GO Link from iFi audio - The headphone dongle linking you with your music

The headphone dongle linking you with your music

Superior sound with a twist

The missing link

The GO link is the missing link in your listening experience.

Firstly, it will enable corded headphones and earphones to connect to digital devices that don’t have a 3.5mm headphone output.

Secondly, even if your device does have a headphone socket, the GO link delivers a big sonic upgrade. This is because its sophisticated DAC (Digital-to-Analogue Converter) and headphone amp circuitry are superior to the audio tech contained within smart devices and computers.

Go forward with GO link.

GO Link from iFi audio - The headphone dongle linking you with your music

Flexible friend

At one end of the GO link is a USB-C connector, and at the other is the DAC and headphone amp circuitry, both housed in robust yet lightweight magnesium alloy enclosures.

In between is a 6cm length of flexible cable – this aids practicality, allowing the DAC/amp section to be angled towards the listener and reducing stress on the USB port to which the GO link is connected.

GO Link from iFi audio - The headphone dongle linking you with your music

DAC’s the ticket

At the heart of the GO link lies a power-efficient, high-performance DAC chip from ESS Technology’s Sabre HiFi series – the ES9219MQ/Q – benefiting from 32-bit HyperStream III architecture.

This combines with Quad DAC+ and Time Domain Jitter Eliminator technologies, plus our dedicated clock circuitry utilising a specialised crystal oscillator, to deliver ultra-low distortion, excellent clarity and impressive dynamic range.

Rarely implemented high-end features such as adjustable analogue gain with DRE (Dynamic Range Enhancement) plus technologies to minimise THD (Total Harmonic Distortion) and crosstalk are possible due to the DAC chip’s advanced specification.

GO Link from iFi audio - The headphone dongle linking you with your music

Do the twist

The cable linking both sections together uses silver-plated copper conductors with individual polymer insulation in a ‘twisted pair’ configuration.

This rotational twist helps to optimise inductance and capacitance and also aids noise rejection. The GO link’s sound isn’t affected by electromagnetic interference picked up from nearby electrical sources.

No distortion means you’re ready to dance without disturbance.

Move with the music

Unlike other headphone dongles, the GO link doesn’t rely on the software-based volume controls in connected digital devices. This can adversely affect audio resolution.

Instead, adjusting the volume on the connected device controls the volume level in the GO link’s DAC, not in the phone, tablet or computer. This hardware-based volume control is another feature that helps to deliver the GO link’s superior sonic performance.

Hi-res in glorious colour

The GO link’s hi-res audio credentials are highly impressive given its diminutive size and price tag.

  • PCM  to 32-bit/384kHz
  • DSD to 11.2MHz (DSD256)
  • MQA

An LED changes colour to indicate the incoming audio format – PCM, DSD or MQA – and the PCM/DSD sample rate.

Headphone heaven

The GO link’s headphone amp feeds a gold-plated 3.5mm socket, incorporating our S-Balanced configuration to reduce noise and crosstalk.

It delivers a power output of 70mW into 32 ohms, and a voltage output of 2.05V into 600 ohms. This gives it plenty of oomph to drive the kind of headphones and earphones likely to be used with the GO link and easily outclasses the headphone outputs built into smart devices and computers.

DAC (Digital-to-Analogue Converter)

DACs convert digital information, stored or streamed by computers, into music we can hear through speakers or headphones.

Every device that’s a source of digital sound has a built-in DAC (TVs, games consoles, CD players, phones, portable music players etc). Dedicated external DACs sound much better than standard DACs used in digital devices such as phones.

Gain

Gain is the amount of increase in audio signal strength. Gain is often expressed in decibels (dB).

DSD

DSD is a very high-quality digital audio format that’s even better than CD quality. The higher the ‘DSD rate’ – DSD64, 128, 256, 512 and 1024 – the greater the amount of music information available, which means better sound quality.

Files can be remastered to higher file rates to improve sound quality. The pinnacle of this is DSD1024. Not many machines out there are capable of this feat.

Extensive jitter-eradication technologies are applied to the digital stage, including our GMT (Global Master Timing) femto-precision clock and intelligent memory buffer. This represents a total ‘out-of-the-box’ systematic digital solution that solves jitter once and for all.

Hi-Res True Native® playback of all music formats from MP3 to DSD256, PCM384 and DXD384.

Discrete ESS Sabre Hyperstream DAC chipset with time domain jitter eliminator, discrete oscillator and 112dB dynamic range for discerning listeners.

In music production, dynamic range means the difference between the loudest and quietest sounds. It’s measured in decibels, or dB for short.  In a single audio track, dynamic range means the dB difference between the loudest and quietest moment in the audio file.

