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  1. Surlias

    TEAC HA-501 Headphone Amp

    Just paired this with the UD-501, and it sounds amazing! I tried the HA-501 with a Schiit Modi 2 Uber initially, thinking I could save some money on the DAC, but the UD-501 just completely blows it away, hands down. Hope everyone else is enjoying their setups as much as I am!      (Using Senn...
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    Audio-GD NFB-11.32 & NFB-11 (2014) (Delivery & Impression Thread)!!!

    Who knows, could be total placebo. I hate skimping though, so I went ahead and got them. I know it would have bothered me not to have upgraded them, knowing that there was a potentially "better" version of the device I bought. Silly but psychologically significant in my case.
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    Audio-GD NFB-11.32 & NFB-11 (2014) (Delivery & Impression Thread)!!!

    You can cut either one of those wires to bypass the relay, you don't have to cut both. They were different colors in my unit than what you see in the picture. They are situated very close to the front panel and in my unit there was a sticky pad resting on top which made it more difficult to...
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    Audio-GD NFB-11.32 & NFB-11 (2014) (Delivery & Impression Thread)!!!

      As mentioned already, I think it is important to take note of the article's publication date. Additionally, it might be worth taking the context into consideration. That article was written by someone highly talented in electrical engineering who has been working with extremely high-end...
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    Audio-GD NFB-11.32 & NFB-11 (2014) (Delivery & Impression Thread)!!!

      Ah well that explains why all the Ebay sellers located in China have delivery estimates starting March 3 at the earliest to as far out as April. I was like What
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    Audio-GD NFB-11.32 & NFB-11 (2014) (Delivery & Impression Thread)!!!

    Quote:   Yeah that was the other thing, the physical comfort aspect. The DT880 ear cups didn't really bother me, I have small ears, and it was nice how lightweight the set feels, however, despite being considerably lighter overall than the HD 650's, I found the way the headband rests on my...
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    Audio-GD NFB-11.32 & NFB-11 (2014) (Delivery & Impression Thread)!!!

    Wire is cut, problems solved. DSD "pop" isn't so bad really, and easy enough to diminish by a simple touch of the volume knob when starting playback or seeking. Doesn't pop when transitioning between sequential tracks. Certainly not worth completely wrecking the USB output with a dumbass...
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    Audio-GD NFB-11.32 & NFB-11 (2014) (Delivery & Impression Thread)!!!

      It's not the drivers that I take issue with. I knew about the possible instability etc of the drivers ahead of time. The thing I take issue with is the undocumented design flaw that renders the NFB-11 as a system audio device pretty much useless (via USB). Audio-GD was fully aware of this...
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    Audio-GD NFB-11.32 & NFB-11 (2014) (Delivery & Impression Thread)!!!

      Your motherboard has a Coaxial SPDIF header? I haven't seen that very often. Mine only has Optical.   Also, I've heard it both ways regarding asio4all vs WASAPI with some preferring ASIO and some preferring WASAPI. Anyways, I don't think you can do ASIO via optical, can you?
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    Audio-GD NFB-11.32 & NFB-11 (2014) (Delivery & Impression Thread)!!!

      Yeah I suppose that is the best compromise without shelling out a bunch of money for shipping and everything. However, it seems to me like the USB output is a hint cleaner, less background noise. Could be my mind playing tricks on me though. Also, would be nice to be able to have mixed...
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    Audio-GD NFB-11.32 & NFB-11 (2014) (Delivery & Impression Thread)!!!

    Damnit I want the switch from the 2015 model 
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    Audio-GD NFB-11.32 & NFB-11 (2014) (Delivery & Impression Thread)!!!

      Does WASAPI Exclusive mode allow the sampling rate adjusts automatically when using SPDIF? BTW, I currently have a SoX Resampler active in order to enable PCM playback of DSD files via SPDIF. Without the resampler, I can't get DSD files to play. The only way to get DSD playback to work...
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    Audio-GD NFB-11.32 & NFB-11 (2014) (Delivery & Impression Thread)!!!

