iFi Audio - ZEN DAC V2

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Why iFi Audio is Special

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Designed in UK

Established & Reputed

Trust us, our reputation in the audio world speaks for itself!


This headphone or gear comes from a well-respected brand known for its high-quality audio equipment, so you can be confident in your purchase.


If you see a product marked as “🎖️ Established & Reputed”, it means you're getting a top-tier device from a brand that's earned its stripes in the audio industry.

Specialist

A masterpiece from the experts who know audio inside and out!


This headphone or gear is crafted by specialists who know their stuff, ensuring every detail is perfect.


If you see a product marked as “🌟 Specialist”, it means you're choosing a device designed by experts who specialize in creating this specific category of device.

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Born in 2012

Why we love this DAC/Amp

Value for Money

Great sound always doesn't have to come with a fancy price tag.


Every once in a while we come across a product that give you a lot more value for the price.


If you see products marked as "🥜 Value For Money" you can be sure you're getting a great bang for your buck.

For Enthusiasts on a Budget

We are here to help you find the best bang for your buck.


This headphone or gear is made for all passionate hobbyists who want top-notch gear without breaking the bank.


If you see a product marked as “🪴 For Enthusiasts on a Budget”, get ready to indulge in your music with high-quality, affordable products that keep your wallet happy and your enthusiasm alive!

Audiophile Community Favourite

This headphone or gear has a seal of approval from our audiophile community.


It is hit among the pickiest of audio enthusiasts. It comes with two thumbs up and is the community’s and one of our favourites.


If you see a product marked as “🦋 Audiophile Community Favourite”, you're in for a sonic treat with top-tier sound quality that will make your ears swoon and elevate your listening experience to new heights!

Incredibly Popular

Some things deserve all the attention.


This headphone or gear is a crowd favourite, winning over fans everywhere with its undeniable audio quality.


If you see products marked as “🥇 Incredibly Popular”, you’re opting for a tried-and-true choice that’s loved by many, ensuring you're getting something that’s proven to be awesome and widely acclaimed.

Our Team's Favourite

Cause after all, we are audiophiles first!


This headphone or gear has won the hearts of our team, standing out as a top pick among our gurus.


If you see products marked as “💙 Our Team’s Favourite”, you're choosing a product that’s been tested, loved, and enthusiastically recommended by our team, giving you confidence that it’s a standout choice!

For Audiophiles at Home

Cause music hit differently when you are in your own space.


This headphone or gear is perfect for those who demand exceptional sound quality in their personal sanctuary.


If you see products marked as “🏠 For Audiophiles at Home”, get ready to transform your living space into an audiophile's paradise, with rich, immersive sound that makes every listening session a masterpiece.

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.

Built like a Tank

No need to worry about durability.


If you're seeking a headphone or gear with a strong, rugged build, this snapshot indicates that this is the one for you.


If you see a product marked with “🪖 Built like a Tank", it means this product is crafted with metal in its design, ensuring exceptional robustness and durability.

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.

Power Output

When you need that juice to get the best out of your products.


This headphone or gear packs a punch, revealing the product's impressive power output capabilities, ensuring it can handle even the most demanding products with ease.


If you see products marked as “🚀 Power Output”, you're in for a treat with robust performance for driving high-fidelity products without breaking a sweat.

Balanced Output

Upgrading from single-ended to balanced can be the easiest way to improve your sound.


This DAC, Amp or Hi-Res player offers a balanced output, ensuring pristine audio quality with minimised interference and enhanced clarity for your listening pleasure.


If you see a product marked as "⚖️ Balanced Output”, get ready for a symphony of crystal-clear tunes, free from any unwanted noise drama!

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.


