iFi Zen DAC and Preamplifier
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.
$179 w/ iFi linear power supply
$129 for the Zen DAC alone! We highly recommend the power supply though!
DAC to the future
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.
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.
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.
The Burr-Brown True Native® chipset means file formats remain unchanged. Listen to music as the artist intended in the format in which it was recorded.
Hi-Res True Native® playback of all music formats from MP3 to DSD256, PCM384 and DXD384.
Listen to Master Quality Authenticated audio straight out of the box. Connect to Tidal Masters and check the option to stream MQA.
Our video tutorials on You Tube show you how.
Using Mac or Linux? Then check out our exclusive iFi firmware. Download ‘Limoncello’ 5.2A to unlock DoP256 for Mac/Linux.
Fancy adding the special GTO filter first introduced in our flagship DAC, the Pro iDSD? Use ‘Cookies and Cream’ 5.3C. More on the GTO filter here.
TrueBass® – the depth and quality of bass supplied by all-in-one lifestyle systems often leaves a lot to be desired.
The TrueBass® system, incorporating the two downward-firing 8′ bass radiators, delivers genuine bass with realistic depth and definition. Dual-level depth control means you can adjust the bass response according to taste – down to a deeply impressive 27Hz.
Everything from timpani to a bass guitar, to an electronic bassline, is conveyed with power and poise.
It’s all about the bass.
This is a type of audio circuitry topology that uses separate left & right channels.
It is a superior method to the traditional single-ended circuit approach. Balanced circuits reduce noise and crosstalk. Less Interference – clearer sound.
You normally find this set-up in products at the higher end of the price spectrum such as the Pro iCAN but iFi is now using this across its range to produce the best quality audio for all our customers.
TDK C0G (Class 1 ceramic) capacitors offer high stability and low losses for resonant circuit applications. They are pricey but are a perfect addition to our products.
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
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)
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 12 months