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Powering my Denon D5000s

Discussion in 'Headphone Amps (full-size)' started by tgtbatq, Aug 16, 2012.
    I currently only have a fiio e10 that i purchased as a placeholder, now that i've got some extra cash to spare, i can finally upgrade to a nice amp that these headphones deserve. my spending limit is around 3-400$, i mainly listen to electro (justice/daft punk/danger/the xx etc) and metal (a day to remember/memphis may fire, etc) so basically, things with quite a bit of bass.
  2. HeatFan12 Contributor
    Hello TG,
    You need to give some Audio-GD love to those Denons.  The output impedance of A-GD matches great with Denons...Recently I have connected my D5000s to the NFB-16 & NFB-15.1 with great results..
    So you got the NFB 16 with the NFB 15? or are they two separates and you alternate?
  4. HeatFan12 Contributor
    Two separate pieces of gear.  The NFB-16 is battery powered and has line-in (means you can use it's amp only with another source if u like).  Or you can plug it in to your PC.
    The NFB-15.1 is an all-in-one DAC, headamp, preamp.
    so, of the two, since it's sitting only at my computer and i won't be taking it anywhere, would you suggest the 16?
  6. HeatFan12 Contributor
    If you're not going to move it, I would recommend the NFB-15.1.  You can also change the digital filters with the 15.1 from the front panel, to give you a little different sound flavoring.  It really is a nice total package.  I love 'em both but I move my 16 around with iPods and PC.  That pic I posted with iPad, there are no power cords which is great...
    sorry to maybe seem dumb, but is that the NFB-15 on the site? I don't see a 15.1. I've also been reading about a lot of people getting the Schiit Asgard, do you know how it compares to this? edit: i've also seen a few people get the Pico amp, and there's a few for sale in the FS section.
  8. HeatFan12 Contributor
    No worries...Yes, when you click on the NFB-15 it shows the pics etc. for the 15.1.  In reference to the Asgard, could not tell you, since I don't own it, but it is only a headphone amp.  You would need a dac to connect to your PC.  The 15.1 is an all-in-one (dac & headphone amp & preamp)...
    awesome. just a few more questions before i order it. any experience with the Pico amp? and also, do you have experience with the O2/0DAC combo? i've heard pretty good things from both of those as well. There's so much to choose from, i'm sorry if i'm being annoying, just want to get the best sound possible from my denons :s
  10. HeatFan12 Contributor
    Not annoying at all.  My pleasure.  The problem nowadays is that there is so much to choose from that it gets dizzying sometimes.  When I first joined here there were like four products to choose from and you went from there...lol....easy...I have not listened to the O2 sorry..
  11. SHP53
    So in other words the NFB-16 can't be used as a standalone DAC + AMP at the same time?
  12. HeatFan12 Contributor
    Yes.  The NFB-16 can be used as a standalone DAC & amp via usb.  It has line-in's as well (RCA & mini) to connect a source to (ipod etc.).  The only thing you can't do with it is connect another amp to it.  That would require DAC out (line out).  The NFB-15.1 takes care of that.  The NFB-16 was brought out as a portable solution.  I have also used the 16 as a pre-out to my powered speakers with my iPod Touch (pic)..
    and this NFB-15 will be a major improvement over the fiio e10, right? :wink:
  14. HeatFan12 Contributor
    That pic is of the NFB-16 (for SHP..).  The NFB-15.1 is different.  I don't own the E10 so I can't speculate, but from the specs alone, I would say it would send it deep into the Atlantic Ocean...IMO..
    Yes but the NFB-15 on the audioGD is the 15.1 if I order that, right?

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