More awards from HF&MS, this time to iFi Audio’s Zen DAC. Although it was released in the year previously, the V2 only passed through the testing ‘desk’ at HF&MS in late summer, and it is a fine performer, winning an ‘Outstanding’ award in October. The ‘Outstanding’ award was as much a function of the price point as it was the performance because at £159 this is a simple entry path to decent quality HiFi. Indeed, in the review we said of the iFi Zen DAC:
…this iFi Zen DAC is crazy good at this price. I cannot recommend it highly enough…
Alongside the iFi Zen DAC came the Zen Stream, which offered a streaming platform to complement the iFi Zen DAC. It even powers the DAC. The Zen Stream was also a brilliantly simple piece of high-quality engineering. Indeed, look out for a review of the iFi Zen CAN, which is the matching Zen headphone amplifier, similarly well-priced and offering high performance.
Congratulations to iFi Audio on the Zen range, in particular the iFi Zen DAC, and on an HF&MS Best of 2022 award.