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iFi Audio ZEN CAN (Standard Edition)

Desktop headphone amplifier

Item # 246ZENCAN

This solidly built amp fits into small places and feeds clean, robust power to your high-performance headphones.

This solidly built amp fits into small places and feeds clean, robust power to your high-performance headphones.

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Item # 246ZENCAN

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Product highlights:

  • desktop high-performance headphone amp with balanced and unbalanced connections
  • better headphone sound from your PC, DAC, digital music player, iPhone®, and/or Android® phone
  • power output up to 1,600mW
  • compact design with sturdy metal chassis
  • four rubber feet with no-slip grip
  • same Class A discrete balanced circuitry as iFi's flagship Pro iCAN headphone amp
Balanced headphone amplifier:
  • two front-panel headphone outputs:
    • one unbalanced 1/4" headphone output (3.5mm mini to 1/4" adapter included)
    • one balanced 4.4mm output
  • iFi's dual-mono circuitry helps reduce crosstalk between the left and right audio channels
  • TDK C0G (Class 1 ceramic) capacitors offer high-stability signal
  • low noise floor for clear audio reproduction
  • output impedance: 16-600 ohms (balanced); 16-300 ohms (unbalanced)
  • output power (balanced):
    • >1890mW @ 64 ohm
    • >385mW @ 600 ohm
  • output power (unbalanced):
    • > 1600mW @ 32 ohm
    • > 196mW @ 300 ohm
Front-panel controls:
  • four-position gain switch to match impedance (0dB, 6dB, 12dB, or 18dB)
  • sound control processing: XBass® for boosting bass and 3D Holographic® for expanding the soundfield
  • power button and input selection button
  • high-precision volume control dial
Back-panel analog connections:
  • stereo unbalanced RCA inputs
  • one unbalanced 1/4" stereo input
  • one balanced 4.4mm input
  • one 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.
  • 5-Volt DC power input
General info and specs:
  • 5V adapter included
  • frequency response: 20-20,000 Hz
  • 6-1/8"W x 1-3/86"H x 4-5/8"D
  • weight: 18 ounces
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # 311004-2

What's in the box:

  • Headphone amplifier
  • 3.5mm-to-1/4" Adapter
  • AC adapter with attached 48" DC output cord (DC output: 5V 2.4A)
  • 20" RCA patch cable (stereo RCA plugs on each end)
  • User Manual
  • Warranty / Terms & Conditions

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Overview: The iFi Audio ZEN Can is a fully-analog desktop headphone amplifier from the ZEN series that drives headphones far better than your smartphone, tablet, digital audio player, or laptop/desktop computer. It features both single-ended (unbalanced) and balanced inputs, plus 1/4" and 4.4mm headphone jacks. ZEN Can features the same Class A Discrete balanced circuitry that is found in iFi Audio's flagship Pro iCAN to deliver serious power to your headphones. The headphone amp comes with a 3.5mm-to-1/4" headphone plug adapter, a DC 5V power supply, and an RCA patch cable.

Inputs: The ZEN Can features three total inputs, including balanced and unbalanced (single-ended) inputs. The balanced input has a 4.4mm Pentacon connector. Two single-ended inputs are provided, with 3.5mm and stereo RCA jacks. On the front panel, you can select the input by cycling through the RCA, 3.5mm, and 4.4mm inputs.

Outputs: The ZEN Can has two headphone outputs on the front panel, with a 1/4" (6.3mm) single-ended jack, and a 4.4mm balanced jack. A 3.5mm-to-6.3mm adapter is included for connecting headphones with a 3.5mm plug. In addition, a 4.4mm balanced output on the rear panel lets you connect an active speaker with a 4.4mm-to-XLR or other balanced interconnects.

Gain Selection Switch: The headphone amplifier lets you adjust the gain in four steps of +6dB to match your headphones. Starting with the switch at 0dB, you should increase the gain level until the volume level is comfortable and enjoyable. The 0dB setting is desirable for sensitive in-ear monitors, while the higher gain settings are recommended for higher impedance headphones where you can expand the dynamic headroom. The push-button switch cycles through the gain settings: 0dB, +6dB, +12dB, and +18dB.

