Originally Posted by Warrax
IT SOLVED THE PROBLEM. OH MY... I've turned on and off lamp 5 times, no freeze happened, and refrigator already ran once, and also nothing happened..
Ok, it's confirmed. The more than hour of listening without any break by freezing... cable from printer is standing it good. :-)
Finally, I can enjoy music without that bad feeling, it will be soon or later interupted by freezing. I can get relaxed and focus on music.
I'm so happy now, really enjoying the music finally. And even despite ASIO is not working, it doesn't change my feeling. I am listening under Windows XP without ASIO, and it sounds anyway hell good... now, focused and relaxed, I can finally do some critical listening. It's a level above NFB12.1. The sound of this device, I would describe, as crystal clear. It's little raw, no smoothness, colorness, or enhanced musicality effect, like in NFB12.1. Just the crystal clear details everywhere. I can notice sounds, that before merged with other sounds, were dim and remained hidden, and so I could not able to notice them. Now they are more separated, revealed, for ones ear. You'll notice them, because before, you didn't, and you'll get suprised, there's something new, what there wasn't.
Right now, I am comparing this baby with my previous DAC, NFB12.1.
The most noticable difference is of course in highs. The clearness of this device makes them shine at full potencial, nothing is lost. NFB12.1 had them rolled off by a bit, and they were also partially lost in that veil of smoothness. In mids, I don't see lot of differance, at first hearing, I don't see any, except, here on this device is not presented that veil of coloration and smoothness, so everything is like more neutral and more separated.
In bass, there's also differance. I would say, in terms of weight and number of basses, the both devices are equal. But here, basses are more tight, you can feel more sureness in every impact, like drummer is more self-confident with every beat. I don't know, if I am now speaking about "precision"... I've heard it few times, that "on xy device, basses are more precise". Yes, maybe it is that right term, as when drummer is more self-confident, the result is, he is more precise with every beat. Now, on this device, you have feeling, like the drummer is little more precise, than on NFB12.1.
All these differances, I've described, are noticable. The highs and clearness right at the first hearing, and basses... you immediately notice, here's also differance, but you need a little bit focus, what exactly is different, so the differance in basses is not so big, as diffreance in highs. Yes, the chips have noticable different characteristic. I have to say, that it's really a differance, and I need to get used to it, because sometimes, in some passages of music, the musicality, warmth and smoothness of NFB12.1 is missing for me, and the raw clearness and separation will attract my attention too much, for example, when I have it run only in background and focusing on other task, while listening music. I'm not sure right now, If I can eat all this clearness and get fully use to it. Only time will tell. Maybe, after some time, I would not want to go back, to colorness, in any little way. But right now, I would a little bit, like 20% way to NFB12.1.
Right now, I have at home only my SR850 headphones.. they are bright. But I remember, SR850 on NFB12.1 wasn't so clear. I would say, SR850 pair better with NFB11.32 , than NFB12.1. Highs are highlighted here too, but it is not so disturbing, as they are nicer... they don't hurt ears so much, as on NFB12... simply they are more enjoyable.
Maybe, to NFB11.32 are more suitable brighter headphones. On NFB12.1 I've liked more colored and dark headphones, like HD600. HD600 are on the way btw, and I am a little bit affraid, if it will fit to NFB11.32 same good, as to NFB12.1. If darkness of HD600, will not dim that crystal clearness too much, and result will be disturbing. This fear is because SR850 as bright headphones sounds really much better than on NFB12.1, and I didn't like for example DT880 on NFB12.1 Maybe, on NFB11.32 would DT880 shine, but unfortunately, I don't have them at home anymore. Now I see, that testing of headphones can succeed differently on two different DACs, results could be other story.
Ok, from my joy, I've made a little review, even when I didn't intent to, hehe. It was unprepared, so it's a little bit chaotic, but I don't delete it, I let it there unmodified. I would call it - "my initial impressions with NFB11.32 after I could finally get into relaxing uniterrupted listening music, right after 1000 stones dropped from my heart".