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ENHANCE THE MAGIC OF YOUR VINYL SET-UP
Improve your existing vinyl set-up with the iFi audio ZEN Phono. This phono stage features some of the tech used in the ultra-fidelity AMR PH-77 and iFi iPhono siblings. It packs some seriously awesome audio components and circuitry that's going to keep you wanting to listen to just 'one' more song.
NO MATTER HOW BIG YOUR SET-UP GROWS, IT'LL HANDLE IT
Unlike other entry-level phono stages, the ZEN Phono uses MM/MC, high/low and very low, to handle just about any cartridge. Expect a gain that goes from 36dB till 72dB while retaining a super-silent noise floor of -151dBV. No matter how big your set-up grows, the ZEN Phono will always be there for you.
ENJOY THE BASS WITHOUT THE RUMBLES
Here's good news for those who don't want to compromise on the bass. Normal sub-sonic filters tend to get rid of the bass while removing the rumble. The ZEN Phono uses an AI sub-sonic filter that addresses these rumble and wrap issues without having any effect on the bass or causing phase issues.
HIGH-END PERFORMANCE WITH MINIMAL DISTORTION
The iFi ZEN Phono has an incredible RIAA EQ tolerance level (+/- 0.15dB) that's on par with hand-selected capacitors. This is thanks to the parallel TDK C0G (Class 1 ceramic) capacitors in the EQ circuit. These capacitors offer high stability and low distortion and are better than polystyrene capacitors. The end result: Performance that's better than phono stages worth over a thousand dollars.
GET RID OF NOISE WITH CLEAN POWER SUPPLY
Flagship phono amplifiers create their own power supply off the mains, like a mains regenerator. Doing away with this would result in extra hissing and noise along with the signal. The ZEN Phono uses its own high-tech 1.2MHz clean power supply (20,000x mains frequency of 60Hz). This means a 10uF filtering capacitor = 200,000uF at lower, audible frequencies. This is equivalent to the level of noise filtration done by the highly effective LC filtering circuits found in classic Tube Amps. Furthermore, the PCB is isolated to prevent noise pollution in the analogue stage. This is quieter than some Stereophile Class A+ phonos which are -131dBV.
HIGH-QUALITY COMPONENTS FOR FANTASTIC PERFORMANCE
The iFi ZEN Phono uses high-end circuit components. The balanced circuit (almost unheard of at this price point) is effective in reducing noise and crosstalk and is much more superior in comparison to the traditional single-ended circuit approach. A custom OV Series operational-amplifier contributes to the extremely low noise, low distortion (0.0001%) and wide bandwidth. The Panasonic ECPU capacitors are made from 3,500 layers of ultra-thin dielectrics that's less than 0.5μm thick. It offers class-leading Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR), low impedance and vanishingly low distortion.
|GAIN SETTINGS||MC (v lo)@ - 72dB (+/- 1dB)
MC (lo) - 60dB (+/- 1dB)
MC (hi) - 48dB (+/- 1dB)
MM - 36dB (+/- 1dB)
|AL SUB-SONIC FILTER||Remedies only the 'warp' in LPs - No negative impact to bass response|
|MAX OUTPUT VOLTAGE (RMS)||20v RMS bal output into 100k (< 1% THD & N)|
|13.5V RMS bal output into 600R (< 1% THD & N)|
|OUTPUT IMPEDANCE||BAL: 200 Ohm resistive ; SE: 100 Ohm resistive|
|INPUT IMPEDANCE||MM: 47K Ohms (Load: 110pF)|
|MC High: 47K Ohms|
|MC Low: 1K Ohms|
|MC V Low: 110 Ohms|
|SIGNAL/NOISE RATIO||94dB(A) MM re 2V BAL/1V UNBAL
80dB(unweighted 80kHz BW) MM re 2V BAL/1V UNBAL
84dB(A) MC Hi re 2V BAL/1V UNBAL
71dB(unweighted 80kHz BW) MM re 2V BAL/1V UNBAL
90dB(A) MC lo re 2V BAL/1V UNBAL
79dB(unweighted 80kHz BW) MC lo re 2V BAL/1V UNBAL
79dB(A) MC vlo re 2V BAL/1V UNBAL
69dB(unweighted 80kHz BW) MC vlo re 2V BAL/1V UNBAl
|EIN (EQUIVALENT INPUT NOISE)||0.6nV|/Hz (unweighted) MC lo/vlo -151dBV (A weighted)
|6.5nV|/Hz (unweighted) MM/MC hi -130dBV (A weighted)
|HARMONIC DISTORTION||< -110dB / 0.0003% MM re 2V BAL/1V UNBAL
< -80dB / 0.01% MC lo re 2V BAL/1V UNBAL
< -86dB / 0.005% MC vlo re 2V BAL/1V UNBAL
|DIMENSIONS||158 x117 x35 mm
6.2" x 4.6" x 1.4"
|POWER SUPPLY||DC 5V / 500mA|
|WEIGHT||515g (1.14 Ibs)|
1. iFi Audio ZEN Phono
2. 1 x Power Adapter
3. 1 x RCA Cable
4. 1 x User Manual
5. 1 x Instruction card
|GENERIC NAME||Headphone Amplifier|
|COUNTRY OF ORIGIN||China|
|IMPORTER DETAILS||Importers Name: Ferrari Video
Address: 63/18, 1st Main Road, Gandhi Nagar, Chennai - 600020
Contact No: 044-24420733
The iFi Audio Story
From live experience for your home to on-the-go music for your ears, iFi Audio has a wide range of audio products for every music enthusiast. Ever since the beginning of iFi Audio in the year 2012, it is the love of music lovers that have been encouraging iFi audio to develop audio products that make a difference in how music is heard. The products are designed, developed and manufactured in iFi Audio headquarters in Southport, UK. The materials are sourced from across the globe including from countries like Germany, USA and Japan. iFi Audio has its distribution centre in the USA and is working hard on increasing its global network of distributors.
