A few weeks ago someone suggested to me that the Innuos Zen was worth considering. I have been trying it out since Friday and am quite impressed. I play it through my nDAC using an AQ Forest optical, although I also have on loan the same digital coax. I cannot detect much if any difference from the CDX2 which I use as a transport. Previously I have tried UnitiServe and Core but gave up because of bugs and exasperation.
- Ripping a 2 CD opera (Andrea Chenier) it found both disks but didn’t get the right version, and both disks were from different versions. No choice of metadata either, and worse of all it merged the two disks based on track number. A bit of a problem!
- Importing wav from my NAS folders worked well, but it didn’t attempt to add missing metadata (composer or other artists). Changing artwork did not always work, although it may be that it did not update dynamical although may with a resync.
- It can attach to a NAS share in much the same way as import.
- There is a quick import which can be deleted and a fuller version which merges with the music store and cannot be reversed (quick can be changed to full). Both have the same metadata issue above.
- I eventually managed to setup a backup to my NAS, which I was happy with.
- The iPeng app for iOS works well at least for basic playback.
- In some situations it detects duplicates (import does), didn’t seem to for individual rips.
- The track lengths of imports were rubbish.
So feedback on the Zen welcome including my list above. At £999 for the 2TB version it is good value. Haven’t tried its analogue output. Does it uPnP work with Naim streamers? Is there a way of pointing it to the correct CD metadata? It has Roon Core installed but I haven’t tried it or the interface to Spotify, Qobuzm TIDAL etc.
It seems stable and doesn’t exasperate me, which is a real bonus!