Essential has announced that the Audio Adapter HD is now available in the US and Canada.

The portable accessory is a handcrafted premium mobile DAC that optimises audio quality on the Essential Phone. It is the first product to incorporate the ESS Sabre DAC with hardware MQA rendering, and is also one of the smallest and lightest of its kind.

A high-quality music listening experience has been championed by Essential since the introduction of MQA technology to its handset earlier this year, as also evidenced by its ongoing partnership with the TIDAL music streaming service. New Essential Phone owners can redeem a 3-month subscription to TIDAL’s HiFi tier which features master quality audio.

Bob Stuart, MQA Founder & CTO, commented,A modern phone is a complex machine and all too often the sound quality is a neglected afterthought. For us the biggest challenge is to make sure that other processes in the handset don’t alter or degrade the sound. Essential has insisted on great sound and so, in them, we have the perfect partner.”

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"We have done many blind comparisons of my original high-resolution masters with and without the MQA process. MQA is the consistent winner."

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MQA are proud to have already received a range of awards and accolades.

Innovation Award

Innovation Award at the International Hi-Fi Press event at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2015

Most Exciting Ideas in Tech

MQA Inventor Bob Stuart was named as one of Stuff’s innovators of 2015.

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Lifetime Achievement Award

MQA creator Bob Stuart received the CEDIA 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award

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