QoA Mojito - Reviews
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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“raisin coating” lol

nice review gorgeous iems
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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
Pros: Balanced Sound, Build Quality, Comfort, Mids, Details
Cons: Bass quantity, Mildly recessed treble
Disclaimer – This unit was sent to me from Hifigo as part of a review circle. I am not affiliated with Hifigo in any way nor am I being paid or influenced to say anything positive or negative. Following thoughts and opinions are my own based on my limited usage of the unit.

QOA is a sister brand of Kinera, which is a well-known name among audiophiles. QOA was founded by 2 sisters, Sophie and Youko, who are siblings with Steve Tong- founder of Kinera; and that probably explains (or not) how the brand got its name. Mojito is their second IEM after Pink Lady and it’s interesting that they are using cocktail names for their IEMs that reflects in how the IEMs are designed.

About QOA Mojito:

QOA Mojito comes with six balanced armature driver units on each side, with four Knowles BA units and two Sonion BA, that provides an overall balanced sound signature with wide soundstage and details retrieval. Created from wood and matching shell colors, Mojito follows a refreshingly unique design and makes it attractive. Mojito is available in three different colors Aqua Blue, Amber Orange, and Grape Sparkling Wine and you also get color matching eartips and cable, which is unique. The unit I used for this review is Grape Sparkling Wine Color

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Technical Specifications:

> 6 BA Driver Units, 4 Knowles and 2 Sonion Drivers each side
> Impedance: 23 ohms
> Sensitivity: 118dB +/- 2dB
> Frequency Response Range: 20Hz-20kHz
> Cable: Furukawa silver-plated copper cable (2pin-3.5mm)
> Connection: 0.78mm 2pin

Build Quality & Fit:

First look at it right out of the box, Mojito Looks beautiful. Earpieces are designed with natural stable wood therefore each shell has a unique design pattern, with shiny gold ‘Mojito’ name printed on the faceplate. The earpieces look big in size however they are light-weight and very comfortable to wear. Even after long listening sessions, you will not feel tired wearing them. Stock ear tips are very comfortable however I prefer using Spiral Dots with most of the IEMs purely out of personal preference and a matter of comfort. The cable is well built with a sleeve that matches the color of IEM.

Overall the Mojito looks quite premium. They are very well built and since it’s very light weight it’s also very comfortable and provides a good fit.

Sound Impression:

Tuning on the QOA Mojito is very precise and you get a balanced and neutral sound signature. The drivers are well tuned to provide a decent soundstage with great instrument imaging. Overall sound signature is flat, but you get good amount of musicality and details.

Bass:

First things first- if you are someone who prefer DD Bass and enjoy the sub-bass rumble, this may not be the appropriate IEM for you. The sub bass extension is negligible, and if you prefer listening to more energetic music genres it may not be fun. While the bass on Mojito is good in terms of quality, it certainly lacks quantity and most certainly is not meant for bass-heads. The mid bass on Mojito, however, is warm enough and nicely controlled and doesn’t bleed into mids.

Mids:

This is where the Mojito truly shines and shows its full potential. There’s great amount of detail retrieval in mids and vocals stand out in front. Both male & female vocals sound soulful and natural, with good amount of air and without any variations or sibilance. For someone who enjoys vocal dominant tracks, Mojito is a must try.

Highs:

Treble on the Mojito is decently extended and airy, but it slightly lacks quantity. Highs on Mojito could seem like a Hit or Miss depending on your preference. I am very sensitive to bright highs, but thankfully I did not have that issue with Mojito. The highs sound smooth without treble spike or sibilance but could have been more extended.

Pairing:

Rated at 23 ohms for impedance and 118 ±2dB for sensitivity, the Mojito is easy to drive and doesn’t need too much power. With my Sony WM1A, there was no noise or hiss, however 1A being an almost neutral source the overall output was more reference & analytical than fun. With my iPhone using the Apple Lightning Connector the overall sound was slightly more fun as compared. I also tried Mojito on my OnePlus 7t with the Cozoy TAKT C DAC, the overall sound was clean with good details however slightly bright for my preference. I believe Mojito will be a good match with warmer sources.

Final words/Verdict:

QoA Mojito is a good option for those looking for more analytical & reference tuning or those who prefer technical proficiency of the transducer over fun factor. I would have preferred a more fun tuned IEM with good bass quantity and sparkling highs. However, If you enjoy Mid/Vocal central music, and genres like Classical & Acoustics, Mojito may be a good option to consider.

