Advantages of icOn

 

  • icOn is a smart, passive transformer based control unit, that enables the listener to select a musical programme from a range of sources and adjust the volume to suit YOUR listening environment
  • the design philosophy is to provide YOU with a powerful conduit between the artiste and the listener, and provide a range of facilities that enable the listener to enjoy the music as it was intended – Music Matters Most
  • the key to icOn is its complete flexibility in being customisable to YOUR requirements
  • There are two basic configurations for icOn – the Quintet has 4 unbalanced inputs and Octet which has 2 balanced and 6 unbalanced inputs, but other input configurations can be specified by YOU
  • icOn has automatic level matching of inputs (tape monitor too) to prevent abrupt level changes when switching between sources of varying levels. These differences could be even 20 dB (200 mV for a tuner or phono and 2000 mV for a CD player or DAC) and this smart function can protect the owner’s ears and the precious loudspeaker drivers.
  • icOn is 100% passive and sonically transparent which connects the artiste to the listener without addition or subtraction of anything
  • The sound level can be adjusted remotely with a total of 45 steps, 41 of which are 1dB, meaning that the changes in level is seamless, with the channel balance adjusted in 1dB steps should this be necessary
  • Level switching is carried out using high quality industrial grade and hermetically sealed reed relays which eliminates the possibility of contact errors from conventional open rotary switches used on many other passive attenuators
  • Unlike resistive loaded preamps, icOn overcomes any impedance mis-matching between source and power amplifier, which is a key factor in preserving the sound quality
  • The channel balance of icOn is exemplary at 0.05dB – virtually undetectable by the human ear
  • icOn can be connected to equipment without any sensitivity issues to cable lengths and capacitance, thus improving its interconnect flexibility
  • Uniquely icOn comes with a tape loop as standard, enabling recording, playback and monitoring from an analogue recording device as a R2R
  • icOn has a sleep mode and mute function, which preserves any settings made prior to this being activated, and negating the needs to reset the levels everytime
  • All functions such as volume (up and down), balance, mute, source selection, and tape loop are controlled remotely with an Apple remote, which enables the listener to make adjustments in his seating position, and not where the equipment is located
  • An integral TFT display provides important information on the status of icOn, so its easy to see whats happened and make any changes
  • The firmware is upgradable through a standard USB port which means that the listener can add new features as and when they become available
  • a 25mm thick antiresonant acrylic base is used to isolate icOn from vibrations, and is unique by having a 16 million colour LED strip which shows volume, input switching etc
  • icOn also has a 12v trigger output which can be used to activate other equipment that can use this facility
  • icOn comes with a 2 or 5 years ( return to base) warranty, depending on the configuration

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