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Zen DAC Signature V2

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ZEN DAC Signature V2

This ZEN DAC Signature V2 is the upgraded version of the original ZEN DAC Signature – a pure DAC that benefits from true-differential balanced circuit design. It has upgraded circuit components and short, direct signal paths for optimal signal purity. It delivers bit-perfect PCM (up to 32-bit/384kHz), native DSD (up to DSD256) and DXD. The use of the 16-core XMOS chip, rather than the original 8-core, means it is now a full MQA decoder rather than a renderer. It offers a pair of RCA sockets for single-ended connection to an amp, plus a Balanced 4.4mm output. The full benefit of the ZEN DAC Signature V2’s balanced circuit design comes to the fore when it is connected to an amp or active speakers equipped with a balanced input. This can either be a 4.4mm Balanced input or stereo XLR inputs via a 4.4mm-to-XLR cable. It can switch between ‘variable’ and ‘fixed’ outputs.

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ZEN Signature V2 DAC

The ZEN DAC Signature V2 has been upgraded to bring you an even purer performance than the original.

Enjoy an enhanced experience.

The ZEN DAC Signature V2 has been improved to offer an even greater, purer listening experience. Just like the original, its sole purpose is to feed an external amp, be it a headphone amp, or an amp and speakers. Unlike the original, it has a 16 core XMOS chip instead of 8. This new and improved digital engine is more powerful than ever. iFi also upgraded the clock circuitry to enhance the purist, audiophile design even further. Enjoy music without any distortion or colouration. Check out what’s in the box.

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ZEN Signature V2 DAC + CAN MZ99 + 4.4mm Cable

The ZEN DAC Signature V2, ZEN CAN Signature MZ99 and accompanying 4.4mm balanced cable are the perfect match for your Meze 99s.

A match made in Meze

The ZEN Signature Set MZ99 is made up of the ZEN DAC Signature V2, the new ZEN CAN Signature MZ99 and the high- performance 4.4mm Balanced cable. The ZEN CAN Signature MZ99 has an unique EQ curve that makes the most of the already magnificent Meze 99s.

The ZEN CAN Signature MZ99 has a carefully calibrated EQ curve to compliment the Meze 99 Classics. It adjusts the treble for more ‘vivaciousness’ and enhances the mid-low bass to extract the last drop of sonic goodness from these already musical headphones. Its custom ActivEQ setting combines active and passive components to create this special EQ curve. Take a look at the Meze Curve & Compatibility chart here. The ZEN CAN Signature MZ99 also works with the Meze 99 Neo and the Meze 99 by Drop. ActivEQ can be switched off to make the most of ALL headphones and in-ear monitors. The ZEN CAN Signature MZ99 also uses XSpace. This is an analogue processing mode which compensates for the ‘in-head localisation’ effect that can occur when listening to tracks mixed using a pair of speakers on headphones. It features PowerMatch – four gain in six dB steps – 0dB, 6dB, 12dB and 18db. The ZEN CAN Signature MZ99 boasts symmetrical, dual-mono balanced circuitry. It delivers 1600mW (7.2V) into 32 ohms from the single-ended output, with 15V+ available to loads of 600 ohms or more through the balanced output. It houses stereo RCA and 3.5mm single-ended inputs, plus a balanced 4.4mm Balanced input. It has a 6.3mm output for headphones that have a standard single-ended connector and a 4.4mm Balanced balanced output for headphones offering a balanced connection.

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ZEN Signature V2 DAC + CAN 6XX + 4.4mm Cable

The ZEN DAC Signature V2 and ZEN CAN Signature 6XX with added 4.4mm Balanced cable.

DAC + CAN + 4.4 cable =

….a fantastic desktop-sized headphone system for both digital and analogue sources. The ‘ZEN Signature Set 6XX’ comprising both the ZEN DAC Signature V2 and ZEN CAN Signature 6XX is available and includes a high-performance 4.4mm Balanced cable to connect them together.

The ZEN CAN Signature 6XX improves the sound quality of the original ZEN CAN and adds something special – a custom EQ setting called ActivEQ. It combines active and passive components to create a specific EQ curve to suit the ‘MassDrop x Sennheiser HD 6XX’ headphones. This can be switched off to make the most of all manner of headphones and in-ear monitors. It also features XSpace – an analogue processing mode which 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. It features four gain settings in six dB steps – 0dB, 6dB, 12dB and 18db. The ZEN CAN Signature 6XX’s circuitry is a balanced, symmetrical dual-mono design. It delivers 1600mW (7.2V) into 32 ohms from the single-ended output, with 15V+ available to loads of 300 ohms or more through the balanced output. It offers stereo RCA and 3.5mm single-ended inputs, plus a 4.4mm Balanced input. A 4.4mm balanced output is also provided. It has a 6.3mm output for headphones that have a standard single-ended connector and a 4.4mm Balanced output for headphones offering a balanced connection.

