ZEN Blue V2 - the ultra-affordable DAC from iFi audio

High-resolution Bluetooth DAC.

Our ultra-affordable hi-res Bluetooth® DAC just got even better!

Chill. Relax. Enjoy.

The ZEN Blue V2 is the same hi-res DAC you know and love but better!

We’ve added an improved Bluetooth® antenna that will increase range by up to 80%.

Just add a smartphone, tablet, PC or Mac to the ZEN Blue V2. And chillax.

Whether you’re into Spotify, Amazon, Apple Music, Qobuz or Tidal, the ZEN Blue V2 will deliver fabulously flawless music to suit your mood via breathtaking hi-res Bluetooth®.

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Hi-res to the nth degree.

All current and future Bluetooth® audio formats are supported.

This includes Qualcomm’s aptX and aptX HD, aptX Low Latency, aptX Adaptive, LDACTM and HWA/LHDC, hi-res Bluetooth® codecs created by Sony and Huawei respectively, AAC, Apple’s favoured format and SBC, the standard Bluetooth® codec.

This means every possible source device is covered, at the highest resolution Bluetooth® specification. And future codecs can be added with Over the Air updates.

*LDAC and LDAC logo are trademarks of Sony Corporation.

Not all Bluetooth is created equal.

Have utter confidence in the sound quality of the ZEN Blue V2.

It uses Bluetooth5.0®, the very latest version, and the newest Qualcomm 5100 chip to process all incoming Bluetooth® data. The ESS Sabre DAC chip is there to ensure an extremely smooth digital to analogue conversion.

Banish standard ‘Bluetooth Blues’ with the ZEN Blue V2.

ZEN Blue V2 - the ultra-affordable DAC from iFi audio

Enjoy. Your way.

Chill with the best of both worlds.

Analogue – connect via RCA to amps or active speakers or via the 4.4mm output to amps/speakers with a balanced input.

Digital – use the optical and coaxial connections to connect to anything with a built-in DAC and corresponding digital input – your TV, an AV amp or an external DAC in your hi-fi set-up.

Balanced design is truly special.

The analogue output stage is balanced, not normally seen in DACs at this price point. Balanced means less noise, interference/crosstalk.

It has RCA and balanced outputs at HiFi standard level; 2V SE and 4V BAL and  is therefore compatible with both HiFi and Pro systems.

All underpinned by high-quality circuit components such as C0G capacitors from TDK and it’s fed by a precision low-noise power supply from Texas Instruments to make this a rare entry-priced beastie.

Plus we’ve improved our Global Master Timing (GMT) clock circuitry to give you an even smoother musical ride. It means >20db better performance for even more ZEN.

aptX

aptX Bluetooth transmission is found in most Android phones, media players, Apple computers (macOS on iMacs and MacBooks) and on higher-quality Bluetooth headphones. It is not available on iOS (iPhones and iPads use Advanced Audio Codec).

AAC

AAC is one of the most commonly-supported Bluetooth codecs in the wireless headphone and speaker markets. It’s also the default audio compression codec used by Apple’s iTunes and YouTube and is supported across both iPhone and Android smartphones.

Bluetooth 5.0®

This is the latest version of the Bluetooth wireless communication standard.

Its main benefits are improved speed and greater range – it’s faster and can operate over greater distances than older versions of Bluetooth. You can find out more here.

DAC (Digital-to-Analogue Converter)

DACs convert digital information, stored or streamed by computers, into music we can hear through speakers or headphones.

Every device that’s a source of digital sound has a built-in DAC (TVs, games consoles, CD players, phones, portable music players etc). Dedicated external DACs sound much better than standard DACs used in digital devices such as phones.

LDAC

LDAC is an audio coding technology developed by Sony, which allows streaming audio over Bluetooth connections up to 990 kbit/s at 24 bit/96 kHz (also called high-resolution audio).

It is used in Sony headphones, smartphones, portable media players, active speakers and home theatres.

LDAC is a lossy codec which means is discards some of musical info to make the file smaller.

