ZEN CAN
ZEN CAN — the ultra-affordable headphone amp from iFi audio

Nitro for your headphones.

Fully-balanced. 1,600mW. Battleship headphone amplifier.

52x more power. Pump up the volume.

Laptops and smartphones have a really low power output of <1.0v. On a good set of headphones you’re always running out of juice. You never get to really hear what they can do.

Use a laptop, phone or DAC to feed your music to the ZEN CAN and connect your headphones. Pumping out 52x more power, now you’ll hear what you have been missing.

ZEN CAN — the ultra-affordable headphone amp from iFi audio

Balanced to thrill

The ZEN CAN has trickle-down Class A discrete balanced circuitry from iFi audio’s US$1,699 flagship Pro iCAN. With 15.1v @300 Ohms on tap, it has serious power that will make even difficult-to-drive headphones thump to the beat.

  • Class A discrete output buffer from the flagship Pro iCAN using Op-Amp (OV2637A)
  • FET input avoids loading volume control – low distortion/noise
  • SE inputs (1M Ohm) ensures loading of the source so always in Class A operation
  • Output amplifier gain of four steps in +6dB perfect for headphone matching

Brings the venue to you.

Audio recordings are made to be listened to via speakers. When played back on headphones, the sound feels limited to being ‘inside your head’. It does not have the spaciousness it was meant to have.

Our 3D special sound circuit solves this:

  • Stereo image that is truly out of your head, in front with height, width & depth
  • Without colouration or loss of resolution
  • All analogue circuitry (i.e. without costly and complex digital signal manipulation)

Satisfies all listeners.

ZEN CAN — the ultra-affordable headphone amp from iFi audio

Ace of XBass

Behind XBass is our active EQ circuit which meets a common gripe with headphones head-on, a lack of bass.

Open-back headphones in particular, let all frequencies (especially those precious bass frequencies that the drivers generate so little of) leak freely out of the back instead of trapping and redirecting them back to your ears.

XBass equalisation is a much more elegant solution to bass correction than seen elsewhere. It consists of active and passive components and its frequency response curve corrects their low-end response problems with precision.

Packed with premium goodness

Underpinning the Balanced and Active EQ circuitry are:

  • Panasonic ECPU capacitors
  • TDK C0G (Class 1) ceramic capacitors
  • iFi/AMR ‘OV’ ‘Operationsverstärker’ series op-amps
  • MELF resistors
  • Texas Instruments low-noise ICs
  • muRata capacitors and
  • Tokyo Cosmos Electric Co. (TOCOS) multi-track potentiometer, with exceptional channel matching (use above 11 o’ clock)

Majestic measurements

ZEN CAN: 1,600W
Laptop Headphone: 30mW

52x

more headphone power

Active 'v' Passive Speakers

So, what’s the difference?

Active speakers have an in-built power amplifier and just need a power cable (or battery) to operate. Passive speakers require an external power amplifier to operate.

In short, you need an amplifier for passive speakers, you don’t with active speakers.

Sonically superior – richer, deeper.

The XBass® analogue bass correction system corrects for the missing headphone/speaker bass response.

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.

A Tokyo Cosmos Electric Co. (TOCOS) multi-track potentiometer is used. This has close channel matching tolerance for optimal performance (always use above 11 o’ clock).

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.

An ‘Out of Head’ listening experience. Our 3D Holographic® dual-analogue matrices place the artist with you in the room, not inside your head.

Class A Discrete is a circuit that has come straight out of the iFi’s flagship headphone amplifier, the Pro iCAN, which at £1,699 is 11 times the price of the ZEN CAN.

