NuForce announced today its Icon iDo digital audio converter (DAC) and headphone amplifier for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch devices. The Icon iDo delivers audiophile-grade CD quality sound to digital music files stored on Apple mobile digital devices. Here is more info on the Icon iDo device:
A fast and easy connection for audiophile-grade sound. Using the Icon iDo is simple. Users can connect any Apple mobile device to the Icon iDo with the Apple approved and included 30-pin sync/charging cable, attach the power supply, and then plug the Icon iDo into a home stereo system using RCA cables or a single coaxial. Users can also plug in headphones directly into the Icon iDo for personal high quality sound playback in a manner the artist intended it to be heard.
How iDo makes music stored on Apple devices sound even better? Apple uses its own audio codec, Apple Lossless Encoder (ALE), to compress and store music files on its devices in original CD quality without loss. However, even ALE files only sound as good as the default DAC (digital-to-analog converter) found within the mobile digital device. Icon iDo bypasses the built-in DAC and extracts the audio data stored on the device in its original digital form in USB Host Mode. It then converts the high-quality files for bit-perfect and low-jitter music playback.
A portable power station for the ultimate headphone listening experience. Icon iDo also offers a built-in headphone amplifier capable of powering power-hungry headsets, giving users a total audio experience. By properly powering headphones, Icon iDo enhances the auditory performance of the headphones because optimal amperage is being delivered to them, allowing for greater audio clarity.
Inputs: USB (from iPod, iPhone, iPad) Maximum sampling rate: 48kHz Resolution: 24-bits Outputs: Analog RCA Output = 2Vrms Digital Output: coaxial RCA 75-ohm 3.5mm full-size headphone output jack drives headphones up to 300-Ohm (12 mW@300-Ohm)
IR Remote Receiver accepts Apple remote control IR signals for volume and playback adjustment on iOS device Frequency Response: 10Hz to 20kHz (-0.5dB) Dimensions: 6? x 4 ?? x 1? Includes DC Power Supply and 30-pin charge/sync USB Cable
The Icon iDo is available now for $249 from several online stores and Nuforce dealers. It will be available at Magnolia Home Theater (of Best Buy) retail outlets in November 2011. For more info visit http://www.nuforce.com/