Chord’s Mojo (Mobile Joy) Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) and headphones amplifier is as Peter Hyatt notes a “game changer” in digital sound quality.
The Mojo DAC is small, smartphone friendly, and powerful. Don’t let a reasonable price or the small size of the Chord Mojo stop you from experiencing the “110% satisfaction” noted by Jer and almost 1,000 other Moon-Audio.com Chord Mojo buyers.
Chord Electronics’ Mojo (Mobile Joy) digital to analog converter (DAC) and headphones amplifier create a new approach to high-end digital audio sound via headphones and in-ear monitors (IEMs). Chord’s Mojo magical “converter box” external DAC is as mobile as Apple’s iPhones, iPads or any Android smartphone, PC or pad. Chord’s mighty Mojo crystal clear audio is warm and detailed with soundstage breadth, and intimacy believed lost as analog-to-digital converters (ADC) gave way to digital-to-analog conversion.
While converting analog recordings to digital audio was inevitable digital audio can be harsh, brittle and about as inviting as binary number zeros and ones. What does a zero-order-hold (ZOH) have to do with Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon anyway? The answer is nothing and everything.
The zero-order hold (ZOH) is a mathematical model of signal reconstruction performed by a conventional digital-to-analog converter (DAC) describing how a discrete-time signal is converted to a continuous-time signal by holding each sample value for one interval. Ref: Wikipedia
We leave it to founder and chief engineer Drew Baird to translate digital audio jargon into music and gear we need to buy. Drew loves discovering audio innovators such as Chord Electronics from Kent, England. Moon-Audio.com seeks partnerships with fellow manufacturers who, much like Drew’s Dragon audio cables, make audio gear for an audiophile, music lover, DJ, and musician to hear the beauty, warmth, and memory trapped inside digital audio’s signal-to-noise ratio (i.e. our much-loved music).
Despite the small footprint of Chord's Mojo, Chord's new DAC only needs a few hours to charge. And your Mojo can keep rising for 10 hours continuous listening! Even better, thanks to a separate Micro USB charging port, you can charge and play Mojo at the same time. External power banks can also be used to charge Mojo on the move so long as they have a 1 amp output.
Designed and manufactured in England by Chord Electronics Mojo stands for 'Mobile Joy'. Chord says Mojo is a true reference-quality mobile DAC and high level headphone amplifier and Mojo's sound rivals DACs at twenty times the price. (Moon-Audio.com founder Drew Baird Agrees)
Mojo's ultra-compact design is based on Chord's Hugo, but Mojo uses a new Xilinx Artix-7 FPGA board making Mojo the most advanced DAC on the planet!
Chord's new Mojo is easy to operate. Mojo is devoid of bewildering number of switch options common on similar DACs.
Mojo drives any headphone between 4 ohms and 800 ohms (so most headphones). Mojo can drive two pairs of headphones simultaneously. Mojo works with any music file from 44.1kHz up to 768kHz and DoP DSD files: DSD 64; DSD 128 and DSD 256.
Mojo Music Decoding
Mojo can play all of today’s music formats. Mojo delivers breath-taking realism from digital music files such as: PCM; WAV; AAC; AIFF; MP3 and FLAC. Chord's Mojo works with smartphones and music players such as Astell & Kern's AK380. Mojo even covers specialist high-resolution formats such as DoP DSD files: DSD 64; DSD 128 and DSD 256. Mojo’s three high-resolution digital input options comprise optical (to 192kHz), plus Micro USB and RCA (mini-jack) which operate at up to an incredible 768kHz.
Input selection is automatic: if more than one input is active they are prioritized as USB first, coax second, optical third. File frequency is shown by an indicator color option on the power switch, from 44.1kHz (red), 48kHz (orange) through a rainbow of colors to bright white for DSD.
The highly accurate low-distortion digital volume is controlled via two color-illuminated buttons. Many low-cost apps now make high-resolution music files playable from all smart phones. Mojo has three different high-resolution digital inputs: optical to 192kHz, plus USB and RCA (mini-jack) which operate up to 768kHz.
Advanced Battery Technology
Mojo utilizes new advanced high-temperature battery technology. Benefits of advanced batteries include faster re-charging (up to 20 hours faster than competitive DAzCs). Mojo Charging is via a standard USB port. Mojo can play music while it charges.
Mojo's charging Micro USB port has a battery status and charging indicator light. Mojo's casework is machined from solid aircraft-grade aluminum and has a hard Matt black fine finish that does not finger-mark. All inputs are denoted with a fine laser ablated permanent white lettering.
Mojo is compatible with your Mac, PC, or Linux computer.
