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Designed in
the UK

Ideal for
Audiophiles

Ideal for
Indoor Use

1 Years of
Warranty

Metal
Build

Burr-Brown
DAC Chip

4.4mm Balanced
Output

DESCRIPTION

HI-RES SOUND AT AN AFFORDABLE PRICE

iFi Audio's new ZEN DAC is definitely your companion when it comes to great music at an affordable price. With this super-compact Amp/DAC you can chill anywhere, whether be it your home or the office. Just plug in your favourite headphones and experience the hi-res audio with this USB DAC.
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SUPPORTS TRUE-TO-LIFE, HI-RES AUDIO

The ZEN DAC supports up to 32-bit/384kHZ PCM and DXD files. It even supports DSD256 and MQA for true-to-life audio. The True Native Burr-Brown chip and advanced circuitry offer Hi-Res playback.
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HIGH-QUALITY COMPONENTS TO UNLOCK GREAT SOUND

The ZEN DAC uses TDK C0G (Class 1 ceramic) capacitors that are highly stable and offer low losses for resonant circuit applications. It includes the GTO filter that has been used in the flagship Pro iDSD. Want to connect it with a Mac or Linux device? Simply download the ‘Limoncello’ 5.2A to unlock DoP256.

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CONVENIENT BALANCED CONNECTIONS

The iFi Audio ZEN DAC has a Pentaconn 4.4mm balanced output at both the front and back. It also has a 6.3mm headphone socket that lets you choose both the headphones options very effortlessly.

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IT’S VARIABLE BUT NOT FROM THE MATHS!

You can switch your ZEN DAC from Variable to Fixed in just a moment. Set it to variable and use it as a pre-amp for an active speaker or power amp. You can adjust the volume over the fixed mode and can use it as an external pre-amp or integrated amp.

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POWER IT. DRIVE IT.

This headphone amp has Powermatch—A switch which adjusts the gain to match that of the headphone. Leave it at a lower setting for hiss-free audio with highly sensitive IEMs. Boost it for low impedance on/over-ears that need that extra oomph.

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EXPERIENCE BASS LIKE AN ACE

The ZEN DAC gives you a TrueBass experience. It has a switchable ‘bass boost’ which operates in the analogue domain. It enhances the bass without muddying the mid-range. Perfect for use with IEMs or open-back headphones which often lose out on bass. It does not have DSP.
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SPECS

AUDIO SPECIFICATIONS
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 0.8 kg (1.8 lbs)
IN THE BOX
BOX CONTENTS 1. IFi Audio - ZEN DAC

COMPARISONS

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Ideal For Desktop Smartphone Smartphone & Desktop Smartphone & Desktop
Weight 0.8kg 125g 139g 22g
DAC Chip Burr Brown Burr Brown Burr Brown ESS Sabre ES9010
Sample Rate 32-bit/384kHz 32bit/384kHz 32/384 kHz 24-bit / 96kHz
Inbuilt Battery
Battery Life 12 Hours 10 Hours
Balanced Outputs
Outputs 4.4mm, 3.5mm, RCA 4.4mm & 3.5mm Lineout, SPDIF & 3.5mm 3.5mm
Digital Inputs USB3.0 B USB 3.0 USB 2.0
Output level 4.4mm 330mW@32 Ohm
S-BAL 230mW@32 Ohm;
Unbalanced: 280mW@32 Ohm
Balanced: 400mW@32 Ohm
285mW @ 30 Ohm 1.2 volts
Signal to Noise Ratio 116dB
MQA Support
Volume Control
Expert Verdict "The iFi Zen Dac is one of the best entry-level DACs you can buy. It sounds great, has a ton of features, and can grow with your system as your tastes evolve."
Tech Radar
"I love its ability to drive full-size headphones with enthusiasm. If you’re looking for a lightweight DAC/Amp to improve the audio from your laptop or mobile this is a no-brainer."
Hifi Trends
"A practical, portable, feature-full DAC with an happily open and balanced sound. Open, detailed and tonally balanced sound with good battery life, Versatile."
What Hi-Fi
"The DragonFly Black continues this commitment to better sound quality on a budget, but in an even more impressive package. The look of it may be same, but this is easily the best DragonFly yet."
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    1 Year Warranty

    Don't sweat it, this iFi Audio ZEN DAC comes with a 1 year warranty from iFi Audio that covers manufacturing defects. All products featured on Headphone Zone are backed by an original manufacturer's warranty.

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    June, 2020

    What HiFi

    "Both can be switched between ‘variable’ and ‘fixed’ modes so the Zen DAC can be used as a preamp for volume control if needed."

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    Tech Radar

    "The iFi Zen Dac is one of the best entry-level DACs you can buy. It sounds great, has a ton of features, and can grow with your system as your tastes evolve."

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    Inner Fidelity

    "If you’re a fan of iFi’s house sound, or just want a simple, fatigue-free listen at your workplace or coffee-shop, the ZenDAC is a good option to investigate

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    Major HiFi

    "At the heart of the matter, that’s what the Zen DAC is – just really good audio, in a simple, economic package. You can’t get much sweeter than that."

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    Customer Reviews

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    Amazing DAC
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    Best dac amp i have ever bought
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    Best DAC/AMP combo under 15k
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    More refined compared to phone/laptop/pc
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    Great DAC AMP combo for the price!
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    Excellent build and clean sound
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    It's Good !
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    Sound value for the 💰
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