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iFi Audio ZEN Phono 3 - Desktop Phono Stage Preamp

iFi Audio ZEN Phono 3 - Desktop Phono Stage Preamp

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KEY FEATURES:

  • Supports four MC/MM gain selections from 36dB to 72dB and four input impedance settings
  • Intelligent subsonic filter removes only the ultra-low frequencies caused by warps
  • EIN (Equivalent Input Noise) of -151dBV surpasses some Class A+ models by 20dBV
  • Precise RIAA with balanced output, performance matches that of a £1,000 phono stage
  • Internal high-tech 1.2MHz clean power supply, rivalling classic tube amplifiers' LC filtering circuits
  • Manufacturer warranty: 12 months

iFi Audio ZEN Phono 3

iFi Audio ZEN Phono 3 best-in-class phono stage is made for those who want to get the most out of their record collection. In a world where modern technology is ever-evolving, simplicity and connection are what we crave most. The familiar act of picking your favourite LP, hearing the soft crackle before it starts and sharing a story or two with friends as you listen together.

iFi Audio's ZEN Phono 3 allows you to slip seamlessly back into this blissful world of vinyl, and eith its enhanced features and intelligent warp filter, you can break out your over-loved LP’s and hear them as new. Boasting a super-silent noise floor with an EIN (Equivalent Input Noise) of -151dBV, ZEN Phono 3 surpasses some Class A+ models by 20dBV. ZEN Phono 3 is the only phono stage in its class to feature a 4.4mm balanced output. Connect to active speakers, amplifiers or receivers with balanced inputs, and experience reduced crosstalk and noise.

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A Perfect Match
Supports four MM/MC gain selections from 36-72dB and four input impedance settings, ensuring optimum compatibility with a wide range of cartridges. It features an intelligent subsonic filter designed to effectively remove ultra-low frequencies caused by warps, unlike typical bass-reducing filters.

Super Subsonic
Our intelligent subsonic filter high passes the vertical (side) information much more heavily than the lateral (mid), as LP bass is invariably mono – due to elliptic equalising during vinyl mastering. This way it only filters record warp, without attenuating low bass or adding group delay.

Subsonic Filter Frequency Response
Normal subsonic filters aren’t intelligent. They’re typically hated by audiophiles because they filter out the rumble from warped records – but also filter out the bass. Our intelligent subsonic filter knows the difference between the two, and only filters the warp, leaving the song intact.

Noise Floor Comparison
The noise floor of a typical phono stage is noticeable. This is because it sits above the level of the low-level textures and detail of the music. It gets in the way of the song. The ZEN Phono 3 is distinctly different. Hear your music as it was meant to be heard - without the noise you associate with vinyl records.

Hear Your Record Properly
Most records are recorded with an Inverse RIAA (Recording) Equalisation that needs to be undone on playback. ZEN Phono 3’s RIAA playback equalisation curve is within a staggering +/- 0.15dB tolerance – allowing for truthful, accurate music playback.

Shockingly Silent
ZEN Phono 3 boasts an Equivalent Input Noise figure of -151dBV, which is -20dB quieter than some Stereophile Class A+ phono's which are -131dBV. The ZEN Phono 3 has its own high-tech 1.2MHz power supply on its own ‘island’ – so isolated, it does not pollute noise into the amplification stage.

Features

  • Supports four MC/MM gain selections from 36dB to 72dB and four input impedance settings
  • Intelligent subsonic filter removes only the ultra-low frequencies caused by warps
  • EIN (Equivalent Input Noise) of -151dBV surpasses some Class A+ models by 20dBV
  • Precise RIAA with balanced output, performance matches that of a £1,000 phono stage
  • Internal high-tech 1.2MHz clean power supply, rivalling classic tube amplifiers' LC filtering circuits

Package Includes

  • iFi Audio ZEN Phono 3
  • Power Adapter
  • RCA Cable
  • User Manual
  • Instruction card

Technical Specifications

  • Input: RCA
  • Gain settings MC (v lo): 72dB (+/- 1dB)
  • Gain settings MC (lo): 60dB (+/- 1dB)
  • Gain settings MC (hi): 48dB (+/- 1dB)
  • Gain settings MM: 36dB (+/- 1dB)
  • Line Output: BAL 4.4mm/UnBAL RCA
  • Output Power (RMS): Balanced >19.98V @ 100kΩ (THD+N<1%); UnBAL >10.07V @ 100kΩ (THD+N<1%)
  • SNR: MM 91dB(A); MC High 71dB(A); MC Low 89.6dB(A); MC V Low 78.6dB(A)
  • Equivalent Input Noise: MM-127dBV(A); MC High -129dBV(A); MC Low -149.6dBV(A); MC V Low -150.6dBV(A)
  • Harmonic Distortion: MM < 0.0027% @ 600Ω; MC High < 0.0095% @ 600Ω; MC Low < 0.031% @ 600Ω; MC V Low < 0.022% @ 600Ω
  • Output Impedance: <200Ω BAL; <100Ω UnBAL
  • Frequency Response: 20-80kHz (-3dB) BAL; 20-20kHz (-0.15dB) UnBAL
  • Dimensions: 158x113x35mm (6.2” x 4.4” x 1.4”)
  • Weight: 456g (1.0 lbs)
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