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NuForce Icon HD Silver (High Performance Headphone Amp and USB DAC)


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Technical Details

  • Model: NF-ICON-HD-SILVER

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds
  • ASIN: B004HJH1Q6
  • Item model number: NF-ICON-HD-SILVER
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,375 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: December 30, 2010

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NuForce Icon HD Silver (High Performance Headphone Amp and USB DAC)

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Putting it together, it's a great great DAC & amp with beautiful look and good quality.
someone
This thing just ruined my sonic life... because, like I said, it's going to someone else and I had no plans on having one for myself.
coolbeans
NuForce Icon HD greatly improves the sound of my computer and AKG 701 headphones combination.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By someone on December 19, 2011
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A few instant facts:
1. It use USB as the only input and it comes with an USB cable.
2. It has only got the 6.3mm headphone jack, but it comes with a 3.5mm adapter.
3. The only output apart from headphone jack is the RCA output -- and it's volume CAN be controlled by the nob!
4. The power cord comes with a universal converter so that it can be used WORLDWIDE.
5. It comes with a well made stand so that you can put the unit straignt up.

I love its simplisity. For those like me -- who don't actually need variant input options and just want a USB DAC & a headphone amp at home, this small thing (well, it may be larger than you thought, but still compact) satisfies all the needs while providing the same quality as the HDP. What makes me love it more is the fact that I can connect my speakers to it with the RCA output and control the volume simply with its nob! -- You'd be glad that you can control everything in ONE place. And the RCA output goes silent when you plug in your headphone. Beautiful.

Build quality -- Great. At least I feel like I'm paying $350 for something.

The sound -- I know this is the most concerned part, but it's a pretty personal thing. I've owned HRT Music Stream II before this, and I'm gonna say they are different. But which one is better depends on one's taste. For me, Icon HD sounds more transparent and clear, while Music Stream II sounds warmer with maybe emphasized and richer bass. I don't think Icon HD lacks bass though. Still -- all depends on your taste. But anyway they're both much better than my on-board sound chip. It's worth get one.

Value -- Well, $350 for a DAC and amp, it's ... fair. I mean I once had the HRT Music Stream II and a Fiio E9 amp as my setup and it was pretty good, and cost $100 less.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By coolbeans on June 29, 2011
I got this for someone else, but had to take a listen first. The package lends itself to me getting into it and trying it without any visible signs of doing such, so let's get going with the review.

I need to explain that I really only ever listen to music on my laptop with some good earphones (Shure) or headphones (AKG). I also use SRS HD Audio Lab on my laptop's output and it works very well. SRS HDAL doesn't work through the NuForce DAC, so I thought I'd miss some of the spacious feeling to the music. Wrong! I couldn't get SRS HDAL to sound as clear or as defined as the NuForce Icon HD could, especially when there's a good reverb to the music; the Icon HD is so much nicer. I heard subtle sounds more clearly and the channel seperation and boldness of all the sounds was amazing. When listening through the AKG K171 headphones, suddenly there was clear bass, which these phones sorely lack, and better upper register sound (fortunately still without any weird brightness). I didn't think it'd be that good. I did expect to hear some subtle sound more clearly, but I didn't expect such welcome boldness and strength to the music.

Oh yeah, the 1/4" jack is awesome. There's something so satisfying to plugging in one of those. I did expect to enjoy that, 'cause I always do.

I listened to some weird stuff on the Icon HD: Florida, Lady Gaga, Lightning Seeds, Daft Punk, Choir at Trinity College, Handel, Priscilla Ahn, LDS D&C Soundtrack, etc. All sounded better on the NuForce and the volume is a tad lower than I listen straight from my laptop.

This thing just ruined my sonic life... because, like I said, it's going to someone else and I had no plans on having one for myself. $$$. I'll also want to re-encode some of my music because anything below 256kbps is noticably riddled with artifacts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Al G on February 7, 2012
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I am using these along with my HD650 Sennheiser headphones. It should be noted that the HD650s are known for requiring a lot of power to be driven to their full potential. And since the NuFore Icon is doing a fantastic job with this, I can safely recommend this amp/dac to anyone for any use.

Also, the difference between using the NuForce Icon versus the FiiO 9+7 (another amp/dac system) is extremely clear.

Pros:
- Powerful; can drive HD650s very well
- Neutral sound; which is perfect for an amp/dac
- Great for every use; music/movies/games
- $100 cheaper than the HDP icon, which is not really needed when using the amp/dac with a computer
- Very good build quality/design

Cons:
- Still quite expensive, but you do get what you pay for.
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When I first purchased this amp to pair with my Sennheiser HD650 I ordered the silver one but was back ordered so I requested for the black one they had available. When I finally received it, I hooked it up immediately with a pangea pure silver usb cable and a pangea ac9 power cable because the stock cable it came with made it sound thin so I left it aside. Fresh off the box to my surprise it sounded pretty good but on the DAC section, the amp i thought would later open up after 50 hours but remained weak still. At this time I thought I had a defective unit so I returned it and got the silver one when it was made available. Again same issue...sounded great but lacking power, I'd have to crank the volume up 4,5, o'clock close to max and volume on Mac midi set to 100% to get to a comfortable listening level, same as the first unit I received which was the black one. So at this point I realized the amp was not capable of powering the HD650 with ease but struggles to provide enough juice to power a 300ohm Sennheiser. Many claim it powers the HD650 with ease but like I said before...It's a price to performance product and there's no way it can power a $500.00, 300ohm hungry Sennheiser HD650! The DAC though is acceptable and I decided to keep it for that purpose only.
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