iFi Audio Zen Blue V2

HiFi Desktop DAC & Receiver w/ Wireless Bluetooth 5.0 for Streaming Music to Any Powered Speaker, A/V Receiver or Amplifier

Item #IFI:ZENBLUE-V2
iFi Audio Item # 311001

iFi Audio Zen Blue V2

HiFi Desktop DAC & Receiver w/ Wireless Bluetooth 5.0 for Streaming Music to Any Powered Speaker, A/V Receiver or Amplifier

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Overview

The ZEN Blue is the world’s first Bluetooth receiver to support all the latest hi-res codecs to deliver the best-quality music streaming from smartphones, tablets, PCs and Macs to any audio system. Now iFi Audio presents their V2 with a new antenna for even greater reach and the very latest crystal clock system for low jitter.

BLUETOOTH CODEC LEDS

Codec: The color of the ‘iFi’ logo in the center of the front display represents the file format received:

Format LED
SBC Off
AAC Yellow
aptX Blue
aptX HD Magenta
aptX Adaptive Green
aptX LL Red
LDAC Cyan
LHDC/HWA White

Breathtaking Bluetooth

  • Supports all the latest 24-bit/96kHz capable Bluetooth audio formats
  • iFi Bluetooth implementation avoids typical 40% quality drop found with standard Bluetooth
  • Future codecs can be added ‘over the air’
  • ‘Remembers’ up to eight paired Bluetooth source devices
  • New aerial gives increased coverage up to 70-80%
  • New and improved low jitter clock gives a >20dB better performance

INSPIRING IMPLEMENTATION

    • A state-of-the-art Qualcomm QCC5100 chip processes the incoming data
    • The Qualcomm QCC5100 is a ‘system-on-a-chip’ Bluetooth solution, with all functions covered including D-to-A conversion as used by others BUT…
    • …the ZEN Blue only uses the QCC5100 to ‘receive’ the signal…
    • …thereafter the signal is sent to the ESS Sabre DAC chip and its Hyperstream architecture with Time Domain Jitter Eliminator deliver vanishingly low distortion and high dynamic range, which is then…
    • …fed to the iFi analogue amplifier stage.
    • Combined, Bluetooth audio sounds far better than the norm.

THE TECHNOLOGY BEHIND BREATHTAKING BLUETOOTH

ZEN Blue V2 Technology

UPGRADED GMT

  • NEW! Upgraded Global Master Timing (GMT) clock circuitry
  • Even lower jitter performance
  • Improved sonics

BALANCED ANALOG STAGE

  • Balanced analog circuitry design
  • Outstanding components – including C0G capacitors from TDK and a precision low-noise power supply IC from Texas Instruments

Best of both worlds

Add high-quality Bluetooth reception to any audio system via user-selectable analog or digital cable connections.

Analog connections

  • RCA stereo outputs connect to amplifiers, active speakers etc
  • 4.4mm Pentaconn output enables balanced signal transfer to amps/speakers equipped with a balanced input – either a 4.4mm input, or XLR input via a 4.4mm-to-XLR cable

Digital connections

  • Optical & Coaxial outputs connect to any external DAC, such as an external hi-fi DAC or an AV amp.

Connection guide

ZEN Blue V2 Connections

Details & Specs

POWER

DC 5V

INPUT

Bluetooth 5.0TM with AAC, aptX, aptX HD, AptX Adaptive, LDAC, HWA Codec

OUTPUT

  • Optical / Cozxial
  • Audio RCA L/R
  • 4.4 Balanced Lineout

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 CONSUMPTION

< 2.5W

DIMENSIONS

158mm (l) x 100mm (w) x 35mm (h)

WEIGHT

476g (1.05 lbs)

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