iFi Audio ZEN DAC 3 USB-C DAC/Amp

The Award-winning DAC/headphone amplifier for Home and Office

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Fresh New Look. Unleash Every Music Detail.

The ZEN DAC 3 serves as your gateway to the world of high-resolution music, offering support for sample rates of up to 768kHz. This future-proof feature ensures full compatibility with all music formats available on streaming platforms, bringing you the best in sound quality.

Equipped with a built-in headphone amplifier and the versatility to function both as a DAC and a DAC/Pre, this all-encompassing device is the only piece of equipment you’ll need on your desk. It seamlessly connects to headphones, preamplifiers, integrated amplifiers, or active speakers, offering a comprehensive audio solution for home and office.

Refined to Perfection.

The acclaimed ZEN DAC series has garnered numerous awards, including being named WHAT Hi-Fi?’s Best DAC under £200 for four consecutive years.

The ZEN DAC 3 continues its legendary status by doubling its high-resolution support up to 768kHz, DSD512, and MQA decoding capabilities.

The USB-C connectivity streamlines cable management and provides USB input overvoltage protection, safeguarding it against potential harm. Moreover, a significant reduction in DC offset minimises audio clicks when adjusting settings. These improvements propel the ZEN DAC 3 to new heights of audio excellence.

Powering Your Headphones

The ZEN DAC 3 goes beyond being just a USB DAC, boasting a built-in headphone amplifier equipped with both balanced 4.4mm and SE 6.3mm headphone outputs.

With its high-performance 390mW headphone output power, you can use it with a broad range of headphones.

XBass+ is a switchable pure analogue signal processing mode designed to enhance the bass without compromising the clarity of the mid-range. It is perfect for use with IEMs or open-back headphones, which may lack bass response.

The amplifier stage includes a switchable gain feature called PowerMatch, which provides a gain boost for more demanding headphones.If you have headphones that demand even more power, you can connect the ZEN DAC 3 to the ZEN CAN headphone amplifier using a 4.4mm to 4.4mm balanced cable, stacking them up as a ZEN system.

DACtivate your speakers and amplifier.

The ZEN DAC 3 features a Variable or Fixed output switch.

In Variable mode, adjust volume using the knob when connecting directly to active speakers via our 4.4mm to XLR cable or RCA cables.

Use Fixed mode for connecting line outputs to a receiver or main amplifier.

The ZEN DAC 3 is the most versatile USB DAC in its class, offering multiple usage options.

  • Supports all high-res music formats up to PCM 768kHz, DSD512, and MQA
  • Equipped with a USB-C input for plug-and-play connectivity
  • Offers both 6.3mm Single - Ended and 4.4mm Balanced headphone outputs, delivering up to
  • 390mW of power for various headphones and earphones
  • Features RCA and 4.4mm balanced outputs with variable and fixed volume settings, allowing for
  • seamless connection to your active speakers, preamplifiers, or power amplifiers
  • Includes XBass+ to restore lost bass frequencies from open headphones
  • Comes with PowerMatch, a switchable gain to ensure optimal power for the headphones you are using
  • Improved low-jitter GMT (Global Master Timing) clock provides >20dB better performance
  • Improved circuitry, including enhanced DC offset, ensures heightened signal purity and accuracy
  • Incorporates a 16-Core XMOS low-latency microcontroller for DSD512 and MQA full decoding
  • ZEN DAC 3
  • RCA Cable
  • 3.5 to 6.3 mm Adapter
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Instruction Card
Input USB Type-C
Game Console Compatibility SONY PS5 and Nintendo Switch

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Formats PCM (768/705.6/384/352.8/192/176.4/96/88.2/48/44.1kHz)
DSD (512/256/128/64)
DXD (768/705.6/384/352.8kHz)
MQA (Decoder)
DAC Bit-Perfect DSD & DXD DAC by Burr Brown
Line Output Section
Output Power
Balanced 4.4mm 2V / 6.2V max. (variable); 4.2V fixed
Single-Ended RCA 1V / 3.3V max. (variable); 2.1V fixed
Output Impedance Balanced 4.4mm ≤200Ω; Single-Ended RCA ≤100Ω
SNR ≥ 113dBA @ 0dBFS
DNR ≥ 113dBA @ 0dBFS
THD+N Balanced 4.4mm <0.0015% @ 0dBFS; Single-Ended RCA <0.003% @ 0dBFS
Headphone Output Section
Max. Output Power
Balanced 4.4mm >70mW @ 600Ω; >300mW @ 32Ω
Single-Ended 6.35mm >18mW @ 600Ω; >210mW @ 32Ω
RMS Output Power
Balanced 4.4mm >390mW @ 64Ω
Single-Ended 6.35mm >210mW @ 32Ω
Output impedance ≤1Ω
SNR ≥ 109dBA @ 0dBFS (6.2V 4.4mm / 3.3V 6.35mm)
DNR ≥ 109dBA @ 0dBFS (6.2V 4.4mm / 3.3V 6.35mm)
THD+N Balanced 4.4mm <0.005% (2V @ 600 Ω); Single-Ended 6.35mm <0.013% (1.27V @ 32Ω)
Frequency Response 5Hz – 90kHz (±3dB)
Power supply requirement USB-C or DC 5V/0.5A (centre +ve)
Power consumption No Signal ~0.5W; Max Signal ~2.5W
Dimensions 158 x 115 x 35mm (6.2” x 4.6” x 1.4”)
Net weight 456g (1.0 lbs)

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