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