QoA Mojito

General Information

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Mojito is QOA's mid-range IEM that has 6BA drivers on each side, comprised of 2 Sonion BAs and 4 Knowles BAs.

Queen of Audio Mojito
Driver configuration: 6BA (2 Sonion + 4 Knowles)
Impedance: 23ohm
Sensitivity: 118dB/mW
Color: Available in Aqua Blue / Amber Orange / Grape Sparkling Wine
Cable: Furukawa silver-plated copper cable (2pin-3.5mm)
Connection: 0.78mm CIEM 2pin

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Pros: Great resolution.
Soundstaging Capabilities.
Very good Bass from a BA setup.
Cons: Extremely congealed midrange with a honky and massively off tonality.
Treble is completely spliced off with a similar tonality hit.
Hilariously priced for what it provides.
Disclaimer: The unit has been sent to me from Hifigo as a part of a review circle. I am not working or affiliated to Hifigo and I am not being paid or influenced otherwise to say anything positive or negative about this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Purchase Link: https://hifigo.com/products/2020-qoa-mojito-2-sonion-ba-4-knowles-6ba-driver-in-ear-earphone-iem

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Build and Fit:
As with all the QoA products, the Mojito is quite a looker. The resin shells are beautiful to look at and are very lightweight, and in actuality the cable weight itself is comparable to the weight of the IEMs. The lightweight nature is also partly due to the 6BA setup (2 Sonion BA + 4 Knowles BA). The fit is quite good for my small ears, with the IEMs giving a good proper seal and passive isolation. The nozzle length and girth are fine for my ears although some people with bigger ears may find it smaller than their liking. Thankfully this time it has a proper lip on which the tips can sit, unlike their Pink Lady. The cable supplied with the Mojito is wonderful to behold and feels excellent on daily handling.

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Amping:
At 23Ω and 118±2 dB sensitivity this is driven off anything, no dedicated amplifier needed.

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Lows:
The mojito being an all BA setup, we must keep our expectations in check. The subbass punch and rumble are weak and have little impact and texture. It is audible for sure but you can actually feel the drivers straining. But then again, BA. However, the bass proper has some real good texture which caught me off guard. Detail retrieval and texture in this region is quite commendable and surprising.

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Mids:
The midrange is kind of trash, for lack of better word. The midrange is bloated, very boxy and congested. Everything feels squished and congealed in your ears. To make matters worse, the tonality is totally messed up in this region, instruments sound honky and jokingly off. Vocal tonalities are also totally off with only female vocals retaining a small fraction of its naturality. I don’t mind IEMs/Headphones that are colored in sound signature but this is hilariously off the bounds.

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Treble:
It sounds as if the treble region is completely cut off after the Presence region. Completely spliced off. No air, no sparkle, listening to genres that demand at least some form of treble finesse will sound disheartening and depressing at best. The very little response in the presence region results in splashy cymbal hits and that’s about it. I can understand and appreciate a dark sound signature but this is again hilariously off. Entire genres are off limits for this wonky tuning.

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Soundstage & Imaging:
Thankfully this is where the Mojito starts to show promise. Although imaging isn’t quite worth noting, the soundstage depth is really something. Depth separation is genuinely very good. The mojito’s depth depiction caught me by surprise in many tracks, giving it a new dimension.

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Conclusion:
At 399$ this is a borderline rip-off. The Mojito just doesn’t do it for me at all. With its extremely tonally off midrange that is also dull, it’s a unpleasurable experience to hear any kind of music on this. The extremely dark and tonally off treble results in genres that shouldn’t even be heard on this. The only redeeming factors of the Mojito being its strong soundstaging capabilities and excellent resolution throughout the board. I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone even at half its price unless this is the exact sound signature you fancy.

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QOA Mojito: Smooth Intoxication!
Pros: Very good bass
Wide soundstage
Good airy presentation
Cons: Tonally off midrange
Heavily rolled off treble
Disclaimer:

QOA Mojito has been provided to me by HiFiGo as part of their review tour. I am in no way related to them or working for them. All impressions of sound are subjective to my own listening and my sources.

