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iFi Audio Zen DAC

iFi Zen Dac

Hot on the heels of the ZEN Blue hi-res Bluetooth streamer, iFi expands the ZEN family of desktop-sized audio products with the ZEN DAC – a USB DAC/headphone amp offering a level of specification and performance that belies its super-affordable.

Designed for home use – on a desk, perhaps, or in the living room – the ZEN DAC connects to PCs and Macs, or smart devices such as tablets of phones, via USB. Its hi-res digital-to-analogue conversation technology processes all forms of digital audio to a super-high standard, while the integrated analogue headphone amplifier delivers superb sound with all headphone types, from in-ear monitors to larger on- and over ear deigns. Compared to simply plugging headphones directly into a computer or smart device, the ZEN DAC transforms the listening experience – sound is clearer, more detailed, more expansive and engaging, making the most of whichever headphones are connected.

As well as driving headphones, the ZEN DAC can be used as a USB DAC in a home audio system, with or without its volume control engaged. What’s more, whether you’re hooking up headphones, an external amp or active speakers, you have a choice of single-ended or balanced connection – a remarkable facility.

In common with other ZEN Series products, the ZEN DAC sports a sturdy, smartly finished aluminum enclosure. Even the rotary volume control is aluminum, giving a reassuringly solid feel. Behind the volume control resides an LED that changes color to indicate the sampling rate of the audio data received.

Please Note: If you are using headphones or IEMs with high sensitivity you will benefit from our Earbuddy or iEmatch (sold separately) to combat common noise they produce.

SPECIFICATIONS

Input USB3.0 B Socket (USB2.0 compatible)
Formats 44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192/384kHz PCM 2.8/3.1/5.6/6.2/11.2/12.4MHz DSD 353/384KHz DXD
DAC Bit-Perfect DSD & DXD DAC by Burr Brown

Line Section

Output Audio RCA (UnBAL) — 2.1V fixed
1V / 3.3V max. (variable)
4.4mm Pentaconn (BAL) — 4.2V fixed
2V / 6.2V max. (variable)
Zout <= 100 Ohm (UnBAL)
<= 200 Ohm (BAL)
SNR < -116dB(A) @ 0dBFS (UnBAL/BAL)
DNR > 116dB(A) @ -60dBFS (UnBAL/BAL)
THD+N < 0.0015% @ 0dBFS (UnBAL/BAL)

Headphone Section

Output 6.3mm (UnBAL) — 1V / 3.3V max.
12 Ohm - 300 Ohm Headphone
4.4mm Pentaconn (BAL) — 2V / 6.2V max.
12 Ohm - 600 Ohm Headphone
Output Power UnBAL > 280mW @ 32R, > 36mW @ 300R
BAL > 380mW @ 50R, > 70mW @ 600R
Output Impedance < 1 Ω (UnBAL/BAL)
THD & N < 0.005% (125mW @ 32R)
SNR > 113dBA (3.3V UnBAL / 6.2V BAL)
Power consumption < 1.5W
Dimensions 117(l) x 100(w) x 30(h)mm
Weight 491g (1.08 lbs)
Warranty period 1 Year