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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Inputs4.4mm Pentacon BAL
RCA L/R Socket SE
3.5mm Jack SE
4.0V nominal @ 0dBFS, 24 kOhm Zin
2.0V nominal @ 0dBFS, 1 MegOhm Zin
1.0V nominal @ 0dBFS, 1 MegOhm Zin
Max OutputBalanced>15.1V/385 mW (@ 600 Ohm)
>11.0V/1890 mW (@ 64 Ohm)
S-E>7.6V/196 mW (@ 300 Ohm)
>7.2V/1600 mW (@ 32 Ohm)
Output Impedance (HP)BAL
SE
<2 Ohms
<1 Ohm
ZoutLine out<200 Ohms
THD & NBalanced
S-E
< 0.0007% (4V out, 600 Ohm, 1kHz)
<0.006% (@ 100 mW/1.27V 16 Ohm)
SNRBalanced
S-E
>120dBA (@ 15.2V)
>118dBA (@ 7.6V)
Max. InputBalanced
RCA
3.5mm
7.4V RMS
3.8V RMS
1.92V RMS
Gain0dB, 6dB, 12dB and 18dB
Frequency Response20Hz - 20kHz (+0dB / -0.03dB)
Power consumptionNo Signal
Max Signal
~5W
~13W
Input voltage
DC 5V/2.4A
AC 100 -240V
50/60Hz
Dimensions160(w) x 117(d) x 35(h) mm
6.3" x 4.6" x 1.4"
Net weight515g (1.14 Ibs)
Warranty period12 months

Heavy, well built, doing job very well.

Zen Can was a little bigger and heavier than i thought. Good thing. I have Hifiman Sundaras running out of a FIIO M11 balanced port. Using Amazon Prime Music HD, Ultra HD as music. I like it loud, but believe me the planas need to be loud to appreciate image and detail. I was at 70% high gain on m11, with Zen M11 is on low gain , Zen at 50 % but on 3 gain. Running balanced, I’ve used some EQ on my M11 to my liking and it seems to match the xbass & 3D on Zen, when I use 1 or both, very subtle but better. The plug connections are very firm, at first it didn’t work until I realized I hadn’t pushed the balanced input hard enough to connect, a good thing, like the firm construction. Very happy. Couldn’t find a 4.4 to 4.4 to connect from Zen to M11, had to buy 4.4 to 2.5 female & 2.5 male to 4.4 balanced cable. Works fine.

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The perfect complement to the iFi ZEN DAC V2

“…For me and my (first) setup, the iFi Zen Can is the perfect complement with the iFi Zen DAC v2 and the DT-770 headphones.”

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Upgrade your headphone listening with value for money amp

THIS DEVICE REEKS OF QUALITY SOUND, QUALITY COMPONENTS, AND PRICE.

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iFi ZEN CAN Balanced Headphone Amplifier Review

“… for the listener who wants an amp that will drive most any headphone, and make just about any track sound good without needing to worry about sibilance or fatigue, it’s a lovely choice, and one that I can happily recommend to anyone…”

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Better than awesome makes everything in my set up top notch

This is a tough badass amp….works perfect with V-Moda Crossfade LP2 headphones…MORE BASS THAN YOU CAN EVEN HANDLE…AND THEN WAY MORE!!!????????????????????

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ZEN and the art…

“I found the Zen CAN to be an excellent product. Its sound was detailed, articulate and dynamic and I thoroughly enjoyed my time listening to it. It is well made and delivers where it matters. I highly recommend it.”

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ifi Zen Can Balanced Amplifier

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I now hear everything…

I’ve been running my Sennheiser HD660s through my PC motherboard’s line-out, as well as a Behringer audio interface and I thought they sounded ok. However, I didn’t like that the bass was a little mushy and the mids were rather over-powering. I thought that a 150 ohm set of headphones would be no match for the 600ohm my motherboard said it could handle.

Apparently I was very wrong. I recently picked up the iFi Zen CAN amp and have it sat between the computer and my headphones using an RCA cable. I have the gain set to 18dB using a regular single-ended connection from my headphones (I haven’t tried the balanced cables yet), the bass boost is on and it sounds incredible.

The bass has tightened up, the highs are clear as daylight and the mids are wholesome. My musical tastes include everything from Dire Straits, Pink Floyd and middle-of-the-road rock, to industrial and thrash metal –Fear Factory, Pantera, Ministry etc. Everything sounds sublime.

