iFi Audio Zen DAC Desktop USB DAC Amp

Model: 311002 UPC: 5060738780006 Item: 177321

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Chill out at home or office.

Find your ZEN with this super-affordable compact DAC/headphone amp. It makes your music move you.

Cute, compact, and stylish

This superb hi-res USB DAC/headphone amp delivers a level of specification and performance that punches above its super-affordable price tag.

Compact enough to use as a USB DAC/amp on your work desk with your much-loved headphones.

Stylish enough to use in your home system as a USB DAC. Just add your favorite active speakers or amp.

DAC to the future

The ZEN DAC supports PCM and DXD to 32-bit/384kHz, DSD256, and MQA. DSD remains ‘bit-perfect thanks to the True Native Burr-Brown chip design.

The R&D maxes out the circuitry with bespoke, easy install firmware to bring you the joyous musicality of hi-res. The ethereal music quality will leave you grinning ear to ear.

Brings balance (in more ways than one)

A balanced design has been used for the analog stage – rare and not found at this price point. This makes it pretty special for the best sound quality. With super-low noise performance, it will remain quiet even in noisy situations such as yachts or RVs.

The ZEN DAC sports Pentaconn 4.4mm balanced outputs at both the front and back. On the front, there’s also the popular 6.3mm headphone socket. You get both headphone options.

So flexible it almost does yoga

Switch effortlessly between ‘variable’ and ‘fixed’.

Set to ‘Variable,’ use the ZEN DAC as a pre-amp to feed a power amp or active speakers.

On ‘Fixed’ to bypass the volume control. Connect to an external pre-amp or integrated amp.

Power. Drive. Performance.

The headphone amp has PowerMatch – switchable gain to perfectly match your headphones.

IEMs are high-sensitivity, Leave PowerMatch at its lower setting for hiss-free listening.

On/over-ear types with relatively low impedance require more oomph–press PowerMatch to increase the level of drive.

Ace of Bass.

The ZEN DAC boasts TrueBass. This proprietary tech is a switchable ‘bass boost’ operating in the analog domain. There’s no DSP with iFi gear.

TrueBass enhances the bass but does not muddy the mid-range. Perfect for use with IEMs or open-back headphones which often lose out on bass.



  • Input: USB3.0 B Socket (USB2.0 compatible)
  • Formats:
    • PCM (384/352.8/192/176.4/96/88.2/48/44.1kHz)
      DSD (256/128/64), DXD(384/352.8kHz),
      MQA (Decoder)
  • DAC: Bit-Perfect DSD & DXD DAC by Burr Brown
  • Output:
    • Audio RCA (SE) — 2.1V fixed
    • 1V / 3.3V max. (variable)
    • 4.4mm Pentaconn (BAL) — 4.2V fixed
    • 2V / 6.2V max. (variable)
  • Zout: 
    • <= 200 Ohm (BAL)
    • <= 100 Ohm (SE)
  • SNR: < -116dB(A) @ 0dBFS (BAL/SE)
  • DNR: > 116dB(A) @ -60dBFS (BAL/SE)
  • THD+N: <0.0015% @ -dBFS (BAL/SE)
  • Output POwer (@1%THD):
    • 4.4mm Pentaconn (BAL) 330mW@32 Ohm; 6.6V@600 Ohm; 16 Ohm - 600 Ohm Headphone
    • 6.3mm S-BAL (SE) 230mW@32 Ohm; 3.3V@600 OHM; 16 Ohm - 600 Ohm Headphone
  • Output Impedance: < 1 Ω (BAL/SE)
  • THD & N: <0.005% (125mW @ 32R)
  • SNR: >113 dBA (6.2V BAL/3.3V SE)
  • Power consumption: <1.5 W via UBS power OR 5v DC (power supply not included)
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 6.3" x 1.4" x 4.6"
  • Weight: 1.8 lbs


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