I recently decided that I wanted to upgrade my audio system, as I wanted to begin streaming music from a service like Qubuz. After weeks of research, I ended up calling True Audiophile to discuss options. Gary spent time educating me on the various approaches to streaming and introduced the Innuous ZENith Mk3 as an option. Now, being a proud owner of this product, I can't speak highly enough of it. The user interface is excellent and, married to the rest of my system, produces sublime analog sounding music. I love the fact that I am able to insert CDs and burn them to the hard drive - FANTASTIC. I'm also able to upload digital music files from other sources, such as Band Camp, from my Innuos ZENith Mk3. Another big bonus, product was shipped out in a matter of days, not weeks. If you are looking for a streamer/music server to up-level your experience of music, look no further. This product is stellar.
Innuos ZENith Mk3. No Compromise Reference Streamer/Server.
Now at True Audiophile
We listened to all server streamers we could. They were either way too much money for what they delivered or too complex. Innuos is taking over the world market because they are none of those issues. Brilliantly simple to use and modestly priced. Built from the ground up including their OS. -- TA
Before we launch into the Innuos rave reviews, here are the fundamental differences of the Zenith:
- All the superb qualities of the Zen PLUS Triple Linear Power Supply with ultra-low noise regulators and premium Mundorf capacitors.
- SSD storage with EMI and vibration treatment.
- 8GB RAM with 4GB in-memory playback.
- More revealing
- More transparent
- Better attack, better PRAT overall
- Bass is more distinct, overall greater dynamics
- Soundstage is bigger and deeper
- Better vibration control
Standard Storage : 1 TB ( 2TB -- + $650 / 4TB -- + $1400 )
Offering a wonderful sounding music server with great user friendliness and an absolutely fair price, HiFi Einsnull award the ZENith MkII a Best of 2018 award regarding it as true high-end audiophile system.
HiFi Einsnull 4/2017
What I adore about the Zenith MK2‘s usability from Innuos is that it’s not a celebration of what can be achieved in the future, it’s a celebration of what can be achieved right now.
The Zenith isn’t just another streamer, it has its own personality and that’s Important. Innuos have designed a complete fuss free digital front end, that combines carefully chosen hardware and sophisticated software into an easy to use product which has honesty and transparency at its heart.
The sound of a Zenith 2 is transparent, honest and truthful and any system that reflects a balance that the user is happy with will benefit from its implementation. Setup and usage is easy and playback and library management is straightforward and intuitive.
tonally neutral, ultra resolved, rhythmically in the pocket and spatially dimensional
With their flagship ZENith MkII, our newer firm Innuos has a music server/player that's very solidly made, attractively styled, super fast due to its SSD and a poster child for user friendliness and intuitive use. Particularly the browser interface makes chores like tags, rips, imports and backup scheduling easy as pie. This should be the gold standard.
All in all, it’s a very hard act to beat for anyone looking to push streaming quality to the max.
ZENith delivers a highly coherent, vibrant, and engaging sound that hangs together very well indeed.
It delivers instrument timbre, reverb, and more importantly does so in such a fashion that it sounds like musicians playing together. This is not something that streaming systems do as a matter of course, or arguably digital audio as a whole for that matter.
Einsnull considered the ZENith to be a Highlight
Einsnull, the reference German Magazine for Digital Audio concluded the ZENith has a wonderful performance in terms of sound quality and combines both technical ability and an enormous user-frienliness - all for a fair price.
Stereoplay considered the ZENith to be a Highly Recommended device
The reference German magazine reviewed the ZENith and concluded its brilliant software, its supple operation combined with its high quality components were enough to relativise its price.
Multifaceted - was Fairaudio's verdict
The well respected German website Fairaudio did a thorough test of our ZENith and concluded it had an outstanding usability, far better than its competitors. It took its "hat off" to its overall performance: ease of use, tempo and sound quality.
Just perfect - was Stereo's verdict
The well-regarded German Hi-Fi magazin Stereo review focuses on the ZENith's usability while praising its value-for-money. This detailed look on how the operating system and playback apps are structured gives a good introduction on how easy it is to use one of our music servers.
HiFi Live awarded the ZENith the Best Quality/Price ratio Award
After reviewing the ZENith, HiFi Live - a reference Spanish Hi-Fi blog, concluded that the ZENith is destined to become a true success given its high quality construction standards, its very complete and easy to use interface and its irreprehensible operation. HiFi Live considered the ZENith to be the most complete example of how much digital reproduction has advanced.
