Essential Phone gains a $149 DAC

Essential Phone has prided itself in being a premium Android device. On the back of the device are two pins for allowing add ons. The first came in the shape of a 360 camera. Something you would use occasionally but don’t want bulking up your device on a daily basis.

Essential has now expanded that line up again. This time in the form of a Digital-to-Analog Converter aka DAC. This allows for you to use your audiophile level headphones out of a 3.5mm headphone jack. Essential’s site specs the snap on as:

  • The first to feature a high-resolution ESS Sabre DAC with hardware MQA rendering designed for high resolution audio on PH-1.
  • Input of 24-bit, 96 kHz and MQA rendering up to 32-bit, 384kHz
  • Sports an audiophile-grade amp that can drive audiophile-grade headphones
  • Studio quality audio performance with MQA as well as High Resolution audio.
  • Click to connect to phone directly and allow phone charging even when you listen to the music.
  • 100% machined Titanium, a space age material that’s exceptionally durable.
  • Thoughtful placement and design of audio jack to fit all types of 3.5mm headphones
  • LED with different colors to indicate master quality, standard or non-MQA content played

  • This all is great for the audience that is looking for a high-quality audio experience. In the world of removed headphone jacks it certainly gives a feature to the Essential Phone people want.
  • Only issue is the phone itself is $499 from the company directly with an accessory bundle of their 360 camera among others. The device only can be found online for around $250. Making the add-on a large chunk of the cost of the phone.
  • Wanting to upgrade your Essential audio game? Link is below!
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