Chord Mojo DAC headphone amp
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 1,000 other Moon-Audio.com Chord Mojo buyers.
Chord Mojo Review by Drew Baird, P.E.
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).
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Small Footprint = Portable
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.
Chord Mojo Review by Headphone.Guru
- Mojo is designed and built for smartphones.
- Works with your iPhone (with Camera Connection Kit + Dragon USB Cable), Android or Windows phone.
- The size and design make it comfortable to carry.
- 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
- 1 year
The A&K and Shure IEMs were spectacular on their own and I couldn't have imagined the difference this amp would make - I had to experience it and I couldn't be happier
I called the Moon Audio customer service number because I did not realize that I could not use a standard cable with the pairing of the Mojo with my Fiio X7. The help I received was fast and knowledgeable.
I was able to order the correct cable online and it was shipped to me even sooner than I had expected.
I can't imagine trying to figure all that out if I had purchased this from Amazon or somewhere without the product knowledge that Moon Audio has.
Outstanding product, exceptional customer service and product knowledge.
Thanks so much to Drew for answering all of my questions.
You have a new customer.
Top notch on all levels!