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ZEN Signature V2 DAC + CAN HFM + 4.4mm Cable

The ZEN DAC Signature V2 and ZEN CAN Signature HFM with 4.4mm Balanced cable make a tasty treat for your desktop.

Packed with sonic goodness

The ‘ZEN Signature Set HFM’ comprises both the ZEN DAC Signature V2, the upgraded version of the original ZEN DAC Signature, and the new ZEN CAN Signature HFM. The ZEN CAN Signature HFM has an unique EQ curve that brings out the best in the already outstanding HIFIMAN range of headphones. This set includes a high-performance 4.4mm Balanced cable to connect them together.

The ZEN CAN Signature HFM has a specialised, finely tuned EQ curve. Its custom ActivEQ setting combines active and passive components to create a specific EQ curve to suit HIFIMAN planar headphones. Check out the HIFIMAN Curve & Compatibility chart here. ActivHQ can be switched off to make the most of all headphones and in-ear monitors. The ZEN CAN Signature HFM also employs XSpace. This is an analogue processing mode which compensates for the ‘in-head localisation’ effect that can occur when listening to tracks mixed using a pair of speakers on headphones. It features PowerMatch – four gain in six dB steps – 0dB, 6dB, 12dB and 18db. The ZEN CAN Signature HFM boasts symmetrical, dual-mono balanced circuitry. It delivers 1600mW (7.2V) into 32 ohms from the single-ended output, with 15V+ available to loads of 600 ohms or more through the balanced output. It houses stereo RCA and 3.5mm single-ended inputs, plus a 4.4mm Balanced input. It has a 6.3mm output for headphones that have a standard single-ended connector and a 4.4mm Balanced output for headphones offering a balanced connection.

4.4mm – 4.4mm cable*

The iFi 4.4mm to 4.4mm cable employs heavy OFHC continuous cast copper and silver matrix conductors with a total thickness of 14AWG for the best signal transfer. It’s a perfect addition to the ZEN Signature Set 6XX as this audiophile-grade cable will give you maximum quality balanced signal transfer and minimum interference. The cable construction is a custom helix design, minimised both in capacitance and inductance, minZ™. It also has intrinsic shielding provided by minZ™ helix construction. They protect the cable from RFI and EMI noise and provide the cleanest transfer medium possible. To further insulate the cable, iFi adopted the RoHS compliant, excellent dielectric property and super-soft (60P) HD polymer with 1500V AC spark resistance.

* Not included with standalone DAC

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Balanced. Blissfully quiet.

The ZEN DAC Signature V2 incorporates boutique parts and circuitry inspired by the £3,000 iFi Pro range. It sports a fully-symmetrical, true differential balanced dual-mono signal stage with direct signal paths to ensure optimal signal purity. The new low jitter crystal clock means >20dB better noise reduction. The ZEN DAC Signature V2 will remain quiet wherever it’s used. Outstanding components including C0G capacitors from TDK, Panasonic OS-CON and ELNA Slimic II capacitors complete the design.



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A ‘Bit’ special…

The ZEN DAC Signature V2’s digital stage retains its True Native DAC architecture. It delivers Bit-Perfect up to 32-bit/384kHz and native DSD up to DSD256 as well as DXD. 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.

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16 core means more…

MQA an award-winning British technology that delivers the sound of the original master recording. Thanks to the processing power of the new 16 core XMOS chip, the ZEN DAC Signature V2 is now a full MQA decoder. The ZEN DAC Signature V2 includes MQA technology, which enables you to play back MQA audio files and streams, delivering the sound of the original master recording. The LED glows green or blue to indicate that the unit is decoding and playing an MQA stream or file, and denotes provenance to ensure that the sound is identical to that of the source material. It glows blue to indicate it is playing an MQA Studio file, which has either been approved in the studio by the artist/producer or has been verified by the copyright owner.

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Confident connections

You can trust in accurate, jitter free data transfer from your source device. The USB Type B input is asynchronous, meaning that the data rate is regulated solely by the ZEN DAC Signature V2’s specialised, and now upgraded, audio clock circuitry. A pair of RCA sockets provide a single-ended connection to an amp and a Balanced 4.4mm output enables balanced signal transfer between compact products that cannot accommodate traditional, bulky XLR connections. The full benefit of the ZEN DAC Signature V2’s balanced circuit design can be heard when connected to an amp or active speakers equipped with a balanced input. This can be either a 4.4mm Balanced input, or stereo XLR inputs via a 4.4mm-to-XLR cable.