Once you go BurrBrown everything else will only let you down. The ZEN DAC V2 is a worthy follow-up to the extremely popular ZEN DAC, one of our yesteryear favourites. A perfect DAC/Amp if you're boarding the audiophile express.
RAGHAV SOMANI

About RAGHAV SOMANI

Raghav Somani is the Founder & CEO of Headphone Zone. An avid audiophile and musician since 2008, his choice of headphones include STAX Electrostats, Audeze LCD 3, and for music on the go, the JH Audio Roxanne + Astell&Kern SP1000 is never too far away. On his playlist, you'll find A.R. Rahman, Michael Jackson, and the Eagles.

YOUR BELOVED ZEN DAC JUST GOT EVEN COOLER WITH THE ALL-NEW ZEN DAC V2

You now have a whole new reason to fall in love with this already popular and award-winning USB DAC/headphone amp. With added oomph and an indigenously developed 16-core XMOS chip, the ZEN DAC V2 has gotten better than ever before. Apart from optimizing the sound, this low-latency XMOS microcontroller improves the processing power, clock speed, memory and SuperSpeed USB standard. This ultra-capable and super portable DAC/Amp can be paired with active speakers or an amp for listening to high-quality music at home or the office.

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YOUR GO-TO DAC/AMP FOR 'BIT-PERFECT', HI-RES AUDIO

The ZEN DAC V2 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 design keeps the DSD bit-perfect and allows you to enjoy your music in studio quality just as the artist intended. This also means that it supports Hi-Res True Native playback of all music formats from MP3 to DSD256, PCM384 and DXD384.
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NOT JUST AN MQA RENDERER BUT A MQA DECODER AS WELL

Enjoy your music in the original master recording quality as the ZEN DAC V2 can now render and decode MQA files seamlessly. Keep an eye on the LED light that glows green while decoding and playing MQA files. The same light turns blue to indicate the MQA Studio file being played.
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JITTER-FREE SOUND USING 4.4MM BALANCED AND 6.3MM ANALOGUE CONNECTIONS

The balanced circuits of the ZEN DAC V2 reduce noise and crosstalk for a clearer sound. Moreover, the advanced GMT (Global Master Timing) Femto-precision clock provides >20dB better performance. The iFi Audio ZEN DAC V2 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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CONNECT TO A PRE-AMP, ACTIVE SPEAKER OR POWER AMP SEAMLESSLY

You can switch your ZEN DAC V2 from Variable to Fixed in just a moment. Set it to variable and use with a pre-amp, active speaker or power amp. You can adjust the volume over the fixed mode and can connect a external pre-amp or integrated amp to the ZEN DAC V2.

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A POWERMATCH SWITCH TO DRIVE YOUR HEADPHONES AND IEMS

This headphone amp has Powermatch—A switch that 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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DEAR BASSHEADS, THE ZEN DAC V2 IS NOW YOUR ULTIMATE CHILLING MACHINE

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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1 Year Warranty

Don't sweat it, this iFi Audio - ZEN DAC V2 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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Customer Reviews

Based on 126 reviews
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Shayan (Lucknow)
Great but...

Pros :

Build is solid and good looking

Sound is as expected

Bass bost is well done, not too much

Good connectivity - 1 x Unbalanced, 2 x Balanced, RCA fixed and variable output

Cons :

MQA SCAM - MQA is lossy compression and requires paid license for both streaming service and dac so increases cost and it is replacing FLAC which is free and opensource while providing inferior audio quality.

More expensive than V1 without any improvement.

Hey Shayan, thanks for sharing your honest and positive feedback!

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Anwar
Sounds magical

I have paired this DAC with Beredynamic DT 990, and there is an extra dimension to songs. There are finer details that you wouldn't have heard before. Acoustic songs are even more pleasant, especially when you hear the brushes on a snare, vibrations from a bass drum, or you feel that Leonard Cohen is in the room when he sings.

I play songs from Tidal and see the LED turn Blue from Green when Master Studio songs get played. The DAC is build of excellent quality, and it's compact and doesn't take much space.,There is no optical input, and it doesn't come with a Power supply, but I think that's ok since I mainly rely on the USB input. I would recommend this combination of iFi DAC and Beredynamic to anyone planning to get their first Hi-Fi setup. But make sure you pair it with Apple Loseless or Tidal.

