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iFi ZEN Signature Set - DAC / Headphone Amplifier

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iFi ZEN Signature Set - DAC / Headphone Amplifier
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OTHER CABLES:

A quantity of 1 means you will receive a single cable in the case of aerial, satellite, subwoofer, digital coaxial & optical cables and a pair of cables in the case of 2 rca to 2 rca analogue audio cables.

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The Zen Signature Set comprises of both the Signature DAC and the Signature CAN along with a high-performance 4.4mm Pentaconn cable (worth £69.00) to connect them together. When used in tandem, the two ZEN Signatures make a fantastic, desktop-sized headphone system for both digital and analogue sources, further extending the reputation of iFi’s ZEN Series for delivering exceptional performance and versatility at remarkable prices.

iFi ZEN Signature Set - DAC / Headphone Amplifier

 

The Zen Signature Set comprises of both the Signature DAC and the Signature CAN along with a high-performance 4.4mm Pentaconn cable (worth £69.00) to connect them together. When used in tandem, the two ZEN Signatures make a fantastic, desktop-sized headphone system for both digital and analogue sources, further extending the reputation of iFi’s ZEN Series for delivering exceptional performance and versatility at remarkable prices.

iFi has reworked the award-winning ZEN DAC and ZEN CAN to create step-up Signature versions delivering even higher levels of performance, alongside an associated ‘crowd design’ initiative.

Sporting a smart new livery, the 158x35x100mm aluminium enclosure is finished in deep Space Blue – the colour iFi uses to differentiate special Signature editions of its products – rather than the grey finish of the regular ZEN Series devices. This is complemented by dark grey front and rear panels (silver-coloured on the standard versions) and blue controls. The differences, however, are so much more than skin-deep.

The new Signature edition DAC takes the original ZEN DAC's excellent platform, removes the headphone amp stage and upgrades the fully balanced circuitry to create a DAC for those who wish to maximise pure sonic performance in return for an additional £120 outlay.

The new Signature edition ZEN CAN further improves sound quality with enhanced circuit design while maintaining the versatile features of the ‘regular’ version and adding something special– a custom EQ setting precisely tailored across the entire frequency response curve to make the most of a popular headphone model.

Features

  • ZEN DAC
  • Enhanced, purist audiophile design
  • End-to-end True Differential balanced circuitry
  • Fully balanced 4.4mm output desktop DAC/ preamp
  • Full MQA renderer up to 32bit/384kHz PCM and DSD256
  • Boutique high-end components
  • Simple functionality
  • ZEN CAN
  • ActivEQ is an exact match with the HD 6XX headphone
  • End-to-end True Differential balanced circuitry
  • Adjustable gain to match other headphones
  • XSpace analogue headphone spatialiser
  • 4.4mm balanced output

 

Pure DAC

In comparison to the ‘regular’ ZEN DAC, the Signature edition is a specialised, purist design. Without the built-in headphone amp, its sole purpose is to feed an external amp, whether this is a headphone amp or an amp and speakers. This simplification of its circuitry provides the opportunity to upgrade the signal path and critical components within it; while the existing ZEN DAC introduced the benefits of fully balanced circuit design at an extraordinarily low price point, the Signature edition further ups the ante with its enhanced true-differential balanced topology.

Various key surface-mounted circuit components have been upgraded to high-end devices, including Panasonic OS-CON and Elna Silmic II capacitors, while the circuit has been refined to ensure short, direct signal paths for optimal signal purity. This results in even greater sonic detail and expression.

The ZEN DAC Signature’s digital stage retains the True Native DAC architecture of its award-winning sibling, delivering bit-perfect PCM (up to 32-bit/384kHz), native DSD (up to DSD256) and DXD, plus MQA – the hi-res streaming technology, as used by Tidal’s ‘HiFi’ tier. The sample rate of incoming audio data is indicated by a multicoloured LED residing behind the aluminium volume control

The iFi-programmed XMOS chip, which processes data received at the USB input, and jitter-eradicating, audiophile-grade oscillators, contribute to exemplary handling of digital audio signals as they are received, processed and converted to analogue form.

