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iDo extracts audio data in its original digital form (in USB Host mode) from Apple mobile digital devices, delivering bit-perfect, low-jitter, audiophile-quality music file playback


Milpitas, Calif. – NuForce, Inc., a leader in professional and consumer audio solutions, announces 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. iDo is ideal for music enthusiasts and musicians alike who primarily listen to—and have their digital music libraries stored on—these devices.

 

“We’re thrilled to bring our knowledge and understanding of the high-end audio market direct to Apple enthusiasts,” said Jason Lim the CEO of NuForce.  “Apple products are becoming the hub of a person’s entire music and audio collection, so improving the audio quality produced by these devices is key. The Icon iDo delivers on that at very affordable price point.”

 

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.

      

Product Specs:

 

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)
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More Features:

  • 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 ½” x 1”
  • Includes DC Power Supply and 30-pin charge/sync USB Cable

*The maximum sample rate currently supported by Apple is 16-bit/44.1kHz or 24-bit/48kHz.
**Icon iDo is designed to work with Apple iTune and iPod software. Other applications may not work.

 

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 information on this or any other NuForce products, contact PR representative Jessica Darrican at 305-576-1171, extension 16.    

 

About NuForce:

 

Based in Milpitas, California, Nuforce first gained visibility for its patented Class-D power amplifiers, earning numerous awards from audio publications in the U.S. and Japan.  Building upon its reputation as a company that developed state-of-the-art audio products, Nuforce worked diligently to expand its product line with digital-to-analog converters, in-ear and over-the-ear headphones, speakers and subwoofers, cables, additional home and headphone amplifiers, and other high-end audio accessories.

Today, Nuforce is sold internationally and remains firmly committed to being a high-performance consumer electronics company adhering to stringent quality standards, ensuring integrity and value in every Nuforce product.

 

Media Contacts:

 

Jessica Darrican

Max Borges Agency

305-576-1171 x.16

305-299-3449

JessicaDarrican@maxborgesagency.com

 

Anna Zhao

NuForce, Inc

Phone: +1-408-890-6840

 

 

 

post #2 of 37

Good to hear Jason. Thanks for the hard work.

 

Please advise me on the following questions:

 

Does the iDo charge the iPad/iPhone/iPod? It sounds like it will.

 

What is the DAc chip used in iDo? Is it an AKM chip?

 

Is the headphone amp section Class A/B or Class D?

 

Can I buy extra power supply for iDo separately? If so, how much is it?

 

 


Edited by zzffnn - 9/8/11 at 10:43am
post #3 of 37
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iDo charges Apple mobile devices while it is connected. This thing is feature packed. The IR remote receiver function is a very nice touch.

The DAC chip used is the same as in the uDAC-2 and Icon-2.

Headphone amp is class-A, slight improvement over uDAC-2 so it can drive both headphones and earphones, a good balance. iDo has higher supply voltage so we are able to increase the power of headphone amp.

You can use a linear power supply that provide at least 5V (iDO SMPS is 6.5V but 5V supply will still work).

 

It is really good.

 

post #4 of 37

Thanks for the great product! I like it a lot.

 

Can you please tell me if Icon IDo can be connected to PC/Mac, or is it iDevice only? It would be very usable "all in one" device if it can be used to play 24/96 files from computer in addition to iDevices.

 

Many thanks in advance.

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Originally Posted by hsertic View Post

Thanks for the great product! I like it a lot.

 

Can you please tell me if Icon IDo can be connected to PC/Mac, or is it iDevice only? It would be very usable "all in one" device if it can be used to play 24/96 files from computer in addition to iDevices.

 

Many thanks in advance.

It is for Apple Mobile Devices only. We thought of implementing the additional computer USB communication features, but the extra complication and cost would price iDo at $299 instead of $249.

In reality, most people would not try to use iDo for both applications (PC/Mac and iDevices). 

 

I like to watch movies, listening to music and read magazine on iPad on bed. Having iDo on a night stand to charge iPad and provide much better sound quality is great.

iPad + iDo + active speakers make a very good stereo system 

 

 

post #6 of 37

Thanks Jason.Do you guys sell extra wall wart /AC/DC adapter for iDo?


Edited by zzffnn - 9/9/11 at 9:58am
post #7 of 37
is this portable, ie: battery powered? Like the fostex HP-P1? Thanks
post #8 of 37

It is not battery powered. The back of iDo shows the input for 6.5v DC. So it is powered by wall-wart.

 

It looks like it is not much bigger than HP-P1. Being completely battery powered like HP-P1 will be nice. But that adds cost and/or size, I guess.

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thanks, yes it would be nice but hey.
post #10 of 37
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Originally Posted by zzffnn View Post

It is not battery powered. The back of iDo shows the input for 6.5v DC. So it is powered by wall-wart.

 

It looks like it is not much bigger than HP-P1. Being completely battery powered like HP-P1 will be nice. But that adds cost and/or size, I guess.


HP-P1 cost $650 (we will love to have someone comparing the two) and it doesn't have remote IR receiver function. Unless you are going to use it in some place without wall outlets, a portable product still have to be charged.

post #11 of 37

Looks like a cool product.  It would be great to audition it at any of the upcoming meets.

post #12 of 37

This item confuses me. I'm not sure why someone would spend $250 on an item that is only able to be used with certain iProducts as long as they are near an outlet. I was at 3 airports this year and the designated power spots were severely limited so it would have been useless there and if I'm at a coffee shop I'll more than likely have my laptop to listen to music on with my USB DAC over my iPod. It would be infinitely more appealing to make it work USB with computers as a USB DAC/Amp as well for $300 than to have a severely gimped $250 product. That's just my take on it, I'm sure some will find use for it though.


Edited by keanex - 9/21/11 at 12:53am
post #13 of 37

Didn't you hear? "In reality, most people would not try to use iDo for both"

 

I'm sure that NuForce has a separate USB/DAC HP amp product you can buy to complement your iDo for your convenience.

post #14 of 37

I would be willing to bet the product would be wildly more successful if it were $50 more expensive and had a lot more use. As of now it's severely limited to finding a wall outlet in public while being limited to 3 devices.

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Several use cases:

1) Many desk bound workers are not allow to use their company's computer (and they probably don't want to mix it up anyway) for entertainment.  Sales, engineering, you name it. Many of them.

They listen to good quality headphones and music for a long period of time.  Many of them use iPod or iPhone. By the way, when the phone rings, iDo will cut off music.

2) I listen to music to help me relax before I go to bed. Sometimes I watch a movie.  Now that I am use to the sound quality of iDo with iPad, I can never go back.  So I have iDo on a bed stand for my iPad to connect to and charge.

3) Many musicians now use iPad to record or edit music. iDo allows them to audition their music with better quality.

4) Some people read books and listen to music and they are usually near a power outlet.

 

 

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