Audio-gd products had
design and test based on the AP SYS-2722 (The top-drawer
professional equipment in world)
combo 384 Intruduce and driver download
Xmos U208 Introduce and drivers
Since 4th. April 2018,
the model had upgrade the volume ports:
volume ports had built with Vishay or KOA resistors with dual
resistors parallel , tolerance low to 0.05% .
Differences between NFB-29.38
The NFB29.38 has built in ES9038 Pro, NFB29.28 has built in ES9028
pro, other parts are exact same. As for sound quality, NFB29.38 is
slightly better if it comes to transparency.
Differences in comparison to NFB-28.38:
The NFB-29 is a single
ended DAC with headamp and
preamp (+/- 30V DC high voltage power supply ), The NFB-28
is balance DAC with headamp and
preamp (+/-15V DC power supply ). So They had same output power
specs and can drive most headphone very well.
If customer like to use headphone with single ended connector
(6.3MM), choice would be NFB-29H
it get better performance than the NFB-28.
If customer like to use headphone with balance connector choice
would be NFB-28.
boards to isolate the power input sockets, transformer, power
supplies, digital part and the analog part .
Fully Discrete design built by discrete analog stages without any OPA and
coupling caps in the signal path ,built in headphone output (4-pin XLRor
1/4") and preamp output.
Non- feedback ACSS analog
output stage .
Analog amps work under +/- 30VDC for super linear
characteristics and offer high power output in single ended design.
LED display avoids RF disturbance for better sound quality
Large R-core transformers and Hi-fi grade
parts like DALE resistors, WIMA caps
Total of 6-groups of PSUs are
used to deliver pure power . The analog amp has discrete PSU power
Two-channel digitally controlled relay-based volume control is
applied to avoid channel imbalances and to improve sound quality.
100 steps volume control that can work very well with high and low
sensitivity headphones and speakers.
4 digital inputs: USB /
I2S /Optical / Coaxial RCA
2 analog inputs: RCA / RCA
DAC output: RCA /
RCA / ACSS (User can
set either variable output level and use as preamp or fixed output
level and use as dedicated DAC )
Headphone output : 4 pin XLR /
1/4" (6.3MM) SE
4 types of gain mode will drive the high and low sensitivity
headphones with ease .
Detail of the Current Conveyor Technology
had two groups of analogy RCA inputs .You can connect external DACs ,
working as a dedicated headphone amp .There are a lot different DACs designs
with different output impedance . To avoid negative effect on
sound quality by differeces in
output impedance, the NFB-29
has implemented into the design a pair single-ended class A FET buffers
on all the inputs.. All the analog RCA input signal travel
through these FET buffers,
where the output impedance had become very low, even if the
source has high or low output impedance.
The FET buffers
work in pure class A state, and it is short signal journey ,
keep the sound quality without coloration ,(dry
or harsh )
Simple and short signal transfer offer best
sound quality :
The NFB-29 applies
the newest ESS high-end
Sabre32 D/A chip ES9038Pro which can support up to 32Bit/384KHz
in voltage output mode offers performance by -12DB THD+N
.To achieve the best performance of ES9038Pro , dac has
to work in current output mode .
In some other ES9038Pro DAC designs
, ES9038Pro output signal have to go through 3 step OPAs implemented
in a signal path.
has different design , it applies Non-feedback ACSS design.
The ES9038Pro is fed to the ACSS circuit
by balanced mode without any OPA in
The ACSS circuit
by design work in current mode and it can transfer the ES9038Pro
current signal to the output and implement the I/V conversion in
current mode in one ACSS amp
. And this ACSS amp
only have one current gain stage , the ES9038Pro output signal
only has to go through one stage .
The shortest signal path allow to reproduce the best
detail and dynamics, and almost without any sound coloration .
It can show the real performance of the ES9038Pro .
So our ACSS design
is the best combo with ES9038Pro to achieve the best performance
The ACSS also
is a non-feedback technology made with fully discrete amplifiers.
Most people know the global feedback design can offer better specs
in test measurements, and non-feedback can't do well in test
measurements but can offer better sound characteristics for the human's ears.
Here is a conflict of the classic circuits.
