Setting Up a NuForce/Optoma Icon (HDP etc)....
Just a quick 2c on how to ‘get the best’ from this “five star” rated product ;-)
As the spec output is 2.6Vrms from the Icon, when standard audio equipment expects 2Vrms input, a level matching should be done....
I found leaving the volume dial at full output when using the Phono plug outputs (into other audio kit), resulted in the “Overload” light warning on my preamp.
(To be fair the strong RCA/phono linelevel outputs on my 90’s Rotel CD player does the same at ‘peak output’ on some recordings)
Essentially, if using this as a DAC into other equipment, a slight ‘trim’ is required (aiming for the standard 2Vrms):
This was the required location on the volume dial to remove the overload light from illuminating.
:It actually matched the spot I expected it to be once I read that the output was 2.6Vrms
As a net user since bulletin boards days’ I love the high bandwidth multimedia ease that the world wyde web gives; so heres a few extra pics for your perousal... (in the old days I would have Jpeg compressed these images until they were ‘just’ legible to save the minute long load times...)
This shot shows my final configuration on the magnet/filter on the power cable. I went with four windings with some paper towel to force the cable through the midpoint of the filter...
This USB DAC works with Nintendo Switch. Skyrim and Octopath Traveller have NEVER sounded so good. (Surprised me with Skyrim as I was one of the few who couldn’t start the game on launch, back on the 11/11/11, due to the bug that crashed the game on the opening menu with the PC version, if the sound in Windoze was set to high bitrate/high sample rate- which was standard affair for me with all software: Yes I have played Skyrim on PC via several $400-$500 sound cards...)
This USB DAC is a beaut way to upgrade the sound for many pieces of equipment. The Octopath Traveller soundtrack is truly beautiful. As would be Bloodstained and a whole slew of other titles.
The photos above are using an Icon (not an ‘HDP’ model), and if the HDP model was feeding into the home theatre/loungeroom setup, ALL the consoles would likely be wired through it.
I suppose some games I would prefer in surround sound for the directional cues (eg first person shooter titles/race games), but otherwise I would certainly choose the superior ‘richness’ in sound that this nice DAC brings to the table.
Cheers and ‘happy using’.