iFi Audio ZEN Air Phono External Turntable Phono Preamplifier

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Model: 0311003 UPC: 5060738786770 Item: 177855

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There’s something in the Air.

Our super affordable phono stage makes your vinyl sound purer than ever.

ZEN Air Phono

Enjoy a purer listening experience with the ZEN Air Phono, iFi's super affordable phono stage. A phono stage, also called a phono pre-amp, provides the connection between the record cartridge/pickup (stylus) and the amplifier. Turntable cartridges output a very small signal. This signal needs amplifying up to several hundred times the original size before it is loud enough for your amplifier. A phono stage increases the signal level from millivolts to volts. When vinyl was the standard for audio recording, the phono stage was built-in to receivers and amps, allowing direct connection of a turntable. These days most receivers and amps do not contain a phono stage so a separate unit is needed. It is a necessity for any turntable without a phono stage already built-in. It will also upgrade a basic built-in phono stage in a turntable or amplifier system.

Purer still

Listening to music on vinyl is good for the soul. It sounds purer than listening to a track via your phone or computer. Make this experience purer still by reducing hiss, noise, and rumble on your records with the ZEN Air Phono.

MC and MM

There are two kinds of turntable cartridges – Moving Magnet and Moving Coil – and the ZEN Air Phono works with both of them.

  • The MM setting is for cartridges with an output voltage of 2mV and higher
  • The MC setting for outputs less than 2mV

You use the gain switch on the rear to change this setting. It also has a precise RIAA equalization setting to satisfy the most demanding vinyl lover.

Engage warp drive

As we all know, records can become warped with age. With the ZEN Air Phono, any warp on your records will be driven away by the 'subsonic filter'. Normal subsonic filters remove 'rumble' AND bass and cause phase issues. iFi’s unique AI phono sub-sonic filter removes 'rumble' only.



  • Power supply requirement: DC 5V/1.0A (centre +ve)
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz -20kHz (±0.15dB)
  • Channel Separation: > 75dB (1kHz all modes)
  • Max Output Voltage: RMS6.5V RMS 600?(<1% THD & N)
  • Gain: MM 40dB / MC 64dB
  • Input Impedance: MM 47k / MC 1k
  • Output Impedance: 100Ω
  • SNR:
    • MM (40dB ±1dB): 86dB (A-weighted) re 1V
    • MC (64dB ±1dB): 82dB (A-weighted) re 1V
  • Ein (equivalent input noise): 0.6nV | /Hz (unweighted) 6.5nV | /Hz (unweighted)
    • MC: -151dBV (A-weighted)
    • MM: -130dBV (A-weighted)
  • Total Harmonic Distortion           
    • MC: <-80dB / 0.01% re 1V
    • MM: <-90dB / 0.005% re 1V
  • Power Consumption: <1.8W
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 6.2" x 4.6" x 1.4"
  • Net weight: 0.71 lbs

What's in the Box

What's in the Box

  • ZEN Air Phono
  • USB to DC Cable
  • Quick Start card
  • Instruction card


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What is the difference between this black model and the silver iFi Audio ZEN Phono Preamp for Turntables?
Daniel S on Jul 20, 2022
iFi Audio ZEN Air Phono External Turntable Phono Preamplifier
iFi Audio ZEN Air Phono External Turntable Phono Preamplifier
iFi Audio ZEN Phono Preamp for Turntables
iFi Audio ZEN Phono Preamp for Turntables
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Zen Phono Preamp (Silver): MM and MC, 4 Selectable gain settings, higher preamp output 13.5VRMS max
Zen Air Phono Preamp (Black): MM and MC, fixed gain for each, 6.5VRMS max preamp output