iFi Audio - ZEN Blue 3

Desktop Bluetooth DAC

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Why we love this DAC/Amp

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Connect With Cable

This device comes with multiple connectivity options. Be sure to check if your source and output support these input and output options.

Why it Sounds Amazing

DAC Chip

Know the secret to your pristine audio.


This headphone or gear reveals the secret sauce behind superior audio quality, highlighting the presence of a high-performance DAC chip for pristine sound reproduction.


If you see products marked as “⚙️ DAC Chip”, expect to experience your music with unparalleled clarity, detail, and fidelity, ensuring that every note and nuance is faithfully reproduced for your listening pleasure.

Sampling Rate And Bit Depth

Ever wonder how those ones and zeros on your computer magically transform into the rich melodies that fill your room?


The secret lies in a tiny device called a Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC). Think of it as a translator, taking the digital code of your music and meticulously sculpting it back into a smooth, analog wave that your speakers can understand. But just like a sculptor needs the right tools, achieving audio nirvana with a DAC depends on two key factors: sampling rate and bit depth.


Sampling Rate:

Imagine your favourite song as a complex rollercoaster track. The sampling rate refers to how often the DAC takes measurements of this digital track, measured in kHz (kilohertz) or thousands of times per second. A higher sampling rate, like 96 kHz, is like taking a ton of pictures of the track, capturing every twist and turn with incredible detail. Lower rates, like the standard 44.1 kHz used in CDs, are like taking snapshots at a theme park – fun, but you might miss some of the subtler details that make the ride truly exhilarating.


Bit Depth:

Now, think about the sculptor's tools. Bit depth refers to the precision of each measurement the DAC takes. Imagine the number of colours available to the sculptor. With higher bit depth (e.g., 24 bits compared to 16 bits), each measurement can capture a wider range of values. This allows the DAC to recreate subtler variations in the sound wave, resulting in richer and more nuanced audio. It's like having a broader colour palette for building a more detailed and lifelike sculpture of the sound.


Introducing The All-New Versatile Bluetooth DAC - The iFi Audio ZEN Blue 3

iFi Audio is renowned for designing products that adhere to high technological standards, ensuring precise sound performance. One such latest innovation is the iFi Audio ZEN Blue 3. It's a Hi-Res certified Bluetooth DAC, meticulously crafted to provide outstanding audio quality through its advanced circuitry and flexible connectivity options. This cutting-edge DAC offers the flexibility of both wired and wireless use, making it suitable for various listening preferences and environments. The iFi Audio ZEN Blue 3 features the latest Bluetooth codecs like aptX Lossless and LDAC, to ensure lossless and high-resolution audio transmission, preserving the quality of your music.

Exceptional Decoding With ESS Sabre DAC Chipset

The FiiO ZEN Blue 3 features the discrete ESS Sabre Hyperstream DAC chipset with a dynamic range of 112dB. It equips advanced features like a time domain jitter eliminator and discrete oscillator to ensure minimal distortion and high-quality audio. It serves as a fully wired DAC, supporting 96kHz/24Bit audio via USB-C and 192kHz/24Bit audio via SPDIF, with output options including 4.4mm balanced or RCA analogue connections for flexible connectivity.

Enjoy Lossless Audio With Flagship Qualcomm Chipset

The FiiO ZEN Blue 3 aims to provide exceptional wireless audio fidelity through Lossless Bluetooth technology, powered by the flagship Qualcomm QCC518x chip and aptX Lossless codec. With a top bitrate of 1,200kbps, aptX Lossless facilitates CD-quality audio streaming without any data loss. It maintains compatibility with multiple Bluetooth codecs such as aptX Lossless, LDAC, LHDC/HWA, aptX Adaptive, aptX, AAC and SBC, catering to a wide range of devices and preferences.

Seamless Connectivity With Bluetooth 5.4 And Other Inputs and Outputs

The iFi Audio ZEN Blue 3 utilises the latest Bluetooth 5.4 technology. It allows receiving and transmitting CD-quality lossless audio via the aptX Lossless codec and Hi-Res 96kHz audio through LDAC and LHDC/HWA, ensuring pristine sound quality without data loss. It supports inputs via Bluetooth, USB-C, SPDIF Input (optical/coaxial), and RCA. For outputs, it provides SPDIF output (optical/coaxial), 4.4mm balanced, and RCA.

