TheGO linkis the missing link in your listening experience.
Firstly, it will enable corded headphones and earphones to connect to digital devices that don’t have a 3.5mm headphone output.
Secondly, even if your device does have a headphone socket, theGO linkdelivers a big sonic upgrade. This is because its sophisticated DAC (Digital-to-Analogue Converter) and headphone amp circuitry are superior to the audio tech contained within smart devices and computers.
Go forward withGO link.
At one end of theGO linkis a USB-C connector, and at the other is the DAC and headphone amp circuitry, both housed in robust yet lightweight magnesium alloy enclosures.
In between is a 6cm length of flexible cable – this aids practicality, allowing the DAC/amp section to be angled towards the listener and reducing stress on the USB port to which theGO linkis connected.
DAC’s the ticket
At the heart of theGO linklies a power-efficient, high-performance DAC chip from ESS Technology’s Sabre HiFi series – the ES9219MQ/Q – benefiting from 32-bit HyperStream III architecture.
This combines with Quad DAC+ and Time Domain Jitter Eliminator technologies, plus iFi Audio's dedicated clock circuitry utilising a specialised crystal oscillator, to deliver ultra-low distortion, excellent clarity and impressive dynamic range.
Rarely implemented high-end features such as adjustable analogue gainwithDRE (Dynamic Range Enhancement)plus technologies to minimise THD (Total Harmonic Distortion) and crosstalk are possible due to the DAC chip’s advanced specification.
It is also possible to choose between a choice of digital filters via downloadable software.
Do the twist
The cable linking both sections together uses silver-plated copper conductors with individual polymer insulation in a ‘twisted pair’ configuration.
This rotational twist helps to optimise inductance and capacitance and also aids noise rejection. TheGO link’s sound isn’t affected by electromagnetic interference picked up from nearby electrical sources.
No distortion means you’re ready to dance without disturbance.
Move with the music
Unlike other headphone dongles, theGO linkdoesn’t rely on the software-based volume controls in connected digital devices. This can adversely affect audio resolution.
Instead, adjusting the volume on the connected device controls the volume level in theGO link’s DAC, not in the phone, tablet or computer. This hardware-based volume control is another feature that helps to deliver theGO link’s superior sonic performance.
Hi-res in glorious colour
TheGO link’s hi-res audio credentials are highly impressive given its diminutive size and price tag.
PCM to 32-bit/384kHz
DSD to 11.2MHz (DSD256)
An LED changes colour to indicate the incoming audio format – PCM, DSD or MQA – and the PCM/DSD sample rate.
TheGO link’s headphone amp feeds a gold-plated 3.5mm socket, incorporating their S-Balancedconfiguration to reduce noise and crosstalk.
It delivers a power output of 70mW into 32 ohms, and a maximum voltage output of 2.05V into 600 ohms. This gives it plenty of oomph to drive the kind of headphones and earphones likely to be used with theGO linkand easily outclasses the headphone outputs built into smart devices and computers.
DSD 256 / 11.3MHz PCM 384kHz MQA
Bit-Perfect DSD & DXD DAC by ESS
≥1.5V/70MW @ 32Ω; 2V/14mW @ 300Ω
≥122dB(A) @ OdBFS
≤00.004% (1.27V @ 32)
No Signal ~0.2W Max Signal ~1W
135 x 12.6 x 7.6 mm (5.3" x 0.5" x 0.3”)
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