15 Aug 2016

The best USB DAC/headphone amplifier

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The award-winning Mojo The award-winning Mojo Chord Electronics / RedShark Sound

Here's a preview of the award-winning Mojo Digital-to-Analogue Converter from Chord Electronics.

We're right in the middle of writing a review of the Chord Electronics Mojo DAC/Headphone amplifier, so it was a nice surprise to see a press release land in our in-tray telling us that the company has won a prestigious award from EISA, the European Image and Sound organisation. The award is for the best USB DAC/headphone amplifier.

And while this might sound a bit niche, it's important to understand that other winners of EISA awards include Sony, for its digital still cameras.

So, while we're finishing the review, just a quick overview of the winning device.

It's a USB-connected portable DAC (Digital-to-Analogue Converter) with internal batteries for up to ten hours operation from a four hour charge. It's a tiny unit with two sets of headphone outputs along with inputs for USB audio signals, as well as optical and co-axial digital audio.

The Mojo will play virtually all modern audio file formats and doesn't require drivers for connection to a Mac. It will work with smartphones (including the iPhone with a 'Camera Connector').

Designed and made in the UK, it's a solid piece of kit that is well worth the asking price of £399.  It makes a huge difference to the sound of your portable device.

How does it sound? You'll have to wait for our review in a week or so, but you won't be surprised to know that we liked it very much indeed!

David Shapton

David is the Editor In Chief of RedShark Publications. He's been a professional columnist and author since 1998, when he started writing for the European Music Technology magazine Sound on Sound. David has worked with professional digital audio and video for the last 25 years.

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