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NuForce Icon
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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.
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Force Factor

Gear Patrol
22 February 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.
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TestDrive: NuForce Icon HDP Review

FutureMusic
7 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.
  • Pros: + Build Quality, + Compact, + Headphone Amp, + Setup, + Audio Quality
  • Cons: – No XLR Output, – No 1/4” Output
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Overall 10
10

Expert Review

head-fi.org
19 December 2009
  • Summary: I didn't know things could be this good. Considering the criticism of NuForce, particularly around their uDac2, I doubted if they could make something good. I plugged my AKG's into this unit and the sound was wide and brilliantly detailed. The bass was alive and fantastic. The clarity was amazing.
  • Pros: spacious, lucious, detailed sound
  • Cons: makes poor recordings very obvious
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Overall 10
10

Expert Review

head-fi.org
19 December 2009
  • Summary: This is exactly like the $100 more expensive Icon HDP. I'll quote the description on Nuforce's website: "The Icon HD is designed for users who want the Icon HDP's world-class USB DAC and headphone-amp performance without having a need for the Icon HDP's flexibilities"    It is an HDP stripped down...
  • Pros: Small, solid, visually attractive. Sounds both as clear and as hard and strong as diamond.
  • Cons: None
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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!
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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.
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Overall 8
8.0

Review: Nuforce Nuforce Icon Desktop Amplifier

Wired
28 August 2008
  • Excerpt: Need to juice up your desktop music scene? Nuforce has just the thing. Its new Icon is a miniature, multi-threat amplifier that can be used to pump music from a computer or audio player to your speakers and headphones.
  • Pros: Sturdy silicon-like stand holds it vertically. Rad design and color choices: red, black, blue, silver. Small enough to take on vacation.
  • Cons: Ethernet speaker cables are cutting edge, but standard banana plugs would be better. Bass can be a touch thin in heavier (rock, hip hop) music.
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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...
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