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 Bluetooth DAC.
This ultra-affordable hi-res Bluetooth® DAC 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 Signature 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)|
Best-sounding Bluetooth receiver
Thank you to Dennis at Wirecutter on their guide to bluetooth receivers! Here’s a snippet..
“the iFi audio Zen Blue V2 was without question the best-sounding Bluetooth receiver we evaluated in our latest round of tests”
Click here to read the full review..
Excellent Bluetooth DAC
“THIS PRODUCT LOOKS AND FEELS QUALITY DON T HESITATE TO BUY The Difference of my music stream through my amp is amazing cd quality easy to set up in a minute out of the box”
Added true hi-fi Bluetooth to Linn system
” It has excellent range too which isn’t the case for lots of its competitors and it supports almost all the best codecs.”
“Lively timing and bass continuation throughout whether listening to BBC Sounds, Spotify HiRes or 24 bit streams. With a DAC this good, this thing really is a hifi separate in its own right rather than an accessory! Buy with confidence and enjoy…”
Perfect to play from my laptop through my amplifier via Bluetooth
Sound quality from pc through this box to amp then speaker is excellent – no quality appears to be lost. The box is small enough to be inconspicuous on my CD player. Very easy to set up and use by us and friends who wish to use their phones to play music.
What a superb bit of kit.
I expected good after reading the reviews, but wow!!!
Simple to set up, works with just about any type of Bluetooth, pairs with your gear very easily and quickly.
Oh and it has switchable audio out or a choice of digital outs (coaxial or optical) fantastic.
Small but sturdy, does exactly what you would expect/hope it would do, and sounds great!!
Believe The Great Reviews
“I have a 1979 Sony Integrated amp and tuner with a slimline Pioneer cd player with a fantastic sounding DAC in it. I wanted a solution to expand my library but did not want to compromise on sound or looks. Everything is finished in beautiful brushed aluminium. The Zen looks right at home and I access it via my MotoG android phone which supports the very latest Bluetooth codecs. Best purchase I have made. No drop in sound quality especially via Tidal Hi-Fi. Codec used is aptx-hd. Absolutely awesome.”
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.