Essential Products Debuts an Attachable Headphone Jack
Essential Products today revealed the latest magnetic accessory for the Essential Phone: a snap-on headphone jack. Like the existing camera accessory, the 3.5mm headphone jack is a modular attachment that affixes to two small poles on the rear of the phone. With the mod attached, Essential Phone owners can plug in and enjoy their favorite pair of wired headphones. Essential said the Audio Adapter HD features a high-resolution ESS Sabre DAC with hardware rendering and an audiophile-grade amp that can power high-end headphones. In addition to the physical accessory, Essential updated the phone’s audio powers via software. The device is now tuned and calibrated to support Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) for studio master quality sound. Going hand-in-hand with MQA is new support for the Tidal music streaming service. Customers can check out Tidal HiFi for free with a new three-month trial. The Audio Adapter HD will go on sale later this summer.
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Nov 13, 2018
Essential Products today said the magnetic snap-on headphone jack it announced over the summer is available for the Essential Phone. Like existing Essential Phone accessories, the 3.5mm headphone jack is a modular attachment that affixes to two small poles on the rear of the phone.
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Motorola today provided details about a handful of new modular attachments for the Moto Z2 Play and other Moto Mod-compatible handsets. The Moto GamePad snaps onto the back of Moto's phones and provides dual control sticks, a d-pad, and four action buttons.