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Nuforce ICON-IDO-BLACK Audiophile-Grade DAC and Headphone Amp for Apple Devices

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  • Bit-perfect, low jitter USB Host Mode operation
  • Digitally controlled analog volume control provides precise control, accurate channel tracking and superior resolution.
  • 3.5mm headphone output jack
  • 24-bit DAC
  • No sample rate conversion
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Nuforce ICON-IDO-BLACK Audiophile-Grade DAC and Headphone Amp for Apple Devices + FiiO L9 L-Shaped Line Out Dock (LOD) Cable For iPod and iPhone - L9
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Product Specifications

Brand NameNuForce
Output Wattage130 watts
Color NameBlack

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 4.5 x 1 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B005LRTH3I
  • Item model number: ICON-IDO-BLACK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 7, 2011

Product Description

The Icon do delivers audiophile-grade CD quality sound to Digital music files stored on Apple® mobile Digital devices. do is ideal for music enthusiasts and musicians alike who primarily listen to—and have their Digital music libraries stored on—these devices. Icon do also offers a built-in headphone amplifier capable of powering power-hungry headsets, giving users a total audio experience. By properly powering headphones, Icon do enhances the auditory performance of the headphones because optimal amperage is being delivered to them, allowing for greater audio clarity.

Customer Reviews

The IDO really put's "air" into the music.
C. Shay
If you want to relax and enjoy Rock, Jazz, Pop, Classical, Broadway and most all music, this is for you.
In the Blues
The sound quality seems to be better, especially for ipod touch4.
Guiyang Huang

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Tony Dellow on November 18, 2011
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Seriously, if you haven't got one of these, get one. It turns any ipod into a really credible audio device. I expected a lot and it has exceeded my expectations. Contrary to what is said in some reviews, you don't have to have all lossless encoded tracks to appreciate this. I don't consider myself an audiophile, but I listen to a lot a classical music and, without this, an i-device cannot play the music to a quality that is even bearable for me. I have the iDo and a pair of Sennheiser HD595 headphones. For me that adds up to a serious setup to listen to a bit of music when I get home from work. Very highly recommended.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Bluesman on June 28, 2012
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Although I'm a lifelong audiophile and still heat my listening space with vacuum tubes, I do love the music more than the equipment. And I've ripped almost 1000 albums to FLAC so far, so I now listen to my own music wherever I am on my phone, PC etc. I lie in bed with headphones plugged into my iPhone almost every night while my wife watches TV for an hour or so before we go to sleep. So when I saw a review of another headphone amp, I liked the idea and decided to find the best one I could for my bedside table.

This is it. I wanted a good-sounding DAC and amp in one unit, sufficiently solid and well made to last a long time (or at least until something so much better that I can't live without it comes along). I looked at many units priced from under $100 to over $1000, some with a tube or two and some solid state. And although I couldn't find one to audition, the NuForce Icon iDo looked to be just right for my needs. So I ordered it with the intent to return it if it didn't sound good. I didn't have to return it.

This is a beautiful piece with the solid look and feel of a miniature sculpture that screams Bauhaus! It's dead simple - plug the input cable into the phone or iPod, plug headphones into the jack, turn it on and adjust the volume with a nice big knob on a stepped control that feels as great in use as it looks. It sounds wonderful through my AKG701 and older Sony headphones - plenty of volume, deep tight solid bass, and impressive clarity & neutrality. It's good enough to make the difference between MP3s and FLACs painfully obvious, too.

It's a keeper.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By D. Solomon on December 31, 2011
This is an Audiophile product. I don't mean that to sound like a snob, but this is an item that will appeal to people that really care about the sound of their music files. Those would be people that transfer their music in a lossless format. This will not upconvert lossy files and make them sound better, even though you might hear more clarity. I was lucky enough to receive this as a gift, and I have been rediscovering my music collection ever since. The internal DAC in the iPod is good, but is no match for the iCon iDo which also incorporates a high quality Headphone Amplifier.

I couldn't be happier with the quality of the sound. This is the kind of audio playback that would cost many thousands of dollars to recreate in a home setup. Therefor, I consider this to be a real bargain. Most of the Headphone Amplifiers I had been shopping for cost more than the iCon iDo without the added benefit of a high quality DAC. If you are serious about sound quality, but cannot afford a $10,000,00+ home setup, this is the product for you. Coupled with a good set of earphones, the iCon iDo will put you inside the music.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Good Judge on April 5, 2012
A funny thing happened to me on my way back from London a few weeks ago. I had jut gotten the new iPad (gen 3). Coincidentally I was breaking in my new Marley Destiny TTR NC headphones (Also reviewed by me on Amazon). I was having a great time and thought I had it all going on. But then I rediscovered Einstein and the Theory of Relativity. Albert was right: it IS all relative, and while in a vacuum this combination sounded great, I soon discovered that while very good, they paled in comparison to how fabulous the Marley's sounded when I SWITCHED to my iPhone 4s. What? Huh? How was THAT possible. I turned to the passenger next to me with whom I had struck up conversation, and he, like me happened to be an audiophile. He corroborated my experience, and between us, we estimated that the iPhone sounded approximately 20% better than the experience with the iPad. Huh? Both Apple devices. Both the most current model. Well, the gentlemen explained to me that Apple was clearly using different DACs in the two devices. In fact, Apple likely pulls from multiple vendors in sourcing out DACS for their devices depending on availability, PROVIDED they fall within tolerance as prescribed by Apple.

Well this led me on my next journey. if one DAC can account for such a dramatic difference between similar devices, what can a really great stand-alone DAC accomplish? This led me on a quest through which I discovered the new NuForce Icon iDo. I read dozens of reviews and everything all of a sudden made perfect sense: amplification, better conversion of digital content to analog, much like understanding why a $15,000 Krell CD player will of course sound appreciably better than your standard Denon or Yamaha or Sony CD player. Infinitely superior DAC, folks.
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