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ifi Audio ZEN DAC

£129.00

Find your ZEN with this super-affordable compact DAC/headphone amp. It makes your music move you.

Cute, compact and stylish

This superb hi-res USB DAC/headphone amp delivers a level of specification and performance that punches above its super-affordable price tag.

Compact enough to use as a USB DAC/amp on your work desk with your much-loved headphones.

Stylish enough to use in your home system as a USB DAC. Just add your favourite active speakers or amp.

DAC to the future

The ZEN DAC supports PCM and DXD to 32-bit/384kHz, DSD256 and MQA. DSD remains ‘bit-perfect’ thanks to the True Native Burr Brown chip design.

Our R&D maxes out the circuitry with bespoke, easy to install firmware to bring you the joyous musicality of hi-res. The ethereal music quality will leave you grinning ear to ear.

Brings balance (in more ways than one)

We’ve used a balanced design for the analogue stage – rare and not found at this price point. This makes it pretty special for the best sound quality. With super-low noise performance, it will remain quiet even in noisy situations such as yachts or RVs.

The ZEN DAC sports Pentaconn 4.4mm balanced outputs at both the front and back. On the front, there’s also the popular 6.3mm headphone socket. You get both headphone options.

Zen DAC — DAC/headphone amplifier

So flexible it almost does yoga

Switch effortlessly between ‘variable’ and ‘fixed’.

Set to ‘Variable,’ use the ZEN DAC as a pre-amp to feed a power amp or active speakers.

On ‘Fixed’ to bypass the volume control. Connect to an external pre-amp or integrated amp.

Power. Drive. Performance.

Our headphone amp has PowerMatch – switchable gain to perfectly match your headphones.

IEMs are high-sensitivity, Leave PowerMatch at its lower setting for hiss-free listening.

On/over-ear types with relatively low impedance require more oomph – press PowerMatch to increase the level of drive.

Ace of Bass.

The ZEN DAC boasts TrueBass. This proprietary tech is a switchable ‘bass boost’ operating in the analogue domain. There’s no DSP with iFi gear.

TrueBass enhances the bass but does not muddy the mid-range. Perfect for use with IEMs or open-back headphones which often lose out on bass.

So, in the words of the great Eric Clapton and from the film Back to the Future, Heaven is One Step Away.

Go find your ZEN.

Input USB3.0 B Socket
(USB2.0 compatible)
Formats DSD256/128/64, Octa/Quad/Double/Single-Speed DSD DXD(384/352.8kHz), PCM(384/352.8/192/176.4/96/88.2/48/44.1kHz) MQA
DAC Bit-Perfect DSD & DXD DAC by Burr Brown

Line Section

Output Audio RCA (SE) — 2.1V fixed
1V / 3.3V max. (variable)
4.4mm 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)

Headphone Section

Output Power (@1% THD) 4.4mm Pentaconn (BAL)
330mW@32 Ohm; 6.6V@600 Ohm;
16 Ohm - 600 Ohm Headphone

6.3mm S-BAL (SE)
230mW@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 117(l) x 100(w) x 30(h)mm
Weight (Gross) 0.8 kg (1.8 lbs)
Warranty period 12 months


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