NuForce has a new amplifier that is for the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that promises audiophile grade quality out of the music stored on your device. The amp is called the NuForce Icon iDo and it comes in several colors. You can get the external amp in white, black, red or blue for $249.99. The amount claims to take the music from your digital device and deliver CD quality sound.
The amp connects to the device via the charge and sync port and then it has a power supply that you plug into the wall. The device has a max sampling rate of 48kHz and a resolution of 24-bits. Outputs include analog RCA out and digital coaxial RCA 75-ohm output. The headphone output is a 3.5mm jack to drive headphones up to 300 ohms.
NuForce says that while the Apple lossless codec used for playback is designed to compress the tracks in original CD quality without loss, the music still only sounds as good as the DAC inside the devices. The iDo bypasses that Apple integrated DAC and extracts the music and the converts it to higher quality files. The iDo measures 6″ x 4.5″ x 1″ and is availed now for $249.