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Chord Mojo DAC-amp ☆★►FAQ in 3rd post!◄★☆

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by Mython, Oct 14, 2015.
  1. theveterans
     
    The lower Schiit Multibit offerings are just more detailed but still edgy and harsh for headphone listening. They're excellent for speaker use OTOH as they lift the veil of cheap speakers. The upper multibit offerings are even more detailed (maybe more detailed than Mojo) but still harsher and edgier than Mojo. Only Chord DACs do the ultra-revealing stuff and 3D imaging without sounding digital/artificial at all.
     
  2. Deftone
     
    im interested on how it will adjust the sound of my Hd700 (hoping to make the treble much smoother and less fatiguing)
     
    but i cant get the damn software to work, this problem i put in the thread itself.
     
    i believe the HD700 is a phenomenal headphone but the pads have been proved to cause the treble reflections and because of the unique shape they cannot be swapped out thus needing some time and love with EQ, even the smooth mojo cant file down its rocky peaks.
     
  3. Music Alchemist
     
    I had the HD 700 in the past too. The HD 650 may not have the detail and imaging of the HD 800 and HD 700, but it sure is a lot easier to listen to. I could play anything with it and it sounded darn good...whereas the HD 800 and HD 700 could sound great one minute, then completely awful the next. And it's not because of the diversity of recordings; it's because of their well-documented frequency response aberrations.
     
    With EQ the HD 800 becomes much more consistent, but other aspects of the sound cannot be altered with EQ alone. (Which I touched upon in earlier posts.)
     
    If all you want is to lower the treble of the HD 700, you can do that in a broad way by simply reducing frequencies around 6 kHz. It won't give you an entirely balanced sound, but you can deal with that peak at least. Here are graphs you can consult.
     
    http://www.innerfidelity.com/images/SennheiserHD700.pdf
    http://cdn.head-fi.org/d/da/dad0aff3_HD700measurements.png
     
    You need to access Sonarworks as a VST plugin in foobar2000. (The dll file should be in your VST plugins folder in the program files folder.)
     
     
    I got similar/better results than Sonarworks with my own research and efforts...but it is convenient for those who don't want to do so much work.
     
    Edit: Looks like the VST adapter I linked to then is no longer available. Use this one instead:
    http://www.yohng.com/software/foobarvst.html
     
  4. Music Alchemist
    Oh man. The more time I spend with the Mojo, the more wowed I am. Just played a video game remix album from the '90s (Killer Cuts, if anyone's familiar) that I've heard countless times before on countless systems...and couldn't believe how much better it sounded from the Mojo. (And this is with $10 Koss headphones!) I think I'm even more impressed with how it brings so much more out of lesser recordings than I am about how it handles audiophile material.
     
    If anyone you meet doubts the benefits of a better DAC, just let them listen to a Chord DAC.
     
  5. ThomasHK
    I made my wife listen to her favorite counter tenor the other day using the Mojo and it made her cry. True story.





    Admittedly she always cries when she here's this guy sing, but still, it's a good story!
     
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  6. Music Alchemist
     
    Vocals are just eerily realistic on the Mojo.
     
  7. ThomasHK
    How can you keep your eyes dry with this though: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXuoh2Q7ieY 
     
  8. x RELIC x Contributor
    I just tested the X5ii headphone output to help a user in the X5ii thread. Um, never going back...... EVER. :ph34r:
     
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  9. Naugrim
    By looking at the dudes face while "he" sings...I'm just confused.
     
  10. Music Alchemist
     
    ...And here I thought I was a good singer! [​IMG]
     
    That was magnificent. Reminded me of my favorite female vocalist Sarah Brightman. (I'm assuming you know her.)
     
     
    Whoa. I just remembered you're the guy I helped back in 2014.
     
  11. Naugrim
    Ha! Really? Well I'm sure I needed it. Spent about 8K on gear in the last few months - so thanks for that.
     
  12. jmills8
    Maybe she cried knowing how much you spend on music gear.
     
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  13. Arnav Agharwal
    On a related note, for a given bitrate, is there any reason to expect optical cables of different build qualities to differ in SQ? Assuming they're capable of supporting the bitrate without noticeable artifacts, such as, intermittent "pops". Also, how big a role does the DAC implementation play?

    Thank you for your opinion.
     
  14. Bulbsofpassion
    Also very interested to hear Rob's views on this ^^^. 
    In the meantime, this is probably worth reading: http://archimago.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/measurements-toslink-optical-audio.html
     
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  15. MartynB85

    To be honest if it was me, I wouldn't bother unless USB is causing you issues. There are benefits of USB over optical.
     

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