I’m now going through my whole music collection and hearing things in a whole new way.

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Great.

Works great.

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Great value balanced amp

Great little amp for planar headphones. Using it with the Zen DAC as a stack to power my DCA Aeons and couldn’t be happier with the results. The design is sturdy, compact and clean, perfect for a desk setup. Using it on the second lowest gain seeing turning the knob to 12 o’clock is VERY loud, louder than comfortable listening levels for me anyway. The bass boost is subtle, but adds just enough to not be distracting. 3D is interesting, makes the soundstage more pronounced in the center image, things seem further in front and in the back of that makes sense. Honestly, I just keep both turned on unless I’m gaming. A great product for a good price.

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Nice amp

a Very impressive machine
really nice design
A huge amount of power output which can drive almost any headphone
The 3D and Xbass button enhance my music experience a lot

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Amazing sound

I don’t use the balance outputs as I am not rewiring my headphones.
This Amp gives a clean sound and has loads of power for any headphones.
Love this amp .

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This is a good quality product!

I needed a good headphone amp for my PC and DAC as I have had other ifi products in the past I had a feeling that this headphone amp would be worth trying out and it did not disappoint sound quality is very good solid controlled bass open wide soundstage I use my pioneer HRM-5 headphones with it and they now sound amazing thanks to this ifi headphone amp build quality is very good in this case you do get what you pay for and its worth every penny!!

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Brilliant Bluetooth Auidophile Quality with HD660s Headphones!

I am pairing with the Zen Blue to stream from my iPad and TV. It all works flawlessly. I’m using with my Sennheiser HD660s headphones. Crisp, clear audio which defies Bluetooth as I knew it. Music streamed through the sir is now so much better than CD. This is HiFi! Those 3 bits of kit make the perfect HiFi ‘Audiophile’ solution. I don’t even consider using speakers now – much to my neighbours delight. Excellent build quality apart from the buttons which rattle. Apart from the buttons, it feels like something that would cost £200+.

The gain button is useful for taming the signal for high powered outputs. The goal is usually to go 50% on the device and 50% volume on the amp adjusting according so it’s at a nice volume. You can choose from 3 inputs via a button too. The XBass and 3D buttons give a little more bass and a slight change to the soundstage respectively. The degree to which these have effect really depends upon what you’re listening to. I test with Charlie XCX ‘Roll with Me’. There is a deep bass and a sharp constant click of fingers. The bass gets noticeably deeper upon pressing the Xbass button and the clicked fingers change position slightly on the soundstage.

Thoroughly recommended!

I’m following this brand closely now!

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IFI Audio ZEN CAN

“…Thanks to its inputs and, above all, to its successful possibilities to adjust the gain, the IFI ZEN becomes an unbeatable device in its category… I have been unable to find weaknesses in their performance. In fact, it does its job in such a neutral way, that the characteristics in the sound will depend more on the chosen headphones. Therefore, this modest-looking amplifier with almost ridiculous cost, becomes a solid alternative to move all kinds of high-end headphones… Whatever the job you are entrusted with, whatever the sources or the headphones, the IFI ZEN CAN will always do it all perfectly and without surprises.”

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Impressed at what it can do at this price point.

I needed a dedicated headphone amp as I purchased a pair of high ohm Beyers and my audio interface was not giving me enough volume. So after much research, I discovered this unit. At first I was skeptical as it is a ChiFi and there were some people complaining about faulty units with noise issues so I thought I could give it a try and if anything I can send it back if something is wrong.

I must say that I am happy with my unit. I bought it directly from ifi (fulfilled by amazon) and it arrived in perfect condition.

It has 4 gain stages, perfect for handling anything, especially my high ohm Beyers, it has balanced output if you like that and a great analog circuit for adding bass or expanding the stereo image or both at the same time, I hardly use this feature but it may be an advantage for some people.
At $ 149 it is not a cheap product, however it is considered an entry level amp that I think everyone can like.