Includes three digital inputs - USB, Coaxial, and Optical.
4 hour charge time to provide up to 10 hours use.
Pairs with headphones from 4Ω to 800Ω.
With two 3.5mm analogue outputs you and a friend can listen at the same time.
Mojo plays all files from 32kHz to 768kHz and even DSD 512.
Fully automatic and remembers the last used settings.
Case is lovingly machined from a single block of aircraft grade aluminium.
Mojo is entirely designed and manufactured in Great Britain.
1 x Micro USB 768KHz/32-bit capable
1 x 3.5mm jack coaxial 768KHz/32-bit capable
1 X Optical Toslink 192KHz/24-bit capable
1 X Micro USB charging port
2. x 3.5mm headphone jacks
Output power @ 1KHz
600 Ohms 35mW
8 Ohms 720mW
Output impedance 75m Ohms
Dynamic range 125dB
THD @3V 0.00017%
Weight 0.4 lbs
Dimensions 82L x 60W x 22H (mm)
True reference grade mastering quality
Chord MojoReview by Marc
Hard to believe what one tiny black box can do for your music. Exceeded my expectations. I've been using it in so many settings- at home, car, work, gym. I'm really enjoying quality music on the move. . Go get yours now!
Thanks so much to Drew for answering all of my questions.
You have a new customer.
Top notch on all levels! (Posted on 3/22/2017)
Mojo has plenty to offerReview by akakuruma
I've been around the bend on headphone amps, some solid state, some tube or tube hybrid, with prices ranging from $100 to $800. But the Mojo beats them all soundly (pun intended).
My source is either an iPhone 6S or an iPad Pro connected through the Apple Camera Kit, with a Black Dragon USB connecting the Mojo to the source. I have tested three different types of headphones with the unit, an IEM, a mid-impedance full-size headphone, and a slightly higher impedance full-size headphone.
Any of the above sounds natural, highly articulate, and enjoyable with even response across the frequency spectrum. The features of the Mojo work wonderfully for mobile use and I am very happy with my purchase. Other reviews are obviously more detailed but I like it so much that I wanted to add my two cents.
Also I'd like to add that in addition to the great battery life, it is possible to run the amp on a dead battery as long as it is connected to power. This is not something I expected from the amp and it is a great bonus for a long day of listening.
Thanks also to Drew and Moon Audio for fantastic customer service as usual! (Posted on 2/17/2017)
Wonderful!!Review by Stuba
This is my 1st DAC but I am so pleased!! Using pair of JHAudio Roxannes. The Mojo delivers on speed, detail, impact and musicality. My only complaint is that I have a hard time keeping a seal on the IEMs from smiling so much!!! Very highly recommended! (Posted on 2/16/2017)
WowReview by Eric
An Admiral I once had the pleasure of working for had a tradition that all newcomers must introduce themselves to the command and share something unusual or extraordinary about themselves that will elicit a "wow!". Some folks took far longer than others to impress and an unfortunate few were likely recipients of sympathetic exclamations to save from embarrassment.
I've had my Mojo for a couple of weeks now and have listened to a variety of musical styles from my collection and am generally impressed that the improvement is of similar magnitude to when I quit using my manufacturer included earbuds in favor of my P5s. And then again from the P5s to the P7s. It doesn't seem to handle all styles with equal enthusiasm - I was kind of hoping that King's X _Dogman_ would thunderously press my consciousness against its back wall without having to increase volume too high. Still displays more clarity and nuance, but I don't suppose there's much for more power except more power.
I waited to play probably my favorite album of the last few years (Daniel Amos' _Dig Here Said the Angel_) before settling my opinion of the Mojo. Figured it's one thing to greater appreciate the fringes of my tastes, but a wholly other matter to possibly love a core fixture all the more. Well, the opinion was quickly settled and lyrical wisdom was given amplitude by beautiful musical detail I had not previously heard.
The Mojo makes my favorite music even more favored.
Now if a coworker asks what it is and how well it performs, I have some ready answers:
- It's akin to a new eyeglass prescription after several years' degeneration.
- It's like butter from the fattest cow instead of margarine or a lard in a biscuit instead of vegetable shortening.
- It's the shirt that returns from the cleaners whiter and brighter than you remember.
- The purchase so satisfying you have honestly forgotten the cost.
