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Elevate your headphone listening experience with the iFi Audio ZEN CAN, a powerful and versatile headphone amplifier that delivers pristine sound quality and high-resolution audio support, all in a compact and stylish package. With its balanced and single-ended inputs, adjustable gain settings, and impressive signal-to-noise ratio, the ZEN CAN is the perfect companion for discerning audiophiles.
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NITRO FOR YOUR HEADPHONES
Fully-balanced. 1,600mW. Battleship headphone amplifier.
CONTINUOUS OUTPUT POWER
0dB, 6dB, 12dB and 18dB
HARMONIC DISTORTION
No Signal: ~5W, Max Signal: ~13W
FREQUENCY RESPONSE
20Hz - 20kHz (+0dB / -0.03dB)
INPUTS
4.4mm Pentacon BAL, RCA L/R Socket SE, 3.5mm Jack SE
DIMENSIONS
160(w) x 117(d) x 35(h) mm / 6.3" x 4.6" x 1.4"
NITRO FOR YOUR HEADPHONES
Fully-balanced. 1,600mW. Battleship headphone amplifier.
CONTINUOUS OUTPUT POWER
0dB, 6dB, 12dB and 18dB
HARMONIC DISTORTION
No Signal: ~5W, Max Signal: ~13W
FREQUENCY RESPONSE
20Hz - 20kHz (+0dB / -0.03dB)
INPUTS
4.4mm Pentacon BAL, RCA L/R Socket SE, 3.5mm Jack SE
DIMENSIONS
160(w) x 117(d) x 35(h) mm / 6.3" x 4.6" x 1.4"

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The iFi Audio ZEN CAN combines robust power output, low distortion, and versatile input options to deliver an exceptional headphone amplification experience, making it a top choice for audiophiles seeking superior sound quality.

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Elevate your audio experience with the iFi Audio ZEN CAN, a powerful headphone amplifier that injects 52 times more power into your headphones, making them come alive like never before. Laptops and smartphones often provide a feeble output of less than 1.0v, leaving your high-quality headphones starved for power. The ZEN CAN changes the game by allowing you to connect your laptop, phone, or DAC and infusing your music with a whopping 52 times the power, ensuring you hear every nuance and detail you've been missing.

One of the standout features of the ZEN CAN is its adoption of Class A discrete balanced circuitry from iFi Audio's flagship Pro iCAN, which costs significantly more. With 15.1v @ 300 Ohms at your disposal, this amplifier can handle even the most demanding headphones, delivering a rich and powerful audio experience that will have you immersed in your music.

But it doesn't stop there. iFi Audio's 3D special sound circuit takes your audio to the next level by moving the stereo image out of your head and in front of you, creating a sense of height, width, and depth that truly replicates a live performance. This analog circuitry ensures an authentic sound without any digital signal manipulation.

For those who crave more bass, the ZEN CAN's XBass equalization system provides a precise and elegant solution to enhance low-end response. It corrects the bass issues often found in open-back headphones by utilizing active and passive components to achieve precise bass correction.

The ZEN CAN is built with premium components, including Panasonic ECPU capacitors, TDK C0G ceramic capacitors, iFi/AMR 'OV' operational amplifiers, MELF resistors, and Texas Instruments low-noise ICs, ensuring superior sound quality and performance. The Tokyo Cosmos Electric Co. (TOCOS) multi-track potentiometer offers exceptional channel matching, and TDK C0G capacitors reduce capacitor-induced distortion to negligible levels.

Experience a rich and immersive audio journey with the iFi Audio ZEN CAN, where Class A Discrete circuitry, advanced EQ systems, and premium components come together to deliver an exceptional listening experience that transcends conventional headphone amplifiers.

Performance

  • Maximum Power Output (16 Ohms Load): >3,940 mW (Balanced)
  • Maximum Power Output (300 Ohms Load): >1,530 mW (Balanced)
  • Maximum Power Output (600 Ohms Load): >785 mW (Balanced)
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR): >119 dBA (Balanced)
  • Total Harmonic Distortion (THD): <0.003% (Balanced)
  • Frequency Response: 0.1 Hz to 500 kHz (-3 dB)
  • Output Impedance: <1 Ohm (Balanced)
  • Gain: -18 dB, -12 dB, 0 dB, +6 dB (Selectable)
  • Inputs: Single-Ended (RCA), Balanced (4.4mm Pentaconn)
  • Outputs: Single-Ended (6.3mm TRS), Balanced (4.4mm Pentaconn)
  • Input Sensitivity for Full Power Output: 2.2V (Balanced)
  • Maximum Input Level: >8V (Balanced)
  • Output Voltage: 20V (Balanced)
  • Output Current: 1A (Balanced)

These specifications highlight the ZEN CAN's ability to provide robust power output, low distortion, and an extended frequency response, making it an excellent choice for demanding headphones and audiophile-grade listening experiences.

