The Ultra-Affordable Hi-Res Wireless Streamer
The iFi Audio ZEN Blue is an ultra-affordable hi-res Bluetooth streamer that enables you to chillax in style. Just add your smartphone, tablet, PC, or Mac. Whether you’re a Spotify, Amazon or Apple Music lover or totally prefer Tidal, the ZEN Blue will deliver fabulously flawless music to suit your mood via breathtaking hi-res Bluetooth.
Hi-res Bluetooth streamer
For use with smartphone, tablet, PC, or Mac
Qualcomm 5100 chip to process all incoming Bluetooth data
Onboard ESS Sabre DAC chip
Jitter is eliminated using iFi's GMT femto-precision clock system
Analog and digital outputs
Input: Bluetooth 5.0TM with AAC, aptX, aptX HD, LDAC, HWA Codec
Output: digital optical/coaxial, analog audio RCA L/R, 4.4 balanced lineout
All current and future Bluetooth audio formats are supported. These include Qualcomm’s aptX and aptX HD, LDAC and HWA, hi-res Bluetooth codecs created by Sony and Huawei respectively, AAC, Apple’s favored format and SBC, the standard Bluetooth codec. Every possible source device is covered at the highest resolution Bluetooth specification.
Not All Bluetooth Is Created Equal
Banish standard ‘Bluetooth Blues’ with the iFi hi-res implementation. You can have total confidence in the sound quality of the ZEN Blue. It uses Bluetooth5.0, the very latest version, and the newest Qualcomm 5100 chip to process all incoming Bluetooth data. An onboard ESS Sabre DAC chip ensures an extremely smooth digital to analog conversion.
The iFi Bluetooth implementation does not use a standard SOC (System On a Chip) as seen elsewhere. It uses a combination of quality elements to extract the most from each stage. The Qualcomm chip routes the raw, digital Bluetooth signal to a specialized Sabre DAC chip to convert the signal from digital to analog – any jitter is eliminated using iFi's GMT femto-precision clock system to deliver Bluetooth that is a cut above.
The Connections You Want and Need
The ZEN Blue gives you the best of both worlds with its connectivity. Analog connections let you connect via RCA to amps or active speakers or via the 4.4mm output to amps/speakers with a balanced input. With digital, use the optical and coaxial connections to connect to anything with a built-in DAC and corresponding digital input, such as your TV, an AV amp or an external DAC in your hi-fi set-up.
Special Analog Output Stage
The ZEN Blue boasts a very special analog output stage. It's balanced, and that's something not normally seen in DACs at this price point. Balanced means less noise interference/crosstalk.
ZEN Blue has RCA and balanced outputs at HiFi standard level plus 2V SE and 4V BAL. So, it's compatible with both hi-fi and pro systems. All this is underpinned by high-quality circuit components, such as C0G capacitors from TDK, and fed by a precision low-noise power supply from Texas Instruments.
Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20kHz <+0/-0.5dB (44.1kHz); 1Hz – 44khz <+0/-3.0dB (>= 88.2kHz)
Output Voltage @ 0dBFS: 2.05V (+/-0.05V)
Dynamic Range: 109dB (A)
Signal/Noise ratio: 109dB (A) @ 0dBFS
THD & N @ 0dBFS: < 0.0015% 10k Load
Output Impedance: < 50Ω
Power: DC 5V
Power Consumption: < 2.5W
Dimensions: 6.2" (L) x 3.9" (W) x 1.4" (H)
Weight: 1.05 lbs.