Designed in the
1 Year of
aptX HD, aptX LL & LDAC
245mW @ 32Ω
Battery Capacity of
DEDICATED DAC, AMPLIFIER AND BLUETOOTH STAGES FOR OPTIMISED AUDIO
Most portable Bluetooth DAC/Amps incorporate an all-in-one ‘system on a chip solution to deliver input signal processing, digital-to-analogue signal conversion and amplification. These are simple and cost-effective, but they cannot compare with expertly designed, individually optimised circuit stages when it comes to sound quality. The iFi Audio GO Blu showcases a clever design that packs in separate Bluetooth + DAC + Amp stages, each engineered in distinct blocks to deliver the ideal combination of cutting-edge specification and superb sound. The GO Blue utilises the latest Cirrus Logic CS43131 chip for all audio conversion.
EMBEDDED WITH QUALCOMM BLUETOOTH CHIP AND DIRECT DRIVE AMP CIRCUIT
The Bluetooth stage in the iFi Audio GO Blu makes use of Qualcomm’s latest four-core QCC5100 Bluetooth chip. This chip feeds the DAC stage with a Cirrus Logic 32-bit DAC chip at its heart and is coupled with a customized digital filter to minimize pre-echoes and ringing artefacts. A precision clock system is embedded to ensure ultra-low jitter, reducing errors and distortion in the digital audio signal. The Amplifier circuitry benefits from symmetrical twin-mono signal paths and utilizes iFi’s Direct Drive design to ensure a clean signal path without distortion-inducing output coupling capacitors. The amplifier stage delivers up to 5.6V, handling tough headphone loads with ease. To ensure signal strength is suitable for sensitive headphones and earphones, auto-gain adjusts output up or down by 6dB.
OFFERS BLUETOOTH 5.1 CONNECTIVITY WITH SUPPORT FOR HI-RES FORMATS
iFi Audio GO Blu utilises Qualcomm’s latest four-core QCC5100 chip with support for
Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity. Bluetooth 5.1 technology ensures the best possible range, stability and
performance. The latest four-core QCC5100 processing chip offers support for every high-definition Bluetooth
audio format, including aptX Adaptive and aptX HD, LDAC and HWA/LHDC. Other codecs covered include regular
aptX and aptX Low Latency, AAC and SBC. You can also use the USB-C connection and enjoy High-Res USB audio
too, with PCM audio up to 24-bit/96kHz.
CUSTOMISED SONIC TAILORING OPTIONS WITH XBASS AND XSPACE FEATURES
The iFi Audio GO Blu offers sonic tailoring options with two user-selectable features - XBass and XSpace. The first is XBass, a sophisticated form of 'bass boost' that enhances low frequencies without muddying the midrange, particularly useful with earphones and open-back headphones that may lack deep bass. The second is XSpace, a setting designed to compensate for the 'in-head localisation' effect that can occur when using headphones to listen to music that was mixed using a pair of speakers, effectively widening the headphone soundstage to deliver a more spacious and speaker-like experience. Both these settings operate entirely in the analogue domain rather than messing with the digital signal via DSP (Digital Signal Processing) and may be switched in or out of the signal path.
DUAL OUTPUTS WITH PENTACONN CONNECTOR AND S BALANCED CIRCUITRY
The iFi Audio GO Blu is designed to offer easy connectivity with dual headphone
connectors. Whether you use balanced or unbalanced headphones, you get the low noise and best channel
separation for the most enjoyable experience. The GO Blu boasts a Pentaconn 4.4mm output enabling
equipped with balanced connectivity to take full advantage of the GO Blu's balanced amp design. In
the 3.5mm output benefits from iFi's proprietary S-Balanced circuitry. This cuts crosstalk and related
distortion in half when used with regular, single-ended headphone connections, this is especially
with high-sensitivity in-ear monitors.
PORTABLE LIGHTWEIGHT BUILD WITH SWISS CHRONOGRAPH DESIGN
iFi Audio GO Blu weighs only 26g and with its lightweight, soft-touch polymer enclosure, copper-coloured trim and ChronoDial watch crown-style control. iFi Audio has even incorporated a high-quality chip-based (CMOS-MEMS) microphone, enabling hands-free calls, voice chat for gaming and access to voice assistants such as Apple Siri and Google Assistant. The ChronoDial on the GO Blu is a masterpiece of precision engineering, just like a chronograph watch. The ChronoDial offers precise, analogue volume control and you can also use it to play, pause and skip tracks forward and backwards. You can even activate the voice assistant on your Bluetooth connected smart devices.