Specifications

  • Inputs:
    • 4.4mm Pentacon Balanced
    • RCA L/R Socket Single-Ended (SE)
    • 3.5mm Jack Single-Ended (SE)
  • Nominal Output Voltage (SE):
    • 4.0V @ 0dBFS, 24 kOhm Zin
    • 2.0V @ 0dBFS, 1 MegOhm Zin
    • 1.0V @ 0dBFS, 1 MegOhm Zin
  • Max Output (Balanced):
    • 15.1V/385 mW @ 600 Ohm

    • 11.0V/1890 mW @ 64 Ohm

  • Max Output (Single-Ended):
    • 7.6V/196 mW @ 300 Ohm

    • 7.2V/1600 mW @ 32 Ohm

  • Output Impedance (Headphone):
    • Balanced: <2 Ohms
    • Single-Ended: <1 Ohm
  • Output Impedance (Line out): <200 Ohms
  • Total Harmonic Distortion and Noise (THD & N):
    • Balanced: <0.0007% (4V out, 600 Ohm, 1kHz)
    • Single-Ended: <0.006% (100 mW/1.27V, 16 Ohm)
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR):
    • Balanced: >120dBA @ 15.2V
    • Single-Ended: >118dBA @ 7.6V
  • Max. Input:
    • Balanced: 7.4V RMS
    • RCA: 3.8V RMS
    • 3.5mm: 1.92V RMS
  • Gain Settings: 0dB, 6dB, 12dB, and 18dB
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz (+0dB / -0.03dB)
  • Power Consumption:
    • No Signal: ~5W
    • Max Signal: ~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)
  • Warranty Period: 12 months

iFi Audio Zen Can User Manual

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Product Description

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Elevate your headphone listening experience with the iFi Audio ZEN CAN, a powerful and versatile headphone amplifier that delivers pristine sound quality and high-resolution audio support, all in a compact and stylish package. With its balanced and single-ended inputs, adjustable gain settings, and impressive signal-to-noise ratio, the ZEN CAN is the perfect companion for discerning audiophiles.
Get the Details
Features & Specsdown arrow

Features & Specs Line Circle

NITRO FOR YOUR HEADPHONES
Fully-balanced. 1,600mW. Battleship headphone amplifier.
CONTINUOUS OUTPUT POWER
0dB, 6dB, 12dB and 18dB
HARMONIC DISTORTION
No Signal: ~5W, Max Signal: ~13W
FREQUENCY RESPONSE
20Hz - 20kHz (+0dB / -0.03dB)
INPUTS
4.4mm Pentacon BAL, RCA L/R Socket SE, 3.5mm Jack SE
DIMENSIONS
160(w) x 117(d) x 35(h) mm / 6.3" x 4.6" x 1.4"
NITRO FOR YOUR HEADPHONES
Fully-balanced. 1,600mW. Battleship headphone amplifier.
CONTINUOUS OUTPUT POWER
0dB, 6dB, 12dB and 18dB
HARMONIC DISTORTION
No Signal: ~5W, Max Signal: ~13W
FREQUENCY RESPONSE
20Hz - 20kHz (+0dB / -0.03dB)
INPUTS
4.4mm Pentacon BAL, RCA L/R Socket SE, 3.5mm Jack SE
DIMENSIONS
160(w) x 117(d) x 35(h) mm / 6.3" x 4.6" x 1.4"
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Expert Insight

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The iFi Audio ZEN CAN combines robust power output, low distortion, and versatile input options to deliver an exceptional headphone amplification experience, making it a top choice for audiophiles seeking superior sound quality.

Expert Img
Dylan Crane
Brand Manager
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Details

Line Circle

Elevate your audio experience with the iFi Audio ZEN CAN, a powerful headphone amplifier that injects 52 times more power into your headphones, making them come alive like never before. Laptops and smartphones often provide a feeble output of less than 1.0v, leaving your high-quality headphones starved for power. The ZEN CAN changes the game by allowing you to connect your laptop, phone, or DAC and infusing your music with a whopping 52 times the power, ensuring you hear every nuance and detail you've been missing.

