iFi Audio ZEN Phono is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 11.
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iFi Audio ZEN Phono

MM/MC Phono Preamplifier
£174
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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
1 year
Dimensions
Dimensions WxHxD (mm)
158 x 35 x 117
Weight
Weight (KG)
515g
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ifi Zen Phono Only just received this. Not convinced it is any better than the inbuilt phono amp on my Project turntable. No complaints about the build quality or ease of use. Delivery was definitely ace being one day earlier than advertised.
Date published: 2024-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good, very happy. Needed a high output MC stage, this unit covers all bases and sounds great. Very pleased.
Date published: 2024-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good but not quite...... I bought this to try against a rega fono mm I had on loan. Great service from the Leeds staff in that I was able to try without commitment. The Zen appeared to be the one to use to compare at the price point from research I had carried out. And I am glad I did. The Zen is good compared to the phono stage in my Roksan Kandy K2 amp (also purchased from RicherSounds some years ago,) but it just has not got the big hearted punchy sound of the Rega. I spent quite some time comparing them on all types of music and the Rega wins comfortably. I had read all sorts about the Zen, but in my careful testing comparison, it was a disappointment. It sounded restrained in comparison to the Rega and a little anaemia. Also, it does not feel particularly impressive in use either. But the Zen was still a significant improvement over the sound of the very poor Roksan phono stage. I would strongly advise anyone who is thinking of a dedicated phono amp at around £200 to audition the Rega. I bought one eventually from DNA audio in Otley. I only wish Richer Sounds stocked Rega because I would have really liked to have given the excellent Leeds store the business. Having said that, DNA Audio were very good to deal with.
Date published: 2023-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from IFI Zen Phono preamplifier Bought specifically to facilitate (in my case) an upgrade to use a moving coil cartridge with my hifi setup. The simplicity and compactness of the design make the Zen phono so easy to sit alongside or accommodate near to and connect with other kit. Connectivity options are good, and the it is clear that ifi have carefully chosen quality components for the construction. Straight "out of the box", and with my existing audio connection cables I find that the sound reproduction shows a clear improvement in dynamics and "purity" compared to my former preamp (with a moving magnet cartridge). It's a no-brainer offering fantastic value.
Date published: 2023-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great piece of kit I got this as a replacement for an amp that was not loud enough and this really delivered the goods! Great sound has really brought my records to life :)
Date published: 2023-04-15
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
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