Zen Mini MK3


Another Loud & Clear go-to product, our most popular Innuos model, ZEN Mini is the perfect storage and playback solution for anyone with an existing CD collection or who still buys discs. ZEN Mini is compact and integrates easily into an existing system with near silent operation; simply pop a CD into the slot and 5 minutes later it is ripped, stored, categorised and ready to stream. The 1TB version will store approx. 1800 CDs, the 8TB around 15,000.

This product qualifies for free, remote installation by one of our technicians.

Dimensions: 74 x 214 x 240 mm (H x W x D)
Weight: 4,5 Kg

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Until Innuos released their first “Zenith” integrated CD ripper/server in 2016 we had no simple and elegant solution for ripping CD libraries losslessly. Sure there were some products on the market, but they were generally overpriced and unreliable, hence us advocating ripping with a Mac/PC, DBPoweramp and storing on a QNAP or Synology NAS drive with internal RAID and external backup. How cumbersome!

Thankfully Innuos now have our backs, with three mainline solution products in the Zenith, the Zen and the Zen Mini. Operationally these devices are as close to perfection as we’ve seen. Insert your CD and 5 minutes later it is automatically ejected, having been ripped losslessly to FLAC and correctly tagged with your album’s metadata and cover art.

All Innuos products run their in-house, Linux-based ZenOS, which means features are regularly added and ease-of-use improved further with simple online firmware updates. At Loud & Clear we recommend a similarly sized USB backup disc (around £60 for 2TB) and we’ll configure your backups automatically for additional peace of mind.

ZEN Mini is ideal for simple integration into multi-room systems or for those making the first step to a dedicated audio server. It’s a tidy storage and playback solution for all your CDs and audio files scattered around folders on the computer and a super easy way to stream and listen to all your favourite music.

Innuos Zen Mini mk3

What is it?
CD ripper, NAS and streamer in a compact design with quiet, fanless operation.

Versatile HiFi connectivity with analogue and digital outputs
Roon Core and Endpoint
Custom audio treated components
Upgradeable with Linear Power Supply

Powered by innuOS proprietary operating system.
InnuOS allows complete Music Library management using a tablet or smartphone

Convenient Design
With its compact footprint, low-power efficiency, quiet operation and range of connectivity, the ZEN Mini is a convenient and discreet music server for all your Digital Audio needs – from CD ripping to purchased downloads, Internet Radio to Spotify Connect.

Hi-Fi Engineering
The ZEN Mini offers more than just casual usage. Floating optical and storage drives paired with a custom motherboard and premium components offer far greater musical performance than conventional computers and NAS drives.

Perfect CD Player replacement
Featuring additional Optical and Coaxial digital outputs as well has a high-resolution 24bit/192KHz Digital to Analog Converter (DAC). This means you can now connect directly to all your favourite devices such as Soundbars, AV Receivers or Integrated Amplifiers the easy way.

Powerful Performer
Using their own exclusive innuOS operating system, servers are configured and optimised from the ground up for the perfect balance of performance and simplicity. Control your library from the comfort of your tablet or smartphone – no computer required.

Powered by innuOS
innuOS allows a complete Music Library management using a tablet or smartphone. Ripping CDs, importing music, editing album data (including covers) and backing up your music library can all be easily done easily without the need for a PC.

InnuOS also contains many intelligent features to help organise your Music Library such as a rule-based music import engine or the Assisted CD Ripping mode.

Bit-Perfect Ripping
Using AccurateStream technology, extract every last bit of your CDs into WAV or FLAC files.

Automatic CD Ripping
Just pop-in a CD! innuOS will automatically get full album data and cover from multiple online databases, rip your CD and eject when done.

Assisted CD Ripping
Assisted CD Ripping allows you to see and edit all the album data and cover obtained from the online databases before you rip the CD. Great for Classical Music!

Quiet Mode
Love to listen to music whilst ripping your CDs and want absolute silence? Just engage Quiet Mode for slowing down ripping, making it much quieter and with less vibration.

Offline Ripping
CDs can be ripped without internet connection. When connected, album data and cover for all offline ripped CDs will be obtained with a simple click.

Rediscover Your Music and Discover New One
Play all your music as well as Internet Radio and streaming services with the best sound quality by connecting directly to a DAC or Digital Amplifier via asynchronous USB.

Supports All Major Music Formats
The innuOS Music Player plays FLAC, DSD, MQA, WAV, Apple Lossless, AIFF, M4A and MP3 supporting bitrates up to 32bit/384KHz and DSD256, when connecting to compatible DACs

Playback from NAS
Play music stored on an external NAS drive.

Roon-Ready Player
The innuOS Music Player can optionally become a Roon-Ready player so you can use the amazing Roon interface to explore your music like never before.

Perfect Integration with Sonos
innuOS can automatically connect its music library to a Sonos system at the touch of a button as well as automatically rescan the Sonos Music Library when any album is added, modified or deleted from the Music Library.

Fast and Reliable UPnP Server
innuOS also contains a UPnP Server configured out-of-the-box to work flawlessly with a number of UPnP-based systems:

  • Wireless multi-room speakers such as Bang & Olufsen, Denon HEOS, BOSE and many others
  • Music streamers from Naim, Linn , Moon, Auralic and many others
  • Roon Server
  • innuOS will also optionally integrate Roon Core* so you can use innuOS with other Roon-Ready streamers for a complete multi-room system.

* A Roon license, purchased separately, is required.

Home Automation
innuOS can be integrated with the most popular home automation control systems such as RTI, Control4, KNX, AMX, Elan, Crestron and iRidium.

Innuos Zen Mini mk3

Innuos Zen Mini mk3

Technical Specifications:

Digital Output USB 2.0 supporting USB Audio Class 2, DoP, Native DSD and MQA
Coaxial S/PDIF up to 24bit/192KHz
Optical S/PDIF up to 24bit/96KHz
Analogue Output RCA Analogue up to 24bit/192KHz

Ethernet 2 x rear panel RJ45 – Bridged Gigabit Ethernet
USB 4x USB 3.0

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, MQA on supported DACs

Sample Rates 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4KHz. 192kHz, 352.8KHz, 384KHz , up to DSD128 via DoP, Native DSD on selected DACs
Bit Depths 16bit, 24bit, 32bit

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 WD Red HDD
CPU Intel Quad Core N4200
Memory 4GB DDR3

UPnP/DLNA Integrated UPnP Server
Streaming Services Qobuz, Spotify Connect, Tidal, Internet Radio
Roon Compatibility Roon Core and Roon Bridge
Average CD Storage Time 5 minutes
CD Metadata FreeDB, MusicBrainz, Discogs, GD3, Gracenote
Compatible Music Systems Sonos Multi-room Wireless Music System
DLNA/UPnP compatible streamers
USB DACs complying to USB Audio Class 2
USB DACs supporting DSD over DoP protocol
Selected USB DACs supporting Native DSD

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
Recommended App (USB Connection Only) iPeng 9 (iOS), OrangeSqueeze (Android), Squeeze Control (Windows 10)

Mains Supply Low ripple Power Adapter, 12V 5A, CEC Level V efficiency
Power Consumption 10W when idle, 15W peak

Dimensions 70 x 220 x 220 mm (H x W x D)
Weight 4 Kg

Innuos ZEN Mini Mk3 Music Server
AC/DC Power Adapter
Mains Cable
2m Ethernet Cable
Getting Started leaflet