iFi audio ZEN DAC Signature – Drop Exclusive
iFi audio ZEN DAC Signature – Drop Exclusive
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With a sleek form factor, solid build, and stellar sound, iFi audio’s ZEN DAC is one of the most talked-about USB DAC/amps on the market today. Now we're taking the conversation further in a Drop-exclusive model: the ZEN DAC Signature Read More

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iFi Audio
Jul 16, 2020
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Hey all, this is Julie from iFi. Hoping to help shed a little light for you to hopefully help with some of your queries with the differences between the ZEN DAC and the premium version, ZEN DAC Signature. The ZEN CAN Signature is a hot-rodded machine. We have done the same for the ZEN DAC. So we made the ZEN DAC Signature. Both are maxed to the hilt when partnering the HD6XX.  The key differences between the two are: Upgraded premium parts (see pcb highlights):   Sanyo Oscons and   Elna Silmics and   Panasonic capacitors 
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With what's included in the box, see as follows:
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UPDATED!!! This now includes the iPOWER X!!!! The iPOWER also feeds a very quiet power supply (normally sold as a separate item).

iPOWER measurement methodology and results here: 

https://audiophilestyle.com/forums/topic/28304-measuring-the-ipower-much-ado-about-nothing-part-4-uploaded-and-complete/    We hope this helps to shed some light on our approach. Sonic differences?  Our Chief Designer Thorsten Loesch said, "a good comparison would be a standard Marantz (SA)CD-Player and a KI version”.  I hope this is some help to answering some of your queries, we are a friendly bunch at iFi and will do all we can to answer your questions! I promise we are listening to you and taking your comments on board. Oh and also, click this link to take you through to our thread on Head-fi where we haves started releasing the full Tech details for both products, for those that want to delve a little deeper. https://www.head-fi.org/threads/ifi-audio-zen-can-signature-6xx-zen-dac-signature.936743/page-5#post-15742970 Thanks, Jules
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Revonoc
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Sep 29, 2020
Hi Jules, I was wondering if this USB cable will plug into my MacBook Pro 2018. Not sure if that's considered a thunderbolt cable or a USB see but if I need a modified cable I'd like to get it before my Zen cans and Zen dac arrive. Really excited about this. Bruce
Hi Bruce! First up it’s great to hear you are excited about your purchase! Regarding the USB cable, we ship with USB A>B cable and correct me if I’m wrong but the MacBook has USB C port? Therefore if you have a breakout hub that will work with our enclosed cable. Another option maybe... our iSilencer+ C>A version could be a good shout too? Not trying to shamefully up sell to you I promise (eek!) but just pointing out in case it’s good shout for you!! More info here just in case :-) https://ifi-audio.com/products/isilencer-plus/ hope that helps! thanks Jules
Zola
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Sep 30, 2020
when can i buy it?
Revonoc
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Sep 29, 2020
I've heard about the GTO firmware update really making this deck a giant killer can you explain that more. Is that going to be installed already for those of us that are waiting for delivery?
Revonoc
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Sep 29, 2020
What kind of an adapter would I need for the USB cable that's included to fit into my MacBook Pro 2018?
PeteMtl
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Sep 28, 2020
Is there any way of plugging an iPhone or iPad as a source? I see the only input of this unit is USB, so I understand how a PC or Mac may be used as a source using an USB connector, but what about a lightning based iPhone ou USB-C based iPad Pro ? What kind of connector may be used in each case (if such connection is possible) ?
Knightrider7007
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Sep 26, 2020
Would it be better to power the ZEN Signature DAC via external 5V, or would USB do just as good? Thanks.
ifi-audio_Vic
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Sep 29, 2020
HI there. Basically USB is inherently noisy so yes it would. Also users of our standard ZEN CANs have noted that they sound even better when powered externally. They have suggested there is better 'snap' in the music and what some have described as more 'shove'. I hope that helps.
ifi-audio_Vic
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Sep 23, 2020
Some comments on here about connections so I'd thought I'd 'drop' this in. Excuse the pun, it's relatively early in the UK...
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PeteMtl
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Sep 30, 2020
My question is regarding the sound: may you clarify, is it possible to input data to the usb in of the DAC if the source is digital data is provided by an IOS device (iPad through usb-c port or iPhone through lightning port using I guess the Apple usb camera adaptors, usb-c to usb-a or lightning to usb-a)? Is is compatible? I do not want to purchase the DAC if I cannot use it with the digital output of my iOS device... if it’s not possible, I will skip the DAC and buy only the headphone amp... I was on the very edge of ordering both the DAC and amp yesterday but this iOS compatibility question is crucial to my decision to hit the purchase button...
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ifi-audio_Vic
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Oct 1, 2020
Hi - as long as you use the Apple CCK in between your iPhone and the DAC you should be absolutely fine.
Mark_XIII
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Sep 22, 2020
I ordered the ZEN CAN Signature 6XX when the drop first came up but didn't order the DAC. I'd like to add the DAC to my order now at the $219 combo price, but I don't see how to do that.
Mark_XIII
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Sep 26, 2020
Any update? They've been pretty stubborn with me. I'm over here like, "I have money. Can I give you more money?" and they're like, "Uh, our system isn't set up for this..."
ifi-audio_Vic
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Sep 26, 2020
Hi there. We have reached out but I'm afraid that this is up to Drop to sort out with you. We have limited powers. Hopefully, they can find a solution. Sorry not to be more use.
timotee
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Sep 1, 2020
Was hoping to see coax and optical on this new zen dac - shame!
Oishi
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Sep 11, 2020
At least an optical.:)
DrGonzo4311
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Sep 22, 2020
Agreed, any dac with USB only is automatically ruled out (there is a trend building here). To me, it's useless with one input... especially the dirtiest and noisiest one available.
tjones5770
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Sep 1, 2020
If I had something plugged into the balanced output and also something plugged into the rca output at the same time, will the DAC output to both at the same time? Or does it only output to one at a time (which would seem strange since there is not an output select)? I am wanting to hook up both powered speakers and a headphone amp to be variable controlled by DAC's volume control (so that it is the only volume knob I need to use). If it does output to both at the same time, I can leave both plugged into the back of the DAC at all times and just power on whichever I am using at that time (headphones or speakers).
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ifi-audio_Vic
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Sep 9, 2020
Hi there @tjones5770. Thanks for your questions. Yes, it would output both at the same time, it won't hurt the unit but it might not sound the greatest. You can leave connected as they would only be one when in use.
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