You can think of the dynamic range in a system as the space between the noise floor and the clipping point.  When a sound goes below the noise floor you won’t be able to tell the difference between the signal and the system noise of the medium.  When a sound goes above the clipping point, the tops of its waveform will get abruptly cut off, causing harshness and distortion.

iFi’s proprietary technology extends the Dynamic Range by 6 dB or more, for an improved listening experience.

iFi’s exclusive S-Balanced® circuit delivers maximum performance from single-ended and balanced headphones alike.

See our Tech Note to dig deeper.

TDK C0G (Class 1 ceramic) capacitors offer high stability and low losses for resonant circuit applications.

Getting ever closer to the theoretical ideal of pure, frequency-constant capacitance, these capacitors reduce capacitor-induced distortion to vanishingly low levels.

They are pricey but are a perfect addition to our products.

muRata control-type, low-ESR high-Q multi-layer capacitors. The ‘ESR control’ aspect of the Murata is something special. Their noise suppression abilities are impressive.

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InputUSB-C
FormatsDSD 256 / 11.3MHz
DXD 384kHz
PCM 384kHz
MQA
DACBit-Perfect DSD & DXD DAC by ESS
Headphone3.5mm
Output Power (RMS)≥1.5V/70mW @ 32Ω; 2V/14mW @ 300Ω
Output Impedance<0.4Ω
SNR≥125dBA (2.05V)
DNR≥122dB(A) @ 0dBFS
THD+N≤0.004% (1.27V @ 32Ω)
Frequency response10-80kHz(-0.5dB)
Power consumptionNo Signal ~0.2W
Max Signal ~1W
Dimensions135 x 12.6 x 7.6 mm (5.3" x 0.5" x 0.3”)
Cable length60mm (2.8")
Net weight11g (0.4oz)
Limited Warranty12 months*
*12 months typical or as permitted/required by local reseller laws.
**Specifications are subject to change without notice.

“…‘the missing link’ if you are looking to upgrade your listening experience!”

“I would say it really is ‘the missing link’ if you are looking to upgrade your listening experience!”
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Carley, Gadget Head

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“A safe bet!” (Review in French)

“A safe bet for those looking to considerably improve the sound quality of a laptop or smartphone.”

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Jean-Marie Carree, Cowcotland

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“It’s very easy to use, it’s plug & play!”

“It’s very easy to use, it’s plug & play! It’s very small, it looks very nice! There is a notable difference in the gain compared to the audio output of your computer”

Benjamin Dominguez, Geek Stars Tips

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“iFi Go link is something that I have no hesitation in recommending!”

“This dongle can produce better sound than the Apple version!
My recommendation is to get the iFi Go link if you need something that you want to use on multiple devices with different connections.
The sound of the ifi is richer, more dynamic! For $60 USD the iFi Go link is something that I have no hesitation in recommending!”

Norb Cartagena

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“Essential Device!” (Review in Italian)

“It is an essential device for those who want to improve listening via PC, smartphone or tablet, thanks to cutting-edge technology and above all good output power.”

Matteo Esposito, Help for Shopping

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iFi GO Link Review: A Second Opinion

“Across the board, the GO Link was free of coloration with every IEM and headphone that we tried; detail retrieval and overall clarity is excellent at its price point.”

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Will Jennings

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GO link review from Audiofool Reviews

“It provides quality build and sound at an affordable price, which is hard to beat.”

Audiofool Reviews

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“This is a dongle that is affordable, cheerful, and neutral.”

SuperChonk

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iFi GO Link Review: A Second Opinion

“So where does that place the $59 iFi GO Link? This tiny dongle elevates the sound quality of the iPhone and Android-powered smartphones by a considerable margin and at a price that has to be considered a huge bargain. This one easily makes our “Best of 2023” list in December for its overall performance below $100.”

William Jennings

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“This is one of my favorite implementation of the iFi sound”

Porta.Fi

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“It seems to offer great value!”

“The GO link for the price it seems to offer great value! Nothing about this setup feels flimsy or cheap, I’m particularly impressed by the thoughtful details such as the sturdy metal casing. The GO link presented a more lively open and dynamic audio quality!”

Michael Perez

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GO link review from Audiophile Ethos

Audiophile Ethos

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“Impressive sound quality”

“Overall, the iFi GO Link dongle DAC delivers impressive sound quality and value for money. Its compact size and high-fidelity sound make it a convenient upgrade for audio enthusiasts on the go”.

David Becker

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“It has a warm, musical, enjoyable sound” (review in Spanish)

“The audio quality of the iFi Go Link surprised me for its price! It has a warm, musical, enjoyable sound, the soundstage feels more spacious than I expected.”

 

Eduardo Marin Chacin

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“I think it’s well worth it!”