- That "Wow!" from the first breath of introduction that never has to fear embarrassment. (Posted on 2/16/2017)
Dong!Review by Cyril
I design audio gear for a living- started in pro audio, then computers, then cellphones, and I realized that sound and cost do not necessarily relate.I made great sounding $2 circuits and very average $20 ones. With Hugo, Chord's design team did the best $50 circuit I've heard to date, and one you can only find in their product as both filtering and modulation/DACs are proprietary. And then quickly moved it down the line to the Mojo, bringing a best in class product at the $10 level.. It is cherry on the cake, a great sign of respect to their customers, and a breath of fresh air in a segment where ridiculous pricing and dubious claims are ubiquitous... Thank you guys, I am "transported".
P.S.: I know it's not really $10, but it's so truly a bargain! (Posted on 2/16/2017)
This One Does It All!Review by Jazz1
I have looked at many DAC/Amps before deciding on this one. The portability and great sound has certainly won me over.
At first, while researching the candy colored control balls put me off, but in use they have been very, very, easy to use.
It drives my Audeze Sine, HE-560, B&O H6 with beautiful, rich sounds with no bloat. My iPod 6 gen, iPhone, and iMac (optical) work great.
I do like having the USB/Optical option. I'm very pleased with the battery life of the Mojo. (Posted on 6/28/2016)
Great little productReview by Jer
I had been looking/researching for a couple of months trying to decide what best suited my listening needs. I listed to many brands and models of headphones.
I finally decided my needs required a closed back style Headphone so at that point the selections started getting limited at the high end level. My quest ended with MrSpeakers Ether C model and couldn't be happier.
For my portable use I paired it up with the (again I did a lot of researching) and ended up with the Chord MoJo - USB/DAC-Amp. Teaming the Ether C up with the MOJO, equipped with Black Dragon cables from Moon Audio, was one of my better decisions.
The combination ended up giving me 110% satisfaction. The sound is truly fabulous and better than I ever expected!!!
I couldn't be happier! Actually listening to some Al Green as I type this! (Posted on 6/25/2016)
A Great ProductReview by Howie
I own a HUGO as well, which I will most likely be selling and wanted a more portable (pocket sized) unit that could also serve as a full function DAC.
First , truly love the ergonomics of the unit. Really well made, nicer, in my opinion, than the HUGO. It feels good in your hand and it is a pleasure to look at.
Battery lasts a long time and while I have read reports that the unit gets "real hot" in operation and when charging, that hasn't been my experience. It gets warm. No big deal.
Of course, the most important part of the review is the sound quality which I find superb both as a stand alone DAC as well as headphone amp. It actually extends to higher resolutions than the HUGO and I don't find it laid back relative to the HUGO as some have stated. I find it open, detailed and competitive with much more expensive DACS.
I highly recommend it. (Posted on 5/4/2016)
Excellent sound, childish appearanceReview by bg
Too bad Chord didn't go with a professional appearance to match the excellent sound quality.
This Mojo looks like it was designed aesthetically to appeal to young boys who are still fondly remembering their Fischer Price toys.
Such a different take visually from UK Meridian where their devices appear professional and for a mature end user. (Posted on 3/11/2016)
SuperbReview by MattS
Paired with my Ether C's and am blown away. Drives them just as well as a desktop amp.
So much detail and separation; holographic imaging! The bass is improved over my Onkyo DP-X1 which I use as a source.
Not just awesome for the money but awesome at any price. Chord's non-DAC chip conversion method makes chip-based DACs obsolete.
Press the buy button now! This is the best money I've ever spent on audio gear. (Posted on 3/10/2016)
The True "Game Changer" in Audio Review by Peter Hyatt
The Mojo is the "game changer" that the company and the customers have all claimed it to be. I am stunned at the sound quality.
I have tested several DACS, both stationary (desk top) and portable, as well as portable amps. I finally settled on a desk DAC and the Beyerdynamic A20 amp for my Beyerdynamic T1's (2nd gen. 600 ohms). The DAC was an upgrade from a good company with a solid reputation, similar to price as the Mojo.
The reviews on the Mojo weighed upon me and I finally listened to the lengthy interview with the owner of Chord Electronics in which he was honest, humble, and forthcoming in his answers. I had to give the Mojo a try.
I was stunned at the sound quality. Stunned! Although I do not possess the vocabulary of an audiophile, I know some things such as "soundstage" where the instrument separation is clear. The Mojo not only has the instruments separated but the vocals are deep, almost like 'three dimensional' listening! There is a depth to it that I can only describe as being "live" or "dynamic" while the definition reminds me of watching old baseball reels from yesteryear, after seeing high def: the difference is stark!
Thus was the overall sound quality of the Mojo. It left my DAC and amp set up as not just inferior, but dissatisfaction set in. Once my ears adjusted to the clarity and complexity of the Mojo, including the most beautiful bass (Stevie Wonder) and vocals (as if Bob Dylan was in my living room singing "Working Man Blues #2) and the horns blasting ("Keep the Customer Satisfied" by Simon and Garfunkel). Yet two albums have been the most ardent in uncovering "new" musical 'data': Sgt. Peppers and Pet Sounds.
