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Innuos ZENith NG

Sale price$18,900.00

The Innuos Zenith NG is a high-performance digital source designed for audiophiles seeking pristine sound quality. It features the advanced ARC6 NGaN Power Supply, providing ultra-low noise and precise audio signal. The PreciseAudio mainboard, enhanced with low-latency processors and minimal EMI emissions, ensures exceptional sound transparency. Equipped with an Intel Core i7 processor and 16GB of industrial-grade RAM, the Zenith NG guarantees responsive and dedicated audio processing.

Its industrial-grade pSLC SSD reduces operating noise, enhancing overall sound quality. The modular architecture allows customization, offering up to 16TB of storage and various audio output modules. Encased in a premium CNC-machined aluminum chassis, the Innuos Zenith NG is the ultimate choice for audiophiles desiring unparalleled audio performance.

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ZENith NG



Feel the presence of your music


Digital sources have become a known sight in Hi-Fi systems for their convenience. Almost all music can now be accessible at the touch of a button. But playing sound is one thing and playing music is another. To get the true essence of the recording, your digital signal must be as pristine and well-timed as possible so your DAC can play at its best. Feed it with a noisy signal and that will just be amplified along the chain.


A pristine digital signal requires a dedicated digital source, with meticulous detail starting from the ultra-low noise power supplies, through the custom processor boards, and all the way to specific software development minimizing power noise during operation.


The ZENith NG takes our innovations such as the PreciseAudio mainboard, NGaN regulator, and AudioCore technology to new heights compared to the ZEN NG. First, the ARC6 NGaN Power Supply, trickled down from the power supply of the acclaimed Statement NG with its Active Rectification, 300VA Audio Grade Transformer, high-performance choke and 130000uF of Mundorf capacitors, provide all the current the system needs with very low impedance so that no transient is missed.


The ZENith NG upgrades the ZEN NG with a Core i7 Embedded processor with 8 performance cores, providing further core separation for AudioCore whilst maintaining excellent overall performance for a responsive system at all times.


The ZENith NG also features a pSLC (pseudo-Single-Level Cell) industrial-grade SSD for the OS, powered independently, which is added directly to the PreciseAudio board. As pSLC contains simplified controllers, they generate much less EMI compared to standard SSDs. Being the OS SSD that bears most of the system work, this results in a considerably lower operating noise with a direct impact on sound quality.


This combination brings a new dimension to the ZENith NG. It's no longer just about the frequencies, pace or even the size of the soundstage. Details in music now emerge as if by revelation. The breathiness of a voice, the vibrations on a drum's skin, the presence of fingers sliding down a guitar neck. They are presented with a transparency that starts feeling like a live presence.


It's hard to put into words but if you listen, you'll know.



MAIN FEATURES



01. Innuos ARC6 NGaN PSU


Combining the trickled-down version of the ARC6 Active Rectification board with a 300VA Audio Grade Transformer, high-performance choke and over 130000uF of Mundorf capacitors with the cutting-edge Gallium Nitride Innuos NGaN Regulation stage results in a marked improvement in sound transparency and realism compared to the ZEN NG.


02. Innuos PreciseAudio Mainboard


An all-new custom server-grade mainboard, ultra-tuned for low processor latency, power noise and EMI emissions; further improved by enhanced power regulators and solid capacitors.


03. High Performance, Low Power


New generation of Intel Core i7 with 8 physical cores for enhanced Innuos AudioCore performance, providing separate cores dedicated only to audio processes. Supported with 16GB of industrial-grade low-noise DDR4 RAM allowing to cache more databases and files for a speedy response.


04. Modular Architecture


You can configure the ZENith NG as a Music Server/Streamer, Server-only or Streamer-only easily. Choose between no storage or up to 16TB configurations and optional audio output slot for different modules such as USB, I2S, or AES/Coaxial/Optical SPDIF.


05. pSLC OS SSD


Superior industrial-grade pSLC SSD for the OS for even lower operating noise, independently powered and with power-loss protection for extra resiliency and durability. 


06. Innuos XSM


High Performance Expandable Storage Management System (XSM) allows a single pool of storage from multiple drives. The ZENith NG supports an internal, high performance NVMe PCIe drive up to 8TB with an additional externally accessible M.2 NVMe slot for up to 8TB for a total 16TB of seamless storage. Intelligent management and data protection provided through Sense.


07. Premium Chassis


Newly-designed 10mm thick CNC-machined bead-blasted and anodized aluminium chassis, containing new vibration-dampened toroidal platform and with Chassis Ground port connection.


