iFi Zen DAC 3 Released: Your Digital Audio Just Got a Serious Upgrade

iFi Audio, a renowned manufacturer of high-value audio equipment, today announced the launch of its iFi ZEN DAC 3. Building upon the success of its predecessors (which are always on our “best of” lists), the Zen DAC 3 brings a refreshed design and upgraded features to elevate audio experiences for gamers, casual listeners, and audiophiles.

This new ZEN DAC seems to be a light refresh based on a few basic improvements like DC offset and a new USB-C input with overvoltage protection, ensuring stable and reliable performance. The new external design provides a more premium look than previous models, incorporating brass trim and textured metal.

Versatile Connectivity & High-Resolution Audio

If you’re not aware, the iFi Zen DAC 3 is a digital-to-analog converter (DAC) and headphone amp designed to improve the sound quality of digital audio sources. It offers fixed and variable output for possible preamp use, allowing seamless connection to headphones, amplifiers, or active speakers. The device also boasts two 4.4mm balanced outputs (headphone and line) for minimized distortion and noise.

iFi Zen DAC 3
Zen DAC 3 Rear Panel

The ZEN DAC 3 supports ultra-high-resolution audio formats, including PCM 768kHz, DSD 512, and full MQA decoding, promising faithful reproduction of every musical nuance.

Customizable Sound

In addition, the Zen DAC 3 empowers users to tailor their listening experience with features like XBass+ and PowerMatch analog processing modes. These tools allow you to customize the sound signature and match your gain to various headphones.

Pricing and Availability

The iFi ZEN DAC 3 is available today from the official iFi website and select retailers. It has a retail price of $229.


InputUSB Type-C
FormatsPCM (768/705.6/384/352.8/192/176.4/96/88.2/48/44.1kHz)
DSD (512/256/128/64)
DXD (768/705.6/384/352.8kHz)
MQA (Decoder)
DACBit-Perfect DSD & DXD DAC by Burr Brown
Line Output Section
Output Power
Balanced 4.4mm2V / 6.2V max. (variable); 4.2V fixed
Single-Ended RCA1V / 3.3V max. (variable); 2.1V fixed
Output ImpedanceBalanced 4.4mm ≤200Ω; Single-Ended RCA ≤100Ω
SNR≥ 113dBA @ 0dBFS
DNR≥ 113dBA @ 0dBFS
THD+NBalanced 4.4mm <0.0015% @ 0dBFS; Single-Ended RCA <0.003% @ 0dBFS
Headphone Output Section
Max.^ Output Power
Balanced 4.4mm>70mW @ 600Ω; >300mW @ 32Ω
Single-Ended 6.35mm>18mW @ 600Ω; >210mW @ 32Ω
RMS Output Power
Balanced 4.4mm>390mW @ 64Ω
Single-Ended 6.35mm>210mW @ 32Ω
Output impedance≤1Ω
SNR≥ 109dBA @ 0dBFS (6.2V 4.4mm / 3.3V 6.35mm)
DNR≥ 109dBA @ 0dBFS (6.2V 4.4mm / 3.3V 6.35mm)
THD+NBalanced 4.4mm <0.005% (2V @ 600 Ω); Single-Ended 6.35mm <0.013% (1.27V @ 32Ω)
Frequency Response5Hz – 90kHz (±3dB)
Power supply requirementUSB-C or DC 5V/0.5A (centre +ve)
Power consumptionNo Signal ~0.5W; Max Signal ~2.5W
Dimensions158 x 115 x 35mm (6.2” x 4.6” x 1.4”)
Net weight456g (1.0 lbs)
Limited Warranty12 months*

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