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The NuForce® Icon is an audiophile-grade Integrated Desktop Audio Amplifier featuring two 12-watt outputs, a 3.5-mm stereo input for connection to an iPod or other portable device, a USB cable for operation with a PC or Mac, and standard RCA inputs for employing the Icon as the heart of a conventional audio system.

For the headphone enthusiast, the Icon also offers a high-performance headphone output. Of particular interest to the computer user, the Icon’s line-out functions as a PC or Mac USB-to-analog audio converter or can also be used as a connection to a subwoofer.

With the same patented technology that has won a string of prestigious awards, the tiny Icon brings NuForce’s celebrated sound quality to the music lover’s desktop.

NuForce® Icon

The NuForce Icon’s Applications:

  • As the core of a desktop audio system, the Icon connects to an Ipod, CD player, PC or Mac. To fully utilize the Icon’s sonic capabilities, we recommend high-quality monitor speakers with a sensitivity of 87dB or higher.

  • Via the best, jitter-free USB technology, the Icon operates as a USB DAC for converting a PC or Mac’s audio signal to high-quality analog sound.

  • For optimal headphone performance, the Icon includes a discrete, high-performance headphone amplifier.

  • For operation as an audiophile-grade preamplifier, the Icon’s linestage can be connected to a power amp or active speakers.

  • As a high-quality auxiliary power amp in a surround-sound setup, the Icon can be used to drive tweeters or rear-channel speakers.

Caution: If you have high efficiency speakers with sensitivity > 92db, you might hear high frequency switching noise.

MSRP $249

The heart of NuForce Icon is a patented NuForce Class D IC

Idle Power Consumption: 3.5W


  • Inputs:
    • RCA
    • USB (USB 1.1, 2.0 compatible)
    • 3.5mm Stereo
  • Speaker Outputs (RJ45 connectors with 15 micron thick gold plating). NuForce RJ45 to banana plug speaker cables are provided with NuForce Icon.
  • Headphone Output:
    • Maximum output @32 ohm Load: 31.25mW
    • THD (20Hz ~ 20KHz) : < 0.03%
    • Frequenc Fresponse (20Hz ~ 20KHz) : < -1dB
  • Line Out (for Subwoofer) connection
  • USB DAC:  USB 1.1, 2.0 compatible. USB native bit rate: 32-48kHz, 16-bit
  • Power = 12WX2.  Peak power =15WX2
  • THD+N=0.05%, 1kHz, 2W @ 4 ohm load. THD+N=0.06%, 1kHz, 2W @ 8 ohm load.
  • Power Bandwidth : 26Hz ~ 50kHz, -1dB, 1W @ 4ohm load
  • SNR = 84 db at 7W @ 8ohm
  • Maximum sampling rate:  48kHz
  • Resolution: 16-bit
  • S/N Ratio: 98dB
  • Power Adapter – 12-14V, 25W, 100-240VAC worldwide voltages
  • Dimension: 6″ x 4 1/2″ x 1″
  • Weight: 1 lb. Shipping weight 5 lb.

RJ45 Pin Specifications:

Note: The RJ45 pin specification is provided for users who need to create a long speaker wire using standard ethernet cable.  Users can also extend the length of the standard Icon speaker cable using a RJ45 Coupler.



Icon RJ45CX
Available in red, silver, blue and black color. MSRP $99

Speaker binding posts accept banana plug or spade connector.

The NuForce RJ45CX is a RJ45 to speaker binding post converter for use with NuForce Icon. This is an optional accessory for NuForce Icon users who want to use their own high quality speaker cable instead of the standard Icon speaker cable. A rubber stand and 2 Cat5 ethernet cables are included with the package.

2m Speaker Cable
MSRP $29.95

Premium Icon speaker cable is designed for the audiophiles who demand higher performance than the standard speaker cable that comes with the Icon package.  Note that S-1 does not need this cable. A pair of standard ethernet cable is included with S-1 for connecting to Icon.

42W Power Supply
MSRP $45

This optional power supply provides a faster response and extra headroom for audiophiles who seek the best performance out of NuForce Icon.  It is recommended for setup with line-out to a sub woofer.