Mojo 2 DAC And Headphone Amplifier unveiled by Chord Electronics

After much anticipation, Chord Electronics has unveiled (via Forbes) the Mojo 2. The device comes as a long-awaited replacement for the original Mojo. To those unaware, this product was determinant for the genre of portable DAC and Headphone Amplifiers.

The new Mojo 2 comes almost seven years after the start of this portable DAC genre creation. During that interval, the company’s digital design consultant, Rob Watts has worked effortlessly to build a stellar sequel for the product that started this genre and won multiple awards in the process. After multiple projects, prototypes, he found the perfect substitute for the original Mojo.

The Mojo 2 comes with the world’s first UHD DSP

The new Mojo 2 arrives with a lossless DSP and it’s the first of its kind in the world. The device comes with an innovative “UHD DSP”. It enables a comprehensive range of tone adjustments, that can be applied across the frequency range. Chord Electronics states that it does this without any degradation in sound quality. The new technology gives Mojo 2 compatibility with the latest headphones, regardless of how hard they are to drive and their sonic signature. The new design offers flexibility with different source components and digital file types.

Another new feature is the introduction of a menu system that is navigated with the fourth control sphere. These frosted spheres are buttons but they also grow to show the type of file being decoded. The menu brings a mute function to the new Mojo, four crossfeed settings, and there is also a button-lock feature. Last but not least, the Mojo 2 comes with fully lossless tone controls.

Mojo 2

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The choice of digital inputs now is four. It counts with the addition of a USB Type C data input. It’s a new remarkable step in the current industry. After all, USB Type C is walking (slowly, but walking) to become the new standard. There are also optical, coaxial, and micro USB inputs. Moreover, it counts with two 3.5 mm mini-jack headphone outputs allowing two people to listen to the sound at the same time.

More efficient battery and charging system

There are also significant battery improvements through a new FPGA-based battery-charging system. The new design allows the battery to charge faster and reduces the power loss by 75 percent. The charging is also cooler and more efficient. According to the company itself, the battery capacity is up by 9 percent with around eight hours of playing time in real-world use.

The Mojo 2 uses proprietary technology with a 104-bit custom DSP core running at 705 / 768 kHz. Chord claims that no other audio DSP offers the same level of accuracy. By using 104 bits, plus extensive internal noise-shaping, the Mojo 2 delivers complete transparency and preserves the filtering of ultra-small signals.
As per the launch report, the UHD DSP enables fine-tuning over the full frequency range with 18 steps of adjustments for lower bass, mid-bass, lower treble, and high treble. The volume control range also comes with improvements with a new range of +18 dB to -108 dB. Now, the Mojo 2 benefits from two distinct operational ranges: low and high volume.
The new Mojo has been crafted in the UK. It boasts a bead-blasted aluminum case with a high-quality black anodized finish. Control is via four frosted control spheres that change color.
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