iFi Audio ZEN DAC V2 is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 30.
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iFi Audio ZEN DAC V2

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”One of the very best ways to upgrade your desktop headphone system.” ’What Hi-Fi?’ – 5 Star review.

Award-winner made better

Winner of multiple awards, including the prestigious What Hi-Fi 2020, ‘Best DAC £100 - £200’, the iFi Audio ZEN DAC was hard to beat. Until now. The ZEN DAC V2 upgrades the processing chip from 8-core to 16-core XMOS. This means that MQA files are now fully supported – perfect when using the top-end TIDAL streaming service.

Reduced distortion
As well as facilitating MQA, the new V2 version uses an updated, low-jitter crystal clock. This gives a 20dB better performance for a smoother, less distorted sound with enhanced detail.

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) V2 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 DAC V2 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.

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 V2 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.

Optimise your audio performance, with the iFi Audio ZEN DAC V2.
Connectivity
Audio Outputs
RCA pair x 1
Headphone Output
Yes - 6.35/4.4mm
USB Input
Yes x 1
Audio
Loudness Control
TrueBass
Features
DAC
Burr Brown
Dimensions
Dimensions WxHxD (mm)
160 x 35 x 117
Weight
Weight (KG)
0.8
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great sound lives up to review expectations I have many hi-rez files on my computer and they sound okay with a good pair of headphones, but nothing like they do with this new dac added, where the sound is very much improved. An excellent purchase.
Date published: 2022-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent piece of kit . Decided to finally purchase the Zen Dac after getting the Dragonfly black and finding it somewhat dissapointing . Everything about the ZEN DAC spells quality and class , i mainly use it with my desktop computer listening to CDs along with my Austrian Audio Hi-X15 headphones . It is a pleasure to hear lovely clear music as it was meant to be . I was told to 'run-in' the unit , although saying that it sounds great straight out of the box . I will be signing up to Amazon Hi-Res music and i can't wait , i'm sure it will blow my socks off all over again ! . Worth the money and wait to own this item , if you are in two minds about a possible purchase ... don't be ... you'll love it too ! .
Date published: 2022-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Upgrade for your phone! Fantastic product, connected it to my Samsung mobile phone (with otg cable and USB Audio Pro app) Now have full HD audio and MQA playback !
Date published: 2022-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great value, tuneful DAC Bought to replace a Cyrus Soundkey and Asus Xonar DX sound card feeding Harman Kardon SoundSticks II desktop speakers, For the price a very clear, listenable DAC beating the Soundkey. At some point I will also try it as a source for the main hi-fi. Volume control has a nice well made feel and I prefer using this volume control to using the volume control in windows. As mentioned by other reviewers the windows volume control does not change the Zen DAC. Soundstage sounds rather narrow on the soundsticks. It is minor, but I also wish there was a way to turn off the green light around the volume control.
Date published: 2022-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Flipping great! This was a total experiment. Friends have recommended getting a DAC especially as I’ve recently shelled out £1000 on new speakers. Checked the specs on this and the reviews and thought I’d give it a try. I cannot believe how much difference it makes. Removing my old MacBook’s sound card from the system and playing directly into the DAC via usb has made my amazing new speakers (SonusFaber Luimina 2) immediately sound 40-50% better. Particularly when playing high quality tracks from Tidal. I was cynical before buying, but am a total convert. And at this price, I think every system should have one!
Date published: 2022-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product. Amazing sound. I bought this a a bid to improve music played through headphones. I’m so pleased I did, the sound is amazing. Thoroughly recommended, sound is amazing, build quality fantastic. Paired with HiFiman Sundaras and balanced cables. It’s good I spent all day listening to old favourites and discovery a lot more detail.
Date published: 2022-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Significant improvement over PC sound. I have been using my old Sennheiser HD580's directly on my PC but this quickly becomes fatiguing. This DAC/phone amp gives more rounded response and is more balances. The power match option brings the 'phones to life. Works well without an external PSU.
Date published: 2022-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great sound, easy setup, very happy Just a quick review. Very happy with this item, I bought it for my LCD GX which is a really efficient pair of headphones but still this provides a really nice, clean signal that I’m very happy with. It’s usb input only which might be a limitation for some but I wanted it for use on my PS5 and PC where it works great. The only weakness I would say is that the USB cable is far too short and also bright blue so it’s ugly and annoying to use with the stock cable. Easy to replace though for just a few £.
Date published: 2022-04-22
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