Is iFi Zen can worth it?
I own both units, and my answer is a resounding yes. I compared the balanced headphone out on both units with headphones and IEMs. Even with IEMs, there are significant improvements in terms of soundstage, precision, resolution, separation, and bass control with the ZEN CAN versus the ZEN DAC.
Is iFi Zen DAC truly balanced?
The Zen’s analog stage features a true differential balanced circuit with TDK COG capacitors, Texas Instruments low-noise power supply, and an analog volume control.
Is ZEN DAC also an amp?
This superb hi-res USB DAC/headphone amp delivers a level of specification and performance that punches above its super-affordable price tag. Compact enough to use as a USB DAC/amp on your work desk with your much-loved headphones.