icOn 5 Balanced

I’m truly impressed by the new icOn 5. It represents a significant leap forward from the already outstanding and widely popular 4PRO models. The inclusion of the optional input buffer, coupled with the lower inductance autoformers and finely adjustable volume control in increments of 0.5 dB, results in an astonishingly lifelike auditory experience.

The icOn 5 Balanced is a fully balanced version built with two pairs of autoformers. It features five pairs of XLR sockets with 4 input / 1 output or 3 input / 2 output configurations, the latter including a remote-controlled output selector. It offers remarkably precise volume adjustment capabilities, spanning 136 steps within an 83 dB range. I find it hard to imagine that I’ll manage to create a superior audio control unit in the future—perhaps only a distinct one. More info…

$ 5,990$ 9,340 ex. VAT

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  • unprecedented 136 steps over an 83 dB attenuation range
  • 0.5 dB steps from +3 dB to -47 dB and 1 dB from -48 dB to -80 dB
  • fully balanced operation with two pairs of autoformers
  • the input signal should be differentially balanced too with ground reference
  • 5 pair XLR sockets, 3 input & 2 output or 4 input & 1 output I/O configuration
  • "power" users can increase the number of inputs anytime with the icOn I/O Expander (+2 RCA & 2 XLR sockets)
  • AV bypass optionally
  • improved linearity and transparency due to the new, lower inductance autoformer
  • optional input buffer for the total source compatibility
  • FET switches for the autoformer taps' selection
  • Max. input level: 16V rms balanced signal (measured between pins 2 & 3)
  • balance, mute and standby mode, but no tilt control in this model
  • remote-controlled output selector (3 in / 2 out version)
  • large (1") 3-digit white or orange colour display with 2 brightness and night mode
  • Apple remote compatible CNC machined remote controller
  • optical encoder and touch button for the manual operations
  • 130mm high enclosure (W 134mm x L 260mm)

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