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IFi Audio Zen Can

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  • Nitro for your headphones.
    52x more power. Pump up the volume.

    Laptops and smartphones have a really low power output of <1.0v. On a good set of headphones you’re always running out of juice. You never get to really hear what they can do.

    Use a laptop, phone or DAC to feed your music to the ZEN CAN and connect your headphones. Pumping out 52x more power, now you’ll hear what you have been missing.

    Balanced to thrill
    The ZEN CAN has trickle-down Class A discrete balanced circuitry from iFi audio’s flagship Pro iCAN. With 15.1v @300 Ohms on tap, it has serious power that will make even difficult-to-drive headphones thump to the beat.

    - Class A discrete output buffer from the flagship Pro iCAN using Op-Amp (OV2637A)
    - FET input avoids loading volume control – low distortion/noise
    - SE inputs (1M Ohm) ensures loading of the source so always in Class A operation
    - Output amplifier gain of four steps in +6dB perfect for headphone matching

    Puts you at the venue. Not other way round.


    Audio recordings are made for speakers and when played back on headphones, the sound is always driving you nuts by being only in your head.

    Our 3D special sound circuit solves this:

    • Stereo image that is truly out of your head, in front with height, width & depth
    • Without colouration or loss of resolution
    • All analogue circuitry (i.e. without costly and complex digital signal manipulation)
    • Satisfies all listeners.

    Ace of XBass


    Behind XBass is our active EQ circuit which meets a common gripe with headphones head-on, a lack of bass.

    Open-back headphones in particular, let all frequencies (especially those precious bass frequencies that the drivers generate so little of) leak freely out of the back instead of trapping and redirecting them back to your ears.

    XBass equalisation is a much more elegant solution to bass correction than seen elsewhere. It consists of active and passive components and its frequency response curve corrects their low-end response problems with precision.

    Packed with premium goodness


    Underpinning the Balanced and Active EQ circuitry are:

    • Panasonic ECPU capacitors
    • TDK C0G (Class 1) ceramic capacitors
    • iFi/AMR ‘OV’ ‘Operationsverstärker’ series op-amps
    • MELF resistors
    • Texas Instruments low-noise ICs
    • muRata capacitors and
    • Tokyo Cosmos Electric Co. (TOCOS) multi-track potentiometer, with exceptional channel matching even at low volume



  • Inputs 4.4mm Pentacon BAL
    RCA L/R Socket SE
    3.5mm Jack SE
    4.0V nominal @ 0dBFS, 24 kOhm Zin
    2.0V nominal @ 0dBFS, 1 MegOhm Zin
    1.0V nominal @ 0dBFS, 1 MegOhm Zin
    Max Output Balanced >15.1V/385 mW (@ 600 Ohm)
    >11.0V/1890 mW (@ 64 Ohm)
    S-E >7.6V/196 mW (@ 300 Ohm)
    >7.2V/1600 mW (@ 32 Ohm)
    Output Impedance (HP) BAL
    SE
    <2 Ohms
    <1 Ohm
    Zout Line out <200 Ohms
    THD & N Balanced
    S-E
    < 0.0007% (4V out, 600 Ohm, 1kHz)
    <0.006% (@ 100 mW/1.27V 16 Ohm)
    SNR Balanced
    S-E
    >120dBA (@ 15.2V)
    >118dBA (@ 7.6V)
    Max. Input Balanced
    RCA
    3.5mm
    7.4V RMS
    3.8V RMS
    1.92V RMS
    Gain 0dB, 6dB, 12dB and 18dB
    Frequency Response 20Hz - 20kHz (+0dB / -0.03dB)
    Power consumption No Signal
    Max Signal
    ~5W
    ~13W
    Input voltage
    DC 5V/2.4A
    AC 100 -240V
    50/60Hz
    Dimensions 160(w) x 117(d) x 35(h) mm
    6.3" x 4.6" x 1.4"
    Net weight 515g (1.14 Ibs)