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iFi Audio – ZEN Blue DAC

$129.95

You only achieve true ZEN when totally chilled. We’ve given you peace of mind (and pocket) with the ZEN Blue.

$129.95
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The ZEN Blue starts with a chip from Qualcomm’s highly specified QCC5100 series to process incoming data. All the latest Bluetooth audio formats are supported, including Qualcomm’s aptX and aptX HD; LDAC (available in future update), and HWA – hi-res Bluetooth codecs created by Sony and Huawei respectively; AAC, the favored format of Apple iOS devices; and SBC, the standard Bluetooth codec. This means every possible source device is covered, at the highest resolution its Bluetooth specification allows.

The ZEN Blue remembers up to seven paired Bluetooth source devices, making it easy to switch from one device to another, with an impressive range thanks to the latest Bluetooth 5 specification. The DAC stage is capable of processing hi-res PCM data up to 24-bit/192kHz – the maximum sampling resolution/frequency currently available over Bluetooth is 24-bit/96kHz (via LDAC and HWA) and 24-bit/48kHz (via aptX HD).

Chill. Relax. Enjoy.

You only achieve true ZEN when totally chilled. We’ve given you peace of mind (and pocket) with the ZEN Blue.

Whether you’re a Spotify, Amazon or Apple Music lover or totally prefer Tidal, the ZEN Blue will deliver fabulously flawless music to suit your mood via breathtaking hi-res Bluetooth®.

Hi-res to the nth degree.

All current and future Bluetooth® audio formats are supported.

This includes Qualcomm’s aptX and aptX HD, aptX Low Latency, aptX Adaptive, LDAC, and HWA/LHDC, hi-res Bluetooth® codecs created by Sony, and Huawei respectively, AAC, Apple’s favored format and SBC, the standard Bluetooth® codec.

Wow! This means every possible source device is covered, at the highest resolution Bluetooth® specification.

Not all Bluetooth is created equal.

Have utter confidence in the sound quality of the ZEN Blue.

It uses Bluetooth5.0®, the very latest version, and the newest Qualcomm 5100 chip to process all incoming Bluetooth® data.

There ESS Sabre DAC chip is there to ensure an extremely smooth digital to analog conversion.

Banish standard ‘Bluetooth Blues’ with the iFi hi-res implementation.

Enjoy. Your way.

Chill with the best of both worlds.

Analog – connect via RCA to amps or active speakers or via the 4.4mm output to amps/speakers with a balanced input.

Digital – use the optical and coaxial connections to connect to anything with a built-in DAC and corresponding digital input; your TV, an AV amp or an external DAC in your hi-fi set-up.

Balanced design is special indeed.

The analog output stage is balanced, not normally seen in DACs at this price point. Balanced means less noise interference/crosstalk. This equals more ZEN in our book.

It has RCA and balanced outputs at HiFi standard level; 2V SE and 4V BAL and thus is compatible with both HiFi and Pro systems.

All underpinned by high-quality circuit components such as C0G capacitors from TDK. All fed by a precision low-noise power supply from Texas Instruments to make this a rare entry-priced beastie.

Go and grab yourself one today. And ZEN out…

TI low-noise ICs offer great unity-gain bandwidth, very low noise, and distortion, high output drive capability, Common-mode, and Power Supply Rejection Ratios of over 100 dB, wide maximum-output-swing bandwidths, and high slew rates. Learn more here.

The iFi Bluetooth® implementation does not use a standard SOC (System On a Chip) as seen elsewhere. It uses a combination of quality elements to extract the most from each stage. The Qualcomm chip routes the raw, digital Bluetooth® signal to a specialized Sabre DAC chip to convert the signal from digital to analog – any jitter is eliminated using our GMT Femto-precision clock system to deliver Bluetooth® that is a cut above.
Discrete ESS Sabre Hyperstream DAC chipset with time-domain jitter eliminator, discrete oscillator, and 112dB dynamic range for discerning listeners.
A key advantage of the ESS Sabre DAC chip is its Hyperstream architecture with integrated Time Domain Jitter Eliminator, which delivers vanishingly low distortion and a high dynamic range.

