iFi Audio ZEN DAC DAC/Headphone Amp

iFi Audio ZEN DAC

DAC/Headphone Amp

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£114.95 RRP £129.0000

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Remember, these are clearance items and therefore condition and accessories/promo items supplied may vary. Please call/email the store to check the price/stock/condition and reserve your clearance bargain. Unfortunately due to costs, and size, TVs can’t be mail ordered from store, or transferred between stores.
ALL CLEARANCE ITEMS ARE FULLY GUARANTEED FOR 12 MONTHS. Please note that extended guarantees are not available on these products.

”An accomplished and affordable DAC”. ’What Hi-Fi?’ 2020 award-winner.

Supercharge your computer’s sound

Whether you have a PC or Mac, laptop, tablet or Chromebook, listening to music while you surf, work or game is a constant pleasure. What’s less good is the sound quality – even if you’re using a pair of good quality headphones, the sound output is usually left wanting. The Zen DAC (Digital to Analogue Convertor) massively improves the sound by bypassing your computer’s soundcard and headphone output and replacing them with bespoke, audiophile grade components.

DACs the way to do it
Using a bit-perfect, Burr Brown DAC, the Zen not only decodes a wide range of formats but sounds as true to the original sound as possible. Hi Res music files are supported up to DSD256 and PCM files up to 384kHz. It also decodes MQA files, making it far more flexible than most computers.

Hi-Fi quality electronics inside
Making the most of the top quality DAC, the other internal electronics offer the highest quality sound – just as you’d find in quality hi-fi. The balanced circuit layout uses top quality audio components, such as TDK (Class 1 ceramic) capacitors for high precision, low distortion sound quality.

Maximises your headphones’ potential
With its dedicated output, the Zen DAC provides your headphones with a dynamic, punchy sound. You can choose between balanced and unbalanced outputs, giving the chance for higher spec headphones with balanced inputs to really shine.

Output the sound to your hi-fi or speaker
It’s not just headphones that benefit from this compact powerhouse DAC. Featuring RCA phono outputs, you can connect up to the AUX input on your hi-fi or speaker system, too. If your hi-fi has a balanced input, why not take advantage of the second, 4.4mm balanced output at the rear of the unit. Either way, simply switch the output to ‘fixed’ and you’re good to go with an instant system upgrade.

Boost the bass
For times when you need a deeper, richer sound, simply switch on TrueBass. Unlike inferior bass boost systems, this works entirely in the analogue domain and doesn’t rely on a DSP (Digital Signal Processor). The result is deeper bass, without a compromised and muddy-sounding midrange.

Maximise the potential of your computer’s audio and your headphones, with the iFi Zen DAC.
”An accomplished and affordable DAC”. ’What Hi-Fi?’ 2020 award-winner.

Supercharge your computer’s sound

Whether you have a PC or Mac, laptop, tablet or Chromebook, listening to music while you surf, work or game is a constant pleasure. What’s less good is the sound quality – even if you’re using a pair of good quality headphones, the sound output is usually left wanting. The Zen DAC (Digital to Analogue Convertor) massively improves the sound by bypassing your computer’s soundcard and headphone output and replacing them with bespoke, audiophile grade components.

DACs the way to do it
Using a bit-perfect, Burr Brown DAC, the Zen not only decodes a wide range of formats but sounds as true to the original sound as possible. Hi Res music files are supported up to DSD256 and PCM files up to 384kHz. It also decodes MQA files, making it far more flexible than most computers.

Hi-Fi quality electronics inside
Making the most of the top quality DAC, the other internal electronics offer the highest quality sound – just as you’d find in quality hi-fi. The balanced circuit layout uses top quality audio components, such as TDK (Class 1 ceramic) capacitors for high precision, low distortion sound quality.

Maximises your headphones’ potential
With its dedicated output, the Zen DAC provides your headphones with a dynamic, punchy sound. You can choose between balanced and unbalanced outputs, giving the chance for higher spec headphones with balanced inputs to really shine.

Output the sound to your hi-fi or speaker
It’s not just headphones that benefit from this compact powerhouse DAC. Featuring RCA phono outputs, you can connect up to the AUX input on your hi-fi or speaker system, too. If your hi-fi has a balanced input, why not take advantage of the second, 4.4mm balanced output at the rear of the unit. Either way, simply switch the output to ‘fixed’ and you’re good to go with an instant system upgrade.

Boost the bass
For times when you need a deeper, richer sound, simply switch on TrueBass. Unlike inferior bass boost systems, this works entirely in the analogue domain and doesn’t rely on a DSP (Digital Signal Processor). The result is deeper bass, without a compromised and muddy-sounding midrange.

