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Elevate your vinyl listening experience with the iFi Audio ZEN Phono, a versatile phono stage boasting a wide range of gain settings, ultra-low noise, and precise RIAA equalization, all packed into a compact and stylish unit. Rediscover your vinyl collection with unparalleled clarity and fidelity, all at an accessible price point.
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GAIN SETTINGS
MC (v Lo), MC (lo), MC (hi), MM
OUTPUT IMPEDANCE
BAL: 200 ohms, SE: 100 ohms
INPUTS
DC 5V, RCA
OUTPUTS
RCA, Balanced 4.4mm
ANY CARTRDIGE
With MM/MC, high/low and very low, the ZEN Phono is able to handle just about any cartridge. From 36dB all the way up to 72dB. So as your vinyl system grows over time, the ZEN Phono will always keep up
DIMENSIONS
6.3" x 4.4" x 1.4"
GAIN SETTINGS
MC (v Lo), MC (lo), MC (hi), MM
OUTPUT IMPEDANCE
BAL: 200 ohms, SE: 100 ohms
INPUTS
DC 5V, RCA
OUTPUTS
RCA, Balanced 4.4mm
ANY CARTRDIGE
With MM/MC, high/low and very low, the ZEN Phono is able to handle just about any cartridge. From 36dB all the way up to 72dB. So as your vinyl system grows over time, the ZEN Phono will always keep up
DIMENSIONS
6.3" x 4.4" x 1.4"

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The iFi Audio ZEN Phono impresses with its versatile gain settings, ultra-low noise floor, and precise RIAA curve, making it a game-changer for vinyl enthusiasts seeking exceptional performance on a budget.

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Dylan Crane
Brand Manager

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The fusion of LPs and iFi Audio's ZEN Phono creates pure magic for vinyl enthusiasts. With the ZEN Phono, your cherished vinyl collection reaches new heights, offering unparalleled performance that can accommodate both MM/MC cartridges, a super-silent noise floor at -151dBV, and a precise RIAA curve with balanced output that rivals phono stages priced at over $1,000.

What sets the ZEN Phono apart is its commitment to delivering an impeccable vinyl experience. Unlike entry-level phono stages, it offers an extensive gain range from 36dB to an impressive 72dB. The addition of an AI sub-sonic filter addresses record warping without compromising bass or causing phase issues, ensuring pristine sound.

Hiss is the bane of phono stages, but the ZEN Phono ingeniously sidesteps this issue with its high-tech clean power supply, generating a 1.2MHz power supply, 20,000 times higher than the mains frequency. This, combined with substantial noise filtration, rivals the performance of well-designed LC filtering circuits seen in classic tube amplifiers. Additionally, the isolated 'island' PCB prevents any noise interference with the analog stage, resulting in a super clean +/- 12V DC supply.

The iFi Audio ZEN Phono's measured Equivalent Input Noise (EIN) of -151dBV sets it apart, offering a remarkable 20dBV reduction in noise compared to some Stereophile Class A+ phono stages rated at -131dBV.

The meticulous design extends to the EQ circuit, featuring multiple TDK C0G capacitors in parallel for unparalleled stability and minimal distortion. These capacitors, with their low tolerance and parallel configuration, ensure an astonishing +/- 0.15dB RIAA EQ tolerance, rivaling hand-selected capacitors.

Beneath the hood, the iFi Audio ZEN Phono boasts premium audio components inherited from its ultra-fidelity AMR PH-77 and iFi iPhono counterparts, enhancing the already exceptional circuit design. To top it off, the intelligent sub-sonic filter, borrowed from the iPhono range, removes troublesome 'rumble' without compromising the bass or introducing phase issues, ensuring an all-around impeccable vinyl experience.

