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For Sale: SOLD: Audio-GD NFB11 Sabre ($229) vs NFB12 Wolfson ($159) DAC/AMP BATTLE!

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This Classified is Closed

For Sale:
SOLD: Audio-GD NFB11 Sabre ($229) vs NFB12 Wolfson ($159) DAC/AMP BATTLE!

Will Ship To: Anywhere

Winner by knockout: NFB11

Edit: The battle of the DACS! So the deal is, as soon as one of these DACs sell the listing closes for both and I keep the other for my work rig. Let the battle begin!

In one corner is my Audio-GD NFB12, wearing the warmer and smoother signature with more forgiveness with high end Wolfson DAC chip. It is in very good condition (8.5/10) and also has the same amazing amp built-in with the same features except the NFB12 allows the user to pop the lid and change the different filter settings which changes level of attack/smoothness. The ESS edges it in details and treble clarity/extension but the NFB12 is as respectable and even favorable to brighter headphones. \


In the other corner is my Audio-GD NFB11 wearing the neutrality and clarity signature but unforgiving of bad masters wth the ESS9018 Sabre D/A chip. It is in excellent condition (9/10) and has an amazing built-in amp all in a small footprint. The Sabre DAC is the ultimate in clarity across all sound range, it's neutrality allows pairing with just about any headphone and coloring is kept to an absolute minimum.

 



Both In low gain it will power 11ohm IEMs with no hiss and a linear volume from soft to loud (no dead silence then a jump to loud levels). In high gain it has ample power for almost all planar magnetics and 300-600ohm dynamic drivers. HE560, HE4, LCD-3/X, Oppo 1/2, HD600-800, T1, Beyer DT line, and AKG 700-800. Inputs are coax and optical SPDIF for those that prefer transports. The USB input is just as good as any entry to middle level transport in terms of sound quality. It's compact size allows use on computer desks and not needing a listening specific station. It's the perfect audiophile DAC/AMP in a small package.

Shipping for the item will be $15 to USA (tracked and insured), $25 for international. Paypal fees not included but gifting is accepted, international buyers must gift payment. If you have any questions please feel free to ask! Thanks for looking and happy listening! Pictures coming soon!

 


Edited by Soundsgoodtome - 4/18/15 at 3:27pm
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How old is your NFB-11 and does it have the latest BIOS version or do you know what is the current BIOS version?

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The unit was purchased in the 4th qtr of 2010, this was after Audio-gd fixed their Sabre USB issues. This unit has no issues playing through USB whatsoever. (Just learned this reading up on the history) Bios I'm not sure, never tried to flash it in my possession nor the past 2 owners I believe.

I forgot to add that this does not decode DSD like the newer units. Please pm further questions.
Edited by Soundsgoodtome - 4/14/15 at 3:22pm
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