You can buy a pair of QoA Mojito from Hifigo
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Pros: Flat, analytical yet does not miss out with dynamics
-High-quality stock cable and accessories
-Open-field airiness and transparency
Cons: Bass quantity could be light / Sound could be bright for some
-A bit dependent by tracks and genres
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QOA Mojito Review - Aural breeze

QOA (Queen of Audio) is a sister brand of Kinera that started off with a blast, succeeding Pink Lady as their first product. And if you did not know already, QOA is a literal "sister brand" as the two sisters, Sophie and Youko, that founded QOA are actual siblings with the founder of Kinera. So QOA well proved their ability in creating a quality IEM for a budget price, then what if we set the bar higher, something closer to a premium level IEM? With a price tag of $399, Mojito is the second product that QOA has to present to us today. Let us now take a look and see how it performs for its price as well as comparing with Pink Lady.



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Packaging

Mojito comes in a paint-syle box design. With a dark green background covering all sides of the box, it is decorated with gold highlights on front and back. On the back, it contains the specifications as well as the frequency response graph. A small sticker is attached to the side of the box to indicate the color options. Other than the earpieces, it includes a 3.5mm stock cable, a leather case, 3 pairs of normal silicone eartips, 3 pairs of AET07-style eartips, a velcro tie, and some paperwork. Now while I personally do not use foam tips, having them would have certainly made a better packaging.

The included accessories themselves are of good quality. AET07-style eartips are just as good as the ones from Acoustune and deliver better clarity compared to the traditional eartips. These tips are also made to be matched in color with the earpieces, giving a more consistent look to it. The leather case is very well made - it smells nice, feels nice, and built nice. There's a thicker layer of cushion on the top of the lid as well as some protection padding on the inner side of the case.



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Earpieces

Mojito comes in three color options, which are Aqua Blue, Amber Orange, and Grape Sparkling Wine. The housing is fully made of stabilized wood and gives a rich, unique look to each and every piece, which are then coated with resin. Mojito uses 4-way 6BA drivers, comprised of 2 Sonion Drivers and 4 Knowles drivers. I'm a great fan of Sonion drivers and it sparks my interest even more if both Sonion and Knowles drivers are used altogether. That being said, it brings back memory when I reviewed Kinera Odin before, which uses a combo of 4 Sonion + 4 Knowles drivers.

The earpiece size is on a bit of a larger side but has no irritating shapes or edges and snugs into the ears without a hassle. The nozzle length is about average with each of the nozzle bores are separated into 4 tubes for a cleaner, and clearer, sound transmission. The cable connectors are terminated in 0.78mm CIEM 2pin which is one of the standard connectors as of now. The 2pin sockets are not non-recessed but slightly recessed, which makes it compatible with either cable types.



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Cable

In case the color matching on the eartip was just not enough, QOA also matched their colors on the cable too. The stock cable is made of 2-braided Furukawa silver-plated OCC wires. Keep in mind that the 2pin connectors are optimized for Mojito's "slightly" recessed 2pin sockets, so you may not be able to use these cables for IEMs with fully recessed 2pin sockets. The splitter, connector, and the plug are all made with solid parts and feels sturdy to the touch. While the stock cable only comes in 3.5mm termination, options for 2.5mm and 4.4mm appear to be available by making a separate purchase which has the same type of wire as the stock one but instead with plain silver color.



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Sound impression - Lows

Having the music thoroughly balanced, Mojito draws a sound signature that sits between flat and mild w-shape where lows, mids, and highs are all slightly boosted from being flat. Lows are evenly emphasized across the bass region and slightly pulled forward, keeping a flat bassline while holding onto the dynamics. This results in a bass response that is calm but also fun. It retains good density, speed, and power when striking a punch that follows up a clean and full-bodied decay that is highlighted just to the right amount. Depth and extension for the ultra lows are decent considering its reference tuning, consisting of a thick presentation in both color and thickness.

Lows, in general, keep a plain stance but are thoroughly seasoned in tonality, doing a fine job bringing out the details and richness. The colors here are relatively much darker compared to the upper range, leastways assisting the bass to stand out clearly with a bigger contrast. The upper bass gradually fades into the mids which helps the sound to maintain its linearity in distance. I like the way how Mojito finishes its bass in a subdued, lively manner that well respects the liveliness, despite it being rather light in overall bass quantity. Surely not meant for bassheads, but if you have a mild taste or often find the boomy bass rather unpleasant, the style of bass from Mojito should be right up your alley.



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Sound impression - Mids

The sound may be flat but not gone flat. Mids are Hi-Fi focused with much transparency and analyticity but not thrown away with the musicality, having the vocals possess an adequate amount of moisture and emo. The thickness of the vocals is on the thinner side - or should I rather call it "unbloated" since it does not miss out on the core density. It is a tad thin from the neutral timbre, but still intact to the accuracy. We could say mids here somewhat resemble the way how Noble Audio Kaiser Encore or Katana produce their vocals. For a quick comparison before moving on, although Mojito is on the flatter/mildly brighter side, mids are still warmer and comfier compare to the Nobles.

