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iFi Audio Zen Dac

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iFi Audio Zen Dac is a compact, desktop usb dac and balanced headphone amp. Improve the sound from your computer or phone, via the usb input, out to your headphones. iFi Zen Dac takes a digital signal via usb input and has 2 line outs on the rear panel - rca and 4.4mm balanced; it also has 2 headphone outs on the front - 6.5mm and 4.4mm balanced.

Perfect with Sennheiser HD660s, which includes a 4.4mm balanced cable and the Audio Technica MSR7b. USB powered, optional 5v power supply in our accessory section. 

For even better headphone performance, add the optional, matching iFi ZEN CAN headphone amp - makes a perfect high performance stack (shown in last photo)

Whathifi: 5 Stars: Compare the iFi with price rivals and it’s clearly up there with the best when it comes to sound quality. But it also offers a degree of versatility that those rivals don’t. If you’re looking for a well-built, budget desktop DAC, this iFi should be top of your list.

Techradar.com: 4.5 / 5: The iFi Zen DAC is an excellent DAC and amp for the price... sound from the iFi Zen DAC is excellent, providing enough power for power-hungry headphones like the HD600 and DT1990Pro that we used to test... if you’re looking to squeeze out a few extra drops of performance, the optional iFi power supply is worth purchasing.

 

  • 'TrueNative' Burr Brown dac chip used
  • decodes mp3 up to 24bit/384khz & dsd 256 natively
  • MQA certified, to unlock Tidal Masters
  • Dual gain adjustment
  • Truebass bass adjustment
  • Variable or fixed output, to use as preamp or line out
  • all metal chassis
  • Output impedance: 1 ohm
  • power output: 280mw @ 32 ohm / balanced 380mw @ 50 ohm
  • Suggested headphones: 12 - 300 ohm / balanced out 12 - 600 ohm
  • THD: 0.005%
  • SNR 113db
  • weight: 491g
  • 12 x 10 x 3 cm H
  • Includes rca cable, usb cable
  • 1 year warranty
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11/09/2020
Better then I thought!

When the Zen Dac first came out, I avoided it. I heard the reviews and I resisted because I thought it wouldn’t work for me and probably wouldn’t sound as good as they said. After being very disappointed with an amp/dac I had, I decided to try the Zen Dac. I was wrong - this Dac is great! Since it is a balanced amp I ordered a 4.4 cable to see if it got any better - it DID. Such an improvement over my old Dac and a very noticeable improvement with the balanced cable. Not just louder, but clearly more driven in all ranges. This is especially true with my HD650’s. They sound better than they ever did. The Truebass feature is also as advertised. Not just a bass boost that pushes everything else aside, it gives more power to the bass without sacrificing detail in the mid and high range. I regret not getting the Zen Dac sooner. Also, once again great service from Headphone bar! Always my preferred stop for audio products.

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Anonymous
Canada Canada
03/20/2020
Same as my review of the hip dac, better than 200$!

Loved my hip dac so much I bought this specifically for my Sennheiser HD58X but for a static setup at home. Get full reviews on Youtube. It's everything I hoped for and more. One tiny hiccup, the 2 metallic buttons next to the volume knob are a little loose... Couldn't be so perfect! :)

LC
Laurent C.
Canada Canada