iFi ZEN DAC V2 Desktop DAC/Headphone Amplifier

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Smooth and balanced

This ZEN DAC V2 from iFi is the same award-winning hi-res USB DAC/Headphone Amplifier as before but it just got better. iFi has upgraded its digital engine from an 8 core XMOS chip to a 16 core chip. It is ultra-capable while still being affordable. Compact enough to use on your desk and stylish enough to use at home with your favourite active speakers or amp, it delivers a level of specification and performance that punches above its super-affordable price tag.

Thanks to the 16 core tech, the ZEN DAC V2 is now an MQA Decoder rather than a Renderer only. This enables you to play back MQA audio files and streams, delivering the sound of the original master recording. The LED glows green or blue to indicate that the unit is decoding and playing an MQA stream or file and denotes provenance to ensure that the sound is identical to that of the source material. It glows blue to indicate it is playing an MQA Studio file, which has either been approved in the studio by the artist/producer or has been verified by the copyright owner.

A new and improved low jitter, crystal clock means >20dB better performance. The super-low noise performance means the ZEN DAC V2 will remain quiet even in noisy situations such as yachts or RVs. The ZEN DAC V2 sports Pentaconn 4.4mm balanced outputs at both the front and back. On the front, there’s also the popular 6.3mm headphone socket. You can switch effortlessly between ‘variable’ and ‘fixed’. Set to ‘Variable' and use the ZEN DAC V2 as a pre-amp to feed a power amp or active speakers and on ‘Fixed’ to bypass the volume control. Connect to an external pre-amp or integrated amp.

The ZEN DAC V2 boasts TrueBass. This proprietary tech is a switchable ‘bass boost’ operating in the analogue domain. There’s no DSP with iFi gear. TrueBass enhances the bass but does not muddy the mid-range. Perfect for use with IEMs or open-back headphones which often lack bass.

The ZEN DAC V2  is the ultimate chilling machine. Tune in and ZEN out.

Key Features

Formats: PCM/Bit Perfect DSD & DXD
Digital inputs: USB3.0 (USB2.0 compatible)
Analogue outputs: 6.3mm Unbalanced/4.4mm Balanced/RCA
PowerMatch adjustment for iEMs/On and Over Ears
TrueBass to add bass to iEMs
Precision analogue volume control

Technical Details

USB3.0 B Socket (USB2.0 compatible)

DSD256/128/64, Octa/Quad/Double/Single-Speed DSD DXD(384/352.8kHz), PCM(384/352.8/192/176.4/

96/88.2/48/44.1kHz) MQA

Bit-Perfect DSD & DXD DAC by Burr Brown
Line Section

Balanced <= 200 Ohm

SE <= 100 Ohm



Audio RCA (SE) — 2.1V fixed
1V / 3.3V max. (variable)
4.4mm Pentaconn (BAL) — 4.2V fixed
2V / 6.2V max. (variable)

SNR < -116dB(A) @ 0dBFS (BAL/SE)
DNR > 116dB(A) @ -60dBFS (BAL/SE)
THD+N < 0.0015% @ 0dBFS (BAL/SE)
Headphone Section
Output Power (@1% THD) 4.4mm Pentaconn (BAL)
330mW@32 Ohm; 6.6V@600 Ohm;
16 Ohm - 600 Ohm Headphone

6.3mm S-BAL (SE)
230mW@32 Ohm; 3.3V@600 Ohm
16 Ohm - 600 Ohm Headphone

Note: Using 5v power. If powered from USB, power output may vary
Output Impedance < 1 Ω (BAL/SE)
THD & N < 0.005% (125mW @ 32R)
SNR > 113dBA (6.2V BAL/3.3V SE)
Power Consumption

 < 1.5W via USB power OR 5v DC (power supply not included)

Dimensions  160(w) x 117(d) x 35(h) mm
6.3" x 4.6" x 1.4"
Weight 0.8kg / 1.8lbs
Warranty 1 year


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