Please note this is not a DAC, it is just a headphone amp, so you need a proper audio input (RCA, 3.5mm or 4.4mm balanced).

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The Perfect Desktop Headphone Amplifier???

This little iFi Zen CAN has it all.

I’ve had this amplifier for 3 1/2 months now. and I couldn’t justify replacing it with something more expensive without getting into the near $1000 price range.
Tons of power to drive just about any headphone, clean and dead silent discrete balanced Class A output circuitry, all the inputs one might want including a balanced 4.4mm Pentaconn, four gain options where most amps offer two or three, and then there is the magic XBass/3D button which does magical things one would expect from a DSP.
And if that weren’t enough, there’s a balanced 4.4mm Pentaconn output, perfect for sending signal to a set of powered studio monitors.

I’ve yet to find a negative review of this unit – or it’s brother the Massdrop/iFi Zen CAN Signature – or a review with objective measurements though I’d wager any flaws were below the audible threshold. The only issues I have, and it’s by no means a deal breaker, is there is a very slight channel imbalance for the first 10% of volume dial rotation, and finding the right interconnects in the right lengths was prohibitively expensive, so I built my own.

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Very good at this price

One of the best balanced headphones amps under $500

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Value for money

Well made product

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A lot of sound for your pound

I was looking for a headphone amp that would handle the AKG 712 Pro as the DOUK P1 was not quite up to it. Hooked up to this unit the headphones came into their own with a decent soundstage and detail. The X-Bass just helps give a bit of extra kick on tracks that are flat sounding.
Excellent quality for the money.

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iFi ZEN CAN Review

“If you’re after an affordable injection of clarity and detail for your wired headphones, iFi has it in the Can”

“The iFi Zen Can is a resoundingly good upgrade on plugging your wired headphones directly into your laptop or other source. It’s a solid, talented and capable little performer. And on top of this, it offers a premium-feeling build for a truly affordable price.”

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iFi audio ZEN CAN | Review

“iFi Audio is once again revolutionizing the market for stationary amplifiers in this price range, with a product that combines all the inputs and outputs available and to be had, a balanced circuit from start to finish, and power to move almost any headphone on the market.”

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Amazing power and quality on a budget!

I love the Ifi Zen Can!
I pair it with the Ifi Zen Dac using a short 4.4mm balanced pentaconn cable.
THE SOUND IS FANTASTIC!!!
Easily powers my Focal Elex, Sennheiser 6xx, Hifiman 4xx and Sundara either through the balanced pentaconn output or the 1/4 inch jack.
The difference I hear between this pairing and just using the Zen Dac on its own is in the increased clarity and frequency response. When I switch back to the Zen Dac on its own (a quality product) I notice the sound is a bit muddy (but I couldn’t tell until I compared it to the Zen Can). Listening to Amber Rubarth’s “Strive” is so much clearer, brighter and more spacious than ever. If you’re looking for a wonderfully balanced, quality budget amp with loads of power – this comes highly recommended! It’s even better paired to the Zen Dac.

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Zen Can: price-performance MEGA

IFI Zen Can is more than just recommendable ? crystal clear and noise-free ? 600 Ohm KH are absolutely no problem for the little one ? Small but oh: price-performance TOP!!

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Great Power and Sound

I love the sound of this product. I have the Zen Can Amp paired up with my Zen Dac Amp. The Zen Can not only gives the Zen Dac a little boost of power it gives it a little cleaner sound. I currently am using the Sennheiser HD 598SE and waiting for my HD 6XX to arrive next week. I also like how the XBass and 3D buttons add just the right amount of bass and open stageing for certain songs. I highly recommend this Amp.

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Una Bestia de Pequeño Tamaño: Analisis Amplificador iFi Zen CAN

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Review del Amplificador de Audífonos Zen Can Por Fernando Meza

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Elegant and refined, at a super price

We can only give an excellent opinion to the ifi ZEN CAN , an amplifier for headphones and earphones that for only 185 euros allows you to obtain a truly excellent audio quality at any level of amplification and offers great versatility even in coupling with other DACs.

