The Mojo low end is tight and punchy, controlled but very present in the sound. I personally did not read the technical papers on why and how it was designed, because I wanted to provide feedback on its actual sound and performance more than about its theoretical design. The iFi xDSD uses similar, but very tiny, multi-color LED indicators to inform the user of bit rate and volume level, but in practice, I found the xDSD a bit unfathomable. Mojo DAC/Headphone Amp Designed and built in England, Mojo brings studio-quality sound to your pocket and is the ultimate, truly portable DAC (Digital Analog Converter) and Headphone Amp. Other than dramatic volume differences between headphones of different requirements, two folks can simultaneously listen to high-quality headphones with superior sound. The overall sound and tonality of Mojo is quite interesting, as it is a warmer, more fun tuned than Hugo is, and Mojo feels like a more commercial version of Chord’s main house sound. “Fundamentally, we’ve looked at MQA, and it’s not for us… It’s a clever idea as a packing system. Power, clarity, presence, and warmth are all on a higher level. The articulation and detail in the treble are quite excellent, but Mojo doesn’t have any hint of sibilance, and no grain either, so the texture in the treble may feel a touch too smooth. This is a trick some showrooms use to sell equipment, they use their own CDs and music, that the listenr doesn't know, and of course, it sounds good since they know what sounds good on what equipment, the point of testing equipment is to use music you know, not music someone else knows. Simplicity is the name of the game here. Studying the circuits inside reveals that Chord used a very nice overall electronic scheme for Mojo, and it should provide a clean sound, along with good performance, no cheap electronics, and pretty well-thought design. Chord Electronics was founded in England in 1989 by owner and chief designer, John Franks. The software is also pretty much rock stable, and although it charges a bit slow, it provides good battery life, and its operation is hassle-free. Chord Mojo is an interesting little DAC/AMP, as it relies on a rather different DAC technology than most, relying on a FPGA, or Full Programmable Gate Array, rather than a normal DAC, paired with a pretty clean power stage, to deliver what Chord calls “the world’s most advanced portable DAC/ Headphone Amplifier”. The pairing of Mojo is pretty much flawless with any Headphone and IEM unless they are exceptionally hard to drive or picky, and as such picking just 3 to write about in this review has been quite challenging, but I have selected Dita Fidelity, for its excellent resolution and clarity, for its analytical sound that will surely reveal Mojo’s characteristics well, HIFIMAN Sundara, which I consider a true workhorse for portability, I actually use this quite often while on-the-go, and consider that Mojo and Sundara make a great pair (now that I had more time to listen to them), and also Audeze LCD-MX4, which is a true flagship that’s beautiful to pair with pretty much anything for their enjoyable sound, and to spend more time with them. Now let’s see if I love how it works as well. From transients the ear brain locates sounds in space, it is also used to compute pitch (particularly for bass) and it’s used for getting the timbre of an instrument…, “What I have done is to make no assumptions about whether something makes a difference to the sound unless I actually do a listening test. This color, as far as it is explained in most sources, represents a voltage of 2 Volts, anything above simply enters clipping. Chord Mojo has been one interesting DAC/AMP to review and you can understand both its price tag, and the reason why it is so widely used, just a bit better now. Mojo has all the power needed to drive LCD-MX4 quite well, and also pairs well with them in terms of sound, giving them a deep and precise sound, and enhancing their already smooth signature to allow you to work for many hours in a row to get that perfect mix / master you’ve been looking for. Green Day – Know The Enemy It’s warm and musical, balanced but energetic, clean, clear and transparent. Discover Chord Mojo, the Award-winning, pocket-sized headphone amplifier and DAC that makes your music, movies and games sound better, anywhere. Maximum The Hormone – Rock n Roll Chainsaw  Doctor P – Bulletproof Eminem – Rap God xDSD can decode MQA, while Mojo can’t, but on this note, within my rather large collection of music, I have about zero albums available in MQA (including my Tidal library), so when deciding between the two, you should check whether you actually have any albums in MQA in your collection. Detailed and natural. I personally did not read the technical papers on why and how it was designed, because I wanted to provide feedback on its actual sound and performance more than about its theoretical design. Your email address will not be published. Dope – Addiction …it is a fact that if you had an infinite tap length FIR filter you would perfectly reconstruct the original bandwidth limited analogue signal… it was very clear to me that having a limited tap length would create timing errors.” – Rob Watts. Crazy Town – Butterfly  Dimensions: 82mm (l) x 60mm (w) x 22mm (h) The operation is quite basic actually, despite how difficult it may seem at first to operate Mojo. The package is very basic, and I can’t say I’m quite satisfied, there are 100 USD DAC/AMPs that come with more, but to be fair, besides some rubber bands, and a silicone band separator, which isn’t even absolutely necessary, there’s very little that you could desire for more with Mojo. The chip inside the Mojo is approximately four times larger and much more powerful than the Hugo FPGA chip which supports about 27,000 taps. So we’ve gone from 3.3 to 1.8, then 1.2. Both volume balls will illuminate light blue. Since the power button, volume buttons and the battery state indicator LED all cycle through colors to indicate level, it would have been nice to include these visual graphics on the other side, rather than repeating the same frequency guide information on both sides. Since venturing down the audiophile rabbit hole, I’ve come across fewAmp/DACs that have truly blown me away. Even I have used almost half-half on-the-go and on desktop, simply because it has the power, depth, clarity and detail to make a nice desktop unit, but the physical thickness and overall shape, combined