|CHIPSET||DAC: Cirrus Logic CS43131
Bluetooth: Qualcomm QCC 5100
|INPUTS||Wireless: Bluetooth 5.1 ( AAC, SBC, aptX, aptX HD, aptX Adaptive, aptX LL, LDAC,
Wired: USB-C (24/96)
|HEADPHONE OUTPUTS||Balanced: 4.4mm
|POWER OUTPUT||Balanced: 245mW @ 32Ω; 5.6v @ 600Ω
SE: 165mW @ 32Ω; 2.8v @ 600Ω
|OUTPUT IMPEDANCE||Balanced: <1Ω
|SNR||Balanced: 111dB(A) @ 0dBFS
SE: 116.5dB(A) @ 0dBFS
|THD+N||Balanced: <0.009% @ (6.5mW/2.0v@600Ω)
SE: <0.03% @ (100mW/1.27v@16Ω)
|FREQUENCY RESPONSE||20Hz - 45kHz (-3dB)|
|BATTERY LIFE||Approximately 8 hours (depending upon volume and headphones)|
|POWER SYSTEM||Charging via USB-C, BC V1.2 compliant up to 1000mA charging current and 6.3 volts|
|SIZE||54 x 34 x 13mm
2.1' x 1.3' x 0.5'
|WEIGHT||27g (0.95 oz)|
|BOX CONTENTS||1. iFi Audio GO blu|
|2. USB-A to USB-C Cable|
|3. Microfibre protective bag|
|GENERIC NAME||Headphone Amplifier|
|COUNTRY OF ORIGIN||China|
|IMPORTER DETAILS||Importers Name: Ferrari Video
Address: 63/18, 1st Main Road, Gandhi Nagar, Chennai - 600020
Contact No: 044-24420733
1 Year Warranty
Don't sweat it, this iFi Audio - GO blu comes with a warranty
from iFi Audio that covers manufacturing defects.
All products featured on Headphone Zone are backed by an original manufacturer's warranty.
Read more about iFi Audio's warranty in India.
"Let’s make it short: for the price, the iFi GO blu is a very compelling device. Build quality is great, the sound is impressive, and it can virtually work with everything you own, as a DAC/Amp."Read More
"Pocket-size DAC/amp delivers heavenly headphone sound on the go. Connect wirelessly to phones, tablets and computers via high-definition Bluetooth."Read More
"This is the easiest portable DAC to use, and the most friendly due to its size. Sometimes portable DACs can be cumbersome, but the GO Blu makes high-fidelity audio accessible to everyone."Read More
"Small, convenient, uniquely specified and great sounding, the iFi GO blu is the ultimate go-anywhere upgrade to elevate your headphone experience."Read More
"With its lightweight, soft-touch polymer enclosure, copper-coloured trim and ChronoDial watch crown-style control, the GO blu is a pleasure to use wherever you go."Read More
"When portability is paramount, the iFi Go Blu is every millimetre the convenient sonic upgrade your phone needs. It levels up your phone’s sound with very little effort."Read More
"If you’re after a means of improving the sound from mobile and computers, then iFi Audio has a solution for when you’re out and about. Pocket-sized GO blu boosts audio on your travels."Read More
I have been a huge fan of portable DAC/AMPS ever since I started using FIIO BTR5 which have ruled this market segment until now. Although the BTR5s are a feature juggernaut as compared to these where you get much more control for fine tuning the sound at a granular level, the Ifi GoBlu emphasises on simplicity. No app, no confusing feature sets but pure powerful sound at your fingertips with minimal physical controls to fine tune. I love the Xbass that add just a touch of bass needed to change the entire spectrum of the music. I’m a typical metal head and I love these with my Hifiman Sundaras and my Audeze LCD 2cs, both of which are not easy to drive headphones. And the best of all is the volume knob which is a bliss to have which I really missed with the BTR5s. Overall a super tiny, light and powerful companion for your hard to drive audio gear featuring as good a sound as tbe BTR5s and even better with the addition of Xbass. And forgot to mention, Xspace is just mind blowing with QCODE podcasts.I love em. ❤️❤️
iFi Audio - GO blu
Thank you for your awesome ratings, Utkarsh Naithani!
One of the best Bluetooth experiences I have had
Thank you for the awesome review & ratings, Seby Mathew!
The Go Blu works great both as a plugged in device or connected via Bluetooth. I couldn't detect any perceptible drop off in audio quality even on bluetooth with Campfire Polaris IEMs. Good also for calls on the go - for instance, I walk around at home when listening to music with full size headphones. With the Go Blu I can take calls on those phones even though they dont have a mic. Nice convenience. Is a bit expensive on Headphone Zone at full price - the Raghav birthday price with a 5k discount seems more fair. Also misses a collar or waistband clip. Else great on audio quality, battery life etc. The rotary volume dial is a nice touch.
Hi there, we are so happy you took out time & elaborately reviewed the product with a comparison. We are sure this will help our customers to make an even better & informed decision.
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