Designed in the
RCA and 3.5mm
Upto 1200mW @ 32Ω
Based on the award-winning ZEN Series, iFi’s ZEN Air CAN makes high-performance audio more affordable than ever before. The ability to drive power-hungry headphones and versatile sonic tailoring options set the ZEN Air CAN apart. Overall the ZEN Air CAN offers features usually reserved for high-end headphone amps.
IFI AUDIO PRESENTS THE ALL NEW ZEN AIR CAN FROM THE ZEN AIR SERIES
The successor to the award-winning ZEN CAN, iFi audio introduces a fascinating amplifier - the all-new ZEN Air CAN. The all-new ZEN Air CAN presents a unique sonic character and comes embedded with an array of features. This high-resolution, headphone amplifier provides a great listening experience with any source, be it PCs, Macs or even a streamer. It offers settings to dial in the perfect sound for a variety of headphones. The new ZEN Air CAN can drive the most demanding headphone due to its balanced circuit design and versatile sonic tailoring options to optimise audio performance.
A REMARKABLY ENGINEERED AMP WITH ADVANCED AUDIO ARCHITECTURE
The ZEN Air CAN circuitry has been designed for audiophiles with an asymmetrical channel layout that presents clean audio without any artefacts. It simply takes an input signal from a source and creates a larger copy of the original audio signal before it’s transmitted to your headphones. The ZEN Air CAN comes with three gain settings so that it works well with every pair of headphones or in-ear monitors (also known as IEMs). iFi Audio incorporates custom OVA-series op-amps that use a folded cascade design for ultra-low distortion alongside Texas Instruments low-noise ICs to offer unity-gain bandwidth and high output drive capability. Furthermore, TDK C0G (Class 1 ceramic) capacitors offer high stability and low losses for resonant circuit applications.
OFFERING SONIC TAILORING CAPABILITY WITH XBASS+ AND XSPACE FEATURES
If you are someone who enjoys punchy bass, iFi ZEN Air CAN has got you covered with their XBass+ feature. The bass boost, XBass+ is purely an analogue circuit that is specifically designed to extend the bass response to suit different types of headphones. Another feature of the ZEN Air CAN is the XSpace which opens up your music to give you the spaciousness of a live concert. It is a purely analogue signal processing circuit designed for listening to headphones as if one is listening to speakers. It also recreates a holographic sound elevating your listening experience. This XSpace feature presents an ‘inside the head’ sensation, making your music more enjoyable.
PAINSTAKINGLY DESIGNED WITH UTMOST ATTENTION TO DETAIL IN EVERY ASPECT
The ZEN Air CAN has easy-to-use features along with a sleek design, making it aesthetically pleasing and practical to use. It has dual headphone outputs – 6.3mm and 4.4mm S-Balanced. At iFi Audio, they realised that not everyone has balanced headphones, they embedded the S-Balanced technology. This gives you all the benefits of a balanced connection – lower noise, less crosstalk – but without the need for balanced headphones. The ZEN Air CAN supports three analogue inputs, the same number as the ZEN CAN – but here, there are two stereo RCA inputs and one 3.5mm S-Balanced connection in total. An alloy shielding is provided within the thermoplastic polymer outer case to protect the signal path to avoid any disturbance. The changes between settings have been engineered to ensure sonic transparency. The FET-based switching micro-controller only wakes up when the user changes the settings minimising any distortions. The fact that iFi has succeeded in embedding such attention to detail in one headphone amp is impressive.
|POWER SUPPLY REQUIREMENT||DC 5V/2.5A (centre +ve)|
|MAX OUTPUT||>6.7V/75mW (@ 600Ω)
>6.5V/660mW (@ 64Ω)
>6.2V/1200mW (@ 32Ω)
|THD+N||0.005% (@ 100mW/1.27V 16Ω)|
|SNR||>114dBA (@ 6.7V)|
|MAX. INPUT||RCA : 3.8V RMS
3.5mm : 1.92V RMS
|FREQUENCY RESPONSE||10Hz - 100kHz (-3dB)|
|POWER CONSUMPTION||No Signal ~5W / Max Signal ~13W|
|DIMENSIONS||158 x 117 x 35mm (6.2" x 4.6" x 1.4")|
|NET WEIGHT||352g (0.78lbs )|
|BOX CONTENTS||1. iFi Audio ZEN Air CAN|
|2. USB to DC Cable|
|3. Quick Start card|
|4. 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 Air CAN 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.
