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iFi Audio ZEN Blue

Premium universal Bluetooth® receiver

Item # 246ZENBLUE

Want to play music wirelessly through your favorite speakers? You're not alone! We hear from customers everyday who...

Want to play music wirelessly through your favorite speakers? You're not alone! We hear from customers everyday who...

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Item # 246ZENBLUE

About the iFi Audio ZEN Blue

Play high-fidelity music from your phone through your stereo

Want to play music wirelessly through your favorite speakers? You're not alone! We hear from customers everyday who love the tried-and-true sound of their classic stereo system, but want the convenience of Bluetooth. The iFi Audio ZEN Blue Bluetooth receiver has digital and analog outputs for connecting to a receiver, speaker, or amp. From there you can stream music wirelessly from your Bluetooth-enabled phone, tablet, or computer.
iFi Zen Blue connected to a stereo

The heavy-duty iFi Audio ZEN Blue premium Bluetooth adapter connects to your stereo and plays music wirelessly.

Play high-fidelity music from your phone through your stereo

Want to play music wirelessly through your favorite speakers? You're not alone! We hear from customers everyday who love the tried-and-true sound of their classic stereo system, but want the convenience of Bluetooth. The iFi Audio ZEN Blue Bluetooth receiver has digital and analog outputs for connecting to a receiver, speaker, or amp. From there you can stream music wirelessly from your Bluetooth-enabled phone, tablet, or computer.

Versatile connections

On the back panel, there are optical and coaxial outputs for making a digital connection to your home audio gear. You'll also find unbalanced stereo RCA outs and a balanced 4.4mm output.

That 4.4mm connection is relatively new,  but there are adapters sold separately that can can help you connect to gear with XLR (or other) balanced input. Just make sure you do not connect any headphones to that output. iFi warns that the full signal could damage your headphones and hearing.   

The latest and greatest in wireless audio 

Music plays wirelessly from your phone via Bluetooth 5.0 — the strongest, most reliable Bluetooth yet. iFi has included an advanced form of audio coding called "aptX-HD®," for improved sound quality with devices that support this technology. You can even take advantage of Sony's LDAC technology if you play music from a compatible device (like a Sony High-res Walkman). 

This is also one of the first components with aptX® Adaptive technology. This versatile wireless audio codec automatically detects if you're in an area with competing Bluetooth signals, and adjusts accordingly. It can also sense when you're watching a video on, say, Netflix or YouTube, and keep latency low. So the audio and video should be better synced up.  

Internal parts

iFi uses sophisticated audio circuitry and high-grade internal parts to preserve musical detail.

Advanced audio circuitry

But what really elevates the ZEN Blue from mere "dongle" to bona fide audio component? It's what happens after the wireless signal is received. The wireless chip feeds raw digital Bluetooth data to the advanced built-in ESS Sabre Hyperstream digital-to-audio converter (DAC). 

This DAC can squeeze out all the musical detail and help reduce jitter and timing issues. And iFi's dual-mono circuitry keeps the left and right audio channels completely separate for as long as possible to avoid cross-talk and distortion.

Who is iFi Audio?

iFi is an award-winning British audio company that specializes in sound-improving solutions. Their gear is packed with sophisticated circuitry that helps you get the most out of your listening experience.

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Product highlights:

  • allows wireless music playback from Bluetooth-compatible smartphones, tablets, music players, and computers
  • Bluetooth 5.0 with A2DP support
    • aptX® Adaptive automatically adjusts to prioritize audio quality or low latency, depending on the listening situation
    • aptX HD and AAC decoding provides high-quality music streaming from compatible devices
    • LDAC Hi-Fidelity wireless music streaming from compatible sources
  • sturdy metal chassis with high-grade connectors
Audio performance features:
  • built-in ESS Sabre Hyperstream digital-to-analog converter chip for high-quality sound
    • helps reduce jitter introduced by wireless signal
  • Qualcomm 5100-series processing chip for advanced wireless streaming
    • feeds raw digital Bluetooth signal to ESS Sabre chip for digital-to-analog conversion
  • class 1 ceramic capacitors for stable audio signal path
  • fully balanced internal circuitry to avoid distortion and cross-talk between channels
Back panel connections and controls:
  • balanced 4.4mm output for connecting a powered speaker or amp
    • Note: do NOT connect balanced headphones to this output — the full signal could damage your headphones and/or hearing.
  • one pair of unbalanced RCA audio outputs
  • optical digital (Toslink) audio output
  • coaxial digital (S/PDIF) audio output
  • 5-volt DC power input (power cable included)
  • digital/analog audio signal control switch
General info and specs:
  • 21-inch stereo RCA cable included
  • frequency response: 20-20,000 Hz
  • impedance: <50 ohms
  • 6-1/4"W x 1-3/8"H x 4-1/8"D
  • weight: 16.95 ounces
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # 311001