“A dongle that, although simple in appearance, has very good features, this GO link offers us a correct and very mature sound. The quality improvement is noticeable almost immediately.For the price, I think it’s well worth it!”

Diego Ricardo Romero

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“I think the Go link is a great option to look at.”

“With the iFi Go link I do feel like there is a noticeable improvement over My Laptop and Phone onboard audio! I found it to be pretty convenient to use, I think the Go link is a great option to look at.”

Drew Ayrit

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“Buying an iFi audio product is buying safe!” (Spanish review)

“For the price I can’t think of any other DAC that has this quality of audio! It has great clarity. Buying an iFi audio product is buying safe!”

Julio Alejandro Gaxiola Reyes

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“Tiny but Powerful!”

“GREAT Things in Small Packages !!!”

Dave Cryer

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A five-star verdict for the GO link!

“The iFi Go link is like a featherweight UFC fighter – beneath that slender exterior lies an impressive machine just waiting to be unleashed.”

What Hi-Fi?

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“The Go link improves the quality of your audio!:

“The Go link improves the quality of your audio! It improves the instrumental separation, the soundstage and with a neutral sound, it is also quite powerful!”

Luis Enrique Neri

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“You will not find anything with a better value for money!”

“Finally, a Dongle with a super price and super quality! You will not find anything with a better value for money!”

Fernando Meza

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“It’s a very balanced sound signature.”

“I find the Go link very practical, I can take it everywhere with no problem and I can connect it to my Android phone or iPhone. It has excellent dynamic range and great instrumental separation! It’s a very balanced sound signature.”

Victor Plaza Riquelme

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“It sounds great…”

“The Go link optimizes your audio so that you have a cleaner, more balanced sound. It sounds great, it sounds very clean! This iFi Go link is very well thought out”

Oscar Esteban Del Villar

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“…enables you to listen to your music easily”

“Simply put, the iFi-Go not only enables you to listen to your music easily, but augments the convenience by providing you with the ability to listen to your music with better than “standard” fidelity as well.”

Ken Norris

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GO link review on Dibus y Deabus (in Spanish)

“For those looking for a full-bodied sound, this dongle DAC would be a good device. It’s quite powerful for headphones up to 200 ohms. I believe that in this price range, there are few devices that can offer us this quality.”

Marco Antonio Gonzalez

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GO link review on Home Studio Basics

“For around $60 you really can’t go wrong, and it looks like I’m going to have to shuffle around some recommendations in the portable dac article again because this is an excellent overall value.”

Home Studio Basics

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“The Go link is very well built and offers good durability”

“This is another equipment with great sound quality, it has the iFi Audio quality standard. It’s interesting how such a small product manages to give so much transparency, definition, detail, and sound clarity level”.

Marcel Marques

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GO link review on Gadgetry Tech

“If you were blindfolded, you would think you’re listening to a larger full sized amp”

Gadgetry Tech

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“It’s well worth it”

“For the price it sells for, it’s well worth it”

Zadius Tech

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GO link on Vortex Reviews

“For sheer sound quality, these are up there with the best of audio adaptors”

Vortex Reviews

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iFi Audio GO link DAC/amp Dongle Review

Jay Garret

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“The experience when listening to music is great!”

“It is compatible with iPad, cell phones and computers! It sounds spectacular, I can’t deny it!The experience when listening to music is great! It changes the feeling of using the headphones a lot. The change is huge!”

Ivan Medina

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“…one of my favorite implementation for the iFi house sound”

“This is one of my favorite implementation for the ifi house sound”

Porta.Fi

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“Five heart” rating for GO link on HIFI PIG!

Oscar Stewart

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“GO link sounds very very good!”

“Durable and well made on the inside. Go link sounds very very good!It has a slightly richer tonality to my ear.”

Dave McCary

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“The Go link seems to create a bigger sense of space!”

“It provides a very good musical performance at a very reasonable price! It offers much more than what is usually included in the purchase of a simple DAC. It drives most headphones very well. The Go link seems to create a bigger sense of space!”

James Clatworthy

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GO link review on Hoddys Guides

“Small but can really pack a punch”

David Hodson

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“Better sound for a bargain”

“A sophisticated digital to analog converter. It amplifies as well. That’s a lot of performance for the money.”

Techstination

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“It sounds great!”

“THE IFI GO LINK IS REALLY AMAZING… The work at the DAC level that iFi does is excellent! The product is quite nice, it sounds great! An exquisite sounding British DAC.”

Carlos Menares

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“The Go link offers an incredible definition!”

“A low-price solution recently launched by the iFi brand! It is very small but inside it has incredible technologies that will delight audio lovers! When we talk about iFi, we are talking about a very premium brand. The Go link offers an incredible definition!”

