ifi Zen Can Measurements

Test Setup:

– Audio Precision APx555 B-Series Analyzer
– Van Damme Star-Quad shielded SPC XLR cables with Amphenol Connectors
– Neurochrome Dummy Load
– Full reports containing additional data and test configurations are attached
– Exact analyzer/filter configurations for each measurement are detailed in the full reports
– All measurements shown below are taken with a 32 ohm load unless otherwise specified

Full Reports:

Reports available here:

Reports contain the following measurements:

– 200khz Bandwidth
– THD+N @ Unity gain, 700mv, 50mv
– Maximum Power test (THD+N/Watts)
– Phase Response
– Square Wave
– 1khz FFT
– 50hz FFT
– THD+N / Frequency (20-20khz and 20-30khz)
– Dynamic Range (AES17)
– IMD SMPTE vs Output Level
– Linearity
– Linearity (No Bandpass)
– SINAD/Output Level
– Crosstalk / Frequency
– 32 Tone FFT
– And more!


Dynamic Range (AES17): 113.5dB

SNR: 114.8dB

Measured Output Impedance: 0.97Ω Balanced

1khz 4v Unity gain 32 Ohm:

1khz 4v Unity gain 300ohm:

1khz 700mv (Headphone Level) 32 Ohm:

1khz 700mv (Headphone Level) 300ohm:

1khz 50mv (IEM Level) 12 Ohm:

XBass Frequency Response:


3d+ is a fully analog crossfeed implementation, which adds a delayed and lower level of the L-channel audio into the right and vice versa, to simulate a speaker-like effect.
The graph below shows the crosstalk when 3d+ is enabled, and a scope view showing how one channel is slightly delayed (intentionally).
This isn’t personally my thing but it’s a nice feature to have and definitely works with some ‘hard-panned’ recordings.

Red: No 3d+
Green: 3d+
Red is the signal I am feeding to the amp. The amp then plays a lower level, slightly delayed version in the right (blue) channel as well to simulate a speaker effect.

THD+N / Frequency:

(20khz filter)
(20khz-30khz shown, 90khz bandwidth ensure capture of 2nd and 3rd harmonics)


SINAD/THD+N vs output level:

IMD (SMPTE) vs Output Level:

Crosstalk (no XBass):

This is not particularly good

1khz Square Wave:

Phase Response:

200khz Bandwidth:



32ohm: Limiting begins at ~0.8w.
1% THD reached at ~1.3w

300ohm: Limiting begins at ~100mw
1% THD reached at ~180mw

10 thoughts on “ifi Zen Can Measurements”

  1. Hello !
    I congratulate you for the initiative you had creating this site where, in addition to “subjective” opinions and reviews, we also have access to objective measurements, in the style of Audio Science Review.
    I am one of your followers on your youtube channel and now I will be one of the followers of your site.
    I would have a suggestion, if you don’t mind: for those like me, less technical individuals, maybe some comments accompanying the measurements would be good, so that we can better understand what it’s about.
    I wish you success in the future in everything you undertake !
    (Please excuse my English, it’s not my native language)

    • Thanks!
      I have a video coming which will be a bit of a ‘measurements for dummies’ type thing. And I’ll do a written version as well. Should hopefully be done soon.

  2. For example, in the “1 khz 4v Unity gain 32 Ohm” graph, there is a discrepancy between the L and R channel: THD + N ratio = 0.001745% vs. 0.002740% and SINAD = 95.166 dB vs. 91,245 dB. Is this difference significant ? If the answer is “yes”, can we know where it might come from? And, most important, can this be detected subjectively, by listen to music through HP conducted by iFi Zen Can ?
    Also, in the graph with “1khz 700mv (Headphone Level) 32 Ohm” (but also in the ones at other impedances), there are discrepancies between the RMS level of the L and R channel: 675.9 mVrms vs. 709.2 mVrms. Are these differences significant and subjectively detectable in practice ?
    Another question: is the performance of the “Multitone” test good or mediocre with that “grass” in the graph going up to – 100 dB SPL?
    Thanks a lot !

    • This isn’t entirely uncommon. In this case, the zen can has a little bit of channel imbalance anyway so that will be a factor. But also no amp is going to have both channels be absolutely 100% identical.
      It is a difference that leans on the larger side but not enough to worry about.

      In the multitone test, it’s ok, but the fact that it has rising distortion/noise into the upper frequencies (also visible on the THD+N/Frequency graph) is a bit concerning

  3. Congrats on your channel and now website. I look forward to your content. It’s delivered in a way that holds my attention, which for being quite analytical, says a lot. Good luck going forward.

  4. Considering that ifi Zen Can has an analog volume control, it would be helpful a L – R channel balance vs. Volume plot/chart.


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