It shows off its audiophile chops from the get-go, promising to be your network bridge through its Roon Ready certification, Spotify Connect and
Tidal Connect status.
The latter pulls the full MQA stream off the Tidal cloud, without any middle-men, straight to
Questyle Audio's CMA15 or Benchmark Media's DAC3. Audiophilia praise iFi for "a value-added digital product that can play with gear much more expensive without embarrassment". StereoNET hail it "a seriously impressive new streamer" and bestow iFi with an Applause Award.
ZEN Stream's open-source programming means compatibility with a large number of playback methods. iFi's nifty network ninja is not merely another link in the chain – it has the potential to entirely elevate your system beyond the ceiling you previously thought possible.
Getting your dirty USB out of the picture and eliminating the need for you to tether your Apple or Windows mobile and desktop devices to your audio is ZEN Stream's point.
Active Noise Cancellation II and iPurifier technologies for USB and S/PDIF interfaces respectively keep things clean, with boutique power supply parts keeping noise levels down.
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For those looking for a network streamer for your high-performance desktop or full-size Hi-Fi/Head-Fi system, that wait is now over in ZEN Stream. Also view all of iFi's other products
here, or browse our other desktop systems here.