Chord Poly gets Roon, Tidal and more

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Chord Poly gets Roon, Tidal and more
Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Chord Electronics have announced an interesting firmware update for Poly, the wireless streaming module for the Mojo DAC/headphone amp. The new firmware (V2.0.0), dubbed ‘Poly 2’ includes Tidal and Qobuz support via third-party DLNA apps, improved Bluetooth, DLNA and Wi-Fi, plus Roon readiness and key updates to the configuration switch. The new firmware is available as an over-the-air update using single-jump firmware update methodology, which allows any previous version of firmware to be updated.
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. 

The detail
Poly is now fully Roon Ready certified. Poly users can benefit from the full backing and support of the company, which 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.
The update includes Id3tag support, MP3 indexing support and a general update to MPD.
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. 
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.

Poly owners wishing to perform the update should check out a short YouTube video guide to performing the update can be found here. The Support>Streamers section on the Chord Electronics website offers instructions.