Sound Controls: The ZEN Can features two of iFi Audio's proprietary sound controls. A single button on the front panel lets you choose one or both settings. The sound controls include:

  • XBass®: XBass adds a measure of low-frequency correction to make the headphones sound more natural. No DSP, with its loss of resolution, is used for XBass, so the adjustment stays in the analog domain, retaining the clarity and resolution of the original music. XBass is particularly effective with open-back headphones that suffer from a loss of deep bass response.
  • 3D Matrix®: 3D Matrix recreates a holographic soundfield that simulates listening to a pair of speakers. It produces a deep soundstage with a more immersive sensation than typical headphone listening. 3D, like XBass, uses no digital processing.


  • Frequency Response:
    • 20 Hz - 20kHz (+0dB / -0.03dB)
    • < 10 Hz - 200 kHz (-3dB)
  • Gain: 0dB, 6dB (2x), 12dB (4x), 18dB (8x) (S-E out)
  • Inputs:
    • 4.4mm Pentacon (balanced): 4.0V nominal @ 0dBFS, 24 kOhm Zin
    • RCA L/R socket SE: 2.0V nominal @ 0dBFS, 1 MegOhm Zin
    • 3.5mm jack SE: 1.0V nominal @ 0dBFS, 1 MegOhm Zin
  • Max. Input:
    • Balanced: 7.4V RMS
    • RCA: 3.8V RMS
    • 3.5mm: 1.92V RMS
  • Max Output:
    • Balanced:
      • > 15.1V / 385mW (@ 600 Ohm)
      • > 11.0V / 1890mW (@ 64 Ohm)
      • > 6.0V / 1150mW (@ 32 Ohm)
    • S-E:
      • > 7.6V / 196mW (@ 300 Ohm)
      • > 7.2V / 1600mW (@ 32 Ohm)
  • THD+N:
    • Balanced: < 0.0007% (@ 4V out, 600 Ohm, 1kHz)
    • S-E: < 0.006% (@ 100mW/1.27V 16 Ohm)
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio:
    • Balanced: >120 dBA (@ 15.2V)
    • S-E: > 118 dBA (@ 7.6V)
  • Power Input: DC 5V/2.5A from included AC adapter (100-240V 50/60Hz )
  • Power Consumption: ~13 watts (max signal); ~5 watts (no signal)
  • Dimensions: Width 6.215", Height 1.373", Depth 4.63"
  • Weight: 18.1 ounces

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Customer Q&A

4 questions already asked

Will this amp work with a Klipsch Powergate amplifier to connect Sennheiser HD 660 S headphones?
[ cigarwayne  May 14, 2021 ]
2 answers
Yes the ifi can will work nicely. If your looking to use the blanced output of the Ifi make sure you upgrade the HD 660s cables.
[ STEVEN  May 16, 2021 ]
Hello - I couldn't answer if it. would work with a Klipsch amplifier. I use it on an interface and a DAC. It is really a nice amplifier for headphones. maybe you could send a question to the makers. They got back to me right away on a question I asked them.
[ Mel  May 14, 2021 ]
Would this amp work with my android and Sony wh 1000 earphones?
[ Tony  Feb 21, 2021 ]
2 answers
The WH series have their own built-in amps. That's not a headphone you need to drive with something like the Zen Can. You're going to get limited benefit from using the WH1000s with a cable. If you plan on purchasing something like a Sennheiser or Focal, something that's more neutral and flat, the Zen Can is a nice pairing to add warmth, bass, and some staging to neutral, cooler sounding headphones.
[ Jason  Mar 04, 2021 ]
I don't know. I am on the road and it works with my laptop and 80 ohm DT 770 Pro headset. I plan to use it with my Motu M2 or Zen Dac when I get back home. Enter
[ Mel  Feb 21, 2021 ]
can this amp be used with the IFI ZEN phono preamp?
[ F  Jan 28, 2021 ]
1 answer
Yeah absolutely. It looks like the Zen Phono has two outputs, RCA and balanced. iFi charges a lot for their Pentacon to Pentacon but I believe Hart audio makes the a similar interconnect for a lot less. But you should be good.
[ Jason  Jan 28, 2021 ]

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