What's in the box:

  • Bluetooth receiver/DAC
  • 4.25" Antenna
  • AC adapter with attached 46" DC output cord (DC output: 5V 500mA)
  • 21" Stereo RCA patch cable
  • User Manual
  • Warranty card

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Features

Overview: The iFi ZEN Blue is a desktop Bluetooth receiver that can deliver your favorite music streamed from your smartphone, tablet, PC, or Mac to your audio system. Up to 7 Bluetooth devices can be stored for quick pairing. ZEN Blue supports the latest Hi-Res codecs for the best quality sound. The device has optical and coaxial digital outputs, as well as balanced and unbalanced analog outputs. ZEN Blue features a stylish blue aluminum enclosure, and comes with an AC adapter, Bluetooth antenna, and RCA patch cable.

Supported Bluetooth Codecs: ZEN Blue supports Bluetooth 5.0 for wireless streaming of your favorite music. Some of the compatible codecs support 24-bit audio formats, including Qualcomm's aptX Adaptive and aptX HD, Sony's LDAC, and Huawei's HWA. ZEN Blue also supports regular aptX and aptX Low Latency, AAC (the format of Apple iOS devices), and SBC (Standard Bluetooth Codec). On the front panel, the color of the iFi logo indicates the codec being received: Yellow (AAC), Blue (aptX), Magenta (aptX HD), Green (aptX Adaptive), Red (aptX LL), Cyan (LDAC), White (HWA), or Off (SBC).

Internal Components: iFi Audio uses separate chips for Bluetooth reception and digital-to-audio conversion. Qualcomm's QCC5100 chip uses Bluetooth 5.0, the latest version of the wireless technology. Although the chip is actually a DAC chip, it is used for data processing only. It includes aptX and AAC codecs to process high quality audio from Apple devices (AAC) and Android devices, laptops, etc. (aptX). It also allows the ZEN Blue to process Sony's LDAC, Huawei's HWA (Hi-Res Wireless Audio), and Qualcomm's aptX Adaptive codecs. The ESS Sabre Hyperstream DAC chip handles the digital-to-analog conversion. This chip's Time Domain Jitter Eliminator and discrete oscillator eliminate jitter in the conversion process to deliver your audio with very low distortion and high dynamic range. iFi uses custom-designed op-amps, as found in the micro iDSD Black Label DAC, to produce the solid output signal (2V single-ended, 4V balanced). If the Analog/Digital switch is set to Digital, the op-amps are bypassed, and the digital signal is routed directly to the digital outputs.

Rear Panel Connections: All of the connections are located on the rear panel of the ZEN Blue, with both digital and analog outputs, and power and antenna connections. The 2-way Analog/Digital switch lets you select the analog or digital outputs. On the analog side, the 4.4mm (Pentaconn) line output is for connecting the Bluetooth receiver to an amplifier or speakers with a balanced input. The balanced design means less interference and crosstalk. The other analog output is a single-ended (unbalanced) stereo RCA output for connecting ZEN Blue to an amplifier. If you have selected the Digital outputs, you can connect ZEN Blue to anything with a built-in DAC via either coaxial or optical digital cable.

Note: The 4.4mm output is NOT for connecting balanced headphones, as the full signal will likely damage your headphones and your hearing.

