iFi Audio Zen DAC Signature is a desktop DAC unit that’s designed to feed a headphone amp, or an amp and speakers with jitter-free clean audio, which also support hi-res audio for streaming from services such as tidal.
Why the Signature?
iFi Audio’s current Zen DAC model uses a fully balanced circuit design, but the Zen DAC Signature has an enhanced true-differential balanced topology with improved circuitry to provide short, direct signal paths for better signal purity, which results in more detailed sonic expression.
This simplified circuitry also allows the signal path and components to be upgraded, if you so wish.
Fixed or Variable
The ZEN DAC Signature’s outputs can be switched between a ‘variable’ and ‘fixed’ mode. The variable mode sets volume control to the audio signal, which makes the Zen DAC Signature act as a preamp. The fixed mode bypasses the volume control, fixing the output at 4.2V (balanced) or 2.1V (single-ended) for connection to an external preamp, integrated amp or active speakers.
The Zen DAC Signature has a USB Type B input that supports USB 3.0, as well as USB 2.0; the asynchronous design provides accurate, jitter-free data transfer from the source device.
A pair of RCA sockets is built-in for single-ended connection to an amp, plus a Pentaconn 4.4mm output to enable balanced signal transfer between products that do not have XLR connections.
iFi Audio’s Zen DAC Signature supports hi-res audio for audio streaming services such as TIDAL; it delivers bit-perfect PCM (up to 32-bit/384kHz), native DSD (up to DSD256), DXD and MQA.
Connect with the Zen Can Signature
You can connect the Zen DAC Signature with the Zen Can Signature headphone amp to make an excellent, desktop-sized headphone system for both digital and analogue sources.
Input: USB3.0 B Socket (USB2.0 compatible)
Formats: 44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192 PCM, 2.8/3.1/5.6/6.2/11.2/12.4MHz DSD, 352.8/384KHz DXD, MQA
DAC: Bit-Perfect DSD & DXD DAC by Burr Brown
Output: Audio RCA (SE) - 1V - 3.3V max. (variable), 2.1V (fixed) // 4.4mm Pentaconn (BAL) - 2V / 6.2V max. (variable), 4.2V (fixed)
Zout: <= 100 Ohm (SE), <= 200 Ohm (BAL)
SNR: < -117dB(A) @ 0dBFS (SE/BAL)
DNR: > 117dB(A) @ -60dBFS (SE/BAL)
THD+N: < 0.0011% @ 0dBFS (SE/BAL)
Power consumption: 5V / 184ma, P= = 0.887W (on idle using include iPower)
Dimensions: 117(l) x 100(w) x 30(h)mm
Weight: 750g (1.65 lbs)
Order and Delivery Information
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We do ask for some patience during lockdown - we're working remotely from home and travel to the warehouse each day to fulfil orders. If item's aren't in stock - we can usually get them within a couple of days.
We're a small business that's been impacted massively due to COVID-19 and have such had a significant reduction in orders. We're focussing on core products and services with less frequent products being ordered "on demand".
When will orders be dispatched?
- Orders placed Monday - Thursday before 2pm and are in stock will be dispatched the same day for next day delivery. This relates to product that state 'In Stock for immediate dispatch' on the product page.
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Orders for items not in stock
Given the vast amount of variations of each product (e.g. AudioQuest cables) or Pro-Ject Audio Turntables - we keep the most common options in stock (i.e. gloss black finish, or 1.5m RCA cables) whereas longer cables or cables with terminations that are less frequently ordered will be ordered as required.
Generally speaking - we receive orders within 2-3 days for UK suppliers and 3-4 days for European suppliers (i.e. AudioQuest, DALI).
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