Holla, they do have a black unit and it's got a nice matte finish.
I just got my Nuforce Icon in and I must say that I'm rather impressed. I've been shopping for an affordable solution for my computer-based media for a long time and finally settled on the Icon because it does just what I want--convert my uncompressed audio to a great analog signal--and does it very well.
As for speakers, I've recently ordered a pair of Energy RC-Minis from Amazon to try them out. I've read nothing short of glowing opinions for their application as a desktop speaker, so we'll see how it goes. Why not go for a better audiophile speaker? Well, the Icon only outputs 12W/CH, so that limits your options. However, if you're like me and are not attempting to fill an entire room with sound, then you can get a nice small speaker such as the RC-Mini or perhaps a Paradigm Atom. If you want to fill a room with sound, I recommend using the Icon as a DAC and feeding it into a more powerful amplifier before getting into speakers that call for > 20W/CH minimum. BTW, I recommend getting the binding post so that you can use better speaker cables.
I also use the Sennheiser HD-280s as headphones with the Icon, and I'm very happy with them. Hope this helps.