iFi Audio ZEN DAC DAC/Headphone Amp

iFi Audio ZEN DAC

DAC/Headphone Amp

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Open Box Guide Price
(2 available across all stores)

£114.95 RRP £129.0000

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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 before making a special journey. 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 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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Sound, Well-Built Device I've had this DAC for 2 weeks now and have used it with my studio monitors. The sound quality is excellent and the volume control and bass boost are a nice addition. Definitely recommend.
Date published: 2020-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from iFi Audio Zen Dac brings zen to your music I was looking for another upgrade to my PC music and of course went straight to Richer Sounds website and started looking at DACs. Everything on the site is easy to find so I found the iFi Zen Dac at a great price and took a look. Well, I have to say that the increase in quality through my Elispon Facet 6B BT speakers was absolutely awesome. The iFi Zen Dac was delivered quickly as is usual with the experts at Richer Sounds and I hooked it up to my old laptop. After a little messing around with USB drivers for the Zen Dac I was able to change my output stream for PCM music anywhere from 44.1 to 384kHz. I am no audiophile (too many Motorhead and Judas Priest concerts when I was young), but this really did make a huge difference to the sound, really bringing the whole system to life. I love. Thank you again Richer Sounds!
Date published: 2020-07-21
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In-Store Clearance Item

Open Box Guide Price
(2 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 before making a special journey. 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.