How bad do you want a headphone jack on your smartphone? Android creator Andy Rubin's smartphone launch, Essential, still lives after deploying 30 percent of its employees, and it still produces products. The latest is a headphone jack called "Audio Adapter HD" for the company's only standalone product, the damaged Essential Phone. Essential Phone does not have a headset connector built into the device, but it has a modular additional system that this headphone jack can click on. So if you really want to use cable-based audio, you can fork over a $ 150 for this option. That price seems just a little excessive considering the entire phone has had fire sales for $ 250 and $ 224.
Essential Phone is compatible with the standard headphone jack dongles, so this add-on is raised as an artistically designed accessory for the demanding audio file. The company says that "limited edition" accessories are "handmade" and made of "100% machined titanium". The inside is the beloved 3.5mm audio connector and a high quality DAC (Digital-to-Analog Converter) from ESS Saber. You also get three free months of Tidal HiFi music service. In addition to DAC of higher quality, the other advantage that this attachment gives over the usual USB-C dongle, the ability to charge the device and listen to music at the same time! What a concept.
At 11.5 mm thick, the box is thicker than most of the smartphones, and remember to put this on top of the 7.8 mm thick Essential Phone. In addition to the audio games, there is also basic Essential Modular Hardware, which consists of a magnetically powered fastening system and a pair of pogo pins that provide power to the device. Phones without headphone jack relies on wireless communication for audio, and it's still like this, even with Essentials wired audio accessory data for Essential's modular system broadcast over Wireless USB.
I would have expected that a $ 150 headphone jack attachment for a bad sell phone would not sell well, but the first run of the device is apparently already out of stock on Essential.com.
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