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iFi Zen Blue V2 Premium Universal Bluetooth® Receiver

by iFi
Original price $189.00 - Original price $189.00
Original price
$189.00 - $189.00
Current price $189.00

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iFi Zen Blue V2 Premium Universal Bluetooth® Receiver

iFi's renowned wireless DAC just got better

iFi's original Zen Blue wireless Bluetooth DAC earned rave reviews from our customers for its sound and build quality. Now the Zen Blue V2 is set to carry on the tradition of being one of the best, most affordable wireless DACs available. This updated version offers helpful upgrades over its predecessor. It sports an improved Bluetooth® antenna that increases its range by up to 80% for fewer dropouts and interruptions to your music. iFi also gave it some audio upgrades, too, implementing an improved digital clock and a cleaner power supply. 

More than just a dongle

The Zen Blue V2 connects wirelessly to a huge range of sources using Bluetooth 5.0, including smartphones, PCs, Mac® computers, tablets, and more. It supports all current Bluetooth codecs, like aptX®, aptX HD, LDAC, and HWA/LHDC. It can even be updated over-the-air to add new codecs as they come out, making it essentially future-proof.

The wireless signal is handled by Qualcomm's latest and greatest Bluetooth chip. It does a stellar job of maintaining signal accuracy as it passes those 1s and 0s along to the DAC chip. The beefy ESS Hyperstream Sabre digital-to-analog converter chip uses an upgraded version of iFi's GMT (Global Master Timing) clock to keep jitter to a minimum and to improve performance. 

Versatile connections

There are plenty of ways to hook up the Zen Blue V2 to your existing audio gear. It has an unbalanced stereo RCA output for connecting to a receiver or amplifier, as well as a balanced 4.4mm output to connect to compatible powered speakers and amps. There are also optical and coaxial digital outputs for sending signal over to other components with onboard DACs.

The analog output stage has balanced circuitry, meaning the left and right channels have symmetrical circuit layouts to reduce interference — which is hard to find at this price. The RCA output is rated at 2 volts, while the 4.4mm output is rated at 4 volts, meaning you can use this versatile streamer with hi-fi and pro systems alike. 

Note: Do not connect the 4.4mm output to headphones. The signal voltage exceeds what headphones are rated for. Doing so can lead to damage to your hearing and/or your headphones. 

Product highlights:

  • allows wireless music playback from Bluetooth-compatible smartphones, tablets, music players, and computers
  • built-in Bluetooth 5.0
    • supported codecs: aptX, aptX Adaptive, aptX HD, aptX Low Latency, AAC, SBC, LDAC, and HWA/LHDC
  • stores up to eight paired device profiles
  • front iFi logo acts as an LED Bluetooth codec indicator for signal quality confirmation
  • durable all-metal chassis with high-grade connectors
  • improved Bluetooth antenna for extended connection range
Performance features:
  • built-in ESS Sabre Hyperstream digital-to-analog converter chip for high-quality sound
  • improved GMT (Global Master Timing) clock for lower distortion and better performance
  • Qualcomm 5100-series processing chip for advanced wireless streaming
    • feeds raw digital Bluetooth signal straight 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
Rear connections:
  • 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 unbalanced stereo RCA audio output
  • 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
Other info:
  • 21-inch stereo RCA cable included
  • frequency response: 20-20,000 Hz
  • signal-to-noise ratio: 111 dB (balanced); 106 dB (unbalanced)
  • THD: 0.009% (balanced); 0.03% balanced
  • weight: 1.07 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year