 

Connectivity

Aside from the removal of the integrated headphone amp and associated front-mounted outputs, the Signature edition’s connectivity is the same as the regular ZEN DAC. The USB Type B input supports the ‘SuperSpeed’ USB 3.0 standard, as well as USB 2.0 for backwards compatibility. It is asynchronous, meaning that the data rate is regulated solely by the ZEN DAC Signature’s specialised audio clock circuitry for accurate, jitter-free data transfer from the source device.

Alongside the USB input is a stereo pair of RCA sockets for single-ended connection to an amp, plus a Pentaconn 4.4mm output – this relatively new interface type enables balanced signal transfer between compact products that cannot accommodate traditional, bulky XLR connections. When connected to an amp or active speakers equipped with a balanced input – either a 4.4mm Pentaconn input, or stereo XLR inputs via a 4.4mm-to-XLR cable – the full benefit of the ZEN DAC Signature’s balanced circuit design can be heard.

As with the regular ZEN DAC, the Signature edition’s outputs can be switched between ‘variable’ and ‘fixed’. The variable setting applies volume control to the audio signal, enabling the ZEN DAC Signature to act as a preamp to connect directly to a power amp. The fixed option bypasses the volume control, fixing the output at 4.2V (balanced) or 2.1V (single-ended) for connection to an external preamp, integrated amp or active speakers with their own volume control.

 

Dynamic Duo

The ZEN DAC Signature was designed alongside the ZEN CAN Signature, meaning optimal performance is available when used in tandem. Connect both ZEN Signatures with a 4.4mm Pentaconn cable and benefit from the true differential balanced topology for exceptional performance and versatility.

 

ActiveEQ - made-to-measure equalisation

This new feature, called ActivEQ, combines active and passive components to create a specific EQ curve to suit a particular pair of headphones, performed in the analogue domain without a hint of added noise or distortion. The first Signature model, the ZEN CAN Signature 6XX, features ActivEQ for the ‘Massdropx Sennheiser HD 6XX’ – a popular pair of high-quality headphones (more than 120,000 sold to date) based on the Sennheiser HD 650 and created exclusively for Drop.com. These headphones are renowned for the quality of their midrange performance but exhibit some quirks in the bass and treble regions, which can be seen in frequency response measurements.

When the ‘HD 6XX’ button is pressed, the ZEN CAN Signature 6XX calibrates its signal to complement the headphone’s response characteristics right across the frequency range, thus tailoring its performance to precisely fit the HD 6XX like a made-to-measure suit. The benefits of this ActivEQ curve are equally applicable to Sennheiser’s HD 650 headphones, which share the same sonic characteristics. This feature can be switched on or off; without ActivEQ engaged, the ZEN CAN Signature 6XX’s performance is adroitly balanced to make the most of all manner of headphones and in-ear monitors.

 

Fully Loaded

ActivEQ aside, the Signature edition sports the same impressive facilities as the regular ZEN CAN. In the centre of the front panel is smooth-acting volume control, flanked by several sockets and buttons. On the left, beside the power button and input switch, resides a control for selecting gain. Four settings in six dB steps – 0dB, 6dB, 12dB and 18db – enable the amp to precisely suit the connected headphones; unity gain (0dB) is useful to ensure low noise with sensitive in-ear monitors, while the higher gain settings make the most of tougher headphone loads, delivering excellent dynamic headroom.

To the right is a pair of headphone outputs – a 6.3mm output for headphones that have a standard single-ended connector (compatible with all headphones) and a 4.4mm Pentaconn balanced output for headphones offering balanced connection. An increasing number of high-quality headphones and in-ear monitors either come so equipped or give the option of detaching the cable and upgrading to a 4.4mm Pentaconn connector, and this output makes the most of them (it is particularly recommended for high-impedance headphones).

Next to the headphone sockets is a button to engage the ActivEQ mode, plus a further sonic tailoring option – XSpace. This analogue processing mode 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, effectively widening the headphone soundstage to deliver a more spacious and speaker-like experience.

