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Audio GD Master-11(Combination from Master 7 and Master 9)

Discussion in 'High-end Audio Forum' started by doyouknowsbmean, Jul 6, 2015.
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  1. baiyy1986
    Currawong has a very detail review for R-28, I am very tempting for this device, but I think master 11 still is a better one, R-28 only has one transformers and m11 has three separate transformers for each module.
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  2. FredA
    I think you are right. The amp section is of course better and the dac section is most likely as good or better. For best result, in both cases, feed it with a nice i2s source. The Gustard u16 is a great choice,
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  3. chewynuts
    Hey guys do you know what is the difference between NOS11 and MASTER 11?
  4. Clemmaster
    Google knows
  5. MadSounds
    I think the phased out PCM1704UK is a much bigger deal then independent transformers. keep in in mind the R-28 has a lower but more practical output power. R-28 should have tons of power for say LCD-3 or similar, NOS/Master 11 amp sections will only have an advantage if you plan to drive the he-6. The lack of PCM1704UK is what really forced the design change, I know several reviewers were rather disappointed with Audio-gd's new ladder dacs compared to the classic ones. IMO the value of NOS/Master should have gone up, but i dont think the market agrees. 6 years ago Audio-gd was an extremely popular brand at all prices, IMO best value at 300$, 800$, and 1800$, now I think their best value is at the lower end.

    I'll be using my NOS 11 until it needs to be re-capped, then hopefully another 15 years after that. Also a good i2s source is critical. I'm using a singxer su-1 and found it clearly better then without.
    Last edited: Apr 9, 2019
  6. marcan
    Never been impressed by audio-gd dac but I was impressed by their amp. Actually, I bought a NOS11 and I did'nt like the sound. Then I plugged my Weis DAC 202 on the amp of the NOS11 and was really happy with the sound.
    So I switched the NOS11 for a HE-9, can't be more happy with it.
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