ZENith Next-Gen

Feel the presence of your music

The digital source has become a known sight on Hi-Fi systems for its 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 Next-Gen takes our innovations such as the PreciseAudio mainboard, NGaN regulator and AudioCore technology to new heights compared to the ZEN Next-Gen. First, the ARC6 NGaN Power Supply, trickled-down from the power supply of the acclaimed STATEMENT Next-Gen 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 Next-Gen upgrades the ZEN Next-Gen 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 Next-Gen also features a pSLC (pseudo Single-Level Cell) industrial-grade SSD for the OS, powered independently, 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 direct impact on sound quality.

This combination brings a new dimension to the ZENith Next-Gen. It's no longer 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.

*Available in Q3

Main Features


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 Next-Gen.


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.


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.


Modular Architecture

You can configure the ZENith Next Gen 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.



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. 


Innuos XSM

High Performance Expandable Storage Management System (XSM) allows a single pool of storage from multiple drives. The ZENith Next-Gen 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.


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.


Sense 3

Unique benefits for the ZEN Next-Gen and ZENith Next-Gen 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.

Storage Options

No storage            € 15 000
2TB SSD            € 15 350
4TB SSD            € 15 650
8TB SSD            € 16 900
16TB SSD            € 18 800
No storage £   14 200
2TB SSD  £   14 525
4TB SSD  £   14 800
8TB SSD  £   15 950
16TB SSD  £   17 750
No storage  $  18 900
2TB SSD  $  19 350
4TB SSD  $  19 700
8TB SSD  $  21 200
16TB SSD  $  23 500
No storage $ 25 000
2TB SSD  $ 25 550
4TB SSD  $ 26 050
8TB SSD  $ 28 100
16TB SSD  $ 31 200
Optional pre-installed modular output boards
(additional cost)

AES/Coax/Opt Board + €  600
PhoenixUSB Lite Board + € 1 100
PhoenixI2S Lite Board (to be released soon)
AES/Coax/Opt Board + £  600
PhoenixUSB Lite Board + £ 1 000
PhoenixI2S Lite Board (to be released soon)
AES/Coax/Opt Board + $  750
PhoenixUSB Lite Board + $ 1 350
PhoenixI2S Lite Board (to be released soon)
AES/Coax/Opt Board + $  950
PhoenixUSB Lite Board + $ 1 750
PhoenixI2S Lite Board (to be released soon)

Controlled via the Innuos Sense App

Managing your music should never get 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 innuOS 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



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


Ethernet 2 x LAN RJ45 Bridged Gigabit Ethernet (LAN, Streamer)  
USB 3 x USB 3.2 Gen2 (Backup/Import, Aux, DAC)
Chassis Ground 4mm ‘Speaker plugport


Ripping External USB-connected CD ripper required
CD Formats Red Book
Disc Compatibility CD, CD-R, CD-RW
CD Ripper Formats FLAC (compression level 0), WAV
Playback Audio Formats WAC, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC, AAC, MP3, MQA
External USB-connected CD ripper required 


Sample Rates 44.1kHz, 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 Depths 16bit, 24bit, 32bit


Web Interface Modern Web Browsers from iOS, Android, Windows and OS X
Mobile Innuos Sense App for iOS/Android/Kindle Fire


Storage 1 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) 
CPU Intel Core i7: 8 x Physical Cores 
Memory 16GB DDR4 Industrial-Grade RAM 


Streaming Services Qobuz, Tidal, Deezer, HighResAudio, Internet Radio 
Average CD Storage Time 5 Minutes
CD Metadata FreeDB, Musicbrainz, Discogs, GD3 
Compatible Music Systems Sonos Multi-room Wireless Music System
DLNA/UPnP Compatible Devices
USB DACs complying to USB Audio Class 2
Selected USB DACs supporting Native DSD


Network Internet 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. 


Mains Supply 230V AC / 115V AC (Switchable) 


Dimensions 410mm x 350mm x 150mm (W x D x H)
Weight 14,3 kg
In the box Innuos ZENith Next-Gen
Mains Cable
2m Ethernet Cable
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