Specifications

Gain Settings

  • MC (v lo): 72dB (+/- 1dB)
  • MC (lo): 60dB (+/- 1dB)
  • MC (hi): 48dB (+/- 1dB)
  • MM: 36dB (+/- 1dB)

AI Sub-sonic Filter

  • Remedies only the 'warp' in LPs
  • No negative impact on bass response

Max Output Voltage (RMS)

  • 20V RMS bal output into 100k (< 1% THD & N)
  • 13.5V RMS bal output into 600R (< 1% THD & N)

Output Impedance

  • BAL: 200 Ohms resistive
  • SE: 100 Ohms resistive

Input Impedance

  • MM: 47K Ohms (Load: 110pF)
  • MC High: 47K Ohms
  • MC Low: 1K Ohms
  • MC V Low: 110 Ohms

Signal/Noise Ratio

  • 94dB(A) MM re 2V BAL/1V UNBAL
  • 80dB (unweighted 80kHz BW) MM re 2V BAL/1V UNBAL
  • 84dB(A) MC Hi re 2V BAL/1V UNBAL
  • 71dB (unweighted 80kHz BW) MM re 2V BAL/1V UNBAL
  • 90dB(A) MC lo re 2V BAL/1V UNBAL
  • 79dB (unweighted 80kHz BW) MC lo re 2V BAL/1V UNBAL
  • 79dB(A) MC vlo re 2V BAL/1V UNBAL
  • 69dB (unweighted 80kHz BW) MC vlo re 2V BAL/1V UNBAL

EIN (Equivalent Input Noise)

  • 0.6nV/Hz (unweighted) MC lo/vlo
  • 6.5nV/Hz (unweighted) MM/MC hi

Harmonic Distortion

  • < -110dB / 0.0003% MM re 2V BAL/1V UNBAL
  • < -80dB / 0.01% MC lo re 2V BAL/1V UNBAL
  • < -86dB / 0.005% MC vlo re 2V BAL/1V UNBAL

Dimensions

  • 160(l) x 113(w) x 35(h) mm
  • 6.3" x 4.4" x 1.4"

Power Supply

  • DC 5V / 500mA

Net Weight

  • 515g (1.14 lbs)

Warranty

  • 12 months

iFi Audio Zen Phono User Manual

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Product Description

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Elevate your vinyl listening experience with the iFi Audio ZEN Phono, a versatile phono stage boasting a wide range of gain settings, ultra-low noise, and precise RIAA equalization, all packed into a compact and stylish unit. Rediscover your vinyl collection with unparalleled clarity and fidelity, all at an accessible price point.
Get the Details
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Features & Specs Line Circle

GAIN SETTINGS
MC (v Lo), MC (lo), MC (hi), MM
OUTPUT IMPEDANCE
BAL: 200 ohms, SE: 100 ohms
INPUTS
DC 5V, RCA
OUTPUTS
RCA, Balanced 4.4mm
ANY CARTRDIGE
With MM/MC, high/low and very low, the ZEN Phono is able to handle just about any cartridge. From 36dB all the way up to 72dB. So as your vinyl system grows over time, the ZEN Phono will always keep up
DIMENSIONS
6.3" x 4.4" x 1.4"
GAIN SETTINGS
MC (v Lo), MC (lo), MC (hi), MM
OUTPUT IMPEDANCE
BAL: 200 ohms, SE: 100 ohms
INPUTS
DC 5V, RCA
OUTPUTS
RCA, Balanced 4.4mm
ANY CARTRDIGE
With MM/MC, high/low and very low, the ZEN Phono is able to handle just about any cartridge. From 36dB all the way up to 72dB. So as your vinyl system grows over time, the ZEN Phono will always keep up
DIMENSIONS
6.3" x 4.4" x 1.4"
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Expert Insight

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The iFi Audio ZEN Phono impresses with its versatile gain settings, ultra-low noise floor, and precise RIAA curve, making it a game-changer for vinyl enthusiasts seeking exceptional performance on a budget.

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Dylan Crane
Brand Manager
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Details

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The fusion of LPs and iFi Audio's ZEN Phono creates pure magic for vinyl enthusiasts. With the ZEN Phono, your cherished vinyl collection reaches new heights, offering unparalleled performance that can accommodate both MM/MC cartridges, a super-silent noise floor at -151dBV, and a precise RIAA curve with balanced output that rivals phono stages priced at over $1,000.

