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iFi Zen Dac 3: DA converter and headphone amplifier

The latest DA converter and headphone amplifier from British iFi Audio is called Zen Dac 3. Headphones and other analogue devices can be connected symmetrically or asymmetrically and a digital music...

iFi Zen Dac 3
iFi Zen Dac 3

The latest DA converter and headphone amplifier from British iFi Audio is called Zen Dac 3. Headphones and other analogue devices can be connected symmetrically or asymmetrically and a digital music signal can be supplied via a USB-C connection.

iFi Audio Zen Dac 3

The iFi Zen Dac 3 is a headphone amplifier, but it can also be connected to a (pre)amplifier or a set of active speakers.

The manufacturer has installed two balanced outputs: a 4.4 millimeter output for headphones at the front and a connection at the back for all other hi-fi equipment. A stereo cinch output is mounted. The housing follows the solid shape and minimalist style of iFi Audio . The Zen Dac 3 seems mainly intended to accompany a desktop computer.

Digital music signal can be supplied up to high resolution, i.e. PCM signal up to 32-bit/768 kHz and DSD up to DSD 512. MQA decoding is also included in the feature package. The designers have equipped the Zen Dac 3 with an improved DC offset and USB-C input surge protection. Furthermore, there are the well-known features of iFi Audio, i.e. the analog processing modes XBass+ and PowerMatch that allow the user to customize their listening experience.

Price: $229