iFi ZEN Air DAC | Desktop DAC and Amp-Bloom Audio
iFi ZEN Air DAC | Desktop DAC and Amp-Bloom Audio
iFi ZEN Air DAC | Desktop DAC and Amp-Bloom Audio
iFi ZEN Air DAC | Desktop DAC and Amp-Bloom Audio
iFi ZEN Air DAC | Desktop DAC and Amp-Bloom Audio
iFi ZEN Air DAC | Desktop DAC and Amp-Bloom Audio
iFi ZEN Air DAC | Desktop DAC and Amp-Bloom Audio
iFi ZEN Air DAC | Desktop DAC and Amp-Bloom Audio

iFi ZEN Air DAC | Desktop DAC and Amp

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Our Take
The iFi ZEN DAC was always a great entry point into desktop HiFi audio, and in this inflationary age of rising prices, iFi has worked some magic in delivering great performance with an even greater value. While it’s not going to be a standalone solution for hard to drive headphones, it shines with sensitive headphones, or with a separate amp. In the end, ZEN Air DAC delivers on taking the value of the ZEN series to new heights.

Read the full review.

A breath of fresh Air.

DAC stands for Digital to Analogue converter. In a nutshell, a DAC converts the digital info in your source device – your computer, games console, tablet or smartphone – to music that we can hear through speakers or headphones.

Every device that is a source of digital sound has a built-in DAC. External DACs sound much better that the standard DACs used inside these devices.

Hearing is believing

The ZEN Air DAC outputs very hi-res (high resolution) quality audio. This is much better that the standard audio you would get from just using your computer, games console, tablet or smartphone.

Imagine the difference in quality from a standard TV to an 4K Ultra HD TV — but in sound! This is the difference an external DAC makes to your music.

Once you hear it, you’ll be converted (not just your audio)!

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Simply better

The ZEN Air DAC functions as both a DAC and a headphone amp. It’s a great first step if you are just starting on your audio journey.

Simply connect it to your computer or smart device via a USB cable. Then connect it to your headphones via the headphone jack at the front or to speakers via the RCA connections at the back.

If you already have an amp, you can use the ZEN DAC Air as a pure DAC with this amp or speakers.

Flexible formats

The ZEN Air DAC supports different file formats – PCM 32bit/384kHz, fully native DSD256 and MQA.

PCM – Pulse Code Modulation is the file format used in CD, DVD, Blu-ray and other digital audio applications. It’s the next step up from MP3.

DSD – Direct Stream Digital is a very high-quality audio format, better than CD quality. The higher the number (sample rate), the better the recording – DSD64, 128, 256, 512 and 1024. Fully native means that it hasn’t been altered in any way from the original recording.

MQA – Master Quality Authenticated is an award-winning audio technology that enables music fans to stream the original master recording into their home, car or their mobile. With the ZEN Air DAC you can listen to MQA straight out of the box. Simply connect to Tidal Masters and check the option to stream MQA. Find out more about MQA here.

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Sonic tailoring

The ZEN Air DAC also sports a couple of unique sonic tweaks from iFi.

PowerMatch adjusts the gain of the ZEN DAC Air so it functions at the right level for your headphones. Gain is just a unit of measurement that indicates how loud an audio source is and is measured in decibels (dB).

XBass+ allows you to tailor the bass to suit your headphones and your personal taste.

Both are designed to improve and personalise your listening experience.

And breathe…

Most DACs still use digital volume control – ours is analogue.

What does this mean? When you reduce the volume on other DACs you remove data from the song or soundtrack. With analogue volume control, you reduce the volume whilst maintaining the quality.

Put simply, the ZEN Air DAC is an easy way to experience super clear, hi-res audio quality in your everyday listening.

Sift through the noise, breathe in the Air.

The XMOS 16-Core chip processes the audio data received via the USB digital input.

This new low-latency XMOS microcontroller has greatly enhanced processing power. Compared to the current generation of eight-core chips, this new 16-core IC delivers double the clock speed (2000MIPS) and four times the memory (512KB), as well as the latest SuperSpeed USB standard.

iFi’s in-house digital development team has programmed the XMOS firmware to optimise sound quality and ensure a perfect partnership with the Burr-Brown DAC.

The Burr-Brown True Native® chipset means file formats remain unchanged or ‘bit-perfect’. This means you are listening to music as the artist intended in the format in which it was recorded.

Specs

Power supply requirement DC 5V, ≥ 0.5A (centre +ve)
Chipset Qualcomm QCC 5100 Series
Input Bluetooth 5.0TM with SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, aptX Adaptive, aptX LL, LDAC, LHDC/HWA Codec
Outputs Audio RCA L/R
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 <0.0015% 10k Load @ 0dBFS
Output Impedance <50Ω
Power Consumption <2.5W
Dimensions 158 x 100 x 35 mm
6.2" x 3.9" x 1.4"
Net weight 295g
0.65 lbs

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kevin jacobs
Great little DAC

Using in my theater room to listen to TIDAL through my av receiver. Adds some detail and depth that isn’t there when running my IPad directly into the receiver. Really nice sound for so little of an investment.


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