Just listening to
Roon 44khz/24 bit (Tidal)
Through MacBook USB out to Mojo and this time my lowly but lovely 58X Jubilee.
Oh my. The warmth, clarity, impact and dynamics are so nice, it takes me to a New York Studio, September 17, 1962.
High hats have an incredibly long reverb trail until they eventually disappear into thin air and there is no 'digital grain'. Drums hit hard and the double bass has that lovely wooden resonance. The music has body and dare I say ... soul.
This combination costs just over £600, source and subscriptions excluded.
There is no Hifi system in the world that probably would even approach 40% of this, probably less for this price.
It makes me wonder what the rest of Chords DAC's/HP amplifiers can do but with the Hugo TT2 costing close to £5000 I'll never find out.
I re-iterate, just how Chord can sell this for £500 (not made in the PRC) I really don't know.
To put the above in to perspective, my experience/knowledge of HeadFi is limited.
I have a Grado, Beyerdynamic, Meze, Hifiman and the above Sennheiser. I don't have any other 'specialised' Headphone amplifiers other than the Chord but both my Hegel and Cyrus amplifiers are said to have excellent Headphone stages as has my MacBook Pro M1 14 2021. None of them quite have the SQ of the Mojo though. Individually they do good things but all lack in areas.
Hope this helps anyone on the fence on whether to get this little Chord.
Of course, we all like different things but I can't imagine too many objecting to the balanced but fun signature of the Mojo 2.
Ergonomics may be another story but this user likes it, a lot.