iFi Audio - ZEN One Signature

Desktop DAC with Bluetooth & MQA Support

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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.


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. This16-core IC delivers double the clock speed (2000MIPS) and four times the memory (512KB). Apart from the XMOSchip, the ZEN One Signature is equipped with an upgraded GMT Femto-precision clock and customised digitalfilter to eradicate jitter and any digital distortion. Burr-Brown Hi-Res DAC chip is embedded to support32bit/384kHz, PCM and DSD playback natively, allowing you to enjoy your music at the highest quality.

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BURR-BROWN DAC CHIP DELIVERING 'BIT-PERFECT’ AUDIO TRANSMISSION

The iFi Audio ZEN One Signature features a True Native Burr-Brown chip audioarchitecture delivering ‘Bit-Perfect’ audio up to 32-bit/384kHz with native DSD support as well as DXDformat. The iFi-programmed XMOS firmware which processes data received, combined with jitter-eradicatingaudiophile-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 studioquality just as the artist intended.
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BLUETOOTH CONNECTIVITY WITH SUPPORT FOR LDAC AND MQA DECODING

ZEN One Signature comes equipped with the latest Qualcomm QCC 5100 series chip tosupport HD Bluetooth connectivity. This Qualcomm chip is paired with a High-gain antenna to ensure reliableconnectivity and extended range for the best audio transmission from any source. With this chip, the ZEN OneSignature offers extensive HD codec support for formats like aptX HD, aptX Adaptive, LDAC and HWA/LHDC. Youalso get MQA support with full decoding capability of MQA files up to 384kHz thanks to the processing powerof the new 16-core XMOS chip. MQA support allows you to connect to popular services like Apple Music, Roomand Tidal.
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BUILT WITH QUALITY COMPONENTS AND MULTIPLE CONNECTIVITY OPTIONS

The iFi Audio ZEN One Signature comes equipped with high-grade components andfeatures balanced circuitry. ZEN One Signature is equipped with TDK C0G, ELNA Japan Silmic II + muRatacontrol-type, low-ESR high-Q multi-layer capacitors, Vishay MELF resistors along with Texas Instrumentslow-noise IC’s and Panasonic OS-CON caps to offer superior performance. It features a balanced Pentaconn4.4mm analogue output, a single-ended RCA output, Digital Coaxial input and output along with Digitaloptical input and USB connectivity. You can toggle between the different sources with the selector button onthe device. This selector works in harmony with a LED light indicator that glows in different colours tovisually represent the selected input, sampling rate and audio format. The power supply used for the ZEN OneSignature is external, preventing any external interference with the circuit. It comes with a DC 5V powersupply to efficiently power the device.
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1 Year Warranty

Don't sweat it, this iFi Audio - ZEN One Signature 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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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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Satyajit Dey (Kolkata)
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An all-rounder DAC that is both Musical & Elegant

In short, The Zen One Signature is one heck of a DAC. It is a tiny, aesthetically pleasant, metal bodied and in-hand feels like a meaty device with nice curves that can go along well with any luxurious setup.

Sound is tonally Balanced I would say, not too clinical and at the same time not too laid back. Best-in-class Bluetooth reception that I have ever seen in any device till date, because I have kept the Zen One in a shelf that is in one corner of my room, surrounded by walls & pillars and metal body objects all around like 2 stereo Amps but I can still listen to music without any drop in quality, no clicking or popping of any sort, from my phone and that too across 25 feet away inside another room or even if I am sitting in my balcony outside. Nice Job iFi.

The Sound:
It is a Burr Brown 1793 DAC with multibit DSD chip at its heart, so it has that Burr Brown sound signature, if you know what that is. Previously, I was using Asus Xonar STX soundcard having 1792A Burr Brown chip so I was well aware of its sound signature, and I didn’t want to change it as I was very happy with that setup as it goes well with my KEF Q300 bookshelf speakers along with my Cambridge Audio Azur 650A stereo amp which I have been using for a decade now. And with the Zen One, I was able to achieve my goal. Then you must be wondering why I purchased this DAC in the first place? Well I wanted to do a dedicated Tiny PC Roon Core setup and this DAC will be the heart of it.

