With the advent of Smartphones and their enormous storage capabilities, a great many audio enthusiasts have been longing for a quality DAC/headphone amp they can simply plug into in order to experience their favorite music delivered with vivid clarity.
The Icon DAC stands as the ideal solution for mobile music listeners seeking audiophile-grade performance. This versatile device features a USB input compatible with typical Windows or Mac computer-based setups, as well as Android 4.1.1* (with optional OTG cable). In addition, employed simply as a headphone amp or preamp the Icon DAC provides a secondary analog input for stereo signals from most home-audio and mobile sources.
Furthermore, the Icon DAC is endowed with latest technology. Accepting PCM sample rates up to 96kHz, it’s 32-bit DAC supports 24-bit asynchronous operation while also providing Direct-Stream Digital (DSD) decoding capability.
The discriminating headphone listener is also bound to be satisfied as the Icon DAC includes a proprietary headphone amp stage that drives the most demanding 600-Ohm headphones with ease. Comprising a linear up-conversion topology, it delivers an incredible 24V rail-to-rail supply voltage to the amplifier circuits resulting in ultra-fast transient reproduction and uncompromised peak dynamic performance.
As a control center/preamplifier for use with external amplifier and speaker arrangements, audiophile-grade circuit design and parts ensure that the Icon DAC always delivers the ultimate in clarity to its stereo RCA outputs. A coaxial S/PDIF output is included for added system flexibility.
The innovative design goes several steps further to include a linear power supply that provides only pure DC power to all circuits, a TOCOS high-resolution linear volume control for accurate rendering of critical low-level information, and quality construction throughout.
In total, every aspect of the Icon DAC design is optimized to yield truly remarkable performance. More remarkable still, the Icon DAC’s rock-solid features are offered at an equally remarkable price. Indeed, the user is bound to agree that the Icon DAC is in a class of its own.
Asynchronous low-jitter USB interface
Supports Windows 7, 8, Mac OSX, Android 4.1.1*
*Android compatibility is limited to smart phones running Android 4.1.1 that enables support for USB OTG Audio features.
Supported Android devices:
HTC ONE X and newer version
Samsung S3 and newer version
SONY Xperia Z and newer version, and other mobile devices
Supports PCM and DSD over USB playback (DSD support on PC only)
High-precision 32-bit DAC
Powerful 8V output headphone amplifier
6.3mm headphone output jack
3.5mm analog input and RCA analog output
Audiophile TOCOS volume pot
Multiple stage filtering and regulated up-converted 24V rail power supply
High-quality aluminum chassis.
- USB:Supported file format: PCM 32 (192kHz), DSD 2.6Ghz, 5.8Ghz (>96kHz bit-rate down-converted)
- Maximum Sampling Rate:96 kHz
- Bit Resolution:32 Bits
- Inputs:3.5mm analog input
- Outputs:6.3mm headphone output: 8V at 32-Ohm Headphone impedance 16-600 Ohm Digital output: S/PDIF coaxial 75-Ohm
- S/N Ratio: > 115 dB
- THD+N :0.0013%
- Frequency Response:10 – 100 kHz
- RCA Output impedance :10 ohm
- Headphone Output impedance:2.4 ohm
- Headphone Power Output:1.2W @ 16 ohm 1.825W @ 32 ohm 718 mW @ 100 ohm 249 mW @ 300 ohm 126 mW @ 600 ohm
- Dimensions:H 6” (15.24 cm) X W 1” (2.54 cm) X D 4.5” (11.43 cm)
- Weight :1 Lb. (453g)