Works as expected. However, quality may vary (the unit came to me well scuffed on one side).
28 December 2013
Summary: This is my 2nd attempt at posting a review, the first got swallowed by the Amazon machine. Not sure what happened there. When the Nuforce first arrived from Amazon, there were scuff marks on the top side of the amp, looking like it has been well used by someone else already. This was not like my first Nuforce (the newer Dia actually), which was in perfect condition and bought from the local dealer.
Summary: This is my 5th piece of equipment from NuForce. My first was the first generation Icon Amp, which is the "swiss army knife" of desktop amplification for anyone who works on a computer all day and is a demanding music listener. The USB and RCA line-in connections handle my squeezebox Duet and anything streaming off my computer. The line-out allows me to power a small sub-woofer, in addition to the two main speakers.
Summary: I paired it with two white Tangent Audio EVO E5 and feed it with a Logitech Squeezebox Touch. It gives me a good looking, small but nevertheless powerful and great sounding sound system. This amplifier is very well built and though small, heavy enough not to move because of the cables. Provided that the source is good enough (it sounds much better with my squeezebox that has a good DAC than directly connected to my computer's sound card), the sound is amazing.
Summary: I connected this little amp to my ADS L310 speakers which are 4 ohm speakers and tough to drive to a good level. I was very pleased and frankly surprised that such a small amp can drive these speakers. This amp is superb at driving an efficient speaker with a senstivity rating above 87db. I like my music accurate, flat, with the ability to play loud without harshness, and this little bugger delivers.
No USB input...can't find any deskeop speakers it works with!!
Felix Snow, Amazon
30 November 2011
Summary: The first reviewer mentions a USB port. There is none on this amp. Therefore, it is impossible to hook up with my current speakers. I'm in the process of looking for some speakers that it will work with and have not found any yet. It comes with RCA to RCA connectors, but what speaker system will that work with. There is another Nuforce amp that has a USB port, and that is what I need. Sucks because I pulled this out of the box and wanted to listen right away.
Summary: You really do not know what you are missing out of iTunes until you have one of these paired with a NuForce uDAC 2 and a set of Bose or other good speakers. Wow. Instruments you did not know were there suddenly are heard. Highly recommended.
Summary: I've had this amp for about three months now. Sound quality is very good, it runs cool (I mean, never warmer than my dog), and is very small. It's not the most powerful amp, though, and gets harsh when pushed too hard. It's certainly the best amplifier of its type in the sub-$300 range, IMO. Use it within its limits and you will be very satisfied, as I am.
Summary: After years of living with my PC speakers(Klipsch ProMedia 2.1) and was looking for a replacement. They had served me well, but I missed the accuracy I had with my home system. I had seen the NuForce amp, but dismissed it. Given it's size, I did not believe it could produce what I was looking for. Later on I read some reviews and they raved about it. More looking, more reviews, the same. So I started thinking maybe this could be what I was looking for.