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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. FangJoker
    OK got it working with Jriver and my games.  Sounds pretty good so far.  Only complaint is build quality.  The feet or the unit is unbalanced and does not rest on all 4 feet.  I guess for the price compared to other amps/dacs with this chip I can't complain.  Yulong sure looks a lot nicer, but is twice as expensive.
  2. cel4145
    Sure you aren't missing a foot on the bottom? The chassis is metal. Seems less likely it would be warped.
  3. FangJoker
    Nope.  Got all 4 feet.  Never had an issue with the Schiit bifrost which was under a schiit valhalla that I just sold as I wanted something that was not as wide to give me back some desktop space.  It is definitely the unit as I have put it on other surfaces and it still has a slight wobble. Maybe one of the feet is just slightly taller by 2mm.  It's not big deal, just thought it seemed cheap.   But for the price this thing checks all the right boxes.   I don't think there's a cheaper dac/amp with the 9018 chip that I wanted.
  4. cel4145
    Weird? Feet quality control. (lol)

    You might try just getting some of those furniture feet pads and putting them on the bottom in other spots. I've seen pretty thick ones, and that should stabilize it.

    But yeah. You are right. It seems like to me most other DAC/amps with that Sabre chip are a lot more. Does it compare well with your Schiit setup?
  5. chawya22
    I had the same problem. What I did is loosen, slightly, all the perimeter screws (the darker ones) on the top and bottom. Then on a flat surface, I pressed down lightly on the top of the case until all the feet where level and balanced. Then I carefully retighten all the screws, and the rocking was gone.
  6. FangJoker
    Thanks this helped out a lot.  There's a slight wobble left so I'll try again when I wake up as I'm too tire to do it again and I don't  want to strip the screw heads.  
    Other than that, I really like this a lot.  I did like my old setup too, but it was taking up too much space and I wanted this dac chip.  I wish I had known about this earlier.  I would have saved myself so much more money, but I don't look at a lot of the threads here.  Next time I have the urge to do so, I definitely will take more time in finding something that meets all of my needs and not just most of them.
    I'm wondering if I should have put out the extra cash for the compass 2.  From what I can see, it looks like it has better parts in it and is upgradable (something I really would be interested in) but I am not hardcore and probably would not realize much of a difference between the two.   
  7. chawya22
    I bought mine from a US dealer. They didn't have the Compass 2 listed as a stocked item, so I wasn't aware of that model. Overall I'm very happy with the NFB-11(2014) (I guess this is the new name). I'm sort of glad I didn't know about the Compass 2 because I wouldn't have had the extra fund's to purchase the ifi Micro iDSD. It's an incredible piece of kit. A different DAC chip but truly is a 'do everything', swiss army knife. Check out the thread.
    As far as the screw issue, it took a couple of times before I got it perfect. That's why I said carefully re-tighten the screws because it's easy to take the case out of alignment again.
  8. cel4145

    Well, and you were going for smaller size, weren't you? Check the specs. The Compass 2 is a good bit bigger.
  9. conquerator2
    But it should be also a bit better :wink::D
  10. FangJoker
    Yeah I didn't think about that.  I did measure the size of the NFB, but didn't for the compass as I was looking at something less expensive because I was considering buying other stuff too to have some extra bucks left over from my schiit valhalla and bifrost uber sales.
  11. exhibitO

    Is it necessary to install drivers if I'm going to be using Optical cable not USB with my computer?

    I plan on using Foobar and Winamp for listening to my music
  12. jaysins
    It is not necessary.
  13. PurpleAngel Contributor
    You have no need to add any (win) drivers when using the S/PDIF (optical & coaxial) connections on the Audio-GD.
  14. FangJoker
    So far no issues at all.  I'm glad that I have no usb issues. I really like this chip.  
  15. Broo0d
    I had a HifiMeDiy sabre U2 DAC it is a great dac, sadly it's not working any more (device not recognized).
    thinking of buying Geek out 720 or 1000 but i saw the audio-gd NFB-11
    any recommendations?
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