I own Mojo for 2 years and 3 months. This is quite a long time in this hobby to hold on to one product.
After 9 months I cooked my first Mojo's battery by using it 24/7 plugged in to charger. (That time I was told it is ok to keep it plugged in.)
I have been doing full cycles with my replacement Mojo for 18 months now, battery is still like new, easily does 8 hrs.
During this good two years I tried many of the popular DACs out of curiosity to see what they can offer against Mojo. iFi Nano BL, iFi Micro BL, OPPO HA2SE, Fiio Q5, (Hugo2).
The next DAC I will review is the new xDSD from iFi. I am really interested in trying it but have a strong feeling I will come to the same conclusion as before if we look at sound quality only.
The Micro BL, Q5, and probably the xDSD are not so far from Mojo. They offer a very nice high quality sound, but Mojo's magic is missing. The soundstage depth and the lifelikeness is exceptional on Chord's DACs. No other DACs are able to reproduce such a natural sounding voice and (especially acoustic) instruments. The magic of uniquely coded FPGA I guess.
You can find sparkier treble or tighter bass (that's harder) on other DACs, but none of them will be able to offer such a true to life experience. I keep looking, and some stuff comes near, but nothing made me want to swap Mojo even after 2 years and three months.
Bluetooth function for Mojo's price (without buying Poly) is quite appealing (Q5, xDSD). I imagine, some will be ready to make the small compromise on sound quality to ditch the wires. These DACs do offer a fun, quality and enjoyable sound. I however would miss this exceptional lifelikeness and naturalness of Mojo.
It is part of human nature to always look for the next thing. Not many is able to appreciate what they have. (Just look how often it pops up, people want Mojo 2 without understanding what level of engineering is behind Mojo.) I can accept, for some people the magic is not in a true to life sound presentation. They can find a punchier/bassier or more sparkly sounding DAC.
None of them will be as organic and natural though as Mojo is. To me everything else sounds artificial and I hate artificial things like plastic flowers.
Long live the Mojo and thanks to Rob! I still love this little black box with the colourful marbles.
This evening using my UERR i went back and forth between a few different DACs but Mojo is in a class of its own, cymbals sound much more real in a way that it’s quieter than the guitars but still stands out next the louder instruments, it’s not blended together at all. On the other DACs the loudest instruments get all the attention.