Interview Drew Baird
Drew Baird, P.E. in London for Chord Mojo First Listen
Drew’s English Mojo
Chord Mojo - The First Listen
Chord Electronics new Digital Analog Converter (DAC) and headphones amp named Mojo brings the best performance at a price (less than half Hugo) sure to bring new listeners to the many benefits of adding a DAC to their headphone and digital music listening gear. Listening to Chord Hugo for the first time years ago at CES my jaw drop.
My jaw dropped again listening to Chord’s new Mojo DAC. The Mojo isn’t as long as an iPhone 6 and it is a little more than twice the iPhone’s thickness.
I only have one question. How did Chord fit sound quality like this in such a small footprint? Answer: Rob Watts has done it again! He is the brain child behind all the digital design at Chord Electronics.
On one end of Chord’s new Mojo there are 2 USB Micro B connections, 1 for charging and 1 for connecting to your computer or iDevice. The Mojo also comes with a Mini 3.5mm Coax digital input and a standard size toslink connection for digital input from media players such as A&K (Astell & Kern), iBasso or whatever portable media player you have with a digital ouptut.
At the opposite end Mojo hosts 2 sets of 3.5mm headphone output jacks. On the top of the unit is 3 “scroll balls”, almost exactly like the singular scroll ball on the Hugo and the Hugo TT. One scroll ball is for power you push and hold it to turn the unit on or off. The other 2 are used for volume control. One for up (+) and one for down (-).
Plain simple and effective. Mojo is built like a tank. You will have a tough time breaking this thing. Bullet Proof!! Something James Bond would carry are things that come to mind. Chord’s founder James Frank’s love of airplane design is front and center again.
I was lucky. Seated at John Frank’s table with his lovely wife and daughter I was treated to a sneak peak at a cool Mojo add on. Chord will have a 4 accessory butt plate that will plug into the end to hold digital connections.
Chord Mojo accessory for digital connections
I played with a prototype 3D printed piece. The printed plate swallowed up an Apple CCK cable thus providing a nice and short connection to your Apple iPhones and iPads.
Chord Mojo & iPhone 6 Plus
It is cumbersome to use an Apple CCK dongle along with a USB cable to hook up non-Apple MFI certified Amp/Dacs to Apple iPhones and iPads. Chord’s new plate solves that pain in a short neat clean way.
The other plates will be a Bluetooth, a Wifi (UPNP) and/or a SD card reader. The Bluetooth butt plate allows connection to Bluetooth without cables (need to hear this as cables usually produce better sound). The Wifi butt plate allows connection to an UPNP device like a computer to pull audio from a mass music library. And the SD card reader is for audio file storage.
These new Chord add ons will be similar to the Aurender Flow. The Aurender Flow also acts as an external hard drive when connecting to a tablet or computer with a single USB such as the Microsoft Surface. These devices tend to have small internal memory. Chord’s add ons provide an external place to store and connect music files.