iFi Audio Zen DAC | Affordable DAC & Headphone Amplifier
The iFi Audio Zen DAC is going to turn a lot of heads and we're predicting, will be the go to for any up and coming audiophile looking for an inexpensive DAC/Amp combo. The Zen DAC punches above it's weight and can power most headphones with ease including the Rosson Audio Design RAD-0 Planar Magnetic Headphones.
The Zen DAC is compact enough to use as a USB DAC/amp on your work desk with your much-loved headphones but also stylish enough to use in your home system as a USB DAC. Just add your favourite active speakers or amp.
Burr Brown Chip
The ZEN DAC supports PCM and DXD to 24-bit/384kHZ, DSD256 and MQA. DSD remains ‘bit-perfect’ thanks to the True Native Burr Brown chip design.
iFi Audio's 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.
iFi Audio has 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.
Flexible Power Options
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
The Zen DAC has iFi's 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 – turn on PowerMatch to drive your headphones with ease.
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.
|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|
Audio RCA (UnBAL) — 2.1V fixed
1V / 3.3V max. (variable)
4.4mm Pentaconn (BAL) — 4.2V fixed
2V / 6.2V max. (variable)
<= 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)|
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
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||12 months|