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iFi - ZEN Stream High-resolution Wi-Fi Audio Transport

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Streaming Unleashed.

Wi-Fi audio transport.

Just add Remote Control.

Beneath its classy exterior, the ZEN Stream is a technological streamer-de-force. It has one purpose – to send music 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.

Ease of use + audiophile implementation. It is the bee’s knees of Streamers.

Warp speed tech.

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
  • Power supply with Silent Power tech
  • 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

These are some of the factors behind why the ZEN Stream is at the cutting-edge handling PCM384/DSD256 on LAN and WiFi (802.11n, with 100Mbps on 5Ghz).

‘Exclusive’ for your ears only.

The ZEN Stream has one of the most fully-optimised software platforms in the world.

From the device’s drivers, to the kernel (the heart of the operating system), to the shell (which interfaces with the kernel), to the applications and the user interface — everything is fully optimised for seamless operation and excellent sonic performance.

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.

  1. All-in-one (AIO) covers all modes
  2. DLNA streaming
  3. NAA streaming
  4. Roon Bridge streaming*
  5. Tidal streaming

*Roon Ready coming soon (as of June 25, 2021)

Who’s who of Streaming.

Hot off the press, the ZEN Stream has the following connectivity options:

  • Stream straight from Spotify/Tidal apps with Spotify Connect and Tidal Connect
  • Works with any DLNA certified streaming app (our own app is imminent!)
  • Integrated Airplay and Chromecast* – easy streaming from Apple and Android devices
  • Roon compatible – basically, it adds Roon to any DAC.
  • NAA operation in conjunction with Sygnalist’s HQPlayer software

*Chromecast to come in a future update. (as of June 25, 2021)

Tech savvy.

Beneath the unassuming casework sits some serious horsepower in terms of both technologies and components:

  • Powerful 64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex microprocessor
  • USB and S/PDIF interfaces regulated by femto-precision GMT clock to eradicate jitter
  • Active Noise Cancellation II and iPurifier technologies for USB and S/PDIF interfaces respectively
  • Intelligent Ethernet switch controller
  • High-PSRR, low idle current, low-dropout voltage regulators with soft start
  • Synchronous 1.6MHz high-speed precision power supply controller
  • C0G capacitors and Taiyo Yuden and Murata low ESR inductors

Features

  • This is a true hi-res device. It uniquely supports PCM up to 32-bit/384kHz over Wi-Fi as well as Ethernet cable, plus DSD up to 11.2MHz (DSD256). Highly unusual in a Wi-Fi streamer.
  • Our ‘exclusive modes’ give you individual settings dedicated to specific modes of operation to deliver the purest possible performance.
    All-in-one
    This non-specific mode is great for all platforms, audio formats and devices.
    DLNA streaming
    Select this mode to optimise performance when using the ZEN Stream with DLNA-compatible apps and devices.
    NAA streaming
    Select this mode when using the ZEN Stream as a Network Audio Adapter in conjunction with Signalyst HQPlayer software.
    Roon Bridge streaming
  • Select this mode when integrating the ZEN Stream into a ROON environment.
    Tidal streaming
    If you are a subscriber to Tidal’s Masters Tier, this is the mode for you.
  • Use the ‘hotspot’ button on the front to join a Wi-Fi network.
    Dual-band Wi-Fi reception supports 802.11a/b/g/n/ac for a fast, reliable wireless connection.
  • The circuit design has been painstakingly engineered to deliver superb sound, with processing muscle supplied by a 64-bit, quad-core ARM Cortex microprocessor.
  • The USB ports – both input and output – support the SuperSpeed USB3.0 standard and benefit from iFi’s Active Noise Cancelling technology to remove distortion from the audio signal.
    Similarly, the coaxial S/PDIF output incorporates iFi’s iPurifier signal purifying technology.
  • Both of the two digital outputs – asynchronous USB and coaxial S/PDIF – that provide connectivity to an external DAC or an amp with digital inputs are regulated by iFi’s femto-precision GMT (Global Master Timing) circuitry to eradicate jitter from the digital audio signal.
  • Intelligent Ethernet. The device uses a high-performance Ethernet switch with a low-power integrated 5-Port Giga-PHY.
  • We’ve utilised high-PSRR, low idle current, low-dropout voltage regulators with soft start. This means maximised efficiency and minimised system noise.
  • Add to this, a synchronous 1.5MHz high-speed power supply controller for even great noise reduction and even less distortion.
  • Carefully chosen circuit components including discrete, high-grade surface-mounted devices such as TDK C0G multilayer ceramic capacitors and inductors from Taiyo Yuden and Murata add to the quality build of this product.

Support

Input voltage DC 9V/1.8A-15V/0.8A
AC 100 -240V, 50/60Hz
Input Wi-Fi / Ethernet / USB HDD

(Firmware updates via OTA and USB-C at rear)
Formats PCM384
DSD256
(MQA-fully compatible)
Output USB3.0 (Type-A Socket) x2
SPDIF (Coaxial)
Power consumption No Signal ~6W
Max Signal ~10W
Dimensions 158 x 100 x 35 mm
6.2" x 3.9" x 1.4"
Net weight 578g (1.14 lbs)

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10/20/2021
Felix A.
United States United States

Absolute perfection

If you have got quality speakers, good amplifier, good Dac then the Zen stream will blow your mind. It will provide you with absolute perfection.i get asked, why does my music sound soo good… and all i do is show my friends the Zen stream paired with some Emotiva speakers and amplifiers to Cambridge Dacmagic. Setting this thing up is very easy though lot of people having issues… i have yet to experience any issues.if you want to take it up a notch like me, then throw away that tiny switch mode ifi power supply and get a dedicated LPS. Then you will never use a switch mode ps in your life.the only negative with the zen stream is the absence of Qobuz. They must have a lot of hatred towards qobuz. I had to pay tidal to enjoy quality music. In my opinion qobuz sounds better.snyways that is my experience so far.no two setup will ever sound or feel the same… simply use this stream to your setup and feel…

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