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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|INPUT||USB3.0 B Socket (USB2.0 compatible)|
|FORMATS||DSD256/128/64, Octa/Quad/Double/Single-Speed DSD DXD(384/352.8kHz), PCM(384/352.8/192/176.4/96/88.2/48/44.1 kHz) MQA|
|DAC||Bit-Perfect DSD & DXD DAC by Burr Brown|
|OUTPUT||Audio RCA (SE) — 2.1V fixed
1V / 3.3V max. (variable)
4.4 mm 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)|
|OUTPUT POWER (@1% THD)||4.4 mm Pentaconn (BAL)
330 mW@32 Ohm; 6.6V@600 Ohm;
16 Ohm - 600 Ohm Headphone
6.3 mm S-BAL (SE)
230 mW@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||160(w) x 117(d) x 35(h) mm
6.3" x 4.6" x 1.4"
|WEIGHT||0.8 kg (1.8 lbs)|
|BOX CONTENTS||1. iFi Audio ZEN DAC V2|
|2. 1 x USB3.0 Cable|
|3. 1 x RCA Cable|
|4. 1 x 3.5 to 6.3 mm adapter|
|5. 1 x User Manual|
|6. 1 x Instruction card|
|GENERIC NAME||Digital Audio Converter|
|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 DAC V2 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 HI-FI AWARD
SERIOUS BANG FOR BUCK
Best DAC £100-£200
The Audiophile Man Award
Best Value DAC/Amp
product of the year
VGP 2020 Summer AWARD
BEST VALUE DAC 2020-2021
HEADPHONE AMP WITH DAC
MAJOR HIFI GOLD AWARD
Best desktop Amp/DAC
"If you want transparency with some light cleansing and arguably a few drops of color, the Zen DAC V2 is a great amp. The Zen DAC V2 competes with units well above its price point."Read More
"An Award-winning budget DAC/headphone Amp. One of the very best ways to upgrade your desktop headphone system. Clearer and more insightful, Expressive dynamics, Good output selection."Read More
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
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!
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.
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.
Thanks for the great review. We are so glad you are loving your purchase, hope the shopping experience was comfortable. Cheers!
Hi, I really like the DAC except there is a channel imbalance where where the left ear is lesser than the right at very low volume (7 o clock). It’s corrected at 9 o clock. I understand this is an issue in lower end DACs but just wanted to confirm if all Zen DACs have this issue or is it a faulty product. Presently using Austell and Kern Billie Jean IEMs
Hey, Thanks for this positive feedback! Please be rest assured about the slight sound imbalance. We have confirmed it with the brand and its completely normal at very low volumes. Feel free to reach out to us if there are any other queries.
I was really skeptical about all the hype this product has on yt. Well turns out, this product is really that good. For a bass head, the truebass button is like a doorway to bass heaven. You will be surprised by how low your IEMs/HPs can go with that button on.
So glad you are loving your purchase, hope it was a comfortable shopping experience & thanks for the lovely review. Cheers & keep the music playing !
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
We thank you for this lovely review & we are glad you are enjoying it! Keep the music playing.
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.
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