Audio GD NFB 11.28 (AMP/DAC) vs Massdrop THX AAA 789 (AMP)
Nov 28, 2019 at 3:28 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 10

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I saw a couple of deals on Audio-GD NFB 11.28 and Massdrop THX AAA 789 which I liked.

The DAC that I currently have on my motherboard is a ESS® Sabre Hi-Fi ES9023P. Wondering if that's a good DAC to pair with the 789.

If not, there is the Audio-GD offering.

I've of course heard good things about both, but not sure what decision to make. The THX is about $100 more expensive. Appreciate any advice you guys have.
 
Nov 28, 2019 at 5:13 PM Post #2 of 10
How is the THX AAA 789, $100 more then the NFB 11.28?
The THX AAA 789 is $400 (including shipping).
The NFB 11.28 is $330-$350 + $45 shipping, so around $375 - $395.

It might help to know what headphones you have or are planning on buying?
 
Nov 28, 2019 at 5:21 PM Post #3 of 10
How is the THX AAA 789, $100 more then the NFB 11.28?
The THX AAA 789 is $400 (including shipping).
The NFB 11.28 is $330-$350 + $45 shipping, so around $375 - $395.

It might help to know what headphones you have or are planning on buying?

I'm looking at used, my friend is willing to sell me his 11.28.

And sorry, should have mentioned. Using AKG k712.
 
Nov 28, 2019 at 5:51 PM Post #4 of 10
I'm looking at used, my friend is willing to sell me his 11.28.
And sorry, should have mentioned. Using AKG k712.
What is the price of the used NFB 11.28?
How old is it?
 
Nov 28, 2019 at 6:59 PM Post #8 of 10
Haha, I had a feeling you'd say that based off the sig. any reason it’s not worth going for the THX offer?
The NFB 11.28 comes with a nice Sabre ES9028 Pro DAC chip and other benefits for the DAC function.
The motherboard's Sabre ES9023P is decent, but not as well supported (benefited) as the ES9028P in the NFB 11.28.
The NFB 11.28 has way more then enough power to drive the 62-Ohm K712.
The NFB 11.28's three separate digital inputs give you lots of connection options.

I'm guessing your not going to convert your K712 to a balanced cable, so really can't take advantage of the THX AAA 789 balanced headphone jack.
 
Nov 28, 2019 at 7:01 PM Post #9 of 10
$200, and received late 2017. Has TXCO upgrade too.

Go for it.


Haha, I had a feeling you'd say that based off the sig. any reason it’s not worth going for the THX offer?

It's already cheaper now. It's just up to you whether the better price to performance ratio is worth the risks of buying used. That said as long as the bare minimum is covered ie PayPal or whatever secure payment system you can use to get your money back in case it's DOA.
 
Nov 28, 2019 at 7:12 PM Post #10 of 10
The NFB 11.28 comes with a nice Sabre ES9028 Pro DAC chip and other benefits for the DAC function.
The motherboard's Sabre ES9023P is decent, but not as well supported (benefited) as the ES9028P in the NFB 11.28.
The NFB 11.28 has way more then enough power to drive the 62-Ohm K712.
The NFB 11.28's three separate digital inputs give you lots of connection options.

I'm guessing your not going to convert your K712 to a balanced cable, so really can't take advantage of the THX AAA 789 balanced headphone jack.

That’s a good point. Wasn't planning to convert to balanced. Appreciate all your feedback, think I'll join the Audio-GD club. Thanks!

Go for it.




It's already cheaper now. It's just up to you whether the better price to performance ratio is worth the risks of buying used. That said as long as the bare minimum is covered ie PayPal or whatever secure payment system you can use to get your money back in case it's DOA.

Agreed, just wanted to make sure the price to performance ratio between the 2 options wasn't too different. The nice part is I've already tried out the nfb 11.28 since a friend of mine owns it and it sounds great, so would rather go with that. Thank you!
 

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