The Audio Adapter HD for the Essential Phone is now available for $149

The Audio Adapter HD for the Essential Phone is now available for $149
Unveiled back in August, the Essential Audio Adapter HD is now available for purchase in the United States for $149. Using the MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) technology embedded in the Essential Phone, the portable accessory is supposed to provide users with a high-quality music listening experience.

In simpler words, the Essential Phone should offer studio quality sound via MQA technology, which will be further enhanced with the addition of the new Audio Adapter HD. According to Essential, this is the first portable accessory to include the ESS Sabre DAC (24-bit/96kHz audio) with hardware MQA rendering, and it's also the smallest (29mm / 30mm / 11.5mm) and lightest (15.5g) of its kind.

MQA technology is relatively new and it can be explained as a way of packaging digital music without limitations. Basically, all the music that you usually hear from a streaming service or the songs that you've purchased online have had their information stripped to take less storage space on your device.

However, some of that information that's been removed contains elements that artists made to offer a more immersive experience. MQA is able to capture and unpack songs in a smaller size without removing anything from them.

Last but not least, customers who purchase the Essential Phone will be offered a 3-month subscription to TIDAL's HiFi tier that offers master quality audio, completely free.

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  • Display 5.7" 1312 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3040 mAh



1. syntaxlord

Posts: 239; Member since: Oct 01, 2018

I forgot about this phone...

2. Vokilam

Posts: 1193; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Yeah it was a very good try, imho.

3. rsiders

Posts: 1954; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

When you skip out on including a headphone jack and charge consumers $150 for quality That's why LG holds strong in my life.

7. emjoigently

Posts: 152; Member since: Aug 22, 2017

If you are out of a decent cheap last year, phone then an LG G6 ain't bad. Similar form factor to an Essential, similar specs, but great audio and a better (but not great) camera.

4. Cat97

Posts: 1892; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

The Essential Phone was ahead of its time, but the camera is so important for users that the phone failed solely because of this one flaw - mediocre camera. The Essential guys chose aestethics (elegant design with no hump) instead of a good sensor + lens combo and it proved to be fatal. But if it was me, I would have done the same choice and the same mistake.

11. mixedfish

Posts: 1555; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

It's no the camera, if it was the camera then Xiamo phones would all bomb in sales but they don't because the mainstream identify with the brand.

5. mobiledigger

Posts: 110; Member since: Sep 24, 2015

That should be about 30-50$

6. rsiders

Posts: 1954; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

I mean this late in the game yeah. Crack is whack.

10. worldpeace

Posts: 3133; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

The phone itself cost like $300, it doesn't make sense to charge half of that price just for this adapter.

8. imkyle

Posts: 1115; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

As much as I love my Essential Phone I cannot do $150 for this. $79.99 tops.

12. slashas

Posts: 132; Member since: Jul 17, 2017

Wait one month and this will cost 99$ :) and another month 79$ :)

9. rvshum13

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 14, 2018

RIP to the phone that started the notch

13. collin3000

Posts: 70; Member since: Apr 28, 2015

While reading this headline on my Essential Phone my very first thought was "Well you can **** off Essential"

14. japkoslav

Posts: 1505; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Dragonfly Black or Red exist, so why even bother. And a big plus, you can use them on every device.

15. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Little too pricey but is part of the fair use agreement negotiated to use Wi-Max tech(?), deals had to be made.

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