What sets the ZEN Phono apart is its commitment to delivering an impeccable vinyl experience. Unlike entry-level phono stages, it offers an extensive gain range from 36dB to an impressive 72dB. The addition of an AI sub-sonic filter addresses record warping without compromising bass or causing phase issues, ensuring pristine sound.

Hiss is the bane of phono stages, but the ZEN Phono ingeniously sidesteps this issue with its high-tech clean power supply, generating a 1.2MHz power supply, 20,000 times higher than the mains frequency. This, combined with substantial noise filtration, rivals the performance of well-designed LC filtering circuits seen in classic tube amplifiers. Additionally, the isolated 'island' PCB prevents any noise interference with the analog stage, resulting in a super clean +/- 12V DC supply.

The iFi Audio ZEN Phono's measured Equivalent Input Noise (EIN) of -151dBV sets it apart, offering a remarkable 20dBV reduction in noise compared to some Stereophile Class A+ phono stages rated at -131dBV.

The meticulous design extends to the EQ circuit, featuring multiple TDK C0G capacitors in parallel for unparalleled stability and minimal distortion. These capacitors, with their low tolerance and parallel configuration, ensure an astonishing +/- 0.15dB RIAA EQ tolerance, rivaling hand-selected capacitors.

Beneath the hood, the iFi Audio ZEN Phono boasts premium audio components inherited from its ultra-fidelity AMR PH-77 and iFi iPhono counterparts, enhancing the already exceptional circuit design. To top it off, the intelligent sub-sonic filter, borrowed from the iPhono range, removes troublesome 'rumble' without compromising the bass or introducing phase issues, ensuring an all-around impeccable vinyl experience.

Specifications

Gain Settings

  • MC (v lo): 72dB (+/- 1dB)
  • MC (lo): 60dB (+/- 1dB)
  • MC (hi): 48dB (+/- 1dB)
  • MM: 36dB (+/- 1dB)

AI Sub-sonic Filter

  • Remedies only the 'warp' in LPs
  • No negative impact on bass response

Max Output Voltage (RMS)

  • 20V RMS bal output into 100k (< 1% THD & N)
  • 13.5V RMS bal output into 600R (< 1% THD & N)

Output Impedance

  • BAL: 200 Ohms resistive
  • SE: 100 Ohms resistive

Input Impedance

  • MM: 47K Ohms (Load: 110pF)
  • MC High: 47K Ohms
  • MC Low: 1K Ohms
  • MC V Low: 110 Ohms

Signal/Noise Ratio

  • 94dB(A) MM re 2V BAL/1V UNBAL
  • 80dB (unweighted 80kHz BW) MM re 2V BAL/1V UNBAL
  • 84dB(A) MC Hi re 2V BAL/1V UNBAL
  • 71dB (unweighted 80kHz BW) MM re 2V BAL/1V UNBAL
  • 90dB(A) MC lo re 2V BAL/1V UNBAL
  • 79dB (unweighted 80kHz BW) MC lo re 2V BAL/1V UNBAL
  • 79dB(A) MC vlo re 2V BAL/1V UNBAL
  • 69dB (unweighted 80kHz BW) MC vlo re 2V BAL/1V UNBAL

EIN (Equivalent Input Noise)

  • 0.6nV/Hz (unweighted) MC lo/vlo
  • 6.5nV/Hz (unweighted) MM/MC hi

Harmonic Distortion

  • < -110dB / 0.0003% MM re 2V BAL/1V UNBAL
  • < -80dB / 0.01% MC lo re 2V BAL/1V UNBAL
  • < -86dB / 0.005% MC vlo re 2V BAL/1V UNBAL

Dimensions

  • 160(l) x 113(w) x 35(h) mm
  • 6.3" x 4.4" x 1.4"

Power Supply

  • DC 5V / 500mA

Net Weight

  • 515g (1.14 lbs)

Warranty

  • 12 months

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