iFi ZEN DAC 3 USB DAC & Headphone Amplifier

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iFi ZEN DAC 3 USB DAC & Headphone Amplifier

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Key info

  •  ZEN DAC 3 enhances both casual and critical listening experiences.
  • PCM up to 768kHz, DSD up to DSD 512, and full MQA decoding.
  • Offers fixed and variable output gain options for headphones, amplifiers, or active speakers.
  • Dual 4.4mm balanced outputs minimize distortion and crosstalk.
  • XBass+ for bass correction, PowerMatch for headphone power, improved DC offset, and USB input overvoltage protection.

All specifications

Physical characteristics
Weight 456 g
Dimensions (HxWxD) 158 x 115 x 35 mm
Frequency Response 5Hz - 90kHz (+/-3dB)
DAC Chip Bit-Perfect DSD & DXD DAC by Burr Brown
Output power Headphone Output 390mW@64Ω; 6.7V@600Ω BAL; 210mW@32Ω; 3.3V@600Ω UnBAL. Line Output 2V-6.2V max. (variable); 4.2V fixed BAL; 1V-3.3V max. (variable); 2.1V fixed UnBAL
Output Impedance Headphone Output <1Ω (BAL/UnBAL). Line Output <200Ω BAL; <100Ω UnBAL
THD+N <0.006% (2.0V @ 600Ω) BAL. <0.006% (1.27V @ 32Ω) UnBAL
S/N 109dB(A) (BAL/UnBAL)
Inputs USB-C

Plug-In. World Out

Home-based DAC/Amp for those seeking a product to electrify casual and critical listening.

Today the world is busy; fast and full of noise. We know the power of music, and how it’s capable of taking you out of this world and someplace new. Somewhere tranquil, where melodies can uplift, and vocals can move you to tears.

The new DAC, with its sleek design and unparalleled performance, immerses you in a world of pure harmony.

Rediscover your music, and be transported to purity, with the ZEN DAC 3.

Hi-Res Heaven

ZEN DAC 3 supports all PCM formats up to 768kHz, DSD natively supports up to DSD 512, and even offers full MQA decoding.

Your Way or the Hi-Way

Offering both fixed and variable output gain options, ZEN DAC 3 can seamlessly connect to headphones, an amplifier or active speakers.

Beautifully Balanced

ZEN DAC 3 features two 4.4mm balanced outputs, one for headphones and one for other amplifiers, effectively minimising distortion and crosstalk.

DACtivate your Speakers

Variable or Fixed output switch, which enables/bypasses the volume knob.

Use Variable mode when plugging ZEN DAC 3 directly to active speakers.

Use Fixed mode when running line outputs to a receiver or main amplifier.

PowerMatch and XBass+

ZEN DAC 3 adopts XBass+, the newest iteration of iFi’s signature analogue EQ.

Add back the loss bass frequencies from open headphones.

PowerMatch is a gain boost for hungrier headphones.

Power Up, Protect On!

DC offset output voltage has been improved in the ZEN DAC 3.

This means less audible clicks while switching functions.

ZEN DAC 3 also benefits from input overvoltage protection via the all-new USB-C port.


  • 4.4mm balanced line and headphone outputs.
  • Switchable AIO or preamp functionality.

Features and Functionality

  • PCM 768kHz, DSD512 and MQA decoding USB-C connectivity.
  • XBass+ analogue processing PowerMatch mode.
  • Improved DC offset.
  • USB Input overvoltage protection.


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