Specifications:

  • Input: Bluetooth 5.0 with AAC, aptX, aptX HD, aptX Adaptive, LDAC, HWA codecs
  • Outputs:
    • Digital: coaxial and optical (S/PIDF)
    • Analog: Stereo RCA (unbalanced), 4.4mm (balanced)
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz (<+0 / -0.5dB /44.1kHz); 1Hz-44kHz (<+0 / -3.0dB / >=88.2kHz)
  • Output Voltage (at 0 dBFS): 2.05V (+/- 0.05V)(single-ended); 4.0V (balanced)
  • Dynamic Range: 109dB (A)
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 109dB (A) @ 0 dBFS
  • THD + N @ 0 dBFS: < 0.0015% (10k load)
  • Output Impedance: < 50Ω
  • Power Source: DC 5V
  • Power Consumption: < 2.5W
  • Dimensions: Width 6.212", Height 1.364", Depth 4.159" (5.175" with antenna)
  • Weight: 16.95 ounces

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19 questions already asked

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How does a single TRS connection provide a balanced stereo output? Balanced cables have two wires plus shield (hot/cold/ground). Seems like there should be two connections - one each for L and R. What am I missing?
[ Jim  Jun 11, 2021 ]
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It can be balanced because the amount of rings on the connector can be increased and so can the amount of separate strands in the cable so there are enough connection points for all the necessary connections to have a balanced signal. This connection/cable is found on some headphones and this link will load the ones we offer: https://www.crutchfield.com/g_349050/All-Headphones.html?fa=1#&nvpair=AG_Connectors|YC4.4mm_balanced
[ Paul  Jun 26, 2021 ]  Staff
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Is the power adaptor compatible for USA 110 volts or 220-230 volts as well ?
[ Shazad  May 31, 2021 ]
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It's 110 volts.
[ RICHARD  May 31, 2021 ]
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110 only
[ BRIAN  May 31, 2021 ]
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How is the latency on this device? If watching a video are the voices matched up?
[ James  Apr 19, 2021 ]
1 answer
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I only use this to stream audio so I can't honestly answer that. I can say, I never experience audio buffering/latency of any kind. It will on occasion drop the connection which can be annoying but a quick press of the pairing button resolves that immediately.
[ BRIAN  Apr 19, 2021 ]
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Will this work with a onkyo tx 822 receiver?
[ Don  Mar 07, 2021 ]
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If you have spare inputs it will work just fine. Great blue tooth addition
[ RAYMOND  Mar 12, 2021 ]
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Yes it will. You just need an open input to use it with. It works with my Onkyo TX-NR616. I had it connected using RCA jacks, and just switched it to an optical connection.
[ RICHARD  Mar 07, 2021 ]
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Yes. It will work with this (tx 8220) stereo receiver. First, try the "stereo line level" outputs on the "IFI Zen Blue" connected to your Onkyo receiver "stereo line level" inputs - any of the Non Phono inputs. You can use the RCA type cable they provide to test. The Second way to make the connection is to try either the Digital Optical or Digital Coaxial connections from the Zen Blue to your Onkyo receiver - you have to provide these 2 cables. I have my Zen Blue connected to a Denon AVR 4800 the "First way" mentioned above and it works very well - happy listening!
[ Stephen  Mar 07, 2021 ]
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It should work on the Cd or Video RCA jacks. I have mine hooked up via optical and it sounds great.
[ MICHAEL  Mar 07, 2021 ]
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Yes. It just needs a line-level RCA input to the receiver.
[ HARRY  Mar 07, 2021 ]
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Which dongle do I use?
[ Windwood  Feb 26, 2021 ]
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You need to be able to transmit audio to the Zen Blue over Bluetooth. My laptop has Bluetooth built into it, and that's all I need. The only reason I can think of that you'd need a dongle for this is that your computer does not have Bluetooth, and you want to use a dongle to add it. If that's the case, then you need a Bluetooth transmitter. I have no experience with dongles, so that's the best I can do for you.
[ Jimmy  Mar 09, 2021 ]
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Will it work on a Samsung TV with digital out?
[ Tom  Feb 26, 2021 ]
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The iFi Zen has no digital inputs. So it would not work with the Samsung TV.
[ JIM  Feb 26, 2021 ]
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Can the Zen Blue be used for music streaming ,from my Andriod phone, thru an older Benchmark DAC1(non USB)? the benchmark does have optical,coax and xlr inputs.