But the ACSS opens
a new field, that can offer a least coloration to
the sound which is more neutral with very low distortion and high
linearity. So it can retain the dynamics, detail and neutral sound
but not be bright or harsh.
The output buffers are Non-feedback. For low impedance, we
applied a diamond output stage which offers less coloured sound than
most conventional circuits.
The DAC is
without de coupling
caps to avoid any sound coloration.
There are two OPAs built
in as the DC servo to keep the DC offset in check.
The 32bit / 384K USB interface
outputs a I2S signal to ES9038Pro .
Super low THD （Test by AP SYS-2722,0DBV output level)
Flat frequency response （Test by AP SYS-2722)
diamond differential output stages:
has a pair or diamond differential output stages, every part is
exactly matches before assembly.
The output stages work under + / - 30V DC power supply
built in two pair of 15W transistors which offer strong drive
capability (no matter if you use high or low sensitivity headphones)
. The diamond differential design can avoid switching distortion
.It works in the class A but don't draw large idle current .
power supplies are the key of sound :
applies the excellent DA chip ES9038Pro and excellent analog output
stages, but these are not the only keys of the best sound. The power
supply is most important. Even applying the best DA chip and the
best amp, if matched to a average power supply, the total sound may
still be average or sound musical but can't be neutral and detailed.
That is why it is easy to find hi-end grade gears maybe without the
best chips , but with plenteous dedicated DC supply circuits.
uses A total of 6 groups PSU power
supply for all digital and analog circuits.
To achieve high S/N, the control circuit is powered with
Strong power supply.
The I/V conversion volume control without sound degradation:
Usually the volume control can be
implemented in the DAC +
amplifier combo in two methods
Method 1: The volume control is implemented into the
digital stage. The major drawback is that 1 bit of the D/A
conversion is lost in every 6DB volume reduction. So, even though
the built-in DA chip is 32 bit, in fact, only 16 bit may be left at
low volume level.
Method 2: The volume control is implemented in the analog
amplifier input stage through a volume pot by reducing the signal
level. However, the volume pot affects the sound quality adversely.
A low grade volume pot loses the details and creates channel
imbalances resulting into soundstage distortion.
Even a high grade volume pot inevitably loses the details. Both
methods degrade the sound quality.
applies the I/V conversion volume control, the volume control is
just a variable passive I/V conversion being placed at the ACSS amplifier
output, where the output is in current mode and not voltage mode .
I/V conversion changed the volume level from the current (I) signal
to the voltage (V) signal. (Like R-2R D/A chips output passive I/V
conversion) It can keep the signal frequency band flat while not
losing any detail. It does not degrade the sound quality at any
volume level. In front of the volume control, there are four groups
of diamond non-feedback buffer output stages that offer very low
Mark Levinson also
knows that current volume control has great benefits, so in the
volume control of his top grade hi-end preamplifier No.32, he uses
many components to change the voltage (V) signal to current signal
(I), then through the R-2R network to control the volume, and
finally changes back to voltage signal (V) again. NFB-29
simply works in current (I) signal domain, and technically, it is
superior to the conventional technology due to less conversion.
applies digitally controlled relay-based volume control in 100
steps. It has 90DB control range ( most other volume control only
has around 70DB range, ) that allow users to control the volume
level smoothly. NFB-29
has two relay-based volume control applying DALE resistors to
control the volume and avoiding channel imbalances . That in turn
allow for achieving the best performance and sound quality of the
audio gear. While changeing the
volume, the combine relays break or close, it may have slightly
switch piping sound in the output.(only while changing volume level)
Precise digitally controlled relay-based
Fast / Slow two volume control characteristic
The Multi-ply shield
boards to prevent cross contamination of the signal.
has built in Multi-ply
shield boards, to separate the transformer, power supply, digital
parts and analog parts to avoid cross contamination .Even though the
power input IEC socket,
has a copper shield apply to it.
Static storage mode control software:
In most control softwares designs
the MCU will
continuously output data . the MCU has
the very high speed, so the output data become high frequency
impulses and can affect the audio signal . This product had
applied static storage mode control software .this design Vastly
improve sound quality.(clarity and transparency )
Uses all Hi-end grade components, including DALE
resistors, WIMA caps,
custom order NOVER (UK
brand) caps, Neutrik headphone
output socket, ect .