ZEN

Zen emphasizes rigorous self-control, meditation-practice, insight into the nature of things and the personal expression of this insight in daily life, especially for the benefit of others. Discover more here.

Discrete ESS Sabre Hyperstream DAC chipset with time domain jitter eliminator, discrete oscillator and 112dB dynamic range for discerning listeners.

The iFi Bluetooth® implementation does not use a standard SOC (System On a Chip) as seen elsewhere. It uses a combination of quality elements to extract the most from each stage.

The Qualcomm chip routes the raw, digital Bluetooth® signal to a specialised Sabre DAC chip to convert the signal from digital to analogue – any jitter is eliminated using our GMT femto-precision clock system to deliver Bluetooth® that is a cut above.

It is a superior method to the traditional single-ended circuit approach. Balanced circuits reduce noise and crosstalk. Less Interference – clearer sound.

You normally find this set-up in products at the higher end of the price spectrum such as the Pro iCAN Signature but iFi is now using this across its range to produce the best quality audio for all our customers.

As with many other iFi audio products, we’ve incorporated a custom OV Series operational-amplifier. This top-notch component contributes to the extremely low noise, low distortion (0.0001%) and wide bandwidth.

TDK C0G (Class 1 ceramic) capacitors offer high stability and low losses for resonant circuit applications.

Getting ever closer to the theoretical ideal of pure, frequency-constant capacitance, these capacitors reduce capacitor-induced distortion to vanishingly low levels.

They are pricey but are a perfect addition to our products.

A key advantage of the ESS Sabre DAC chip is its Hyperstream architecture with integrated Time Domain Jitter Eliminator, which delivers vanishingly low distortion and a high dynamic range.

Texas Instruments low-noise ICs offer great unity-gain bandwidth, very low noise and distortion, high output drive capability, Common-mode and Power Supply Rejection Ratios of over 100 dB, wide maximum-output-swing bandwidths and high slew rates.

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iFi audio USA (West Coast)

California
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Apos Inc.

California
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Music Direct

Illinois
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Gramophone

Maryland
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Gramophone

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Gramophone

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Gramophone

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Gramophone

Maryland
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Audio Advisor

Michigan
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High Definition Tape Transfers

New Jersey
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Bloom Audio

New Jersey
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Audio 46

New York
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Turntable Lab NY Storefront

New York
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AudioAdvice

North Carolina
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Moon Audio

North Carolina
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AudioAdvice

North Carolina
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Headphones.com

Oregon
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HIDEF Lifestyle

Pennsylvania
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World Wide Stereo

Pennsylvania
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World Wide Stereo

Pennsylvania
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iFi audio USA (East Coast)

Virginia
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USA-Audio Exchange

Virginia

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ChipsetsQualcomm QCC 5100 Series (Bluetooth)
ESS Sabre (DAC)
InputBluetooth 5.1™ with AAC, SBC, aptX,
aptX HD, aptX Adaptive, aptX LL, LDAC,
HWA Codec
OutputDigital:
S/PDIF Coaxial RCA
S/PDIF Optical

Analogue:
4.4mm Balanced
RCA Stereo (Single Ended)
Frequency Response10-48K (-2DB) under LDAC
Output Voltage @ OdBFS2.05V (+/-0.05V)
Dynamic Range109dB (A)
Signal/Noise ratio111dBA/106.5dBA (BAL/S-BAL)
THD & N @ OdBFS<0.009% (BAL 6.5mW/2.0V @ 600Ω)
<0.03% (SE 100mW/1.27V @ 16Ω)
Output Impedance<50Ω
Power Consumption<2.5W
Dimensions158 (I) x 100 (w) x 35 (h) mm
Weight476g (1.05 Ibs)

“The ZEN Blue V2 feels very premium!”

“It is a very versatile device with support for all high resolution Bluetooth codecs, it uses top quality components. It offers extremely low distortion and high dynamic range! The sound is much more detailed, dynamic basses and with very good depth!”

 

Jhon Gomez

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HI-FI Trends’ Best Value Option: iFi Audio Zen Blue V2

“It delivers impressive depth and separation for a Bluetooth device and is incredibly easy to use.”

HI-FI Trends

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