Features Custom Op Amps and Balanced Circuit Design

The FiiO ZEN Blue 3 features a custom OV Series operational amplifier known for its low noise (0.0001%) and wide bandwidth, offering superior sound quality. Its balanced circuit design reduces noise and crosstalk, providing clearer audio. This setup, usually found in high-end products like the Pro iCAN Signature, is now available in ZEN Blue 3, ensuring top-quality audio for all users. The balanced line output reduces signal noise and crosstalk for balanced audio setups. When paired with optional accessories such as the SilentPower iPower2 power supply, the DAC's performance is enhanced through Active Noise Cancellation II technology.

Exceptional Audio Performance With High- Grade Components

iFi Audio has embedded the ZEN Blue 3 with audiophile-grade and high-fidelity circuitry with separate Flagship QCC5181 Bluetooth, ESS Sabre DAC and Op-Amp chips. This design departs from typical System on Chip solutions to improve sound quality, whether used with wires or wirelessly. It provides impressive technical specifications, including an SNR of 109dB, a DNR of 109 dBA (0dBFS @ 1kHz), and a THD+N of less than 0.005% (10K load @ 20-20kHz). In scenarios requiring extended range, two ZEN Blue 3 units can be linked via Bluetooth, ensuring excellent audio transmission over long distances while preserving top-notch sound quality.

Customised User Experience With Three Functioning Modes

The iFi Audio ZEN Blue 3 offers three functioning modes - the RX, TX and DAC modes. In RX mode, it receives Bluetooth data from phones or music players, offering outputs audio via optical, coaxial, or line outputs. In TX mode, it receives data from USB, line, coaxial, or optical connections and streams audio via Bluetooth to devices like TWS, headphones, speakers, or DACs. The DAC mode enables it to function as a wired DAC, providing high-quality audio output through various wired inputs. In DAC mode connect with USB-C and S/PDIF inputs and experience high-fidelity audio in your music sessions.

Low Latency Mode For Elevated Gaming Experience

The iFi Audio ZEN Blue 3 caters to demanding gamers with a switchable low latency mode in its TX (transmit) mode for lag-free gaming experiences. It minimises audio delay, making it perfect for fast-paced games where timing is crucial. Whether using Bluetooth headphones, speakers, or other devices, ZEN Blue 3's low latency mode aims to deliver quick, responsive sound, improving gaming performance and music listening experience.

Exceptional Decoding With ESS Sabre DAC Chipset

The FiiO ZEN Blue 3 features the discrete ESS Sabre Hyperstream DAC chipset with a dynamic range of 112dB. It equips advanced features like a time domain jitter eliminator and discrete oscillator to ensure minimal distortion and high-quality audio. It serves as a fully wired DAC, supporting 96kHz/24Bit audio via USB-C and 192kHz/24Bit audio via SPDIF, with output options including 4.4mm balanced or RCA analogue connections for flexible connectivity.

Enjoy Lossless Audio With Flagship Qualcomm Chipset

The FiiO ZEN Blue 3 aims to provide exceptional wireless audio fidelity through Lossless Bluetooth technology, powered by the flagship Qualcomm QCC518x chip and aptX Lossless codec. With a top bitrate of 1,200kbps, aptX Lossless facilitates CD-quality audio streaming without any data loss. It maintains compatibility with multiple Bluetooth codecs such as aptX Lossless, LDAC, LHDC/HWA, aptX Adaptive, aptX, AAC and SBC, catering to a wide range of devices and preferences.

Seamless Connectivity With Bluetooth 5.4 And Other Inputs and Outputs

The iFi Audio ZEN Blue 3 utilises the latest Bluetooth 5.4 technology. It allows receiving and transmitting CD-quality lossless audio via the aptX Lossless codec and Hi-Res 96kHz audio through LDAC and LHDC/HWA, ensuring pristine sound quality without data loss. It supports inputs via Bluetooth, USB-C, SPDIF Input (optical/coaxial), and RCA. For outputs, it provides SPDIF output (optical/coaxial), 4.4mm balanced, and RCA.

Features Custom Op Amps and Balanced Circuit Design

The FiiO ZEN Blue 3 features a custom OV Series operational amplifier known for its low noise (0.0001%) and wide bandwidth, offering superior sound quality. Its balanced circuit design reduces noise and crosstalk, providing clearer audio. This setup, usually found in high-end products like the Pro iCAN Signature, is now available in ZEN Blue 3, ensuring top-quality audio for all users. The balanced line output reduces signal noise and crosstalk for balanced audio setups. When paired with optional accessories such as the SilentPower iPower2 power supply, the DAC's performance is enhanced through Active Noise Cancellation II technology.

