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Audio-GD NFB-11.32 & NFB-11 (2014) (Delivery & Impression Thread)!!!

Discussion in 'Headphone Amps (full-size)' started by heatfan12, Aug 25, 2012.
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  1. PurpleAngel Contributor
     
    I see it as the NFB-11/15 offering features that the Modi/Vali does not.
    The NFB has three digital inputs, the Modi only one.
    The NFB-11/15 comes with a separate line-output (RCA) for speakers.
    The NFB-11/15 can have it's firmware update, I believe the Modi can not.
     
    Better specs
    The NFB-11/15 amplifier offers more power then the Vali.
    The S/N on the NFB DACs are higher then the Modi's
     
    I've used my NFB-15.32 with lots of difference headphones (like 6 or 7, 32-Ohm to 600-Ohm) and it seem fine driving them all.
     
  2. Boogirl
    Thats a big part of why I went with Audio GD in the end. Received it today. All I need now is to purchase an optical lead. Any recommendation on a suitable optical lead?
     
  3. Murder Mike
     
    I just use one of these. No need to get that fancy, it's a digital signal. 
     
  4. PurpleAngel Contributor
     
    I'm assuming your Macbook comes with the 3.5mm mini-toslink optical jack?
    So this cable should connect the Macbook to the Audio-GD
     
    3ft Optical Toslink to Mini Toslink M/M 5.0mm OD Molded Cable, $2.13+shipping.
    Cable also comes in 6ft, 12ft, 25ft, but I'm guessing a 3ft (or 6ft) would be long enough.
    http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=102&cp_id=10229&cs_id=1022902&p_id=1556&seq=1&format=2
     
    Not sure if the Audio-GD comes with the USB cable?
    For connecting the Macbook to the Audio-GD's 32-bit/384K USB input, $1.25+shipping.
    6ft USB 2.0 A Male to B Male 28/24AWG Cable - (Gold Plated) - WHITE (also comes in black).
    http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=103&cp_id=10303&cs_id=1030301&p_id=8616&seq=1&format=2
     
    If you want to get a pair of self-powered 5" studio monitors ($170) for use with the Macbook/Audio-GD
    I bought them about 6 months ago myself.
    http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=115&cp_id=11504&cs_id=1150401&p_id=605500&seq=1&format=2
     
  5. tohm
    I have an NFB-11 (2014) on order to pair with my HE-500 headphones.  I'm hoping it will be an improvement over the O2/ODAC I'm using currently.  I've read that the HE-500 really needs > 1W of power to do it justice and in that regard the O2 is underpowered.  Not quite sure what to believe but will post my findings once it arrives!
     
    Tom
     
  6. PurpleAngel Contributor
     
    The NFB-11 and ODAC both use Sabre DAC chips.
    My O2 could drive my 600-Ohm Beyerdynamic headphones.
    The HE-500 are listed as 38-Ohms, but it might how the power is delivered.
     
    I'm currently using the NFB-15.32 to drive all my headphones :)
    And they all sound GOOD.
     
  7. Saraguie
    Those studio monitors are excellently priced and your recommendation makes them a steal! I'm assuming they are comparing to Audioengine's.
     
  8. PurpleAngel Contributor
     
    The Monoprice 5" studio monitors appear to be rebadged M-Audio BX5s.
     
  9. swannie007
    Sorry to hear about your negative experience with Schiit. You must have caught them on a really bad day as I have only ever heard glowing reports about their customer service and my own experience with them was top notch and a reason why I will continue to give them more of my business in the future. I have had the good fortune to meet Jason (one of the founders of Schiit) a few months ago while I was on holiday in the USA and I found him to be very approachable and very customer service oriented. Like I said, your experience seems to be an isolated event and not the norm. Sorry this happened to you but I hope you enjoy your Audio Gd gear.
     
  10. hellfire8888
    I have the same bad exp with schiit... They dont even bother to reply questions properly and always give a two to three words kind of reply.
     
  11. swannie007
    See above post.
     
  12. hellfire8888
    This only happen yesterday and are they really that busy these few days?
     
  13. Douglaster
    Finally received my NFB11.
     
    Its the latest version, cooling grills on top and everything.
     
    It arrived very well packed (like a tank actually) with an USB cable, power cable and caps for the RCA outputs.
     
    I did as instructed here on the forums by Kingwa and started the unit after the pc complete boot up.
     
    Installation gave me a 1607 error (something with installshield wizard)  so i installed only the drivers per se (without the Via audio panel).
     
    Opened Aimp, select Wasapi 32bit 384kbit and VOILA !!
     
    The sound is so much richer and detailed than my receiver, i could discerne Madonna tapping her neck thru the music.
     
    The mids, highs and lows are all there. Representation is very neutral and detailed.
     
    I could hear someone laughing during the Creedence Ramble Tamble that i never heard before.
     
    So far im really impressed by the 30min run (lunch time haha) i had with it.
     
    This night i will test more.
     
    Overall im much satisfied (so far), Audio GD personnel kept emailing me about the status of the shipping and the unit after i received it.
     
    Thanks guys.
     
  14. conquerator2
    Glad you like it. I think Audio-GD is an amazing company... Only have had good experience with them so far.
     
  15. Boogirl
    Hi Swannie007. Thank you for apologising on behalf of Schiit. Its really nice of you. 
     
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