-money pads and combined with the m903 they are extremely enjoyable. I think that Grace must have designed the m903 to have an extremely tight low frequency presentation that is why they sound good with Denons and other cans that might otherwise be a bit too boomy or bloated. The flip side is that on cans that already have extremely tight, controlled bass the pairing can come off as anemic. That's the reason I have other amplification for my HD-800s and LCD-3s, and in those situations I use the Grace as DAC. 

 

So for me the best amp for Denons is the Grace m903, but it comes at the price of worse pairing with some other desirable headphones. That being said, the m903 makes a good foil for a warmer tube amp and is an awesome, feature filled DAC regardless. 

Thanks for the feedback, that could be important to note, it could be exactly what someone is looking for. 

 

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Originally Posted by jamess71 View Post

Exactly..... ;-( I wan't one that sounds awesome with the 2000's for less than $300

Yulong D100 is only a little over.

post #164 of 436

I tried my gf's EF2 today and to my surprise they work very well together! Mids have gain more presence and sibilance was less than my NFB5.

post #165 of 436

I've read through some of this thread because I didn't want to give suggestions that have already be given.  However, I don't see a lot of talk about DIY stuff execpt the B22 which is great by the way.  

 

I would have to say the CK²III and the M^3 are great amps for the Denon family.  All my amps are balanced so IMO i get a littel more control over the drivers than the usual SE verisons.  

 

I would take a balanced M^3 or a balanced CK²III over a lot of amps mentioned in this thread.

 

IMO a 4 channel fully balanced Beta 22 is tops for these headphones. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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