There’s a digital-to-analog converter (DAC) inside your phone, but if you’re serious about its audio performance, you’ll want to replace it with an external DAC and amplifier. The Chord Mojo 2 replaces the original Chord Mojo DAC released in 2016 and comes with updated internals, more features, better battery life and more.
The Mojo 2 is made from aluminum with a black anodized finish and now has four colored buttons on the front, up from three on the older version. The new fourth button accesses the great novelty of the Mojo 2: a lossless digital sound processor (DSP).
It’s called DSP UHD, and Chord says the technology inside is a world first. The custom 104-bit digital sound processor (DSP) inside the Mojo 2 operates at 705/748kHz for pinpoint accuracy. It also lets you tweak the sound to your liking, with 18 tuning steps per frequency covering bass and treble, as well as bass and midrange, all without any loss in sound quality.
In addition, the UHD DSP has more precise volume control, a four-level cross-power function to let you control the spatial effect, regardless of your headphones. This is another new aspect of the Mojo 2 as Chord says it fits almost any headphone so don’t think you have to own the most expensive pair for it to make a big difference to your listening pleasure.
At one end of the Mojo 2 are two 3.5mm headphone jacks so you can listen with a friend, and at the other end are the device connections. A USB Type-C has been added to the MicroUSB connector, along with an optical/coaxial port as well. It can be connected to your phone (Android via USB Type-C, or an iPhone if you use an adapter), your computer or any music player. The battery inside has a slightly larger capacity than the older model and should last around eight hours, but the big change is faster charging and better heat management.
The Chord Mojo 2 is available now for £449, or around $600. Expect a US price of around $600, just like the original Mojo. Alternatively, you can see a selection of cheaper DACs for your phone here.