Chord Electronics has unveiled Poly, a network module which brings high-res wireless streaming, SD card and network music playback to its Mojo headphone amp and DAC, with both smartphone control and playback for £499.
Chord Electronics’ Poly is described as a fully fledged high-resolution wireless network music player, streamer and SD card playback device, that offers wireless playback and control from smartphones. It removes the need for a wired link between phone and Mojo. It contains a data server, DLNA receiver, Wi-Fi hub, Bluetooth module and SD card (using MPD) functionality in a compact extension block for the Mojo. Poly acts as a Wi-Fi and Bluetooth hub and can access music in a number of ways including streaming over Wi-Fi or from music stored on SD cards using Mail Player Daemon. Bluetooth connectivity and AirPlay functionality enable mutilple Mojo/Poly combinations to be used throughout the home, providing a high-quality multi-room streaming playback solution.
Poly is compatible with the latest high-resolution-audio file types and supports PCM files up to 768kHz resolution and DSD64 to DSD512. Its SD card reader/player frees up smartphone memory, so vast libraries no longer need be kept locally on phones. A rechargeable LiPo battery gives “around nine hours playback” from a sub-four-hour charge using the device’s fast-charging circuit. Both Mojo and Poly can be simultaneously charged using Poly’s Micro USB connector. Poly is precision-machined from aircraft-grade aluminium and hand assembled in the UK.
Poly can be controlled with a wide range of music playback apps for both Android and iOS devices. It also integrates with advanced music players such as Roon (excluding SD cards). Supported file types (to be confirmed) include: ACC, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, OGG VORBIS, ALAC, WMA and MP3.