Originally Posted by HumanSaurusRex
Hi guys! Is the Audio GD 5.2 worth the upgrade from 5.0? Heard they sound similar but 5.2 offers upgraded USB.
They are the same unit with the only difference in the USB interface. The 5.0 still handles 24/192, supports asynchronous mode etc. The only difference you may notice is the lack of ASIO driver - at least I haven't found one. You have to decide whether it is worth the money. Personally I'd rather go for something like NFB-10ES3 as the Sabre ED9018 DAC and balanced output would be a really significant upgrade.
Someone compared 5/5.2 to magni/modi, ODA/o2 oder E17/E09K? :)
I've heard the modi/magni combo and while quite capable, the NFB-5 is a much better unit. The sound is more dynamic and detailed, imaging more precise. Tonally they are quite similar, but the NFB-5 sounds more effortless. It is more flexible too - more inputs, preamp output, selectable oversampling ratios and filters.
I use FiiO E17 at work and when travelling and am amazed how good this thing is, considering it's price and size. I'd say it's on par with the modi/magni. It's not the smoothest sounding and most dynamic, but some headphones actually sound better on the E17 than on the NFB-5. The built-in equalizer certainly helps too.
The O2/ODAC combo is very popular, but somehow I managed to avoid getting acquainted with it. No idea how it would compare to the NFB-5.
Originally Posted by Loquah
I personally think NFB-5.2 is outstanding for its price, but I haven't heard NFB-5
Yes you have - even if only briefly... :)