iFi Audio GO pod Review

iFi Audio GO pod

Today we’re reviewing the new iFi Audio GO pod True Wireless DAC/AMP! It’s selling for $399 USD.


Disclaimer: iFi Audio sent us the GO Pod for this review. As always, I’m here to convey my honest experience with the product.

iFi Audio

iFi Audio is an esteemed audio company founded in 2012 and based in the United Kingdom. Known for its innovative design, advanced technologies, and ever-growing commitment to audio excellence, iFi Audio has quickly gained recognition for its high-quality audio products, including DACs, headphone amplifiers, and audio accessories. With a focus on audio performance, meticulous craftsmanship, and environmental sustainability, iFi Audio has become a respected brand among audio enthusiasts all over the world.

iFi Audio GO pod Wearable Wireless DAC / AMP 

The GO pod is a true wireless Bluetooth adapter. It is designed to bring the convenience of wireless listening to high-end IEM users. It allows many wired IEMs to be seamlessly converted to wireless by offering compatibility with a wide range of connectors. In this review, we’re going to explore how it works and evaluate how well it performs. Over the years we have reviewed a large number of iFi products here at Headfonia, and you can have a look at those reviews here: Headfonia iFi Reviews.

Here are the highlights and specifications of the new iFi GO pod:

  • DAC: Cirrus Logic Master-HiFi 32-bit DAC
  • Bluetooth Chipset: Qualcomm QCC5144 Bluetooth 5.2
  • Supported Codecs: LDAC, LHDC/HWA, aptX Adaptive, aptX HD, aptX LL, aptX, ACC, SBC
  • Sampling Rate Support: Max. 24bit-96kHz
  • SNR: 32Ω ≥ 129dB (A) / 300Ω ≥ 132dB (A)
  • THD+N: ≤0.002% (1kHz/32Ω)
  • Auto Impedance Detection: 16Ω / 32Ω / 64Ω / 300Ω
  • Output Power: 120mW@32Ω; 4V@300Ω 16Ω: ≥0.98V/60mW 32Ω: ≥1.96V/120mW 64Ω: ≥2.77V/120mW 300Ω: ≥4.0V/53mW
  • Battery Capacity: 180 mAh Each Adapter + 1500 mAh Case
  • Battery Life: Up to 35 hours
  • Features: TWS Mirroring, Snapdragon Sound, IPX5, MMCX/2-pin, Qi Wireless Charging 5V/1A or 5V/2A + USB-C Fast Charging, cVc Mics, Single GO pod Mode & more.
  • Case Dimensions & Total Weight: Approx. 116 x 76 x 38.5 mm (4.6″ x 3″ x 1.5″), 126g
  • Ear Hook Dimensions & Total Weight: Approx. 43.5 x 16.4 x 9.5 mm (1.7″ x 0.6″ x 0.4″), 12g
  • MSRP: 399 USD/GBP

GO pod’s dedicated web page can be found here. Also, be sure to check the manual for detailed info about the features.

Packaging and Accessories

Upon receiving the GO pod, the first thing you’ll notice is the iFi’s customary packaging which is both sleek and minimalistic. The outer box sports a clean design with the product image and model name on the front. Inside the box, the adapters are safely stored in the charging case.

Inside the accessory pack, you’ll find a not-so-small 1500mAh charging case, a USB-A to USB-C charging cable, three pairs of ear hooks (one pair pre-installed), an iFi sticker, a quick start guide and a user manual. iFi has included 0.78mm 2-pin, MMCX and Pentaconn ear hooks in the package. As for other options, iFi says that more connectors are on the way and will be available for purchase in the future. 

The accessory package is comprehensive and well thought out, ensuring that you have everything needed to start using the GO pod immediately.

Overall, the packaging and accessories that come with the GO pod demonstrate the company’s attention to detail and commitment to delivering a first-class user experience right from the start. Frankly, this has always been my experience with iFi. As someone who has been buying and using the company’s products for over 5 years, iFi has never let me down in this regard. Kudos to the team!

Design & Build Quality

Let’s start with the charging case. The charging case measures approximately 116 x 76 x 38.5 mm. This is by no means a small case. Its size is comparable to that of the Pelican 1010 case, which is often used by audio enthusiasts. The case is made of plastic and is relatively light, weighing in at 126 grams. It has an elegant and cohesive look, with a sleek matte black finish that matches the aesthetic of the adapters.

Upon opening the case, you are greeted by a pair of elegantly placed LED lights that illuminate the charging cradle, where the adapters and IEMs rest securely. As soon as the case’s lid is opened, the LEDs cast a soft glow, enhancing the visual appeal of the setup. The contact surfaces within the case are lined with luxurious velvet material, reminiscent of a fine jewelry box, providing a touch of sophistication. The well-placed LEDs, combined with the velvet-lined interior, lend the case a refined and premium appearance, elevating the overall user experience.

