ZEN Signature Set 6XX

ZENtastic Trio.

The ZEN DAC Signature V2 and ZEN CAN Signature 6XX with added 4.4mm Balanced cable.

DAC + CAN + 4.4 cable =

….a fantastic desktop-sized headphone system for both digital and analogue sources.

The ‘ZEN Signature Set 6XX’ comprising both the ZEN DAC Signature V2 and ZEN CAN Signature 6XX is available and includes a high-performance 4.4mm Balanced cable to connect them together.

ZEN DAC Signature from iFi audio

ZEN DAC Signature V2

This ZEN DAC Signature V2 is  a pure DAC and benefits from true-differential balanced circuit design to take performance to the next level. It has upgraded circuit components and short, direct signal paths for optimal signal purity.

It delivers bit-perfect PCM (up to 32-bit/384kHz), native DSD (up to DSD256), DXD and MQA. It is now a full MQA decoder.

There is a pair of RCA sockets for single-ended connection to an amp, plus a Balanced 4.4mm output. When connected to an amp or active speakers equipped with a balanced input – either a 4.4mm Balanced input, or stereo XLR inputs via a 4.4mm-to-XLR cable – the full benefit of the ZEN DAC Signature V2’s balanced circuit design can be heard.

It’s outputs can be switched between ‘variable’ and ‘fixed’.

ZEN CAN Signature 6XX

The ZEN CAN Signature 6XX improves the sound quality of the original ZEN CAN and adds something special – a custom EQ setting called ActivEQ. It combines active and passive components to create a specific EQ curve to suit the ‘MassDrop x Sennheiser HD 6XX’ headphones.

This can be switched off to make the most of all manner of headphones and in-ear monitors. It also features XSpace – an analogue processing mode which compensates for the ‘in-head localisation’ effect that can occur when using headphones to listen to music that was mixed using a pair of speakers.

It features four gain settings in six dB steps – 0dB, 6dB, 12dB and 18db.

The ZEN CAN Signature 6XX’s circuitry is a balanced, symmetrical dual-mono design. It delivers 1600mW (7.2V) into 32 ohms from the single-ended output, with 15V+ available to loads of 300 ohms or more through the balanced output.

It offers stereo RCA and 3.5mm single-ended inputs, plus a 4.4mm Balanced input. A 4.4mm balanced output is also provided. It has a 6.3mm output for headphones that have a standard single-ended connector and a 4.4mm Balanced output for headphones offering a balanced connection.

iFi audio Balanced 4.4mm to 4.4mm cable

4.4mm – 4.4mm cable

The iFi 4.4mm to 4.4mm cable employs heavy OFHC continuous cast copper and silver matrix conductors with a total thickness of 14AWG for the best signal transfer.

It’s a perfect addition to our ZEN Signature Set 6XX as this audiophile-grade cable will give you maximum quality balanced signal transfer and minimum interference.

The cable construction is a custom helix design, minimised both in capacitance and inductance, minZ™.

It also has intrinsic shielding provided by minZ™ helix construction. They protect the cable from RFI and EMI noise and provide the cleanest transfer medium possible.

To further insulate the cable, we adopted the RoHS compliant, excellent dielectric property and super-soft (60P) HD polymer with 1500V AC spark resistance.

Cookie-Cutter ‘Sub-Sonic Filter’

Tom Evans who makes very nice phono stages made the following astute comment:

A rumble filter simply adds to the bass cut making your already “cut” records sound bass light. Plus, it “time-steps” the bass in relation to the higher frequencies (where our hearing is most sensitive) so much so it can confuse the ear into believing the bass is playing out of tempo.

iFi solution:

Since the very first iPHONO launched in 2012, we have used our own in-house ‘Subsonic Filter’. It made it into the iPHONO2 and the iPHONO3 and now, the ZEN Phono which is the very first time this filter is seen in such an affordable price level.

As there is only minimal vertical modulation remaining at very low frequencies with an an actual cut LP that is playable, we know that “vertical modulation” at low frequencies must be warp.

So we designed a filter to take advantage of this.

This is not artificial but real knowledge. By understanding fully how LPs are cut and replayed,  it is possible to filter record warp strongly without at the same time attenuating low bass or adding group delay.

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Glowing review on AVPasión!

“The construction is strong, and despite its small size, the unit looks stiff. The level of finish is very good, both in the case and in the buttons. This little amp does a great job with whatever headphones we want to use. It offers power to spare and a clean and balanced sound, somewhat neutral but warm.”“The construction is strong, and despite its small size, the unit looks stiff. The level of finish is very good, both in the case and in the buttons. This little amp does a great job with whatever headphones we want to use. It offers power to spare and a clean and balanced sound, somewhat neutral but warm.” (translated)

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Antonio Mira

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ZEN Signature Set 6XX review

“Color sometimes is good and this combo can give you color plus neutrality, warmth, and clarity with inputs to spare and a decent amount of power and give it to you all in one convenient box.”

 

Headfonics

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ZEN Signature Set (6XX) – “HD 6XX Headphones…. There may be no better way to enjoy them.”

“Do you own the Massdrop x Sennheiser HD 6XX headphones? If so, you need to hear them with the iFi ZEN Signature Set ($599) from iFi Audio. I’d usually wait until the conclusion to make a big statement like that, but I started with it in case you only read one sentence of this review.”

the audio beatnik

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Its worth the extra money

The zen can signature is a great piece of engineering and has a balanced output. The upgraded internals do make a difference in improving the sound. The hd6xx button and the x space are the best feature if you own the hd6xx headphones. Really open up the headphones. Very solidly built and sounds great.

Amazon

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iFi ZEN Signature Set

“Switching to the ZEN Signature Set felt more like sitting in the audience and experiencing the whole room… The listening experience became more about hearing the music in the space than hearing the music in my head… I wholeheartedly recommend the ZEN Signature Set ($499) based on its detailed, spacious, fun and eminently livable sound. The strength of its value proposition may vary by use case and individual need. The ZEN Signature Set is more than just a DAC/Amp combo—it’s damn close to a complete system. It’s a source, preamp, and headphone amplifier with cables and power conditioning.”

Audiophilia

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