Please Note: The Chord MOJO is not provided with a charger. It requires a standard 5v USB port to charge.
DAC OF THE YEAR AND BEST DAC £400-£800
The new Chord Electronics Mojo is entirely designed and manufactured in England. Mojo stands for ‘Mobile Joy’ and Chord is justifiably proud to say that Mojo is a true reference-quality mobile DAC and high-level headphone amplifier; its performance can truly rival DACs at twenty times its price. 44.1kHz up to 768kHz and DoP DSD files: DSD 64; DSD 128 and DSD 256. Mojo can decode a wide range of formats, too: PCM; WAV; AAC; AIFF; MP3 and FLAC files and is designed to work with all smartphones and music players.
It has a full recall memory for both input selection and previous volume set level. Input selection is fully automatic: if more than one input is active they are prioritised as USB first, coax second, optical third. The file frequency is shown clearly by an indicator colour option on the power switch, from 44.1kHz (red), 48kHz (orange) and so on, up through a rainbow of colours to bright white for DSD.
The highly accurate low-distortion digital volume is controlled via two colourilluminated 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. units. Charging is via a standard USB port; Mojo may be played at the same time.
Mojo is entirely designed and manufactured in England. It is a true Reference Quality DAC and Headphone Amplifier.
Fully charged in 4 hours
Lasts for 8 hours
Uses a Xilinx Artix 7 mega scale FPGA.
Five element pulse arrays.
Silent switching between formats.
Supports all files and formats up to 768 kHz
Memory of its previous settings
Ultra low distortion and noise
Digital volume control.
World beating specifications
Output power at 1KHZ:
-600 Ω 35MW
-8 Ω 720MW
Output Impedance: 75MΩ
Dynamic Range: 125dB
THD @ 3V -0.00017%
Weight: 180g (0.4lbs)
True Reference Grade - Mastering Quality
1x MICRO USB 768KHZ/32-BIT (DoP Quad rate DSD256) Capable
1x 3.5mm JACK COAXIAL 768KHZ/32-BIT (DoP Quad rate DSD256) Capable
1x OPTICAL TOSLINK 192KHZ/24-BIT Capable
1x MICRO USB Charging Port
2x 3.5mm Headphone Minijacks
Check out the Chord Mojo review at What Hi-Fi and Hi-Fi World!
What can I plug into my DAC?
DAC's will usually have a number of inputs. Coaxial and Toslink Optical are the most common, while USB is still also very common.
The Optical and Coaxial connections can have a CD player, network streamer, television, dvd/blu-ray disc player, game console, and some computers.
The USB input can handle pretty much any kind of computer, or a phone with the appropriate adapter (OTG for android, Camera Connect Kit for iOS devices).
What is a DAC?
Every digital device with an analog output has a Digital to Analog Converter of some kind. In the case of phones, televisions, and computers, they are usually stuck on as an afterthought, or just to do the job of creating analog sound to be amplified and played through speakers.
Having a standalone DAC is a worthwhile investment in any modern Hi-Fi system, essentially all the circuitry involved in creating that signal you can hear from the 1's and 0's is housed in its own box, with usually a much better design than what you would find in your television or computer.
A DAC can be useful to connect digital devices to an analog amplifier if the amplifier doesn't have digital inputs. Or if you are after a cleaner, more refined sound.
Things to listen for in higher quality DAC's are separation of sounds (how well you can hear a single voice or instrument in the mix of all the others), "textures" of sounds (raspyness of a bow being drawn across the strings of a double bass), or the clarity of echo's and quiet noises among loud instruments.
How do I use Mojo with my Hi-Fi Stereo system?
Depending on what inputs your amplifier has, if it has a Minijack (or often labeled AUX) input, a simple minijack cable is required.
If your system has RCA inputs only, using a 3.5mm to RCA stereo adapter, or cable will solve this issue.
When powering Mojo on, press the 2 volume buttons at the same time to push the volume of the Mojo instantly to line level volume.
Can I charge my Mojo and play it at the same time?
BUT, because the Mojo is so compact, with a powerful amplifier built in, and a very powerful battery, it can get very warm.
Using a high current fast charger can make the Mojo run very hot while in use. It will shut itself down if it gets too hot, for its own protection. The Mojo will not run excessively hot when it is fully charged but still plugged in. Using a 1A or less (500ma) USB charger can keep it from getting too hot.
What can I plug into Mojo as a source?
The Mojo has 3 inputs. A Micro USB port, an Optical Toslink port, and a 3.5mm Minijack Coaxial port.
The Micro USB port can be used from a computer (Mac, PC), an Android Phone (more on this later), or an iOS device (iPhone, iPod, iPad) via a CCK (Camera Connection Kit).
The Optical Toslink Jack can be used with anything with a Optical Output, such as a Television, network streamer, CD player, Blu-Ray/DVD Player, or Game Console.
The Coaxial minijack requires an adapter, or a specifically made cable, as the coaxial standard is usually an RCA plug. But devices you can plug into this are CD players, Blu-Ray Players, Network streamers, and some computers.
Why should I Buy a Mojo?
Using Mojo with either your headphones/earphones or your Hi-Fi system will improve clarity of sound drastically.
What is Mojo?
The Chord Electronics Mojo is a compact, portable Digital to Analog converter (DAC) and Headphone amplifier. Mojo, standing for "Mobile Joy", is designed to be used on the go with your mobile phone, or Digital Audio Player.