Well done, Innuos!
The reference Portuguese blog HiFi Clube reviewed the ZENith and considered it to be versatile, stable and user-friendly. From a sound quality perspective JVH found it produced a "juicy" sound with texture, dynamics and harmonic richness.
It’s solid, pretty job of real aficionados
My laptop has been adapted to play files, since it features SSD, and one of the latest versions of the JPlay software player installed personally by Martin Ostapowicz, and I had a chance to use it with dozens of different DACs, so I know it well.
The server under review offers better performance, hands down. In terms of reliability, convenience and sound quality.
Hxoseikona magazine considered the ZENith to be very flexible
Hxoseikona, a well respected Greek magazine rated the ZENith's music management capabilities as excellent as well its flexibility to connect to other network systems and DACs.
- Full-width Design
- Innovative Triple-Linear Power Supply with ultra-low
- noise regulators and Nichicon MUSE Capacitors
- Anti-vibration treatment on chassis
- and electronic components
- Independent floating optical drive and SSD platform
- Medical-grade Mains Filter
- SSD Storage
- Dual Ethernet Ports for LAN and Streamer with isolation transformers
- In-Memory playback with 4GB Cache
- Ultra-low Noise USB Audio Output
- Quad-core Intel CPU, 8GB RAM
Linear Power Supply
The ZEN uses our linear power supply design with ultra-low noise regulators (40 uV), specialised audio capacitors (Nichicon MUSE) and medical-grade mains filter to ensure audio transparency and realism.
|Digital Output||Ultra Low Noise USB 2.0 supporting USB Audio Class 1, USB Audio Class 2 and DoP|
|Ethernet||2x isolated RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet - LAN and Streamer connection|
|Other||1x VGA (service connection only)|
|USB||1x USB 2.0 (DAC), 1x USB 3.0 (Backup)|
|CD Formats||Red Book|
|Disc Compatibility||CD, CD-R, CD-RW|
|Audio format for stored CDs||FLAC (zero compression), WAV|
|Audio Formats Supported for streaming and playing||WAV, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC, AAC, MP3|
|Sample Rates||44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4KHz. 192kHz, 352.8KHz, 384KHz , DSD64, DSD128|
|Bit Depths||16bit, 24bit, 32bit|
USER CONTROL INTERFACES
|Web Interface||Web Browsers from iOS, Android (4.0 and up) or up-to-date Windows and OS X browsers|
|Mobile||App for iPhone/iPad, Android and Windows 10|
|CD/DVD drive||TEAC Slot-loading drive|
|Hard Drive||1Tb Samsung EVO SSD|
|CPU||Intel Quad Core 2GHz|
|Memory||8Gb DDR3 - 4Gb dedicated for Memory Playback|
STREAMING AND CD STORAGE
|UPnP/DLNA||UPnP Server DLNA device compatible|
|USB||Connect and play to USB DACs (USB Audio Class 1 and Class 2, DoP)|
|Average CD Storage Time||5 minutes|
|CD Metadata||OneMusicAPI aggregating multiple CD metadata sources|
|Compatible Music Systems||Sonos Multi-room Wireless Music System|
|Naim Mu-so Multi-room Wireless Music System|
|Denon HEOS Multi-room Wireless Music System|
|Squeezebox Multi-room Wireless Music System|
|Naim Uniti music streamers|
|Linn DS music streamers|
|Cambridge Audio CXN|
|DLNA/UPnP compatible devices|
|USB DACs complying to USB Audio Class 1 or 2|
|USB DACs supporting DSD over DoP protocol|
|Network||Internet connection to access album metadata when storing CDs, Internet Radio, Streaming Services and software updates|
|Network router with at least one available ethernet port|
|Premium subscription required for some streaming services such as Spotify, Qobuz and Tidal|
|Music Controller||Remote control app compatible with the Logitech Media Server (Free and Paid versions available) or Web Browser - Most modern web browsers and platforms are supported|
|DAC / Converter||DAC with USB input supporting USB Audio Class 1, USB Audio Class 2 or DoP protocols|
|Mains Supply||220V AC - Internal Triple-Linear Power Supply with ultra-low noise regulators|
|Power Consumption||12W when idle, 25W peak|
|Dimensions||70 x 420 x 320 mm (H x W x D)|
|In the box||Innuos Zenith Music Server|
|UK or EU Mains Cable|
|2m Ethernet Cable (to connect to router)|
|Getting Started leaflet|