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Fall in love with your LPs all over again.

  • MM/MC from 36dB >72dB gain
  • Super-silent noise floor -151dBV
  • Precise RIAA with Balanced output, performance comparable to +$1k phono stages
  • Balanced circuitry
  • AI sub-sonic filter - addresses warp without eliminating bass or causing phase issues

Pedigree. Performance. Peerless.
The ZEN Phono is an entry level phono stage with a difference. Normally, entry level phono stages add excessive noise that hinders musical enjoyment. The iFi ZEN Phono is an exception to the rule due to its trickle-down know-how from AMR/iFi phono pre-amps.

First and foremost, the noise floor is a whisper-quiet – 90/96dB (36/60dB, BAL 2V/SE 1V, A-weighted) on MM/MC respectively.

It can also handle MM/MC cartridges from <0.25mV to >2mV to bring true high-end performance and flexibility to the entry sector.

Hissless Whisper
Flagship phono amplifiers create their own power supply off the mains, like a mains regenerator. This is fundamental to a well-designed phono stage. Without this, it will struggle to amplify the signal without added noise. This is why phono stages ‘hiss’ so annoyingly.

Unusually, the ZEN Phono has its own high-tech clean power supply. It creates a 1.2MHz power supply (20,000x mains frequency of 60Hz). In this circuit, a 10uF filtering capacitor = 200,000uF at lower, audible frequencies. With serious levels of noise filtration, it performs at the level of well-designed LC filtering circuits as found in classic tube amplifiers. Further, located on its own ‘island’ PCB, it is isolated so there is no noise pollution of the analogue stage. It outputs super clean +/- 12V DC.

Measured EIN (Equivalent Input Noise) is -151dBV. It is 20dBV quieter than some Stereophile Class A+ phonos which are -131dBV.

Mil-spec RIAA
The EQ circuit uses multiple TDK C0G capacitors in parallel. This is for best stability and the least distortion. They beat polystyrene capacitors and are close to Teflon.

Already using the lowest tolerance capacitors combined with multiples in parallel, tolerance is exponentially improved by the square root of the number of capacitors. This is quite a natty circuit design.

The RIAA EQ tolerance level (+/- 0.15dB) is impressive as it is en par with hand-selected capacitors!

Super sub-sonic
The intelligent sub-sonic filter is from the iPhono range and is quite special. Normal sub-sonic filters remove ‘rumble’ AND bass and cause phase issues. iFi's unique AI phono sub-sonic filter removes ‘rumble’ only.

Rega Planar 2: Turntable with factory fitted Cartridge

  • RB220 precision tonearm
  • Rega Carbon cartridge factory fitted
  • 24 V low noise, low vibration motor
  • 10 mm float glass opti-white platter
  • Supplied with clear dust cover as standard

Get the most from your Vinyl Collection
The new Planar 2 is packed with groundbreaking new features. A new 24v, low noise motor, acrylic laminated plinth, newly designed central bearing and so much more. Every feature of this innovative new turntable is designed to extract the maximum amount of information and detail from your vinyl collection.

Tonearm
Features the brand new RB220 tonearm which is packed with groundbreaking new features. It incorporates new ultra low friction, Rega designed, bespoke, zero play ball bearings (Patent Pending), housed within a brand new, stiffer and lightweight bearing housing which was developed with a new automatic bias setting negating the need for the user to set bias, making it almost completely plug and play apart from simple arm balancing. The new housing also includes an integrated arm clip and uses Rega’s latest custom aluminum arm tube.

Hub bearing
The Planar 2 features a new 11 mm self securing brass bearing (Patent Pending) offering improved fit and less stress on the bearing which prevents the transfer of potential energy.

Acrylic Skin Plinth
Features a high gloss acrylic laminated plinth, stiffer and vastly improved appearance with ergonomically positioned power switch.

Rega Motor
New 24v low noise, low vibration motor assembly and new PCB.

Platter
New float glass ‘Optiwhite’ 10mm platter with improved accuracy.

Isolation
Re-designed feet - new improved foot assembly to increase stability and reduce vibration transfer.

Cartridge
Rega Carbon cartridge supplied as standard on all Planar 2s for simple plug and play convenience.

Dust Cover
Supplied as standard / optional lid - plinth protectors - supplied to prevent marks on the plinth and keep it looking its best.

Simple Set up
Easy to use multi-lingual quick start guide for easy set up.

Features & Specs Line Circle

ZEN PHONO OUTPUT IMPEDANCE
BAL: 200Ω, SE: 100Ω
ZEN PHONO OUTPUTS
BALANCED, RCA
ZEN PHONO INPUTS
RCA
PLANAR 2 DRIVE
24 V low noise motor
PLANAR 2 SPEED SETTINGS
33 1/3 & 45
PLANAR 2 TONEARM
RB220 precision tonearm
ZEN PHONO OUTPUT IMPEDANCE
BAL: 200Ω, SE: 100Ω
ZEN PHONO OUTPUTS
BALANCED, RCA
ZEN PHONO INPUTS
RCA
PLANAR 2 DRIVE
24 V low noise motor
PLANAR 2 SPEED SETTINGS
33 1/3 & 45
PLANAR 2 TONEARM
RB220 precision tonearm

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Product Description

Line Circle

Fall in love with your LPs all over again.

