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iFi Audio Zen DAC Signature V2

iFi Audio Zen DAC Signature V2

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The Zen DAC Signature V2 that builds on its predecessor in all the best ways—principle of which is the introduction of a 16-core processor instead of the V1’s 8 cores. This allows for much more powerful sampling with vivid details Read More
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Jan 12, 2022
I’m looking for a solution for the following situation. I have a legacy receiver circa 1990 that has no digital capabilities. I’m looking for a device that can capture Amazon’s high def music service and delivery it to the rca inputs on the receiver. I’m currently using a Roku stick through an old tv. I want better sound. Any solutions?
May 23, 2023
Many ways to solve this. One wife-friendly (simple) option is to get an inexpensive tablet, like the Samsung A7 lite (currently around $100 new) and a USB or Bluetooth DAC with RCA or XLR outputs that match your Amp (I mainly use Topping and FiiO DACs for this). Run Amazon HD Music, Spotify, Tidal, or any other file player and streaming service on the tablet. Connect tablet to DAC via BT or USB. Connect DAC to any amp. You can skip the tablet and run the DAC from your phone via Bluetooth. However - warning: I find Bluetooth DACs unreliable. In the above scenario I control Spotify and Amazon HD music apps on tablet, remotely from my same apps on my phone. Connecting a dedicated tablet via USB is more reliable and always on. I put the tablet in a nice white wife-approved stand so it looks good and easy to use. It's basically a pretty, digital remote-controllable juke-box that doubles as a digital photo album when screen saver kicks on. Wife much prefers Alexa voice controlled audio. We have this all over. You can run an Alexa device output from say an Echo, output 3.5mm to RCA to any amp and it will work okay as long as it can handle the input juice. Warning: I fried one Yamaha preamp doing this type of setup. You can also pair most Alexa devices via Bluetooth to any BT DAC. Caution: every BT DAC I have tested goes into power saving mode and disconnects regularly requiring reboot of one or both devices (Alexa device and/or DAC), and/or manual BT reconnection, both of which the wife hates dealing with. If Amazon made a simple always-on USB output device: the problem would be partially solved, but as of now they don't make one. So non-Amazon tablet it is. I have been unable to get voice assistant, Alexa or Google, to work properly on a tablet similar to Alexa voice devices, I suspect because you cannot easily fork mic input for voice from audio output connection for music, as would be needed to make this work. I also prefer Spotify over other streaming services, due to ability to use family accounts so my son's streaming doesn't interrupt my own and my wife's. Amazon Music does not support profiles, and while they claim to support multi-user streaming it constantly stops for us when family members start streaming in different rooms/on different devices. Having dedicated "jukebox" tablets with Spotify Family, and multiple accounts, solves this. Multiple phones can control said tablets running Spotify and Amazon HD music. This way family members rarely collide, and my wife doesn't blow a gasket when she's in the middle of singing and her song constantly stops due to son asking Alexa to play the latest annoyingly over-processed pop.
May 25, 2023
Can I use it with Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro?
Jul 29, 2023
This is a DAC only. You will need a headphone amp in addition to a DAC. There are some DAC/amp combo units, but this is not one of them.
Jan 2, 2022
Is the drop only with an US power plug or also with an EU one ?
Feb 20, 2022
The previous version did not have a power brick - you have to supply your own. However, it works just fine on USB power, so I never found it necessary.
Mar 26, 2023
Does this come with the newer iFi audio iPower X power supply?
Dec 12, 2021
I am looking for a DAC to go with the THX 789 amp? Any suggestions? This one?