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iFi audio

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It's the final week of our festive giveaways!
This week we're giving you the chance to win our ZEN DAC. All you need to do is click on the link below for details on how to enter. Best of luck 🎁 🎄 🌟

To enter, just fill in a simple form using this link: Win our multi award winning ZEN DAC! | iFi audio
The winner will be contacted on 24th December.

For full Terms & Conditions, please see our website link for details: Win our multi award winning ZEN DAC! | iFi audio
This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by or associated with Facebook or Instagram. This competition is for ages 18+ only.
 

iFi audio

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Our festive giveaway is officially CLOSED.

If you're our lucky winner, you will receive an email from us today ;)

Big thanks to everyone who entered our festive giveaways this month! Merry Christmas all!!
 

camcroft

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I have Two Zen Blues I think that they are fantastic love them I have looked at the Zen Phono but due to the lack of reviews out there .I have Schiit Mani phono stage at the moment and without listening to your Phono it would be hard to make a purchase at this point in time. I have faith in your company though. Keep up the good work. I have no space left in my signature to add your product
 

Steven

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The Instagram leak of the portable Diablo suggests a glossy red colour scheme. I think a metallic darker red would look better ✌️
 

iFi audio

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I have Two Zen Blues I think that they are fantastic love them I have looked at the Zen Phono but due to the lack of reviews out there .I have Schiit Mani phono stage at the moment and without listening to your Phono it would be hard to make a purchase at this point in time. I have faith in your company though. Keep up the good work. I have no space left in my signature to add your product

Hey Camcroft,

Thanks for your interest, we are glad you are enjoying your ZEN Blues! :D

You can find ZEN Phono reviews on our website!

Also if you check out the below link, it will show you your nearest stockist (Given Covid allows) You could go down to and give our ZEN Phono a listen so that you can decide for yourself ;)

 

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The Instagram leak of the portable Diablo suggests a glossy red colour scheme. I think a metallic darker red would look better ✌

Hey Steven!

Metallic red is a lovely colour, agreed! We want this new exceptional piece to stand out ;)
 

camcroft

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Att: iFi . Hi I have 2 of the Zen Blues one of my amplifiers has digital connections but my other one just has RCA . Will the RCA connection degrade the sound on the one that hasn't got digital connectors and if so is there anything that I can do to make it sound at its best. Thank You.
 

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Att: iFi . Hi I have 2 of the Zen Blues one of my amplifiers has digital connections but my other one just has RCA . Will the RCA connection degrade the sound on the one that hasn't got digital connectors and if so is there anything that I can do to make it sound at its best. Thank You.

Hey Camcroft,

Thank you for your question.

This would mostly be based on your listening preferences and what type of system you have? :)

I would personally suggest trying both ways, let us know what you think and how you get on! We'd love to hear from you again and I'm excited to see the different ways that our ZEN Blue can be used! ;)
 

camcroft

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I am using them in both ways but in two completely different systems. My main system that has digital inputs and my second system without digital inputs and was wondering if I am missing out with the non digital connection as both component dacs are not working together.
 

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I am using them in both ways but in two completely different systems. My main system that has digital inputs and my second system without digital inputs and was wondering if I am missing out with the non digital connection as both component dacs are not working together.

Hi Camcroft,

Thank you for your reply :)

Apologies for our delay, we just wanted to check this with our support team!

Not really as in the one system where you are using the digital output, it bypasses the ZEN Blue DAC.

In your second system you are using the ZEN Blue DAC, which is going straight to your AMP and Bypassing any DAC in that machine.
 

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Just a quick comparison on our micro series to our latest addition ;)
 

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iFi’s new ZEN CAN Signature isn’t just a fantastic headphone amp, it also sports a unique feature called ActivEQ which, when engaged, tailors the amp’s performance to suit a specific headphone like a made-to-measure suit.

We’ve already made the ZEN CAN Signature 6XX, with ActivEQ that perfectly matches the frequency response characteristics of both the Massdrop x Sennheiser HD 6XX headphones, and the Sennheiser HD 650 headphones on which they’re based.

Now, we want to make another version of the ZEN CAN Signature, with ActivEQ tailored towards a different popular headphone model. And we want YOU to decide which one!

FIVE headphones
Only ONE new ActiveEQ curve can be developed
Which headphone do you think it should be for?
Click on the link to vote 👇

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Our latest product has arrived ;) with ActivEQ to bring the best out in the HD6XX.



HD 6XX
• spectacular balanced midrange
BUT
• bass under 100Hz is rolled off
• upper treble is a little attenuated
• upper presence region has significant ‘hole’ in frequency response

ActivEQ
• EQ curve tailored to precisely correct the above issues
• contains active & passive components
• performed in the analogue domain
• no alteration to the midrange
• does not worsen SNR
• distortion is NOT increased
 
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iFi audio

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The next edition of the ZEN CAN Signature will be sold through iFi and iFi channels. It will NOT be sold via DROP nor is it connected to them.

Put simply, we've tried this idea once with the HD6XX and thought it would be fun to do again but this time by ourselves. We plan to make several versions of the ZEN CAN Signature to match the EQ Curves of different headphones. It is just a coincidence that the ones we've listed in our survey this time for this second version were sold on DROP, they just happen to be popular and we know they're are enough out there to make this exercise worth doing.

We will keep noting your suggestions for future ZEN CAN Signature models.

#iFiaudio #ZENCANSignature6XX #iFicrowddesign

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iFi audio

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As you guys know, many headphones can have a non flat response, even highly regarded audiophile ones!

In the case of the HD6XX, this can mean reduced treble and bass below 100Hz. However, using a dedicated analogue EQ, this frequency response can be made substantially closer to ideal.

This is where ZEN CAN Signature 6XX comes in!

#iFiaudio #ZENCANSignature6XX #iFicrowd design
 

iFi audio

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Right, so now it's the turn of the Fostex TR-X00. Should we tailor the EQ Curve for in the next edition of the ZEN CAN Signature to this particular headphone and if so, why? What's your thoughts?

These closed-back headphones feature mahogany ear cups, a magnesium alloy frame, Fostex’s signature biodynamic drivers, and a highly reviewed sound signature.

Don't forget to vote: FIVE headphones but only ONE specialist headphone amp can be produced. Which one do you think it should be? | iFi audio

#iFiaudio #ZENCANSignature6XX #iFicrowddesign #fostex

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