    Does anyone know how the USB output works exactly? What I mean is, my understanding of how the SPDIF outputs work is that you have to set a static bit depth and sampling rate and then all output is upsampled or downsampled to that rate. Is this also how it works via USB? Or with USB connection...
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    Audio-GD NFB-11.32 & NFB-11 (2014) (Delivery & Impression Thread)!!!

      Well, now I'm getting mixed messages. I think I've been communicating with multiple agents at Audio-GD and they are perhaps not aware of what one another are telling me. It all adds up to me not feeling confident that I will in fact receive a full refund.  
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    Audio-GD NFB-11.32 & NFB-11 (2014) (Delivery & Impression Thread)!!!

    Can anyone comment on the value of the TXCO upgrades? Are they even remotely worth it?
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    Audio-GD NFB-11.32 & NFB-11 (2014) (Delivery & Impression Thread)!!!

      Yeah I just meant that Chrome must have cached the old page on my computer. I wiped the cache and the new page comes up.   Anyways, Kingwa has offered to give me a full refund (including what I paid for shipping of the original unit) if I pay for return shipping. Then I can purchase the...
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    Audio-GD NFB-11.32 & NFB-11 (2014) (Delivery & Impression Thread)!!!

    Can anyone still pull up the page referencing the 2015 model? The only page I can find now is for the old 2014 model.   EDIT: Nevermind, the new model comes up in a different browser, but I guess I have the old page cached in Chrome or something.
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    Audio-GD NFB-11.32 & NFB-11 (2014) (Delivery & Impression Thread)!!!

      They actually offered to swap for you if you paid the difference? Did they say anything about shipping? So far all they've had to say to me is explaining--ad nauseum--that the mute design is necessary for DSD.
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    Audio-GD NFB-11.32 & NFB-11 (2014) (Delivery & Impression Thread)!!!

      All I'm saying is they should have indicated in the product description that it had this "feature". After all it's not like they didn't know about it. Quite the contrary.
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    Audio-GD NFB-11.32 & NFB-11 (2014) (Delivery & Impression Thread)!!!

      No this is not the case for me. The issues I'm experiencing with my brand new obsolete NFB-11 aren't just during native DSD playback. It is constant, in ASIO, WASAPI, and DirectSound. Whenever audio playback is initiated, no matter WHAT the scenario, there is a delay during which playback has...
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    Audio-GD NFB-11.32 & NFB-11 (2014) (Delivery & Impression Thread)!!!

      Yeah in the email I sent asking about the availability of a firmware update, I also asked if they would be willing to swap my unit. Curious to see what they say.
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    Audio-GD NFB-11.32 & NFB-11 (2014) (Delivery & Impression Thread)!!!

      Yeah well if it was a month ago or more I'd be like, "ok sure whatever, that sucks, wish I had waited a month to order, hope the firmware upgrade is made available", but it was a damn week ago. I'm pretty annoyed that they didn't warn me, kinda shady IMO. If it was an operation where you did...
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    Audio-GD NFB-11.32 & NFB-11 (2014) (Delivery & Impression Thread)!!!

    From their website:   What's new in the NFB-11(2015)? 1, Transformer upgrade, from 20W to 35W, which is improve on  the drive ability and the sound quality richer. 2, Because the NFB11 had the hardware mute design , not as our other products had the software mute design, so we addition a...
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    Audio-GD NFB-11.32 & NFB-11 (2014) (Delivery & Impression Thread)!!!

      I appreciate you keeping us posted on your impressions of the HD 600 and 650, because I'm in the midst of the same debate. I have the 650 and I've been trying to decide whether to bother getting a pair of the 600 to compare. After reading your last post, I think I'm going to just stick with...
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    Audio-GD NFB-11.32 & NFB-11 (2014) (Delivery & Impression Thread)!!!

    Yeah it doesn't happen pausing and playing, just initial playback. This seems to be a unilateral issue. Everything suffers from the initial mute, but then once the audio is working, it stays working (except the occasional track/album change in foobar).   I just noticed that audio in the games...
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