The Nuforce Icon Amp has been conceived to operate as an audiophile-grade desktop power amplifier. Features include 2 x 24W outputs for speakers (5-way binding posts) and RCA analog stereo input. The high-quality volume control coordinates with a wide variety of sources, including computer and TV audio outputs, and other Nuforce products.
Note: Icon Amp has a standard speaker binding post for connecting to other speakers. The Icon 2m Speaker Cable ($29.95) can be used to connect to S-X (comes with RJ-45 speaker binding post).
Posted by Ivo on 25th Apr 2011
I bought the new Icon Amp from the Nuforce e-store after being very pleased with the original Icon integrated amplifier. What impressed me was the clarity and detail of music played through it on my 91dB efficient Triangle Commete ES speakers. I also like the Icon's small size, simplicity of use and beauty, which to me are important aspects of audio equipment.
The new Icon Amp has no audible background noise and starts smoothly. I also use it to drive an energizer for electrostatic headphones with very pleasing results. A nice feature is that it can be powered by a 12V battery, making it a portable audiophile amp.
I've never found it lacking in power, even with bass-heavy and dynamic music it can keep up. The sound is tight and well balanced across the audio spectrum. Also it never gets warm because it is very efficient.
Order ID is #551
Posted by Amazon Customer Reviews-- J. murphy, February 5, 2010 on 21st Mar 2011
The Nuforce Icon AMP is perfect for powering my Denon SCCX101 bookshelf speakers. Sounds great, looks great, is sturdily constructed and easy to use. Just hook it up, turn it on (no power-on thump, no hiss, no significant operating noise), and it plays full and detailed sounding music that makes for highly addictive listening. Plenty of power for reasonable volume long-term listening levels. Really makes me tap my feet and enjoy the music! I really like the way it preserves nice detail and rhythm at lower volumes. Never makes my ears fatigued. I appreciate the simple design and the hassle-free way that this amp interfaces with a wide variety of sources- great little desktop amp- nothing more, nothing less. Great price/performance ratio. Oh yea- also- Nuforce customer service is fantastic with even the most difficult customers : ) .
Posted by Amazon Customer Reviews-- gman, November 29, 2010 on 21st Mar 2011
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. I had never owned PSB speakers, but they had a lot of good reviews. The Image B4 was the right size for my desktop, it's the smallest in the line. I purchased both and I couldn't be happier with my Nuforce amp and my PSB Image B4's. The sound is extremely accurate and a clean. It's a world away from what I had.
After a few weeks I added HRT Music Streamer II. I do think it improved the sound, but in all honesty the difference has been a bit hard for me to discern. I think part of the problem is that it sounded so darn good without it and to a/b test was not really easy. In the future I'll probably add the PSB SubSeries 1 to complete things. I know this is not the cheapest way to go, but I can honestly say I can't think of ever desiring to upgrade this.
Given the amount of time I spend at my computer I really wanted a system I could enjoy. I do now!
Final thoughts, the PSB Image B4 speakers sensitivity is 87db and they are 4 Ohms. Given this, the NuForce still drives them effortlessly. The NuForce is small, about the size of 3 CD cases. Bottom line, if you are looking for great sound in a small package, you would be wise to consider the NuForce.