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NuForce Icon HDP (High-end Headphone Amp, USB DAC, Preamp) Reviews

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SoulSyde

NuForce Icon HDP: 8/10

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  Flat out, it's the best piece of audio gear I have purchased in my 2 1/2 year long audiophile career.   My previous DAC was an M-Audio Fast Track Pro run to an external amp, so that will be the standard by which I judge the HDP.  There frankly is no comparison between the two.  The HDP's internal DAC is world class compared to the Fast Track Pro.  It is extremely accurate without any coloring of the sound.  Separation and sound stage/placement is very well produced.  I get the impression that I am listening to exactly what the mastering engineer intended me to.  I am starting to notice how awful some of my recordings are, this DAC will...
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Ceja-Blu

Nuforce Icon HDP

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Pros: excellent connectivity, USB, SPDIF, analogue out, headphone out

Cons: not really portable desk

This is an all-around terrific value for what it does very well and transparently. I'm listening to 200-hour burn Senn HD600s with cardas cable upgrade.   The headphone amp is dead quiet at full gain, super clear, and uncolored.  It delivers transparent, super quick transients and crispy detail without fatigue or pooling in any particular frequency. The Analogue outs go into my NAD C553BEE for a deep and fully detailed stereo experience through my KEF 103.2s.  As a Headphone amp it works without any fatigue, noise, coloring, or mud in the guitar samples. percusion, Cajón, tabla and deep african drums are accurately and clinically deep without any smear and harmonic...
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trallala

By week’s end ...

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My first headphone amp. No experience with others, so my impression of this one is in comparison to regular output from MP3-players and receivers. With this in mind I still feel the value is high (even though I realize I need to spend some time with other amps in order to justify my praise to this one in particular).   I'm very happy with the HDP. Price paid 3879SEK(VAT excluded) ~$500  
derbigpr

Nuforce HDP review

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Pros: Small size, relatively portable, enough power for most low-mid end headphones, versatile

Cons: Can be harsh, funny volume pot

Awesome, buy it now.   Tested with K701, DT990 Pro, DT880 600, HD650 and HFi-2400's.
willcasp

Love it

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Pros: Drives my mediocre headphones to the point that I have to upgrade my digital music

Cons: none

This is my first headphone amp. It drives a set of Sony MDR-V700 s. Definitely allows my headphones to exploit the dynamic range of classical music. Easy to discern bit rates that used to hide in my speakers and headphones before.
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