The Chord Mojo is the world’s first truly portable, battery powered DAC and headphone amplifier, produced by Kent based company Chord Electronics. It was launched in early 2015 to much fanfare and I was lucky enough to be at the incredible press launch at the Shard in Central London. Whilst there I found out about the fascinating amount of technology that has been shoehorned into such a tiny footprint. With Mr Rob Watts masterfully crafting his way through countless lines of intricate code, his tireless efforts have been embedded onto an advanced, low power field programmable gate array or FPGA. This FPGA enables Chord Electronics to instantly stand out from the crowd as they can integrate their own decoding logic unlike many other companies who purchase and utilise off the shelf DACs such as Burr-Brown, ESS, AKM or the like.
This advancement in FPGA technology has meant that the Mojo stands with it’s head held high as one of the best portable DAC and headphone amplifier combinations on the market under £1000. At only £399 the Mojo can be used as a DAC connected to a PC or MAC or even your smartphone to improve the quality of your music on the go. With the addition of the coaxial input and optical input Mojo can also be set with fixed output to be connected to a CD Player at home or another digital source in your HiFi system.
Battery life from Mojo offers you on average between 8 to 10 hours playback, meaning you can just about get from London to New York on one charge, however, you can charge and listen at the same time.
The power output of Mojo’s two 3.5mm jack outputs is a significant 720mW into 8Ohms, enabling Mojo to power a vast array of earphones and also headphones. The Mojo is one of Audio Concierge’s favourite products of all time and provides incredible sonics that will amaze with it’s level of unadulterated clarity and effortlessness in reproducing your favourite music.