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NFB-1.38 (ES9038Pro )

Dedicated Discrete Fully Balanced DAC
DSD , DXD support from USB and I2S
32bit / 768K Sabre ES9038Pro
32bit / 384K Asynchronous Transfer Xmos U208
Built in OCC

Price :  (Exclude shipping cost)
NFB-1.38 : USD750
(ES9038 Pro, Amanero & TCXO built in.)
NFB-1.38 : USD685 (ES9038 Pro, Xmos U208)
NFB-1.28 : USD608
(ES9028Pro,Xmos U208)

     

           
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Audio-gd products had design and test based on the AP SYS-2722 (The top-drawer professional equipment in world)


Amanero combo 384 Intruduce and driver download
Xmos U208 Introduce and drivers download

Different between NFB-1.38 and NFB-1.28:
The different is the NFB1.38 had built in ES9038 Pro, NFB1.28 had built in ES9028 pro, other parts are exact same. In sound quality, NFB1.38 had slightly better on transparency.

Summarize
Multi-ply shield boards to isolation the power input socket , transformer, power supplies, digital part and the analog part .
Fully Balanced Discrete design built by discrete analog stages without any OPA and coupling caps in the signal channels .
Non- feedback ACSS analog output stage .
LED display avoids RF disturbance for better sound quality
Large R-core transformers and Hi-fi grade parts like DALE resistors, WIMA caps .
A total of 5 groups class A parallel mode PSU power supply for all digital and analog circuits. There is another one linear PSU power supply for the control parts .
4 digital inputs:   USB / Optical / Coaxial RCA / I2S
Support DSD and DXD through USB and I2S .
DAC output:   XLR / RCA / ACSS
User can change the digital parameter setting
 


Technology detail

Detail of the Current Conveyor Technology

Simple and short signal transfer is best:
    
The NFB-1 applies the newest ESS high-end Sabre32 DA chip ES9038Pro which can support up to 32Bit/384KHz input .
       
ES9038Pro in voltage output model , there is -12DB THD+N worst , to be achieve  the best performance of ES9038Pro , must work in current output model .
       In some other ES9038Pro built in DAC design , ES9038Pro output signal have to through 3 step OPAs implement analogy signal process .
       The NFB-1 had different design , applies Non-feedback ACSS design. The ES9038Pro feed to the ACSS circuit by balanced model without any OPAs .
       The ACSS circuit naturally working in current model and have design difference current input , it can transfer the ES9038Pro current signal to output and implement the I/V conversion in current model in one ACSS amp . And this ACSS amp only have one current gain stage , the ES9038Pro output signal only through one stage can arrive the output stages .
      The shortest signal journey can reproduce the best detail and dynamic, and almost without sound coloration , It can show the  real performance of the ES9038Pro .
       So our ACSS design is the best combo with ES9038Pro 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 for the human's ears. Here is a conflict of the classic circuits.
        But the ACSS opens a new field, it can offer a least coloration sound which is more neutral with very low distortion and high linearity. So it can retain the dynamics, detail and neutral sound but not sound bright or harsh.
        The output buffers are Non-feedback pure class A FET design.
        The DAC is without couple caps to avoid coloration. There are two OPAs built in as the DC serve  to keep the DC offset .
        The 32bit / 384K USB interface outputs a I2S signal to ES9038Pro .

Multi-ply  Class A power supplies are the key of sound :

        NFB-1 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.
         The NFB-1 uses A total of 5 groups class A PSU power supply for all digital and analog circuits.
         To achieve high S/N, the control circuit is powered with separate regulator.

        Diagram of the  Class A PSUs for analogy parts      Diagram of the Class A   PSUs for digital parts
                               

 

The Multi-ply shield boards  for avoid the interrupt:

           The NFB-1 (2016) had built in Multi-ply shield boards, to separate the  transformer, power supply, digital parts and analogy parts for avoid the different parts had disturb . Even though the power input IEC socket, it had hide in a copper shield box .

     

Built in Hi-End grade parts :
        
NFB-1 have built in most high end grade parts, like the DALE resistors (USA), WIMA caps (Germany)  and NOVER parts (UK) .
         These parts have through long term practices and consider have least sound coloration .
         Built in high end grade parts have not warranty have the good  sound , but the best technology design with high end grade parts can have the high ended sound quality .

 

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