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.
High-resolution wireless streamer.
This ultra-affordable hi-res Bluetooth® streamer enables you to chillax in style. Just add smartphone, tablet, PC or Mac.
Chill. Relax. Enjoy.
You only achieve true ZEN when totally chilled. We’ve given you peace of mind (and pocket) with the ZEN Blue.
Whether you’re a Spotify, Amazon, Apple Music or Qobuz lover or totally prefer Tidal, the ZEN Blue will deliver fabulously flawless music to suit your mood via breathtaking hi-res Bluetooth®.
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, LDAC and HWA/LHDC, hi-res Bluetooth® codecs created by Sony and Huawei respectively, AAC, Apple’s favoured format and SBC, the standard Bluetooth® codec.
Phew! This means every possible source device is covered, at the highest resolution Bluetooth® specification.
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.
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.
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.
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 but iFi is now using this across its range to produce the best quality audio for all our customers.
|Input:||Bluetooth 5.0TM with AAC, aptX, aptX HD, aptX Adaptive, aptX Low-Latency, LDAC, HWA/LHDC Codec|
|Output:||Optical/Coaxial, Audio RCA L/R, 4.4 Balanced Line out|
|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 @ 0dBFS:||< 0.0015% 10k Load|
|Output Impedance:||< 50Ω|
|Power Consumption:||< 2.5W|
|Dimensions:||160(w) x 107(d) x 35(h) mm
6.3″ x 4.2″ x 1.4″
|Weight (Gross):||0.8 kg (1.8 lbs)|
Monster piece of kit
Outstanding value for money this piece of kit. I’ve purchased several Bluetooth to hifi receivers over the years, but this one offers so many means of output both digital and analogue and ease of setup, it stands head & shoulders above all others I’ve bought.
It’s built like a tank and has nice grippy rubber feet that stops heavier leads pulling it out of position. The light in the front changes colour according to the Bluetooth codec connection, which is really helpful to maximize the sound quality – aptX, LDAC etc. etc. it also handles hi-res audio up to 88/96 kHz. Oh and the Bluetooth range is very good.
If you’re looking for an easy means of feeding your hifi from your mobile or other Bluetooth enabled device, look no further. Great sound, great value and the customer service people email you straight back. Result!!
Great sounding Bluetooth dac
I have this connected to a yamaha s500 and a pair of vintage kef chorale speakers and it sounds fantastic to my ears. The Bluetooth zen is easy to set up, well built and packed with quality components. I ” ummed and arghhd” about this purchase as there were many cheaper options, but no regrets. It really is rather good!
Enjoying my old stereo again
I’m not an audiophile so don’t come to me for specifications, but I’m enjoying the high quality a stereo equipment again that I’ve had for 30 years and haven’t used it since CDs went out of style. It’s like new to me again!
audiophile-grade source to drive audio/hifi with your devices
Just what I needed! We have a classic “hifi” with a quality DAC (as everyone should) but all the old sources (CD) are gone. Now I drive everything from Apple devices through iTunes/Music. But how? Until now, over wifi to a 15-year old Apple TV box. But Apple has discontinued any support for that usage model and it is done with me. So now what?
This device receives a high-res digital signal through bluetooth and outputs to your DAC through optical. It is simple and it works. It is easy to switch between source devices with the Pairing button on the front of the unit and bluetooth controls on your Apple device. (Not suggesting it is limited to Apple devices, but that is what I use.)
The only downside is “bonus” sounds coming through the speakers. First, Apple has more work to make it easy to control e.g., user interface sounds, text alerts, etc. routing through the bluetooth audio. There are various controls but lots of fiddling and I have not found the missing “never do this” checkbox. Second, the Ifi device features a languid female voice with an aussie (?) accent announcing bluetooth events. (“Pairing. Your device is connected. AAC.”) I tried to disable it and failed. But now we have grown to like her.
Wanting to stream from numerous device’s to my headphone amplifier made me consider several solutions and although the Zen Blue was not the cheapest option it was a match for my other IFI gear ( Zen Dac , Zen Can ) so I decided to continue my Zen Stack .
I have been using Bluetooth Headphones far before they were universally adopted but considered it a tool of convenience not really an option for good sound quality.
Holy crap the Zen Blue with LDAC rivals a wired connection.
I’m in love with this device
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 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.
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.
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 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 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.