[ Chris  Jan 29, 2021 ]
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I'm not sure the order of connection you are trying to communicate so I'll assume: 1) your phone is the source 2) it's connected via Bluetooth (either aptX or LDAC codec) to the Zen Blue 3) you connect the Zen Blue to your Outborard DAC via optical/coax digital connection 4) you connect your DAC to your preamp. If your Benchmark DAC has better performance(see specs) than the Onboard ESS Sabre DAC you should connect it this way - like you ask in your question. Really, I recommend you experiment connecting both ways, then go with the one that sounds best to you. I have mine connected via line level stereo coax(RCA) output(utilizing the internal DAC) to my preamp(in this case a Denon AVR 4800). I do it this way because the Zen Blue internal DAC has better performance than the much older Denon DAC.
[ Stephen  Feb 02, 2021 ]
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You should be able to connect the Zen to the Benchmark using either the optical or coaxial output on the Zen. So if your Benchmark has those you should have two options. The Andriod should work with one of the aptX options and also with the LDAC codec if the Android is an 8.0 or higher version.
[ John  Jan 29, 2021 ]
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Yes, you can stream via Bluetooth from your Android phone to the Zen Blue and use either the coaxial or optical digital output to feed the signal to your Benchmark DAC1.
[ PETER  Jan 29, 2021 ]
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The iFi Audio Zen Blue has an digital optical output. That's what I would use to plug into your Benchmark DAC1. I see no reason why it wouldn't get a signal that way.
[ BRIAN  Jan 29, 2021 ]
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Hi. I have a pair of Kanto YU4 and am wondering if adding this dac would improve soundquality when streaming Spotify from my iPhone?
[ Thorsten  Jan 05, 2021 ]
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While I haven't listened to YU4 speakers and the dac inside of them, I would imagine that the Zen Blue would be superior. I believe the ZB takes Bluetooth streaming to a level that is hard to beat. My advice is also start streaming from a lossless service like Qobuz as well. You will hear significantly better resolution & dynamics. I use both Qobuz and Spotify and I like to refer to Spotify as "Softify" haha.
[ JOEL ERIC  Jan 05, 2021 ]
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It's excellent for that. I use it to stream Siriusxm from my iPad. It can do whatever codec your phone offers.
[ STEVE  Jan 05, 2021 ]
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Is the 5.0 Bluetooth backwards compatible to 4.0?
[ Mark  Dec 26, 2020 ]
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Normally the last version is backwards compatible. So I think it is compatible.
[ Carlos G  Dec 30, 2020 ]
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Yes, the iFI Zen Blue is compatible with Bluetooth 4.0. I have both an iPhone 5 and an iPhone 5s which I use to stream music through three different devices, including the iFI Zen Blue. Both phones are Bluetooth 4.0 and each stream through the iFI with no problem. I've owned the iFI Zen Blue for several months now and it has made a difference in my listening pleasure. I would certainly buy it again.
[ DOYLE  Dec 29, 2020 ]
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Gosh I don't know enough about Bluetooth to answer. It eorks great with my iphone 7 and ios 14.2
[ Debra  Dec 29, 2020 ]
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I have an older Onkyo receiver to which I'll be connecting the Zen. Is it better to use an RCA connection and let the Zen DAC work or should I use a digital connection for best sound?
[ Greg  Dec 20, 2020 ]
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I also have an older Onkyo (706 I think) receiver and I am connected digitally. Sounds great with digital streaming just fine. I also have found that it connects to my iPhone before I even pull into the driveway. It has decent range and no issue from 70' or 80' away.
[ MATT  Dec 21, 2020 ]
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I use an RCA connection with a 1970's Pioneer SX 950 and the sound quality is excellent. The DAC on the Zen is excellent and in all likelihood exceeds any DAC on an older amp or receiver.
[ KEITH  Dec 21, 2020 ]
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It depends on the DAC in the onkyo receiver, not all DACS are equal. Onkyo used different dac manufacturers. So it's hard to give you a good answer. The dac in the Zen is very nice, ESS Sabre dacs are used in a lot of higher priced gear. Good news is it is an easy listening experiment, all you need to do is try both ways and determine which setup sounds best.
[ TED  Dec 21, 2020 ]