The following review is based on my experience with IEMs of similar hardware configuration and price range.

Introduction:

Queens Of Audio, a sister brand of Kinera, has released the flagship of their current line-up: Mojito. A 6 BA iem with resin shell, it surely is an eye-catcher.
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Following is the specifications:

Product Specification:

Driver Configuration : 2 Sonion Balanced Armature and 4 Knowles Balanced Armature
Frequency response range : 20-20000 Hz
Stock Cable : Furukawa 1.2 m ± 3 cm Pure copper and Silver Braided
Interface type : 0.78 mm -2Pin connector
Plug Type (Stock Cable) : 3.5 mm
Impedance : 23Ω
Earphone sensitivity : 118 ±2dB
Color: Available in Aqua Blue / Amber Orange / Grape Sparkling Wine


The sample I received is the Grape Sparkling Wine colour, which is beautiful. The cable complements it perfectly.
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The iems are rather on the heavier side compared to Secret Garden 3. Feels solid and premium.

The nozzle is quite long, so the iem sits well outside the pinna cavity. Not much of a problem though. Quite thick nozzle, housing 4 separate bores. It took time, but eventually I got adjusted to the fit.

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It came inside a nice leather covered hardshell case. It has a magnetic lock, but it is not much strong.

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Note:
1. The iem did not come with all its stock tips, so I used again the KZ star tips.
2. While reviewing this iem I have taken the TFZ Secret Garden 3 (SG3) as my base standard, and all my impressions are based on that. Hopefully that will help in understanding this review better.

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Sound Impression:

Bass:

Bass is full bodied, has a rounded feel to it. Very very good quality - distinctly bringing out all the layers very satisfactorily. A nice amount of quantity that gives the bass a meaty presentation without becoming overbearing. Bass decay is a bit long which creates a nice atmosphere. But, even with that, Mojito strikes that balance which gives the basslovers like me the satisfaction from both quantity and quality. But bassheads will be wanting more I guess.

Emphasised subbass which adds a nice amount of weight to the notes. The lowest piano notes stand out beautifully. Noticed it while listening to the track Pink - Beautiful Trauma - But We Lost It. The midbass has a very nice and strong punch. I dare say, the bass is probably the best I have heard from BA till date. It has the body and weight of a well tuned DD and yet has the speed of BA to propagate a very clean presentation.

Massive Attack - Teardrop is my go-to track to check subbass rumbles. Mojito brings it out with authority. The texture is quite detailed with a full body and a forward presence.

In the track Muse - Showbiz the bass guitar and drums become the star of the show. The bass guitar sets up a good weighty bassline while the drums give punchy beats.

Bear McCreary - Battlestar Galactica Season 2 OST - Prelude to war track has some nice big drums. The sound from those drums is punchy with a strong rumble, full, and sets up a nice atmosphere due to longer decay. The texture is just so beautifully detailed and satisfactorily full – the fun meter becomes maxxed out.

Mids:
Mids is where my enthusiasm starts to go downhill. It’s kind of a miss. The tonality is off. Mids are slightly recessed compared to Lows. It’s not V, kind of a U signature.

Vocals are a touch smoother for my taste. They have some added weight too, which makes the male voices sound better, but the female voices lack the sparkle. The details are there, minus the edge, which makes the all over presentation here a little blunt. Also, because of the thickness the separation is slightly fuzzy. Although never muddy and overly thick that will ruin the holographic presentation. Separation still is quite good.

Yao Si Ting sounds quite melodious and emotional, minus any sharpness. Marko Saaresto’s voice is meaty and textured, having even better body than SG3, but slightly recessed than SG3. In the track Temple of Thought - Kamikaze Love there are slightly less air between the multiple vocals compared to SG3.

Instrument section has details, but it is a bit smoothened out. The separation is good though - plenty of air exists, and nice imaging is observed too.

