iFi Audio Zen Can is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 10.
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iFi Audio Zen Can

Headphone Amp
£139
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”If you’re after an affordable injection of clarity and detail for your wired headphones, iFi has it in the Can.” ’What Hi-Fi?’ – 5 Star review.

Maximise your headphones’ potential

With up to 52x more power than your smartphone or laptop’s output, the Zen Can has the power to bring your headphones to life. As well as improving your headphones’ power and dynamics, the Class A amp ensures beautifully smooth and detailed sound. Packed with premium components, such as TDK Class 1 ceramic capacitors and MELF resistors, the Zen Can puts sound first.

Balanced output
With its dedicated outputs, the Zen Can 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.

Pump up the bass
Using passive and active components, switchable XBass enhances the bass response. Ideal for bass-light sounding headphones, the XBass setting applies additional bass, while colouring the rest of the sound as little as possible.

Precise headphone pairing, with selectable gain
With four stages of gain control, the Zen Can matches seamlessly with your headphones. By selecting the correct gain, you not only maximise the volume potential but also reduce distortion and maximise the volume control’s sensitivity.

Trio of inputs
With three inputs, it’s not just your laptop that can feed this headphone amp. Choose from 3.5mm, RCA phono and 4.4mm balanced inputs to connect to your computer, home hi-fi and studio mixer or other source.

Use as a professional-grade pre-amp
It’s not just headphones that benefit from this class-leading design. Thanks to its rear-mounted, 4.4mm balanced output, you can also use the Zen Can as a pre-amp with high-end active speakers or home hi-fi. Connect up to your power amp or active speakers and enjoy smooth volume control and three inputs.

Prise open the full potential of your headphones, with the iFi Zen Can.
Connectivity
Analogue Input
3 (3.5mm/4.4mm Balanced/RCA Phono)
Headphone Output
6.35mm/4.4mm (Unbalanced/Balanced)
Pre Output
Yes - Balanced 4.4mm
XLR Balanced Outputs
Yes (4.4mm)
Audio
Frequency Response (Hz)
20 - 20,000
Dimensions
Dimensions WxHxD (mm)
160 x 35 x 117
Weight
Weight (KG)
0.52
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Feels heavy as casing is metal, but has problems Seems great for the money but has some problems. Wanting to know if I should exchange, return as faulty or if I can eliminate any of these problems myself. Have been trying to get some advice from Richer Sounds, but just come up against a brick wall. Have also tried to communicate with Ifi and even opened a ticket but no response their either. It has a crackley volume pot and noise coming through headphones, unless I touch the casing. Have unplugged everything and even plugged in in a different room, as soon I plug the Zen psu into the wall, I get this problem. In addition to this, the 1/4 socket is not mounted to the front panel and is somewhat loose. I don't know if quality has gone downhill since all the rave reviews and 5 star what hifi rating. Nobody wants to give me any information or support with this. It's Sunday today. It will be returned tomorrow for a refund. I won't risk an exchange. It sound OK. With some stuff, and at lower volumes my NAD sounds better. With some stuff, the Zen Can sounds a little better. The NAD sounds warm, and detailed, where the Zen Can is a little too bright at times. But the Zen is good for hearing detail in the highs. But it's less musical and some instruments sound less realistic. It is more powerful, and doesn't distort if you turn it up a bit, but it doesn't have much soul. Tbf on the Zen, my headphones are strict, and the NAD warms things up. But I'm not keeping something with a loose jack and dodgy volume pot or whatever is the problem. Looks like I won't be getting to the bottom of it. It would be good value were it not for these issues. But I don't think you want a loose jack connector no matter how low the price. It's a shame because I really like the design of it overall and like the fact it's metal. If they'd told me these problems settle down I'd have kept it. If they'd said they don't have a bad batch, I'd have exchanged it. But there is just silence.
Date published: 2022-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from iFi Zen Can = VFM Bought on the recommendation of the salesperson to go with the Sundara headphones. Really good advice. Well built and engineered, feels a well made bit of kit. Sound wise, it knocks the ball out of the park. It is never harsh and seems to suit the Sundaras. In my opinion, money well spent.
Date published: 2022-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First time buyer This was reduced from the launch price and Richer Sounds' discount took an extra £15 off the already reduced price. I think it's probably worth the money. It's certainly well made. Right now I'm using it with a £15 DAC, which is tuned for a kind of raw sound and the amp makes it sound a lot better. Who knows what sound you'd get with a better DAC
Date published: 2022-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant little amp Upgraded my main stereo amp a while back (Rega) which has no headphone socket, read some reviews and ordered one up from RicherSounds online, used my voucher to lesson the impact on my wallet :). Arrived the next day as per normal, open up the box and impressed with the build quality of the iFi Zen Can, Alloy construction and well finished. Unit has enough weight so the headphone cable doesn't pull it around, which is ideal. Switches work well as does the rotary control with a feel of quality. Pleased with my purchase, if your looking for a headphone amp with RCA Inputs then you wont be disappointed with the Zen Can.
Date published: 2022-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This transformed my setup I've been using a pair of M-Audio AV32 for headphone playback from my Project T1 SB. The sound through the speakers is OK but through the phones it was flat and muffled. I did a load of research and decided on this and what a brilliant bit of kit it is. The sound now is bright and very bassy and it's adaptable to different tracks and sources using the gain and bass settings. I love it. Richer sounds service was top notch too.
Date published: 2022-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to setup; excellent sound iFi Audio Zen is a very sleek, great sounding model. Easy to set up; I connected mine to my headphone input-less Cambridge Audio amplifier. I use it with my NAD CD player and record player and it sounds amazing. Lots of power and a clear sound.
Date published: 2022-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Little Amp This has an excellent sound for the money. Also you can boost the bass if your phones are a bit bass shy.
Date published: 2022-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Little peace of art This is a superb little headphone amp. It’s got everything there in sound and looks. Really happy with it and would recommend to anyone.
Date published: 2021-12-29
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