Designed in the
Bluetooth with LDAC
LHDC/HWA, aptX LL, aptX HD
ENJOY PRISTINE AUDIO WITH THE HIGH-PERFORMANCE AUDIO ARCHITECTURE
iFi Audio’s ZEN One Signature is the latest USB DAC with Bluetooth connectivity. iFi Audio ZEN One Signature offers a pure listening experience with the powerful 16 core XMOS chip. This 16-core IC delivers double the clock speed (2000MIPS) and four times the memory (512KB). Apart from the XMOS chip, the ZEN One Signature is equipped with an upgraded GMT Femto-precision clock and customised digital filter to eradicate jitter and any digital distortion. Burr-Brown Hi-Res DAC chip is embedded to support 32bit/384kHz, PCM and DSD playback natively, allowing you to enjoy your music at the highest quality.
BURR-BROWN DAC CHIP DELIVERING 'BIT-PERFECT’ AUDIO TRANSMISSION
The iFi Audio ZEN One Signature features a True Native Burr-Brown chip audio architecture delivering ‘Bit-Perfect’ audio up to 32-bit/384kHz with native DSD support as well as DXD format. The iFi-programmed XMOS firmware which processes data received, combined with jitter-eradicating audiophile-grade clock, contribute to exemplary handling of digital audio signals as they are received, processed and converted to analogue form. This allows you to experience and enjoy your music in studio quality just as the artist intended.
BLUETOOTH CONNECTIVITY WITH SUPPORT FOR LDAC AND MQA DECODING
ZEN One Signature comes equipped with the latest Qualcomm QCC 5100 series chip to support HD Bluetooth connectivity. This Qualcomm chip is paired with a High-gain antenna to ensure reliable connectivity and extended range for the best audio transmission from any source. With this chip, the ZEN One Signature offers extensive HD codec support for formats like aptX HD, aptX Adaptive, LDAC and HWA/LHDC. You also get MQA support with full decoding capability of MQA files up to 384kHz thanks to the processing power of the new 16-core XMOS chip. MQA support allows you to connect to popular services like Apple Music, Room and Tidal.
BUILT WITH QUALITY COMPONENTS AND MULTIPLE CONNECTIVITY OPTIONS
The iFi Audio ZEN One Signature comes equipped with high-grade components and features balanced circuitry. ZEN One Signature is equipped with TDK C0G, ELNA Japan Silmic II + muRata control-type, low-ESR high-Q multi-layer capacitors, Vishay MELF resistors along with Texas Instruments low-noise IC’s and Panasonic OS-CON caps to offer superior performance. It features a balanced Pentaconn 4.4mm analogue output, a single-ended RCA output, Digital Coaxial input and output along with Digital optical input and USB connectivity. You can toggle between the different sources with the selector button on the device. This selector works in harmony with a LED light indicator that glows in different colours to visually represent the selected input, sampling rate and audio format. The power supply used for the ZEN One Signature is external, preventing any external interference with the circuit. It comes with a DC 5V power supply to efficiently power the device.
|POWER||DC 5V (centre pin +ve)|
|DIGITAL INPUTS||USB3.0 Type B (USB2.0 compatible)
S/PDIF (coaxial, TOSLINK optical)
Bluetooth 5.1TM (aptX, aptX HD, aptX Adaptive,
aptX LL, LDAC, LHDC/HWA, AAC and SBC codec)
|CHIPSET||Bit-Perfect DSD & DXD DAC by Burr Brown Qualcomm QCC 5100 Series|
|ANALOGUE OUTPUT||Coaxial, Audio RCA L/R 4.4 Balanced Lineout|
|FREQUENCY RESPONSE||5Hz - 80kHz ±3dB|
|OUTPUTS||4V / 2V max. (BAL/UnBAL)|
|OUTPUT IMPEDANCE||≤72Ω/36Ω (BAL/UnBAL)|
|SNR||-105dB(A) @ 0dBFS (BAL/UnBAL)|
|THD+N||<0.002% @ 0dBFS(BAL/UnBAL)|
|POWER CONSUMPTION||No Signal ~0.7W / Max Signal ~1.0W|
|DIMENSIONS||158 x 100 x 35 mm
6.2" x 3.9" x 1.4"
|WEIGHT||485g (1.1 lbs)|
|BOX CONTENTS||1. iFi Audio ZEN One Signature|
|2. 1 x 5V Power Adapter|
|*Power adapter will be shipped separately.|
|3. 1 x USB3.0 Cable|
|4. 1 x RCA Cable|
|5. 1 x Antenna|
|6. 1 x User Manual|
|7. 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
1 Year Warranty
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I do not use headphones and my usage is with a Marantz integrated amp + Wharfedale Lintons. This DAC is a superior to the AKM4490 DAC inbuilt with the amp even though that has been tuned by Marantz. The sound from this is so sweet and can listen for hours (takes a couple of hours to get used to the sound signature) - I earlier returned a Topping E30 which had excellent clarity and loudness but started jarring quickly - too much detail unfortunately translates to harshness unless you only listen to a couple of songs a day. This sounds like velvet, and the few reviews found on online correctly describe it 'musical' (hard to describe unless you hear it).
Overall, this one is a keeper - i bought the 'one' as it has Bluetooth plus extra inputs but you could easily go for the Zen V2 Signature if you don't need these.
One negative, the power adaptor sent is a normal cheap one. Reviewers from other countries show a 'clean power' one which is expensive and partially why i chose to go with the Signature series, but very disappointed that Asia/India buyers get a normal one - to be fair i should have paid more attention as the HPZ page shows a picture of it. hence rated only 2 on Value for money.
Thanks a lot for your detailed and genuine feedback, we're glad that you have such positive thoughts about the product and we'll share your thoughts with the brand as well. It'll also help our fellow customers to make the right choice!
I’ve had , heard various DACs in different price categories, from Schiit Modi 2 Uber to RME ADI 2 (20k to 1.3L). Based on this experience it’s safe to say the Burr Brown chipset , and the way it has been implemented in this Zen One Sig , has resulted in a DAC that sounds fabulous in the midrange with just the right oomph of treble and low end extension. If you have heard ESS DACs mostly this is going to be a quite discernible change in sonic signature.
Hey there, nothing makes us happier than knowing you loved your purchase, hope you had a comfortable shopping experience and thank you for the great ratings!
It's a classy little audiophile grade gadget.
Thank you for the awesome review & ratings, Amit Narayan!
I simply love the IFI hip dac, and with the Zen one I could enjoy the same level of SQ in my Speaker set up.
The Bluetooth it self is adequate for me. And the multiple inputs allows me to connect my normal CD player to Zen one and it sounds much better. Initially was looking for Zen Blue but further thought processes and discussions with Varun from HPZ led me to decide on this. A big thanks to team HPZ who patiently helped me with the ordering, cancelling and reordering chaos that I made during this purchase.
Wrt to Sq these are more detailed than Topping BC30 and Btr5 which were my previous sources in my speaker set up. The overall sq is a pleasent balanced tone and I just simply enjoys it and I am happy that I made this decision.
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