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IFi Audio Zen Air DAC

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  • ZEN Air DAC
    Improve the quality of your everyday audio with the ZEN Air DAC.
    DAC stands for Digital to Analogue converter. In a nutshell, a DAC converts the digital info in your source device – your computer, games console, tablet or smartphone – to music that we can hear through speakers or headphones.
    Every device that is a source of digital sound has a built-in DAC. External DACs sound much better that the standard DACs used inside these devices.

    Hearing is believing
    The ZEN Air DAC outputs very hi-res (high resolution) quality audio. This is much better that the standard audio you would get from just using your computer, games console, tablet or smartphone.
    Imagine the difference in quality from a standard TV to an 4K Ultra HD TV — but in sound! This is the difference an external DAC makes to your music.
    Once you hear it, you’ll be converted (not just your audio)!

    Simply better

    The ZEN Air DAC functions as both a DAC and a headphone amp. It’s a great first step if you are just starting on your audio journey.

    Simply connect it to your computer or smart device via a USB cable. Then connect it to your headphones via the headphone jack at the front or to speakers via the RCA connections at the back.

    If you already have an amp, you can use the ZEN DAC Air as a pure DAC with this amp or speakers.

    Flexible formats

    The ZEN Air DAC supports different file formats – PCM 32bit/384kHz, fully native DSD256 and MQA.

    • PCM – Pulse Code Modulation is the file format used in CD, DVD, Blu-ray and other digital audio applications. It’s the next step up from MP3.
    • DSD – Direct Stream Digital is a very high-quality audio format, better than CD quality. The higher the number (sample rate), the better the recording – DSD64, 128, 256, 512 and 1024. Fully native means that it hasn’t been altered in any way from the original recording.
    • MQA – Master Quality Authenticated is an award-winning audio technology that enables music fans to stream the original master recording into their home, car or their mobile. With the ZEN Air DAC you can listen to MQA straight out of the box. Simply connect to Tidal Masters and check the option to stream MQA.

  • Input voltage DC 5V/2.5A
    Input USB2.0 B Socket
    Formats 44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192/352.8/384kHz PCM
    2.8/3.1/5.6/6.2/11.2/12.4MHz DSD
    353/384KHz DXD
    DAC Bit-Perfect DSD & DXD DAC by Burr Brown
    Power consumption No Signal ~0.5W / Max Signal ~2.5W
    Dimensions 158 x 117 x 35 mm
    6.2" x 4.6" x 1.4"
    Net weight 315 g
    0.694 lbs
    Line Section
    Output 1V / 3.3V max.
    Output Impedance ≤50Ω
    SNR <-113dB(A) @ 0dBFS
    DNR >113dB(A) @ -60dBFS
    THD+N <0.04% @ 0dBFS
    Headphone Section
    Output 1V / 3.3V max. (variable)
    Output Power >230mW @ 32Ω ; >36mW @ 300Ω
    Output Impedance <1Ω
    THD+N <0.04% (100mW @ 16Ω)
    SNR >113dBA (3.3V)