iFi Audio – ZEN CAN Balanced Headphone Amp and Preamp
Product Summary:Laptops and smartphones have a really low power output of <1.0v. On a good set of headphones, you’re always running out of juice. You never get to really hear what they can do, unless you have the ZEN CAN.... Click To Read More
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iFi Audio – ZEN CAN Balanced Headphone Amp and Preamp
Laptops and smartphones have a really low power output of <1.0v. On a good set of headphones, you’re always running out of juice. You never get to really hear what they can do, unless you have the ZEN CAN.
52x more power. Pump up the volume.
Use a laptop, phone or DAC to feed your music to the ZEN CAN and connect your headphones. Pumping out 52x more power, now you’ll hear what you have been missing.
Balanced to thrill
The ZEN CAN has trickle-down Class A discrete balanced circuitry from iFi audio’s US$1,699 flagship Pro iCAN. With 15.1v @300 Ohms on tap, it has serious power that will make even difficult-to-drive headphones thump to the beat.
- Class A discrete output buffer from the flagship Pro iCAN using Op-Amp (OV2637A)
- FET input avoids loading volume control – low distortion/noise
- SE inputs (1M Ohm) ensures loading of the source so always in Class A operation
- Output amplifier gain of four steps in +6dB perfect for headphone matching
Puts you at the venue. Not other way round.
Audio recordings are made for speakers and when played back on headphones, the sound is always driving you nuts by being only in your head.
Our 3D special sound circuit solves this:
- Stereo image that is truly out of your head, in front with height, width & depth
- Without coloration or loss of resolution
- All analog circuitry (i.e. without costly and complex digital signal manipulation)
Satisfies all listeners.
Ace of XBass
Behind XBass is our active EQ circuit which meets a common gripe with headphones head-on, a lack of bass.
Open-back headphones in particular, let all frequencies (especially those precious bass frequencies that the drivers generate so little of) leak freely out of the back instead of trapping and redirecting them back to your ears.
XBass equalization is a much more elegant solution to bass correction than seen elsewhere. It consists of active and passive components and its frequency response curve corrects their low-end response problems with precision.
Packed with premium goodness
Underpinning the Balanced and Active EQ circuitry:
- Panasonic ECPU capacitors
- TDK C0G (Class 1) ceramic capacitors
- iFi/AMR ‘OV’ ‘Operationsverstärker’ series op-amps
- MELF resistors
- Texas Instruments low-noise ICs
- muRata capacitors and
- Tokyo Cosmos Electric Co. (TOCOS) multi-track potentiometer, with exceptional channel matching even at low volume
A fully-discrete and balanced amplifier audio circuit. The full symmetric dual-mono headphone amplifier with gold-plated 4.4mm balanced connection. Premium engineering is more expensive but lowers the noise floor to whisper-quiet level.Check out the tech note for the details.
Class A Discrete is a circuit that has come straight out of the iFi’s flagship headphone amplifier, the Pro iCAN, which at £1,699 is 11 times the price of the ZEN CAN.
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.
Sonically superior – richer, deeper.The XBass® analog bass correction system corrects for the missing headphone/speaker bass response.
An ‘Out of Head’ listening experience. The iFi 3D Holographic® dual-analog matrices place the artist with you in the room, not inside your head.
iFi Audio ZEN CAN Headphone Amp Review
“iFi Audio ZEN CAN Headphone Amp has the power to deliver some game-changing audio. The sound can be as loud as a live gig and there isn’t a sign of distortion.”
Read the full review here…
iFi ZEN CAN Headphone Amp Review
“iFi has outdone themselves with the ZEN CAN”
Analog sound from an all-analog amp.
“I would describe the character of the sound as clear and revealing, slightly warm, extremely musical and none fatiguing – analogue sound from an all analogue headphone amp.”
ZEN CAN review by Chris Voss
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Amazing, but not without its drawbacks.
Coming from a very shoddy amp, this is like hearing my ATH-AD500Xs for the first time. Infinite power. Now headphones are the limit.
Bargain Headphone Amp
This product is amazing for the price with great connections and a good power output with single ended and balanced outputs. It has excellent sound and is great for anyone wanting a good desktop headphone amplifier without having to spend loads. Getting the product early with ifi’s power supply makes it even more of bargain.
|Inputs||4.4mm Pentacon BAL|
RCA L/R Socket SE
3.5mm Jack SE
|4.0V nominal @ 0dBFS, 24 kOhm Zin|
2.0V nominal @ 0dBFS, 1 MegOhm Zin
1.0V nominal @ 0dBFS, 1 MegOhm Zin
|Max Output||Balanced||>15.1V/385 mW (@ 600 Ohm)|
>11.0V/1890 mW (@ 64 Ohm)
|S-E||>7.6V/196 mW (@ 300 Ohm)|
>7.2V/1600 mW (@ 32 Ohm)
|THD & N||Balanced|
|< 0.0007% (4V out, 600 Ohm, 1kHz)|
<0.006% (@ 100 mW/1.27V 16 Ohm)
|>120dBA (@ 15.2V)|
>118dBA (@ 7.6V)
|Gain||0dB, 6dB, 12dB and 18dB|
|Frequency Response||20Hz – 20kHz (+0dB / -0.03dB)|
|Power consumption||No Signal|
|Input voltage||DC 5V/2.5A|
AC 100 -240V
|Dimensions||158 x117 x35 mm|
6.2″ x 4.6″ x 1.4″
|Net weight||515g (1.14 Ibs)|
|Warranty period||12 months|