NuForce Icon DAC - Silver

High Performance Digital to Analog Converter, Headphone Amplifier/Preamp for Android, MAC, and PC

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Changing the Way We Listen

2005 Was an incredible year for music enthusiasts and audiophiles alike. That was the year that NuForce was founded, and that was the year that we would change the way we listen to music forever. For years, audiophiles have sought after a solution to the constant decline in fidelity. Smartphones only added to the problem, as convenience appeared to be winning the battle over quality. Even audiophiles have conformed to the digital compressed media era, but now for the first time ever, can truly enjoy their music once again.

The New and Improved Icon DAC

When NuForce released the Icon Ido Amplifier, owners of the popular selling iPods, iPhones, and iPads were spoiled rotten. An easy to use audiophile grade amplifier with a high grade DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) provided Apple users with a brilliant way to repair these damaged compressed files. A 30-Pin to USB cable was included in the box so owners were able to enjoy listening right away. NuForce saw this as a huge opportunity to spoil just about everyone with their magnificent build quality, and their easy to use amplifiers/DACs. The new Icon DAC features even more innovative technology, enabling this desktop amp to support multiple mobile audio devices and smartphones in a single product series. The USB Input supports audio playback and processing from Android Smart Phones (v4.1 and beyond with optional OTG cable) like the HTC ONE, Samsung Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4, Sony Xperia Z (and newer versions), as well as MAC and PC (with advanced PCM & DSD). This high-power headphone amplifier also features an additional audio input for "RCA" stereo audio input, supporting home stereo integration. The Icon DAC accepts sample rates up to 96 kHz and delivers fidelity that people could only dream about years ago. The 32-bit DAC also supports 24-bit low-jitter asynchronous operation while also providing Direct-Stream Digital (DSD) decoding capability. The built-in front 6.3 mm (1/4 Inch) input is an instant flag for audiophiles, and delivers the message that this Amplifier & DAC means business. Engineered to power headphones ranging a mere 16 Ohms, all the way up to the power hungry 600 Ohm Headphones. So weather your using your Android Smartphone, MAC, or PC, or attempting to listen to your Sennheiser HD 600 or HD 650, Beyerdynamic DT 880 or DT 990 (250 & 600 Ohm), AKG Q701, Audio Technica ATH-M50 Series, or any other audiophile grade headphones, the NuForce Icon DAC is the perfect choice and is sure to give you the best results! Available now in two excellent color editions. A nice discreet Black, and a sharp Silver (Model Pictured Above, model NF-ICON-DAC-SILVER)! Pick your poison, but keep in mind this is meant to be enjoyed by your ears, not your mouth!

What's In The Box?
  • 1x NuForce Icon DAC Desktop Headphone Amplifier/Preamp (Silver)
  • 1x Standard USB Device Cable
  • 1x AC Power Adapter
  • 1x Desktop Stand
  • 1x Users Guide
  • 1x Warranty Information

General Features:

  • Silver High Performance Desktop Headphone Amplifier, Digital to Analog Converter (DAC), & Preamp
  • Manufactured using only premium materials to complete the highest grade build quality with fine and durable aluminum chassis to take a beating so the performance parts wont have to
  • Powerful amplifier delivers incredible amounts of energy sufficient enough to drive even the most resistant and demanding premium audiophile headphones (Up to 600 Ohms)
  • Supports USB audio with Android smartphones and other Android based tablets, and portable media devices (Android 4.1.1 or above; USB-OTG cable required, sold separately)
  • Compatible with multiple home uses and applications including direct use with PC computers and even home theater entertainment set-ups via Digital Coaxial Output
  • Driver-less Asynchronous Mode for plug and play entertainment right out of the box without the need of any additional components
  • Superlative discrete preamp and headphone amplifier capable of driving headphones 16 - 600 Ohms enabling a wide assortment of compatible headphone impedances
  • Digital and analog voltages each have separately isolated internal power regulations delivering the clearest audio reproduction with consistent levels of audio playback
  • High quality analog volume control allows users to accurately and precisely set the playback level to their peak comfort and enjoyment
  • RCA male to two RCA female AudioQuest adapter can be used to provide extra connection to subwoofer
  • Luxurious finish compliments any office, home, or desktop usage, perfect anywhere you want it
  • Analog input selector manufactured on the front for easy adjustments and source selection
  • Front 1/4 Inch headphone jack (6.3 mm) provides simple connection for users
  • Rear Stereo RCA, Stereo Mini (3.5 mm) and USB input, and Stereo RCA, and Digital coaxial outputs
  • Designed for compatibility with Windows 7 and Windows 8 (and newer)
  • LED Power and input indicator light
  • Supports DSD Playback on PC only
  • Color: Silver
  • Additional Color Accent: Black
  • Manufacturer Part Number: NuForce NF-ICON-DAC-SILVER
  • Also available in Black
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 1-year Manufacturer's Warranty


  • Frequency Response: 10-100,000Hz
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: >100dB
  • THD+N: 0.001% @ 1kHz
  • Analog Inputs: RCA or 3.5mm when inserted
  • Coaxial Input Impedance: 75 Ohms
  • RCA Output: 2.6 Vrms
  • RCA Output impedance: 100 Ohms
  • Headphone Output impedance: 10 Ohms
  • Headphone Jack: 6.3mm full-size headphone output jack drives headphones up to 600-Ohm (96 [email protected])
  • USB 2.0 Full Speed compliant and 1.1 supported, 8-96kHz/16-24-bit (88.2kHz is not supported)
  • S/PDIF input: Coaxial up to 192kHz/24-bit or Optical up to 192kHz/24-bit
  • Inputs:
    • Standard USB Device Input (Rear)
    • Stereo Audio RCA Input (Rear)
    • Stereo Audio 3.5 mm ("1/8 Inch Mini Jack" or "Aux")(Rear)
    • 6.5 Volt DC Power Adapter (Rear)
  • Outputs:
    • Standard 6.3 mm (1/4 Inch) Output (Front)
    • Stereo Audio RCA Output (Rear)
    • Digital Coaxial Audio Output (Rear)

Headphone Amplifier Specifications

Amplifier Style
Some headphone amplifiers are designed to be portable and others are meant to be placed on a desk. This will tell you what style of amplifier this item is.
Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC)
A Digital-to-Analog converter (also known as a DAC) converts a digital audio signal into an analog signal. This is especially helpful for listen to music from digital sources, such as iPods and smart phones.
Frequency Response
The range of frequencies the amplifier will reproduce (lowest frequency to the highest). Bigger is better, meaning the wider the range, the better. The optimal range is 20 - 20,000 Hz (which is the range of human hearing).
10 - 100000 Hz

DAC Specifications

Signal-to-Noise Ratio
This spec compares the strength of the signal to the level of background noise. A higher value indicates less background noise.
100 dB

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Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
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Warning: The image depicted shows the resistance change when wiring multiple subwoofer terminals. Please refer to your subwoofer's owner's manual for the proper wiring of its terminals. Sonic Electronix, Inc. is not responsible for damage caused to your audio system or vehicle due to improper installation. Please call tech support at 1-877-289-7664 if you require additional assistance.

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NuForce Icon DAC - Silver

High Performance Digital to Analog Converter, Headphone Amplifier/Preamp for Android, MAC, and PC


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