iFi Audio ZEN Blue is rated out of 5 by 44.
iFi Audio ZEN Blue
Hi-Res Bluetooth DAC/Streamer
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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.
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.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Rob SO from An excellent product! The sound quality through this bluetooth receiver is really good. It’s a perfect and affordable solution for connecting audio from streaming services etc. to a conventional hi-fi set up.
Date published: 2021-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by James Scott from Great item! I bought this from Richer Sounds in York and I'm very impressed with the build quality, user friendly and most importantly the sound! This is the product if you want wireless sound quickly through a existing HIFI setup without paying a lot of money. Overall I'm very happy with it 10/10.
Date published: 2021-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by Realist from Excellent piece of kit Purchased this to add another dimension (streaming) to my separates set up. Simple to set up with a well rounded performance. Music reproduced to a good quality. Anyone who wants to add a Bluetooth connection to their systems will find this unit a great addition. Excellent customer service from Richer Sounds.
Date published: 2021-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sirilak18 from Excellent I bought ifi zen blue and got it through a wadia s71 dac /cd could not ask for a better bit of equipent for it price and what it does highly recomend
Date published: 2021-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by PaulPaul99 from Bluetooth Receiver bought from Richer Sounds Bought headphones, a Bluetooth receiver, and a few small accessories - all doing exactly the job required, and for a reasonable price
Date published: 2021-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by Robcue from Easy to set up, good build quality. Hi I bought this a week ago and it does a cracking Job. I was all set to go down a far more expensive route to stream music files to my amp, the quality of blue tooth streaming through this is brilliant.
Date published: 2021-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by ldaykin93 from Bluetooth can sound good! Higher quality looking product than expected - i had no idea bluetooth could sound this good - so a worth investment for those looking to upgrade their hi-fi.
Date published: 2021-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by Greengeraint1 from Great Bluetooth connection and good sound Bought this three weeks ago and the sound quality for the price is excellent. Using iPhone with Apple Music and the connection is very stable and playing back through Marantz mini system with Epos speakers gives a very satisfactory sound.
Date published: 2021-03-21