iFi Zen Stream
Another iFi Audio masterclass at integrating music playback seamlessly into our lives. ZEN Stream serves up the bits as your network streamer via Ethernet, into your DAC via USB or S/PDIF. Headfonia delivered a thumbs-up, given how easy it is to use plus its ability to improve a given system.
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 Matrix Audio's X-Sabre Pro (MQA) or Benchmark Media's DAC3.
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.
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.
Our Price | $521.55