iFi Audio ZEN Blue Hi-Res Bluetooth DAC/Streamer

iFi Audio ZEN Blue

Hi-Res Bluetooth DAC/Streamer

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£129
”If you want to add Bluetooth connectivity to your system buy the Zen Blue. You won’t regret it.” ’What Hi-Fi?’ – 5 Star review.

Top quality, Bluetooth sound from your smartphone, PC, laptop or Mac to your Hi-Fi

The ZEN Blue offers a simple yet high quality way of wirelessly transmitting the sound from your smartphone, tablet, laptop, PC or Mac to your Hi-Fi or speaker. Whether you use Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal or any other music app, the ZEN Blue sets the sound free from your smartphone’s speaker and truly opens up the sound’s potential.

Hi-Res sound for crystal-clear clarity
Bluetooth isn’t new, but transmitting at such high quality is rare. The ZEN Blue supports the highest quality Bluetooth formats, including HWA (Hi-Res Wireless Audio) by LHDC, Qualcomm’s aptX, aptX HD, LDAC and HWA. Apple’s AAC is also supported. If you haven’t experienced Bluetooth audio for some time, you might be surprised as to just how much the sound quality has improved over the past few years.

Hi-Fi quality electronics inside
Making the most of HD Bluetooth, the internal electronics offer the highest quality sound – just as you’d find in quality Hi-Fi. The ESS Sabre DAC (Digital to Analogue Convertor) is the same as in many high-end AV receivers and other digital products. The discrete circuit layout uses top quality audio components, such as OV series op amps, Texas Instruments power supply and TDK (Class 1 ceramic) capacitors.

Ultra-low distortion
The result of using such high quality components on a carefully implemented board is stunning sound quality with ultra-low levels of background noise for crystal-clear detail and clarity. Distortion is kept to the lowest levels, making your music sound its most natural and lifelike.

Output the sound your way
When it comes to connecting the ZEN Blue to your Hi-Fi, AV or speaker system, you really can take your pick. Choose between optical and coaxial connections for hooking up to your digital amp or AV receiver. Alternatively, RCA phono outputs make the perfect connection to your Hi-Fi amp or mini system. For the highest quality sound, there’s even a balanced output.

Balanced output option
Making this top quality Bluetooth DAC even better, the 4.4mm balanced output is yet another standout feature at this price. More usually found in studio equipment, the balanced connection gives vanishingly low levels of noise interference and crosstalk, for professional quality sound. If your amp or mixer is equipped with a balanced input, this is the connection to use.

Maximise your Bluetooth’s potential, with the iFi ZEN Blue.

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”If you want to add Bluetooth connectivity to your system buy the Zen Blue. You won’t regret it.” ’What Hi-Fi?’ – 5 Star review.

Top quality, Bluetooth sound from your smartphone, PC, laptop or Mac to your Hi-Fi

The ZEN Blue offers a simple yet high quality way of wirelessly transmitting the sound from your smartphone, tablet, laptop, PC or Mac to your Hi-Fi or speaker. Whether you use Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal or any other music app, the ZEN Blue sets the sound free from your smartphone’s speaker and truly opens up the sound’s potential.

Hi-Res sound for crystal-clear clarity
Bluetooth isn’t new, but transmitting at such high quality is rare. The ZEN Blue supports the highest quality Bluetooth formats, including HWA (Hi-Res Wireless Audio) by LHDC, Qualcomm’s aptX, aptX HD, LDAC and HWA. Apple’s AAC is also supported. If you haven’t experienced Bluetooth audio for some time, you might be surprised as to just how much the sound quality has improved over the past few years.

Hi-Fi quality electronics inside
Making the most of HD Bluetooth, the internal electronics offer the highest quality sound – just as you’d find in quality Hi-Fi. The ESS Sabre DAC (Digital to Analogue Convertor) is the same as in many high-end AV receivers and other digital products. The discrete circuit layout uses top quality audio components, such as OV series op amps, Texas Instruments power supply and TDK (Class 1 ceramic) capacitors.

Ultra-low distortion
The result of using such high quality components on a carefully implemented board is stunning sound quality with ultra-low levels of background noise for crystal-clear detail and clarity. Distortion is kept to the lowest levels, making your music sound its most natural and lifelike.

Output the sound your way
When it comes to connecting the ZEN Blue to your Hi-Fi, AV or speaker system, you really can take your pick. Choose between optical and coaxial connections for hooking up to your digital amp or AV receiver. Alternatively, RCA phono outputs make the perfect connection to your Hi-Fi amp or mini system. For the highest quality sound, there’s even a balanced output.

