This DAQ sounds great, and it is decent value.
The one deficiency is lack of spdif or optical inputs. I am very happy with this, and I’ll keep it indefinitely.
From the moment I got this little Zen Gem I could tell I had something different. Now by different I mean different in a good way! In a good way like I think that this should probably cost quite a bit more than it's listing price. For clarity I own other iFi gear including the Zen Dac v1 the original, lol.
Right off the bat the first thing that I noticed was how dead silent this DAC is, and I mean dead silent! I couldn't hear any noise thru IEM's or thru Cans, I even hooked it up to my studio setup, with pre-gain and all, and it is Silent, at least to my ears, as with all reviews, this is only my opinion.
The Balanced output on the rear is outstanding, a clear step up from the v1. The RCA out is just as good although it is obviously not as "hot" of an out as the balanced is, so if you need a little more gain to your amp go that route. In terms of details the Zen DAC Signature V2 has this in spades, nice crisp high end, without being screechy, with a solid low end that quite frankly kicks some butt!
To me this is a definite keeper, as it already has found it's permanent home in my setup! I would not hesitate to recommend this DAC to anyone who is looking for a simple solution DAC with Full MQA capabilities, Balanced architecture, great clarity, and good looks to be honest! The Zen DAC Signature V2 is another winner for iFi, I am sure of it!