While the case is indeed transportable, its dimensions might prove to be a bit too large for pocket use, even when considering jacket pockets. However, the ample size of the case ensures that there is enough clearance to accommodate larger IEMs with multiple drivers and larger tips, providing versatility for a wide range of earphones. The choice of plastic for the outer shell material, though not as premium as aluminum, might be perceived as less suitable for a product in this price range. Nonetheless, an aluminum case could potentially increase the weight beyond its current 130 grams, which may not be preferable for those seeking a balance between durability and portability.

As for the adapters, iFi has opted for a modern design that strikes a good balance between aesthetics and functionality. The adapters are made from high-quality plastic with a rough, leather-like texture. The leather-like texture not only adds to the visual appeal but also provides resistance to fingerprints and smudges. The outward-facing part of the adapters has brushed aluminum faceplates with a glossy finish, which houses a touch sensor. The adapters are relatively lightweight, which helps to keep the ears comfortable and minimizes strain when listening for long periods.

The ear hooks are made from a soft and flexible material to ensure a secure and comfortable fit. They easily conform to the contours of the ear, ensuring the adapters stay in place during activity. The ear hooks are fitted with a notched 2-pin connector at the other end and can be quickly replaced thanks to the modular design. The included adapters feature three connector options: MMCX, Pentaconn, and 2-pin (0.78mm), catering to a wide range of IEM users. The connectors are well-built and sturdy, providing a reliable and secure connection with compatible IEMs.

One of the standout design features of the GO pod adapters is its IPX5 water resistance rating. This ensures that the adapters are protected against sweat and light splashes, making them an ideal choice for workouts, outdoor activities, or daily commutes in unpredictable weather conditions. Of course, the earphones you use with the adapter must also have protection against water and sweat. 


The review continues on Page Two, after the click HERE or by using the jump below.

Page 1: iFi Audio, GO pod, Packaging & Accessories, Design & Build Quality

Page 2: Controls, Technology, DAC & Amplification, Battery Life,

Page 3: Sound & Performance, Technical Capability, Comparison, Last Words

4.5/5 - (279 votes)

Long time Tech Enthusiast, an ambitious petrol-head, Yagiz likes his gadgets and always finds new ways into the tinkerer's world. He tries to improve anything and everything he gets his hands onto. Loves an occasional shine on the rocks.


  • Reply April 18, 2023

    Mason W.

    I’m not sure what iFi was thinking with this pricing, $400 is ridiculous no matter how you slice it. I could understand $200 or $250 for what’s on offer here, but when the UTWS5 exists for about a third of the price, any possible value proposition goes straight out the window. No dedicated app is a huge miss, and the first 1000 units only being sold as a package with a set of IEMs is just a strange choice.

    I’ll wait for FiiO to release a UTWS7 for $200 with interchangeable ear hooks and the same codec support as the GO Pod.

    • Reply April 27, 2023

      River of Sound

      I checked out iFi’s site and noticed the pricing for the bundles. Almost gave me a heart attack. But then I started researching the iem in each bundle and found that the value proposition varied a bit from iem to iem. Wish I could have found one retailer that carried all of them but this still shows that the bundles from iFi are a decent deal if you are in the market to get a new set of iems (or if you are new to the quality iem world like me). Hope this helps on the price perspective!

      Meze Rai Penta from Crutchfield – $1100
      iFi bundle with Rai Penta – $1200
      …price of iFi Go Pod – $100

      64 Audio U4s from Sweetwater – $1100
      iFi bundle with U4s – $1300
      …price of iFi Go Pod – $200

      Symphonium Meteor from Symphonium – $600
      iFi bundle with Meteor – $800
      …price of iFi Go Pod – $200

      Craft Ears Aurum from Zeppelinandco – $2000
      iFi bundle with Aurum – $1400
      …price of iFi Go Pod – ($600)

  • Reply April 21, 2023


    I’m curious to hear how the sound quality on this device differs to, say, the iFi GO blu or FiiO BTR7. Seems like a natural comparison as well.

  • Reply May 14, 2023


    I wonder if, given the size of the box, CIEMs will finally be able to rest inside. Fiio solutions are not working in this regard, I use a UTWS3 which I heavily modded with dremel and milliput but I don’t want to repeat the experience, EVER.

    Also, any idea of when Estron T2 connectors are gonna be available?

  • Reply May 21, 2023

    BK Shah

    I found the Aptx Adaptive superior to LDAC with the ifi Go Pod. Used in conjunction with Meze Rai Penta.

  • Reply May 29, 2023


    i have utws5 = meze rai penta. does worth upgrade to ifi go pod ?does i will feel better sound quality?

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