iFi audio ZEN Phono

iFi audio
Pedigree. Performance. Unrivaled Quality.
The ZEN Phono redefines the entry-level phono stage. Typically, phono stages priced under £200 introduce excessive noise that detracts from the musical experience. The iFi ZEN Phono stands out as an exception due to its incorporation of expertise inherited from AMR/iFi phono preamps.

Above all, the noise floor remains remarkably low – an almost inaudible 90/96dB (36/60dB, BAL 2V/SE 1V, A-weighted) for MM/MC cartridges respectively.

Furthermore, it can accommodate MM/MC cartridges ranging from <0.25mV to >2mV, bringing genuine high-end performance and adaptability to the entry-level realm.

Lastly, the ZEN Phono distinguishes itself through its performance and features that are often absent in other phono stages:
• MM/MC-36dB >72dB gain. Noise floor at -90/96dB.
• Uncommon balanced circuitry within this category.
• Intelligent Subsonic filter effectively addresses warp issues.

RIAA EQ at a military-specification level.
Renowned 2-stage circuitry employing the latest op-amps.
The equalization employs multiple parallel TDK C0G capacitors, ensuring optimal stability and minimal distortion. This performance even surpasses that of polystyrene capacitors, coming close to the quality of Teflon capacitors.

Despite already using the lowest tolerance capacitors and employing parallel multiples, the tolerance is further enhanced exponentially by the square root of the number of capacitors. The ZEN Phono achieves RIAA EQ tolerance levels (+/- 0.15dB) comparable to those achieved by hand-selected capacitors!

Input voltage: DC 5V/0.5A, AC 100 -240V, 50/60Hz (with the enclosed power supply)

Frequency Response Balanced: 20Hz - 20kHz (±0.15dB)

Frequency Response S-E: 10Hz - 100kHz (±0.4dB)

Channel Separation: > 75dB (1kHz all modes)

Max Output Voltage RMS Balanced: 13.5V RMS 600R (<1% THD & N)

Max Output Voltage RMS S-E: 6.5V RMS 600R (<1% THD & N)

Output Impedance Balanced: 200 Ohm

Output Impedance S-E: 100 Ohm

Power consumption: <1.8W

lwh: 158x117x35 mm

Weight: 500 g



With a great circuit comes great components
With some serious boutique audio components behind a circuit design that uses trickle down tech from its ultra-fidelity AMR PH-77 and iFi iPhono siblings, from the moment you lower the needle, you will be immersed, playing ‘just one more album’ into the wee, small hours.

Works with any cartridge
With MM/MC, high/low and very low, the ZEN Phono is able to handle just about any cartridge. From 36dB all the way up to 72dB. So, as your vinyl system grows over time, the ZEN Phono will keep easily keep up.

Balanced circuit design
Balanced circuits are just not seen at this price point. It is a superior method to the traditional single-ended circuit approach. Balanced circuits reduce noise and crosstalk. Less Interference – clearer sound.
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