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Today I took the Mojo to the office. Here are my findings.: I compared it to the Roland Mobile UA dac/amp initially. The Roland held its own against the Mojo but fell short in not being able to play 256DSD files (These are huge files -- 4GB for an album big). Both PCM and DSD playback was about the same in quality, however, the Mojo did seem slightly wider sounding. PCM 192/24 files sounded similar and I don't think I could pick one over the other in a blind test. I also tested PCM 192/24 files between the Mojo and my Meridian Explorer (release 1) dac/amp. Again, the Explorer and Mojo sound was similar. The Meridian's volume is controlled by the music app (JRiver MC) vs by the on-board controls on the Mojo (love playing with those buttons!). The Explorer, however, was limited to USB only input and up to 192/24 PCM. Both the Roland and Meridian do not have any battery power. I also tested the Roland and the Mojo in line out mode to the Littledot MK III tube amplifier. I discovered that I didn't quite have the Digital River configured correctly to play DSD as it was converting to PCM 64 (I had the WASAPI setting selected) . The Mojo alerted me to this fact because the power button didn't turn white as it should for DSD playback -- I wouldn't have known otherwise so kudos to the Mojo. I had to set the driver to ASIO Chord 1.05 and the output to DSD bitstream in DoP format. (DSD over PCM is supported by the Mojo). BTW I was continuing to listen with the Fostex TH900 headphones during this listening session. (Did I get any work done today? hmmm).
I then handed the Mojo over to my buddy in the next cubicle that has the MD Fostex THX-00 cans and a Micca Origen+ (DAC/AMP). He also confessed that he didn't think he could do a blind test to pick the best DAC. He did comment that he felt the Mojo's amp component had a lot of power that he felt the Origen couldn't match. At the end of the day he said that he felt I should keep the Mojo and sell the other gear on my desk to help cover the cost. I think he just likes saying "Mojo Baby!" with an Italian accent. He went around the office and told people that he stole my Mojo.
All in all I think I want to keep the Mojo. Why you may ask? It is just an awesome, portable dac/amp that I actually could drop in my backpack and take anywhere. I think I may start to buy and download DSD files in the future only problem with DSD is finding an app to convert to PCM. Any suggestions?
this is great, I can save a few hundred bucks if it sounds so similar to those other dacs!
If you have an iPhone you can use HF Player by Onkyo to play DSD files.
Path works, take the Mojo with you to try other headphones with it. I think you'll be very surprised by what it's revealing.
The Mojo is poor at DSD playback its much better with high quality PCM. The iDSD beats the crap out of the Mojo in DSD quality playback which is odd because it shouldnt. Supposedly this was improved in the Hugo 2 but I havent heard it. Likely this will translate into a Mojo 2 if the hype is true.