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iFi Audio ZEN CAN Studio - Balanced High-Performance Headphone Amplifier

  • Balanced, symmetrical dual-mono design using audio-grade ICs and discrete components
  • High power output drives even high impedance headphone loads with ease
  • Four-step gain adjustment, 0dB, 6dB, 12dB and 18 dB - to suit all headphone types
  • Class A operation - ultra-low distortion with high linearity and gain
  • Mono and Stereo sources switching (only available on the ZEN CAN Studio)
  • Precision analogue volume control - excellent channel matching even at low listening levels
  • Balanced XLR, balanced 4.4mm and single-ended 3.5mm inputs (only available on the ZEN CAN Studio)
  • Balanced 4.4mm headphone and line-level outputs, plus 6.35mm headphone output
  • Standard 3/8 microphone female socket for mounting (only available on the ZEN CAN Studio)
  • Manufacturer warranty: 12 months
  • iFi Audio ZEN CAN Studio

    ZEN CAN Studio is a very high performance, powerful, dedicated headphone amplifier, for musicians who reply on headphones for mixing, monitoring or mastering and can’t accept compromise. Housed in a compact enclosure, the ZEN CAN Studio is perfect for studio, live room, stage or home use.

    Alternatively, connect it to a pair of active monitors using the 4.4mm balanced output to use as a desktop monitor controller. Combine with the matching ZEN One Studio D/A to create a full interface/controller.

    Internal noise is kept to a minimum as the MCU (microcontroller unit) and LEDs are kept in ‘sleep mode’ unless actioned. All internal switching is FET-based to provide full audio transparency, while handling very high peak signals and keeping noise levels and distortion ultra-low (0.0001%).

    Produce Sound. Hear Music.

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    Power. And Volume.

    Getting the best out of your headphones just isn’t possible with the output from laptops. The ZEN CAN Studio has 52x more output, giving you everything you’ve been missing and helping you hear your recordings without running out of power. It’s designed to work with pretty well any headphones, with four steps of +6dB gain adjustment for the perfect match. The ZEN CAN mono selection feature allows you to switch between L, R or L&R to both headphones.

    Stacked. With Tech.

    The ZEN CAN Studio uses a top-quality custom OV Op-amp to deliver extremely low distortion and low noise output from its Class A balanced circuitry, which is trickled down from the iFi Studio flagship headphone amp, the iCAN. Its output is a huge 15.1v at 300 Ohms. Sealth mode voltage conversion circuits, with heavy LC filtering, separate the audio circuits from the internal power supply. A large capacitance power reservoir provides the drive for short transient music signals.

    Stage. Or Studio.

    The ZEN CAN Studio is equally at home on stage, in a live room or in the control room. Use it for musician monitoring in a live room, for example to each member of an orchestra or band, to give far higher quality than is usually offered during recording sessions. Take it on the road and use it on stage as a monitoring amplifier with your personal IEMs – it’s ideal for use by keyboard players, drummers and static musicians.

    And. Expandable.

    The ZEN CAN Studio forms one half of a powerful duo when partnered with the ZEN One Studio. This extremely high-quality stand-alone D/A converter can be connected using a 4.4mm, XLR or TRS balanced cable to the ZEN CAN Studio to create a fully functioning interface and monitor controller. Add a pair of active near-field monitors to the balanced output on the ZEN CAN Studio and the volume pot becomes the controller for the monitors. Switch between inputs on the ZEN One Studio and this duo proves itself as an adaptable and expandable interface.

    Technical Specifications

    • Input: 4.4mm 4.0Vrms (nom.) @ 0dBFS, 24kΩ balanced; 3.5mm 1.0Vrms (nom.) @ 0dBFS, 1MΩ UnBAL; XLR/6.3mm 4.0Vrms (nom.) @ 0dBFS, 24kΩ balanced; 6.3mm pinout [TRS: +, -, Gnd; compatible with TS: +, Gnd Separate left and right connectors]
    • Max. Input: 4.4mm 7.4V RMS; 3.5mm 1.92V RMS; XLR 7.4V RMS; 6.3mm 7.4Vrms balanced/3.8Vrms UnBAL
    • Max Output: Balanced: >15.2V/385 mW (@ 600Ω); >11.0V/1890 mW (@ 64Ω)
    • Max Output UnBAL:>7.6V/196 mW (@ 300Ω); >4.0V/1000 mW (@ 16Ω)
    • Output Impedance: Balanced <2Ω; UnBAL <1Ω; Line <200Ω
    • THD + N: Balanced <0.006% (@360 mW/2.4V 16Ω); UnBAL <0.005% (@ 100 mW/1.27V 16Ω)
    • SNR: Balanced >122dBA (@7.3V); UnBAL >120dBA (@ 1.9V)
    • Gain: OdB, 6dB, 12dB and 18dB
    • Frequency Response: 10Hz-200kHz (±0.03dB)
    • Power supply requirement: DC 5V/2.4A (centre +ve)
    • Power consumption: No Signal ~5W/Max Signal ~13W
    • Dimensions: 158x121 x 35 mm (6.2" x 4.8" x 1.4")
    • Net weight: 530g (1.17 lbs)

    Features

    • Balanced, symmetrical dual-mono design using audio-grade ICs and discrete components
    • 1600mW high power output drives even high impedance headphone loads with ease
    • Four-step gain adjustment, 0dB, 6dB, 12dB and 18 dB - to suit all headphone types
    • Class A operation - ultra-low distortion with high linearity and gain
    • Mono and Stereo sources switching (only available on the ZEN CAN Studio)
    • Precision analogue volume control - excellent channel matching even at low listening levels
    • Balanced XLR, balanced 4.4mm and single-ended 3.5mm inputs (only available on the ZEN CAN Studio)
    • Balanced 4.4mm headphone and line-level outputs, plus 6.35mm headphone output
    • Standard 3/8 microphone female socket for mounting (only available on the ZEN CAN Studio)

    Package Includes

    • iFi Audio ZEN CAN Studio
    • 4.4 to XLR cable
    • 6.35 to 3.5 adapter
    • Power adapter
    • 5/8 to 3/8 adapter
    • Quick Start Guide
    • Instruction card
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