08. Sense 3


Unique benefits for the ZEN NG and ZENith NG through Sense 3, including new Real-Time Kernel, lowering latency even further for the core Operating System, AudioCore for audio process to run in dedicated physical cores, Expandable Storage Management interface, and new CD-ripping via external USB drives with drive-head alignment for accurate ripping.


sense 3 app

Controlled via the Innuos Sense App


Managing your music should always be in the way of listening to your music - it should complement the experience. The Innuos Sense app is a powerful music management tool that works the way you do – it is made to help you manage, organize, and play your music and navigate streaming services with ease. Sense is available as a free download and tightly integrates with high-end online music services and our in-house developed Operating System to deliver optimal music playback with the following features:

  • Qobuz and Tidal MAX integration including Artist Bios, Related Artists, Top Tracks, and expanded streaming experience with Deezer and Hi-Res Audio
  • Management of Qobuz and Tidal MAX albums together with albums stored on one or more Network Attached Storage (NAS) for a unified Music Library
  • Internet Radio with easy preset facilities, plus access to FLAC Radio Paradise streams and mixes
  • Fast, integrated searches through internet radio, streaming services, local files, and NAS drives
  • Easy creation of playlists from multiple streaming services, local files, and NAS drives
  • Ability to play music from connected USB storage drives
  • Curated and configurable Smart Mixes based on your music
  • Home Screen widgets allow you to customize and access your favorite features at the touch of a button
  • Multiple ways to browse music (by Artist, Albums, Tracks, Tags etc...) with fast A-Z navigation
  • Seamless and automatic ripping of CDs including via external USB drives with Sense 3



SPECIFICATIONS



AUDIO OUTPUTS


Digital OutputUSB (Up to 32bit/768KHz, Up to DSD256 via DoP, Up to DSD512 via Native DSD)
1 x Digital Output Module: PhoenixUSB, PhoenixI2S, AES/Coaxial/Optical SPDIF (Sold Separately)
Auxiliary Ethernet Port for Streamer or NAS

CONNECTIVITY


Ethernet2 x LAN RJ45 Bridged Gigabit Ethernet (LAN, Streamer)
USB3 x USB 3.2 Gen2 (Backup/Import, Aux, DAC)
Chassis Ground4mm ‘Speaker plug port

FORMATS


RippingExternal USB-connected CD ripper required
CD FormatsRed Book
Disc Compatibilityspan class="TextRun SCXW74179197 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none" xml:lang="EN-US">CD, CD-R, CD-RW
CD Ripper FormatsFLAC (compression level 0), WAV
Playback Audio FormatsWAC, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC, AAC, MP3, MQA
External USB-connected CD ripper required 

SAMPLE RATES


Sample Rates44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 352.8kHz, 384kHz, 768kHz, DSD over PCM (DoP) up to DSD256, Native DSD up to DSD512 (on selected DACs) 
Bit Depths16bit, 24bit, 32bit

USER CONTROL INTERFACES


Web InterfaceModern Web Browsers from iOS, Android, Windows and OS X
MobileInnuos Sense App for iOS/Android/Kindle Fire

HARDWARE


Storage1 x pSLC SSD for OS 
[Optional] 1 x PCI-E NVme SSD – 2TB / 4TB / 8TB (Factory fitted) 
[Optional] 1 x m.2 NVme SSD (User or factory fitted) 
CPUIntel Core i7: 8 x Physical Cores 
Memory16GB DDR4 Industrial-Grade RAM

STREAMING AND CD STORAGE


UPnP/DLNAAssetUPnP 
Streaming ServicesQobuz, Tidal, Deezer, HighResAudio, Internet Radio 
Average CD Storage Time5 Minutes
CD MetadataFreeDB, Musicbrainz, Discogs, GD3 
Compatible Music SystemsSonos Multi-room Wireless Music System
DLNA/UPnP Compatible Devices
USB DACs complying to USB Audio Class 2
Selected USB DACs supporting Native DSD

REQUIREMENTS


NetworkInternet connection required for metadata lookup, streaming services and software updates.
Network access via Ethernet 
Premium subscription required for streaming services such as Qobuz, Tidal etc. 

POWER


Mains Supply230V AC / 115V AC (Switchable) 



REFERENCES & REVIEWS



ZENith NG Review by strictlystereo
ZENith NG Review by hifi-pig
 
ZENith NG Review by StereoNet