iFi Audio Zen CAN

Desktop Headphone Amplifier w/ Balanced Outputs

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iFi Audio Zen CAN

Desktop Headphone Amplifier w/ Balanced Outputs

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Fully-balanced. 1,600mW. Battleship headphone amplifier. The ZEN CAN has trickle-down Class A discrete balanced circuitry from iFi audio’s US$1,699 flagship Pro iCAN. With 15.1v @300 Ohms on tap, it has serious power that will make even difficult-to-drive headphones thump to the beat.

52x more power. Pump up the volume.
Laptops and smartphones have a really low power output of <1.0v. On a good set of headphones, you’re always running out of juice. You never get to really hear what they can do.

Use a laptop, phone or DAC to feed your music to the ZEN CAN and connect your headphones. Pumping out 52x more power, now you’ll hear what you have been missing.

  • Class A discrete output buffer from the flagship Pro iCAN using Op-Amp (OV2637A)
  • FET input avoids loading volume control – low distortion/noise
  • SE inputs (1M Ohm) ensures loading of the source so always in Class A operation
  • Output amplifier gain of four steps in +6dB perfect for headphone matching

Puts you at the venue. Not other way round.
Audio recordings are made for speakers and when played back on headphones, the sound is always driving you nuts by being only in your head.

iFi's 3D special sound circuit solves this:

  • Stereo image that is truly out of your head, in front with height, width & depth
  • Without colouration or loss of resolution
  • All analogue circuitry (i.e. without costly and complex digital signal manipulation)

Ace of XBass
Behind XBass is our active EQ circuit which meets a common gripe with headphones head-on, a lack of bass.

Open-back headphones in particular, let all frequencies (especially those precious bass frequencies that the drivers generate so little of) leak freely out of the back instead of trapping and redirecting them back to your ears.

XBass equalisation is a much more elegant solution to bass correction than seen elsewhere. It consists of active and passive components and its frequency response curve corrects their low-end response problems with precision.

Packed with premium goodness
Underpinning the Balanced and Active EQ circuitry are:

  • Panasonic ECPU capacitors
  • TDK C0G (Class 1) ceramic capacitors
  • iFi/AMR ‘OV’ ‘Operationsverstärker’ series op-amps
  • MELF resistors
  • Texas Instruments low-noise ICs
  • muRata capacitors and
  • Tokyo Cosmos Electric Co. (TOCOS) multi-track potentiometer, with exceptional channel matching even at low volume
Details & Specs
  • Inputs
    • 4.4mm Pentacon BAL 4.0V nominal @ 0dBFS, 24 kOhm Zin
    • RCA L/R Socket SE 2.0V nominal @ 0dBFS, 1 MegOhm Zin
    • 3.5mm Jack SE 1.0V nominal @ 0dBFS, 1 MegOhm Zin
  • Max Output
    • Balanced >15.1V/385 mW (@ 600 Ohm) / >11.0V/1890 mW (@ 64 Ohm)
    • S-E >7.6V/196 mW (@ 300 Ohm) / >7.2V/1600 mW (@ 32 Ohm)
  • THD & N
    • Balanced < 0.0007% (4V out, 600 Ohm, 1kHz)
    • S-E <0.006% (@ 100 mW/1.27V 16 Ohm)
  • SNR
    • Balanced >120dBA (@ 15.2V)
    • S-E >118dBA (@ 7.6V)
  • Max. Input
    • Balanced 7.4V RMS
    • RCA 3.8V RMS
    • 3.5mm 1.92V RMS
  • Gain: 0dB, 6dB, 12dB and 18dB
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz (+0dB / -0.03dB)
  • Power consumption
    • No Signal ~5W
    • Max Signal ~13W
  • Input voltage DC 5V/2.5A AC 100 -240V, 50/60Hz
  • Dimensions: 158 x117 x35 mm / 6.2" x 4.6" x 1.4"
  • Net weight: 515g (1.14 Ibs)
  • Warranty: period 12 months
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