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NuForce Icon HDP Headphone Amp/DAC/Preamp (Playback 36)

AVguide
14 July 2011
  • Excerpt: readers because we have used their excellent Icon Mobile portable headphone amp as a value-priced reference for several years. NuForce has recently released a headphone amp with a built in DAC for desktop use, called the Icon HDP, which is the subject of this review.
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Nuforce Icon Integrated Amplifier

SoundStage!
12 September 2010
  • Summary: When I first opened its box, I really did think the NuForce Icon was cute, and had the same level of expectation one often has of cute things: not very high. Boy, did the Icon set me straight. The Icon isn’t perfect. I tried it with my NEAR 50Me Mk.II speakers (88dB sensitivity) in a larger room, and got the sense that the NuForce was struggling with some material at fairly high levels: The highs tended to harden and become glossy.
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Force Factor

Gear Patrol
29 July 2010
  • Excerpt: Buying a great pair of headphones is a big first step in upping your audiophile cred. Many of the models we’ve covered before can be an ear opening experience to what music is meant to sound like. That said, most of us listen to music in digital format these days, whether it be from out laptop, mp3 player, or even TV most of them were never intended to provide power to headphones.
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TestDrive: NuForce Icon HDP Review

FutureMusic
28 February 2010
  • Summary: At $449 retail, the NuForce Icon HDP is not for everyone, especially if you’re looking for a complete music production audio interface solution with XLR outputs. However, it does pack a lot of punch into its small enclosure, sounds fantastic and provides an excellent headphone amp. For fastidious and discerning audio enthusiasts who are looking for much better audio quality out of their computer, as well as the ability to listen to high-resolution file formats in all...
  • Pros: + Build Quality, + Compact, + Headphone Amp, + Setup, + Audio Quality
  • Cons: - No XLR Output, - No 1/4” Output
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nuForce Icon - Class D integrated amplifier with built-in USB DAC

TNT-Audio
16 July 2009
  • Excerpt: icon (REPRESENTATION) noun [C] a very famous person or thing considered as representing a set of beliefs or a way of life. It's quite a brave thing (even for a marketing man) to choose the name 'ICON' for a product! That product is bound to come in for some very close scrutiny to see if it comes up to the claims made for it.
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Nuforce Icon Integrated Amplifier

GoodSound!
15 September 2008
  • Summary: When I first opened its box, I really did think the NuForce Icon was cute, and had the same level of expectation one often has of cute things: not very high. Boy, did the Icon set me straight. The Icon isn’t perfect. I tried it with my NEAR 50Me Mk.II speakers (88dB sensitivity) in a larger room, and got the sense that the NuForce was struggling with some material at fairly high levels: The highs tended to harden and become glossy.
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NuForce Icon Desktop Amplifier

AVguide
7 May 2008
  • Summary: While some may consider a desktop amp a luxury (and OK, maybe it is), the Icon makes a convincing case to justify its very reasonable cost. Not only will it work wonders on digital tracks coming from a PC or Mac, but it’s a wonderfully versatile product and a full-bodied amp that can hold its own in a traditional stereo setup. The Icon will have been made available through Amazon on April 25, and the companion S-1 speakers will be available after May 25.
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NuForce Icon HDP

TechRadar UK
23 April 2010
  • Excerpt: The NuForce Icon HDP is more than just a DAC. It's also a Class-A headphone and preamp. Furthermore, NuForce claims it leads the field in all three disciplines.
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Overall 8
8.3
Ease of use 7
6.7
Sound quality 7
6.7
Overall quality 7
6.7
Functionality 10
10

Digitalt og analogt hånd i hånd

Lyd & Bilde
8 March 2011

Expert Review

StereoHead
17 December 2010
  • Summary: Удивил масштабом и глубиной сцены - как-то странно, что такой малыш способен на столь крупные звуковые «сооружения». Сцена не только масштабная, но и точная, передаются все важные нюансы и оттенки. Слышно всё, что хотел донести до нас звукорежиссер. Аппарат карманного формата, в котором тем не менее уместились ЦАП с USB, пред с селектором и регулятором громкости и усилитель для наушников.
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