Essential Phone gets new 3.5mm headphone jack module and MQA certification

Ruben Fields
June 8, 2018

In line with what it promised previous year, Essential has announced its second PH-1 accessory - dubbed Audio Adapter HD - that's aimed at bringing the 3.5mm jack to the smartphone.

In a surprising turn of events, Essential today announced that it's adding MQA audio to the Essential Phone, as well as entering into a new partnership with Tidal.

The Audio Adapter HD can fit nearly all types of 3.5mm headphones and is crafted from machined titanium for exceptional durability. Not only does this mean you can listen to high-quality audio, but you can also finally listen to music while the PH-1 charges.

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Along with the module, Essential also announced a partnership with MQA and Tidal, along with a new PH-1 bundle. MQA stands for "Master Quality Authenticated" and allows the Essential Phone to properly handle lossless music files "so you can experience the sound of the original recording" for what you're listening to. The music streaming service offers Essential Phone users a three-month subscription of TIDAL HiFi for free. You can get your headphone jack back thanks to Essential's modular accessory ecosystem-an ecosystem that will consist of two devices as soon as the new headphone jack adapter comes out. The earbuds work over USB Type-C, feature 9.5mm drivers, and typically sell for $99.

We do not know which headphones will not work or how much the module would go for.

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