I love the design of the Mojo and that it is built like a tiny tank.
It has replaced three (3) items: my DAC, my desktop amp, and my portable amp for the iPhone 6. It is with my Macbook Pro all day, but ready to go on a moment's travel for portability. I look forward to Chord's coming blue tooth modular as an addition.
This has been a case where all the hype was true. It is a game changer and will awaken your musical library like nothing else when coupled to quality headphones. I did not think I could hear the Beatles any more; I have heard it all since I was a boy, 40 years ago, yet the Mojo and T1's have brought new life into the entire catalog.
From The Blue Danube to the lovely vocals of Alison Kraus, the Mojo captures it all, and I look forward to the brain's adjustment to the many, many more pieces of 'data' that it must process.
Chord has allowed the average person to enjoy what only the audiophile who has spent thousands of dollars on a DAC, has experienced.
I am grateful for Chord, and for the customer service, here at Moon Audio. I am a new and loyal customer.
www.hyattanalysis.com (Posted on 3/9/2016)
Detail, Detail, and Detail!Review by Mark
The Chord Mojo is amazing in every way! I have never heard the detail in dynamics, soundstage, and imaging on a portable device like this before! I have used it with Shure SRH1540 and Hifiman Edition X.
There is SO much performance for the dollar here! The sound is very natural. Nothing seems to be emphasized or missing in the sound. Triangles and cymbals seem to have a bit more "air" around them.
I don't know just how much Drew's Silver Dragon Toslink has to do with the sound but I'll say this. The players I am using are Astell & Kern 100 MKII and 100 II. Drew's cable WILL pass a 24/192 signal from the players to the Mojo. Another brand of cable that I have WILL NOT!
The Chord Mojo is a no brainer! (Posted on 3/5/2016)
An audio epiphanyReview by Andrew
Just like I remember the first time I used a Mac, I'll always remember the first time I listened to my Mojo. It's stunning: musical, powerful, detailed, no hint of grain, with delightfully flat response.
Clearly their unique FPGA approach has some serious magic. I've driven everything from tiny IEMs to the monstrous & power hungry Abyss AB-1266s—absolutely no problem. The milled aluminum case is a delight to hold.
Wow, Chord totally nailed it. (Posted on 3/4/2016)
Paired with Audeze EL-8 this is my endgame rigReview by Benanna
I have been in this hobby for a long time now. Simply put - this is the sound I have been after.
Crystal clear, authoritative, sounds accurate to my ears. I watched the hobbit trilogy on a 50 dollar blu-ray player that I take around with me on my business trips.
The sound is like my multi thousand dollar home system only I can take it with me!!
The mojo drives my AKG Q701, Hifiman he-400 perfectly.
6 out of 5 stars. (Posted on 3/1/2016)
Best portable dac/amp to date. Worth every penny!Review by G
Finally a dac/amp that makes me feel like the search is over. I am so pleased with the MOJO that I cannot imagine it getting any better.
Factoring in diminishing returns, I am happy at this performance for the price paid and can only imagine it would cost a whole lot more to get just a little better.
I am sticking where I am with the MOJO. (Posted on 2/15/2016)
Spectacular!Review by Marc
Just a great piece and the service from Moon was spot on.
I had the Peachtree Shift and once I turned on the Mojo, the Shift went back in the box to be returned.
Nothing against the shift, it is a good unit, but the Mojo is just that much better.
Well worth the cost difference. (Posted on 2/13/2016)
Buy from Moon!Review by Glenn
I was in a pickle needing the Mojo shipped to Thailand.
Thai customs did not cooperate :) But Nichole and Drew gave top notch customer service, and I got my unit, which is excellent.
I'm an audio professional, so I have some discerning ears, and when I say it's good, it is! (Posted on 2/11/2016)
My First DAC/AMP.........WOW!!!!Review by Boyd
I have had my mojo for a while and I have to say it works flawlessly with my Fiio X5ii and my Macbook pro. I listen through Grado RS1i's and they are perfecty wonderful with the mojo from either source.
I was reluctant to spend $600.00 plus without trying it, but all the reviews I read on the mojo were stellar so I pulled the trigger. Well all the reviews were great and they were not wrong.
My mojo is now a permanent part of my setup.
(Posted on 1/18/2016)
The best Dac/amp I've ever hadReview by Abcray
This little wonder is simply fantastic.
It drives a lot of different phones very well.
