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.
Chord Electronic’s new Poly wireless streaming miracle made to connect with the best portable digital to analog converter (DAC) - The Chord Mojo - continues Chord’s inspiring and unmatched commitment to mobile high fidelity (hi-fi). Unlike many audio gear makers Chord sees our smartphone mobile music future.
Before Chord’s Poly feeding high-resolution music files to high end headphones and in-ear monitors (IEMs) was a pain. Don’t want massive storage space hungry music files clogging up precious smartphone memory? No worries Chord Poly to the rescue.
The Chord Poly fits Lego-like to the Chord Mojo DAC and headphone amplifier. “Fully fledged high-resolution wireless network music player, streamer and SD card playback device with wireless playback and control from smartphones,” is how Chord Electronics explains their new, unique and still highly portable Poly.
Chord’s Poly video takes us on a Tron-like journey inside the Mojo’s new cousin
Chord Poly Screen-less Smartphone Enabled Wonder
Think of the new Chord Poly as the Mojo’s Siamese twin. When paired together the Chord Mojo and Poly create a high resolution (Hi-Res) audio player without a screen. The Mojo + Poly pairs with your iPhone, iPad or Android for display and control.
If there is a more beautiful example of building a digital music device to connect, enliven, and extend mobile music we’re unaware. Chord’s new Poly illustrates several audio gear trends we will see more of including:
- Lego-Like - Build components to connect and extend existing gear
- Use OPP (Other People’s Platforms) - Create components with smartphones in mind
- Portability - Chord’s Mojo and Poly fit into pockets and are easily mobile
- Networks and Hubs - Poly stores, streams and plays beautiful music without wires or smartphone storage or performance limitations
- Mobile High Fidelity - Chord Poly Micro SD Card and massive Wifi bandwidth means sound quality won’t suffer when you’re listening on the road
- Streaming Hi-Res - We’re moving from the wonder of portable music to the desire for better sounding mobile music and Mojo + Poly delivers a timely treat at or away from home
Chord Poly Wireless Musical PC in your Pocket
The Chord Poly combines a “condensed high-level PC, data server, DLNA receiver, Wi-Fi hu, Bluetooth module and SD card reader/player functionality with highly sophisticated software” says Chord Electronics. We believe in and trust Chord Electronics.
The Kent, England based audio gear innovators have earned our trust, support, and respect with innovations such as the Hugo (and now the Hugo 2), the Chord Mojo and now the Mojo + Poly. Chord Electronics commitment to portable high-fidelity listening is unmatched and inspirational.
Poly can access music by streaming over Wi-Fi, network storage devices, and collections stored on SD cards making it the perfect Wi-Fi and Bluetooth hub.
Bluetooth connectivity and AirPlay functionality makes it easy to control everything from your Android or iOS device. Poly is compatible with the latest high-resolution audio file types and supports PCM files up to 768kHz resolution and DSD64 to DSD512.
The rechargeable LiPo battery gives around 9 hours playback. Both Mojo and Poly can be charged simultaneously.
Poly is Based on a Condensed High-Level PC Featuring:
- 9 Hour Battery Life
- Bluetooth A2DP Connectivity
- WiFi 2.4gHz Connectivity
- Airplay Connectivity
- Micro SD Card Storage (MPD)
- Roon Ready
- DNLA Compatible
- Supports up to 768kHz
- DSD512 (8x) Capable
- DSD via DoP
Please Read the Manual Carefully.
Poly needs to be fully charged before you use it.
Poly charges best when connected to a charger which outputs 2 Amps or more. Many common chargers, ie. standard 5V USB mobile phone chargers and USB outputs on typical PCs only output 1 Amp. But iPad 10 and 12watt and some Android Tablet chargers are 2 Amps. Poly will charge fine with 1 Amp devices but it will take twice as long to charge. If charging Poly the first time on a 1 Amp device please allow Poly to charge for 10 hours.
Poly is only compatible with 2.4ghz networks. (Mesh networks should detect this)
You need to know the name and password for your network.
When in setup you will be asked for the SSID this is the name of your WiFi network.
You must type into all three fields in the setup menu. “Name” “SSID” “Password” If you do not it will not connect to a network. It may look like the name field is already filled in but it's not.
You cannot connect to Bluetooth while Poly is in Access Point Mode. This means you need to connect Poly to a WiFi network before configuring it for Bluetooth.
Micro SD cards should be formatted in ExFAT (FAT32 may work but not recommended)
The GoFigure setup app is not available yet. It is waiting for Apple approval and this should happen by the end of November.
For iOS UPnP/DLNA control and playback we recommend using 8Player (the paid version)
For Android UPnP/DLNA control and playback we recommend using BubbleUPnP (paid version)
For Computer control and playback use Roon. Note: Poly is not a Roon Core.
MPD playback and control for iOS and Android. Soundirok.
Another option for Android only is M.A.L.P
To use the Micro SD card feature you must use either 8Player or BubbleUPnP
Hotspot feature is not available yet.
Mobile Hotspot feature on your Mobile device may require contacting wireless provider for activation.
In addition to solid network infrastructure, Customers need a fair bit of networking experience to use this product, it requires patience and is not plug and play.