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post #16 of 51
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Originally Posted by sygyzy View Post

Where do you see it for $230 shipped?

My bad.  I was thinking of the Little Dot mkiii, which I have also been researching lately tongue.gif

 

I've also been looking into some dac/amp solutions like the grant fidelity tube-dac 11 and yulong d100.

 

More like $250 shipped for the m-stage.

post #17 of 51
Thread Starter 

Cool, thanks for your help.

post #18 of 51

I went for the Asgard after much deliberation against the Matrix. Really I have no idea which one is better, but for my D5000's they seem to be the best choice. Gotta always wonder though.

post #19 of 51

Bumping this thread because I'm in the same market. I just ordered the Audio-GD NFB 12.1, which should be here by the end of the week, hopefully.

 

Although now I'm looking at the Grant Fidelity TubeDAC-11 and wondering if I made a mistake. It looks so much prettier and more professional than the NFB 12.1 and it has the option for Tube headphone out which would be really nice for my HD600. Ugh this is so difficult. My eyes hurt from researching so much!

post #20 of 51
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Originally Posted by anoxy View Post

Bumping this thread because I'm in the same market. I just ordered the Audio-GD NFB 12.1, which should be here by the end of the week, hopefully.

 

Although now I'm looking at the Grant Fidelity TubeDAC-11 and wondering if I made a mistake. It looks so much prettier and more professional than the NFB 12.1 and it has the option for Tube headphone out which would be really nice for my HD600. Ugh this is so difficult. My eyes hurt from researching so much!

They're both good units.  Enjoy your 12.1 and be happy beerchug.gif

 

I opted for the Asgard myself.  Loving it so far...

post #21 of 51

Bought the 12.1 last night and it arrived this morning.

 

Using optical to DAC and line-out to my WA2 amp. The NFB-12.1 sounds much, much better than my old Essence STX sound card.

post #22 of 51

Audio-GD NFB-12 all the way

post #23 of 51

Sheer Audio HA-006+ (dynalo) - one of the all time great SS circuits. 

http://www.acoustic-fun.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=62

post #24 of 51
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Originally Posted by liamstrain View Post

Sheer Audio HA-006+ (dynalo) - one of the all time great SS circuits. 

http://www.acoustic-fun.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=62

 

Product not found!

 

They list a Sheer Audio HA-006++ for $450.

post #25 of 51

Ah - that's a shame. The 006+ was about $280. Same amp, without bothering with the "boutique" parts. Still at $450 a relative bargain - but out of the OP's spec.

 

I'd probably have to recommend the Lovely Cube / Matrix M-stage Lehmann clones, then. Or DIY (M3 or Dynalo). 


Edited by liamstrain - 9/26/12 at 8:03pm
post #26 of 51

I can't say that I've got much of any experience with any of the other SS amps mentioned, but I've got the Asgard and love it.  Being mainly a tube guy (aside from my Marantz 2270 and my Mad Dog/Asgard combo) I've never had a system without at least one tube somewhere in the chain.  Depending upon my mood and what I'm listening to, I often prefer the Asgard/Mad Dog combo to my Decware CSP2+/HD650 combo.

post #27 of 51

FiiO E17+E09k? Its around 240~ for both.

post #28 of 51
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Originally Posted by 1audioz View Post

Bought the 12.1 last night and it arrived this morning.

 

Using optical to DAC and line-out to my WA2 amp. The NFB-12.1 sounds much, much better than my old Essence STX sound card.

 

I'd like to know how I sign up for that kind of shipping!!

post #29 of 51
My vote would go to the O2.... I have owned the Matrix M-stage reccomended above, and I prefer the O2 to it.....
post #30 of 51
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Originally Posted by Snag1e View Post

My vote would go to the O2.... I have owned the Matrix M-stage reccomended above, and I prefer the O2 to it.....

 

@Snagle, care to elaborate why did you prefer the O2 over the matrix? 

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