Exceptional Audio Performance With High- Grade Components

iFi Audio has embedded the ZEN Blue 3 with audiophile-grade and high-fidelity circuitry with separate Flagship QCC5181 Bluetooth, ESS Sabre DAC and Op-Amp chips. This design departs from typical System on Chip solutions to improve sound quality, whether used with wires or wirelessly. It provides impressive technical specifications, including an SNR of 109dB, a DNR of 109 dBA (0dBFS @ 1kHz), and a THD+N of less than 0.005% (10K load @ 20-20kHz). In scenarios requiring extended range, two ZEN Blue 3 units can be linked via Bluetooth, ensuring excellent audio transmission over long distances while preserving top-notch sound quality.

Customised User Experience With Three Functioning Modes

The iFi Audio ZEN Blue 3 offers three functioning modes - the RX, TX and DAC modes. In RX mode, it receives Bluetooth data from phones or music players, offering outputs audio via optical, coaxial, or line outputs. In TX mode, it receives data from USB, line, coaxial, or optical connections and streams audio via Bluetooth to devices like TWS, headphones, speakers, or DACs. The DAC mode enables it to function as a wired DAC, providing high-quality audio output through various wired inputs. In DAC mode connect with USB-C and S/PDIF inputs and experience high-fidelity audio in your music sessions.

Low Latency Mode For Elevated Gaming Experience

The iFi Audio ZEN Blue 3 caters to demanding gamers with a switchable low latency mode in its TX (transmit) mode for lag-free gaming experiences. It minimises audio delay, making it perfect for fast-paced games where timing is crucial. Whether using Bluetooth headphones, speakers, or other devices, ZEN Blue 3's low latency mode aims to deliver quick, responsive sound, improving gaming performance and music listening experience.

Accessories to Get you Started

1. Power Adapter
2. RCA Cable
3. USB-A to USB-C Cable
4. Quick Start Guide
5. Warranty Card

All You Need To Know About The iFi Audio ZEN Blue 3

Chipsets
Bluetooth: Qualcomm QCC518x Series
DSP: CT5302
DAC: ES9023
Amp:MAX97220
Inputs
RX Mode
Bluetooth 5.4 (aptX Lossless, aptX Adaptive, aptX, LDAC, LHDC/HWA, AAC, SBC)
TX Mode
USB
Optical
Coaxial
RCA L/R (Analogue)
DAC Mode
USB
Optical
Coaxial
RCA L/R (Analogue)
Outputs
RX Mode
Optical
Coaxial
RCA L/R
Balanced 4.4mm
TX Mode
Bluetooth 5.4 (aptX Lossless, aptX Adaptive, aptX, LDAC, LHDC/HWA, AAC, SBC)
DAC Mode
Optical
Coaxial
RCA L/R
Maximum Supported Sample Rate
RX Mode: 96kHz/24Bit
TX Mode: 96kHz/24Bit
DAC Mode: 96kHz/24Bit (USB)
192kHz/24Bit (Optical/Coaxial)
Output Voltage
Balanced 4.4mm: 4.1Vrms (0dBFS@1kHz)
Single-Ended RCA: 2.05Vrms (0dBFS@1kHz)
Output Impedance
Balanced 4.4mm: ≤102Ω
Single-Ended RCA: ≤51Ω


Manuals & Guides



User Manual | ZEN Blue 3

Desktop Bluetooth DAC

Quick Start Guide | ZEN Blue 3

Desktop Bluetooth DAC

1 Year Warranty

Don't sweat it, this iFi Audio - ZEN Blue 3 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.

Read more about iFi Audio's warranty in India.

Award-Winning Audio Technology From The UK

Established in 2012, iFi Audio is committed to revolutionizing music enjoyment through cutting-edge audio technology. Based in Southport, UK, they design and manufacture a diverse range of high-quality portable audio devices, including DACs, amplifiers, and digital enhancers. Globally sourcing parts ensures top-notch quality and studio-grade sound reproduction, eliminating noise and distortion. With acclaimed products like the Zen DAC and Hip DAC, iFi Audio has earned numerous awards for its superior performance and innovative features such as Burr-Brown DAC Chips and Custom Op-Amps. Their dedication to audio excellence continues to redefine the music listening experience for audiophiles worldwide.

Fun fact: iFi products and their packaging are made from recyclable materials, including Aluminium, Paper and Recycled plastics. There are no hazardous toxins in their components, and ensure every product released meets environmental standards. iFi Audio prides itself on being an eco-friendly company.

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The ZEN Blue 3 allows you to stream lossless CD-quality music from your mobile phone to your Hi-Fi system. Home cinema lovers can also enjoy high-quality audio while watching movies at home.
The Zen Blue 3 claims to be the world’s first wireless DAC that is able to transmit and receive lossless CD quality data with no data loss.
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