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iFi Zen DAC Headphone Amplifier


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  • Product Description

    Cute, compact and stylish
    This superb hi-res USB DAC/headphone amp delivers a level of specification and performance that punches above its super-affordable price tag. Compact enough to use as a USB DAC/amp on your work desk with your much-loved headphones. Stylish enough to use in your home system as a USB DAC. Just add your favourite active speakers or amp.

    DAC to the future
    The ZEN DAC supports PCM and DXD to 32-bit/384kHz, DSD256 and MQA. DSD remains ‘bit-perfect’ thanks to the True Native Burr Brown chip design. Our R&D maxes out the circuitry with bespoke, easy to install firmware to bring you the joyous musicality of hi-res. The ethereal music quality will leave you grinning ear to ear.

    Brings balance (in more ways than one)
    We’ve used a balanced design for the analogue stage – rare and not found at this price point. This makes it pretty special for the best sound quality. With super-low noise performance, it will remain quiet even in noisy situations such as yachts or RVs. The ZEN DAC sports Pentaconn 4.4mm balanced outputs at both the front and back. On the front, there’s also the popular 6.3mm headphone socket. You get both headphone options.

    So flexible it almost does yoga
    Switch effortlessly between ‘variable’ and ‘fixed’. Set to ‘Variable,’ use the ZEN DAC as a pre-amp to feed a power amp or active speakers. On ‘Fixed’ to bypass the volume control. Connect to an external pre-amp or integrated amp.

    Power. Drive. Performance.
    Our headphone amp has PowerMatch – switchable gain to perfectly match your headphones. IEMs are high-sensitivity, Leave PowerMatch at its lower setting for hiss-free listening. On/over-ear types with relatively low impedance require more oomph – press PowerMatch to increase the level of drive.

    Ace of Bass.
    The ZEN DAC boasts TrueBass. This proprietary tech is a switchable ‘bass boost’ operating in the analogue domain. There’s no DSP with iFi gear. TrueBass enhances the bass but does not muddy the mid-range. Perfect for use with IEMs or open-back headphones which often lose out on bass.


    • A fully discrete and balanced amplifier audio circuit. The full symmetric dual-mono headphone amplifier with gold-plated 4.4mm balanced connection. This exquisitely engineered design is more expensive but lowers the noise floor to a whisper-quiet 120dB.
    • TrueBass® – delivers genuine bass with realistic depth and definition.
    • TDK C0G (Class 1 ceramic) capacitors offer high stability and low losses for resonant circuit applications. They are pricey but are a perfect addition to our products.
    • The Burr-Brown True Native® chipset means file formats remain unchanged. Listen to music as the artist intended in the format in which it was recorded.
    • Hi-Res True Native® playback of all music formats from MP3 to DSD256, PCM384 and DXD384.
    • Listen to Master Quality Authenticated audio straight out of the box. Connect to Tidal Masters and check the option to stream MQA.
    • Using Mac or Linux? Then check out our exclusive iFi firmware. Download ‘Limoncello’ 5.2A to unlock DoP256 for Mac/Linux.
    • It is a superior method to the traditional single-ended circuit approach. Balanced circuits reduce noise and crosstalk. Less Interference – clearer sound.
    • Specs:
    • Input: USB3.0 B Socket (USB2.0 compatible)
    • Formats: DSD256/128/64, Octa/Quad/Double/Single-Speed DSD DXD(384/352.8kHz), PCM(384/352.8/192/176.4/96/88.2/48/44.1kHz) MQA
    • DAC: Bit-Perfect DSD & DXD DAC by Burr Brown
    • Line Section
    • Output: Audio RCA (SE) — 2.1V fixed 1V / 3.3V max. (variable) 4.4mm Pentaconn (BAL) — 4.2V fixed 2V / 6.2V max. (variable)
    • Zout: <= 200 Ohm (BAL) <= 100 Ohm (SE)
    • SNR: < -116dB(A) @ 0dBFS (BAL/SE)
    • DNR: > 116dB(A) @ -60dBFS (BAL/SE)
    • THD+N: < 0.0015% @ 0dBFS (BAL/SE)
    • Headphone Section
    • Output Power (@1% THD): 4.4mm Pentaconn (BAL) 330mW@32 Ohm; 6.6V@600 Ohm; 16 Ohm - 600 Ohm Headphone 6.3mm S-BAL (SE) 230mW@32 Ohm; 3.3V@600 Ohm 16 Ohm - 600 Ohm Headphone Note: Using 5v power. If powered from USB, power output may vary.
    • Output Impedance: < 1 Ω (BAL/SE)
    • THD & N: < 0.005% (125mW @ 32R)
    • SNR: > 113dBA (6.2V BAL/3.3V SE)
    • Power consumption: < 1.5W via USB power OR 5v DC (power supply not included)
    • Dimensions: 117(l) x 100(w) x 30(h)mm
    • Weight (Gross): 0.8 kg (1.8 lbs)
    • Warranty period: 12 months
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    1. Amazing Little Device!

      I am so impressed with this DAC. While I'd heard about them, I didn't even realize what a digital-to-analog converter really was until about 3 wks. ago when I started researching hi-res music streaming, and what was needed. My original intention was to stream to my A/V receiver (that does play hi-res), but I couldn't retain the quality over wi-fi. Once I realized a DAC was needed, I started reading reviews and watching YouTube videos to help me decide which one sounded best for me (without breaking the bank). I kept coming back to the Zen DAC based on what others were saying. For the price, it has REALLY made a dramatic difference in sound quality. Now I'm looking into a quality set of headphones to further enjoy my music. I'm sure I'll learn more about this solid little unit the more I use it, but for now I couldn't be happier! on Mar 1st 2021

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