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iFi Audio’s Zen Can Headphone Amplifier

“I played “On The Nature of Daylight” from Max Richter’s The Blue Notebooks on DG. Zen Can exceeded at recreating the string orchestra’s lush layers of sound and musical movement. Dynamic intensity ebb and flowed with remarkable precision and grace. The sound of orchestra through Zen Can was startlingly similar to the clean coherent sound of modern solid state amps ranging in the thousands of dollars… The excellent sounding Zen Can is the right product at the right price”
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Powa!!!!

This thing is a beast. nothing else to say…..

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IFI AUDIO ZEN CAN REVIEW

“Once again, iFi pulls a rabbit out of the hat and gives us a wonderful desktop headphone amplifier packed with a crazy amount of features, plenty of power, hefty construction, stackability with the ZEN DAC, Phono, and the Blue, and for a really modest price… In the price category it sits in, it is hard to beat.”

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iFi Audio ZEN CAN Headphone Amp Review

“iFi Audio ZEN CAN Headphone Amp has the power to delivery some game-changing audio. The sound can be as loud as a live gig and there isn’t a sign of distortion.”

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IFI AUDIO ZEN CAN REVIEW

“iFi ZEN CAN is surely an excellent performer with a tiny price.”

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iFi ZEN CAN: Test

“A price tip, with a neutral sound, enough power for almost every imaginable headphone model and features that are unmatched in this price segment. When using in-ears, the ZEN CAN stands out for its low noise level. It is the ideal playing partner for the ZEN DAC and beats its already good headphone amplifier again.”

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iFi Zen CAN / DAC | unbelievable (good / cheap), but true !!!

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iFi Zen Can Balanced Headphone Amp Review

“If anything can impress me, the ZEN CAN can.”

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“iFi has outdone themselves with the ZEN CAN”

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Analogue sound from an all analogue amp.

“I would describe the character of the sound as clear and revealing, slightly warm, extremely musical and none fatiguing – analogue sound from an all analogue headphone amp.”

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ZEN CAN review by Chris Voss

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Amazing, but not without its drawbacks.

Coming from a very shoddy amp, this is like hearing my ATH-AD500Xs for the first time. Infinite power. Now headphones are the limit.

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Bargain Headphone Amp

This product is amazing for the price with great connections and a good power output with single ended and balanced outputs. It has excellent sound and is great for anyone wanting a good desktop headphone amplifier without having to spend loads. Getting the product early with ifi’s power supply makes it even more of bargain.

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Truly epic

As a Zen DAC user, I’d often found that I really needed to crank the volume on some of my headphones so when I saw a matching amp was released I knew I had to have it.

Arrived the next day and packaged as you’d expect.

Connected it up with the supplied RCA cables (also supports 4.4mm balanced which I’m in the process of making) and plugged in.

OMFG this thing has some power, using a balanced cable I can’t go past 11 o’clock on the dial (about 3-4 on a 1-10 chart). This thing has loads of clean power.
Also has a balanced output on the rear which still works even with headphones plugged in.

In essence, if you want a powerful, well made headphone amp, this it exactly what you need

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Simply absolutely very good! Great price!

Simply very good and also beautiful and well-made headphone amplifier. Sufficient power for almost all headphones.

For me personally, the amplifier has a very small and fine sound signature. It’s very neutral, but there is some coloration. I imagine I can hear the advertised “Class A Discrete circuit” here. The sound has a bit of the positive qualities of the Class A amplifiers that were current a few years ago. The device also gets a little warm quickly during operation. My THX AAA789 amp always stays cold. So is the subjective sound for me: The Zen Can sounds significantly warmer and darker to me than the colder and brighter THX. I tend to like dynamic drivers (e.g. Focal Elegia, BW Signature P9, Sennheiser mod. HD58x, Pioneer SE Monitor 5) more on the Zen Can than on the THX. With planar magnets (e.g. Sundara, M1060C) it is the other way round. But we’re talking about nuances here,

All in all a great product from ifi! And this time the price is really more than attractive.

