ACSS (Audio-gd Current
Signal System) is Audio-gd's system for transmitting audio signals in
the current domain. This concept, first seen in 1966, we have used for
many years, and since 2006, have evolved the technology to include all
audio signals in our systems from the digital source to the power
amplifier. Since 2005, ACSS comp5nts have become Audio-gd's most popular
What's different between Diamond Differential amp
and the Diamond buffer ?
I read on forum, some people maybe
confounded the diamond Differential amp and the Diamond buffer . See
the circuits of below please.
Diamond Differential amp
In NFB-8, it is applied the ACSS + dual FET buffer
output stages, which is the neutral design. But the WM8805+WM8741 sound a
bit smooth so total sound tone is smooth too.
ACSS + dual FET buffer
NFB means Non-Feedback.
The NFB-8 version applies the
newest high-end dual WM8741 which can support up to
24Bit/192KHz input (AES , Coaxial and optical input support up to 192KHz , USB support up to
96KHz/24bit). Similar to other WM8741 designs, Our NFB-8 version applies
Non-feedback ACSS output stage. The dual WM8741 feed to the ACSS output
stage without any OPAs so it can avoid sound coloration .
The ACSS is a non-feedback
technology made with fully discrete amplifiers. Most people know the
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. For low impedance, we applied the dual FET buffer output stage
which is quite less colored than most conventional circuits.
The DAC is without couple
caps to avoid coloration.
The 24/96 USB interface
outputs a I2S signal to dual WM8741.
Applied the WM8805 as the SPDIF
interface , its sound characteristic is same with the WM8741 which
is detail but smooth, and it can support up to 192KHz input.
The WM8805 had quite low jitter (50PS),much less than the CS8416 ( 200PS
Real fully balanced discrete
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NFB-8 applies the excellent dual DA chip WM8741 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 normal 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 or amp stages, but with plenteous
dedicated DC supply circuits.
The NFB-8 uses 15 groups of high-quality class A parallel
connection PSU with dedicated DC supply double-stage PSU, which can
offer very clear DC power for the DAC,
a very black background and neutral sound characteristic. The
double-stage PSU is very important for digital parts. Some designs
may have very low jitter in theory, but if the power is supplied by
a dirty or low-speed power supply, it will increase the jitter and
pollute the data, and degrade the sound quality obviously.
The class A parallel connection PSU has very high input
impedance to avoid pulse through the PSU from affecting the DAC and
low output impedance with very fast speed and high linearity, so it
is a very clean power supply. In my experience, its sound is better
than battery power supply, better human sound and neutral.
If I only use the RCA output, is the NFB-8 wasted or not
The NFB-8 is a real balanced output DAC, it has XLR (balanced), RCA
(single-ended), and ACSS output. There are 4 ACSS modules in the NFB-8
for balanced output, and all the ACSS modules have balanced input, so even
through RCA output, the dual WM8741 DA chips will perform fully.
power cable appropriate for your country:
When you place the order
, please let us know the type of power cable you require.
mprovement may result in changes in
design without notice.