with the microUSB port makes it a bit less likely to be used as a portable unit. Overall, it is a flawless DAC/AMP, without driver issues, no hiss, good noise isolation, but it charges a bit slow, and relies on microUSB, both things which may be a touch inconvenient. Instead, Chord work with a series of powerful and very customizable processors (FPGA), which act as a powerful … The overall impression is of listening to a much larger amp, one that is on the warmer side of neutral, powerful but tightly controlled. The Mojo comes nestled in a small black cardboard box. On the contrary, that approach brings with it much higher cost, and power consumption. xDSD has a Balanced outputs, although the sound is very similar to its single ended output if you use it (they have a unique approach to balanced outputs). You should expect the Mojo to get noticeably warm when playing music and when charging (especially when doing both simultaneously). Dynamic Range: 125dB The battery life of Mojo is decent to very good, and in normal usage I haven’t managed to run out of battery in a normal day of usage, as it lasts for around 8 hours in my typical usage, which is in purple-ish mode in both balls, which is the maximum volume I can use with Mojo and any headphone, without running into distortions. Comparisons Rodrigo Y Grabriela – Paris Something like iFi xDSD can use a short, simple OTG cable that’s easy to find in most shops, while for Mojo, you either need to look for a special Type-C to microUSB, or microUSB to microUSB short cable, to connect it to a smartphone. It has much more processing power than typical audio chips. I didn’t fall in love with the xDSD, but compared to the price of the Mojo+Poly, the xDSD does come across as an attractive and affordable alternative. Where things start to get interesting is at the sound level, because Mojo has a different sound, Q5 with AM05, which is the best configuration for Q5 will be wider, considerably more neutral, and have similar note decay to Mojo, but at the detail and micro detail level, Mojo reveals more details and micro details than Q5. Potable Usage  No matter how good your headphones, the sound will always be let down by the low quality DAC (Digital to Analogue Convertor) and amp built into your smartphone or laptop. The bass response is very full and oh-so-smooth-sounding up into the mid-range. The other in the high end category was the $1400 Bryston BHA-1 Headphone Amp and the song “Over the Hills and Far Away” from Led Zeppelin… Under the Mojo is a 10cm micro USB cable that can be used for charging or for connection to a source (phone, computer, transport, etc.). For classical music, the bass provides both the authority, and the depth required, but also the texture in the bass needed for a more typical analogue experience. Machinae Supremacy – Killer Instinct Chord Mojo has to stand well against three main competitors to be worth its asking price, and being a portable product, all of those are portable DAC/AMPs. We recommend trying most of the songs from this playlist, especially if you’re searching for new most, most of them being rather catchy. I cannot see any technical benefit to its design approach. Where the xDSD is overflowing with features and a multitude of tiny LEDs (for 3D+, XBass, kHz, and INPUT), the Mojo is much more refined. Not quite. The sample was provided along with Chord’s request for an honest and unbiased review. As far as portable Amplifier/DACs go, the Chord Mojo still remains a strong contender for audiophiles looking to bring the most out of their headphones. No background noise or hiss and yet gobs of power on demand. Chord Electronics Mojo (Mobile Joy) Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) and headphones amplifier is, as Peter Hyatt notes, a game changer in digital sound quality. Mojo also has Optical and Coax inputs, if you wish to use those, I actually have found myself using Optical most of times because it was more convenient to me, but the USB data port works just as well for using Mojo as a DAC/AMP. The Chord Poly fits Lego-like to the Chord Mojo DAC and headphone amplifier. That’s all. For windows, you need a USB DAC Driver. The sample rate frequency guide is printed on both sides of the slip-in box. The volume buttons are marked with Plus and Minus, and the colors go from a variety of rainbow colors, depending on the volume and level you are in. The thing is, most people seem to have taken it out of its intended usage scenario, and instead of using Mojo portably, as it was intended, it is widely used for desktop DAC/AMP setups. It blows by many, if not most bleeding-edge desktop DACs and headphone amps. https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/p/about.html The pairing of Mojo is pretty much flawless with any Headphone and IEM unless they are exceptionally hard to drive or picky, and as such picking just 3 to write about in this review has been quite challenging, but I have selected Dita Fidelity, for its excellent resolution and clarity, for its analytical sound that will surely reveal Mojo’s characteristics well, HIFIMAN Sundara, which I consider a true workhorse for portability, I actually use this quite often while on-the-go, and consider that Mojo and Sundara make a great pair (now that I had more time to listen to them), and also Audeze LCD-MX4, which is a true flagship that’s beautiful to pair with pretty much anything for their enjoyable sound, and to spend more time with them. The Chord Mojo comes with a 6 inch Black USB 2.0 to Micro cable. Indeed, I have seen a Mojo DAC/AMP on the table of almost all sound engineers / live mixing engineers / and music workers in general in Romania, and around the world, it looks like this is quite a nice reference DAC/AMP that they use for their process, and well, if they consider it both fit and perfectly fit for music production, it should also be nice for music listening as well. The most interesting part about such a raved product is talking about its sound, because the design and operation have been talked about in-depth, but the sound is the most interesting aspect, and the reason you’d want to invest almost 500 USD in Mojo. The Offspring – Special Delivery Eskimo Callboy – Frances The build quality of Chord Mojo is as solid as it gets, quite literally, this is one fully metallic device that looks like it will survive a 100 Meter drop, if you ever wanted to treat it to one. 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