In the track Bear McCreary - Battlestar Galactica Season 2 OST - Prelude to war, snare drums sound off. Kind of dull and lifeless. I have been using this as test track since long so the deviation was immediately apparent. I was immediately irked by that. The details are still present very much and separation & soundstage are good.

Guitars notes sound full, good body, slightly dull, although detail retrieval is good. Violins sound rich with substantial body, nicely textured and never harsh at all.

Kenny G’s saxophone sounds rich and musical with zero harshness.

Yanni’s piano notes are full and have good presence.

Highs:
Here is where my impression about Mojito took a headlong dive. Highs are heavily rolled off. They totally miss the edge to sound alive. Cymbal crashes and shimmers just do not have that sparkle and they sound dull, recessed, and weighted down. QOA played too safe here to avoid any kind of sharpness and sibilance, and in the process they took the life out of the highs totally. Details are ok though. And the presentation is quite airy.

Christina Aguilera’s voice in Hurt (Back To Basics) lacks some power and feels slightly restrained. But then it will sound good for treble sensitive ears.

Flute in the track Yao Si Ting – Donna Donna sounds musical alright, but somewhere it feels as if it is missing the life.

The Witcher game OSTs are literally treble showcase. Mojito strikes a nice balance here, with a stronger bass presence, slightly rolled off treble and a slightly warmer tonality the track sound more musical and easier to listen.


Soundstage, Separation, Imaging:
Soundstage is quite expansive in all directions. Manages to create a quite good out of the head holographic image. Separation and imaging is quite precise which adds to the brilliant overall presentation.

Conclusion:
Overall, the Mojito is not a bad iem, it has got a very nice and pleasing warm and smooth sound signature which is kind of U shaped with rolled off highs. But honestly, I expected better tonality and better highs for the price it has. I was extremely pleased by the bass, dissatisfied by the tonally off mid, and quite disappointed by the rolled off highs. However, soundstage, separation, and imaging became the saving grace. The sweet sweet bass hooks you in, and the beautiful wide and airy presentation makes sure you stay there. And that’s more of the reason behind my disappointment at the highs. If only they could have tuned it better, Mojito would have become an absolute masterpiece!

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Pros: 1. Exceptional mids reproduction
2. Good separation and imaging
3. Wide airy soundstage
4. Incredible fit
5. Premium looks and feel
6. Nice hybrid wire and matching eartips along with premium carry case
Cons: 1. Nozzle could be bit large for some people (Not in my case, I just loved the fit)
2. Rolled off treble with average vertical soundstage
Disclaimer
QOA Mojito has been provided to me by HiFiGo as part of their review tour. I am in no way related to them or working for them. All impressions of sound are subjective to my own listening and my sources. One can purchase QOA Mojito from HiFiGo using the following link.

Also, The following review is based on my experience with IEMs of similar hardware configuration and price range.

Introduction
A flagship product from QOA (Queen Of Audio) - Mojito is a treat to both ears as well eyes. QoA was established in 2019 as a sister company of Kinera. It continues Kinera's technology and R&D experience and incorporates its own innovative ideas in product positioning.

The look of sparking droplets of vivid colors embedded with flowing patterns; Mojito catches the attention from the first glance.

With the smooth touch of resin coating, these earphones feel like luxury resting on your fingertips. Available in three colors Aqua Blue, Amber Orange, and Grape Sparkling Wine earpieces with matching ear tips.

These come with 1.2m Pure copper and Silver Mix Hybrid Cable, that complements the color palette of earphones.

A premium quality lush brown leather box also comes in the set which makes it easy to carry these items with care and protection.

Product Specification
Driver Configuration : 2 Sonion Balanced Armature and 4 Knowles Balanced Armature

Frequency response range : 20-20000Hz
Stock Cable : 1.2m±3cm Pure copper and Silver Braided
Interface type : 0.78mm - 2Pin connector
Plug Type (Stock Cable) : 3.5mm
Impedance : 23Ω

Earphone sensitivity : 118 ±2dB

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Review
Sources:
For this review the unit has been paired to
A&K SE100(ES9038 Pro), Fiio X5iii(AKM4490EN), Sony A45 and LG V30+ without any additional amplification. Stock Cable and eartips have been used during listening experience.


