Poly enables the Mojo headphone amp/DAC to function as a fully-fledged high-resolution wireless network music player, streamer and SD card playback device, with wireless playback and control from smartphones.
Poly is a revolutionary streaming module for Mojo and is based on a condensed high-level PC, with data server, DLNA receiver, Wi-Fi hub, Bluetooth module and SD card reader/player functionality, plus highly sophisticated software. Poly enables wireless audio playback from smartphones and for the first time, negates the need for a cable between the two devices.
Poly acts as a Wi-Fi and Bluetooth hub and can access music in a number of ways including streaming over Wi-Fi, network storage devices (NAS) and collections stored on SD cards (using MPD). Bluetooth connectivity and AirPlay functionality provide real flexibility with smartphones and enable multiple Mojo/Poly combinations to be used throughout the home, providing a high-quality multi-room streaming playback solution.
Poly removes the original need for a wired link between the smartphone and Mojo, and is controlled wirelessly from Android and iOS apps on your phone. When connected to Mojo, Poly conveniently slips into pockets, bags and handbags — it doesn’t need to be hand-carried or regularly checked like other players.
Poly is compatible with the latest high-resolution-audio file types and supports PCM files up to 768kHz resolution and DSD64 to DSD512 (Octa-DSD). Poly’s high-quality SD card reader/player frees up smartphone memory and storage, so vast libraries no longer need be kept locally on phones.
Poly integrates with advanced music players such as Roon (excluding SD access) and supported file types (at the time of writing) include: ACC, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, OGG VORBIS, ALAC, WMA and MP3. The device includes a rechargeable LiPo battery giving 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.
Chord Electronics’ Poly streamer benefits
from a dramatic new firmware update
‘Poly 2’ brings Tidal and Qobuz integration, Roon Ready certification plus wide-ranging performance benefits
8th April 2019, Kent: Chord Electronics has announced a significant new firmware update for Poly, the wireless streaming module for the Mojo DAC/headphone amp. The new firmware (V2.0.0), has been crowned ‘Poly 2’ in recognition of its wide-ranging improvements, which include Tidal and Qobuz support via popular third-party DLNA Apps.
Poly 2 is the first major firmware update for the portable high-resolution streamer/player. The update introduces wide-ranging performance benefits, including improved Bluetooth, DLNA and Wi-Fi, plus Roon Ready Certification and key updates to the configuration switch.
The new firmware will roll-out with an over-the-air update from today using single-jump firmware update methodology, which allows any previous version of firmware to be updated to the latest version.
The Poly 2 firmware update follows the recent announcement of Gofigure for Android, which saw Poly’s dedicated configuration App made available for Android devices following its iOS debut.
Poly 2 firmware features
Poly is now fully Roon Ready certified. Poly users can benefit from the full backing and support of the company, who is now offering assistance for Poly owners using its software. The update also offers improved network playback performance, including Bluetooth convenience switching to/from Roon Ready mode.
Poly’s DLNA capabilities have also improved to include integration of popular streaming services including Tidal and Qobuz, the addition of Internet Radio support, a DSD rendering update, plus gapless playback support (where supported by the Client App).
A new Wi-Fi driver brings improved performance and flexibility, and is faster over 2.4GHz networks.
Bluetooth has also been improved offering better co-existence with Wi-Fi.
Magnificent MPD (Music Player Daemon)
The update includes Id3tag support, MP3 indexing support and a general update to MPD.
Cracking configuration switch
The improved configuration switch enables a number of important usage improvements, including: switching between Hotspot and Network Mode; access to Hotspot password reset; Bluetooth PIN code reset and factory reset functions, plus manual firmware update, (all by holding the Config button for 20 seconds); options are audible (spoken) with each button-press.
Advanced Android/iOS App update
Benefits include Tidal and Qobuz credentials entry, Internet Radio support with the ability to add favourite radio stations, a Wizard update with improved Hotspot/Wi-Fi switching capabilities, plus a Firmware Update methodology change: after the Poly 2 firmware (V2.0.0) has been installed (along with the new Apps), users will be prompted when new Firmware is available enabling a choice of install timing.
Chord Electronics is delighted to announce a significant new firmware update for Poly: V2.0.0. The update features a number of improvements, including better Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and DLNA connectivity, plus Tidal and Qobuz support.
The firmware will roll out with an over-the-air update on April 8th, however, in order to correctly update Poly, there are a series of steps to carefully follow (below). A guide to accessing Tidal and Qobuz services is also below. A short video is available here.
How to update Poly to V2.0.0 firmware
If fitted, remove any Micro SD card. Switch on Poly/Mojo, making sure Poly is charged, connected to its power supply and connected to the internet; ensure Poly’s ‘P status’ light is a solid colour and not flashing.
In the background, Poly will download V1.0.41, a new installation tool for the new Poly 2.0.0 firmware.
Open the Gofigure App. Go to Settings> General Settings and check the Poly version is now 1.0.41. Next, go back to Settings> Device Settings, you should now have the option to update the firmware. Tap update firmware.
Poly’s ‘P status’ light will cycle through a range of colours, showing the update has commenced.
Leave Poly until the colour cycle has stopped, this can take up to 30 minutes. Poly’s ‘P status’ light will then show solid colour.
Switch Poly off. Re-insert any removed Micro SD card. Switch Poly on. Poly is now ready to use.
Adding Tidal and Qobuz streaming services
With Firmware V2.0.0. now installed (see above) have your Tidal/Qobuz login-in details to hand.
Open Gofigure. Go to User and enter your Tidal and/or Qobuz username and password and press ‘Save’. You can now return to the Home screen.
When using your preferred DLNA control App, your Tidal and Qobuz folders will now be discoverable when Poly is selected as a server/library.