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Audio-gd NFB-1P ESS DAC

post #1 of 16
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I asked Kingwa about a lower cost NFB-1.32 and I guess he went ahead and did it.

http://audio-gd.com/Pro/dac/NFB1/NFB1PEN.htm

post #2 of 16
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Ordered one already, will post impressions

post #3 of 16

I was considering this or NFB 3 or NFB 3.33 as an upgrade from Modi. 

 

Looking forward to hearing your impressions! :)

post #4 of 16

Any impressions on this one? I was just about to pull the trigger on a DAC when this one got launched. Looks like very good value for money?

post #5 of 16

Something I always wondered about audiogd dacs.  what the hell is ACSS output?  is it a proprietary output connector only for audiogd amps?  is it balanced?

post #6 of 16
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Originally Posted by daerron View Post
 

Any impressions on this one? I was just about to pull the trigger on a DAC when this one got launched. Looks like very good value for money?

No one has received it yet- they are all good value imo

post #7 of 16
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Been listening for a day now and impressions are that (vs the NFB10SE Wolfson DAC via DI-DSP with Tenor 8022), bass is a touch tighter and deeper sounding, with an overall "cleaner" sound. Some of the "bloom" of the NFB10SE I sometimes found annoying is gone. That "bloom" might be a good thing depending on your speakers/ headphones but my speakers are quite heavy handed with bass so this tightening is very welcome. I also notice a bit more 3D sound.

This may be in part the USB32 use as much as anything.

It's not a huge upgrade but I didn't really expect it to be.

Very happy with the purchase.


Edited by tim3320070 - 10/29/13 at 3:29pm
post #8 of 16
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Originally Posted by uncola View Post
 

Something I always wondered about audiogd dacs.  what the hell is ACSS output?  is it a proprietary output connector only for audiogd amps?  is it balanced?


It is their own technology "Audio-gd Current Signal System" so I guess they can only be very vague about it. I think it only applies to the volume control for the amping part.

post #9 of 16
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It is their own technology "Audio-gd Current Signal System" so I guess they can only be very vague about it. I think it only applies to the volume control for the amping part.

Been talked about a lot over the last several years- do a search

post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by tim3320070 View Post
 

Been talked about a lot over the last several years- do a search

I wasn't the one curious about  it

post #11 of 16
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Further impressions and a test against my NFB10 show the clarity is superior with the 1P, just more 3D, realistic sound. 1P->Master-5->C10 amp is soooo good.

post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by tim3320070 View Post
 

Further impressions and a test against my NFB10 show the clarity is superior with the 1P, just more 3D, realistic sound. 1P->Master-5->C10 amp is soooo good.

I am getting overwhelmed looking for a new dac, is there much reason to get the NFB-1.32 over this?  The price difference $150 lower, am I mising something?!

post #13 of 16
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There are definite hardware improvements in the 1.32 that may be noticeable with a refined amp and speakers as I have but it was a question of money for me. If you have money to burn get the 1.32. I would imagine the differences are subtle at best otherwise.
post #14 of 16
That's what I figured. I am torn between 4/5 different DACs for my next upgrade. But Audio GD's extra outputs give quite the argument. I like the option of dropping AGD's proprietary output for an extra set of RCAs. That would allow me to hook up my tube buffer without messing with cable flipping but still have an output for speakers/subwoofer/etc. Too many good choices right now!
post #15 of 16
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No matter what you do, leave the ACSS connection, you will probably want one of his amps with that connection when you give up tubes 😄
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