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Comparison: Nbox platinum vs. Tinybox
« on: March 14, 2016, 06:17:20 PM »
Hello fellow audiophiles!

In 2014 I finally decided to buy new, class A, microphones (AKG CK61+63) and with that active cables + the tinybox (mostly because of the small size/big sound).

Now... I've tried to read as much as possible here regarding both the tinybox AND the Nbox platinum, but can't really figure out if anyone has ever compared these two? When searching for an option in 2014 I found out that it was 50/50 regarding what people thought of the two, so therefore I chose tinybox, because I only stealth, but since I always want the BEST possible sound:

What differs in soundquality between the two? Some like A better than B - but can anyone say which one actually SOUNDS the best and why?

Anyone up for linking soundclips? Has anyone compared? Feel free to give me your thoughts!

P.S. This is in NO WAY an attempt to piss anyone off (since the people making these great products both will read this) - this is just me trying to figure out what people think of both of these products. Kind of like consumer TV-show, you know?

/Jonas (Jontebus on Dimeadozen etc)

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Re: Comparison: Nbox platinum vs. Tinybox
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2016, 06:23:32 PM »
This would be a rather academic exercise.  TB are no longer made, were basically built to spec, and rarely appear on the used market.  The NBox build and sound quality is outstanding.

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Re: Comparison: Nbox platinum vs. Tinybox
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2016, 06:29:58 PM »
were basically built to spec

Could you explain what you mean here? "Built to spec"?

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Re: Comparison: Nbox platinum vs. Tinybox
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2016, 06:53:02 PM »

When ordering a Naiant pre, the buyer could request various different input, output and power configurations. You could choose to have transformers or not, etc. They were built to the buyer's spec/preferences.

were basically built to spec

Could you explain what you mean here? "Built to spec"?
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Re: Comparison: Nbox platinum vs. Tinybox
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2016, 06:54:22 PM »

When ordering a Naiant pre, the buyer could request various different input, output and power configurations. You could choose to have transformers or not, etc. They were built to the buyer's spec/preferences.

were basically built to spec

Could you explain what you mean here? "Built to spec"?

I see, thank you for clarifying this.

 ;D

Still wonder what would sound best with my setup - and why? What makes it outstanding?
« Last Edit: March 14, 2016, 07:04:26 PM by jontebus »

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Re: Comparison: Nbox platinum vs. Tinybox
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2016, 09:15:04 PM »
Beyond the basics--design, value, build quality--outstanding is a subjective opinion I suppose.  Two people can hear a piece of gear and have two differing opinions about the "sound."  Things I value--dynamics, wide bandwidth, low noise, neutral presentation--this preamp has in spades.  The sound is very natural.  Uncompressed.  Reflects what is feeding it signal-wise.  Some people match gear to balance sound.  Mics that might lean toward a more clinical sound might be paired with preamps that have warmth.  Tube mics might be paired with a preamp that sounds leaner.  You get the idea.  The Nbox is designed to be small, simple, and great-sounding.  Those of us who bought it had a good idea of what it could do by listening to recordings made with gear similar to what we own.

Trust your own ears.  It's that simple. :D

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Re: Comparison: Nbox platinum vs. Tinybox
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2016, 12:01:57 PM »
But to compare, using my ears, I have to buy one  :D (since not too many people have the AKG CK61+63's) and I thought someone had used both and could give his or her reply of what the difference is  ^-^
« Last Edit: March 15, 2016, 12:10:02 PM by jontebus »

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Re: Comparison: Nbox platinum vs. Tinybox
« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2016, 12:49:03 PM »
What actives do you have? The nBox will only work when modded with the nBob actives.
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Re: Comparison: Nbox platinum vs. Tinybox
« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2016, 02:27:58 PM »
I have one of each pre-amps but I don't run AKG's.

This is strictly anecdotal (of course) - I've run both to get a sense of what my preference is. They both sound very good. I enjoy my recordings made with either pre.

When all things are equal - I grab one of my Classic Nboxes 99.99% of the time. With that said I would never sell my Tinybox and its so small I often bring it along as a backup - just in case. 

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Re: Comparison: Nbox platinum vs. Tinybox
« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2016, 03:15:18 PM »
What actives do you have? The nBox will only work when modded with the nBob actives.

I have the nBob's...  :D

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Re: Comparison: Nbox platinum vs. Tinybox
« Reply #10 on: March 15, 2016, 03:25:34 PM »
What actives do you have? The nBox will only work when modded with the nBob actives.

I have the nBob's...  :D


Then all you have to do now is hit Nicky up and have him build you an nBox. NO BRAINER...I love mine and the tapes I have made with it are pretty damn awesome.
I'll have my AKG cables soon but run the MG actives with the nBox currently.
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Re: Comparison: Nbox platinum vs. Tinybox
« Reply #11 on: March 15, 2016, 09:13:12 PM »
Love my nbox platinum. Very happy with the results. If I want a different flavor I can run nbob>PFA but haven't yet.
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Re: Comparison: Nbox platinum vs. Tinybox
« Reply #12 on: March 15, 2016, 10:28:31 PM »
I also run an nbox platinum.  I know both units sound great but all things being equal I know Nick stands behind his products.  If something goes bad, he will fix it.  I don't know whether or not you would get the same with a Tinybox but if you read threads on here you will not find any examples of Nick not responding to issues.  He is a taper, one of us. 

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Re: Comparison: Nbox platinum vs. Tinybox
« Reply #13 on: March 15, 2016, 11:35:17 PM »
Why don't y'all just come out and say it?  Nbox is like sipping Chateau d'Yquem, tinybox was like butt-chugging Franzia Sunset Blush.

There, now that this important issue is decided, you can move on to more important considerations.

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Re: Comparison: Nbox platinum vs. Tinybox
« Reply #14 on: March 16, 2016, 12:17:49 AM »
Not sure if this matters to you...  but a Tinybox looks like a piece of audio gear.  An Nbox looks like an "unknown" device with female RCA connectors. 
As far as I know, NboxP is currently in production.  Tinybox is out of production.
I use to run an Nbox+ and loved the sound. 
I've never run a Tinybox, but have friends that do and they love it. 
I've never run AKG's.
I have nothing to offer regarding sonic comparisons.
.....got a blank space where my mind should be.....

 

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