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I'm using the ifi like you will be, mine's attached to a 2 channel NAD receiver that still sounds really good, via plain old RCA Aux input. Wife streaming Amazon music through it now, sounds great. I haven't tried the digital inputs on other hardware, but I like the idea that I could if I wanted to rearrange equipment, of the NAD eventually poops out
[ MARK  Dec 21, 2020 ]
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I'm getting very good sound using a digital connection (optical) on my old JVC receiver. It might be my imagination, but I find it clearer than with an RCA connection.
[ WILLIAM  Dec 21, 2020 ]
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Then Zen DAC is probably better quality than your receivers but you may not be able to tell the difference. If you have an optical cable, give it a try. Otherwise, use the RCAs.
[ KENNETH  Dec 20, 2020 ]
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Use the IFI it's very good DAC -and I'm comparing that to 3 other DACs I own. Good luck??
[ nelson  Dec 20, 2020 ]
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I use RCA cables, but bought an upgraded pair. If you use the optical output, your receiver will need an optical input and a built in DAC, which I'm guessing your "older Onkyo receiver" does not have. Or you'll need a DAC between the Zen and the receiver. In the end, if you have all the relevant equipment, try it both ways.
[ BRADLEY D  Dec 20, 2020 ]
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I have mine hooked up to an older Yamaha receiver. I used the digital connection. I bought this one for the optical input. Not sure about the dac.
[ STEVAN P  Dec 20, 2020 ]
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I have my Zen connected to a vintage Yamaha receiver via RCA connectors, and I seriously doubt anyone can tell the difference between those analog inputs and a direct digital connection, as your Onkyo is most likely all analog circuitry anyway. I would be more concerned with possible audio compression if using Bluetooth wireless, But so far, it all sounds great, even over Bluetooth. What is your source?
[ Rick  Dec 20, 2020 ]
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I have an older Onkyo TX-DS787 receiver and will be connecting the zen blue to it. Would it be better to connect with RCA and use the Zen DAC or use a digital connection to the receiver?
[ Greg  Dec 20, 2020 ]
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Hi Greg, the receiver you have seems very similar to mine in performance. I have my Zen blue connected to a Denon A/V 4800. A circa 2000 design. Because the performance specs are Better in the Zen blue than the Denon 4800, I connected the Zen blue to the Denon 4800 via the RCA cable route. I used a pair of MIT Shotgun S2 cables for this. This configuration sounds very good and there is a noticeable differance in sound quality between HI res and standard resolution music (CD quality). I'm using my LG V30s phone to connect to the Zen blue using the LDAC setting. I'm playing Hi res DSD 64 and 128, and 24bit FLAC 48 thru 192khz files. Playing music like this yields the best result.
[ Stephen  Dec 23, 2020 ]
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I would start with an RCA connection from the ZEN Blue to the receiver. Most likely you'll be happy with that sound using the internal ESS DAC of the Blue. If you have another external DAC you'd prefer over the Blue's ESS (or if your receiver has a built in DAC), you could use one of the digital outputs of the Blue to connect it to the external DAC.
[ John  Dec 21, 2020 ]
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I have an old Kenwood AR 404 receiver and connected the Zen DAC with RCA and am very happy with the sound. I play many styles of music from my iPhone using Apple music and have really been able to expand my library. I think the RCA input is really what my receiver was built for. Good luck and happy listening.
[ JEFFREY  Dec 21, 2020 ]
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If optical or any digital option is available, I would choose that for sure.
[ BRIAN  Dec 20, 2020 ]
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You're probably going to be better off with a digital connection to the Onkyo. But the DAC in the iFi Zen is no slouch either; I'm very happy with the audio quality it provides. The best solution? Make sure you have cables to hook it up both ways and see which one sounds better to you.
[ GREGORY  Dec 20, 2020 ]
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??Sorry, I haven't tried using an external DAC. You might expect the newer DAC to have an advantage, but you might want to try both. The Zen Blue comes with RCA interconnects, so you could try it both ways if you have a digital cable, and choose your favorite flavor.
[ MICHAEL S  Dec 20, 2020 ]
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Can you connect zen blue with zen can to use to amplify zen blue output?
