iFi Audio - Zen Stream - Wi-Fi Audio Transport
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iFi Audio - Zen Stream - Wi-Fi Audio Transport
The ZEN Stream is designed to deliver flexible, affordable, high-quality network streaming to any audio environment.
- - High-performance Wi-Fi streaming for any audio system – simply connect to a DAC
- - Perfect streaming partner for ZEN DAC hi-res DAC/headphone amp
- - Open-source architecture – works with multiple platforms, perfectly future-proofed
- - Custom-designed hardware & software – built from the ground up for exceptional sonics
- - State-of-the-art hi-res audio support over Wi-Fi
- - Seamless integration with streaming services such as Spotify and Tidal
Just add Remote Control.
Beneath its classy exterior, the ZEN Stream is a technological streamer-de-force. It has one purpose – to send music from the Internet to your DAC with no loss of quality.
True hi-res performance of PCM384/DSD256 via WiFi/LAN. Just add your smart device as a remote and away you go.
Optimized open-source architecture – works with multiple dedicated platforms, completely and perfectly future-proofed as it is constantly updated.
Ease of use + audiophile implementation. It is the bee’s knees of Streamers.
Warp Speed Tech.
ZEN Stream is a true ground-up design by iFi — the hardware and software implementation is quite exceptional:
- - Two SuperSpeed USB3.0 ports with Active Noise Cancellation II
- - S/PDIF out with the iPurifier built-in
- - Power supply with Silent Power tech
- - iFi software developed with Volumio open-source as the starting point, then coded and optimized by us to achieve the purest streaming software bar none
These are some of the factors behind why the ZEN Stream is at the cutting-edge handling PCM384/DSD256 on LAN and WiFi (802.11n, with 100Mbps on 5Ghz).
‘Exclusive’ for Your Ears Only
The ZEN Stream has one of the most fully optimized software platforms in the world.
From the device’s drivers, to the kernel (the heart of the operating system), to the shell (which interfaces with the kernel), to the applications and the user interface — everything is fully optimised for seamless operation and excellent sonic performance.
An ingenious part of the ZEN Stream’s design is the ability to select between ‘Exclusive’ modes – individual settings dedicated to specific modes of operation to deliver the purest possible performance. All other programs are shut down – to minimise ‘software jitter’ — an often overlooked aspect that negatively impacts the quality of computer audio playback.
This ensures that the ZEN Stream is not merely a ‘jack of all trades, but a master of all too.
- All-in-one (AIO) covers all modes
- DLNA streaming
- NAA streaming
- Roon Bridge streaming*
- Tidal streaming
*Roon Ready coming soon
Who’s Who of Streaming.
Hot off the press, the ZEN Stream has the following connectivity options:
- - Stream straight from Spotify/Tidal apps with Spotify Connect and Tidal Connect
- - Works with any DLNA certified streaming app (our own app is imminent!)
- - Integrated Airplay and Chromecast* – easy streaming from Apple and Android devices
- - Roon compatible – basically, it adds Roon to any DAC.
- - NAA operation in conjunction with Sygnalist’s HQPlayer software
*Chromecast to come in a future update.
Beneath the unassuming casework sits some serious horsepower in terms of both technologies and components:
- - Powerful 64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex microprocessor
- - USB and S/PDIF interfaces regulated by femto-precision GMT clock to eradicate jitter
- - Active Noise Cancellation II and iPurifier technologies for USB and S/PDIF interfaces respectively
- - Intelligent Ethernet switch controller
- - High-PSRR, low idle current, low-dropout voltage regulators with soft start
- - Synchronous 1.6MHz high-speed precision power supply controller
- - C0G capacitors and Taiyo Yuden and Murata low ESR inductors
- Powerful 64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex microprocessor
- 32-bit/384kHz PCM and DSD256 supported over Wi-Fi network or Ethernet connection
- Stream straight from Spotify/Tidal apps with Spotify Connect and Tidal Connect
- Integrated Airplay and Chromecast* – easy streaming from Apple and Android devices
- Roon, NAA, and DLNA compatible
- 'Exclusive mode' selection – dedicated streaming modes (e.g. Tidal, Roon, NAA, DLNA) for purest performance
- USB and SPDIF interfaces regulated by femto-precision GMT clock to eradicate jitter
- Active Noise Cancellation and iPurifier technologies remove distortion from the audio signal
- Dual-band Wi-Fi reception (2.4GHz and 5GHz) with 802.11a/b/g/n/ac support
*via future firmware update
- ZEN Stream
- Power Adapter
- Ethernet Cable
- 1 x Plastic screwdriver
- User Manual
- Instruction card
DC 9V/1.8A-15V/0.8A, AC 100V - 240V, 50/60Hz
WiFi / Ethernet | USB DISK HD
USB3.0 / Type-ASocket x2 and SPDIF (Coaxial)
No Signal ~6W
Max Signal ~10W
158 x 100 x 35 mm
6.2" x 3.9" x 1.4"
578g (1.14 lbs)