New Zealand sourced stock, with full local warranty.
Made for Meze
The ZEN CAN Signature MZ99 with its tailored ActivEQ is precision tuned to extract the last drop of sonic goodness from Meze 99 headphones.
Our ActivEQ feature combines active and passive components to create a specific EQ curve to suit a particular pair of headphones. This is performed in the analogue domain without adding any additional noise or distortion.
The Meze 99 Classics are revered the world over for their exceptional tonality and dynamic expression – they are loved by artists and audio enthusiasts alike. The ZEN CAN Signature MZ99, with the perfectly matched ActivEQ mode, adjusts the treble for more ‘vivaciousness’, and the enhanced mid-low bass extracts the last drop of sonic goodness from the Meze 99 Classics.
The Meze 99 Classics & ZEN CAN Signature MZ99 performance is simply magnificent.
99 is the magic number
Selecting the MZ99 button on the ZEN CAN Signature MZ99 calibrates its signal to complement the headphone’s response characteristics right across the frequency range. This then tunes its performance to work with Meze 99 headphones.
The ZEN CAN Signature MZ99 does not only work with the Meze 99 Classics, but also with the Meze 99 Neo and the Meze 99 by Drop.
As with our previous ZEN CAN Signature models, this feature can be switched on or off. Without ActivEQ engaged, the ZEN CAN Signature MZ99’s performance will bring out the best in all other headphones and in-ear monitors.
Gain, set, match
The ZEN CAN Signature MZ99 has four gain settings in six dB steps – 0dB, 6dB, 12dB and 18db. We’ve called this PowerMatch.
This enables the amp to precisely suit the connected headphones. Unity gain (0dB) is useful to ensure low noise with sensitive in-ear monitors, while the higher gain settings make the most of tougher headphone loads, delivering excellent dynamic headroom.
This analogue processing mode compensates for the ‘in-head localisation’ effect that can occur when using headphones to listen to music that was mixed using a pair of speakers. It widens the headphone soundstage to deliver a more spacious and speaker-like experience.
Balanced is better
The ZEN CAN Signature MZ99’s circuitry is a balanced, symmetrical dual-mono design – a topology usually reserved for high-end headphone amps – with a number of key elements trickled down from the discrete Class A circuitry developed for iFi’s flagship headphone amplifier, the Pro iCAN.
Key components have been upgraded to enhance performance in line with the improvements made to the ZEN CAN Signature MZ99, including the use of Panasonic OS-CON and Elna Silmic II capacitors.
A ‘meze’ ing
The amp provides magnificent drive capability, delivering 1600mW (7.2V) into 32 ohms from the single-ended output, with 15V+ available to loads of 600 ohms or more through the balanced output.
The ZEN CAN Signature MZ99 delivers monumentally low distortion, rich sonic detail, and mesmerising dynamics and the ability to drive all manner of headphones with ease.
The ZEN CAN Signature MZ99 offers stereo RCA and 3.5mm single-ended inputs, plus a balanced 4.4mm Balanced input. There is also a 4.4mm balanced output so you can connect to power amps equipped with a balanced input.
It features a pair of headphone outputs – a 6.3mm output for headphones that have a standard single-ended connector (compatible with all headphones) and a 4.4mm Balanced output for headphones offering balanced connection.
An increasing number of high-quality headphones and in-ear monitors either come so equipped or give the option of detaching the cable and upgrading to a 4.4mm Balanced connector, and this output makes the most of them (it is particularly recommended for high-impedance headphones).
Making magic happen
The ZEN CAN Signature MZ99 works magically with the ZEN DAC Signature V2. Although you can buy each unit separately, a ‘ZEN Signature Set’ is also available. This includes both ZEN Signature units plus a high-performance 4.4mm Balanced cable (worth £69 when purchased separately) to connect them together.
When used together, the two ZEN Signatures make an unbeatable, desktop-sized headphone system for both digital and analogue listening.
- ActivEQ is an exact match for Meze 99 Classic headphones
- End-to-end True Differential balanced circuitry
- Premium parts selection drawn from the £3,000 Pro range
- Adjustable gain to match other headphones
- XSpace analogue headphone
- 4.4mm balanced output
|SNR||122 dB BAL|
|Dynamic range||-122 dB BAL|
|Frequency response -3 dB||10 Hz - 200 kHz|
|Function Button||HFM adaption and/or XSpace; Bypass|
|Dimensions W x D x H||160 x 117 x 35mm|
|6.3 x 4.6 x 1.4"|
0 dB, 6 dB, 12 dB, 18 dB adjust
Output Impedance (HP)
< 2 Ohms
|SE||< 1 Ohm|
|Balanced Line Out||200 Ohms|
|Maximum output power 16 ohms||3.0 V / 600 mW BAL|
|4.0 V / 1000 mW SE|
|Maximum output power 300 ohms||5.1 V / 756 mW BAL|
|7.6 V / 196 mW SE|
|Maximum output power 600 ohms||15.2 V / 385 mW BAL|
|7.6 V / 98 mW SE|
|Maximum power consumption||13 W / 2.6A|
- ZEN CAN Signature MZ99
- 3.5 to 6.3 mm adapter
- iFi iPower2
- User Manual
- RCA Cable
- General accessory instruction card