iFi Audio Zen Phono Stage Review & Comments

camcroft

Well-known Member
I can't imagine any intergrated pre amp being better than an external version. Does it offer mm and MC compatibility or alternative gain loading?
Hi. Good price for your Mani. Mine sold for £130+ P & P it wasn't on for more than half an hour I am satisfied with what I got . Enjoy
 

Iggy930

Active Member
I pulled the trigger on Thursday. It turned up on Friday and am on my 6th Album since it arrived and the vinyl sounds great. Happy days!
 

camcroft

Well-known Member
I pulled the trigger on Thursday. It turned up on Friday and am on my 6th Album since it arrived and the vinyl sounds great. Happy days!
Enjoy. Brilliant piece of kit.
 

camcroft

Well-known Member
I pulled the trigger on Thursday. It turned up on Friday and am on my 6th Album since it arrived and the vinyl sounds great. Happy days!
What other kit are you using with it.
 

ericepp

Novice Member
Difficult to say really as the stereo performance of the Denon itself will be relatively poor. The Rega may give a better performance but will still be stifled by the Denon itself. If I were going to spend money on trying to get a better performance out of the Denon it would be bring in a stereo amp that has HT by-pass ability and route all my music sources through that.
The Denon has a Direct function which bypasses the digital influence to a degree. It’s obviously not a true analog stereo receiver, but I’m a bit confused about what you mean by “stereo amp with HT bypass.” Did you mean like the “Direct” function of the Denon X6300H?

Also, has anybody tried to use the integrated phono amp on a higher end Denon, such as the X6300H? It’s not a flagship product, but was toward the top when it debuted. Obviously Denon is not high end, but we ARE discussing a sub $200 product.
 

ericepp

Novice Member
Hows the unit sounding I got mine quite late and the missus wanted to watch tv so I only played one LP and haven't played anything yet as she is listening out for a Mothers Day delivery. Are you using the Subsonic Filter setting.
The subsonic filter will not affect the sound as it is SUBSONIC. It is designed to help the efficiency of your speakers by eliminating sounds that you may not hear, but are still present in the signal and are using up the potential energy of the speakers on unwanted low frequencies.
 

gibbsy

Moderator
The Denon has a Direct function which bypasses the digital influence to a degree. It’s obviously not a true analog stereo receiver, but I’m a bit confused about what you mean by “stereo amp with HT bypass.” Did you mean like the “Direct” function of the Denon X6300H?

Also, has anybody tried to use the integrated phono amp on a higher end Denon, such as the X6300H? It’s not a flagship product, but was toward the top when it debuted. Obviously Denon is not high end, but we ARE discussing a sub $200 product.
Welcome to the Forum.

I have a Denon X6500. The front left and right channels are connected by the pre-outs to a Rega stereo amp that has HT by-pass. All my stereo music sources are connected to the Rega amp thus by-passing the Denon completely for stereo music. This enables me to use virtually two separate systems, one for film and TV and the second for music whilst still using the same pair of front speakers.

For film and TV both the Denon and the Rega need to be fired up, the Rega in HT by-pass mode being used as a power amp to the Denon. For music only then just the Rega stereo amp is used. It's a system I've been using for at least four years.
 

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The subsonic filter will not affect the sound as it is SUBSONIC. It is designed to help the efficiency of your speakers by eliminating sounds that you may not hear, but are still present in the signal and are using up the potential energy of the speakers on unwanted low frequencies.
That's right. A subsonic filter is a filter with a particular cut off frequency. Its main purpose is to attenuate unwanted distortion from the subsonic range.
 

ericepp

Novice Member
Welcome to the Forum.

I have a Denon X6500. The front left and right channels are connected by the pre-outs to a Rega stereo amp that has HT by-pass. All my stereo music sources are connected to the Rega amp thus by-passing the Denon completely for stereo music. This enables me to use virtually two separate systems, one for film and TV and the second for music whilst still using the same pair of front speakers.

For film and TV both the Denon and the Rega need to be fired up, the Rega in HT by-pass mode being used as a power amp to the Denon. For music only then just the Rega stereo amp is used. It's a system I've been using for at least four years.
What sources are you using that require the Rega to be used? Are you just using it for a pair of large front left and right speakers while you are watching movies/TV? If this is true, I’m sure it helps the efficiency of the unit. How is the loudness of the speakers calibrated to match the others on the movie track? I guess you run the odyssey EQ with the Rega attached. Just guessing here to potentially save you time responding.
 

gibbsy

Moderator
What sources are you using that require the Rega to be used? Are you just using it for a pair of large front left and right speakers while you are watching movies/TV? If this is true, I’m sure it helps the efficiency of the unit. How is the loudness of the speakers calibrated to match the others on the movie track? I guess you run the odyssey EQ with the Rega attached. Just guessing here to potentially save you time responding.
For TV and discs I use the full surround sound via the Denon with the Rega's power amp driving the front left and right. For music I just use the Rega. You EQ the Rega into the system by running Audyssey and the volume when watching TV and discs is controlled by the Denon.
 

Nocturnal

Member
I got the IFI Zen DAC Signature a few days ago and it is fantastic with my Arcam SA10 amplifier and Wharfdale Denton 80th Anniversary speakers. The marketing suggests it is only suitable for headphones and most buyers are headphone system listeners but it is excellent in a conventional hifi set-up.

Feeding it via USB from my Apple M1 MAC mini (zero fan noise) with 5 TB portable USB external drive (also silent) running Jriver as a player and DNLA server which streams to my Arcam CDS27 SACD network streamer.

The IFI DAC exceeded my expectations and I'd love to hear this IfI phono stage with my custom Thorens TD160 - Rega RB300 - Goldring 1022 GX cartridge although the Arcam SA10 on board phono stage is pretty good, but as Ed Selley suggests it would be a pretty noticeable improvement, more than likely better money spent than a RB300 rewire and the endless amount of snake oil turntable improvements out there.
 

iFi audio

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Thanks for your appreciation. Perhaps a word of clarification.
Zen DAC Signature does not have a headphone output and you'd need a separate headphone amplifier to fully enjoy headphones. People usually buy the Zen DAC Signature bundled together with one of the Zen CAN Signatures 6XX or HFM, which make a great combo. These two amplifiers offer a custom EQ setting precisely tailored across the entire frequency response curve to make the most of the most popular HIFIMAN and Sennheiser headphone models.
 

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