Current testing methodology is v1.2
April 9, 2021
3.26 x 2.44 x 0.9 in
We need to start this review with a very simple statement, and with this
This Chord Mojo amp/DAC review will take a slightly different angle from our normal reviews. That is to say, we’re not going to focus on specs as much, the reason being it’s what you hear that matters most.
Chord Electronics Mojo 2
While this original post was on the Mojo, which we loved, the new Mojo takes this unit to a new level with richer and stronger performance for your music listening enjoyment.
- Inputs: Coaxial, dual-data coax, optical, Micro-USB and USB-C
- Dynamic Range: 125.7 dB A wt
- Power Output: 90 mW 300 ohms (5.2 V RMS), 600 mW 30 ohms (4.2 V RMS)
What’s in the Box?
- Micro-USB to Type-A cable
Stuff I like
- Solid and incredibly well-built
- Can run two headphones
- USB options include a charging option
- Excellent sound
Stuff I like less
- Impressively big soundstage with great resolution and clarity
- Smart and functional features along with versatile input options
- A lot of tonal adjustment options for a portable DAC
We first ran this using Westone W60’s followed by Sennheiser HD 598 and Fostex TH-X00. We tried directly from our Macbook via USB and iPhone. We dialed up a recent tune that has a nice clear recorded signal – that is Lydia by Highly Suspect. Instantly the bass was tight, mids strong and tops crystal and sublime.
The W60 has long been a favourite of ours but sometimes you want a little more spark – the Mojo brought it, in spades. The HD 598, while appreciated, has never moved us…until now. We moved through a whole load of reference tunes including Damien Rice, Machine Gun Kelly, David Bowie, David Gilmour, and Dave Matthews (a lot of Daves).
We tried classical, rock, hip-hop, screamo, rap, acoustic, folk, and more. Over and over the Mojo brought new life and depth to our music. We couldn’t stop listening. Really. Couldn’t stop.
When you see pictures of the Mojo you might think it looks a little odd – big buttons and all-rounded (they are actually balls that can roll). We noticed it wasn’t the typical amp/DAC straight lines and classic look that’s for sure.
Here’s the thing – when you see this thing it’s not as big as you expect, and it looks fantastic – better than the pictures say. The control buttons are not gimmicky but instead alter colour based on the source audio file quality and the volume (red for 44.1khz – green for 96khz – white for DSD)
Holding this in our hands, it
You can run two headphones off this (2 x 3.5mm plugs) and the USB options include a charging option. If you want to use this with your iPhone you just need a USB camera kit connector. Also has an optical output.
The Mojo is portable and the quality of the music will overcome any issues of weight.
The DAC chip in the Mojo was built in-house by the Chord team. Not satisfied with trusting someone else with the sound processing the Chord team decided to own the entire processing experience. The Mojo has some components seen in the Hugo, which is their high-end unit
Bottom line, the Chord Mojo, for us, fixes our music,
We’d be confident to say the W60 + Mojo is an endgame combo for us; although now we have tried the Mojo we want to pair it with other units to see how much more fun we can have. It’s actually quite possible the Mojo is the endgame DAC/Amp with anything we put with it. The HD 598 made us like them again and the TH-X00 were tight.
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Endless hours of experimentation, professional work, and personal investment in Home Theatre, Hi-Fi, Smart Home Automation and Headphones have come to this.
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