This OV series operational amplifier is another example of a top-notch component used to get extremely low noise, low distortion (0.0001%), and wide bandwidth. Learn more here.

TDK C0G (Class 1 ceramic) capacitors offer high stability and low losses for resonant circuit applications. They are pricey but are a perfect addition to our products.

It is a superior method to the traditional single-ended circuit approach. Balanced circuits reduce noise and crosstalk. Less Interference – clearer sound. You normally find this set-up in products at the higher end of the price spectrum such as the Pro iCAN but iFi is now using this across its range to produce the best quality audio for all our customers.

Reviews

Conectividad Total por Bluetooth: Analisis iFi Blue DAC

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2B0OEZaNNw
Good sound via digital output

“It seems to me to sound better than the USB lead I have been using hitherto.”
https://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R1DQELAU9X0HRB
ZEN Blue & ZEN CAN – the impressive combo

https://youtu.be/zs0Lx0oVyTw
iFi audio ZEN Blue – Bluetooth DAC

“It seems to me to sound better than the USB lead I have been using hitherto.”
https://stereoikolorowo.blogspot.com/2020/07/bluetooth-dac-ifi-audio-zen-blue.html?fbclid=IwAR1AYQZpCzGlfzDj-O3u02hXd6Qu_1g6CE7nD76Iqt0wsAI1nwp1itEYWYo
Quality

Easy to set up, good quality and wonderful sound.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R10J7VUY582J7F
digital to your amplifier

Fantastic bit of kit does coax/digitl fibre, analogue bluetooth for 8 devices to your Amp.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R3QERPL5LKRNRE

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Specifications

  • EASY BLUETOOTH CONNECTIVITY – The latest Qualcomm 5100 series Bluetooth (only input) DAC supports Bluetooth 5.0TM in all current and future formats such as AAC, aptX, aptX HD, HWA Codec (LDAC will be available in the future). Easily stream your favorite music in CD quality to your system from your smartphone, laptop, DAP, or any device that transmits Bluetooth. Control your music with your favorite music app, sit back and relax
  • HIGH-RESOLUTION AUDIO – With CD quality aptX HD AAC Bluetooth up to 24 bits / 192 kbps you will experience higher quality audio than standard Bluetooth Without the drop in quality your music will have better definition and clarity
  • ANALOG OUTPUT – For an easy upgrade connect via single-ended RCA to an amp or active speakers or via 4.4mm output to amp / speakers with a balanced output
  • DIGITAL OUTPUT – Use the optical and coaxial or SPDIF connections to connect to anything with a built-in DAC and corresponding digital input; your TV, an AV amp or external DAC in your hi-fi set-up
  • STYLISH AND SMART DESIGN – Military Grade Aluminum makes up a sturdy and sleek exterior. The smooth curves and edges will bring a sense of peace and tranquility to your home or office

 

Power: DC 5V
Input: Bluetooth 5.0TM with AAC, aptX, aptX HD, aptX Adaptive, aptX Low-Latency, LDAC, HWA/LHDC Codec
Output: Optical/Coaxial, Audio RCA L/R, 4.4 Balanced Line out
Frequency Response:
20Hz – 20kHz <+0/-0.5dB (44.1kHz)
1Hz – 44khz <+0/-3.0dB (>= 88.2kHz)

Output Voltage @ 0dBFS: 2.05V (+/-0.05V)
Dynamic Range: 109dB (A)
Signal/Noise ratio: 109dB (A) @ 0dBFS
THD & N @ 0dBFS: < 0.0015% 10k Load
Output Impedance: < 50Ω
Power Consumption: < 2.5W
Dimensions: 158 (l) x 100 (w) x 35 (h) mm
Weight (Gross): 0.8 kg (1.8 lbs)

iFi Audio – ZEN Blue DAC

$129.95

You only achieve true ZEN when totally chilled. We’ve given you peace of mind (and pocket) with the ZEN Blue.

$129.95
Categories: ,

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