iFi Audio ZEN Blue High-Resolution Wireless Streamer Review

iFi Audio ZEN Blue High-Resolution Wireless Streamer

8.9

8.9/10

You only achieve true ZEN when chilled. We’ve given you peace of mind (and pocket) with the iFi Audio ZEN Blue High-Resolution Wireless Streamer. Whether you’re a Spotify, Amazon or Apple Music lover or prefer Tidal, the ZEN Blue will deliver fabulously flawless music to suit your mood via breathtaking hi-res Bluetooth®.

iFi Audio ZEN Blue High-Resolution Wireless Streamer Review

iFi Audio ZEN Blue High-Resolution Wireless Streamer Review

Like other iFi Audio products, the look of the ZEN Blue is eye-catching. The aluminium casing is sleek and curved, with touches of colour from the LEDs. Inside is a Qualcomm QCC5100 taking over the Bluetooth duties, with an ESS Sabre DAC to boost the performance. Outputting a converted analogue signal to a balanced output stage,

All current and future Bluetooth® audio formats are supported. This includes Qualcomm’s aptX and aptX HD, aptX Low Latency, aptX Adaptive, LDAC and HWA/LHDC, hi-res Bluetooth® codecs created by Sony and Huawei respectively, AAC, Apple’s favoured format and SBC, the standard Bluetooth® codec.

You can connect via RCA to amps or active speakers or via the 4.4mm output to amps/speakers with a balanced input. Or use the optical and coaxial connections to connect to anything with a built-in DAC and corresponding digital input; your TV, an AV amp or an external DAC in your hi-fi set-up. Setup was a breeze, attach the aerial, plug in the power and then pair with your device of choice.

It didn’t matter what we played, the sound was great each time. Dire Straits Tunnel of Love, Hold it Back by Chumash or even Ocean wisdom Tom and Jerry. The levels of detail are exceptional, as well as composure. The Zen continues to deal with what we play, and not giving up.

Overall, the iFi Audio ZEN Blue High-Resolution Wireless Streamer is hard to fault. It’s well priced, well put together and sounds amazing. Finally, please remember to check out our other Audio reviews.

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