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(l) x 107(w) x 35(h) mm
6.3″ x 4.2″ x 1.4″
|Weight (Gross):||0.8 kg (1.8 lbs)|
Allow’s for great sound when using your smart phone
These days, many of us have a music library on our phones because of the ease of use versus putting CD’s in our CD player in our good sound system. The iFi Zen Blue Bluetooth receiver allows the best of both worlds. The convenience of our phone library and the sound of your sound system. The iFi Zen Blue receiver also has great range. I can play music on my system from 60 ft away in my house, too far to actually hear much, with no drop outs. Can’t recommend this unit enough.
Amazing Bluetooth sound
I’ve used various ways to connect wirelessly to 2-ch audio setups using an IPhone as a streaming device. I’ve used Airport Express, AudioEngine B1 and iFi Zen Blue. I am extremely impressed with the iFi build and sound quality. The Bluetooth connection is also very stable. I’ve had some Bluetooth stability issues sometimes with the AudioEngine.
I’m using the IFi Blue with a pair of Legacy Audio Studio monitors and a Yamaha Advantage AVR in my electronics lab for background music and I am simply blown away with how quiet and clean this sounds. Didn’t think Bluetooth could sound this good.
Would definitely recommend this beauty.
Like the compact nature of the iFi Zen, its clear, rich, weighty bass sound and more importantly its value for money. The Bluetooth dac works perfectly with no loss of signal, and it’s serves my needs of not having cabling trailing along the living room floor from my laptop. Perfect!!
that it works very well
loved it all ,great unit , really comes into its own when you play flac or any music >44.1khz with subscription via Qobuz or Tidal
Great Value for money, the second Bluetooth receiver I’ve tried. Apple Music sounded good but I’ve been blown away by tidal!!
This streaming service really shows what this little box can do.
Awrsome Sound and Build Quality
This is a very high quality product whose build quality is excellent. The device is surprisingly heavy and sturdy for its size and provides excellent sound quality surpassed only by its ease of operation and connectivity. One review lamented the absence of a power switch. But the unit goes to sleep in between uses rendering the need for one superfluous. All in a all a great product that provides high quality Bluetooth sound transmission. A+++
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.
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