One of the standout features of the ZEN CAN is its adoption of Class A discrete balanced circuitry from iFi Audio's flagship Pro iCAN, which costs significantly more. With 15.1v @ 300 Ohms at your disposal, this amplifier can handle even the most demanding headphones, delivering a rich and powerful audio experience that will have you immersed in your music.

But it doesn't stop there. iFi Audio's 3D special sound circuit takes your audio to the next level by moving the stereo image out of your head and in front of you, creating a sense of height, width, and depth that truly replicates a live performance. This analog circuitry ensures an authentic sound without any digital signal manipulation.

For those who crave more bass, the ZEN CAN's XBass equalization system provides a precise and elegant solution to enhance low-end response. It corrects the bass issues often found in open-back headphones by utilizing active and passive components to achieve precise bass correction.

The ZEN CAN is built with premium components, including Panasonic ECPU capacitors, TDK C0G ceramic capacitors, iFi/AMR 'OV' operational amplifiers, MELF resistors, and Texas Instruments low-noise ICs, ensuring superior sound quality and performance. The Tokyo Cosmos Electric Co. (TOCOS) multi-track potentiometer offers exceptional channel matching, and TDK C0G capacitors reduce capacitor-induced distortion to negligible levels.

Experience a rich and immersive audio journey with the iFi Audio ZEN CAN, where Class A Discrete circuitry, advanced EQ systems, and premium components come together to deliver an exceptional listening experience that transcends conventional headphone amplifiers.

Performance

  • Maximum Power Output (16 Ohms Load): >3,940 mW (Balanced)
  • Maximum Power Output (300 Ohms Load): >1,530 mW (Balanced)
  • Maximum Power Output (600 Ohms Load): >785 mW (Balanced)
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR): >119 dBA (Balanced)
  • Total Harmonic Distortion (THD): <0.003% (Balanced)
  • Frequency Response: 0.1 Hz to 500 kHz (-3 dB)
  • Output Impedance: <1 Ohm (Balanced)
  • Gain: -18 dB, -12 dB, 0 dB, +6 dB (Selectable)
  • Inputs: Single-Ended (RCA), Balanced (4.4mm Pentaconn)
  • Outputs: Single-Ended (6.3mm TRS), Balanced (4.4mm Pentaconn)
  • Input Sensitivity for Full Power Output: 2.2V (Balanced)
  • Maximum Input Level: >8V (Balanced)
  • Output Voltage: 20V (Balanced)
  • Output Current: 1A (Balanced)

These specifications highlight the ZEN CAN's ability to provide robust power output, low distortion, and an extended frequency response, making it an excellent choice for demanding headphones and audiophile-grade listening experiences.

Specifications

  • Inputs:
    • 4.4mm Pentacon Balanced
    • RCA L/R Socket Single-Ended (SE)
    • 3.5mm Jack Single-Ended (SE)
  • Nominal Output Voltage (SE):
    • 4.0V @ 0dBFS, 24 kOhm Zin
    • 2.0V @ 0dBFS, 1 MegOhm Zin
    • 1.0V @ 0dBFS, 1 MegOhm Zin
  • Max Output (Balanced):
    • 15.1V/385 mW @ 600 Ohm

    • 11.0V/1890 mW @ 64 Ohm

  • Max Output (Single-Ended):
    • 7.6V/196 mW @ 300 Ohm

    • 7.2V/1600 mW @ 32 Ohm

  • Output Impedance (Headphone):
    • Balanced: <2 Ohms
    • Single-Ended: <1 Ohm
  • Output Impedance (Line out): <200 Ohms
  • Total Harmonic Distortion and Noise (THD & N):
    • Balanced: <0.0007% (4V out, 600 Ohm, 1kHz)
    • Single-Ended: <0.006% (100 mW/1.27V, 16 Ohm)
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR):
    • Balanced: >120dBA @ 15.2V
    • Single-Ended: >118dBA @ 7.6V
  • Max. Input:
    • Balanced: 7.4V RMS
    • RCA: 3.8V RMS
    • 3.5mm: 1.92V RMS
  • Gain Settings: 0dB, 6dB, 12dB, and 18dB
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz (+0dB / -0.03dB)
  • Power Consumption:
    • No Signal: ~5W
    • Max Signal: ~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)
  • Warranty Period: 12 months

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