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 Douglasquaid from Fast fuss free purchase The only place to buy hifi /home cinema etc great prices and quick home delivery fuss free
Date published: 2021-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by Johnoo from REally simple to set up and sounds great. HAve had for a few weeks now and streaming music from the laptop, old albums I have ripped or downloaded and a lot more internet radio. Excellent gizmo.
Date published: 2021-03-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by Bob2775753 from Poor advice I had a long discussion over the phone and an email exchange about this before being persuaded to buy it. However I have not been able to connect it to my system and have now been advised to contact the system suppliers for advice
Date published: 2021-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by MacInDaDitch from Digital dynamite We have, with some nervousness, moved from CDs to Spotify. Our old faithful Roksan Kandy Mk III CD player has been usurped, by a mobile phone!!!! The results so far are very impressive. The ZEN Blue does some magical stuff with the digits that we send to it and the audio is superb. I look forward to trying a few more digital sources with it, but so far, the marriage of convenience and the stupidly cheap price have me waxing lyrical.
Date published: 2021-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by Lars66 from plug and play in high-res - great Two great weeks of high-res-listening with my iFi. The set-up was very easy: just plugged in a coax, lined it to my amp which has its own fine dac. Put switch on the back to digital. Could not be easier!! Started my Qobuz-App and it sounds great with every material: Paavo Järvi with Tchaikovsy 5, Dire Straits "Sultans", jazz with Nils Landgren and Rigmor Gustafsson. Everything has space, big well structured stage, airy smooth sound, clear bright voices. Matches the level of my excellent Marantz KI-SACD-Player. I would definitely buy it again.
Date published: 2021-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by Abcdef from IFi Audio ZEN Blue Works perfectly as described. Well made product. Excellent connectivity.
Date published: 2021-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sparky1984 from Easy set up, excellent sound !!. Replacement for an Arcam R-Dock which was restrictive and dated, very simple set up and able to stream whatever content through my old amplifier. Sound quality surprising for the money, hence the 5 stars.
Date published: 2021-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by zghiacy 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 pete 77 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 Wackeroo 57 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 Digdog 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 Ted 64 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 charb0y 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 jjb100 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 Sh1805 from Very impressed I have been very impressed with the zen blue, really improved sound streaming Spotify over bluetooth
Date published: 2021-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by Jim312 from Easy to set up, good sound Bought a couple of months ago so we could play our I phones and our computer through our amp. It looks quite stylish and sits unobtrusively on the amplifier. Really easy to set up and pair. The sound quality is pretty good too
Date published: 2021-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by JV42 from Great quality, great value and simple set-up Just what I'd been looking for, a high quality bluetooth device to transmit audio to my legacy Meridian system. Reassuringly heavy for its size, build quality is excellent. There's a generous selection of analogue and digital outputs (all protected by dust caps). Pairing is a breeze, within minutes I had it connected to my phone, laptop, tablet and Kann music player. I've been using it for a while now with no dropped connections. Most importantly, it sounds great.
Date published: 2021-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by peteryoung from Super easy to setup, and great quality sound I bought the ZEN Blue in order to play streamed music through my old Cambridge Audio amplifier. Comparing the sound from streamed music and CDs, there is very little difference indeed. It's clearly a good bit of kit. One minor drawback is that if I use the ZEN Blue with the TV output, there is a gap between the video and the audio. Curiously the gap is worse on Netflix than on Live TV. This might be the case however with other Bluetooth devices, so I wouldn't want to blame the ZEN Blue for this.
Date published: 2021-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by imacMark61 from Great Bluetooth DAC I bought this from a guy called Piers at the Maidstone Kent branch, he couldn’t have been more helpful. Great sound quality product. Thanks.
Date published: 2020-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by Son of Dave from Just because it’s small... Although you can’t beat the real thing, there’s a lot of music out there only in the digital realm. This little box is a tremendous piece of tech, it’s does the job and you can hide it away if you don’t like the look of it. Sounds great and dude on the order line was a tremendously helpful chap.
Date published: 2020-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mike London from Amazing. Big sound from a small device I bought this for a birthday present for myself. With many good reviews already it’s hard to add something new. The set up is so easy, and gives a stable Bluetooth connection. I play YouTube from my iPhone and iPad. It’s an amazing sound and a relatively cheap upgrade for my hi fi system (Marantz 6006uk amp and fyne audio 302 floorstanders) The bass has really come out, great separation of instruments, even when the music is compressed. My system has never sounded this great before now. I have extra volume control from my iPhone/iPad. To end with a well worn cliche “it goes up to 11”
Date published: 2020-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by Cori from Best price and service for a Christmas present Not used yet but bought for someone who wanted this soooo much (due to reviews) excellent fast service and competitively priced.
Date published: 2020-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by RenedeJazz from Great product for updating your adored hifi system To my ear this combined DAC and Bluetooth streamer produces CD quality sound from Spotify - and I assume from other similar music sources. . I’m using it with an iPhone and it was literally plug and play
Date published: 2020-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by smilesaway from So simple to set up and amazing sound quality I have been meaning to buy a device to enable me to link my mobile devices to my wi-fi set up for some time. Up until now I have linked them to my simple bluetooth speaker or to my Dali TV soundbar/subwoofer and not been too dissatisfied with the result. Now though - what a difference! Given that I invested so much time, effort and cash in getting a great hi-fi set up I kick myself for not doing this sooner. The iFi Audio Zen Bluetooth connector works brilliantly and streams music perfectly. I am really happy with the result. Worth every penny.
Date published: 2020-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous from Happy customer Good advice, very responsive. Returns policy excellenr
Date published: 2020-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous from Great piece of kit I’ve been meaning to buy a blue tooth device for my stereo for ages. Why did I wait so long! Would thoroughly recommend this
Date published: 2020-11-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by hm007 from Maybe a fault? When playing music sometimes it makes a loud buzzing noise then a voice say i'm connected to blue tooth then disconnects? Happens every time I use it Any advice would be appreciated apart from that the sound is great
Date published: 2020-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by Nigel124 from Great sound and build quality Bought this to allow quick and easy Bluetooth streaming from numerous devices to Arcam Solo mini. Wanted to avoid using the wi-fi network for simplicity. The Zen Blue is perfect, working seamlessly, staying connected for a good long time and producing really great sound quality.
Date published: 2020-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by SmellySpelly from Super Bluetooth DAC for the money Wow, This was a breeze to set up and works beautifully. Great sound, solid build quality and easy to use. I'm really impressed with it. Super fast delivery from Richer Sounds too!
Date published: 2020-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous from Solid build quality, easy to set up, great sound. There are many Bluetooth receivers out there, you can feel the quality of this one. It’s a superb bit of kit being so easy to set up with any device and the sound is excellent.
Date published: 2020-10-10