Nuforce - iCON Mobile - Headphone Amp or USB/DAC (Black)
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- Two headphone/line outputs: a 3.5mm 4-pin mini stereo (with mic) jack and a 3.5mm 3-pin mini stereo jack for driving earphones and line-level sources such as active speakers.
- A Gain Select switch provides compatibility for a wide range of headphones and earphones.
- A high-quality rotary volume pot for maximizing USB and iPod signal-to-noise ratios.
- A built-in, rechargeable Lithium Ion battery with USB featuring a 2.5 hour charge-time for 13 hours of continuous playback at maximum power.
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The Nuforce Icon Mobile, along with its accessories, allows the user to obtain better sound quality from mobile music players, smart phones and personal computers. The Icon Mobile also serves as a rechargeable, high-performance headphone amplifier with adjustable gain or stand-alone USB DAC with support for Skype, Messenger or similar microphones. Desktop Applications: 1. Connected to a computer via USB, the Icon Mobile can drive a pair of active, i.e., powered, speakers. 2. The external 3.5mm stereo input, when inserted, takes precedence over the USB DAC. This function allows the user to listen to music from sources such as an iPod without having to disconnect the Icon Mobile from the computer. Mobile Applications: 1. Due to cost constrains or power consumption considerations, mobile devices such as an iPod or smart phone do not incorporate high-performance headphone amplifiers. The Icon Mobile's optional iPod connector permits the user to bypass the iPod's volume control. The compact, lightweight Icon Mobile, which can drive a variety of headphones, connects to these devices via 3.5mm stereo input.
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2 words immediately come to mind. Clarity and impact. I noticed both on the first song I played. It is unbelievable what this little DAC did to the music. I was hearing instruments and sounds that I had never heard before in some of the songs that I have listened to hundreds of times before. Truly amazing product and it's only $99.
It will not perform miracles, however. Garbage in/garbage out. If you have really poor quality music files; it can only do so much.
If, like me, you listen to a lot of music on a computer, you have got to try this little Mighty Mite.
I am truly blown away.
I primarily use it as a DAC to my Audioengine A2 speaker. But the real deal is when you use it as a headphone amp. It just sounded brilliant with the Grado SR60's. The mid's are well balanced and the peaks as well.
Also, great customer service - if you have questions, email them and very quick response.