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iFi ZEN DAC v3 | Desktop Headphone DAC / Amp / Preamp

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Electrify Your Casual and Critical Listening With the New 2024 Ifi ZEN DAC 3 Desktop DAC + Amp

  • Upgraded 2024 version of the Zen DAC series with improved low-jitter clock, circuitry, and DC offset
  • Supports Hi-Res formats up to PCM 768kHz, DSD512, and MQA
  • USB-C input for Plug-and-Play connectivity
  • 4.4mm Balanced and 6.3mm SE headphone outputs, up to 390mW of power
  • RCA and 4.4mm Balanced line outputs with variable and fixed volume
  • Includes XBass+ and PowerMatch for bass boost and gain control

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Plug-In. World out.

In a world full of noise, welcome to ZEN. Today the world is busy, fast and full of noise. IFi knows the power of music and how it’s capable of taking you out of this world and someplace new, tranquil, and where melodies can uplift and vocals can move you to tears.

IfI's new DAC, with its sleek design and unparalleled performance, immerses you in a world of pure harmony. Rediscover your music and be transported to purity with the ZEN DAC 3.

Key Features

  • Ultra-res audio: PCM 768kHz, DSD 512 and Full MQA Decoding
  • USB-C input for plug-and-play connectivity
  • Fixed or variable output gain for optional preamp functionality
  • Improved DC offset and USB-C input over-voltage protection
  • 4.4mm balanced headphone and line outputs
  • XBass+ and PowerMatch analog processing modes

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Beautifully Balanced

ZEN DAC 3 features two 4.4mm balanced outputs, one for headphones and one for other amplifiers, effectively minimizing distortion and crosstalk.

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Power Up, Protect On!

DC offset output voltage has been improved in the ZEN DAC 3. This means less audible clicks while switching functions. ZEN DAC 3 also benefits from input over-voltage protection via the all-new USB-C port.

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DAC-tivate your Speakers

The iFi Zen DAC 3 features a Variable or Fixed output switch which enables/bypasses the volume knob for flexible application:

  • Use Variable mode when plugging ZEN DAC 3 directly to active speakers or with headphones
  • Use Fixed mode when running line outputs to a receiver or main amplifier

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Specifications

Connectivity

  • Digital Input: USB-C
  • Analog Output: 4.4mm BAL | RCA
  • Headphone Output: 4.4mm BAL | 6.3mm SE

General

  • Hi-Res: 768kHz PCM | DSD512 (22.6MHz) | full MQA decoding
  • Frequency Response: 5Hz - 90kHz (±3dB)
  • Power Supply Req: USB-C or DC 5V/0.5A (center +ve)
  • Power Consumption: No Signal ~0.5W | Max Signal ~2.5W
  • Dimensions: 6.2" x 4.6" x 1.4"
  • Weight: 1 lb
  • IFi 1 Year Warranty
  • iFi Zen DAC 3 User Manual

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Line Section

  • Output Power
    • 4.4mm BAL: 2V/6.2V max. (variable) | 4.2V fixed
    • RCA UnBAL: 1V/3.3V max. (variable) | 2.1V fixed
  • Output Impedance: 4.4mm BAL ≤200Ω | RCA UnBAL ≤100Ω
  • SNR / DNR: ≥113dB @ 0dBFS
  • THD+N: 4.4mm <0.0015% @ 0dBFS | RCA <0.003% @ 0dBFS

Headphone Section

  • Max Output
    • 4.4mm BAL: >70 mW @ 600Ω | >300mW @ 32Ω
    • 6.3mm SE: >18mW @ 600Ω | >210mW @ 32Ω
  • RMS Output
    • 4.4mm BAL: >390mW @ 64Ω
    • 6.3mm SE: >210mW @ 32Ω
  • Output Impedance: ≤1Ω
  • SNR/DNR: ≥109dB @ 0dBFS (6.2V 4.4mm | 3.3V 6.3mm)
  • THD+N: 4.4mm <0.005% (2V @ 600Ω) | 6.3mm <0.013% (1.27V @ 32Ω)

In the Box

iFi Zen DAC 3 unit and all included accessories

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