What shall I begin with, it brought next level power to my DT 990 250 ohms compared to my previous DAC AMP "FX-AUDIO" DAC-X6. All I can say it sounds amazing, even tested the Sennheiser HD598 simply loving it. Its one of those gems in market under 100$ range which simply does what it says. Sounds better with RCA cables as input than 3.5 jack (Single ended) as input. After using different Sample rate and bit depths, 24bit 96000 Hz(studio Quality) sounds best.
Recommended for 300 ohms impedance headphones.
Warm sounding with crisp clarity, no distortion noticed at different gain settings and volume levels. I can finally enjoy the Jon Hopkins - Insides on 990 now. This desktop amplifier does matches the power of its predecessor IFi Zen can and at half the price. If you are not looking for balanced output just go for it, yet they provide 4.4mm slot.
I use to miss the enjoyable sibilance in DT 770 due to lack of power and now it's back.
Using Samsung mobile charger to power 5v 2a, tried Mi charger as well 5v 3a. Both works fine for DC current.
Xbass+ is fine but Xspace doesn't add up much to the sound, even felt like sometimes it killed the neutrality and warmth of sounds. Not recommended to use.
Hi there, we are so happy you took out time and elaborately reviewed the product. We are sure this will help our customers to make an even better and informed decision.
I connect my headphones (Beyerdynamics DT990 Pro 250 Ohm) to the PC using this as an amp. So here are my two cents.
Pros- 1. Effortlessly powers my 250 Ohm Dt 990 Pro
2. Premium looks-wise and quality-wise.
3. Has a 4.4 mm S-Balanced output
4. Analog volume knob
5. Gain control 0, 6, 9 db
6. Filters ground loop hums and no hissing sound even at max gain & max
7. No distortion or crackle sound while adjusting volume knob.
8. Xspace is quite good in increasing soundstage especially with dolby
atmos for headphones. Do check out "Tucker Zone" on Youtube with
these and good open back phones. Mind blowing.
9. Xbass is good for open back headphones having sub-bass roll off.
10. Beautiful to look at, imo.
Cons- 1. Why did Ifi not give a power adapter? They are cost cutting, but a not-so-costly adapter could have been tweaked for 5v 2.5 A without static noise and provided in the box.
2. Price is justified for the features, and if it lasts.
Overall, satisfied with the Zen Air Can and impressed by the fast 2 day delivery and prompt technical assistance by Headphone Zone.
Hi there, we are so happy you took out time and elaborately reviewed the product with a comparison. We are sure this will help our customers to make an even better and informed decision.
I was buying HE400SE and I was confused between Zen Air DAC and Air Can,
I went ahead with the Zen Air Can as I already had a clean DAC (iPhone USB-c dongle). It provides enough power to run my HE400SE on the low gain at 2'o clock.
While HE400SE isn't power hungry, when you EQ it, it adds -6.2db pre-gain which makes them really hard to drive. After EQing I have to use high gain which is why I am thankful I went with Zen Air Can instead of DAC.
The Amp is really clean. I tried using it with Moondrop CHU and I cannot hear any noise out of it. Moondrop CHU is a very sensitive IEM and will pickup the noise very easily if it Exists.
Features: Xbass+ and Xspace really work. And if you have an Open back headphone, you will love X-bass+ as they add the low-end rumble most open back lack.
Do i recommend it? Yes. For 7-9k INR, I think it is the best AMP for the buck and should be a part of your budget build. 1.2W will power most headphones.
Hey there, nothing makes us happier than knowing you loved your purchase, hope you had a comfortable shopping experience and thank you for the great review and ratings!
Connected with both aux and rca cable but the output sound seems like there is no mids in the music
It sounds similar to its big brother zen can. Only downside being a slightly less driving power. Other than that it offers a 4.4mm output which is not truly balanced design, but an added advantage for those used to having balanced cables.
XBass & Xspace are additional features which are rare at this price point and add a bit more bass and treble and airiness.
Thanks a lot for your detailed and genuine feedback, we're glad that you have such positive thoughts about the product and we'll share your thoughts with the brand as well. It'll also help our fellow customers to make the right choice!
The ifi zen can air drives my dt990oro like a pro! Sounds fantastic! (a little bassy but that's alright) and the spatial audio feature works really well with my games, looks good too.But... it isn't made out of metal as said.A great little beginner/intermediate amp.
Thank you for your genuine feedback on this product, we're glad that you have such positive thoughts about the product.
Well built, awesome sound. Works great with my Fiio btr1, btr3k. Brings out the full value of the headphone. Used to Drive Koss Kph30i from Fiio btr3k with maxed out volume!. not anymore.
Thanks you headphonezone for working your magic. Very happy with the purchase.
Thank you for the review! Hope you had a comfortable shopping experience. Cheers