Maximise the potential of your computer’s audio and your headphones, with the iFi Zen DAC.
Brand iFi
Dimensions WxDxH (mm) 100 x 117 x 30
USB 1
Weight (KG) 0.8
USB Input Yes
Audio Outputs RCA pair x 1
Headphone Output Yes - 6.35/4.4
Loudness Control TrueBass
DAC Burr Brown

MQA Compatibility

Output 4.4mm Balanced
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great DAC at very affordable price Bought to enable connection of iPhone to hifi system to stream tidal without purchasing separate streaming unit. Needs separate power supply at additional cost but works well with the phone and is fantastic using a computer connection. Now got CD quality streaming without spending a fortune!
Date published: 2021-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from geat value DAC i was originally a little sceptical to how much difference a DAC would make to my high end pc headphone experience but decided to give this unit a go after listening to a friends rather more expensive setup . I must say its made a huge sound improvement to my pc with Sennheiser headphones and ive also connected it too my amp via the built in outputs so i can now play flac files directly from my pc which again sound great Build quality appears to be high the unit is sturdy and versatile The bass boost button comes in handy on some tracks and adds even more depth without drowning out everything else Im not an audiophile just someone who appreciates good sound quality and as such id say this is great value
Date published: 2021-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent, great value, headphone amp. I bought this Zen Dac headphone amp a couple of weeks ago for listening to music through my laptop, and it improves it immeasurably! A really great buy and amazing value, even a full orchestra sounds good on it, it knocks spots off my previous headphone amp.
Date published: 2020-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Versatile and affordable DAC Since I spend all day working in front of my computer at home I decided to upgrade my speakers, but then realised I needed a DAC to get the best out of them. I didn't want to spend a fortune so plumped for the iFi ZEN DAC and was very pleased I did. In terms of its physical apperances the photos don't do it justice. It looks like the case is plastic but it's a moulded steel case and the quality of the components is top notch; it's solid and built to last and it looks great on the desk as well. The central dial controls volume (if you set it to variable on the back) and is really smooth. I didn't expect to use the Zen to control my audio, but since installing it I have not touched the volume on the speakers. The light behind the dial glows to let you know what audio stream it is decoding. So far I have only used mine with Spotify (320 kps) and in terms of the sound it just unfolds the music so much better than the onboard sound card of my PC. The quality is like chalk and cheese, taking a recording like the finale of Mahler 9 (in the Rattle recording) the Zen produces every anguished drag over the violin strings coping with ease with both the FF sections and the PPP. Fire some decent rock at it and it will drive your speakers with clear and accurate bass but draw out all of the power of the vocals and the lead guitar. It also works great as a headphone amp so you can easily plug you headphones in when you don't want to treat the whole house to your music, with any decent or half decent set of headphones you won't be able to listen beyond 60% of the volume (unless you want to be deaf) and at working volumes you will get clarity and precision which should keep anyone but the most fanatical audiohphile happy. Set up was ridiculously easy, I just plugged it in and seconds later Windows 10 had installed the device and listed it as a new audio source, no other steps were needed. The only possible negative I can bring up is that sometimes it didn't connect back to my PC after a restart. But that's because it draws the full power that a USB can give and sometimes my PC will skimp a little on power switching a port or just letting the PC warm up so it provided all of the necessary voltage would fix it. But I decided on an external power supply which solved all of those problems and probably increased the quality of the audio even more as the USB only sends data not power when the external power source is detected. So this gets 10/10 from me on every count, and as usual the service and delivery from Richer Sounds was prompt and professional.
Date published: 2020-12-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Does not completely unfold MQA!!! Bought as it was advertised as being able to 'decode' MQA tracks. It only does the first unfold though which is the same as the Tidal desktop app. It's a renderer not a decoder. Nice, well built piece of kit though.
Date published: 2020-11-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great value for money I bought the iFi Zen DAC a couple of weeks ago after reading a HiFi magazine, it is an inexpensive way into MQA, although I have only really used it with DSD and PCM. It offers a fluid and open sound.
Date published: 2020-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ifi Audio Zen DAC - DAC tastic Fantastic DAC for the price. Really improved the sound between my Laptop and Amplifier. Much clearer, defined sound and MQA decoding sounds good.
Date published: 2020-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Big step up in sound on my mac I’ve been using this for a couple of weeks now paired up with the ifi zen can headphone amp, although the zen dac is a headphone amp in its own right. I bought this to cure pops and crackles I was getting through my Mac audio outputs and it has totally cured the issue. There is also no audible background hiss when things go quiet. The power output is extraordinary and I can’t raise the volume even half way before hearing loss would become a long term problem. I use Audirvana for my music on the Mac and this can oversample the signal all the way up to this DACs processing limits. My music sounds rejuvenated through this DAC and I am toying with the idea of buying another to route my speaker system through. Would highly recommend this unit at this price point. I did buy the optional external power supply for £50 and that probably improves low level noise a touch more but it’s not essential to get an immediate improvement in your music.
Date published: 2020-09-12
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In-Store Clearance Item

Open Box Guide Price
(3 available across all stores)

£114.95 RRP £129.0000

SAVE

11%

 

Remember, these are clearance items and therefore condition and accessories/promo items supplied may vary. Please call/email the store to check the price/stock/condition and reserve your clearance bargain. Unfortunately due to costs, and size, TVs can’t be mail ordered from store, or transferred between stores.
ALL CLEARANCE ITEMS ARE FULLY GUARANTEED FOR 12 MONTHS. Please note that extended guarantees are not available on these products.