The High-Octane Audio
iFi Audio is an award-winning company focussed to deliver audio products to enrich music listening experience. iFi Audio understands how important music is to people and therefore all of their products are centred towards delivering amazing sound that is free of noise, distortion and other kinds of hiss. A studio-quality sound which is close to how the artist intended the music to sound. The materials that are used in most of the iFi products are used to enhance the sound performance of the product by eliminating echo and disturbing jitter.
A Proud Eco-Friendly Company
iFi takes the environment safety sincerely and recognizes their role to contribute to the cause. Therefore all the iFi products including their packaging are made of eco-friendly materials like aluminium paper and recycled plastics which can be recycled and reused in the future. iFi Audio makes sure that no hazardous toxins or materials are used in the products and that they meet the standards of environmental safety
1 Year Warranty
Don't sweat it, this iFi Audio - ZEN Phono comes with a warranty
from iFi Audio that covers manufacturing defects.
All products featured on Headphone Zone are backed by an original manufacturer's warranty.
Read more about iFi Audio's warranty in India.
Ifi bring again a good budget friendly product for us. 1st impression straight out the box is very much satisfying. Nice open sound stage and details. Little bit of timing lack, dynamics but i tnk its not burn in yet. The vocal parts also very engaging and live like. A decent instrument separation. And the last thing its subsonic filter helps to reduce rumble / woofer pumping which was not fixes to my other’s 2 phono preamp, this does. Now I’m happy to enjoy my vinyl again.
And lastly what a delivery speed by hpz and bluedart, just one day and the products in to my doorstep, I’m just pleased.
Hi Sandip, Thank you so much for sharing your honest review with us. We really appreciate it. We hope you will enjoy using the product. Happy listening! :)
The sound is clean and clear. Main USP is balanced connection to be used with your balanced headgear, as most of stereo stuff is unbalanced. Sounds transparent to me without coloration. YMMV.
I was using a Project MM/MC phono box, it sounds cleaner than it. Has more dynamics and slightly clear sound (veil lifted kind of clear). Can be driven with DC 5v 500mA supply also. Overall a satisfying purchase.
Thanks a ton for sharing your review with us.
Good record playback equipment has become very expensive with the resurgence of the format. There are few companies who still are conscious about the quality of the equipment they manufacture at reasonable prices. IFi is one such company. All their products right from entry level are very well built and have exceptional specs.
The Zen phono is brilliantly constructed with great packaging. It has just been few days that I have used it and I am already thrilled with its performance. I cannot wait to hear how good it will sound with about 100 hours of break-in.
This backed with HZ's amazing service and delivery timeline has got me assured that good products marketed by good companies still exist, I just had to make the right choice. I am glad that I chose IFi and Headphone zone.. Brilliant!!
We are glad you had a comfortable shopping experience with us & it is delightful to read such positive reviews on your product! Cheers & Welcome to the club!
Another revelation...thanks to HZ and if!
I got my AT-LP5 with a Pro-Ject Phono Mini from day one, in 2017.
That was a happy combination till I changed my amp to an Audiolab A6000 in 2019. The new amp "supposedly" has a better Phono stage.
It is definitely louder, muscular and forward compared to the Pro-Ject, which isn't a bad thing with typocally low output turnatble characteristics.
Few months back I added an Aunt Hi Res media player and an ifi noise cleaner. Things changed!
The wonderful Audiolab sounded better in every respect, except the Phono part!
As noise floor had come down drastically after the last update, the Phono module's noisiness started bothering my ears a great deal!
As I was certain that the Phono stage was the culprit, I took a gamble and picked up the new ifi Zen Phono.
And, Voila! No noise!
But that's not the only benefit I reaped.
Though way less muscular or powerful than the lab's built in section, this ifi has taken up my Vinyl experience quite a few notches!
One, improved resolution with a noiseless background now allows even the smallest details to come out of my Dali speakers, much like the Aune did. More instruments seem to be joining the tracks on every listen!
Though the timing seemed a bit out during the first few runs, it seemed to have corrected after a month's burn in.
The soundstage is significantly wider now.
Depth, per se does not seem to have improved, but with less muscle / forwardness I'm having to pump in more power out of the lab and that does add depth.
What impressed me, every time though, is the dark background and the sheer delicacy of the ifi presentation!
Lately, I've been only playing my Vinyls...
Thanks HZ and ifi
I found the team to be very generic and specific. Excellent service
Hey, we can see from your review you are happy with the product. So, we request you to change your ratings as it would not be fair on the product.
ifi Zen Phono
Thank you for your awesome ratings, Ranadeep Chakravarty!
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