Yesterday, we covered a new gaming-focused headset that included a DAC (digital-to-analog converter) as part of the hardware. What if you don’t want to get a whole new headset, but are interested in boosting the audio you’ve got coming into your existing headphones? In that case, something like this super-portable iFi GO Bar could serve you well.
For those that are super in to all of the specs of the hardware, you can see those all listed down below, including the specific chipset they’re using for the DAC. For those of us not as in the weeds with their audio, just know this – the iFi GO Bar should be able to handle just about any audio source you can put into it via the USB-C port (and yes, this comes with a lightning-to-USB-C cable so this works with the iPhone) and then output via the standard 3.5mm headphone jack (if you want to keep it bluetooth, you’ll be looking at something more like the iFi GO blu). So, if you’re rocking wired headphones (say, like these IEMs), these should drastically increase the quality of what you’re hearing.
What I particularly like about the iFi GO Bar is the compact size. This makes it easy to take along with you on the go with your commute or walk, or even have plugged in at your desk while you’re working through your day. For it’s smaller size, it seems to have a fairly simple (and therefore, intuitive) UI via a few buttons and some LEDs. In your normal kit bag of gadgets, it certainly will not look out of place. Or, if you really want to stand out, you could go for their 10th Anniversary edition (limited to 1000 pieces) that’s done up in gold plating. That special version is coming in June 2022 for $499, while the more subtle version is available now for $329. Check them both out, as well as their other options, over at ifi-audio.com