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post #271 of 1580

I just received my NFB-28 from bbfoto and am listening to it now. More importantly than the sound of this amp, I'd like to publicly commend bbfoto for how kind he's been to me. Not only is he a joy to talk to, but he has great music tastes, and really gave me an A+ service. You could tell how much time he put in to cleaning and packaging the product like it was new, with hand written notes and he was able to get it to me very quickly.

 

I'm going to pick up my LCD-2.2f's soon, and I'll have to give better impressions then, but right now I'll just say, bass has more dynamics, mids sound effortless, and treble has fantastic detail and decay. You can really hear every strike of a drum stick on a ride for example, and as a drummer, I really appreciate that. Oodles of detail too, even on lesser headphones (Sennheiser PC163D, an on ear stereo gaming headset, I'll try Heir Audio 3.ai S's next and append results). :dt880smile: Running optical from my pc, btw.

 

Thanks again bbfoto! :beerchug: 


Edited by jodgey4 - 5/16/14 at 11:41am
post #272 of 1580
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Originally Posted by jodgey4 View Post
 

I just received my NFB-28 from bbfoto and am listening to it now. More importantly than the sound of this amp, I'd like to publicly commend bbfoto for how kind he's been to me. Not only is he a joy to talk to, but he has great music tastes, and really gave me an A+ service. You could tell how much time he put in to cleaning and packaging the product like it was new, with hand written notes and he was able to get it to me very quickly.

 

I'm going to pick up my LCD-2.2f's soon, and I'll have to give better impressions then, but right now I'll just say, bass has more dynamics, mids sound effortless, and treble has fantastic detail and decay. You can really hear every strike of a drum stick on a ride for example, and as a drummer, I really appreciate that. Oodles of detail too, even on lesser headphones (Sennheiser PC163D, an on ear stereo gaming headset, I'll try Heir Audio 3.ai S's next and append results). :dt880smile: Running optical from my pc, btw.

 

Thanks again bbfoto! :beerchug: 

 

Hi, 

I'm excited to be about ready to buy my first dac/amp/ and headphones for my iMac office desktop.   The NFB-28's seem to be just within my budget. and the reviews audio-gd products get seem to be great.   so I feel it would be a low risk decision.   I hope to have enough money left to buy LCD-xd's (needed for my office environment at home) ,  and if I can't swing them, then maybe Alpha Dogs.    I assume you did a lot of research on the NFB-28's and feel it is a great value, and a great match for planars  - correct?

 

the the audio-gd website the only/best place to buy them?    

post #273 of 1580

Howdy. I decided an an Audio-GD product after hearing not only great reviews, great support from Kingwa, but also seeing that they had plenty of power for planar headphones. I'm listening to my LCD-2.2f's right now, just picked them up today. I've only tried single-ended so far. The NFB-28 is perfect for me, because it has so many inputs and outputs, it will be versatile for a long time. I see no reason that I'd ever need an upgrade... unless it was to buy Bottlehead gear for tubes + DIY + supporting another fantastic company. For those in the U.S., besides buying used, I think the only way to order them is through their website. As far as Alpha Dogs vs. XC's go... some prefer the former at 1/3 the price to the latter. The XC's are fantastic though, and easy to drive. Good luck!

post #274 of 1580

Hi, Jodgey4,   bottlehead is interesting  I've never owned or listened to a SET amp, but I've always been curious about it.  and with headphones it might be especially interesting.   so you might run the output of the Audio-gd into the bottlehead amp?    I'm in Oregon, was thinking about a roadtrip to Bottlehead in Washington to check it out.

post #275 of 1580

That's super cool, I'm sure they'd love to have you! Yes, the NFB-28 can be used as just a dac and/or pre-amp. I own a Bottlehead Quickie pre-amp, so I can use this as a DAC -> Quickie for extra warmth - > speaker set-up or whatever.

 

Feel free to PM me with any questions!

post #276 of 1580
jodgey4,

Glad that you finally received the NFB-28 safe and sound! You had me scared there for a minute! That was some crazy shenanigans going on at the U.S.P.S.! mad.gif

I really appreciate the very kind words, and it was truly a pleasure conversing with you about music, drumming, and good sound as well. smily_headphones1.gif I'd say that we are both quite passionate about our music. biggrin.gif And thank you again for all of your VERY helpful input on the IEMs & cIEMs! I'm fairly certain that you saved me from making a very poor buying decision. redface.gif Greatly appreciated!

On another note, Kingwa really is fantastic and takes great care in designing and creating his products, in addition to getting them to you in perfect condition, and I really appreciate that pride and attention to detail, so I would feel as though I'd be showing some disrespect if I didn't do the same in passing it on to a new owner. I hope that its quality construction and sound are enjoyed for many years to come. I honestly don't think you can beat the build quality, versitility, and amazing sound quality without spending quite a bit more money.

I'm out of town on business for another week with not much time to enjoy listening to music, but am fearful that I'm really going to miss that NFB-28 when I return home. redface.gif The good thing is that they are still available, so I may find myself ordering another one, LOL. tongue.gif

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Originally Posted by matt120 View Post

Thanks for the answers guys, I'd like to stick to the NFB-28 for it's balanced outputs.  

What active speakers have people run this with? I'm rather set on some Adam ARTist 6 Floorstanders

The analog outputs, both unbalanced and balanced, along with an actual volume knob, make the NFB-28 a fantastically versatile unit. I paired the NFB-28 with a set of Neumann KH-120 active studio monitors (via the balanced XLR connections) and experienced exceptional staging, imaging, dynamics, tonality, and realism...so I'm fairly certain that you'll be quite pleased, as long as you are already relatively happy with the performance of your Adam ARTist 6's. wink.gif
Edited by bbfoto - 5/16/14 at 11:05pm
post #277 of 1580

Thought I'd post brief impressions on the warmth jumpers since I'd asked others about their thoughts on them. The mid-bass gets a ~10% increase in lushness (perhaps even a mild boost - sounds more Sennheiser-esque), giving bass guitars/drums a nice, pleasing soft punch. Mids maybe lose ~5% of dynamics/clarity, but gain some darkness. Treble, it's hard to tell, perhaps3% more veiled, but that could be my imagination.

