Audio GD NFB-11.28 vs R2R 11

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  1. Renato Fury
    I was talking to Kingwa and he said that NFB 11.28 would be better for me since I like EDM more, but with so many positive comments about R2R 11 I am undecided, so based on your experience with DS, do you think R2R would be better?
     
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  2. iamjaymo
    Well obviously, take what I say with a touch of salt as our listening tastes may differ as well as our gear, etc. I have issue with bright highs and very forward vocals as it seems piercing to my ears. I dislike Sabre DACs of any iteration for this reason but I do like some of the Delta Sigma DACs that don’t utilize the ESS Sabre chips like my Cal Audio Tube DAC. I like a deeper, more liquid-like presentation without being so bright or clinical. I like my sound reproduction to be smooth but at the same time I don’t want the music to be slow or too mushy either.

    For me, a ladder DAC fit the bill but I didn’t want to spend an arm-and-a-leg to try it out. It seems to me the R2R 11 with it’s lower price is ideal to evaluate and if you like it it’s a win - if not, probably easy to sell with not too much loss. The only thing I can say is to try it.

    My initial opinion is to say Kingwa may be right as you may find the leading edge of bass notes to be a bit soft for EDM on the R2R - only an unqualified opinion though. I would still try it!
     
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  3. JKDJedi
    Good morning Renato! I would say if your headphones are v shaped then get the 11.28, it will do magic to them. I am enjoying mine everyday as it is getting better and better.. Especially with reggae tracks with groups like Slightly Stupid, Bob Marley, Steel Pulse, etc.
    https://www.leafly.com/news/pop-culture/best-electronic-dance-music-to-listen-to-while-high
     
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  4. unclebrudy
    This pairing is lovely. Synergy between the two are wonderful.

    You may have to proposition your friend to sell it to you once you hear it. I only sold the HE-500 because my neck is weak. Ha.
     
  5. Renato Fury
    I bought the HD 6XX but I intend to buy the Amiron or T1.2 in the future, but I thought you had R2R 11, or do you own both?
     
  6. JKDJedi
    Just the 11.28, I took their recommendation on that one too. You might like the R2R better, I don't like my hd6xx on the 11.28, but that's me, X2 sound better on the 11.28. 11.28 make my X2 sound almost as good as the HD6XX!
     
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  7. Renato Fury
    Why dont you like ?
     
  8. JKDJedi
    Well, hard to say, I have the Black Edition amp, it has the bass and 3d switches to add to what the HD650 inherently lacks, soundstage. So maybe that's why I don't like it with the 11.28, but if the 11.28 and the R2R have the same soundstage then maybe following their advise is good? Not sure, sorry to add to the confusion. Im not saying its a bad combo, just compared to what I have I enjoy my HD6XX more on the iDSD amp. Its all subjective really, however, having said all that, my gut feeling is the R2R might gel better with the hd6XX.
     
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  9. VilMo
    This is my old HE-500 that I sold to him for the same reason hehehe
     
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  10. Renato Fury
    Well, with a difference of $200 already is expected to be better, but I would not buy because I think it too small, it should be bad to plug and unplug the connector and turn the volume knob that is tiny, despite the popularity of that mark.
     
  11. unclebrudy
    Oh man, that is hilarious. I wanted to love it - ended up loving the sound immensely, but couldn't cope with the weight. I'm not one to nitpick about comfort (I'd argue to some degree all of my headphones with the exception of the SHP9500/DT880 aren't 100% comfortable for me) but I legitimately would wake up with a sore neck if I had an extended listening with them the night before.
     
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  12. JKDJedi
    hopefully somebody can comment on the soundstage between the 2 amps here. Good luck man, you really can't make a bad choice between the 2, flip of a coin.
    Edit: I went home for lunch and tried the HD6XX with the 11.28 again and it sounds good brother, mine is still burning in and if it makes anybody feel better the only reason I bought the Audi-GD is because it was said to be better than the iDSD... so maybe after a good burn in maybe?
     
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  13. Renato Fury
    Just one more question that may be the deciding factor, I know the NFB is clear and detailed but do you feel that it has a harsh and strident or soft and musical signature?
     
  14. JKDJedi
    It is not harsh or strident, very musical, and like the hd6xx will get better as they burn in.
     
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  15. alota
    Autoquote: sorry but seller sent to me a fake cable
     
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