iFi GO Bar Kensei USB DAC

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iFi GO Bar Kensei USB DAC

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Key info

  • MQA support: Decodes MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) files for studio-quality sound playback.
  • Balanced headphone output: Offers a balanced 4.4mm headphone output for improved channel separation and reduced crosstalk.
  • Portable design: Compact and lightweight, making it convenient to use at home or on the go.
  • X-Bass, X-Space Support.

All specifications

Physical characteristics
Weight 65.5 g
Dimensions (HxWxD) 65 x 22 x 13.2 mm
DAC Chip Bit-Perfect DSD & DXD DAC by Cirrus Logic
THD+N Balanced : ≤0.0025% (600Ω 2V) @ (20-20KHz) / S-Bal: ≤0.009% (16Ω 1.27V) @ (20-20KHz)
S/N 132dB(A) / 121dB(A) (BAL/S-BAL)* 114dB(A) / 114dB(A) (BAL/S-BAL)
Outputs 1x 4.4mm (BAL) 1x 3.5mm (S-BAL)
Digital inputs USB-C
Headphone output power 477mW@32Ω; 7.2V@600Ω (Balanced)/ 300mW@32Ω; 3.8V@600Ω (S-Bal)
Supported audio formats
Wired and wifi PCM, DSD, DXD, MQA
Included accessories
What's in the box USB Type-C to USB Type-C cable, USB Type-C to Lightning Cable, USB Type-C to USB Type-A Adapter, Leather carry case, Quick Start Guide, Warranty Card

The Ultimate GO bar

Just as a Kensei deserves an exceptional blade, an audiophile deserves an exceptional DAC.

Forged for Masters of Audio

GO bar Kensei is akin to a legendary sword meticulously forged for a Kensei. Embodying the dedication of a master swordsmith, we focused on purity, balance, and refinement to reveal the true essence of your music.

Featuring cutting-edge Japanese audio processing technology: K2HD, and improved power supply and clock circuitry, the Kensei represents the pinnacle of our journey of refinement in the GO bar range.

Whether you’re commuting, working remotely, or traveling for pleasure, the GO bar Kensei offers a perfectly portable solution to elevate your headphone experience to heavenly heights.

Kensei is a Japanese term that translates to “Sword Saint” in English, a title granted to the elite few who elevate the craft and artistry of swordsmanship beyond even that of the finest swordmasters.

Revitalise studio recording sound with legendary K2HD

Despite their pristine clarity, digital recordings sometimes seem emotionally flat and lifeless.

Engineers at Victor Studio noticed a lack of emotion between their original masters and digital sub-masters, sparking a quest for a solution. They meticulously compared countless finished recordings with the copy recordings by ear, relying on their instinctive feel and human expertise. Their solution: K2 Technology.

The K2 Technology process revives rich, natural harmonics into digital sound, adding an organic quality unlike any other. K2 Technology processing revitalises the studio recording sound, infusing it with life once again.

Tailored. Sweet Sound

Listen the way you like with four bespoke digital filters and two analogue processing modes, each tailored to enhance your enjoyment across different music genres.

  • Bit-Perfect: Delivers natural tones, ideal for all genres.
  • GTO: Enhances sound details and density, particularly suited for Vocal tracks.
  • Minimum Phase: Produces a warmer sound, blending characteristics of Bit-Perfect and Standard, perfect for Soul and Jazz.
  • Standard: Offers a tighter sound with controlled highs, perfect for Pop music and Movie OST.

Experience chest-thumping bass with XBass+ and immerse yourself in a spacious sound field with XSpace.

Advanced chip. Accurate clock.

The DAC section of the GO bar Kensei uses a powerful 16-core XMOS micro controller to process the audio data received at the USB input. Our in-house team has programmed the XMOS firmware to optimise sound quality and ensure a perfect partnership with the 32-bit Cirrus Logic DAC chipset.

A customised digital filter minimises pre-echoes and ringing artefacts. Our GMT (Global Master Timing) precision clock system ensures ultra-low jitter.

Supports higher-than-streaming audio formats:

  • PCM up to 32-bit/384kHz.
  • Native DSD playback up to DSD256​.
  • 2x DXD​.
  • Full MQA decoding.

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