ESS Technology Comes Out to Play with the LG G5

< Newsroom | Posted: Tuesday March 1, 2016

SABRE HiFi DAC and Headphone Amplifier Selected for Innovative LG HiFi Plus Friend Module 

Milpitas, California – ESS Technology, the industry leader in HiFi audio and analog design, today announced that its award-winning SABRE Digital to Analog Converter (DAC) and Headphone Amplifier technology have been selected for the LG G5 HiFi Plus module introduced at Mobile World Congress 2016. The ES9028 SABRE DAC and SABRE9602 Headphone Amplifier were selected to provide a superior HiFi audio experience courtesy of ESS’s superior sound quality and industry leading dynamic range. ESS’s audiophile technology easily supports the industry’s most popular high resolution and lossless audio formats including FLAC, ALAC, AIFF and WAV.

“It’s an honor for ESS to extend our collaboration with LG with this groundbreaking approach to smartphone features and design,” said Dan Christman, ESS’s Chief Marketing Officer. “This sleek modular approach will give consumers the opportunity to access top-notch audio while still appealing to photographers, gaming enthusiasts and more. With the G5, LG has succeeded in challenging the status quo in the high-end smartphone market.”

The LG G5 and its companion “friend” modules were recently announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and have already received numerous awards for innovative designs and features including the Top Tech of MWC Award in the audio category from Digital Trends. The innovative modular design gives the LG G5 the ability to transform into a digital camera, HiFi player, and more while keeping its traditional removable battery in a full metal uni-body design.

The technology inside the LG HiFi Plus module was carefully created to provide an innovative portable HiFi DAC audio player that meets the needs of consumers wanting audiophile grade performance that has traditionally only been available through large, expensive component devices. The LG HiFi Plus supports 32-bit, 384KHz high definition audio playback and can be used either as a module with the LG G5 or as a separate HiFi DAC by connecting to any smartphone or PC. 

About ESS Technology
For more than three decades ESS Technology has been on the cutting edge of audio technology. A privately held fabless semiconductor company, ESS Technology designs and markets high-performance analog and HiFi audio devices for mobile, consumer, automotive, and professional audiophile systems. The company was founded in 1984 and today ESS Technology is best known for its SABRE series of high-performance audio products. For more information visit