Like all devices of the ZEN series, the new streaming bridge comes in a compact aluminum case with the dimensions 158 x 100 x 35 mm. Some controls are to be found on the device itself, but most settings are made via a web browser user interface.
iFi Audio describes the ZEN Stream as an "audio transport", as it is supposed to move audio files to an external D/A converter unaltered and digitally. It supports sample rates in PCM up to 384 kHz and DSD 256, connecting to the network via wi-fi or Ethernet.
The new ZEN Stream supports Spotify and Tidal Connect, understands UPnP/DLNA and AirPlay, and is said to be compatible with Chromecast via a later update. In addition, it is currently "ROON tested", with ROON Ready support also supposed to come. Own music collections can be connected via USB, but the ZEN Stream can also stream music from a NAS.
For connecting external DACs, one S/PDIF (coax) and one USB3.0 output each are available on the back. Both outputs also feature iFi's Active Noise Cancelling (ANC) technology.
The ZEN Stream is available now* and is expected to cost around €400* MSRP, with a power supply from iFi's "Silent Power" series included*.
*Availability, Prices and Offer for Germany.