Chord Electronics Mojo 2 Review

Chord Electronics Mojo 2

Packaging & Accessories

 

Unfortunately I can’t really comment on this section, as we received the Mojo 2 in a special December box. The unit came with a nice leather case as you can see in the pictures, but there were no cables or anything present. As such I am not sure what a consumer retail set will exist out of.

Design & Build Quality

Like the original Mojo, the Mojo 2 is UK designed, engineered and hand built. It benefits from high-grade, bead-blasted aluminium casework, finished with a high-quality black anodize. Control is via four polychromatic polycarbonate control spheres.

As you can see in the pictures, the Mojo 2 looks very much like the original, with the addition of a USB-C port and of course, the extra spheres. The build quality is very good, as we’re used to from Chord Electronics. The only point of criticism here is that if you shake the unit, you will hear the spheres move in the enclosure (but why would you do this, right?). I know some of the lucky ones that received the Mojo 2 upfront aren’t very happy with the way the USB-C input was incorporated in the design. I understand what they mean, as you now have 3 feet and 1 USB-C port case on which the Mojo 2 rests on the table. It’s a bit weird but at the same time it doesn’t bother me too much.

All-in-all, the Mojo 2 looks and feels like the original Mojo and that’s a very good thing.

Chord Electronics Mojo 2

Lay-out & Usability

The Chord Mojo 2 weighs 183gr which is 12g more than the original. Mojo 2 measures the same as the original (83 mm x 62 mm x 22.9 mm) which makes it extremely pocketable.

Lay-out-wise the Mojo 2 is very simple but very practical. On one end you have the double 3.5mm outputs which can be used at the same time. There is no independent volume control for each headphone just so you know. On the other side you find the digital and power inputs. From left to right we have the Coaxial input, the USB-C data input, the Micro-USB data input, the Micro-USB power input with below the charging/battery indicator (see the manual for the color codes) and the optical input. On top you have the 4 spheres (menu access, power button and up/down buttons). Very simple, very slick looking.

Using the Mojo 2 seems difficult with all the options and colors, especially as you have no screen to guide you through it. But actually when you have your hands on the unit, it becomes quite easy once you have checked the manual and get familiar with it. Basically it comes down to remembering the menu order, but you will see that’s easier than you think. And of course, you can also hear the changes you’re doing. Of course if you’re not using any of the new Mojo 2 features, the operation will be extremely simple, just like with the original unit.

Chord Electronics has made a nice video about the way the Mojo 2 works. You can check it out here:

For the desktop users among you, you will be glad to see they if the Mojo 2 is left constantly on charge, it will enter intelligent desktop mode to protect the battery from overcharging. This will be indicated by a purple battery status light + menu button. I actually have been using it most like this as I am now fulltime home working for my day job. That also means that I can’t confirm the Mojo 2’s estimated 8h battery life yet, but I will for sure come back to this in the future, wen we look at the Mojo 2 again. The batteries of the original Mojo weren’t the best, that’s no secret, so I am sure that Chord now has improved them. Time will tell.

The Chord Mojo 2 will auto-select the correct input when music is played to the device. Mojo 2 will prioritize specific inputs if all four are connected simultaneously. The USB input has priority followed by coaxial and then optical. It is only possible to connect one USB at a time (Micro-USB takes priority over USB-C). Volume-wise, the Mojo 2 benefits from two main volume ranges: low and high, as indicated by the colour of the menu button: unlit (low); white (high). Tip: Press ‘+’ and ‘-’ simultaneously to mute the device; Mojo 2’s menu button will pulse. Press menu or ‘+/-‘ together again to exit mute.

Also know that the Mojo 2 is fully compatible with the Poly streamer/server (enabling high-resolution streaming and up to 2 TB of solid-state library storage and playback when using the microSD card slot). After multiple hours of usage, the Mojo 2 in its leather case will get warm to the touch but it’s nothing to worry about.

Chord Electronics Mojo 2

Menu

For those of you who don’t like video, let’s go over the basics. As you know, Chord likes using colors and we have seen this before on the Mojo and Hugo devices. Most people like it, some people don’t, but do know that you can change the intensity of the lights (especially when using at night)

The spheres on top from left to right are for the following:

– Menu: Press to cycle through the menu options

– Volume down/menu ‘-‘:  Decrease volume or adjust the selected menu mode

– Volume up/menu ’+’: Increase volume or adjust the selected menu mode

– Power button: Displays sample rate + Press and hold to power on/off

These are the color codes for the sample rate shown on the power button:

Chord Electronics Mojo 2

These are the color codes for the menu sphere (far left):

Chord Electronics Mojo 2

Mojo 2 offers three levels of crossfeed to improve spatial effects for a more ‘speaker-like’ sound-stage when using headphones. Press menu once (menu button will show blue), then press the volume up ‘+’ button to cycle between the four available options: red: minimum; green: moderate; blue: maximum; unlit (crossfeed off).

