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NuForce Icon

Desktop stereo integrated amplifier (Red)

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Item # 773ICONR

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Overview

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Want better sound from your computer? Take a look at the compact Icon integrated amplifier from NuForce.

Want better sound from your computer? Take a look at the compact Icon integrated amplifier from NuForce.

The audio circuitry that's built into most computers leaves a lot to be desired. A puny amp. A cheap digital-to-analog converter. Flimsy little speakers, too. It all adds up to distinctly low-fi sound. If you spend a lot of time with your computer, and music is important to you, you'll want to upgrade all three parts of the audio chain. The NuForce solution is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to do it.

Connect up to three music sources to the Icon. A stereo minijack accepts the headphone output from your smartphone or MP3 player. A pair of RCA jacks accommodates a CD player or iPod® dock. A USB jack connects your computer to the Icon's built-in high-grade DAC.

If you've invested in a good set of headphones, you'll also appreciate the high-resolution headphone amp inside the Icon. It runs circles around the one built into your computer. You'll get crystal-clear sound for times when you need to keep your music to yourself, like in a crowded office or late at night.

What's in the Box:

  • Integrated amplifier
  • Power supply with attached 5' DC output cord (15 volt/1.6 amp)
  • 6' AC power cord
  • Silicone stand
  • Two 64" Speaker wires (each with one RJ-45 connector on one end and two single banana plugs on the other)
  • 38" USB cable (USB Type-A on one end and USB Type-B on the other)
  • Manual

Product Highlights:

  • 12 watts x 2 channels into 8 ohms at 0.06% THD
  • built-in USB DAC
  • high-performance headphone amplifier
  • 3.5mm stereo minijack audio input
  • 1 pair RCA analog audio inputs
  • stereo minijack audio output
  • RJ-45 speaker connectors (speaker wire included)
  • AC adapter handles worldwide voltages (60W, 100-240VAC)
  • 1-1/4"W x 6"H x 4-1/2"D
  • weight: 1 lb.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Features and Specs

Performance Specs
Watts RMS per Channel (8-ohms) 12
Watts RMS per Channel (6-ohms) 0
Watts RMS per Channel (4-ohms) 0
Frequency Bandwidth N/A
THD 0.06%
Minimum Impedance 4 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio 84
Digital Music Features
Built-in DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) Yes
High-resolution Audio Playback No
Bluetooth ---
Wi-Fi No
Connections
Total Analog Inputs 2
Phono Input No
Optical Digital Inputs No
Coaxial Digital Inputs No
USB Input 1 Type B
Preamp Outputs Stereo
Headphone Output 1/8"
Dimensions and Warranty
Width (inches) 1-5/16
Height (inches) 6
Depth (inches) 4-3/8
Weight (pounds) 1
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research

Features

Overview: The icon is a desktop amplifier with a headphone amp and digital to analog converter built in. There are three inputs, USB (digital), stereo RCA, and stereo mini-jack, along with a mini-jack line output and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

USB Input: The USB input is designed to connect to your computer's USB port, allowing the icon to act as the sound card and amplifier. The input is a USB Type-B port and a USB Type-A to USB Type-B cable is included.

Analog Inputs: There are two analog inputs, stereo RCAs and a 3.5mm stereo mini-jack, both on the rear panel.

Speaker Outputs: The amplified outputs are RJ-45 terminals and speaker wire is included with the amp (with an RJ-45 connector on one end and two single banana plugs on the other). When using the NuForce S-X speakers, the wire included with the speakers should be used, which has RJ-45 connectors on both ends.

Controls:

  • Power: rotary power/volume control on the front panel; controls the volume for both the speaker level and front panel headphone outputs; turn fully counterclockwise to turn the unit off
  • Input: rotary input selector switch; three position, mini-jack, RCA, and USB

Connections:

  • Front: 1/8" headphone; stereo; compatible with headphones up to 32 ohms; 31.25 mW x 2; THD 0.03%; 20 Hz-20 kHz
  • Rear:
    • Power: DC input for use with included power supply
    • Input 1: stereo mini-jack (3.5mm)
    • Input 2: stereo RCAs
    • Input 3: USB Type-B input; compatible with USB 1.1 and 2.0 (full speed and high speed); USB cable included
    • Speaker Output: left and right RJ-45 terminals; muted when headphones are plugged in
    • Line Output: stereo mini-jack; use the icon as a preamp or add a powered subwoofer

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