Around the back, the ZEN CAN Signature 6XX offers stereo RCA and 3.5mm single-ended inputs, plus a balanced 4.4mm Pentaconn input. A 4.4mm balanced output is also provided, to connect to power amps equipped with a balanced input.

 

Balance of Power

Like the regular ZEN CAN, the Signature edition features dual-mono, true-differential balanced circuitry – a topology usually reserved for high-end headphone amps – with a number of elements trickled down from the discrete Class-A circuitry developed for iFi’s flagship headphone amplifier, the Pro iCAN. Key components have been upgraded to enhance performance in line with the improvements made to the ZEN DAC Signature, including the use of Panasonic OS-CON and Elna Silmic II capacitors.

The amp offers prodigious drive capability, delivering 1600mW (7.2V) into 32ohms from the single-ended output, with 15V+ available to loads of 300 ohms or more through the balanced output, ensuring it takes even current-hungry planar headphones in its stride. Delivering ultra-low distortion, rich sonic detail, engaging dynamics and the ability to drive all manner of headphones with ease, the ZEN CAN Signature 6XX is a truly transcendent headphone amp at a down-to-earth price.

 

Specifications:

  • ZEN DAC
  • Input: USB3.0 B Socket (USB2.0 compatible)
  • Formats: 44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192 PCM, 2.8/3.1/5.6/6.2/11.2/12.4MHz DSD, 352.8/384KHz DXD, MQA
  • DAC: Bit-Perfect DSD & DXD DAC by Burr Brown
  • Output: Audio RCA (SE) - 1V - 3.3V max. (variable), 2.1V (fixed) // 4.4mm Pentaconn (BAL) - 2V / 6.2V max. (variable), 4.2V (fixed)
  • Zout: <= 100 Ohm (SE), <= 200 Ohm (BAL)
  • SNR: < -117dB(A) @ 0dBFS (SE/BAL)
  • DNR: > 117dB(A) @ -60dBFS (SE/BAL)
  • THD+N: < 0.0011% @ 0dBFS (SE/BAL)
  • Power consumption: 5V / 184ma, P= = 0.887W (on idle using include iPower)
  • Dimensions: 117(l) x 100(w) x 30(h)mm
  • Weight: 750g (1.65 lbs)
  • Warranty period: 12 months
  • ZEN CAN
  • Input: RCA, 3.5mm (SE), 4.4mm (BAL)
  • Outputs: 6.35mm, 4.4mm x2
  • Gain: 0dB, 6dB, 12dB, 18dB adjust
  • THD+N (A-weighting): 0.0066% (BAL), 0.0058% (SE)
  • Max. Output Power (16 Ohms): 3.0V / 600 mW (BAL), 4.0V / 1000 mW (SE)
  • Max. Output Power (300 Ohms): 5.1V / 756 mW (BAL), 7.6V / 196 mW (SE)
  • Max. Output Power (600 Ohms): 15.2V / 385 mW (BAL), 7.6V / 98 mW (SE)
  • SNR: 122 dB (BAL)
  • Dynamic Range: -122dB (BAL)
  • Frequency Response: (-3dB): 10 Hz - 200 kHz
  • Zout (Headphone): 0.25 ohms (SE), 0.5 ohms (BAL)
  • Zout (Balanced Line Out): 200 ohms
  • Function Button: HD6XX adaption and/or XSpace; bypass
  • IMD: 0.01%
  • Max. Power Consumption: 13W / 2.6A
  • Shipped with UK plugged power supply.
  • Dimensions: 117(l) x 100(w) x 30(h)mm
  • Weight: 850g (1.87 lbs)
  • Warranty period: 12 months

 

About iFi Audio Made in United Kingdom

iFi is a brand new line of electronics with trickle-down technology licensed from AMR and aimed primarily at the future, Computer Audio generation. All iFi products boast Class A analogue circuitry with no DSP and the signal stays ‘Bit Perfect’ throughout.

How a product looks and performs matters, but so does its impact on the environment. That’s why nearly every iFi product and its packaging are made from highly recyclable materials like aluminum, paper, recycled plastic and why we refuse to use harmful toxins in our components. iFi Audio do this to ensure that every product they release meets their environmental standards.

