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iFi GO pod | Wearable Bluetooth DAC and Amp

Regular price$399.00
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World-class. Wireless. Wearable HD Bluetooth DAC and Headphone Amp

  • GO pod + any corded IEMs = excellent wireless sound
  • Separately designed and optimized Bluetooth decoding, DAC conversion, and amplification stages
  • Dual 32-bit Hi-Res Cirrus Logic MasterHIFI DAC chips
  • Includes connectors for both standard 2-pin and MMCX IEMs

iFi GO Pod with attached Campfire Audio Solaris on wood desk from Bloom Audio gallery

Bloom's Take

With the recent craze driving brands to produce better-sounding TWS earphones, iFi looks to do a bit more than jump on board: they’ve dropped an IEM TWS adapter into the fray in the hopes of providing some wireless versatility to customers with expensive, premium-sounding wired IEMs. They feature a minimalist design, 7-hour playback time, balanced output signal up to 120mW @ 32Ω, support LDAC and LHDC (HWA) at 32-bit/96kHz, as well as all of the latest BT codecs, and feature Qualcomm Snapdragon for connection reliability.

It's not 100% feasible just yet to attach an IEM to a Bluetooth wearable DAC and expect a perfectly transparent sound interpretation as if you’re listening with the wire. But iFi gets REAL close with the GO pod adding a small, elevated bass shelf to the sound signature, a touch of warmth to the midrange, and a bit of smoothness to the treble.

They come with both 2-pin and MMCX connectors, so you’ll have what you need out of the box for the majority of IEMs out there, but additional termination types are available in Pentaconn Ear, A2DC, and T2. The $399 price tag may make you hesitate, but their comfort, excellent sound, and class-leading tech make the iFi GO pod a great pairing for your premium IEMs.

Read the full review here.


GO pod + IEMs = Brilliant Wireless Sound

The GO pod is a pair of wearable Bluetooth DAC/headphone amps designed to make any pair of corded IEMs wireless.

Using a pair of GO pods is easy: detach the cable from your favorite IEMs, connect the earpieces to the L and R pods, pair them with your source device (EG. smartphone) and hook the ergonomic ear loops around your ears to ensure a comfortable fit.

Given the quality of the GO pod’s circuitry, when combined with a well-chosen pair of high-performance IEMs, the resulting sound is far in advance of any ‘true wireless’ earbud or Bluetooth headphones.

iFi GO Pods with attached Vision Ears EXT earphones on wood headphone stand from Bloom Audio gallery

Distinctly Different

TWS buds rely on system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions to integrate the required tech into a tiny space. All the crucial stages from decoding to amplification get combined typically resulting in compromised sound quality.

Not the GO pod: each critical Bluetooth, DAC and amplification stage is designed separately and optimized individually to ensure excellent sound quality.

Like top-level Hi-Fi loudspeakers, high-quality corded IEMs are engineered for sonic excellence, combining multiple hi-tech drive units to transmit sound directly into your ear canal. Given the high-level of audio engineering in both, connecting a pair of these IEMs to the GO pod results in sound that is so much better than regular TWS buds.

iFi GO Pods with attached 64 Audio earphones in charging case from Bloom Audio gallery

Features

Voice clarity: built-in mic with Qualcomm noise suppression.

Touch Controls: aluminum panel on front of pod acts as a touch pad with play, pause, and skip controls.

Easy Charging: comes with a smart-designed charging case, softly-lined compartments, and sufficient room to accommodate connected IEMs along with pods.

Hi-Res Bluetooth: Qualcomm’s 24-bit aptX formats are covered, offering sample rates of up to 96kHz.

True Wireless Mirroring: Both left and right pods can receive BT signals, but only the pod with the strongest connection acts as the receiver as the other mirrors.

Cirrus Logic MasterHiFi: GO pod incorporates (x2) Cirrus Logic Master chips, 1 in each pod. This 32-bit hi-res chip is dedicated to single-channel DAC signal conversion.

Balanced Amplification: the amp stage has been carefully designed to ensure ultra-low distortion and silent background with high-sensitivity IEMs. With a power output of 120mW into 32Ω, and an output voltage of 4V into high-impedance 300Ω loads.

IPX5-rated: GO pod is water and sweat-resistant - no issue wearing them in the gym or getting caught in the rain.

Specifications

  • GO pod User Manual
  • Bluetooth 5.2
  • BT Codecs: LDAC, LHDC/HWA, aptX Adaptive, aptX, AAC, SBC
  • Bluetooth Chipset: Qualcomm QCC 5100 Series
  • Auto Impedance Detection: 16/32/64/300 Ω
  • SNR: 32Ω ≥129dB (A) | 300Ω ≥132dB (A)
  • THD+N: ≤0.002% (1kHz/32Ω)
  • Frequency Response: 10-20kHz(-3dB) LDAC
  • Battery: GO pod 180mAh + Case 1500mAh
  • Working hours: GO pod ~7h + Case ~30h
  • Power: 5V/1A or 5V/2A Qi certified charger
  • Dimensions: GO pod 1.7" x 0.6" x 0.4 | Case 4.6" x 3" x 1.5"
  • Weight: GO pod 0.42 oz | Case 4.44 oz
  • IFi 1 Year Warranty

In the Box

iFi GO Pod package and accessories

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Customer Reviews

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William Smith
IFI GO POD

After issues with several competitors to the GO POD, I have experienced no issues with this item (ie bluetooth connectivity, faulty/poor 2 pin connection hardware, etc..). This unit appears to be the only viable alternative for IEM mobility today, albeit at a very high cost relative to poor performing alternatives. I did save a few $$ buying an open box item from Bloom, and they were super responsive to my questions before and after the sale.

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Jazz1
Love The Sound-But Device Needs Apple Device Specific Apps.

For those of us who live in Apple’s “walled garden” the only disappointment I have is that iFi hasn’t gotten Apple user friendly applications to tweak sound/update firmware. Other than that the sound with quality IEM is a very nice way to cut the cord temporarily when a wired connection to a music device source in not practical. I’d go 5 stars when and if iFi manages to get an app. In the Apple application store. That’s how much I like the iFi Go Pod!

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Otto Schatz
Go Pods are great but need an app

First off, Bloom Audio shipping is fantastic. I ordered these late Friday afternoon, paid the extra $7 for priority shipping and received them Saturday morning. Excellent!!! Also, I watched the video review by Bloom Audio before purchasing and it was very beneficial in describing the GO Pods as well as answering all my questions.
The Go Pods sound great. They are easy to use, comfortable for extended wear and to me, sound as good as a wired connection. They desperately need an app to be able to adjust the sound to your liking. I did use the GAIA app which does little compared to the Ultimate Ears app which is awesome.
I would highly recommend the iFi Go Pods to anyone who wants a good bluetooth alternative for their IEM's.

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Kyle

Signal seems to disconnect frequently for split seconds making for choppy listening. Sometimes get only one side synced with the signal until I do a hard reset.

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Kurt Hertel
Best bt solution I have experienced.

The go pods sound better than any bt solution I have heard. With an LDAC-capable source they are very close to indistinguishable from redbook over a wire with a good portable dac/amp. Closer than I expected.

Great sound, as comfy as one's own iems (since that's all I can feel in use), decent range, what more can one ask. Oh, I know, an app that isn't horrible? I gave up on making it work. I would have deducted a 1/2 star for it if it was an option. That and the price. But given the above, the value is better than the price would lead one to believe. Highly recommended if you have the dosh.

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