ProduktinformationStorlek:ZEN CAN Signature
- Paketets dimensioner : 27.4 x 15.6 x 5.7 cm; 980 Gram
- Tillverkare : Abbingdon Music Research
- ASIN : B08RZ7Y4PV
- Tillverkarens referens : ZENSignature
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The casing style is common to several models that are all designed to be stacked in different combinations and to suit individual needs; the frontal controls and rear connections are aligned as far as possible with each other for neatness and practicality. A means to better secure three or more units, e.g. if adding the Zen Blue Bluetooth Streamer, Zen Phono etc, would be worth consideration as a stack of just two is not fully stable.
The sound of the Zen DAC has the characteristic warmth associated with its Burr-Brown DAC chip and transfers it through to the CAN Signature. The Zen DAC itself provides adequate volume for most 'phones, although high-impedance models (300 ohm and above), others that are inefficient or difficult to drive will seriously limit volume levels; the CAN or CAN Signature provide far higher levels of amplification. Sound levels can be moderated in 6 dB steps to avoid damaging hearing or 'phones. The linear volume control will reduce volume when needed, adjust for differing levels between recordings and can be disabled by a rear-mounted switch when using balanced inputs.
Besides the unit, a short dual RCA inter-connector and a 3.5 to 6.3mm headphone adapter are included. A new addition is the iPower X low noise PSU, an upgraded version of that suggested for the original Zen DAC and Zen CAN; however it has extensive illumination comprising several white bars and an illuminated iFi logo when a single LED would have sufficed. The original CAN includes a basic third-party PSU by default. While the suggested default interconnect is a 4.4 mm 5-core balanced cable, one is not included but a £69 option from iFi - all their inter-connects are high-priced. The included RCA cable appears to provide more than adequate performance, without perceptible interference or noise thus far that the balanced cable supposedly also helps avoid. Small pinhead LEDs illuminate when power is ON and when a selection is made on a control. Unlike on Zen DAC, the volume control on this has no rear illumination.
When purchased, it was not fully understood that it was totally dedicated to the HD6xx although that was later confirmed by iFi's Techs. Using other headphone brands is therefore likely to lead to disappointment - the Zen CAN is the appropriate solution and more affordable!
Its also later found from another source that there is a small number of Sennheiser 'phones that are incidentally supported although most, as with other brands, will likely be less than successful.
The CAN Signature has inputs for 4.4 mm balanced jack, dual RCA plus a single-ended (AUX) option chosen by button switch. Output options are again 4.4mm balanced 'phones, dual RCA plus a 6.3mm unbalanced headphone socket, hence the adapter that many headphones will need. Brands aside, the ideal partner for both Zen amplifiers will be higher-end 'phones retailing in the £200 to £400 price range, or above.
The pricing differential between the older CAN and current Signature is significant but half its £100 price rise can be attributed to the much upgraded iPower X PSU which itself retails at £99, double that of its predecessor, and completely redesigned with significant performance gains including but not limited to electronic EMI filtering and higher amperage. The balance is probably explained by the improvements to the parent unit.
When partnering appropriate 'phones the performance gains from XSpace and HD6xx functions, especially when used together, will be dramatic. Each alone offers some benefits but they augment each other very effectively. The HD6xx paired with the CAN signature will advance them to another, higher level of performance.
POSTSCRIPT - A Zen DAC Signature was later added as its natural partner and the original Zen DAC used elsewhere.
The headphone amp? The only negative is that the headphone amp, even on its lowest gain setting, has so much power I only need a slight turn of the volume control to get excessive volumes. Given that the whole package is marketed as an ideal match with the Sennheiser range, this could have been done better. Sound quality is otherwise excellent, and the HD6XX mode gives a noticeable but not excessive bass lift which is my preferred setting.
The DAC? Installing the DAC on my Windows 10 PC is straightforward. The supplied USB 3 cable is far too short. Music playback using Qobuz, Apple Music or Foobar2000 is fine with excellent sound quality. I have a series of test files up to and including 192K / 24 bit, DXD and DSD128 and the DAC plays them all without issue. In order to fully decode MQA you will need a software renderer such as the Tidal app or Audirvarna. Personally, I have no interest in MQA so won't be going down this route.
Overall, easy to set up, excellent sound quality, good sound match with the HD600 headphones apart from the volume issue. I suspect the headphone amp has enough power to drive very difficult headphones with ease.
The package included the balanced cable to join the two boxes. Power supplies for both units are the upgraded power x plugs. This increases the value of the pack and explains the price bracket.
I have used the space setting. This broadens the soundstage and makes the music more engaging. I turn off the HD6xx setting.
I love this very British sounding combo. I am really enjoying revisiting my collection all over again!
Currently connecting them to my iMac via usb.....splendid!