iFi ZEN One Signature DAC with Hi-Res Bluetooth 96kHz, USB, S/PDIF, DSD compatible, MQA

iFi audio has launched a new best DAC ZEN One Signature with a variety of connectivity options including USB protocol, S/PDIF port, and Bluetooth. The digital audio hub is improved from the foundation of ZEN DAC V2 (REVIEW) and ZEN Blue 2.

iFi ZEN One Signature Digital Audio Hub

iFi ZEN One Signature will only act as a digital to analog audio converter (no built-in amp and volume control), so it will ensure the cleanest and most stable signal processing. ZEN One Signature USB DAC is well compatible with a wide range of devices from smartphones, tablets, PCs, Macs, CD/Blu-ray players… to make audio hubs output signals to speaker systems, or as audio servers for TVs and consoles console games like PS4 and PS5.

ZEN One Signature features

  • Compatible with Hi-Res music quality DSD256, PCM384, MQA384kHz.
  • Hi-Res Bluetooth 96kHz support with LDAC, HWA/LHDC, aptX Adaptive/HD/LL, AAC, SBC codecs
  • USB-Audio protocol with 16-core 2000MIPS XMOS chipset ultra-low latency, support MQA decoding
  • There is a balanced 4.4mm output
  • As a pure DAC, there is no built-in amp and volume control to maintain the highest stability when decoding the signal
  • Integrated HD Bluetooth technology for stable connection quality from all sources, comes with a high-gain Bluetooth antenna to increase reception range
  • Equipped with a GMT femto-precision pulse counter (nominal efficiency >20dB) with its own customizable digital filter to combat interference or signal variation effects
  • The optical/coaxial S/PDIF port supports 32-bit/192kHz PCM and MQA signal quality
  • Using high-end components such as C0G capacitors, MELF resistors, Taiyo Yuden/Murata coils for excellent performance at an acceptable price
  • Equipped with Qualcomm QCC5100 Bluetooth chipset with exclusive iFi Bluetooth Engine circuit design to enhance connectivity and signal processing, well compatible with aptX-Adaptive/aptX-HD codecs (up to 48kHz), LDAC and LHDC ( up to 96kHz), aptX-Classic/aptX-Low Latency, AAC (iOS devices) and SBC (for standard Bluetooth connected devices).
  • iFi Bluetooth Engine supports OTA (over-the-air) updates to support new codecs in the future
  • The Burr-Brown True Native®️ chipset enables bit-perfect signal processing to preserve the details in the music
  • The power supply unit is equipped with high-grade ELNA Japan Silmic II capacitors for the stable load current

Price and availability

iFi ZEN One Signature DAC has been priced at $349 and is already available to buy via the Amazon.com, Bhphotovideo.com, and Adorama.com websites.

ZEN One Signature specifications

iFi ZEN One Signature Digital Audio Hub
  • Power: DC 5V (centre battery +ve)
  • Input: USB3.0 Type B (USB2.0 compatible)
  • S/PDIF ( coaxial, TOSLINK optical)
  • Bluetooth 5.1 (aptX, aptX HD, aptX Adaptive) , aptX LL, LDAC, LHDC/HWA, AAC and SBC codec)
  • Supported music formats: PCM: 44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192kHz
  • DSD: 2.8/3.1/5.6/6.1/11.3/12.3MHz
  • DXD: 352.8/384kHz
  • MQA: support for direct decoding
  • Bluetooth: 96kHz
  • Chipset: Bit-Perfect Qualcomm DSD & DXD DAC Burr-Brown
  • QCC 5100 Series
  • Analog Output: Coaxial, Audio RCA L/R
  • 4.4 Balanced Line-out
  • Frequency response: 5Hz – 80kHz ±3dB
  • Output: 4V / 2V max. (BAL/UnBAL) Output
  • Impedance: ≤72Ω/36Ω (BAL/UnBAL)
  • SNR: -105dB(A) @ 0dBFS (BAL/UnBAL)
  • THD + N: <0.002% @ 0dBFS (BAL/UnBAL) Dissipated
  • Energy No Signal ~0.7W/Max Signal ~1W
  • Dimensions: 158 x 100 x 35 mm
  • Weight: 485g

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