Overview

 

NuForce Icon DACTM | MSRP $299

 

 
Icon DAC is a newly designed DAC with very high power headphone amp and supports Android*, PC and Mac.  Its performance is as good as the award winning Icon HDP.  Note that DSD playback support is limited to using foobar200 player on the Windows 7 and 8 OS.
 

The innovative NuForce Icon DAC delivers the latest mobile device connectivity by supporting USB Audio for Android (4.1 and beyond with OTG), Mac and PC (with advanced PCM and DSD), a high-power headphone amplifier, a linear volume control and genuine audiophile construction throughout.

With the advent of Smartphones and their enormous storage capabilities, a great many audio enthusiasts have been longing for a quality DAC/headphone amp they can simply plug into in order to experience their favorite music delivered with vivid clarity.

The Icon DAC stands as the ideal solution for mobile music listeners seeking audiophile-grade performance. This versatile device features a USB input compatible with typical Windows or Mac computer-based setups, as well as Android 4.1.1* (with optional OTG cable). In addition, employed simply as a headphone amp or preamp the Icon DAC provides a secondary analog input for stereo signals from most home-audio and mobile sources.

Furthermore, the Icon DAC is endowed with latest technology. Accepting PCM sample rates up to 96kHz, it’s 32-bit DAC supports 24-bit asynchronous operation while also providing Direct-Stream Digital (DSD) decoding capability.

The discriminating headphone listener is also bound to be satisfied as the Icon DAC includes a proprietary headphone amp stage that drives the most demanding 600-Ohm headphones with ease. Comprising a linear up-conversion topology, it delivers an incredible 24V rail-to-rail supply voltage to the amplifier circuits resulting in ultra-fast transient reproduction and uncompromised peak dynamic performance.

As a control center/preamplifier for use with external amplifier and speaker arrangements, audiophile-grade circuit design and parts ensure that the Icon DAC always delivers the ultimate in clarity to its stereo RCA outputs. A coaxial S/PDIF output is included for added system flexibility.

The innovative design goes several steps further to include a linear power supply that provides only pure DC power to all circuits, a TOCOS high-resolution linear volume control for accurate rendering of critical low-level information, and quality construction throughout.

In total, every aspect of the Icon DAC design is optimized to yield truly remarkable performance. More remarkable still, the Icon DAC’s rock-solid features are offered at an equally remarkable price. Indeed, the user is bound to agree that the Icon DAC is in a class of its own.

 

FEATURES:

Asynchronous low-jitter USB interface

Supports Windows 7, 8, Mac OSX, Android 4.1.1*

*Android compatibility is limited to smart phones running Android 4.1.1 that enables support for USB OTG Audio features.

 

Supported Android devices:

HTC ONE X and newer version

Samsung S3 and newer version

SONY Xperia Z and newer version, and other mobile devices

 

 

High-precision 32-bit DAC

Powerful 8V output headphone amplifier

6.3mm headphone output jack

3.5mm analog input and RCA analog output

Audiophile TOCOS volume pot

Multiple stage filtering and regulated up-converted 24V rail power supply

High-quality aluminum chassis

 

 

Specifications

  • Maximum Sampling Rate: 96 kHz
  • Bit Resolution: 32 Bits
  • Inputs: 3.5mm analog input
  • Outputs: 6.3mm headphone output: 8V at 32-Ohm Headphone impedance 16-600 Ohm Digital output: S/PDIF coaxial 75-Ohm
  • S/N Ratio: > 115 dB
  • THD+N : 0.0013%
  • Frequency Response: 10 – 100 kHz
  • RCA Output impedance : 10 ohm
  • Headphone Output impedance: 2.4 ohm
  • Headphone Power Output: 1.2W @ 16 ohm 1.825W @ 32 ohm 718 mW @ 100 ohm 249 mW @ 300 ohm 126 mW @ 600 ohm
  • Dimensions: H 6” (15.24 cm) X W 1” (2.54 cm) X D 4.5” (11.43 cm)
  • Weight : 1 Lb. (453g)