 

Sounds great as a DAC/pre! Much better upper mids and portrayal of reverb/room decay compared to the DAC module/pre in the NAD 375BEE integrated amp. Upper mids/lower treble are very hard to get right IMHO! I'm loving this product more and more every day!


Edited by jodgey4 - 5/22/14 at 4:51pm
post #278 of 1580
Argh... This is tempting!
Ngh... Must overcome and wait... No impulse trigger buy!
Phew, ok I got this. 560 first then decisions...
post #279 of 1580

Hi all, new NFB-28 user here, i want to ask about the usb input, i use foobar2000 for playback with VIAdirectKS ASIO output, i always get some mili secs - 1 sec delay before the playback start, and i heard some clicking sound from the inside on NFB-28 everytime i start, stop and seek the music (its sounds like some relay mechanism need to be switched ON before the playback can start then switched OFF when i hit stop in foobar, the clicking sound similar to the one you can hear when u change the volume) is this normal?

 

 

thx in advance

post #280 of 1580
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Originally Posted by KnightThe2nd View Post

Hi all, new NFB-28 user here, i want to ask about the usb input, i use foobar2000 for playback with VIAdirectKS ASIO output, i always get some mili secs - 1 sec delay before the playback start, and i heard some clicking sound from the inside on NFB-28 everytime i start, stop and seek the music (its sounds like some relay mechanism need to be switched ON before the playback can start then switched OFF when i hit stop in foobar, the clicking sound similar to the one you can hear when u change the volume) is this normal?


thx in advance

Try using "WASAPI (Event)" output instead of VIA.
post #281 of 1580
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Originally Posted by gevorg View Post


Try using "WASAPI (Event)" output instead of VIA.


tried WASAPI (event) : SPDIF interface (audio-gd) and DS, KS, WASAPI (push) as well but still no difference

post #282 of 1580

I'm getting a lot of noise from my NFB-28... near equal to my on-board audio (yikes). I have been since I got it, I kept telling myself I'd figure it out eventually, but I clearly haven't. I can hear music even when the volume is zero with IEM's, about 30% louder than the noise floor... from digital or analog inputs. With nothing playing, the noise at full volume on low gain is near uncomfortable. Any ideas as to what could be causing these issues? It's not source dependent... USB is the same as optical... and I've tried optical from two sources. Analog might be sightly quieter, but I can't be sure. Should I email Kingwa? Thanks y'all.

 

BONUS, any ideas why ASIO isn't working? I have the foobar files all in place AFIAK, and the drivers installed correctly. When I try to play out through ASIO, I get the message "Unrecoverable playback error: Could not initialize the driver"

Solved it now, thanks to KnightThe2nd. I still have noise problems though! :(


Edited by jodgey4 - 5/23/14 at 8:20pm
post #283 of 1580
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Originally Posted by jodgey4 View Post

I'm getting a lot of noise from my NFB-28... near equal to my on-board audio (yikes). I have been since I got it, I kept telling myself I'd figure it out eventually, but I clearly haven't. I can hear music even when the volume is zero with IEM's, about 30% louder than the noise floor... from digital or analog inputs. With nothing playing, the noise at full volume on low gain is near uncomfortable. Any ideas as to what could be causing these issues? It's not source dependent... USB is the same as optical... and I've tried optical from two sources. Analog might be sightly quieter, but I can't be sure. Should I email Kingwa? Thanks y'all.

Also, any ideas why ASIO isn't working? I have the foobar files all in place AFIAK, and the drivers installed correctly. When I try to play out through ASIO, I get the message "the driver failed to initialize."

I think i got similar fail to initiallize message when i change the usb port for nfb-28, but when i use same port as the 1 that i use when i install the driver the message is gone
post #284 of 1580
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Originally Posted by qveda View Post

Hi, 
I'm excited to be about ready to buy my first dac/amp/ and headphones for my iMac office desktop.   The NFB-28's seem to be just within my budget. and the reviews audio-gd products get seem to be great.   so I feel it would be a low risk decision.   I hope to have enough money left to buy LCD-xd's (needed for my office environment at home) ,  and if I can't swing them, then maybe Alpha Dogs.    I assume you did a lot of research on the NFB-28's and feel it is a great value, and a great match for planars  - correct?

the the audio-gd website the only/best place to buy them?    

Where are you located? I think most of us purchased directly from kingwa via emailing him at audio-gd. FWIW I am contemplating upgrading to M7+M9 combo may put up my nfb28 (with TCXO upgrades by kingwa) for sale. PM me if interested.
post #285 of 1580
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Originally Posted by kkcc View Post


Where are you located? I think most of us purchased directly from kingwa via emailing him at audio-gd. FWIW I am contemplating upgrading to M7+M9 combo may put up my nfb28 (with TCXO upgrades by kingwa) for sale. PM me if interested.

I'm in Oregon, about 1.5hrs from Portland.   likely need another month to determine my budget. Won't know what I can really afford until late June/early July -  the wait is killing me . so all I can do now is research in a couple of budget ranges.  Fortunately Echo HiFi in Portland does have Audeze and Senn's.   Trying to find places within driving distance to hear some tube amps (Bottlehead near Seattle, Line Magnetic in Eugene, etc). the Audio gd is on my shortlist.

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