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Fixed or variable. You decide.

The outputs of the ZEN DAC Signature V2 can be switched between ‘variable’ and ‘fixed’. Variable – use this setting if you wish the ZEN DAC Signature V2 to control the volume of powered speakers or its volume as a preamp. Fixed – this option is for when you use it with downstream equipment with its own volume control. This will bypass the ZEN DAC Signature V2 as if there was a ‘straight wire’ from the digital source to the analogue amplifier.



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Crucial combo.

The ZEN DAC Signature V2 works well with both the ZEN CAN Signature 6XX and the new ZEN CAN Signature HFM model. These products can be bought separately or as special ZEN Signature Sets, either 6XX or HFM. The sets include a high-performance 4.4mm Balanced cable to connect the units together. When used together, 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 Signature Series for delivering exceptional performance and versatility at remarkable prices.

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The XMOS 16-Core chip processes the audio data received via the USB* digital input. This new low-latency XMOS microcontroller has greatly enhanced processing power. Compared to the current generation of eight-core chips, this new 16-core IC delivers double the clock speed (2000MIPS) and four times the memory (512KB), as well as the latest SuperSpeed USB standard. iFi’s in-house digital development team has programmed the XMOS firmware to optimise sound quality and ensure a perfect partnership with the Burr-Brown DAC.
(* Also on S/PDIF on the NEO iDSD/Diablo)

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The Burr-Brown True Native® chipset means file formats remain unchanged or ‘bit-perfect’. This means you are listening to music as the artist intended in the format in which it was recorded. iFi uses Burr Brown extensively in their products having selected it for its natural-sounding ‘musicality’ and True Native architecture. Their experience with this IC means iFi knows how to make the most of it.

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Hi-Res True Native® playback of all music formats from MP3 to DSD256, PCM384 and DXD384.

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MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) is supported through the USB with full decoding of MQA files up to 384kHz thanks to the processing power of the new 16-core XMOS chip. This means that the full ‘three unfold’ decoding process is performed internally, as opposed to only the final unfold in the manner of an MQA ‘renderer’. Globally, MQA has become an important consideration for any comprehensively equipped DAC. It is available through for Tidal Masters, Audirvana and Roon.

Jitter

Extensive jitter-eradication technologies are applied to the digital stage, including GMT (Global Master Timing) femto-precision clock and intelligent memory buffer. This represents a total ‘out-of-the-box’ systematic digital solution that solves jitter once and for all.

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Panasonic OS-CON caps totaling 5,410uF give very-low Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR), excellent noise reduction capability and frequency response characteristics. In addition, OS-CONs have a long-life span and its ESR changes little even at low temperatures since the electrolyte is solid. They are not often found in products costing <US$1000.

Texas Instruments

Texas Instruments low-noise ICs offer great unity-gain bandwidth, very low noise and distortion, high output drive capability, Common-mode and Power Supply Rejection Ratios of over 100 dB, wide maximum-output-swing bandwidths and high slew rates.

XBass

A Tokyo Cosmos Electric Co. (TOCOS) multi-track potentiometer is used. This has close channel matching tolerance for optimal performance (always use above 11 o’ clock).

muRata

muRata control-type, low-ESR high-Q multi-layer capacitors. The ‘ESR control’ aspect of the Murata is something special. Their noise suppression abilities are impressive.

muRata

iFi uses ELNA Japan Silmic II capacitors for the power supplies. The primary constituent of the newly developed dielectric is silk fibre. This material was believed as unfathomable as an aluminium electrolytic capacitor. The new material beats silk fibre and mixes it with Manila hemp fibre to provide the dielectric to an aluminium electrolytic capacitor used for high-grade music. The result is second-to-none superior acoustic properties and excellent linearity.

Zen DAC Signature V2 Specs

InputUSB3.0 B Socket (USB2.0 compatible)
FormatsPCM (384/352.8/192/176.4/96/88.2/48/44.1kHz)
DSD (256/128/64), DXD(384/352.8kHz),
MQA (Decoder)
DACBit-Perfect DSD & DXD DAC by Burr Brown
OutputsBalanced 4.4 mm 2V-6.2V max. (variable) / 4.2V (fixed)
UnBAL RCA 1V-3.3V max. (variable) / 2.1V (fixed)
Zout<= 200 Ohm
<= 100 Ohm
SNR<-117 dB(A) @ 0dBFS (BAL/SE)
DNR>117 dB(A) @ -60dBFS (BAL/SE)
THD+N>0.0011% @ 0dBFS (BAL/SE)
Power ConsumptionNo Signal ~0.5W
Max Signal ~2.5W
Dimensions158(w) x 117(d) x 35(h) mm
6.2" x 4.6" x 1.4"
Weight505g / 1.11lbs