  • MM/MC from 36dB >72dB gain
  • Super-silent noise floor -151dBV
  • Precise RIAA with Balanced output, performance comparable to +$1k phono stages
  • Balanced circuitry
  • AI sub-sonic filter - addresses warp without eliminating bass or causing phase issues

Pedigree. Performance. Peerless.
The ZEN Phono is an entry level phono stage with a difference. Normally, entry level phono stages add excessive noise that hinders musical enjoyment. The iFi ZEN Phono is an exception to the rule due to its trickle-down know-how from AMR/iFi phono pre-amps.

First and foremost, the noise floor is a whisper-quiet – 90/96dB (36/60dB, BAL 2V/SE 1V, A-weighted) on MM/MC respectively.

It can also handle MM/MC cartridges from <0.25mV to >2mV to bring true high-end performance and flexibility to the entry sector.

Hissless Whisper
Flagship phono amplifiers create their own power supply off the mains, like a mains regenerator. This is fundamental to a well-designed phono stage. Without this, it will struggle to amplify the signal without added noise. This is why phono stages ‘hiss’ so annoyingly.

Unusually, the ZEN Phono has its own high-tech clean power supply. It creates a 1.2MHz power supply (20,000x mains frequency of 60Hz). In this circuit, a 10uF filtering capacitor = 200,000uF at lower, audible frequencies. With serious levels of noise filtration, it performs at the level of well-designed LC filtering circuits as found in classic tube amplifiers. Further, located on its own ‘island’ PCB, it is isolated so there is no noise pollution of the analogue stage. It outputs super clean +/- 12V DC.

Measured EIN (Equivalent Input Noise) is -151dBV. It is 20dBV quieter than some Stereophile Class A+ phonos which are -131dBV.

Mil-spec RIAA
The EQ circuit uses multiple TDK C0G capacitors in parallel. This is for best stability and the least distortion. They beat polystyrene capacitors and are close to Teflon.

Already using the lowest tolerance capacitors combined with multiples in parallel, tolerance is exponentially improved by the square root of the number of capacitors. This is quite a natty circuit design.

The RIAA EQ tolerance level (+/- 0.15dB) is impressive as it is en par with hand-selected capacitors!

Super sub-sonic
The intelligent sub-sonic filter is from the iPhono range and is quite special. Normal sub-sonic filters remove ‘rumble’ AND bass and cause phase issues. iFi's unique AI phono sub-sonic filter removes ‘rumble’ only.

Rega Planar 2: Turntable with factory fitted Cartridge

  • RB220 precision tonearm
  • Rega Carbon cartridge factory fitted
  • 24 V low noise, low vibration motor
  • 10 mm float glass opti-white platter
  • Supplied with clear dust cover as standard

Get the most from your Vinyl Collection
The new Planar 2 is packed with groundbreaking new features. A new 24v, low noise motor, acrylic laminated plinth, newly designed central bearing and so much more. Every feature of this innovative new turntable is designed to extract the maximum amount of information and detail from your vinyl collection.

Tonearm
Features the brand new RB220 tonearm which is packed with groundbreaking new features. It incorporates new ultra low friction, Rega designed, bespoke, zero play ball bearings (Patent Pending), housed within a brand new, stiffer and lightweight bearing housing which was developed with a new automatic bias setting negating the need for the user to set bias, making it almost completely plug and play apart from simple arm balancing. The new housing also includes an integrated arm clip and uses Rega’s latest custom aluminum arm tube.

Hub bearing
The Planar 2 features a new 11 mm self securing brass bearing (Patent Pending) offering improved fit and less stress on the bearing which prevents the transfer of potential energy.

Acrylic Skin Plinth
Features a high gloss acrylic laminated plinth, stiffer and vastly improved appearance with ergonomically positioned power switch.

Rega Motor
New 24v low noise, low vibration motor assembly and new PCB.

Platter
New float glass ‘Optiwhite’ 10mm platter with improved accuracy.

Isolation
Re-designed feet - new improved foot assembly to increase stability and reduce vibration transfer.

Cartridge
Rega Carbon cartridge supplied as standard on all Planar 2s for simple plug and play convenience.

Dust Cover
Supplied as standard / optional lid - plinth protectors - supplied to prevent marks on the plinth and keep it looking its best.

Simple Set up
Easy to use multi-lingual quick start guide for easy set up.

Features & Specsdown arrow

Features & Specs Line Circle

ZEN PHONO OUTPUT IMPEDANCE
BAL: 200Ω, SE: 100Ω
ZEN PHONO OUTPUTS
BALANCED, RCA
ZEN PHONO INPUTS
RCA
PLANAR 2 DRIVE
24 V low noise motor
PLANAR 2 SPEED SETTINGS
33 1/3 & 45
PLANAR 2 TONEARM
RB220 precision tonearm
ZEN PHONO OUTPUT IMPEDANCE
BAL: 200Ω, SE: 100Ω
ZEN PHONO OUTPUTS
BALANCED, RCA
ZEN PHONO INPUTS
RCA
PLANAR 2 DRIVE
24 V low noise motor
PLANAR 2 SPEED SETTINGS
33 1/3 & 45
PLANAR 2 TONEARM
RB220 precision tonearm
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Expert Insight

Line Circle

iFi has been bold in its ambition and the Zen Phono encourages the listener to have the same level of aspiration

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What HI-Fi?
Hi Fi Reviews
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