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iFi Zen DAC V3 (USB type C)

Regular price $399.00

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iFi Zen DAC V3

Refined to Perfection.

The acclaimed ZEN DAC series has garnered numerous awards, including being named WHAT Hi-Fi?’s Best DAC under £200 for four consecutive years.

The ZEN DAC 3 continues its legendary status by doubling its high-resolution support up to 768kHz, DSD512, and MQA decoding capabilities.

The USB-C connectivity streamlines cable management and provides USB input overvoltage protection, safeguarding it against potential harm. Moreover, a significant reduction in DC offset minimises audio clicks when adjusting settings. These improvements propel the ZEN DAC 3 to new heights of audio excellence.

Bur Brown Chips

The Burr-Brown True Native® chipset means file formats remain unchanged or ‘bit-perfect’. This means you are listening to music as the artist intended in the format in which it was recorded.

At iFi we use Burr Brown extensively in our products having selected it for its natural-sounding ‘musicality’ and True Native architecture. Our experience with this IC means we know how to make the most of it.

Connectivity

ZEN DAC 3 offers a single USB-C input to output via single-ended RCA sockets, single-ended 6.4mm (for headphones) 4.4mm balanced (for headphones) and 4.4mm balanced for ‘all other hi-fi equipment’. The RCA outputs can be switched from line-level to a variable output mode to drive powered speakers

Headphone Amp

The headphone amplifier section of the ZEN DAC 3 has iFi’s take on switchable gain, which it calls PowerMatch. From the press release: “This matches the level of drive to the load presented by the headphones, by adjusting input sensitivity and thereby signal strength. With high-sensitivity headphone types such as in-ear monitors, leave PowerMatch at its lower setting for ultra-low-noise performance. But if your headphones require more drive – most on/over-ear types, for example – press the PowerMatch button on the front panel to increase gain.”

Xbass shows up for those who need a bit more weight in the bottom end of their headphones but this isn’t done in DSP — it’s executed in the analogue domain.

Specifications

Input USB Type-C
Game Console Compatibility SONY PS5 and Nintendo Switch
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“PS5” is registered trademark or trademark of Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
Nintendo Switch™ is trademark of Nintendo.
Formats PCM (768/705.6/384/352.8/192/176.4/96/88.2/48/44.1kHz)
DSD (512/256/128/64)
DXD (768/705.6/384/352.8kHz)
MQA (Decoder)
DAC Bit-Perfect DSD & DXD DAC by Burr Brown
Line Output Section
Output Power
Balanced 4.4mm 2V / 6.2V max. (variable); 4.2V fixed
Single-Ended RCA 1V / 3.3V max. (variable); 2.1V fixed
Output Impedance Balanced 4.4mm ≤200Ω; Single-Ended RCA ≤100Ω
SNR ≥ 113dBA @ 0dBFS
DNR ≥ 113dBA @ 0dBFS
THD+N Balanced 4.4mm <0.0015% @ 0dBFS; Single-Ended RCA <0.003% @ 0dBFS
Headphone Output Section
Max.^ Output Power
Balanced 4.4mm >70mW @ 600Ω; >300mW @ 32Ω
Single-Ended 6.35mm >18mW @ 600Ω; >210mW @ 32Ω
RMS Output Power
Balanced 4.4mm >390mW @ 64Ω
Single-Ended 6.35mm >210mW @ 32Ω
Output impedance ≤1Ω
SNR ≥ 109dBA @ 0dBFS (6.2V 4.4mm / 3.3V 6.35mm)
DNR ≥ 109dBA @ 0dBFS (6.2V 4.4mm / 3.3V 6.35mm)
THD+N Balanced 4.4mm <0.005% (2V @ 600 Ω); Single-Ended 6.35mm <0.013% (1.27V @ 32Ω)
General
Frequency Response 5Hz – 90kHz (±3dB)
Power supply requirement USB-C or DC 5V/0.5A (centre +ve)
Power consumption No Signal ~0.5W; Max Signal ~2.5W
Dimensions 158 x 115 x 35mm (6.2” x 4.6” x 1.4”)
Net weight 456g (1.0 lbs)
Limited Warranty 12 months*

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