Bit-Perfect, Low-Jitter, Audiophile-Quality Music File Playback
The NuForce Icon iDo is a full digital-dock interface and headphone amplifier for the Apple iPod, iPhone, and iPad. It extracts audio data in its original digital form in USB Host mode and converts it to high-quality analog and coaxial output. It delivers bit-perfect, low-jitter, audiophile-quality music file playback at a very affordable price point.
The Icon iDo is ideal for music enthusiasts and musicians who primarily listen to and have their digital music libraries stored on mobile digital devices. Apple products are becoming the hub of entire music and audio collection, so improving the audio quality produced by these devices is key.
It's a High-quality Headphone Amplifier, Too
The NuForce Icon iDo also offers a built-in headphone amplifier capable of powering power-hungry headsets. By properly powering headphones, the Icon iDo enhances the auditory performance of the headphones, because optimal amperage is being delivered to them, allowing for greater audio clarity.
A Fast And Easy Connection
Using the Icon iDo is simple. Just connect it to any Apple mobile device with the Apple-approved included 30-pin sync/charging cable. Attach the iDo's power supply, and then plug the Icon iDo into a home stereo system using RCA cables or a single coaxial cable. For private listening, you can also plug headphones directly into the iDo for high quality playback.
An IR remote receiver accepts iPod remote control IR signals for volume and play back adjustment on your Apple mobile device.
Making Digital Music Sound 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 built-in the Apple device. Icon iDo bypasses Apple's 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.
Note: Icon iDo is designed to work with Apple iTune and iPod software. Although other applications may not work, NuForce reports that it has not found any application that is incompatible with iDo.