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View Full Discussion 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
With what's included in the box, see as follows:
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
So between iDac2 micro and ZEN sig, which would win?
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!
Any chance at another run of this? I’d love to order one (and the can signature) after missing my chance before! ( Also tagging @ifiaudio_Vince , @ifi-audio_Vic )
Saw that earlier and got my order in :)
What operational amplifier does zen dac signature have, is it different from the original zen dac?. Can you upgrade to Opamp?
"Can you upgrade Opamp?" No. Impossible.
Would like to get my hands on one of these, but they are sold out. Do you have any idea when they will become available again?
Do you sell open box units? I wouldn’t mind buying an open box.
Update: I was able to find one available New on Ebay, So I picked it up.
The claim of iFi signature is like "KI vs Standard Marantz" is big.
I brought this DAC / AMP combo based on this statement alone.
Already have it :) amazon now sells a full kit with everything you need. And the signature was on sale for 169 for a lil bit.
As a UK based company, can you explain why it is cheaper for customers in UK to buy your products from a US site and import them, than simply buying in the UK? UK pricing is around 40% greater than US pricing, meaning anything above $140 is cheaper to import...
Hi SDK1, thanks for the question. The UK prices are inclusive of VAT but the US prices do not include US taxes- they are added at checkout. Hope that helps?