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

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by Mython, Oct 14, 2015.
  1. cirodts
    mojo s excellent smartphone sound but mojo and hifi system via optical disappointed me
  2. surfgeorge
    Turkayguner already answered this question in full - but I did some comparison to home system, a 2k belt driven CD drive with a 4k Euro DAC from 2002, and think that could be another interesting data point.

    Tonally, the Mojo and DAC/drive combo are very similar, but there are 3 obvious areas where the Mojo is distinctly different:
    The soundstage is much deeper with the Mojo, Diana Krall in "Peel me a Grape" stands much further away, seeming almost a little distant compared to the more forward (and a bit more intimate) presentation from the DAC/drive. Mojo also positions the elements with much more precision in space.

    Then there is a slightly faster response of the Mojo, a bit more foot-tapping rythm. I have a piece with really tough percussion music, in which the musicians are hitting metal pipes with (I guess) metal wrenches, a real challenge to reproduce realistically. My DAC/drive combo is doing that very well, but the Mojo is maybe a bit faster still.

    And the third difference is orchestral music, and here the difference is pretty huge - in favor of the Mojo! It really keeps the elements separated MUCH better than the regular DAC/drive combo.
    I have never heard the Hugo, but I am really impressed be Mojo's performance especially with orchestras.

    I am starting to think about selling my big, heavy CD drive and DAC, and either getting a second Mojo for stationary use or something higher up the line from Chord.

    PS: photos of the mighty Karan Acoustics KA 180i with the equally mighty Mojo and a humble but useful Cayin N3 as remote controllable source

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  3. musickid
  4. surfratt
    Which cables (that work with current iOS) would you recommend to connect Mojo to iPhone? Also, if you have available, let me know :)
  5. headfry

    The Apple Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter, together with the bundled micro USB cable
    works and sounds very musical.
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2018
  6. cathee
    Never understood how a data cable can affect the sound but to each their own.

    But a few pages ago we just discussed this and if you want something a bit more compact Penon Audio makes an all-in-one cable with original Apple CCK cables and mine has been working perfectly since July without any hiccups.

    EDIT: spelling
  7. turkayguner
    Any pricier data cable will give you I guess better looks or reliability or portability but nothing more about audio quality.

    An Apple CCK is a must if you won't get the extension module which is sold by Chord (the cable pack). It adds to portability if you are gonna use it with a mobile phone. But it also forces you to use Mojo without a case.

    Any usb micro to standard usb will do. Shorter ones are better. If you can find a cable with a ferrite choke it is even better because it eliminates or reduces the noises coming from cellphone/wifi reception. You won't need a ferrite choke if you gonna use your phone in airplane mode. Ferrite chokes can be bought seperately. It is easy to install.
  8. cirodts
    link me the cable between the player and the mojo?
  9. cirodts
    I'm not an expert and for this I ask for your help, many users have helped me.
    But you realize that you attacked me because I'm incompetent and I do not add value to the discussion !!!
  10. Leo888
    Hi guys, a shout out to Matt for going the extra mile in assisting to get my Mojo serviced. It is up and running again.

    Not forgetting all the members who have offered their thoughts and guidance. Thanks guys.

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  11. Cann3dh33t
    I also need to echo these sentiments.
    It was with this forums members encouragement to follow up with Chord on
    a battery issue and reaching out to my local
    retailer (Music to my ear) to resolve this issue. The device is at the repair shop now and I’m eagerly awaiting its arrival!
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  12. bobeau
    Just an update for the newer Meenova cable - has been working without issue over the past 24 hours. I've spent at least a few hours listening, plugged/unplugged a few times. It's so nice to be able to use my iPhone w/ Mojo again.
  13. bobeau
    It's not. As mentioned a bit earlier in this thread there are a couple cables which trick the phone into believing the Mojo is a compliant device. This is the one I just picked up and it works great, plus it's about half the cost of a CCK

  14. turkayguner
    I love this forum! Thanks for sharing this. I will use my Mojo with the Hiby R3, so I bought Shanling L2 cable for it. But if one day I come back to iPhone as a transport, I will buy the cable you have linked.
  15. Mython Contributor

    OK, I've relented, and added the Meenova cable to the bottom of post #4 (because I can no longer edit posts #2 and #3) :)

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