EVERYTHING needs an upgrade, no matter how successful it is… so too with Chord Electronics’ Mojo, the genre-defining high-end portable DAC/headphone amplifier that reshaped the personal audio landscape when it was unleashed seven years ago. The Mojo’s replacement is called… the Mojo, too… well, actually, the Mojo 2. Why renamed a highly successful product, right?
The Mojo 2 has several new features, naturally, and boasts of “a revolutionary lossless DSP, the first of its kind in the world.”
According to the Chord press release, “the innovative new UHD DSP is fully transparent, enabling comprehensive tone adjustments across the frequency range, without any degradation in sound quality… the new technology gives Mojo 2 unrivalled compatibility with today’s wide-ranging choice of headphones, regardless of type and sonic signature, plus flexibility with different source components and digital file types.”
There’s a menu system now, navigated via a new (fourth) control sphere, for a mute function, four-setting crossfeed adjustment, a button-lock feature for travelling, plus the fully lossless tone controls.
Four digital inputs are included – a new USB-C data input for greater flexibility, alongside optical, coaxial (with dual-data for the M Scaler) and Micro USB. Two 3.5 mm mini-jack headphone outputs let two people listen simultaneously.
“Mojo 2 benefits from greatly improved battery management, thanks to a new FPGA-based battery-charging system. The tech brings much faster charging rates, coupled with a huge 75% reduction in power loss for cooler, more efficient charging. Capacity is up by 9%, resulting in better efficiency and improved battery life, which is now better than eight hours,” Chord adds.
Additionally, “the Intelligent Desktop Mode technology has also been improved, with an isolated battery and PSU redesign to support battery-free operation without any loss in sound quality, plus improved filtering and isolation.”
Mojo 2 is fully compatible with the Poly streamer/server, enabling high-resolution streaming and up to 2TB of solid-state library storage and playback when using the microSD card slot.
A high-grade, anodised bead-blasted aluminium casework ensures the Mojo 2 will endure like its predecessor.
The Mojo 2, designed by Chord’s long-standing digital guru Rob Watts, is engineered and handmade in the UK, and available now in black only, at a retail price of £449.