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iFi Audio - ZEN DAC

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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 800g 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."
What Hi-Fi


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₹ 15,999/-

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Ideal For Desktop Desktop Desktop Desktop
Weight 800g 515g 0.75kg 0.85kg
DAC Chip Burr Brown Burr Brown
Sample Rate 32-bit/384kHz 32-bit/384kHz
Inbuilt Battery
Battery Life
Balanced Outputs
Outputs 4.4mm, 3.5mm, RCA 4.4mm, 3.5mm & RCA 4.4mm & RCA 4.4mm, 3.5mm & RCA
Digital Inputs USB3.0 B USB
Output level 4.4mm 330mW@32 Ohm
S-BAL 230mW@32 Ohm;
Balanced : >15.1V/385 MW (@ 600 Ohm)
>6.0V/1150 MW (@ 32 Ohm)
S-E : >7.6V/98 MW (@ 600 Ohm)
>7.2V/1600 MW (@ 32 Ohm)
Balanced 4.4 Mm : 2V-6.2V Max
RCA (SE) : 1V-3.3V Max
(16 Ohms) : 3.0 V / 600 Mw (Bal)
(300 Ohms) : 5.1 V / 756 Mw (Bal)
(600 Ohms) : 15.2 V / 385 Mw (Bal)
Signal to Noise Ratio 116dB 120dB 117dB 122dB
Bluetooth Version
Bluetooth Codecs
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
"The Zen Can looks smartly finished with a neatly-sized, sturdy aluminium enclosure. In the centre of the front panel is a rotary volume control, flanked by a range of sockets and buttons."
What Hi-Fi
"This exclusive Signature version elevates the ZEN DAC’s performance with upgraded circuitry from iFi’s flagship Pro Series. The ZEN DAC Signature is truly something special."
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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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    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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    "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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    "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

    Based on 35 reviews
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    A.
    Great DAC AMP combo for the price!

    Firstly I would like to point the build quality, which is incredible. The volume knob is sooo smooth. It sounds as great as it has been built. Although the bass is a little higher than usual with Truebass turned on - for which I was skeptical at first - it simply makes it much more enjoyable to listen without it sounding any less detailed. I used to have Fiio K3 which is highly recommended as well, but zen sounds different kind of fun and immersive with Sundara. In contrast to Fiio where I had a little trouble with power output, this unit has enough power in Unbalanced out, both of which run just on USB. If you want a great combo under 15k, this should be your first choice.

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    k.v.
    Best dac amp i have ever bought

    Before upgrading to zen dac amp, I was using my built in sabre dac of my clevo laptop. I always felt something was missing from built in dac. i have some experience with fiio and schiit DAC before but was not entirely happy with them. Zen is an all in one Dac that can basically fit in with all my uses.It is capable of driving my fiio x2,m560 and iem like kz zs10pro and tin t2. It is also my primary speaker dac connected to my old akai vintage sound quality. As far as its features are concerned it is one of best at its price point not going to ellaborate on that but the soundquality is what gor me surprised. It is one of the cleanest dac amp i have heard in my life. The amp section is great for most of the mid fi headphones and iems out there. It has its limits though and i could hear it when i push the volume dial to its limit. Include bass boost option is nice as well just giving the right amount of bass without messing with the rest of signal.Overall I think Ifi has given a dac that punches way above the price point

    Thank you so much for sharing this elaborate review with us.

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    N.G.
    BMW with no steering :)

    Bought this recently and was highly disappointed with its unbalanced output, the best way to use it with a balanced output which is a 4.4mm. There is no converter for the 4.4mm output and you cannot find one anywhere in India. You will have to get it imported from China and all shipping from Aliexpress and Banggoods is not happening. So now i am just stuck with this amazing DAC which just looks at my face and i have to look at his face and there is no solution from Headphonezone.in. Well their sale is done :) now its the customers headache.

    I also tried a 4.4mm male to 2.5mm female joined to a 2.5mm male to 3.5mm female. This is just ruining the sound signature due to pole incompatibility. I hope a converter gets available. Else I am stuck with this BMW without a steering wheel.

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    S.S.
    Amazing DAC

    Hello All,
    Its been a good buying experience with Headphone Zone, the delivery was quick and the products is also untouched.
    Coming to the quality of the product- it feels like heavy duty material, fits and finishes are nice. Very good balanced sound quality.

