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iFi Audio ZEN CAN Signature – Premium Desktop Headphone Amplifier

  • Designed for IEMs and headphones with audiophile-grade components for superior sound
  • Class A discrete balanced circuitry delivers warm and exceptional sound quality.
  • Stereo RCA, 3.5mm single-ended, and 4.4mm balanced inputs
  • 4.4mm balanced output for balanced headphones and 6.3mm jack for standard headphones
  • Also includes analogue balanced output on back panel
  • XSpace and Xbass enhance the soundstage and low-frequency response
  • Manufacturer warranty: 12 months
  • iFi Audio ZEN CAN Signature

    The ZEN CAN Signature is an upgraded version of the original, award-winning ZEN CAN headphone amplifier. Design for IEMs and headphones with audiophile-grade components for superior sound.

    The original ZEN CAN, our all-analogue headphone amplifier, excelled at driving demanding headphone loads with its balanced circuit design, extremely low distortion, and exceptional sonics. The ZEN CAN Signature takes this design further, featuring enhanced circuitry and audiophile-grade components. Its balanced, symmetrical dual-mono circuitry can deliver 1890mW (11.0V) into 64-ohm loads and offer over 15V to loads of 600 ohms or higher, all through its balanced output.

    The ZEN CAN Signature offers more than just power; it also delivers warm and exceptional sound quality. This is thanks to its Class A discrete balanced circuitry, inherited from the flagship Pro iCAN headphone amplifier. The unit also includes an analogue balanced output on the back panel, ideal for connecting active speakers via a 4.4mm to XLR adapter. As the ZEN CAN Signature is fully balanced and dual-mono circuit design, this is the recommended output option.

    Signature Sound. Tailored by iFi.

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    More Power Matters

    Laptops and smartphones typically have a low power output of less than 1.0V. With a quality pair of headphones, you often find yourself running out of power, never truly experiencing their full potential. Connect your laptop, phone, or DAC to the ZEN CAN Signature and plug in your headphones. Delivering 50 times more power, you’ll finally hear what you’ve been missing.

    3 In, 3 Out. Free to Connect.

    The ZEN CAN Signature offers a range of input options, including stereo RCA, 3.5mm single-ended, and 4.4mm balanced inputs, making it versatile enough to connect with your laptops, phones, or DACs. For output, it provides a 4.4mm balanced option for headphones that support balanced connections. It also features a 6.3mm jack for headphones with standard single-ended connectors.

    No Pain. Just Gain and Bass.

    The ZEN CAN Signature offers multiple customisation options to suit a wide range of headphones. Starting with PowerMatch, the unit provides four gain settings in six dB steps: 0dB, 6dB, 12dB, and 18dB. This feature ensures compatibility from super-sensitive IEMs to power-hungry headphones. We recommend starting at 0dB and then gradually adjusting the switchable gain level to find your optimal volume for both enjoyment and comfort.

    Premium Inside and Out

    The ZEN CAN Signature employs a military-spec PCB to enhance signal integrity. It also incorporates audiophile-grade components. Unlike other headphone amplifiers that come with standard power supplies like those for notebooks, the ZEN CAN Signature includes the iFi iPower2 power supply. This features Active Noise Cancellation II to eliminate all incoming EMI and RFI noise, ensuring a clean and clear audio experience.

    The Signature brothers

    If you’re looking to upgrade your Desk-Fi system to support high-resolution music files up to 32-bit/384kHz, DSD256, and MQA, the ZEN DAC Signature V2 is the ideal companion for the ZEN CAN Signature. This device can serve as a pure DAC, enhancing your audio experience.

    Technical Specifications

    • Input Voltage: 5V/2.5A
    • Max Output Balanced: >15.1V/385 mW (@ 600 Ohm); >11.0V/1890 mW (@64Ohm); >6.2V/1200 mW (@ 32 Ohm)
    • Max Output Single-Ended: >7.6V/98mW (@ 600 Ohm); >7.4V/870 mW (@ 64Ohm); >7.2V/1600 mW (@ 32 Ohm)
    • THD&N: <0.006% (@ 360 mW/2.4V 16Ohm); <0.005% (@ 100 mW/1.27V 16Ohm)
    • SNR Balanced: >121dBA (@ 15.2V )
    • SNR Single-Ended: >120dBA (@ 7.6V )
    • Max Output Balanced: 7.4V RMS
    • Max Output RCA: 3.8V RMS
    • Max Output 3.5mm: 1.92V RMS
    • Gain: 0dB, 6dB, 12dB and 18dB
    • Frequency Response: 10Hz - 200kHz (-3dB)
    • Power consumption: No Signal ~5W; Max Signal ~12W
    • Dimensions: 158 x 117 x 35 mm (6.2" x 4.6" x 1.4")
    • Weight: 550 g (1.21 lbs)
    Line Section
    • Outputs BAL: 6.7V max. (variable)
    • Outputs UNBAL: 3.5V max. (variable)
    • Output Impedance BAL: <200Ω
    • Output Impedance UNBAL: <100Ω
    • SNR BAL: <110dB(A) @ 0dBFS
    • SNR UNBAL: <110dB(A) @ 0dBFS
    • THD+N BAL: <0.007% @ 0dBFS
    • THD+N UNBAL: <0.015% @ 0dBFS
    Headphone Section
    • Outputs BAL: 6.7V max. @ 600Ω
    • Outputs UNBAL: 3.5V max. @ 600Ω
    • Output Power BAL: >1000mW @ 32Ω; >74mW @ 600Ω
    • Output Power UNBAL: >320mW @ 32Ω; >40mW @ 300Ω
    • Output Impedance BAL/UNBAL: <1Ω
    • SNR BAL: <116dB(A) @ 0dBFS
    • SNR UNBAL: <115dB(A) @ 0dBFS
    • THD+N: <0.005% (1V @ 16Ω)

    Features

    • Designed for IEMs and headphones with audiophile-grade components for superior sound
    • Enhanced circuitry and audiophile-grade components
    • Balanced, symmetrical dual-mono circuitry
    • Class A discrete balanced circuitry delivers warm and exceptional sound quality.
    • Stereo RCA, 3.5mm single-ended, and 4.4mm balanced inputs
    • 4.4mm balanced output for balanced headphones and 6.3mm jack for standard headphones
    • Also includes analogue balanced output on back panel
    • XSpace and Xbass enhance the soundstage and low-frequency response
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