iFi Audio ZEN Phono is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 6.
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iFi Audio ZEN Phono

MM/MC Phono Preamplifier
£149
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”It is one of the most outstanding pieces of affordable engineering in any category I have ever tested.” ’AV Forums’ – Best in Class.


Adjustable to suit your cartridge
Featuring no fewer than four cartridge settings, the ZEN Phono matches up with the vast majority of cartridges. Choose between MM (Moving Magnet), MC (Moving Coil) High, MC Low and MC Very Low for the correct match with your turntable’s cartridge. Covering outputs from 36dB to 72dB, the ZEN Phono sees you through a range of cartridge upgrades.

High precision and balanced output for class-leading sound quality
Implementing top quality TDK capacitors, fitted in parallel, the ZEN Phono produces extremely low levels of distortion – giving class-leading precision. The circuit also utilises a balanced output design. A balanced output reduces noise and crosstalk, reducing distortion and improving the detail you hear.

Top quality components for low noise
Using top quality components from the likes of Panasonic, Texas Instruments, TDK and muRata, the iFi ZEN Phono is full of the best ingredients! Carefully implemented, these components come together to maximise the signal to noise ratio. This means you hear more detail and less background hiss – common on inferior phono pre-amps.

Intelligent subsonic filter
Subsonic filters reduce rumble and are especially handy when playing warped records. The downside with subsonic filters is they often also harm the sound by creating phase issues. The unique AI subsonic filter used by iFi gets around these phase issues, creating a more natural sound while maintaining the speaker protection offered by regular subsonic filters.

Maximise your vinyls’ potential, with the iFi ZEN Phono.

Connectivity
Audio Outputs
Balanced 4.4mm and Unbalanced RCA phono
Phono Input
MM/MC (x3 levels)
General
Manufacturer's Warranty
12.0000
Dimensions
Dimensions WxHxD (mm)
158 x 35 x 117
Weight
Weight (KG)
515g
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbelievable difference in sound My Yamaha musiccast has a built in phono amp but it lacked punch and clarity. After reading some good reviews about the iFi audio Zen Phono with the excellent help and service from the Leicester shop. Fast delivery easy to set up and the sound quality and difference is amazing. Really picks out and separates each instrument. If any one is looking for a budget phono amp the iFi Zen is the one to go for
Date published: 2022-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect product for my needs I’d been looking for a phono pre-amp to fit in an already cramped hifi cabinet, I wanted it to have the best possible sound for the smallest footprint. I compared multiple products and eventually went with the iFi for its looks and solid build quality, however since the purchase I have had the opportunity to compare the sound quality with other similarly priced/sized pre-stages and I’m happy that this iFi was the best in class here also.
Date published: 2022-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Massive improvement to vinyl sound I bought this to replace in internal phono amp in my amplifier and it has dramatically improved the sound of my vinyl collection. Would highly recommend
Date published: 2022-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great value purchase - Big Bang for the Buck! A great sounding and versatile phono pre-amp. It sounded even better after a few-hours burn-in. The only negative is the power supply lead is a little shorter than would be ideal.
Date published: 2022-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from iFi Zen phono preamp I'm a music lover foremost but also a hifi enthusiast ensuring my equipment can reproduce a faithful sound, as I am musically trained. With the digital revolution I switched to CDs years ago but still play my large collection of LPs regularly. Last year I realized that I have to upgrade my trustful cartridge, Ortofon VMS20E Mk 2 and the phono pre-amplifier by NAD & Pro ject MM. I research online and finalized on a Ortofon 2M Blue which is closed to the VMS 20E as they both have a nude stylus. I went to my local Richer Sound in Croydon, which I used to purchase my stuff years ago, to browse for a phono preamp with a Rega Fono MM in mind. They didn't have it in stock but recommended a Cambridge or the iFi Zen, which are both highly recommended in What Hi Fi. I chose the iFi Zen as I had read some users' report that it is slightly superior to the Cambridge in some of it sound stages. It didn't disappoint when I wired it up to my AudioLab amp, Micro Seiki TT and Musically Technology PM15 speakers with the 2M Blue & all Van Den Hul interconnects. I used 2 favourite LPs for my tests, Autobahn by Kraftwerk and War of the World Musical by Jeff Wayne. In comparison to my old preamps, the sound is so much cleaner with more details dragged from my LPs which are obscured before especially the high frequences, clear without fatigue. Middle range is detail-rich and the bass is solid. The music as a whole flows without ant hurry and individual instruments are clearly well defined. Unfortunately I can.t compare it to the Rega Fono MM I initially preferred. But I am very pleased with the iFi Zen performance as well as it quirky looks and solid built. Fast forward to a few days ago, I purchased an Audio Technica AT-VM95sh with a Shibata stylus. The overall performance in all ares has gone up a few more levels than the Ortofon 2M Blue which basically has similarly sound output as the old VMS 20 E.. I wholly recommend iFi Zen to anyone who want to upgrade from a budge phono preamp.
Date published: 2022-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from i am very pleased wiith this phono-pre.amp. i am using it between an a.t.lp5x record player fitted with an a.t.mc pickup cartridge and my icon-audio valve integrated amp and the reproduction sounds great.
Date published: 2021-11-20
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