This is the best Dac/amp for the price. (Posted on 1/5/2016)
Impressive sound, slightly awkward for caring aroundReview by Gregory
The fidelity of the Mojo is superb. The authoritative, clean and revealing sound coming from my phone is almost shocking. Love the auto sensor for different bit depths and frequency, including DSD. Beats my Benchmark DAC 1 Pre in my Mac setup too. It's a keeper!
It's a little awkward with my phone. Currently I am strapping it to the back of the phone case with elastic bands, cables stick out in both directions. It is pocketable, but if I bend over or put pressure on it somehow I often have the volume adjusted or or it can even be turned off.
I will need to come up with a hard cover for the buttons. I wish it had a lock so this did not happen. As a plus, I do like the layout of the buttons and can easily change levels by feel.
It dramatically improves my car stereo through the aux in and the line level setting is handy. Thoroughly enjoying it! (Posted on 12/10/2015)
Blows the others out of the waterReview by Canhead
I just received my Mojo today, along with a Moon Audio cable for it. I'll spare you the geeky technical jargon and put it concisely: This little amp floored me with its amazing sound... I mean, bye bye Centrance, JDS Labs, and even my beloved Fostex hp-p1.
I never knew my iBasso DX90 (the first DAP I connected to the Mojo) could sound this good.T
he pretty little gizmo brought out the greatness of the HD650s -- the pickiest cans on the planet IMO.
It's great to have your expectations exceeded. (Posted on 11/21/2015)
Mojo Black MagicReview by Marty
Chord Electronics has done it again. Their little "black box" the Mojo headphone amp and Digital to Analog Converter (DAC) has my iPhone's sound on steroids and I mean that in nothing but the best way possible. Moon-Audio founder Drew Baird just returned from the Chord Electronics Mojo launch event in England. He let me listen to Chord's new DAC and headphone amp and WOW and WOW again.
Stronger, warmer and more immediate Some Girls by the Stones is present. Was Wyman's base always there? I missed Wyman's base before having the right equipment. I'm listening to iTunes loaded albums off my iPhone 6s with Shure SE846 earphones and Silver Dragon audio cables and the new Chord Mojo. Had to use Apple's CCK to connect since Chord hasn't paid for an Apple chip. Based on how GOOD the MoJo makes my iPhone sound I would say pay Apple the money.
I move from the Stones to different music - New Friends, Old Friends by 12 string and classical guitarist Ralph Towner. Mojo's PUNCH helps me hear Towner's fingers sliding down his guitar's frets. Kenny Wheeler's horn has never sounded better and that is saying something.
Saying something because I now have OLD, bulky and very expensive equipment I will probably never listen to again. I listen to music at work, in the car and airports now. I stream, listen to albums loaded in iTunes (before I knew better) and will sign on to a better cloud based music storage and streaming service soon.
Chord is one of the reasons tiny and portable is replacing big, expensive and hard to move. Chord is Sony and Mojo is their walkman. Chord's magic box makes digital music sound like dropping the needle on a favorite album such as Black Sabbath or Dark Side of the Moon back in the day (when there were albums and music defined the us vs them rebellion every generation feels and finds).
Portable is possible and "Isolating earphones" has a whole new meaning with Mojo's able support. Don't remember the last time I turned the stones down (like never) didn't miss the three clicks on Mojo's volume bubble (at all). And that is the mark of a magical piece of audio equipment.
Greatness in audio equipment is measured not because you feel like dancing when music is LOUD, but hearing subtle movements, interpretations and creativity during any album's quiet moments. Finally I hear what was always in the music but hard or impossible to hear without the right audio gear. And boy Chord's Mojo is the "right audio gear".
Finally and firmly I listened to Miles. Mojo's "black magic" reminds me of seeing Miles in the 1980s (just wrote a post about seeing Miles on Curagami.com). Mojo's magic helps put move me back in time. Miles feels here and now, in the room as Kind of Blue gives way to Birth of the Cool. Miles is swinging now and Mojo is more than keeping up. The Mojo has my iPhone sounding better than lots of big bulky gear at home. Chord is defining the next digital music revolution with their magical little "black box". Little maybe, but Mojo's sound is HUGE, muscular and it SWINGS.
Chord's Mojo is the "right gear". I'm glad my order is in since Moon's first shipment is already gone. I can tell getting one of these magic boxes by Christmas will be a challenge (don't believe all the we've got them hype anything this HOT is sure to generate). Just heard Drew encourage a customer to, "Place an order on the website because we are going to ship first come, first served". Gland I was one of the "first served" since it was HARD to hand the little magical box back to Drew. (Posted on 10/19/2015)
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