iFi Audio ZEN Blue is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 44.
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iFi Audio ZEN Blue

Hi-Res Bluetooth DAC/Streamer
£129

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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.
Connectivity
Analogue Audio Output
Yes (RCA phono)
Bluetooth
Yes
Coaxial Digital Output
Yes
XLR Balanced Outputs
Yes (4.4mm not XLR)
Audio
Frequency Response (Hz)
1 - 44,000
High Resolution Audio
Yes
Features
DAC
ESS Sabre
Dimensions
Dimensions WxHxD (mm)
158 x 35 x 100
Weight
Weight (KG)
0.8
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Is this Bluetooth I'm hearing? I bought the Zen blue as an upgrade from my HK BTA10 which sadly died. Must admit I was sceptical about how far you can improve Bluetooth audio quality as the the HK was a pretty decent bit of kit. But wow, the improvement is huge! The presence and imaging is so good, with lovely warmth to the lows but with open mids and sparkly highs. I know its a cliche but I'm rediscovering old favourite tracks because they sound brand new. The Zen Blue is a doddle to set up and I like the fact it tells you with different colour Leds what codec is being used..which normally is a well kept secret with most streamers/bluetooth devices. Only downside is surprisingly cheap and short interconnect which I replaced with a decent Cambridge Audio one so that none of the quality was lost. If you're going down the Bluetooth route its well worth getting a quality DAC unit like the Zen, you won't look back, especially if you have an HD source via a Sony phone or Tidal etc.
Date published: 2020-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product at an affordable price I bought this to make a Denon midi unit compatible with my Sony hi-res player, allowing me easy eaccess to 1000s of tunes. Works like a dream and very easy to set up. Ordered this online and arrived quickly and with no problems.
Date published: 2020-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing service fantastic knowledge Amazing service fantastic knowledge Came in not really knowing what I Wanted, after speaking to the extremely friendly staff they helped me make an informed decision and now I absolutely love the products
Date published: 2020-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent upgrade for my pre Bluetooth Hi Fi I purchased this iFi Zen Blue 3 weeks ago to replace an ageing and disappointing Bluetooth device The sound is a vast improvement in every area and connection is much more stable It sounds brilliant with hi resolution music but still Very good with low resolution music/drama Well done RicherSounds even in lockdown
Date published: 2020-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ifi zen blue Nice design and easy set up ( I managed it , so it definitely is)! I set it up via my amplifier and speakers. Pleasantly surprised on sound quality. Thumbs up from me Very easy to order and delivery in 2 days for free. Perfect
Date published: 2020-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lockdown Hello During this period of Lockdown getting HiFi gearhas been difficult but RicherSounds to the Rescue! I ordered by phone to a human being! not online. As a VIP customer I got a dicount which paid for my next day delivery!, I am still "Running In" my Zen Blue but ibitial findings are that it is absolutely fantastic value for money. This box will make anything "BLUETOOTH" An old Micro System An old pair of Active Speakers I could go on but I think you get the picture Yours Kindest Regards Keith R. Murray PS I think your store was Holborn Branch SUPER SERVICE!
Date published: 2020-06-14
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