Fit: The Fit of Mojito is wonderful; they are so light that one can wear them comfortably even for long sessions without any fatigue. They are very well designed, although nozzle could be bit large for some people. The Silver and Copper hybrid cable feels light and sturdy and adds further quality to the product.

The product feels very premium as of its design and accessories. Plus, the matching eartips provides decent amount of passive noise isolation.


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Mids: The Mids tuning is where the mojito’s heart and soul are. The IEM shines vividly on production of mids that makes it perfect for any kind of vocal or orchestral music.

The Vocals are upfront and feel natural without any coloration providing adequate balance. The instruments have got a good timber and wonderful imaging producing an organic and tube-like sound giving a rich and lush experience. The IEM doesn't feel at all congested no matter what track has been thrown to it.

In my experience the vocals of Rebecca Pidgeon in
"Spanish Harlem" to Eric Clapton singing "Wonderful Tonight" sounded angelic over these.


Highs: The Treble response on Mojito is bit rolled-off but don’t take me wrong over here, its full of details and separation. The treble response is appreciable with no harshness. Either its high notes of flute or strums of electric guitar all feel layered and musical. There is no sibilance at all, no matter what kind of instrument is playing from violins to electric guitars. This IEM is a bliss if one is not a fan of bright sound signature that even playing "Moondance" from Sirconical hasn't produced any harsh feeling or sibilance factor at all.


Lows: Well if you are a basshead then sorry this IEM will not solve your purpose, although it has the best decay that a I have noticed in products of similar range using balanced drivers only. It has a decent rumble and bass reproduction is also very nice.

The lower mids on Mojito also bit extended that it sounds wonderful and gives feel of presence. The impression of drums is marvelous, there is no sound leak over spectrum and decay is wonderful with great control on mid bass. But yes again bass is not the admirable aspect of Mojito as I would say IEM like Nobel Audio Sage easily surpasses it with respect to BA driver configurations.

Although. for me it was fun listening to “Poem of Chinese Drums” by Hok-man Yim over it.



Detailing: Mojito offers much decent detailing and imaging specially in mids without any kind of compromise in lows and highs from percussion of drums/guitar or the high notes of violins. Wind instruments also sound very much detailed and airy. Sounds of harp and piano are very sweet and fluid over it.

While Playing “Giorgio by Moroder“ track from Draft Punk the staging and detailing was marvelous, from the cheers of crowd to the electro synth drum mix, the imaging and depth was perfect.


Sound Stage: The Mojito has a very airy and wide soundstage. But it’s nothing like out of world. Although it has a good feel of lush and fullness with beautiful imaging and details but the IEM lacks totally on verticality of soundstage.

Playing “Eye-Water” by Hiroyuki Sawano felt too much flat surfaced that the IEM lost all the wow factor in this field.


Music Recommendation: Mojito is best suited for Vocal Emphasized Mid Centric Classical Symphonic Music. Not at all recommended to bassheads although if we compare it to other IEMs in this range with similar balanced driver configuration, it has a great bass decay response.


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Final Verdict: QOA Mojito is a wonderful IEM based on Multiple implementation of balanced drivers. Its mid centric tuning makes it perfect vocal reference IEM and ideal for people who would love to have a musical, yet premium vocal emphasized IEM with good imaging and details. Only drawback to me was the lack of vertical sound-staging that one looks at this price point.

Overall, I would say QOA Mojito is a very warm and musical IEM that gives a tube-like sound paired to any kind of source. I still remember the first time I put them on and it instantly made me groove to it's amazing airy mids.
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FlowLikeWater
“raisin coating” lol

nice review gorgeous iems
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alxw0w
I have been considering these to pair with Chord Mojo. I just love the look of them. And im looking for those amazing mids. With mojo it should sound warm lush and just much "mid'ish". Nice review thanks.
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@FlowLikeWater : It was indeed a funny typo!! cant stop laughing!! Thanks!! Moreover my unit represent grapes...lol

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