Mojo 2 offers comprehensive equalization adjustment (aka tone controls). There are four main equalization modes which can be altered from the factory setting (flat) if desired: lower bass; mid-bass; lower treble and high treble. For each of the four equalization modes, there are nine positive (lift) and nine negative (cut) 1 dB adjustment steps (18 in total) available. To access the equalization modes, press menu twice until the button displays red: this indicated the first of the four equalization options: lower bass adjustment. From here, further menu presses cycle through the remaining three modes: yellow: mid-bass; green: lower treble; blue: upper treble and then through the remainder of the menu. Once the desired equalization mode has been selected as indicated by the menu button colour, press the volume up ‘+’ OR down ‘-‘ buttons sequentially to move through the range of adjustment: up ‘+’ providing ‘lift’, down ‘-‘ providing ‘cut’

So to remember: Lower bass > mid bass > lower treble > upper treble.

With this much available settings one can get easily lost, but no worries there as Chord has built in a factory DSP reset function that resets the DSP to flat and the Crossfeed to the “off” setting. To reset the device, press both the ‘+’ and ‘-‘ simultaneously from either the DSP menu mode, or the Crossfeed menu mode. Easy!

Chord Electronics Mojo 2

Technical Specifications & Price

Dimensions: 83 mm x 62 mm x 22.9 mm

Weight Mojo 2: 185 g

Weight Mojo 2 + Poly: 270 g

Battery life: 8 hours (approximately)

Operating voltage: 5 V DC

Charging current: 1.5 A

Output power @ 1 kHz/300 Ω: 90 mW

Output power @ 1 kHz/30 Ω 600: mW

Output impedance: 0.06 Ω

Dynamic range: 125 dB

THD @ 2.5 V/300 Ω: 0.0003 %

 

The new Chord Electronics Mojo 2 is available starting now (in black only) and the official price is set at £449 Pounds.

The part on sound starts on the next page. Click the LINK HERE, or use the link below.

Page 1: Chord Electronics, Mojo, Mojo 2

Page 2: Packaging & accessories, Design & Build quality, Lay-Out & Usability, Menu, Specs

Page 3: Sound Part 1

Page 4: Sound Part 2 & Conclusion

4.1/5 - (282 votes)
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Lieven is living in Europe and he's the leader of the gang. He's running Headfonia as a side project next to his full time day job in Digital Marketing & Consultancy. He's a big fan of tube amps and custom inear monitors and has published hundreds of product reviews over the years.

24 Comments

  • Reply February 1, 2022

    Ml

    Original mojo was 38k taps.

  • Reply February 1, 2022

    MhtLion

    Great review!! Personally I’d love to find out how Mojo 2 will drive LCD-5 and Phi TC.

    • Reply February 1, 2022

      Lieven

      Thanks. The 5 is in for repair…

  • Reply February 1, 2022

    Ali Arghavan

    Thanks for the review. I must say, I’m disappointed with the new Mojo. It’s more expensive but doesn’t bring that much to the table. Compared to 7 years ago there is more competition.
    – You still get an abysmal accessory set (just one USB-A to microusb). No case, no USB-C no lightning.
    – The USB-C port looks like an aftertough and looks horrible. Seriously! Did someone cut the Mojo and added a cheap plasticky bit just to add a port?
    – MicroUSB charging is laughable at 2022. So Chord will continue to use microUSB even on future devices just to maintain compatibility? This was the best opportunity to revamp Poly as well maybe to implement better Bluetooth and features.
    – DSP settings are nice but without a display and preset settings, I won’t find myself using it after some time. It’s just too much hassle compared to proper EQ options.
    + The only real objective benefit is the new desktop mode which I appreciate. And also the higher output power which is welcome indeed.

    Am I complaining too much? Yes. It’s a Chord product that people have been waiting for years. And it’s not cheap.

  • Reply February 2, 2022

    Alex

    Great review!

    Re: “I find the Mojo 2 to cause no listening fatigue at all and that’s not something I could say about the original Mojo (for my ears)”.

    I am surprised about your comment above since by all accounts the M2 has more treble extension/energy compared to the OG Mojo, which is usually the part that leads to listening fatigue. I get zero (0) listening fatigue with the OG Mojo. None.