Specifications:

  • ZEN DAC
  • Input: USB3.0 B Socket (USB2.0 compatible)
  • Formats: 44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192 PCM, 2.8/3.1/5.6/6.2/11.2/12.4MHz DSD, 352.8/384KHz DXD, MQA
  • DAC: Bit-Perfect DSD & DXD DAC by Burr Brown
  • Output: Audio RCA (SE) - 1V - 3.3V max. (variable), 2.1V (fixed) // 4.4mm Pentaconn (BAL) - 2V / 6.2V max. (variable), 4.2V (fixed)
  • Zout: <= 100 Ohm (SE), <= 200 Ohm (BAL)
  • SNR: < -117dB(A) @ 0dBFS (SE/BAL)
  • DNR: > 117dB(A) @ -60dBFS (SE/BAL)
  • THD+N: < 0.0011% @ 0dBFS (SE/BAL)
  • Power consumption: 5V / 184ma, P= = 0.887W (on idle using include iPower)
  • Dimensions: 117(l) x 100(w) x 30(h)mm
  • Weight: 750g (1.65 lbs)
  • Warranty period: 12 months
  • ZEN CAN
  • Input: RCA, 3.5mm (SE), 4.4mm (BAL)
  • Outputs: 6.35mm, 4.4mm x2
  • Gain: 0dB, 6dB, 12dB, 18dB adjust
  • THD+N (A-weighting): 0.0066% (BAL), 0.0058% (SE)
  • Max. Output Power (16 Ohms): 3.0V / 600 mW (BAL), 4.0V / 1000 mW (SE)
  • Max. Output Power (300 Ohms): 5.1V / 756 mW (BAL), 7.6V / 196 mW (SE)
  • Max. Output Power (600 Ohms): 15.2V / 385 mW (BAL), 7.6V / 98 mW (SE)
  • SNR: 122 dB (BAL)
  • Dynamic Range: -122dB (BAL)
  • Frequency Response: (-3dB): 10 Hz - 200 kHz
  • Zout (Headphone): 0.25 ohms (SE), 0.5 ohms (BAL)
  • Zout (Balanced Line Out): 200 ohms
  • Function Button: HD6XX adaption and/or XSpace; bypass
  • IMD: 0.01%
  • Max. Power Consumption: 13W / 2.6A
  • Shipped with UK plugged power supply.
  • Dimensions: 117(l) x 100(w) x 30(h)mm
  • Weight: 850g (1.87 lbs)
  • Warranty period: 12 months

UK Delivery

 

1. We use Royal Mail 1st Class Services as a Standard Postage Option

Orders received before 4.30pm Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays) are usually dispatched the same day by FIRST CLASS post (unless premium postal or timed courier services are selected), subject to stock availability. Over 98% of our orders are usually delivered the next working day including Saturdays.

Standard delivery is usually within 2-3 working days, although 98% of all orders are delivered the next working day including Saturdays . In extreme cases, such as delivery to the Highlands and Islands, this may take 3 days.

All items are fully insured and come with an invoice from Futureshop.co.uk. We use the Royal Mail for delivery of small packages and DPD or Interlink Express for items that weigh over 2KG. Items over 2KG are fully insured and will usually be delivered within 48 hours of placing your order Monday to Friday subject to stock availability. For International orders, we use FedEx Services where customers have selected this option.

Please note, special orders for non-standard cable lengths or custom-made cables may be subject to longer delivery time-scales. This may vary from manufacturer to manufacturer.

We offer 'Free UK delivery on orders over £99' subject to the following terms & conditions:

  • Applies only to orders with £99 or more of items (including VAT at the UK rate), at FutureShop.co.uk
  • Free Delivery on orders over £99 utilises Royal Mail First Class postal service for items weighing under 2KG. For items weighing over 2KG, we use DPD next working day services which deliver from 9.00am to 6pm within mainland UK (excludes Royal Mail Special Delivery Services and timed next day delivery services by UK Mail).
  • Applies only to deliveries to addresses within mainland UK and Northern Ireland addresses. Applies only to orders that are to be delivered to a single Mainland UK delivery address.
  • You will not be eligible for free delivery on your order if any items are cancelled or returned for a refund, bringing the total order amount below £99. Where items are returned, the refund due will be the cost of the item less any postage costs.
  • We reserve the right to change or discontinue 'Free delivery on orders over £99 promotion at any time.
  • FREE DELIVERY FOR ORDERS OVER £99 OFFER DOES NOT APPLY TO TRADE CUSTOMERS.