Hey Anwar, we're happy to hear that you are loving your new purchase. Thanks for sharing this amazing feedback with us.

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Prasad (Bengaluru)
Versatile and powerful

This is my first experience with an external DAC. Basically coming from the days of records and cassettes, class A amplifiers with least THD and IMD, great damping factors, this journey with ifi Zen DAC V2 has been both interesting and exhaustive.
1. Verify the led light colours changing with input file quality was challenging. I wanted to play hi-res music from my iPhone and it was quite a discovery to realise the need for a lightning to usb camera adapter and HF player from Onkyo. I could possibly play the MQA & hi-res files PCM and upto DSD128. I suppose idevices cannot support beyond that due to lack of resources.
2. My set up was using the RCA output at fixed gain connected to Yamaha RXV757 at the aux input. Pristine sound is amplified and is heaven to experience for music lovers.
3. I don’t have expensive headphones, but connected whatever I have with a 3.5 to 6.3 stereo adapter to unbalanced port. Powerful and clear audition demonstrates both the system architecture and component build of this DAC. It really feels solid and robust handling it.
4. The MQA decoder is excellent and works as claimed by ifi. I have no interest on subscribing to Tidal or similar streaming service and hence no experience with MQA renderer.
5. I play my music collection on 3 devices, Windows 2000 laptop with foobar2000 (Ensure to download the detailed instructions from ifi help section for configuration), android phone using OTG connector and USB music player pro from Google play store and iphone11 using lightning to USB camera adapter and Onkyo HF player HD.

I have no experience with other DACs to share a comparison, but I am quite satisfied with my spend on this device. Interesting my kids have developed an affinity to music after experiencing the sound stage created while playback. I would not hesitate to recommend this to anybody serious about quality build, music and powerful headphone amplifier. Hope this will help others- Cheers

Hey there,
We thank you for this lovely review & we are glad you are enjoying it! Keep the music playing.

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Sameer Gurung (Shillong)
Sound Quality:
I don't hear a difference
Absolute game changer
Value for Money:
Not even close
Totally worth it
What an awesome piece of equipment

I had been eyeing the ZEN DAC for a while but when I came to know that version 2 was coming out decided to wait. Finally got it a few days back and boy am I happy. I dont consider myself an audiophile, I just like good sound and this has easily been the biggest upgrade I have seen in terms of sound quality. Had been running my HD599 through the ibasso dc03 and i thought that had made quite a difference but the ZEN is in a complete different league. The 599s have just come alive. Amazing what the cans are capable of when driven by the ZEN. Really punchy bass, especially with the Truebass swtich. The mids are even richer and fuller now and the lucious treble (which i love so much) is even more extended airy. Also much better separation of the instruments and soundstage. Listening through the ZEN just feels more spacious and not hemmed in. Also there is so much meat and heft to the sound. A shoutout to HPZ as well for the extremely fast delivery. Great service as always! Well done guys. You have in me a very happy customer.

Final word - The ZEN is crazy value for money. If you are looking for a DAC/AMP combo just go for it.

HI Sameer,
Thanks for the great review. We are so glad you are loving your purchase, hope the shopping experience was comfortable. Cheers!

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Ritesh Nayak (Bengaluru)
Sound Quality:
I don't hear a difference
Absolute game changer
Value for Money:
Not even close
Totally worth it
Amazing bang for your buck

I upgraded from Fiio K3 which I had purchased at a similar price point. Went for this after reading many good things about its TrueBass feature. I am not a bass head but I love it when the cans are able to deliver bass without compromising on the other frequencies. I immediately noticed the difference in sound. I tested it with lossless songs from Apple Music with my Sennheiser HD 660S and I picked up finer details that I had missed before. Very impressed.

We thank you for this lovely review & we are glad you are enjoying it! Keep the music playing.