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  • The Short Story

    Ideal for
    Audiophiles

    Metal
    Build

    1 Year of
    Warranty

    Designed in
    the UK

  • Meet the new ZEN DAC


    The iFi Audio's new ZEN DAC is definitely your companion when it comes to price and music. With this super compact Amp/DAC you can chill anywhere, whether be it your home or willing to listen to music at your office.

     

    Compact as you like it


    The ZEN DAC amp/DAC is as compact as you would like it to be. You can just plug your favorite headphones in and experience the hi-res audio with this USB DAC.

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    Keep up with the future

    The ZEN DAC supports PCM and DXD to 24-bit/384kHZ, DSD256 and MQA. True Native Burr Brown chip design works better for DSD and makes it perfect.

    Hear Sound. Now Balanced


    The iFi Audio ZEN DAC has a Pentaconn 4.4mm balanced outputs at both the front and back. It also has the 6.3mm headphone socket enables you to 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. You can set the ZEN DAC to variable and use it as a pre-amp for 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.

    Power it. Drive it.


    This headphone amp has a Powermatch - a switch which adjusts the amount of increase in audio signal strength. You can call it as a switchable gain so that it can match the gains of the headphone.

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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 the analogue domain.

  • Specifications

    AUDIO SPECIFICATIONS
    OUTPUT USB3.0 B Socket (USB2.0 compatible)
    FORMAT 44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192/384kHz
    PCM 2.8/3.1/5.6/6.2/11.2/12.4MHz DSD 353/384KHz DXD
    DAC Bit-Perfect DSD & DXD DAC by Burr Brown
    LINE SECTION
    OUTPUT Audio RCA (UnBAL) — 2.1V fixed 1V / 3.3V max. (variable)
    .4mm Pentaconn (BAL) — 4.2V fixed 2V / 6.2V max. (variable)
    ZOUT <= 100 Ohm (UnBAL)
    <= 200 Ohm (BAL)
    SNR < -116dB(A) @ 0dBFS (UnBAL/BAL)
    DNR > 116dB(A) @ -60dBFS (UnBAL/BAL)
    THD+N < 0.0015% @ 0dBFS (UnBAL/BAL)
    HEADPHONE SECTION
    OUTPUT 6.3mm (UnBAL) — 1V / 3.3V max. 12 Ohm - 300 Ohm Headphone
    4.4mm Pentaconn (BAL) — 2V / 6.2V max. 12 Ohm - 600 Ohm Headphone
    OUTPUT POWER UnBAL > 280mW @ 32R, > 36mW @ 300R
    BAL > 380mW @ 50R, > 70mW @ 600R
    OUTPUT IMPEDENCE < 1 Ω (UnBAL/BAL)
    THD & N < 0.005% (125mW @ 32R)
    SNR > 113dBA (3.3V UnBAL / 6.2V BAL)
    POWER CONSUMPTION < 1.5W
    DIMENSIONS 117(l) x 100(w) x 30(h)mm
    WEIGHT 491g (1.08 lbs)
    IN THE BOX
    BOX CONTENTS iFi Audio - ZEN DAC
  • Warranty

    Don’t sweat it, This iFi Audio product is covered by a 1 Year manufacturer's warranty.
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What the Press Say

"iFi Zen DAC aims to deliver better digital sound on a budget."
" The Burr Brown DAC and solid amplification result in a potent combo your ears won’t soon forget."
 

Customer Reviews

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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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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.

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D.B.
Great value

Excellent value! Used with Grado SR80e as well as Bose Companion Series III. Great output! Tested all variants - PCM (upto 192), DSD (upto 256) and MQA. Works seamlessly for all using Audirvana. External power support helps in boosting output to headphones.

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