Jhon Gomez

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“This tiny device is a game changer”

Dave Taylor

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“A warm, thick, fuzzy sound”

“It has good driving power for IEM’s & it has a warm, thick, fuzzy sound.”

Gheorghe Dobrescu

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iFi GO link Review – What More ?

“iFi GO link offers very interesting output quality and power, full MQA rendering, instant matching with Windows, Android and/or Apple hosts, and even an extra option to pair with balanced-terminated drivers (via a third party adapter) for even wider compatibility, and even better sound. What more an occasional user might ask for € 59 retail I frankly wouldn’t know…”

Alberto Pittaluga

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“This little device is truly impressive for the price.”

“If you’re ready to explore the world of lossless, hi-res audio, I can’t think of a better, more affordable way to do so than with the Ifi Go Link.
This little device is truly impressive for the price. A lot will depend on your headphones and your chosen music source, but the Ifi Go Link has the potential to let you hear detail and nuance that a basic headphone adapter (or even the jack built into your laptop) can’t match.”

Simon Cohen

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“Highly recommended”

“Overall, given the simplicity and versatility with both input (USB-C, USB-A, Lightning) and output (even on more demanding headphones) the iFi audio GO link is a no-brainer. Highly recommended.”

Avi Greengart

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“Very mobile friendly”

“This is probably one of the best value dac/amps I’ve ever heard in my life! I can’t believe how good it sounds for 59 dollars! The price point performance is insane! It is very mobile friendly, I feel like this is going to be a banger device.”

Ryan Ho

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“The missing link between a phone and your favourite earphones”

“The iFi Go link is literally the missing link between a phone and your favourite earphones that bonds the chain of your everyday musical enjoyment.”

Petros Laskis

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“Top quality sound”

iFi continues to innovate and come up with products, which fit the users’ goals: top quality sound, and now include affordability to many of their products.”

Lynn Miller

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“One of the top options below $100 right now”

“From a cost perspective, this is definitely one of the top options below $100 right now and a very competent performer with the right pair of headphones or IEMs.”

Ian White

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“It is a true marvel!”

“We have to thank iFi for even in their entry-level products, they’re being pretty careful about quality! It is a true marvel! It boosts the audio considerably, but not only that, it also delivers better quality.”

Valtier Mejía

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“I am very surprised with the sound quality that this little device provides!”

“It gives a very clear sound, enhances it in a better quality! It allows you to perceive sounds and instruments that are not normally heard. I am very surprised with the sound quality that this little device provides!”

Juan Manuel Ceballos G.

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“Great dongle for analogue headphone users”

“Great dongle for analogue headphone users, you’ll wonder why you hadn’t done this before!”

Alex Hilling-Smith

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“An amazing true audiophile sound”

“One of the most affordable DAC dongles out there with an amazing true audiophile sound”

Rafaelo

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“Open your ears to a whole new world of songs”

Mark James

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“The Go Link gives new life into your sound.”

“Whether you use headphones or iEMs, the Go Link goes above and beyond with its power! The Go Link gives new life into your sound. Its sound signature always felt natural and well articulated. With Go Link, getting that clean resolution is easy and more affordable than ever!”

Juan Blanco

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“That sounds better for the price, period!”

“I’ll make it clear! It doesn’t exist, I haven’t tried it, nothing! That sounds better for the price, period! I like it a lot apart from the build quality, how small it is. It greatly favors all those who are going to start in the audiophile hobby”

 

Moisés Daniel Díaz

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Jason Lucas talks about Go Link

“I dont know what they put inside here… but it really works well as a dongle”

Jason Lucas

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Evening Standard says iFi’s GO link is “essential”!

“The difference in dynamics is instantly and jaw-droppingly noticeable… An exceptional, no, essential over-ear headphone accessory that will exceed your expectations each and every track, £60 is a small price to pay to blast your private listening experience right into the sonic stratosphere.”

Stuart Pritchard

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Go Link is one of the Best New Smartphones & Phone Accessories of 2022!

“The iFi Go Link is the company’s newest portable DAC/amplifier that you can use to connect your wired headphones to your smartphone, tablet or computer. It connects via USB-C, but don’t worry iPhone users as iFi includes a Lightning adapter (as well as a USB-C to USB-A adapter) right in the box. The Go Link has a built-in 32-bit ES9219 Sabre DAC and supports high-resolution audio files up to 32-bit/384kHz. It’s also pretty darn affordable.”

Tucker Bowe

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“It’s a #1 New Release for a reason. It’s fire!”

“Is it worth this price? Is water wet? Of course, this is a hi-res headphone amp that you can slip into your pocket or your favorite bag so that you always have access to quality audio (that’s the best part about this). It’s a #1 New Release for a reason. It’s fire!”

Roderick Franklin

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