[ Al  Oct 21, 2020 ]
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I don't have the Zen can as part of my setup so I can't answer this question. Try the manufacturers website maybe they have more information in their forum
[ Reginald  Oct 21, 2020 ]
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Is it possible to adjust volume via a connected device?
[ Paul  Oct 13, 2020 ]
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Yes, sort of turns your stereo into a Bluetooth speaker. I set phone or iPad at medium vol, set stereo at desired volume, adjust with phone, don't need other remotes
[ MARK  Oct 19, 2020 ]
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I generally connect my iPhone to stream music. I can adjust the volume with my device without issue.
[ BRIAN  Oct 13, 2020 ]
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does the adapter have an European or US plug?
[ Paul  Oct 13, 2020 ]
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My device came with US power plug
[ Nicholas  Oct 15, 2020 ]
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It comes with a US plug.
[ KENNETH  Oct 14, 2020 ]
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If by adapter you mean the power plug, I would have to say it is US; I live in the US and it plugged right in.
[ JON  Oct 13, 2020 ]
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Comes with standard US style plug type A (two flat pins without the third round grounding plug)
[ DENNIS  Oct 13, 2020 ]
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Mine came with a standard US type wall wart for power.
[ Richard  Oct 13, 2020 ]
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US plug.
[ DAVID  Oct 13, 2020 ]
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Hello. I had the very same question before I ordered since the image online displayed the European style. Mine came with the U.S. plug for sure!
[ BRIAN  Oct 13, 2020 ]
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I bought mine from a US seller and received one with a US plug
[ JEROEN  Oct 13, 2020 ]
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Has a regular US plug
[ RONAN  Oct 13, 2020 ]
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US plug
[ TODD  Oct 13, 2020 ]
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Will this Bluetooth adapter work with my Denon DRA-395 receiver?
[ Christine  Oct 02, 2020 ]
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It should - I've been using mine to play Siruis XM radio (MLB games) and streamed music (TuneIn, Sirius, and Spotify) from my iPad to my Bose Soundwave. Very happy with the purchase - not only has connection been rock-solid, but it's easy to connect a different device using pairing button on front of iFi.
[ RobC  Oct 07, 2020 ]
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Yes, it should work. I have it connected to my Rotel Stereo but I am sure it will work with Denon as well. It is good product. I am happy with it.
[ RUBEN  Oct 02, 2020 ]
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Yes, it should work just fine. The unit includes a set of RCA cables that you can use to to connect to the inputs on the back of your Denon. Enjoy!
[ MICHAEL S  Oct 02, 2020 ]
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Yes there should be no issue. Just connect the RCA connectors into a spare input like and you will be good to go
[ RAYMOND  Oct 02, 2020 ]
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Is the wifi Audio Zen Blue compatible with my Bluesound Node 2i ?
[ Dave  Aug 21, 2020 ]
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They are both bluetooth receivers with built in DACs, so they essentially perform the same function
[ nicholas  Aug 21, 2020 ]
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Can I connect Two Studio monitors to the ifi Zen Blue using XLR? I don't see an 4.4 mom to Dual XLR. Is there an intermediate adapter I can use?
[ Steven  May 24, 2020 ]
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Hello. I'm not sure what kind of monitors you're using but I do know you can get rca to xlr adaptors which should allow you to connect to the ifi Zen. If you're not using the digital optical cord though you'll probably loose some sound quality. Good luck!
[ BRIAN  May 26, 2020 ]
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There are no connections. The Ze is strictly a blue tooth receiver which can be conected via rca interconnects
[ RAYMOND  May 25, 2020 ]
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Does your device automatically connect to Bluetooth adapter or can you choose when to connect?
[ Nuno  May 19, 2020 ]