It is common to think full-BA IEMs with a flat signature would sound rigid or metallic, Mojito's emo attitude naturally connects the dips between the BA drivers with a light amount of reverbs. This acts as adding a bit more meat to the frame (or structure) of the sound, giving the vocals that raw, blatant feeling without making it harsh or dry. Vocals flow stably and well leveled without audible dips, spikes, or sibilances. Overall I enjoy Mojito's plain but sweet vocals where it clearly displays its refined grains and textures, taking an organic approach towards a flat signature. A generous amount of air is applied to the vocals, giving a mild open-field and cool-breeze presentation without tilting the temperature too cold.



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Sound impression - Highs, etc.

Highs take a small step back from the mids with a slight reduction in quantity. The tone is pure and transparent as water which lives up perfectly with its reference-style signature, just as intended. Highs pose a similar posture as mids did - unexaggerated, clean, and firm. Mojito does not highlight much on the spatial aspect of the treble instruments, keeping it linear and loyal to the original image positioning. Highs condense firmly with high density, then to be followed with a light and soft decay that gives a strong sense of airiness - resulting in a crisp, solid texture but not stiffening up in rigidity or hardness. The strikes are soft but not dull and are precise in expression.

The layerings for both mids and highs are very nice, showing clear divisions between each layer of sound. Overall, its sound is a tad dependent on different types of tracks and genres. For tracks that are intensively highlighted with sibilance or treble to their nature could cause Mojito's upper range to get hot, but for most other cases Mojito simply oozes with a delightful amount of transparency and airiness. The included AET07-style eartips are ideal for maximum air and transparency, yet it is prone to lighter bass and hotter upper ranges, so I would suggest to also test out eartips with a longer and tighter stem such as AET08 or the other set of eartips that are included as an accessory.



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Comparisons

QOA Pink Lady (2BA+1DD) - While Pink Lady is not in the same price range as Mojito, it would still be a good point to start this comparison as it is the first and previous model that QOA produced. Pink Lady has a bass-driven, warm-tone sound signature whereas Mojito shows a linear, bright sound. The upper ranges on Pink Lady are stuffy and muffled relative to Mojito. The upper ranges on Mojito are significantly better in transparency and airiness.

Mids also carry a greater amount of airiness, creating an open-field sound that the sound stage is mostly created by mids and highs, while the sound stage for Pink Lady is mostly done by lows and mids. The texture details, especially for the vocals, are a lot more blatant and expressive on Mojito. The performance is superior on Mojito as we overall look at the big picture, though these two are nearly the opposite in sound signature (musical and bassy for Pink Lady, analytical and near flat for Mojito) so keep that in mind.



Moondrop Blessing 2 (4BA+1DD)- Blessing 2 is similar enough to Mojito in sound signature, even to the point where I could call them as brothers since both sounds fresh, relieving, and considerably flat - though there are still some noticeable differences in characteristics. Mojito is more active and aggressive in expressing the liveliness and texture grains while Blessing 2 is calmer and flatter.

Mojito brings out slightly more bass quantity but not to a day and night degree. It gives a bass that is deeper and darker in color too. Trebles are also brighter, stronger, and more expansive on Mojito, bringing better realism but Blessing 2 would be a bit less provocative, if for lengthy listening sessions. Snare drums and treble instruments deliver stronger and faster strikes, enhancing the taste and that "hitting" sense.



BGVP DM7 (6BA) - These two are different but also sort of similar as we look at the big picture - not because they share the same BA numbers, but also in their overall sound signature. Both do an equally good job in digging out the bass depth and that pitch-blackness, but DM7 with slightly more bass quantity and warmth. Mojito shows its superiority in layering, making clearer and finer slitters of layers within its soundstage. This also leads to better separation as well, but nothing big in difference.

Plus, Mojito still keeps the sound in good consistency, not flying all over the place. On the other hand, DM7 achieves slightly more density and delivers nicely condensed strikes. Headroom size is on the same if not similar level. Another significant difference is that the background of DM7 is based on black while Mojito is white, so DM7 focuses on the deep, cozy feeling towards the lower ends, and Mojito is for the open-field and ventilated headroom towards the top - like an open ending of a story.



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Verdicts

Mojito reaffirms its position as a higher rank model by stepping up the game with improved analyticity, resolution, and linearity, making it an ideal selection for those looking for a neutral, reference tuning. It would also be a very good alternative if you are looking for a flat sound signature but also do not want to miss out on a decent amount of dynamics and musicality.

The major charm of Mojito could be summarized in one sentence that it "presents the music with impact and vividity, even while maintaining a flat sound". I would also suggest my fellow audiophiles take note of Mojito and QOA as I believe this level of sound quality definitely deserves good attention as Moodrop Blessing 2 does. Would like to give a nice pat on QOA's shoulder and much looking forward to their future activities. Well done, QOA!




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chinerino
chinerino
I think blessing v2 has 4 BAs
Watermelon Boi
Watermelon Boi
@chinerino Whoops, you're right - it's 4BA+1DD instead of 2BA+1DD. I've now revised, thank you for pointing it out! 🙂
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