Chord Poly Wireless Streaming Module for Mojo
The Chord Poly Wireless Streaming Module for Mojo DAC headphone amplifier.
The innovative team at Chord Electronics is changing our portable listening experiences with the new Chord Poly. When connected to the Chord Mojo digital to analog converter (DAC) the Poly is a “fully fledged” high-resolution wireless network music player, streamer, SD card playback device with high-resolution wireless playback controlled by your smartphone. Learn more about Chord’s new Poly below and discover special rewards for sharing your Chord Mojo, Poly and audio gear pictures and reviews.
- 1-Year Warranty
Poly is high-resolution audio-compatible, with support for the latest studio-quality files; PCM data up to 768kHz resolution and DSD64 to DSD256 (Quad-DSD). Supported file types include ACC, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, OGG VORBIS, ALAC, WMA and MP3.
Poly offers over-the-air updates, keeping the unit up-to-date with the latest firmware. Future updates will include Native Spotify and Tidal integration and a forthcoming Poly app, GoFigure, will assist with initial network set-up and device configuration settings.
Like Mojo, Poly proudly uses British design and technology and is also made in Britain. It’s precision CNC-machined from solid aluminum billet with black anodization and laser-ablated logos. A high-quality Mojo/Poly protective leather case is available separately.
- Precision-machined aluminum casing with black anodization, opaque black wireless signal window, and silicone feet
- Optional protective leather case available
- Battery: Rechargeable LiPo (Lithium Polymer) 2200mAh; play time: 9+ hours
- Four-hour charging with 2-amp Micro USB input.
- Both Mojo and Poly can be simultaneously charged via Poly’s fast-charging Micro USB circuit
- Connectivity types: Bluetooth 4.1 and Wi-Fi 2.4GHz (for optimum stability)
- Storage: Micro SD unlimited maximum capacity, playback using MPD/DLNA apps plus SD playback over Bluetooth if Wi-Fi is absent
- Playback support: DNLA, AirPlay, Bluetooth 4.1 and ROON ready
- Files supported: all major file types including ACC, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, OGG VORBIS, ALAC, WMA and MP3
- PCM sample rates: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 358.8kHz, 384kHz,717.6kHz and 768kHz
- DSD via DoP sample rates: DSD64 – DSD256 (Quad-DSD); DSD from SD card
- Devices supported iPhone, iPad, Android phones/tablets, Windows and Mac OS X computers and DAPs (Astell & Kern etc)
- Dimensions: 50mm (L) x 62mm (W) x 22mm (H)
- Over-the-air software updates
- Hotspot mode: Poly can create its own hotspot where networks/devices/countries don’t support tethering
- Integrated Access Point: allows configuration of connected networks (up to 32)
- Bit-perfect audio
- DLNA server and renderer (SD card); SMB Server (SD card); MPD player (SD Card)
The reality though is not quite what you would expect. This is not a simple plug and play product. The setup is rather simple, but may not be entirely clear for those who are not the most tech savvy. Just the fact that it requires a setup process from another device is only going to complicate things.
Music app choice sounds nice, but apps that use the protocols of this device are actually somewhat limited and the protocols seem half finished (for instance MPD doesnt index mp3 files properly).
Switching modes also requires the use of a physical pin which can very easily be lost. Chord has an app in the works, but it has been promised for months and has yet to materialize, and even when it does, the android app is supposedly at least 6 weeks behind.
There are issues with powering on and off (since it relies on the mojo to detect when it should turn on and off) and charging when connected to the mojo doesnt quite seem to work as intended, with the poly often losing charge on its own (when it shouldnt be powered on) or draining way faster than the mojo even though it has been advertised to have better battery life. Charging on its own seems to give it the battery life it wants, but for a product like this it shouldnt need to be disconnected.
When it works, its simply and relatively easy. Though when you arent connected to wifi, you will either need to use the polys built in hotspot (which may mean no internet on your phone) or use your phones hotspot. Relatively simple, but yet another thing thats required just to use this product.
The product also did not launch with all promised or advertised features. Spotify integration is mentioned in the manual, but does not exist (unless you have airplay). Chromecast support was also promised by chord, but it too does not exist.
Firmware updates are coming, but are more focused right now on fixing connection issues and preparing for the app than adding features that were promised.
Basically, the product feels unfinished. It feels like a beta test or proof of concept for something that would be amazing if it had all its promised features and worked simply and easily. As it stands its just way too expensive to recommend in its current state.
Absolutely garbage quality, less than 6 hrs of play time, that's if you get it to finally work for you,
The *GoFigure* app that was promised by Chord is still not available for consumers (02/12/2018) and Android users have to wait even longer.
An absolute disappointment, horrible quality, built.
When Poly works with Mojo it sounds awesome, but getting them to work and work consistently enough to manage simple things like a workout is far from easy.
My poly frequently takes 3-5 minutes to start up. Often I have to restart Poly, my phone, my app or some combination of the three to have the phone recognize poly.
When I leave my house I need to use the enclosed tool to push a recessed button and swap modes.... and then play the restart game again frequently to make her work.
Poly is not a finished product. Software updates and a "Go Figure" app will be forthcoming but as it stands unless you are using it in Roon mode or Airplay mode exclusively its just not anything but a Beta product.
Do your research, read the Moon and Amazon.co.uk reviews and I would even suggest waiting for the GoFigure app release and some feedback on that before buying Poly. She sounds awesome, but shes extremely temperamental today.