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iFi Audio - ZEN Phono

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DESCRIPTION

ENHANCE THE MAGIC OF YOUR VINYL SET-UP

Improve your existing vinyl set-up with the iFi audio ZEN Phono. This phono stage features some of the tech used in the ultra-fidelity AMR PH-77 and iFi iPhono siblings. It packs some seriously awesome audio components and circuitry that's going to keep you wanting to listen to just 'one' more song.

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NO MATTER HOW BIG YOUR SET-UP GROWS, IT'LL HANDLE IT

Unlike other entry-level phono stages, the ZEN Phono uses MM/MC, high/low and very low, to handle just about any cartridge. Expect a gain that goes from 36dB till 72dB while retaining a super-silent noise floor of -151dBV. No matter how big your set-up grows, the ZEN Phono will always be there for you.

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ENJOY THE BASS WITHOUT THE RUMBLES

Here's good news for those who don't want to compromise on the bass. Normal sub-sonic filters tend to get rid of the bass while removing the rumble. The ZEN Phono uses an AI sub-sonic filter that addresses these rumble and wrap issues without having any effect on the bass or causing phase issues.

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HIGH-END PERFORMANCE WITH MINIMAL DISTORTION

The iFi ZEN Phono has an incredible RIAA EQ tolerance level (+/- 0.15dB) that's on par with hand-selected capacitors. This is thanks to the parallel TDK C0G (Class 1 ceramic) capacitors in the EQ circuit. These capacitors offer high stability and low distortion and are better than polystyrene capacitors. The end result: Performance that's better than phono stages worth over a thousand dollars.

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GET RID OF NOISE WITH CLEAN POWER SUPPLY

Flagship phono amplifiers create their own power supply off the mains, like a mains regenerator. Doing away with this would result in extra hissing and noise along with the signal. The ZEN Phono uses its own high-tech 1.2MHz clean power supply (20,000x mains frequency of 60Hz). This means a 10uF filtering capacitor = 200,000uF at lower, audible frequencies. This is equivalent to the level of noise filtration done by the highly effective LC filtering circuits found in classic Tube Amps. Furthermore, the PCB is isolated to prevent noise pollution in the analogue stage. This is quieter than some Stereophile Class A+ phonos which are -131dBV.

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HIGH-QUALITY COMPONENTS FOR FANTASTIC PERFORMANCE

The iFi ZEN Phono uses high-end circuit components. The balanced circuit (almost unheard of at this price point) is effective in reducing noise and crosstalk and is much more superior in comparison to the traditional single-ended circuit approach. A custom OV Series operational-amplifier contributes to the extremely low noise, low distortion (0.0001%) and wide bandwidth. The Panasonic ECPU capacitors are made from 3,500 layers of ultra-thin dielectrics that's less than 0.5μm thick. It offers class-leading Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR), low impedance and vanishingly low distortion.

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SPECS

AUDIO SPECIFICATIONS
GAIN SETTINGS MC (v lo)@ - 72dB (+/- 1dB)
MC (lo) - 60dB (+/- 1dB)
MC (hi) - 48dB (+/- 1dB)
MM - 36dB (+/- 1dB)
AL SUB-SONIC FILTER Remedies only the 'warp' in LPs - No negative impact to bass response
MAX OUTPUT VOLTAGE (RMS) 20v RMS bal output into 100k (< 1% THD & N)
13.5V RMS bal output into 600R (< 1% THD & N)
OUTPUT IMPEDENCE BAL: 200 Ohm resistive ; SE: 100 Ohm resistive
INPUT IMPEDENCE MM: 47K Ohms (Load: 110pF)
MC High: 47K Ohms
MC Low: 1K Ohms
MC V Low: 110 Ohms
SIGNAL/NOISE RATIO 94dB(A) MM re 2V BAL/1V UNBAL
80dB(unweighted 80kHz BW) MM re 2V BAL/1V UNBAL
84dB(A) MC Hi re 2V BAL/1V UNBAL
71dB(unweighted 80kHz BW) MM re 2V BAL/1V UNBAL
90dB(A) MC lo re 2V BAL/1V UNBAL
79dB(unweighted 80kHz BW) MC lo re 2V BAL/1V UNBAL
79dB(A) MC vlo re 2V BAL/1V UNBAL
69dB(unweighted 80kHz BW) MC vlo re 2V BAL/1V UNBAl
EIN (EQUIVALENT INPUT NOISE) 0.6nV|/Hz (unweighted) MC lo/vlo -151dBV (A weighted)
-141dBV (unweighted)
6.5nV|/Hz (unweighted) MM/MC hi -130dBV (A weighted)
-119dBV (unweighted)
HARMONIC DISTORTION < -110dB / 0.0003% MM re 2V BAL/1V UNBAL
< -80dB / 0.01% MC lo re 2V BAL/1V UNBAL
< -86dB / 0.005% MC vlo re 2V BAL/1V UNBAL
DIMENSIONS 158 x117 x35 mm
6.2" x 4.6" x 1.4"
POWER SUPPLY DC 5V / 500mA
WEIGHT 515g (1.14 Ibs)
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1. iFi Audio ZEN Phono

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1 Year Warranty

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A basic phono preamp with choice of 3 op level MC carts.

The sound is clean and clear. Main USP is balanced connection to be used with your balanced headgear, as most of stereo stuff is unbalanced. Sounds transparent to me without coloration. YMMV.
I was using a Project MM/MC phono box, it sounds cleaner than it. Has more dynamics and slightly clear sound (veil lifted kind of clear). Can be driven with DC 5v 500mA supply also. Overall a satisfying purchase.

Thanks a ton for sharing your review with us.

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