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NFB-27 (DSD / DXD )
Fully Discrete  DAC+ Head amp / Preamplifier

DSD , DXD support from USB
32bit / 384K Sabre ES9018 applied TCXO
32bit / 384K Asynchronous Transfer  USB-32 Chip
5 groups digital & 3 groups analogy inputs

Price:      (Exclude shipping cost)
               USD 1530 (With Metal remote)


Summarize Use Manual Specs Technology Detail Custom Option Shipping Cost

Click to read    FAQ

Click to read the USB-32 character                              USB-32 Introduce


Fully balanced design built by discrete analog stages without any OPA and couple caps in the signal channels.
Non- feedback ACSS analog output stage .
Uses three R-core transformers (135W total) separate power supplys for the digital part , right channel and left channel.
More than 50,000uf audio grade NOVER capacitors are used to ensure ample and smooth power feed.
A total of 11 class A PSU groups are used to purify the power supply. To achieve high S/N, the control circuit is powered with separate regulator.
Uses most Hi-end grade parts and exact match transistors.

Four-channel digitally controlled relay-based volume control to avoid channel imbalance and improve sound quality. NFB-27 has 99 steps volume level control in both high gain mode and low gain mode.
5 groups digital input :
  BNC / BNC+RCA coaxial / RCA coaxial / Optical / USB
3 groups analog preamp input :  XLR / RCA / RCA
Preamp / DAC output :
  XLR / RCA / ACSS (variable)
Headphone output : 4 pins XLR / 6.3MM SE
USB Audio Class 2 High-speed Input from Windows / MAC / Linux
The USB supports High / full speed Asynchronous Transfer Mode up to 384K / 32Bit ability .
Resolutions support 16 / 24 / 32 Bit with sampling rate support 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz,352.8kHz,384kHz (USB)
Resolutions support up to 24 Bit/192KHz ( SPDIF  )


Modification guide on headphone jack for 4-pin balanced headphone output.
Click here to read:   modification guide

Parts for the modification is USD30. (Includes one female 4-pin plug and one male 4-pin plug, some tapes and some WBT tin solder.)

History :
The first product had applied ES9018 was released in Oct. 2010 .
Since the ES9018 product first version release, we have search the 192K USB chips cooperate with the ES9018 for the best performance implement  .
ES9018 :
On the web browse , I read some  the ES9018 product users feedback experience sound drop off with some  PC sound card .
Discuss with their engineer , he explain the ES9018  built in an extreme high performance 1 GHz  PLL ( ADI , the one of best PLL manufacturer in world )  avoid jitter ,  as most technicians know , ultra high frequency PLL have high request from input signal  , not to refer there is a 1GHz PLL built in ES9018 .
They are put the aim on Hi-End audio area not low-fi, so they won't increase the compatibility cause  the performance degrade .
We design the high speed TTL process circuit for the ES9018 coaxial input  For the best signal level match,   better sound and lower request from sources than manufacturer recommend design .
In our experiences on sell the Sabre products  , only have around 1% users feedback have the occasional drop off or can't support high sampling signal input with connect to some PC sound card  coaxial or optical output.
This is not the fault in the ES9018 .  It is the source have higher jitter or worst SPDIF level not arrive ES9018 request .
This just like the low price car can run by low quality gas but the high performance sport car can't .

USB-32 G
After do a lot practices with almost  well know chips , only two USB chips can work fine with ES9018 through I2S connect direct  , The USB-32 chip is the best  combo with ES9018 we are consider,  but its high cost  ever  block us back several times. It is much cost  than any USB chips as we had know .
USB-32 chip is worth the price, it had 32bit / 384K Asynchronous Transfer ability and the Hi-End grade sound quality .
In NFB-27, even though the ES9018  support up to 32Bit /192KHz, but the USB-32 chip have 384KHz support ability which is mean it have strong data process ability and very low jitter PLL , can reproduce the better sound .
The NFB-27  USB input is so superb so it  without drop off unless your computer very busy to process other softwares and stop response .
USB-32 chip was released July, 2010 from the large  audio and IT manufacturer , through two years grow up, it already very mature and steady .
All USB chips have the ADC and SPDIF RX , we asked the manufacturer custom design the drivers , remove the ADC and SPDIF RX , put the process ability on reduce jitter and improve on sound quality  , so it have extreme low jitter and very detail sound without harsh .
USB-32 chip have quite low request from the computers.  We test by a SONY web book  , 1G memory with an Atom Z510 CPU (WIN7 home version), the web book even can't play 720P video but can work fine with NFB-27 .I advice users setting on 32 bit output  in the computer  , even playback 16bit files , 32 bit transmit keep the ES9018 working at the best state for the best sound reproduce .

29th Dec. ,  Robert from Germany:

             I'm glad that your NFB27s are fine!
             I will surely come back to you with a new order sooner or later.

             By the way, I think your USB-32 implementation of the VIA Envy chip is the the best I have ever heard. No chance for M2tech, XMOS etc.




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