NuForce Icon HDP DAC/Amp
NuForce Icon HDP DAC/Amp
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For discerning audiophiles looking to get better sound quality out of their computers, the unit packs a heck of a punch for the size. It contains a preamp, DAC, and high-current, low-distortion Class-A headphone amplifier—all housed in a sleek, compact aluminum chassis that stands vertically to occupy minimal space on your desk Read More

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yungjewishkanye
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Nov 23, 2019
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is the analog output speaker wire (idk what to call it) or is it RCA? I cant tell
Nov 23, 2019
ShaneCan
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Nov 16, 2019
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I bought a set of Vanatoo T Zeroes for my computer. They are powered and even have a built-in DAC. Would this unit be an upgrade, DAC wise? My wife wants a headphone plug and I am curious how this DAC would play with my Vanatoo?
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Nov 16, 2019
mrgreenhr
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Nov 16, 2019
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Would this be a worthy upgrade from SMSL M3?
Nov 16, 2019
RayF
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Nov 15, 2019
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I believe there is ample evidence to suggest the design for this DAC/Amp was, at least in part, inspired by a popular Olivia Newton John song from eighties--you be the judge: "Let's get vertical, vertical
I want to get vertical
Let's get into vertical
Let me hear your body talk, your body talk
Let me hear your body talk.."
Nov 15, 2019
Corvis
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Nov 15, 2019
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Heyo. I need to get a replacement for my Topping MX3 that use for my PC for gaming and music. Is this a good alternative? Any issues with these? Would you do this, the Topping DX3 pro, or a FiiO K5 Pro?
Nov 15, 2019
fin170
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Nov 14, 2019
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Hi, having been left a hoard of vinyl & planing on purchasing a TT (Fluance RT85 - no preamp) around Black Friday, I'm curious if I could use this as a stopgap phono preamp untill I research further & a get a dedicated one? Thank you.
Nov 14, 2019
Redington
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Nov 13, 2019
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What's the second knob in the front for? Is it to change inputs on the fly or something? 'Cause that would be awesome for my case use.
Nov 13, 2019
Raiderx
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Nov 14, 2019
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looks like it, A for analog and D for digital (USB)
Nov 14, 2019
medu5a
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Nov 15, 2019
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Yes, it chages the input.
Nov 15, 2019
Ger1
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Nov 13, 2019
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Am in two minds of which amp/dac to buy this one or "Topping DX3 Pro" which is priced around the similar point at this moment. Any suggestions would be better for music/gaming?
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Nov 13, 2019
Corvis
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Nov 15, 2019
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Very interested in this as well.
Nov 15, 2019
GetJeff1
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Sep 27, 2019
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Is there anything you can do to upgrade the power cable to this amp? Has anyone done it with positive results?
Sep 27, 2019
Whitedragem
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Sep 21, 2019
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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.
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(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):
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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...)
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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...
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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’.
Sep 21, 2019
DirkG
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Nov 15, 2019
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Thanks for the extensive reply! Much appreciated and it gives some proper insights. I actually listen to a wide variety of music ranging from melodic power metal to current popbands to classical music (no bassy rap, trance or dance music though). I also watch an occasional movie or series. If the xonar card is good enough, then perhaps I should temper my urge to get a DAC/AMP.. :-)
Nov 15, 2019
Whitedragem
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Nov 15, 2019
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I’d say quite the opposite. For the music you are after a level (or two?) above this entry level nuforceOptoma product. it might just be a power supply upgrade that is needed (its where my money is) for the Icon/HDP but it runs out of weight behind the instruments when five or more instruments go all out in a musical soundtrack.. (CDs/DVDs etc) the sound of the instrument is still still there but a lot of the magic/nuance is lost. its the bit that makes DACs a logical budget allocation as the extra ‘resolve’ (texture etc) is what reveals a piece of music is being made by a master musician. if you could stretch to a ladder dac, might be a fun prospect... ultimately for 2channel playback into a reference sound system, the price to benefit (bang for buck!!) jump up to the 4-5 hundred $ mark is outstanding again. the equipment level improvements are really great value in the sub 1000$ mark, and a DAC is crucial to musical reproduction. When you buy a good one- it will last you many many years. generally every seven or so years the tier below equipment start to be near equivalent in sound quality; has been the trend the last few decades flagship stuff from just about any vintage is often worth giving a spin too.. One of these nuForce Icons is the absolute doorway to DAC delight. it will instantly outclass most equipment not seriously hifi, at the few hundred dollar pricepoint. Using an outboard DAC is a pretty worthwhile investment. tgis Icon punches well above its pricepoint and is great for stereo sound.
Nov 15, 2019
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