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Enter the ZEN Stream: the latest addition to iFi’s award-winning ZEN Series of compact and affordable audio devices, designed to deliver flexible, high-quality network streaming to any audio environment.
Described as a ‘Wi-Fi audio transport’, the ZEN Stream acts as a bridge between your Wi-Fi network and your audio system. It connects to a router via Wi-Fi or Ethernet cable, and outputs to an external DAC (or an amp with digital inputs) via USB or S/PDIF. Its open-source architecture makes it flexible and future-proof; its purpose-built hardware and software deliver excellent sound quality; and its price makes it an eminently affordable solution for high-performance network audio streaming.
Beneath its classy exterior, the ZEN Stream is a technological streamer-de-force. It has one purpose - to send music simply from the Internet to your DAC with no loss of quality. True hi-res performance of PCM384/DSD256 via WiFi/LAN. Just add your smart device as a remote and away you go. Optimised open-source architecture – works with multiple dedicated platforms, completely and perfectly future-proofed as it is constantly updated.
ZEN Stream is a true ground-up design by iFi - the hardware and software implementation is quite exceptional: Two SuperSpeed USB3.0 ports with Active Noise Cancellation II, S/PDIF out with the iPurifier built-in, and iFi software developed with Volumio open-source as the starting point, then coded and optimised by us to achieve the purest streaming software bar none.
Beneath the unassuming casework sits some serious horsepower in terms of both technologies and components such as Powerful 64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex microprocessor, USB and S/PDIF interfaces regulated by femto-precision GMT clock to eradicate jitter, and Active Noise Cancellation II and iPurifier technologies for USB and S/PDIF interfaces respectively.
An ingenious part of the ZEN Stream’s design is the ability to select between ‘Exclusive’ modes – individual settings dedicated to specific modes of operation to deliver the purest possible performance. All other programs are shut down – to minimise ‘software jitter’ — an often overlooked aspect that negatively impacts the quality of computer audio playback.
This ensures that the ZEN Stream is not merely a ‘jack of all trades’, but a master of all too. The ZEN Stream has the following connectivity options: Stream straight from Spotify/Tidal apps ROON Ready, Tidal streaming, NAA streaming, DLNA streaming.
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