Balanced output option
Making this top quality Bluetooth DAC even better, the 4.4mm balanced output is yet another standout feature at this price. More usually found in studio equipment, the balanced connection gives vanishingly low levels of noise interference and crosstalk, for professional quality sound. If your amp or mixer is equipped with a balanced input, this is the connection to use.

Maximise your Bluetooth’s potential, with the iFi ZEN Blue.
Brand iFi
USB No
Weight (KG) 0.8
Analogue Audio Output Yes (RCA phono)
Remote Control No
App Control No
Bluetooth Yes
Dimensions WxDxH (mm) 158 x 100 x 35
High Resolution Audio Yes
Freq Response (Hz) 1 - 44,000
XLR Balanced Outputs Yes (4.4mm not XLR)
Optical Digital Output yes
Coaxial Digital Output yes
DAC ESS Sabre
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best service and best delivery I have, over the years, bought various things from Richer Sounds and have consistently been impressed both with the products and the service. It is now my first choice for electronics. I recently bought the iFi Audio Zen Blue. It worked straight out of the box with absolutely no problems. Delighted with it
Date published: 2021-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great service pre and after buying !!! The IFI Audio Zen Blue has transformed my existing Hi Fi.
Date published: 2021-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wi fi Purchased a zen blue, after receiving advice over the telephone, regarding what we needed. Works a treat, and the sound quality is very good via my kef speakers.
Date published: 2021-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bluetooth comes of age I was looking into a way to play Spotify through my old analogue amp and speakers. My old amp has no digital inputs and belongs in another era really, It was very well made and after 30 odd years of service still sounds good so I don't want to get rid of it. The iFi Audio Zen Blue breathes digital life into analogue hifi with a combination of bluetooth receiver and DAC. When it arrived, I had it connected to my amp in about 5 minutes and was impressed by the solid build. The best was yet to come as I was pretty staggered by the sound quality. Whilst it sounds predictably good from aptX HD from my Astell and Kern DAP, it is actually a good sound from my iPhone. The bluetooth connectivity is totally reliable and so easy to use that its a stunning success with all of my family.
Date published: 2021-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simple little unit that does the job a treat! Having tried a wi-fi receiver and failed (signal issue), this was recommended. It more or less set itself up and is proving a simple and effective way to play Spotify (& others) from my phone or tablet (IOS and Android) through my trusty old hi-fi...and it sounds great. My ears aren't great anymore, but I can't really differentiate between this sound and playing CD's! The supposed Bluetooth range limitation is not proving an issue at all either, it works through walls in different rooms - excellent!
Date published: 2021-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bluetooth has moved on bluetooth has improved so much. Great uninterrupted coverage through my flat. Scoured lots of reviews and this was continuously at the top of the list. You'll need to understand what bluetooth your phone can do. Zen blue is great, but my android phone defaults to AptX adaptive which doesn't work, so i need to go into android developer settings and change to AptX Classic every time i connect - tedious zzzzzzzzzz. Otherwise defaults then to SBC, the crappest of the bluetooth options. Zen Blue works beautifully selecting the protocol your phone decides to use.
Date published: 2021-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent bluetooth DAC device This fine box of tricks offers lots of Bluetooth 5.0 codec options, including aptX and LDAC. Pairing is very straightforward and once obtained the link is very robust and stable, no dropouts at all to date. Front LEDs show the codec and bit rate that the link is operating with. Although there is no OFF button, the device does go asleep after a few minutes inactivity. I have only used the analog RCA output to date from the device DAC, it delivers excellent clear sound when feeding a Cambridge Audio SR10 V2 amp + pair of Wharfedale speakers. I initially used lossy AAC from an iPod as source and was very impressed with the clarity and separation of sound. Progressing to FLAC files sent with LDAC, the results are even better, I think it betters the same music fed in as a CD. So separate DACs seem to improve on my old DAC inside my CD player . Very pleased with this inexpensive device overall.
Date published: 2021-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very impressed I have been very impressed with the zen blue, really improved sound streaming Spotify over bluetooth
Date published: 2021-01-14
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Free UK delivery on orders over £50

Next working day delivery and timed options available. Please see checkout for further details.

Buy now, pay later available
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We offer 6 month interest free options. Call your local store or our Telesales team for details

For purchases over £500, pay a 10% deposit now and the balance in 6 months. Pay the balance in full before the end of the 6 months and there is no interest to pay whatsoever, just a one-off settlement fee of £29. Subject to application, financial circumstances and borrowing history. Ts&Cs apply. 19.9% APR representative. Find out more

 Disabled assistance

All products that are available to purchase on the Richer Sounds website can be delivered free to blind, partially sighted or those with a disability.

Please contact web after sales for more info.
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