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The first time you plug the power transformer in the Zen receiver lights up. In my case it displayed a yellow ifi light(Apple codec) and blue kHz light. It didn't automatically 'pair. I have an Android phone LG. I pushed the pairing button(left) and the Zen connected with the phone without problem. When finished listening to music you "must" shut off the power to the Zen manually or remotely OR your phone will stay locked(paired) to the device! I simply placed power switch between my power conditioner and the Zen receiver. I might buy a WiFi switcher for remote switching at some point. A power button would have helpful from ifi! But this unit really does deliver in the hi res music department! My phone has Bluetooth 5 so I switch to hires(aptxHD?) in phone and play dsd and flac files along with std res wav files too. The Zen receiver plays the music flawlessly with high degree of "analog sweetness". This is why I recommend this unit even w/o a power button!
[ Stephen  May 20, 2020 ]
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When you turn on the Zen Blue it pairs to the last device it was paired with if that device is in range, otherwise it will pair to the nearest device in its memory. It can remember many devices. You can always press the button on the front of the Zen Blue and it will pair to the nearest device. Works like a charm!
[ WILLIAM  May 19, 2020 ]
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There is not an on/off button so the device is always on. You will have to connect/disconnect as desired from your phone or computer.
[ Michael  May 19, 2020 ]
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If you have multiple audio devices, you may have to select which output device to use. It all depends to the application. Some apps connect directly to the default audio/communication device, for others you need to set them up manually. This is true for all Bluetooth connected devices.
[ TASSOS  May 19, 2020 ]
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My experience is that it connects automatically once you have paired with it. The range is so good that if I walk from my shop 175ft away from my home it's still connected. This unit has solved my audio issues in my shop and has allows me to have control over whats being played through my stereo and to adjust the volume from my iPhone, extremely handy.
[ Nigel  May 19, 2020 ]
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It doesn't reconnect automatically, you must choose to pair it with your device after you disconnect.
[ MICHAEL S  May 19, 2020 ]
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You can choose when to connect. Totally controlled by the user.
[ Susan  May 19, 2020 ]
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On your ZEN you have to hold the pair button a couple of seconds until the red light start to flash. Then on your device to have to select connect. It won't do it automatically.
[ andrew  May 19, 2020 ]
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What is the range for Bluetooth?
[ Justin  Apr 20, 2020 ]
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So far I have the found the range to be really good inside my house. I have the unit located in a finished basement up high in the room. I can walk around the house with my phone in my back pocket and not lose connection. I can go outside a few feet before losing the connection. I'm sure it's due to being on the other side of a concrete wall. Very happy with it.
[ RICHARD  Apr 22, 2020 ]
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Will obviously depend on what is between the source and the receiver like walls and materials that dampen signal range. I don't live in a house but I'm in an apartment on the second floor and have been able to go outside to my car and it still works without losing signal. All in all great buy! Incredible upgrade to a standard Bluetooth receiver, even if your system doesn't support HiFi sound. I noticed a cleaner sound all together from multiple sources.
[ Sergio  Apr 20, 2020 ]
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I have not done an exact measurement but I have no trouble anywhere with in my home. Also while I was outside walking got within about 100 to 125 feet of my hoose talking on the phone and thought my call had dropped but in fact it hooked on to the ifi Zen and was putting my conversation through my speaker for my good lady to listen to. So I am having no issues with signal drops. Hope this helps
[ RAYMOND  Apr 20, 2020 ]
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About 30 feet.
[ Mark  Apr 20, 2020 ]
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I have mine in a cabinet so not the ideal set up and i can wander about 20 feet or so away before it starts to stutter.
[ SCOTT  Apr 20, 2020 ]
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Not sure because I can't find a place in my hose that it won pick up the Bluetooth signal. It's impressive.
[ ERIC  Apr 20, 2020 ]
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I have it in an upstairs bedroom and it stays connected to my iPhone anywhere I roam downstairs.
[ MICHAEL  Apr 20, 2020 ]
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