Essential's Audio Adapter HD headphone jack accessory is finally available

Donna Miller
November 14, 2018

Essential's much promised Audio Adapter HD for its smartphone is finally available to buy right now, both in the U.S. and Canada. This little accessory magnetically clips onto the Click-Connect connector on the back of the device and gives you a high quality headphone jack.

One of the unique features of the Essential PH-1 Phone was the ability to attach to external dongles, like a 360-degree camera. Essential has all but ditched making phones and the original Essential Phone is now over a year old. Still, it's here for those who need high-quality audio and a headphone jack.

The adapter which is built of titanium just like the frame of the phone supports 24-bit, 96kHz and MQA rendering up to 32-bit, 384kHZ.

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According to Bloomberg, smartphone maker Essential just terminated about 30 percent of its staff. The email said: "This has been a hard decision to make". But this is a DAC with an ESS Sabre chip, which is much higher quality than the average headphone jack. Essential says it also has an audiophile-grade amp for audiophile-grade headphones.

If that all sounds awesome to you, hopefully, you're ready to pony up: the Audio Adapter HD costs $149.

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