The Mojo is in a different (higher) price category, so keep that in mind when comparing. Imagine a deck of cards made out of black aluminum and you are getting in the right ballpark. …, © Copyright 2020 Audiophile-Heaven. DAC "Beauty Contest" Winner Great product for audiophile listeners. Who cares about full-sized headphones, what about sensitive IEMs? It has much more processing power than typical audio chips. If you checked my reviews and noticed that my opinions are true and pertinent, it simply means that my ear is shaped to pick details from that music better, I can hear the details in Jazz songs, but I'm quicker to get those from my own playlist, for example, I listen to a lot of other music, but it doesn't reveal differences quite as quickly and as evident to me. Thanks to technology derived from the Hugo series units and … Weight: 180g (0.4lbs) The midrange of Mojo is extremely natural and musical, it feels full and lush, without feeling too thick or boomy, simply, it feels natural. Dynamic Range: 125dB 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. And hey companies, if you are going to use a multitude of colors as indicators, engrave the values on the case! Chord Electronics did a magnificent thing here, and despite some distinct and valid complaints in the design, this is simply the best DAC on the market that you can take on the go. But more on this later. The sound of iDSD BL is different from Mojo, iDSD BL has a very different approach to music, with less emphasis on dynamics, more emphasis on depth, and with a considerably less forward and a much much more laid back presentation. I haven’t had any concerns with operating temperatures when in use. For windows, you need a USB DAC Driver. This color, as far as it is explained in most sources, represents a voltage of 2 Volts, anything above simply enters clipping. As far as clarity and cleanliness, definitely the Objective 2is tops in the entry level desktop category. Machinae Supremacy – Killer Instinct There is a hint of vocal forwardness and the soundstage isn’t expanded unnaturally, but Mojo doesn’t feel congested, and the instrument separation is quite good, and in line with other 500 USD DAC/AMPs. 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. Of course, you lose a bit of edge and sparkle when pairing Fidelity with Mojo rather than with a very neutral DAC/AMP, but you gain quite a bit in smoothness and in overall enjoyment for long hours of listening, as otherwise an analytical sound can get a bit fatiguing after a while. It served as my primary desktop DAC until being recently ousted by the Khadas Toneboard (review within my NhHybrid article). It cost about $200 and was released a bit before the Mojo. The asking price of $500 may raise … The Mojo low end is tight and punchy, controlled but very present in the sound. Every opinion expressed is mine and I stand by it, the purpose of this review is to help those interested in Chord Mojo find their next music companion. The Mojo is a battery-powered headphone amp … All that processing power in the FPGA chipset has an unwanted side effect: heat. Justin Timberlake – Sexy Back Tidal Playlist A multi-award winner and listed product of the decade (, you can pair Mojo … The Mojo is somewhat susceptible to EMI/RFI interference when tethered to a phone and I did experience occasional telltale electronic buzzing and clicking noises. I really like both the JDS Labs C5D and the iFi Nano iDSD and they have honestly done yeoman’s duty over the last few years. To open it up, press the power button for a few seconds. I don’t mean the quirky esthetic shape and size, but the decision to streamline all controls and indicators into 3 pushbuttons. I’m a tube guy though, so warm components seem the norm to me. But I do have a deep appreciation for music, founded at a young age, and curated over the years. Performance on stringed instruments is also very good, with nice amounts of detail and clarity, the midrange can feel snappy and quick, but once again, the decay of each musical note is on the natural side of things, rather than being set on fast, so you don’t feel like music is rushing on your, but you don’t feel like things are being too slow. Locally, Chord is known to be a true workhorse, and people are using their products as reference, but more about that in the “Portable Usage” part of this review. As I pointed in my Youtube Video, Chord Mojo has one of the most basic packages out there, the stuff you get in the box being a really short USB cable. The build quality is extremely solid, Mojo has a nice touch finish, it doesn’t get scratched easily, and even after taking it out during rain, snow, storm, and sandstorm, it has zero scratches and works as new. In fact, Mojo’s dynamics aren’t the highlight simply because it sounds natural, it doesn’t lack dynamics, rather, it doesn’t place a strong emphasis on them either, it simply strives to be as natural as possible, with a touch of smoothness and warmth, that enables a really long listening session, after which you can feel about zero fatigue. Undoubtedly the most distinctive design element of the Mojo is the three round glowing buttons. The Mojo incorporates trickle-down DAC technology from Chord’s own higher-end Hugo series and Dave products. 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Perhaps my favorite headphone listening experience is the Sennheiser HD650 and Bottlehead Crack combo. Chord DACs like the Hugo 2, are easy to use and carry around. 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. 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. Chord Mojo + HIFIMAN Sundara – Sundara makes an interesting pairing with Mojo because Mojo has all the power needed to drive Sundara, but above that, Mojo adds an amazing layer of micro-details and clarity, but also a nice depth to Sundara. 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. Crazy Town – Butterfly  Sticking with single-ended architecture also means the Mojo doesn’t need to double its internal circuitry and thus it maintains its small size.
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