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You can close the headphone amp market!

I bought this amp pretty much a poke as soon as I saw the release on the Anglo-Saxon manufacturer’s website. I am so in love with this brand that I have not waited to read reviews and opinions. Apart from some small oddities (the British are particular and must always stand out such as, for example, using the Pentaconn for the balanced) I find ifi products unmatched for value for money.

Specifically they have produced a headphone amp that comes to deliver 7v for less than 200 €. The competition dreams of certain performance at this price. Anyway … I tested it with 250 Ohm Beyerdynamic dt1770 Pro, Beyerdynamic dt 1990 Pro and Sundara (very power hungry) … well with the gain at 3 out of 4, you can’t get over half the volume.

Impressive how any headset handles: authority and ease, quantity and quality. Aesthetically beautiful, robust and refined. I got another one to keep in the studio. They will accompany my ifi Zen Blue and Hip Dac. Highly recommended.

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great addition to the zen dac

after using the zen dac for over a year i started to get some better headphones,like the senn 58x and sony mdr1a hi-res and philips fidelio x2hr but started to feel i needed a bit more power and options to tweak the sound a little,well soon as i heard about the zen can i was instantly intrested.

after linking it to the zen dac via rca for now untill 4.4 pentacon male to male is released,i was amazed how much it boosted my headphones also the with more clarity,i found it give a bit of life to older songs but using with tidal just blew me away,plus stacked there look great and i would recommend easily,very nice piece of kit,only bad point is the lack of a 4.4 balanced cable which would have been nice as this was meant to be stacked using one for much better and more powerfull sound,these are impossible to find anywhere unless you get a custom one made for alot of cash.

still love the zen can though,go buy one and match it with the zen dac youll be amazed.

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Absolutely Perfect!

The perfect compliment to the Zen DAC! For the past several months I have really enjoyed my Zen DAC. It’s performance is spot on by itself, with it’s optional power adapter… the thing comes alive. Then the Zen CAN came along. Pairing it to the DAC fixes everything that you just can’t fit into such a small and already great package.

The amount of power these two pump out together is insane. I certainly can’t recommend this pair for people running less than 80ohm headphones. All you need is the Zen DAC for that, but if you’re craving some sheer power out of your DAC, get the CAN.

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This headphone amp lives up to the hype!

The headphone amp exceeded my expectations. It has lived up to their claims of improving sound stage and bass adjustment without loss of definition or clarity. I’ve tested my Sennheiser HD25, HD600, HD6XX, HD660S, Meze 99, Audeze EL-8 open, Blue Lola, Koss KPH30i’s. The CAN improved them all but the two that surprised me were the 660’s and the KPH30i’s. In the 660’s the detail and clarity in both the top end and the bass were noticeable.

The addition of the wider sound stage without loss of any of the characteristics that define the 660 is just amazing to hear. When I plugged the KPH30’s it just made me smile the sound that was coming out of these $30.00 gems just amazed me. The stage widened, bass improved the top in cleans up the mids firmed up.

If your looking for a headphone amp under $500.00 you need to give this a look. Paired with the Zen DAC you have a great Stack!

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iFi Zen Can Balanced Headphone Amplifier Review

“The performance of the Zen Can is pretty much flawless. I can’t hear any noise, distortion or coloration… The Zen Can is all the headphone amp most people will ever need, so it’s a Top Choice for 2020.”

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iFi Zen Can – Essential £169 Headphone Mixing Upgrade For All Engineers & Producers.

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IFI ZEN CAN REVIEW

“The iFi ZEN CAN is a powerful, versatile headphone amp and a great value for the money. Whether you use it standalone or combine it with something like the ZEN DAC or ZEN Blue, it provides plenty of power for the biggest, hungriest headphones, and has a low noise floor while driving sensitive IEMs.”

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