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iFi GO bar Kensei Portable DAC/amp

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The world’s first ultraportable DAC with K2HD Technology

Merging artistry and Japanese swordsmanship with cutting-edge audio technology, the GO Bar Kensei is the world’s first ultraportable DAC with K2HD technology to bring listeners closer to the original recordings of their favourite music.

iFi GO bar Kensei Portable DAC/amp overview

K2HD Technology

At the heart of the iFi GO Bar Kensei lies the revolutionary K2HD Technology, a hallmark of audio perfection. Developed by JVCKENWOOD's sound engineers, K2HD Technology works to restore music to the same quality as the original master, reviving it with the rich, natural harmonics lost during digitalisation. This advanced processing, coupled with the GO Bar Kensei's dedication to perfection, ensures that every note resonates with depth and clarity.

iFi GO bar Kensei Portable DAC/amp K2 Technology

Enhanced Circuitry & Connections

The GO Bar Kensei offers a tailored, personal experience for the listener thanks to four digital filter options as well as XBass+ and XSpace options to create a more accurate bass response and spacious sound field. An enhanced power and clock circuitry produces a wider soundstage, more detail and a more robust bass to appease the pickiest of audiophiles. Equipped with a 4.4mm balanced output, a symmetrical twin-mono output stage, and a formidable 477mW maximum output power, the GO Bar Kensei delivers audio performance that exceeds expectations. Additionally, iEMatch fine tunes the output levels for sensitive IEMs while Turbo Mode adds 6dB for hungrier headphones. 

iFi GO bar Kensei Portable DAC/amp Enhance Circuitry

Design steeped in Japanese history

Crafted from Japanese Stainless Steel for maximum rigidity, the GO Bar Kensei draws upon inspiration from the craftsmanship of a Kensei's legendary blade. With meticulous attention to detail, each component of this ultraportable DAC embodies the essence of excellence, delivering music in its purest form.

FEATURES

  • Featuring JVC's 'K2 HD Technology,' it enhances audio by extending bits, expanding bandwidth, and correcting waveforms, ultimately enhancing audio quality approaching master recordings
  • Hi-res audio: 32-bit/384kHz PCM, native DSD, and full MQA decoding
  • 4.4mm balanced output with the symmetrical twin-mono output stage
  • Four digital filters, XBass+, and XSpace analog processing modes – tailor the sound to suit your music and headphone type
  • iEMatch and Turbo mode – perfect output matching for sensitive or power-hungry headphones
  • With enhanced power and clock circuitry, it surpasses the original GO bar in audio quality
  • Precision-made stainless-steel enclosure for enhanced EMI shielding
  • Wooden presentation box
iFi GO bar Kensei Portable DAC/amp Overview with Box

Comparison 


GO bar Kensei

GOld bar – 10th Anniversary

GO bar

Material

Japanese Stainless Steel for maximum rigidity

Copper

Aluminium Alloy

K2HD Technology

Yes

No

No

Clock

Ultra-Low Jitter

Standard Low Jitter

Standard Low Jitter

Power supply

Enhanced

Enhanced

Standard

Presentation

Engraved Wooden Box

Eco-Packaging

Eco-Packaging

XBass+ & XSpace

Yes

Digital filters

Yes

iEMatch

Yes

Turbo mode

Yes

Headphone outputs

4.4mm Balanced, 3.5mm S-Bal

Power (4.4mm)

475mW @ 32Ω; 7.2V @ 600Ω

Power (3.5mm)

300mW @ 32Ω; 3.8V @ 600Ω

Formats supported

DSD256, PCM 384kHz, MQA Decoder

Input

USB-C

IN THE BOX

  • GO bar Kensei
  • Lightning to USB-C Cable
  • USB-C OTG Cable
  • USB-C to USB-A Adapter
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Instruction Card
  • Leather Travel Case

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JM
04/02/2024
Jonathan M.
United States

As good as a gold bar anniversary edition

The k2hd setting is the gem in this unit. I have two gold bars I listen to with my best quality mobile music (and even kept a third gold bar in reserve NRFB) but this unit works about as well by my ears. So this is the portable DAC unit for me. It and the go bar gold are what I use with my shanling ec mini to listen portable to my best DSD/MQA content as well as to stream online. So gold bar if you can get it or this kensei are the best portable DACS by me.

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