Experience Fantastic Sound with the iFi ZEN Signature Set, a Specially Priced Bundle of Two Acclaimed Components
The iFi ZEN Signature Set is a specially priced bundle that includes two acclaimed components: the ZEN DAC Signature V2 DAC and the ZEN CAN Signature HFM Headphone Amplifier. This sweet package is a tasty treat for your desktop. The ZEN CAN Signature HFM has a unique EQ curve that brings out the best in the already outstanding HIFIMAN range of headphones. The Signature Set includes a high-performance 4.4mm Pentaconn cable to connect the components together. This creates an unbeatable, desktop-sized headphone system for both digital and analog listening.
The 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 includes upgraded circuitry 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 its predecessor's 8-core) means it is now a full MQA decoder rather than a "renderer."
The ZEN DAC Signature V2 has a pair of RCA sockets for single-ended connection to an amp, plus a Pentaconn 4.4mm output. The full benefit of the 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 Pentaconn input or stereo XLR inputs via a 4.4mm-to-XLR cable. It can switch between "variable" and "fixed" outputs.
Also in the Signature Set is the ZEN CAN Signature HFM Headphone Amplifier, which has a specialized, finely tuned EQ curve. Its custom ActivEQ setting combines active and passive components to create a specific EQ curve to suit HIFIMAN planar headphones. Additionally, ActivEQ can be switched off to make the most of all other types of headphones and in-ear monitors.
The ZEN CAN Signature HFM also employs XSpace. This analog processing mode compensates for the "in-head localization" effect that can occur when using headphones to listen to music that was mixed using a pair of loudspeakers. It significantly widens the headphone soundstage to deliver a more spacious, loudspeaker-like experience.
Like all Music Direct products, the iFi ZEN Signature Set comes with the 100% Music Direct Satisfaction Guarantee.
"The ZEN Signature sets delivered highly resolved, clean, pristine, dynamic sound.... Backgrounds black as a new-moon nighttime sky brought musical details to the foreground. These two components [the ZEN CAN Signature HFM Headphone Amplifier and ZEN DAC Signature V2 DAC] sounded more expensive than they are and offer impressive sound quality — and a bit of style — for not a lot of money."
—Julie Mullins, Stereophile
The ZEN CAN Signature HFM features PowerMatch — four gain settings in six dB steps — 0dB, 6dB, 12dB, and 18db. This enables the amp to precisely suit the connected headphones. Unity gain (0dB) is useful to ensure low noise with sensitive in-ear monitors, while the higher gain settings make the most of tougher headphone loads, delivering excellent dynamic headroom.
The ZEN CAN Signature HFM boasts symmetrical, dual-mono balanced circuitry. It delivers 1,600mW (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 Pentaconn input. It has a 6.3mm output for headphones that have a standard single-ended connector and a 4.4mm Pentaconn balanced output for headphones offering a balanced connection.
Audiophile-Grade Cable Included
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. The cable construction has a custom helix design, minimized both in capacitance and inductance.
This high-performance cable has intrinsic shielding provided by minZ helix construction. This protects the cable from RFI and EMI noise and provides the cleanest transfer medium possible. To insulate the cable even further, iFi utilized an RoHS compliant, super-soft (60P) HD polymer with 1,500V AC spark resistance and excellent dielectric properties.
ZEN CAN Signature HFM
RCA: 3.5 (SE), 4.4mm (BAL)
Headphone output: 6.35 mm, 4.4 mm
Gain: 0 dB, 6 dB,12 dB,18 dB adjust
THD+N (A-Weighting): 0.0066% (BAL), 0.0058% (SE)
Output Impedance (HP):
BAL: <2 Ohms
SE: <1 Ohm
ZOUT: Balanced line out, 200 ohms
SNR: 122 dB (BAL)
Dynamic range: -122 dB (BAL)
Frequency response: (-3dB): 10 Hz – 200 kHz
Function Button: HFM adaption and/or XSpace; Bypass
Maximum output power (16 ohms): 3.0 V / 600 mW (BAL), 4.0 V / 1000 mW (SE)
Maximum output power (300 ohms): 5.1 V / 756 mW (BAL), 7.6 V / 196 mW (SE)
Maximum output power (600 ohms): 15.2 V / 385 mW (BAL), 7.6 V / 98 mW (SE)
Maximum power consumption: 13 W / 2.6A
Dimensions (WDH): 6.3" x 4.6" x 1.4"
Weight: 1.87 lbs.
ZEN DAC Signature V2
Input: USB3.0 B Socket (USB2.0 compatible)
PCM: 44.1 / 48 / 88.2 / 96 / 176.4 / 192 / 352.8 / 384kHz
DXD: 2.8 / 3.1 / 5.6 / 6.2 / 11.2 / 12.4MHz DSD 353 / 384KHz
DAC: Bit-Perfect DSD & DXD DAC by Burr Brown
Balanced 4.4 mm: 2V-6.2V max. (variable) / 4.2V (fixed)
UnBAL RCA: 1V-3.3V max. (variable) / 2.1V (fixed)
<= 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)
No Signal: ~0.5W
Max Signal: ~2.5W
Dimensions (WDH): 6.2" x 4.6" x 1.4"
Weight: 1.11 lbs.