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NuForce Icon owners / discussion thread
« on: January 10, 2008, 01:16 »


looks yummy



downside is needing to crimp the speaker cable

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Re: US$200 nuforce class D?
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2008, 10:41 »
what speaker connectors are those?! look like lan sockets!

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Re: US$200 nuforce class D?
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2008, 11:06 »
yeah they look like normal RJ45 connectors. wonder if LHS has crimpers

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Re: US$200 nuforce class D?
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2008, 11:14 »
That's gonna severely limit the speaker cables u can use.... I wonder how many types of speaker cables can actually be crimped into a RJ-45 plug?

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Re: US$200 nuforce class D?
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2008, 11:46 »
That's gonna severely limit the speaker cables u can use.... I wonder how many types of speaker cables can actually be crimped into a RJ-45 plug?

well, u can modify it abit by fixing the binding posts onto a plate and the back has 2 x RJ45 that can be plugged into those sockets! ;)
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Re: US$200 nuforce class D?
« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2008, 12:20 »
How does a RJ45 work? No +/- even?
Unless this is some sort of proprietary thing they made for their own speakers to be paired with this power amp?

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Re: US$200 nuforce class D?
« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2008, 12:24 »
well, u can modify it abit by fixing the binding posts onto a plate and the back has 2 x RJ45 that can be plugged into those sockets! ;)

Maybe we can plug it into an 8 port Ethernet Switch and do tri-wiring? Best sound will be from a GigaBit LAN switch?  <Sorry just kidding >   ;D

On a more serious note, I'm more curious about the USB connector in the middle though - wonder what's that for - does it have a built in DAC?

Anyway a very impressive looking unit and an equally impressive form factor.

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Re: US$200 nuforce class D?
« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2008, 12:27 »
On a more serious note, I'm more curious about the USB connector in the middle though - wonder what's that for - does it have a built in DAC?

Couldn't find any detail at its website.  I doubt it's as complicated as having a DAC in it.  Maybe just something that can utilise the USB 5V supply when use with PC. ;)
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Re: US$200 nuforce class D?
« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2008, 12:31 »
How does a RJ45 work? No +/- even?
Unless this is some sort of proprietary thing they made for their own speakers to be paired with this power amp?

on 2nd look, don't think it's rj45.  Also doubt it's a proprietary connector.

Post entry note:  Extracted from audiocircle

Icon-1 will include two sets of speaker cables:
Set 1 = Cat 5 cable for connecting Icon-1 directly to S-1.
Set 2 = Cat 5 cable with banana connector for connecting Icon-1 to other speakers.

http://www.audiocircle.com/circles/index.php?PHPSESSID=9f0nl1pbilirnofom4e675lgp0&topic=49235.0
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Re: US$200 nuforce class D?
« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2008, 12:47 »
Couldn't find any detail at its website.  I doubt it's as complicated as having a DAC in it.  Maybe just something that can utilise the USB 5V supply when use with PC. ;)

Yes I think a USB 5V Supply would be more like it, although it might have serious consequences if a PC is supplying all this power. Never mind that Nuforce might be a super efficient Class D.

Strange thing is that just a couple of weeks ago I was thinking of using this same USB connector type in making an offboard pre-reg +-12VPSU for my DIY UcD class D amp!   

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Re: US$200 nuforce class D?
« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2008, 13:00 »
Strange thing is that just a couple of weeks ago I was thinking of using this same USB connector type in making an offboard pre-reg +-12VPSU for my DIY UcD class D amp!   
Seems like UcD is gaining even more popularity lately. I was eating a fast dinner at pepper lunch the other day n someone on next table was talking about it. :P

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Re: US$200 nuforce class D?
« Reply #11 on: January 10, 2008, 13:20 »
Here is a picture of Icon amp & S-1 speaker. Damm sleek!


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Re: US$200 nuforce class D?
« Reply #12 on: January 10, 2008, 17:13 »
We all talk about using CAT5 cable for speaker cable so now nuforce ready using cat5 for the speaker cable. Sound must be ready hifi..... ;D

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Re: US$200 nuforce class D?
« Reply #13 on: January 10, 2008, 19:17 »
Seems like UcD is gaining even more popularity lately. I was eating a fast dinner at pepper lunch the other day n someone on next table was talking about it. :P

Lol! That's amazing.

UcD is definitely a very unique product though - I can't think of any other technology which is so easily accessible to DIY community and is also used by very high pedigree commercial manufacturers - the likes of Channel Islands and more recently the mighty Meridian. The 'U' in UcD is very apt - have tried it on ultra efficient Avante Garde Horns to power hungry 83dB conventional box speakers and everything in between - it really does deliver a very consistent performance across all.

I think in future we will see many more exciting Class D products like this cool new Nuforce - its just the beginning phase of this promising technology. It would be great to see a HT amp from Nuforce or any of the other players - - that would be cool.

For now, SC is doing a great job by maintaining a thread on Class D amps and keeping us all informed on all new products coming up. Hats off to him! :)
 

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Re: US$200 nuforce class D?
« Reply #14 on: January 10, 2008, 19:37 »
Got a Hypex amp modded with Blackgate caps. Love it!

Surprisingly, Quite Warm and natural sounding compared to some setups I've heard at Aldephi...including some setups whose speakers come with soft silk domes paired with solid-state amps.

Those blackgate caps are really quite something. Pity they are no longer available.
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