    Couple of important point to share->[Tested only with the RCA out to my AVR]
    1>it does not come with latest firmware so updating the latest firmware(GTO version) is recommended, read the instruction before updating...be careful while you do this. -- Link to download https://ifi-audio.com/downloads/
    2>The sound quality is good without the update, its more of warmer sound signature with limited sound stage, but when I update the firmware the experience is amazing , it has got much detailed and crisp output, the sound stage widens up, its actually better than my AVR internal DAC.
    3> if you want little more juice add 5v power supply(not available out of the box), the sound quality further enhanced for me.
    4> The pre-amp is also good, the true base produce tight and subtle bass- never knew my speaker is capable of producing that deep bass :)
    but my personal preference is the direct sound bypassing the pre amp circuit, enjoying every bit of it.

    Thank you and have a great time.

    K
    K.S.
    Best DAC/AMP combo under 15k

    I have an AKG 712 paired with Audioengine D1. I chose the Zen on the recommendation of a youtuber Stu from homestudiobasics and reading reviews from his blog. So I would suggest you to read it from his blog for the technical stuff. I chose this amp for the truebass functionality and balanced output which is lacking in the Audioengine D1 and is in the same price range. I couldn't fully appreciate the sound quality of the balanced output due to lack of proper 4.4mm to 3.5mm adapter. The quality from the unbalanced 6.35mm output is awesome. It is powerful enough to bring out the dynamics of the AKG. The truebass functionality doesn't suppress or muddy the mid range which is good. If you are looking for an amp/dac less than 15k look no more than the zen.

    We are incredibly grateful that you took the time out to leave us this note. We look forward to serving you again.

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    A.J.C.S.
    Sounds great

    It’s good. It will be better and great if Headphonezone along with reviewing products on YouTube, do a tutorial about the connections etc.

    J
    J.J.
    Early Review. Good, but not Schitt quality.

    Posting an early review. I got this specifically as a DAC/pre-amp to use with Tidal Masters, either via a laptop or an LG G8x. Using USB Audio Player Pro on the LG phone to bypass any Android limitations for USB Audio output. Then further connected to a Rega Amp.

    It is nice to see the Magenta light glow up in the DAC when getting the MQA stream. It sounds good too, but I just feel something is missing. It is not as vibrant and warm as a Schitt Modi which does not have all that MQA stuff. Still early days, and my opinion could change. As a headphone amp, have used with the an Audio Technica M50x and it does it job - but not wonders. Hope to spend more time with it and comment once again. At this moment, I rank it a notch lower than a Schitt Modi.

    Thanks a ton for sharing your review with us.

    R
    R.S.
    Fantastic upgrade from FiiO K3

    FiiO K3 was my first DAC Amp; although it was efficient for the purpose, but it was so tiny to Desk it. It felt more like portable than Desktop DAC Amp.

    Upgraded to iFi ZEN DAC; couldn't be more happier. Built is spectacular; DAC and Amp are class-leading.
    FiiO K3 had bass-boost feature; but compared to ZEN DAC; K3 falls short. True Bass is really something on ZEN DAC; one has to hear to believe it; can't be described in words.
    Only thing missing in ZEN; is a power button; it is always on; no way to turn it off. But, that really does not matter for its other class-leading features.

    My recently bought Sennheiser HD 560s is so enjoyable with ZEN DAC;
    Thanks iFi for making such spectacular product!

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    S.A.
    An amazing headphone DAC for the price

    Purchased this 2 weeks back along with a pair of beyerdynamics dt990 pros. They get the job done, i was worried that they might not be able to power the dt990s given the higher impedance power needed, but these are an amazing pair. It supports a variety of lossless formats such as Flacs(PCM), DSD and MQAs. I seriously couldn't find music of such different formats to justify its purchase, it supports plug and play with any OS, although with windows I had to tweak a few settings to ensure that I was running on the highest frequency band (notice the yellow led instead of green in the picture).
    It is great for music and movies and works okay with games as well (tweak a bit inside game settings for the optimal settings), supports RCA out as well which can connect further to an AMP or a pair of speakers (nothing too crazy, wont support anything higher than a bookshelf speaker).
    The sound is great, the digital connection doesn't leak any noise into the system, even plugging my normal earphones/headphones sounded so much better than just directly through the PC. Build quality is quite premium and sturdy. A goto headphone dac/amp (which can also power speakers if needed) for anyone looking to start with their headphone audiophile journey.
    Bonus points for headphonezone for answering doubts/questions that I had, you can trust their experts :)