Originally Posted by olegausany
On Friday I got NFB 11.32 which I bought from bhazard as well as complete Schiit stack i bought from another member from Alaska to hear how they can compare to Woo Audio WA7 with upgraded Electro Harmonix tubes. It took a while to make Windows to recognize NFB 11.32 so that I can choose 32 bit depth and sampling rate higher than 48 kHz but thanks to bhazard I'm able to use foobar with WASAPI and KS but not ASIO but since ASIO is basicaly wrapper for KS I don't really worry about it but completely agree with those people who are saying that with KS out it sounds way better than WASAPI. Be aware that I use it as DAC only with USB input connected using Audioquest Carbon cable using firmware 9-3 and I hear no difference between 32/192 and 32/384 settings of VIA control panel and use WA7's amp to drive my HD700 with stock cable (for now). So when comparing NFB 11.32/WA7 to WA7 I can say that some recording sound great on both setups while some sound on WA7 better than on NFB 11.32 while both setups will clearly show you when you have poorly recorded/mastered recording, So right now my order of prefernce with setups is:
1. WA7 using foobar with ASIO out with 32bit depth and 6ms latency
2. Byfrost Uber as DAC and WA7 as amp using foobar with KS out with 24 bit depth
3. NFB 11.32 as DAC and WA7 as amp using foobar with KS out with 32 bit depth
I also will try all 3 DACs with Schit Lyr amp with 2 sets of tubes and post my findings here
Awesome. I always love hearing comparisons, and I bought a cheap Bravo Audio V3 to get started in tubes. Never had a tube amp before so I'm starting small. Good thing the WA7 sounds better, wasn't it $1000+?
I also have a Lepai 200W coming to power my HE-500, as the $20 Lepai does a very good job amping it. The HifimeDIY Android DAC is default for now until the Geek ships.
If the NFB could do Android, I probably would have kept it, but it can't.
It's also a huge pain to get VIA ASIO working every install for some reason, and I can't replicate how to do it 100% of the time. It sounds exactly the same as KS though, so its not a huge issue. ASIO4ALL works if you want to use ASIO, but I prefer KS.
Edited by bhazard - 9/1/13 at 8:03pm