iFi mixes audio-enhancing cocktail for Zen One Signature launch

Music lovers hoping to take pleasure in high-resolution audio from a smartphone might effectively discover that the conversion circuitry inside is solely lower than the duty. The Zen One Signature DAC from Brit audio specialist iFi has been designed to rectify that.

A digital-to-analog converter basically does what its title suggests, changing a digital enter sign into an analog output sign. A lot of our units already pack one, together with the laptop computer I am utilizing to write down this overview, my transportable audio participant I am listening to and even my smartphone.

However DACs in such units could be on the essential aspect, which means that if you happen to like your digital music on the highest decision potential, you are in all probability going to want some help from devoted conversion {hardware}. That is exactly what the Zen One Signature is designed to supply.

Described as a common DAC, the curvy unit basically combines design parts from the corporate’s award-winning Zen DAC V2 and Zen Blue V2 units, whereas additionally mixing in some Signature-grade circuitry.

The Zen One Signature has been designed as an audio hub for smartphones, tablets, PCs, laptops, audio servers, TVs and video games consoles

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The brand new Zen contains the identical DAC stage discovered within the award-winning Zen DAC V2, which implies a Burr-Brown chipset with built-in MQA decoder that helps PCM-format playback at as much as 32-bit/384-kHz decision in addition to native DSD256. And because of the chip’s four-channel design, the PCM and DSD are routed to separate pathways for “bit-perfect” efficiency.

To this audio cocktail, iFi has added S/PDIF optical and coaxial and USB Sort B inputs, with an optimized 16-bit XMOS chip processing the audio knowledge from these inputs for full PCM decision over USB and a pattern charge of as much as 192 kHz over S/PDIF.

The Zen One Signature has additionally been handled to the Bluetooth 5.1 expertise discovered within the Blue V2 mannequin, with assist for high-resolution streaming coming courtesy of the aptX Adaptive, aptX HD, LDAC and HWA/LHDC codecs.

The Signature a part of the equation ensures that “each aspect of its circuitry is designed for pure efficiency.” This interprets to high-end elements resembling Panasonic OS-CDN and Elna Silmic II capacitors, Vishay MELF resistors, and brief sign pathways. The unit additionally ships with an ultra-low-noise DC energy provide, although it may be powered over USB from the machine it is related to.

Along with S/PDIF, USB and Bluetooth inputs around back, there's also unbalanced RCA and 4.4-mm balanced outputs

Together with S/PDIF, USB and Bluetooth inputs round again, there’s additionally unbalanced RCA and 4.4-mm balanced outputs

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Wrapped in blue-shaded aluminum housing, the brand new Zen rocks management buttons on the entrance panel for switching enter sources in addition to LEDs that show in several colours to characterize audio format and pattern charge. The panel round again sports activities RCA outputs and a balanced 4.4-mm outputs, along with the varied inputs already talked about.

The place some members of iFi’s household embrace an amplifier stage, this mannequin doesn’t so might want to function a quality-enhancing bridge between digital audio enter and sign output through a hi-fi amp in the lounge, lively audio system within the lounge or the headphone amp on the home-office desk.

Developed as an audio hub for smartphones, tablets, PCs, laptops, audio servers, TVs and video games consoles, the Zen One Signature is on sale now for a really useful retail worth of US$349.

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