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post #16 of 24
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Yep, it's $355 plus whatever the shipping charge is (my NFB-15.32 shipping charge was $43, shipped to California),

Thanks, I will go ahead and order it, once they confirm everything again.

 

I hope it lives up the name, especially in bass response on my A5+ what do you think?

 

My Audinst-MX2 wasn't doing any justice to my SVS SB-1000s

post #17 of 24
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Thanks, I will go ahead and order it, once they confirm everything again.

 

I hope it lives up the name, especially in bass response on my A5+ what do you think?

 

My Audinst-MX2 wasn't doing any justice to my SVS SB-1000s

 

My Monoprice 5" studio monitors sound great hooked up to my NFB-15.32

 

My only real regret in buying my NFB-15.32 was not spending the extra $100 for the NFB-11,

Sabre DAC chip :)

post #18 of 24
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I hope it lives up the name, especially in bass response on my A5+ what do you think?

Are you using your SB-1000 with the 80hz high pass running to your speakers?
post #19 of 24
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Are you using your SB-1000 with the 80hz high pass running to your speakers?

Yes sir. Optical to DAC, output of DAC to Sub. Output of Sub to A5s
Edited by exhibitO - 8/23/14 at 8:59am
post #20 of 24
Well, if you aren't happy with the bass after getting the NFB-15, then you need to upgrade your speakers. In the speaker enthusiast world, the A5+ are considered very good sounding for powered speakers at their price point. There are definitely better sounding speakers out there.
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Well, if you aren't happy with the bass after getting the NFB-15, then you need to upgrade your speakers. In the speaker enthusiast world, the A5+ are considered very good sounding for powered speakers at their price point. There are definitely better sounding speakers out there.

I'm quite happy with them. The Audio Engine D1 DacAmp has puncher bass than my Audinst. So I'm pretty sure the Audinst is just lacking in bass. However the D1 also doesn't have the best sound. I think the NFB will be good for both, also it should drive my HD650s well.
post #22 of 24
Could be. I haven't heard the Audinst. I just like to warn people not to expect much improvement in bass quantity from a different dac/pre-amp. "Punchy" normally means extra midbass emphasis. I would be really surprised if the D1 and Audinst different in frequency response in that way. However, if it's the bass texture (SQ) in the midbass that is different, then that could make more sense. Could be the D1 line out is more accurate and resolving, and thus the A5+ are responding more precisely. Certainly, the NFB-15 should be an upgrade over both in terms of resolution.
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Could be. I haven't heard the Audinst. I just like to warn people not to expect much improvement in bass quantity from a different dac/pre-amp. "Punchy" normally means extra midbass emphasis. I would be really surprised if the D1 and Audinst different in frequency response in that way. However, if it's the bass texture (SQ) in the midbass that is different, then that could make more sense. Could be the D1 line out is more accurate and resolving, and thus the A5+ are responding more precisely. Certainly, the NFB-15 should be an upgrade over both in terms of resolution.
I don't know the technical terms but I can guarantee you the D1 has better bass at same volume on my SVS. XD

Even on my headphones the bass is absent on the audinst
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I don't know the technical terms but I can guarantee you the D1 has better bass at same volume on my SVS. XD

Even on my headphones the bass is absent on the audinst

Ehh. For it's price, the Audinst-MX2 ought to be a fairly accurate DAC/pre-amp/headphone amp. You'd think it wouldn't be bass light.

Anyway, I look forward to your thoughts on the NFB-15 in comparison to the other two. I like my NFB-11 so much, I'm thinking of getting the NFB-15 for a living room listening station where I can plug in my iBasso DX50 (it has coaxial digital out).
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