6XX Can Specs

InputsRCA
Headphone output
Gain
THD+N (A-Weighting)
3.5 (SE), 4.4mm (BAL))
6.35 mm, 4.4 mm
0 dB, 6 dB,12 dB,18 dB adjust
0.0066% (BAL), 0.0058% (SE)
Output Impedance (HP)BAL
SE
<2 Ohms
<1 Ohm
ZOUTBalanced line out
200 ohms
SNR122 dB (BAL)
Dynamic range-122 dB (BAL)
Frequency response(-3dB): 10 Hz – 200 kHz
Function ButtonHD6XX adaption and/or XSpace; Bypass
IMD0.01%
PowerMaximum output power (16 ohms)
Maximum output power (300 ohms)
Maximum output power (600 ohms)
Maximum power consumption
3.0 V / 600 mW (BAL), 4.0 V / 1000 mW (SE)
5.1 V / 756 mW (BAL), 7.6 V / 196 mW (SE)
15.2 V / 385 mW (BAL), 7.6 V / 98 mW (SE)
13 W / 2.6A
Dimensions160(w) x 117(d) x 35(h) mm
6.3" x 4.6" x 1.4"
Weight1.87 Ibs (0.85 kg)

HFM Can Specs

InputsRCA
Headphone output
Gain
THD+N (A-Weighting)
3.5 (SE), 4.4mm (BAL))
6.35 mm, 4.4 mm
0 dB, 6 dB,12 dB,18 dB adjust
0.0066% (BAL), 0.0058% (SE)
Output Impedance (HP)BAL
SE
<2 Ohms
<1 Ohm
ZOUTBalanced line out
200 ohms
SNR122 dB (BAL)
Dynamic range-122 dB (BAL)
Frequency response(-3dB): 10 Hz – 200 kHz
Function ButtonHFM adaption and/or XSpace; Bypass
IMD0.01%
PowerMaximum output power (16 ohms)
Maximum output power (300 ohms)
Maximum output power (600 ohms)
Maximum power consumption
3.0 V / 600 mW (BAL), 4.0 V / 1000 mW (SE)
5.1 V / 756 mW (BAL), 7.6 V / 196 mW (SE)
15.2 V / 385 mW (BAL), 7.6 V / 98 mW (SE)
13 W / 2.6A
Dimensions160(w) x 117(d) x 35(h) mm
6.3" x 4.6" x 1.4"
Weight1.87 Ibs (0.85 kg)

MZ99 CAN Specs

Input Voltage5V/2.5A
Max OutputBalanced


Single-Ended
>15.1V/385 mW (@ 600 Ohm)
>11.0V/1890 mW (@ 64 Ohm)
>6.2V/1200 mW (@ 32 Ohm)
>7.6V/98mW (@ 600 Ohm)
>7.4V/870 mW (@ 64 Ohm)
>7.2V/1600 mW (@ 32 Ohm)
THD&N<0.006% (@ 360 mW/2.4V 16
Ohm)
<0.005% (@ 100 mW/1.27V 16
Ohm)
SNRBalanced
Single-Ended
>121dBA (@ 15.2V )
>120dBA (@ 7.6V )
Max OutputBalanced
RCA
3.5mm
7.4V RMS
3.8V RMS
1.92V RMS
Gain0dB, 6dB, 12dB and 18dB
Frequency Response10Hz - 200kHz (-3dB)
Power consumptionNo Signal ~5W
Max Signal ~12W
Dimensions158 x 117 x 35 mm
6.2" x 4.6" x 1.4"
Weight550 g
1.21 lbs
Line Section
OutputsBAL
UNBAL
6.7V max. (variable)
3.5V max. (variable)
Output ImpedanceBAL
UNBAL
<200Ω
<100Ω
SNRBAL
UNBAL
<110dB(A) @ 0dBFS
<110dB(A) @ 0dBFS
THD+NBAL
UNBAL
<0.007% @ 0dBFS
<0.015% @ 0dBFS
Headphone Section
OutputsBAL
UNBAL
6.7V max. @ 600Ω
3.5V max. @ 600Ω
Output PowerBAL
UNBAL
>1000mW @ 32Ω; >74mW @ 600Ω
>320mW @ 32Ω; >40mW @ 300Ω
Output ImpedanceBAL
UNBAL
<1Ω
<1Ω
SNRBAL
UNBAL
<116dB(A) @ 0dBFS
<115dB(A) @ 0dBFS
THD+N<0.005% (1V @ 16Ω)

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