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Chord Mojo 2 DAC is official, showcases "world’s first lossless DSP"

Chord Mojo 2
(Image credit: Chord)

Chord has officially announced the Mojo 2, confirming the existence of the highly anticipated portable DAC sequel following a teaser image posted earlier this month.

The Chord Mojo 2 is the successor to the original Mojo, which won successive What Hi-Fi? Awards when it was released in 2015 before being discontinued late last year. The new sequel takes its place as the most affordable DAC in the company's arsenal.

So, what does it bring to the table? Quite a lot, actually – and that includes a "world's first" claim. Chord has developed what it's calling "a revolutionary lossless DSP, the first of its kind in the world". The ‘UHD DSP' (which has a 104-bit custom DSP core running at 705/768 kHz) not only promises improved sound quality but also opens the Mojo 2's doors to a greater number of customisation features.

There are now 18 steps of adjustment per frequency banding – lower bass, mid-bass, lower treble and high treble – as well as a four-level crossfeed setting. And the volume control range has also been expanded from +18 dB to -108 dB.

The new functions are accessible via an additional polycarbonate control sphere (remember those?), which also brings a mute function and a button lock to prevent accidental button-presses during travelling.

Chord Mojo 2

(Image credit: Chord)

From a practical point of view, perhaps the headline improvement is the addition of a USB-C input, allowing for dongle-free connectivity to the likes of new Android phones and Apple MacBooks. This joins the original's optical, coaxial and Micro USB connections, which remain on the Mojo 2 to ensure compatibility with Chord's dedicated Poly portable streamer. The Mojo 2 also keeps its predecessor's twin 3.5mm headphone outputs, allowing up to two people to listen simultaneously. 

One of the Mojo 2's key portability features was naturally a built-in battery (offering eight hours of battery life per charge), and here things have been improved to ensure faster, cooler and generally more efficient charging. As a result, capacity is supposedly up by 9 per cent and battery life is now "better than eight hours". Chord has also advanced its ‘Intelligent Desktop Mode’ technology with an isolated battery and PSU redesign, designed to protect the battery and prolong its life when the Mojo 2 is connected to a power supply for a long period of time.

Chord Mojo 2

(Image credit: Chord)

Last but by no means least, Chord has also worked to raise the Mojo's performance by making improvements to the 4e Pulse Array DAC and eliminating the need for coupling capacitors. The Mojo 2 is now DC-coupled with a digital DC servo, too, which Chord says benefits from a technically more advanced filter.

The Chord Mojo 2 is available now, priced £449 ($725, AU$899). And if you're wondering whether it should be your next buy or upgrade, you don't have to wait too long to find out. Keep your eyes peeled on whathifi.com, folks...

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Becky is Hi-Fi and Audio editor of What Hi-Fi?, and has been part of the team for almost eight years, with her current position preceded by roles as a staff writer and news editor. During that time she has been fortunate enough to travel the world to report on the biggest and most exciting brands in hi-fi and consumer tech (and has had the jetlag and hangovers to remember them by). In her spare time, Becky can often be found running, watching Liverpool FC and horror movies, and hunting for gluten-free cake.

  • doifeellucky
    Looks good based on the review I saw earlier. I think they may have jumped the embargo though as the review was taken down a couple of hours later.
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  • vpacalypse
    Could you use this with a Dali Katch g2?
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  • Tinman1952
    vpacalypse said:
    Could you use this with a Dali Katch g2?
    Not via bluetooth! You could connect the Mojo 2 to the 3.5mm mini-jack input...
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  • vpacalypse
    Tinman1952 said:
    Not via bluetooth! You could connect the Mojo 2 to the 3.5mm mini-jack input...
    Would you say there would be an audible difference here considering the output device
    (the Katch 2)?
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  • Tinman1952
    vpacalypse said:
    Would you say there would be an audible difference here considering the output device
    (the Katch 2)?
    Difficult to say... I would be quite surprised if you heard much difference but who knows? Best to try and borrow one or have it on 'demo' so you can see if it's worth it for you. 🙂
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  • doifeellucky
    vpacalypse said:
    Would you say there would be an audible difference here considering the output device
    (the Katch 2)?
    Definitely not, in my opinion. I’ve listened extensively to hires with detailed headphones and there’s no difference vs a £10 dongle. I can hear to 18k so my hearing is not the issue. Get a better speaker/amp setup before wasting money on a DAC.
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