iFi ZEN CAN Signature MZ99 Headphone Amp
iFi ZEN Can Signature MZ99

iFi ZEN CAN Signature MZ99 Headphone Amp

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The ZEN CAN Signature MZ99 analogue headphone amplifier is a great choice for many headphones, or with the touch of a button, enable the EQ to be optimized for Meze 99 headphones.
 
Level-up
The original ZEN CAN, our all-analogue headphone amplifier, boasted the ability to drive tough headphone loads, a balanced circuit design, vanishingly low levels of distortion and versatile sonic tailoring.
 
The ZEN CAN Signature MZ99 takes this to another level. It further improves the sound quality with enhanced circuit design, whilst maintaining the versatile features of the ‘regular’ version and adding something special – a custom EQ setting precisely tailored across the entire frequency response curve to make the most of Meze 99 models. Enabling the EQ adjusts the treble for more ‘vivaciousness’, and the enhanced mid-low bass.

Note: at Everest Audio, we prefer the sound with the EQ off with the Meze 99, but you may prefer with it on. Getting choice is great and you decide for yourself!
 
ActivEQ
This new feature, called ActivEQ, combines active and passive components to create a specific EQ curve to suit a particular pair of headphones, performed in the analogue domain without a hint of additional noise or distortion.
 
Selecting the MZ99 button on the ZEN CAN Signature MZ99 calibrates its signal to complement the headphone’s response characteristics right across the frequency range. This then tunes its performance to work with Meze 99 headphones.

The ZEN CAN Signature MZ99 does not only work with the Meze 99 Classics, but also with the Meze 99 Neo and the Meze 99 by Drop.
 
Plenty of gain options to suit your needs.
The ZEN CAN Signature MZ99 features four gain settings in six dB steps – 0dB, 6dB, 12dB and 18db.
 
This enables the amp to precisely suit the connected headphones. Unity gain (0dB) is useful to ensure low noise with sensitive in-ear monitors, while the higher gain settings make the most of tougher headphone loads, delivering excellent dynamic headroom.
 
XSpace
This analogue processing mode compensates for the ‘in-head localisation’ effect that can occur when using headphones to listen to music that was mixed using a pair of speakers.
 
It widens the headphone soundstage to deliver a more spacious and speaker-like experience.
 
Balance of power
The ZEN CAN Signature's circuitry is a balanced, symmetrical dual-mono design – a topology usually reserved for high-end headphone amps – with a number of key elements trickled down from the discrete Class A circuitry developed for iFi’s flagship headphone amplifier, the Pro iCAN.
 
Key components have been upgraded to enhance performance in line with the improvements made to the ZEN CAN Signature, including the use of Panasonic OS-CON and Elna Silmic II capacitors.
 
Driving force
The amp offers prodigious drive capability, delivering 1600mW (7.2V) into 32 ohms from the single-ended output, with 15V+ available to loads of 300 ohms or more through the balanced output, ensuring it takes even current-hungry planar headphones in its stride.
 
Delivering ultra-low distortion, rich sonic detail, engaging dynamics and the ability to drive all manner of headphones with ease, the ZEN CAN Signature MZ99 is a truly a driving force to be reckoned with.
 
Stay connected
The ZEN CAN Signature MZ99 offers stereo RCA and 3.5mm single-ended inputs, plus a balanced 4.4mm Pentaconn input. A 4.4mm balanced output is also provided, to connect to power amps equipped with a balanced input.
 
It provides a pair of headphone outputs – a 6.3mm output for headphones that have a standard single-ended connector (compatible with all headphones) and a 4.4mm Pentaconn balanced output for headphones offering balanced connection.
 
An increasing number of high-quality headphones and in-ear monitors either come so equipped or give the option of detaching the cable and upgrading to a 4.4mm Pentaconn connector, and this output makes the most of them (it is particularly recommended for high-impedance headphones).
 
Dynamic Duo
The ZEN CAN Signature MZ99 works well with the ZEN DAC Signature. Products can be bought separately but a ‘ZEN Signature Set’ is now available. This comprises both ZEN Signature units plus a high-performance 4.4mm Pentaconn cable (worth £69 when purchased separately) to connect them together.
 
When used in tandem, the two ZEN Signatures make a fantastic, desktop-sized headphone system for both digital and analogue sources, further extending the reputation of iFi’s ZEN Series for delivering exceptional performance and versatility at remarkable prices.
 
Majestic measurements - Output Power
ZEN CAN Signature MZ99: 1,600mW
Laptop Headphone: 30mW

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