    • Reply February 4, 2022

      Lieven

      For me personally the fatigue doesn’t come from the upper end, more the intimacy and lack of extension

  • Reply February 2, 2022

    Shane

    What’s it like with hard to drive headphones like the DCA Aeon Noire?

    • Reply February 4, 2022

      Lieven

      I don’t have the headphone, but Mojo is not meant to drive hard to drive headphones really

  • Reply February 3, 2022

    xtvymrdn

    Soundwise only, what do you think about mojo2 vs hugo1?

    • Reply February 4, 2022

      Lieven

      Mojo 2 is technically superior. Hugo 1 is smoother and more analog sounding.

  • Reply February 4, 2022

    Phanindra MVR

    How does this compare against the iFi Gryphon and iFi iDSD Signature?

    • Reply February 4, 2022

      Lieven

      Sorry, I don’t have any iFi devices

  • Reply February 4, 2022

    vince

    also interested in how this pairs with aeon 2 closed!

  • Reply February 13, 2022

    Syazwan

    Nice! Thank you for comparing to Mojo 2 with Centrance Hifi M8 v2.

    Been considering them both, both packed with features and unique from one to another. My only primary interest for Mojo 2 is its Lossless EQ. Does the EQ implementation in Mojo 2 is better than Paramteric EQ or EQ from Schiit Loki?

    • Reply September 15, 2023

      Jorge

      El mojo2 vs el ifi gryphon como se compara ?

  • Reply May 17, 2022

    Will

    Hey hey,

    Maybe this is a silly ask. I’ve got the Mojo 2 fed by iFi Zen Stream. Looking for a decent cable. Weirdly my old QED TOSLINK wouldn’t lock into Mojo, so need to find different option. USB-C vs Mini USB? I’m thinking USB C because it’s a newer connection, seems to lock in much better. Mini USB has always seemed a bit flimsy to me. Audioquest do a decent Carbon USB-C cable that’s not insanely priced at about £120, high silver content.
    Not sure I can actually output optical from Zen Stream- asked iFi, not heard back. Coaxial/optical connection stuff really confuses me- so many connector variations.
    Mojo 2 is great by the way, clean, smooth, quick, great slam and attack, effortless.
    Cheers,

    Will

  • Reply November 10, 2022

    John Jones

    Try adding a power bank I bought one today from Asda 15,000 ah
    And I couldn’t belive the amount of detail retrival. was I hearing things?
    I then connected the power bank
    After listening without the power bank, the improvement in deital and separation
    Awsome dac I use it as a desk top dac.

  • Reply November 15, 2022

    Niels

    Just got the Mojo 2, and I must say, that I am very pleased with the performance. Would have lowed a fixed “line out” switch, and I don’t understand the “two volume range”.

    “Volume-wise, the Mojo 2 benefits from two main volume ranges: low and high, as indicated by the colour of the menu button: unlit (low); white (high).”

    What’s the point? It’s not like a low/high gain button or —–

  • Reply December 1, 2022

    Olo Olowski

    Any views on Hifiman Edition XS and Mojo 2 Combo?

    • Reply December 4, 2022

      Yagiz

      Amazing combo imo. Resolution is great, the staging is precise, the pair sounds tonally balanced and accurate. The XS is one of the best headphones of 2022 and Mojo 2 is a very capable DAC & AMP that comes with unique EQ capability that does not hurt the SQ.

      I can recommend the pair with my eyes closed Olo.

      • Reply December 4, 2022

        Olaf

        Ok, so I bought this combo. You were right – this is fire. I have also tried others synergies and sound systems, but this is my favourite one so far. Now I am looking for a perfect IEMs so I can use mojo as portable device.

  • Reply January 14, 2023

    Phill Lister

    I concur with your comments about pairing this with Sennheiser HD800s phones and using the max crossfeed setting. The phones are designed to create more of a soundstage in front of the listener. They don’t really do this in a dramatic way but with the crossfeed setting there’s a definite sense of sound in front of you as well as great stereo ambience and separation. Turn the crossfeed off and you notice you’re getting different sounds in each ear but you don’t get that 3D depth quality. It’s superb!

  • Reply September 15, 2023

    Shashi

    Hi, Have Mojo2 and ordered Poly. Will it drive HD800S to its maximum ie., heavy bass and soundstage. Pls suggest an IEM or Headphone with good sub bass and base with wider soundstage to pair with Mojo2+Poly.

    • Reply September 15, 2023

      Lieven

      It won’t fully drive the Senn. ELITE

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