The sound of both the DACs are very close, I would say, and not too noticeable to an untrained ear, but with enough listening sessions you can certainly and slowly begin to understand where the Zen One shines. In comparison, with certain songs, the Zen One has a tad bit more warmth with grunt that is both creamy ‘n smooth... which resolves better than my previous Xonar STX. Man, this low-end of the Zen One is so satisfying. The deep low ends like in Steffi – The Red Hunter album or Solomun – Home (from Nobody is Not Loved album), it hits you and you feel it and it’s like so satisfying that you instantly will get into that rhythm, that mood, while slowly your body starts to align with the music and then you realise what’s happening. Then there is a slight difference in the imaging & soundstage area between these 2 DACs where the mid-range vocals in Xonar felt slightly forward in-comparison to the Zen One where it is wee bit positioned backwards but don’t get me wrong here, it is like with Zen One, the Singer is on the stage sitting along on the same line as other musicians…. For reference, regarding the imaging, on Xonar STX, it is like listening to a good quality Sennheiser headphone and on Zen One, it is like listening to a pair of Beyerdynamic. The soundstage width is great I would give it 4 out of 5 rating and the depth of the soundstage for both is relatively close, but with Zen One, it is a bit more noticeable, and so it wins here with a bit more margin. Imaging is moderately precise in some songs while it is bang on in some other, so I would say it was the recordings rather than the DAC itself, so in conclusion imaging on Zen One is very good specially at this price point. The Highs… oh boy, it is so pleasant and precisely well-rounded at the top-end that anything higher will start to sound harsher, and so it resulted in a more relaxed long-term listening experience without any fatigue. For me it is like 2-steps down from being too harsh and sibilant. The extension is there and I don’t feel like I am loosing too much details of the recordings, I prefer it this way, it is just right. POLARITY – an acoustics jazz project by Hoff Ensemble and my all-time favourite, The Eagles - Hotel California (from Hell Freezes Over album) felt like I was right there when I closed my eyes. Now the mid-range vocals have the depth that I was looking for, female voices have that warm rounded finish along with the weight which will make anyone, at least for me, listen to One more song when I decided that I should call it a night. Male voices are on another level. Andrea Bocelli – Vivere song and Halie Loren – After Dark album along with Yao Si Ting – Eternal Singing Endless Love Collection albums, Man…, I can’t just stop listening. I think anyone will feel the same way.

Software:
Now my primary listening software is Roon. It worked well almost flawlessly with it. For me Roon sounded the best and not to mention almost same as foobar2000 to the point I can say they are equal in terms of sound quality. I thought I could have saved some money going with Audirvāna but ended up getting Roon as I also liked the UI, the ease and presentation of the software along with a big hole on my jean’s right pocket, as my money bag imploded… (Phun!! intended).

Cons:
No standby mode, no display screen and no remote to change inputs & volume control at this day n' age. If added would have been the perfect DAC. But we can live without those features considering how wonderfully this d...

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!

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Vaaarz (Delhi)
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Musical is the only way to describe it..

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!

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Sureshkumar Dharmalingam (Coimbatore)
Great product.

I replaced my Denon da300usb DAC. .. So I want Same sound signature dac ....trying to topping e30, Cambridge audio DAC magic 200m and chord 2qute but i m Not satisfied. .. I like burr brown chip.. So I decided to Buy this ifi Zen One signature really awesome. ..warm and detailed ,imaging also good. Happy to purchase this great product.

Hey Sureshkumar, thank you so much for the amazing feedback! It means a lot to us. We are so happy to hear that you are loving our products and services.

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Sudeep (Panampilly Nagar)
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Its an awesome DAC, an all rounder

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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Dipanjan Roy Chowdhury (Kolkata)
Ifi audio zen one signature

ITS AWESOME...NO COMPLAINS....thank you headphonezone....

This makes us really happy and we really appreciate the genuine feedback! We're glad that you have such positive thoughts about our team and your purchase.