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Best dac/amp under $1000 for IEM's? Still Mojo?

Discussion in 'Portable Headphone Amps' started by aldinho878, May 10, 2018.
  1. aldinho878
    Looking to purchase a dac/amp combo for mainly iem's. Is the Mojo still regarded as one of the best under $1,000? was also looking at Alo Rx and Continental, but my understanding is the Rx doesn't have a dac component? any other opinions, RHA decamp L1, IFI micro idsd black label maybe?

    mainly used with MacBook Pro as desk setup and iem's, so I would like something minimalistic and elegant and not too bulky. Hence the above options mentioned

    Last edited: May 10, 2018
  2. Koolpep
    Check out the brand new ifi xDSD - I love it.
  3. dcfac73
    I think mojo would be overkill. You probably wouldn't need that much amping power. More priority should be placed on a quiet output with minimal hiss. Maybe the ifi nano BL, which has iematch, or the Dragonfly red or black IMO.
  4. ubs28
    If Chord can get the Poly working, then the Poly + Mojo is by far the best combo. The Poly + Mojo combo sounds even great next to the $4000 DAP from AK and it beats the Sony $3500 DAP.

    But yeah .... Chord has got work to do to get this thing working properly.
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  5. Anaz
    I have a Mojo and tried the iFi Nano iDSD BL for a week before returning it.
    - The Mojo has a near silent noise floor
    - The Nano BL regular jack is noisy but the IEMatch jack is as quiet as the Mojo, however, the output impedance of the IEMatch jack is 4 ohms

    When I compared both, I thought the Mojo sounded better, but not 3 times better on my IEMs (GR 07 BE & iBasso IT01).
    Last edited: May 14, 2018
  6. baiyy1986
    I prefer mojo paired with IEM, not full-size headphone.
    So yes, I think it is one of the best, but there are other options in the market.
    It depends on what kind of music you listen.
    Last edited: May 14, 2018
  7. Anaz
    Oh, I forgot about the RHA Dacamp L1 - it’s a great amp if you can find it for ~$250 - I don’t see it on Amazon anymore. The L1 sounds brighter than the Mojo but is still very nice sounding - it has treble and bass adjustments if you’re into EQing. Also, the noise floor is very low and the build quality is amazing - it looks and feels like a premium product. If you use an iPhone you can connect it using a regular lightning cable and it can charge your phone as well. The negatives: (1) the volume pot doesn’t have a lot of travel and the sound jumps up disproportionately when turning it from 1.66 to 2, and (2) you need an adapter for the mini XLR balanced jack.

    At $250 I’d recommend the L1 over the Nano BL.

    I use the Mojo and L1 for IEMs and a CA Cascade ... the Mojo at home or the office and the L1 when I’m traveling.
    Last edited: May 14, 2018
  8. NBigbee
    I love the Mojo and its great for my isines.
  9. m-i-c-k-e-y
  10. Ike1985
  11. m-i-c-k-e-y
    Yeah, that's the sad part. :disappointed_relieved:

    A Mojo beater nonetheless...
  12. Pooplow
    Worth upgrading to Mojo if I currently own the original Oppo HA-2?
  13. jasonho
    Depends on what source and headphone/iem you are using. I have both in my inventory and I use it depending on situation.

    When connecting to my iphone or android phone, I usually choose HA-2 as it works both as a charger cum DAC/Amp. I like the portability and also the size that matches with my smartphone.
    Adv : lesser devices as compared to choosing over mojo - if I choose mojo, I have to bring one extra portable charger + 1-2 extra OTG (smartphone to Mojo) cables

    When using my DX200, I usually bring along my mojo. It's able to drive both my UM Mason and Noble Encore very well. Hope that helps.

    Just sharing my 2 cents :)
  14. Colors
    I actually tested the Mojo and iFi Nano BL in-store side by side:

    The Mojo is obviously better. More detailed and better trebles. But the iFi is not far off and only like 40% of the price (here in Canada at least). Very flat and increases the resolution of your sound. Lighter than the Mojo too.

    I'll probably buy one to try out (upgrade from DFR) before I upgrade to the Mojo.
  15. yong_shun
    I think iFi Nano BL is more value worth than Mojo. The difference in SQ is not as significant as the price difference for me :)
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