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I like the Sabre sound, it adds nothing nor takes away anything from the music, you hear it as the producer intended. The STX might be a good value and give you more time to decide what you want.

 

Have you tried it with headphones similar to the Beyers that are more bright ?

post #407 of 416

STX has BB dac. its very bassy and musical.

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My AKG Q701's have incredible detail and neutrality with the Sabre sound. You could go for the NFB-15 which is the same as the NFB-11 but with a more musical DAC chip (dual WM8741). It's also quite a bit cheaper. That might be a really safe option.
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STX has BB dac. its very bassy and musical.

 

 

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My AKG Q701's have incredible detail and neutrality with the Sabre sound. You could go for the NFB-15 which is the same as the NFB-11 but with a more musical DAC chip (dual WM8741). It's also quite a bit cheaper. That might be a really safe option.

 

It's either the NFB-11 or a STXII for me, just have to make up my mind if I gonna gamble on ordering a NFB-11 and pair it with the T70's. I actually like it to be very high detail and neutrality, but im afraid it's gonna be so bright that it's gonna sound harsh/sharp together with the T70's. I mostly gonna play games and watch movies/series with it, but also some music like classical, 80's pop/rock, ambient and some modern Pop/R&B.

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The NFB-11 won't make anything brighter than it is naturally. It is not a thin sounding DAC/amp. It's just that relative to the warmer NFB-15, one might possibly call it 'bright', when in reality it's not.

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If anything, all audio-gd gears learn towards warmth. The Sabre DACs are the least warm, but still ever so slightly warm.

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The NFB-11 won't make anything brighter than it is naturally. It is not a thin sounding DAC/amp. It's just that relative to the warmer NFB-15, one might possibly call it 'bright', when in reality it's not.

 

 

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Originally Posted by Clemmaster View Post
 

If anything, all audio-gd gears learn towards warmth. The Sabre DACs are the least warm, but still ever so slightly warm.

 

I have no problems with that as long as the DAC/amp isn't sharp/harsh sounding together with the T70's


Edited by Falconetti - 10/21/14 at 11:30am
post #413 of 416
Warm sources will pair up better with a lot more than neutral/dry ones which will make brighter headphones, and/or neutral ones sound a little lifeless. I prefer having a small margin of error where everything will still sound a little more musical.

The Compass 2 with ES9018 just made certain headphones sound...lacking.

Had the NFB5, as well as SA-31. Both were more suited for me and made headphones sound better than the Sabre equipped Compass 2, IMHO.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 10/21/14 at 6:26pm
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Warm sources will pair up better with a lot more than neutral/dry ones which will make brighter headphones, and/or neutral ones sound a little lifeless. I prefer having a small margin of error where everything will still sound a little more musical.

The Compass 2 with ES9018 just made certain headphones sound...lacking.

Had the NFB5, as well as SA-31. Both were more suited for me and made headphones sound better than the Sabre equipped Compass 2, IMHO.

 

Well it can't be worse then the combo I have right now. I got a HDA X-plosion soundcard from 2005 paired together right now with cheap Creative Fatal1ty headphones.

 

Btw, genclaymore in the dedicated NFB-11 thread found the 15.32 to be too warm for his T90's. As they are pretty similair to the T70's, might be worth to take a chance on the NFB-11 after all?

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/624517/audio-gd-nfb-11-32-nfb-11-2014-delivery-impression-thread/1245#post_10583567


Edited by Falconetti - 10/21/14 at 7:10pm
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Generally, Burr Brown, Wolfson and AKM are musical/warm dacs :)

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