Free Delivery on orders over £99 utilises Royal Mail First Class postal service for items weighing under 2KG. For items weighing over 2KG, we use DPD or Interlink Express next working day services which deliver from 9.00am to 6pm within mainland UK.

Free Delivery for orders over £99 excludes Royal Mail Special Delivery Services and timed next day delivery services by DPD or Interlink Express.

 

Royal Mail 1st Class Shipping DPD Next Day Delivery

 

2. Special Delivery UK - Guaranteed Next Working Day

We have 99.9% of the UK covered With Royal Mail Next Day Special Delivery. We guarantee delivery to most UK addresses by 1pm the next working day. This includes Northern Ireland, Jersey and Guernsey. Some places take longer to deliver to but we still guarantee delivery within three working days by 5.30 PM.

For the Next Day Special Delivery service, orders must be received by futureshop.co.uk by 4.30pm weekdays. Orders after the 4.30pm deadline cannot be guaranteed for same day dispatch.

Please note, Royal Mail Special Delivery for next working day may not be possible where non-standard cable lengths are ordered. If this is the case, the item will be shipped via The Royal Mail Special Delivery service as soon as the cable is custom made.

For orders weighing over 2KG, we reserve the right to ship items using Next Day Pre-Noon Courier Services where Royal Mail Special Delivery option has been selected.

 

Royal Mail Special Next Working Day Delivery

 

3. Channel Islands & Northern Ireland

We accept orders from all Channel Islands including Alderney, Jersey, Guernsey and Sark. Unless you select a premium service, Items weighing under 2KG are delivered using our standard UK delivery option above. For items weighing over 2KG, a surcharge may be applied for all deliveries to the Channel Islands as well as Northern Ireland.

 

European Countries

Deliveries to EU member states are subject to 20% VAT. We offer the following shipping services:

  • Royal Mail First Class International Untracked Airmail Services - Items are usually delivered within 10 working days.
  • Royal Mail First Class International Tracked Airmail Services - Items are usually delivered within 3 to 7 working days.
  • DHL Express International - Items are usually delivered within 24 to 48 hours. DHL orders must be received by 3:30pm for next day service to most destinations in Europe
  • Federal Express International Priority - Items are usually delivered within 24 to 48 hours. FedEx orders must be received by 3.00pm for next day service to most destinations in Europe
  • Federal Express International Economy - Item are usually delivered within 48 to 72 hours

 

Royal Mail International DeliveryRoyal Mail International Tracked DeliveryFedEX Express Economy International DeliveryFedEX Express Priority International DeliveryDHL Worldwide Express International DeliveryDHL Econmy Select International Delivery

 

Worldwide - Excluding UK & Europe

Deliveries outside of the EU are not subject to 20% VAT and so the 20% tax on items is automatically deducted when you login or register.
We offer the following shipping services:

  • Royal Mail First Class International Untracked Airmail Services - Items are usually delivered within 15 working days.
  • Royal Mail First Class International Tracked Airmail - Items are usually delivered within 10-15 working days.
  • DHL Express International - Items are usually delivered within 48 hours. DHL orders must be received by 3:30pm in order to ship items the same day, subject to stock availability.
  • Federal Express International Priority - Items are usually delivered within 48 hours. FedEx orders must be received by 3.00pm in order to ship items the same day, subject to stock availability.

Where the actual weight of the package significantly exceeds the shipping cost charged on orders, we may write to you for an additional shipping charge. For larger orders, items may be shipped in multiple packets.

 

Royal Mail International DeliveryRoyal Mail International Tracked DeliveryFedEX Express Economy International DeliveryFedEX Express Priority International DeliveryDHL Worldwide Express International DeliveryDHL Econmy Select International Delivery

 

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