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Re: US$200 nuforce class D?
« Reply #30 on: January 15, 2008, 22:26 »
Both are in totally different class. One has been making PC casing and the other has been making high grade audiophile amps.
I'll pick the one with the credentials and history in making quality amps.

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Re: US$200 nuforce class D?
« Reply #31 on: January 16, 2008, 10:55 »

How's this for competition? That too from a PC casing manufacturer!! List price US$159  :o

http://www.silverstonetek.com/products/p_contents.php?pno=eb02&area=usa



It sure looks nice.
15w at 4 ohm... does that means around 7.5w at 8 ohm?
But if it's my money, maybe I go for NuForce....

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Re: US$200 nuforce class D?
« Reply #32 on: January 16, 2008, 11:06 »
less - probably 6W @ 8Ohms - typical output for the Tripath 202x series amps

more than a few companies are using the Tripath with great success - Bel Canto used to before supply became an issue, Naim put a 50W version in their DVD receiver, some peopel here are using KingRex etc

DIYParadise and 41Hz even have kits for you to make them on your own so I would guess the Silverstone amp isn't going to be too shabby

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Re: US$200 nuforce class D?
« Reply #33 on: January 16, 2008, 13:38 »
There is a USB DAC inside and you can just connect the USB cable to the Icon-1 and it will be recognized as a USB Audio DAC device by PC or MAC (haven't tried with MAC).  The Nuforce Class D IC is implemented with the same patented technology as our high-end amplifier.
We are still working on improving the sound of S-1.  We tried Icon-1 with a few desktop and bookshelf speakers at the end of CES (brought in from a distributor) and with a good speaker, it sounded very good.  S-1 that was demonstrated at CES has some implementation flaws due to the rush to get it to CES (waveguide was not shaped exactly to spec for example). Our challenge is to build a audiophile quality system at $399  :o

Jason from Nuforce

It's nice to see manufacturers joining in the discussion, I for one feel much safer buying the product knowing that the manufacturer cares enough to share more details about the product.

Jason, would you be so kind as to explain the speaker connectors? Are those really RJ-45 connectors? This looks like a fantastic product, I hope the combo will be sold in Singapore.

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Re: US$200 nuforce class D?
« Reply #34 on: March 25, 2008, 11:29 »


looks yummy



downside is needing to crimp the speaker cable



It's here......and it's yummy, very yummy!  ;)

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Re: US$200 nuforce class D?
« Reply #35 on: March 25, 2008, 11:48 »
ooo... temptation

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Re: US$200 nuforce class D?
« Reply #36 on: March 25, 2008, 14:21 »
Advance order, hmm, seems like it's not $399 anymore....

http://www.nuforce.com/Product-desktop.htm

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Re: US$200 nuforce class D?
« Reply #37 on: March 25, 2008, 14:46 »
Check out Nuforce Icon feedback thread

Post all your feedback of Icon here.

This comment came from a distributor who just received it yesterday:

I've been listening to this baby all afternoon, and it simply sounds incredible! Honest!
Compared to the Trends & Kingrex stuff, the Icon walks all over them easily for sound quality.
Another thing I noticed - the Icon has a hell of a lot of drive, and can power a whole bunch of speakers of varying sensitivities without noticeable strain (within normal listening levels, of course). For example, I'm now running it near full volume with the Mark & Daniel Minis, a virtual torture-test for any smallish amplifier, and it's making the speaker really sing! The Trends & Kingrex crapped out when I tried them last time, with the Kingrex seriously clipping and burning out even at three-quarter volume. The fact that the Icon can drive the near-impossible-to-drive-well Minis says a lot about it, and I'm pretty sure that customers will use the Icon with a whole bunch of audiophile speakers - something to think about in positioning the S-1. The Icon may well be a runaway success on its own.


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Re: US$200 nuforce class D?
« Reply #38 on: March 25, 2008, 17:25 »
The "force" is strong & tempting.  ;D ;D

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Re: US$200 nuforce class D?
« Reply #39 on: March 25, 2008, 17:30 »
Advance order, hmm, seems like it's not $399 anymore....

http://www.nuforce.com/Product-desktop.htm

Online Price:  $199 (SGD 276.47) (silver color, promotion)
                     $249 (SGD 345.93) (red, blue, black color)

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Re: US$200 nuforce class D?
« Reply #40 on: March 25, 2008, 21:34 »
wah. cheaper than trends audio.  ;D ;D
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« Reply #41 on: March 26, 2008, 08:18 »
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Re: US$200 nuforce class D?
« Reply #42 on: March 26, 2008, 09:02 »
The binding posts on the amp looks like RJ45 jacks. Is there some special cable that will connect the amp to normal speakers binding posts?
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Re: US$200 nuforce class D?
« Reply #43 on: March 26, 2008, 09:06 »
I think Nuforce provided a cable for this if you look at their pic carefully (the one with the items in the box). I guess some concern will be how to play with other speaker cable as these are not std cables.

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Re: US$200 nuforce class D?
« Reply #44 on: March 26, 2008, 11:16 »
Interested in this, but need the question on cables answered as well.
Also, if used as USB DAC, can subwoofer be attached? Website seems to indicate not possible.
Further, since there is a DAC, can we input digital coax/optical?
« Last Edit: March 26, 2008, 11:18 by Quest »