Originally Posted by steve2151
I really wanted to see a comparison between the Fun and the NFB-5. I thought it was a real shame that the Fun was discontinued because there's no longer a $300 all-in-one dac/amp box in the Audio GD lineup that also has a line in option.
Completely agree with elwappo on the NFB-10 being a great bang for the buck unit. I'll probably get one more upgrade, probably to the Ref 7.1/Master 8 combo, and call it a wrap on my component chain. That $3500 combo gets some rave reviews, but most note that it's about a 15-20% improvement over a the NFB-10.
What actually sold me on Audio GD in general was this review over at Headfonia. Note how the Bryson BDA-1 and the Reference 7.1 are the same price and then compare the quality of the internals.
Yes, such a comparison / review would be interesting. Given that the "Fun" has a few years on it, and has a bit of age, it certainly isn't an amp / DAC that is ready for the bone-yard just yet. Given that one can still purchase the various "flavors" of op-amps (Sun, Moon, Earth) as well as the TE8802 USB upgrade board, is what makes me happy. If one can find a used "Fun", I think it is worthy of investing a few bucks into some of the modules and then trying them out to see what one best prefers. When it comes to the TE8802, I'm not so sure that one should hop quickly into that board replacment, unless USB input is their only choice. However, the TE8802 has proven that the USB potential - and through evolution, has resulted in an input that is *almost* as good as using the digital inputs (optical / Coax). Still, the slight nod is given the digital input side and notes that a cleaner signal can be the variable here.
I also happened to read the review you've linked to between the Audio-GD and the Bryston. I really think Kingwa is a very meticulous amp / DAC designer, who is able to produce such astonishing goods for the prices charged. The comparison did point out, though, that some of the solder joints of the Bryston were just a tad cleaner, where the Audio-GD was still good, they were not quite as neatly done as the Bryston. Also, the Audio-GD Fun has a toroidal transformer, which the NFB-5 (I believe) does not. I suspect that parts and manufacturing costs would be a bit higher to keep the "Fun" available today for a price that many could afford.
Finally, while digging around for more information on the "Fun" last evening, I came across another message board. I forget the site (HifiVision ??) or, something like that. The post I read was kind of funny. The guy who applied the post tried to point out that here on Head-Fi, there were a lot of Audio-GD "Shills" who were in love with the products. I guess he could have also said "Fan Boys" and meant the same thing. I'm not sure if that same poster is also a member here or not, but did have to chuckle a bit. I wonder what his bad "rub" was with the Audio-GD gear? Did he feel that it didn't deserve to have such a popular following? Or, did he think that getting an excellent product for such a low cost was a bad thing? Or, was it someone from within the "Industry" who was feeling some heat from the brisk sales of the Audio-GD gear?