Well, the audio press airwaves have been all aflutter for the last month or so, ever since a certain envelope dropped in our collective mailboxes.img010SMALL

The envelope contained an invitation from Chord Electronics to a “Lunch and Launch” on the thirty third floor of The Shard in London town. The promise was of champagne, canapés and an eight course Chinese lunch accompanied by the launch of new product from this British manufacturer.12165820_10205697671696370_1593776108_n

The bumph said that this would be Chord Electronics “most advanced project yet” and so hence why tongues were all a-chatter and ears all pricked up to find any early gossip of what this most advanced of projects would yield.12166448_10205697673096405_312419587_n

In fact it appears that the game changer is a palm sized DAC which draws on the tech used in the Hugo and is intended for use by folk using mobile phones as a musical source…essentially it will bypass the DAC onboard the phone, outputting it into the MoJo (Mobile Joy).

You can drive two sets of headphones with Mojo and it will play all files from 44.1kHz to 768kHz and will play DSD 64, DSD 128, DSD 256 as well as WAV, AIFF, MP3, FLAC and AAC files.

Mojo will have a micro USB poert (used for charging too), 3.5mm coaxial and Toslink inputs with selection being fully automatic with the file being played frequency being indicated by a series of colours on the power switch.

You’ll get eight hours of playback from a four hour charge which should be adequate for most folks normal use…

SPECIFICATIONS

Inputs

  • 1 x Micro USB 768KHz/32-bit
  • 1 x 3.5mm jack coaxial 768KHz/32-bit
  • 1 X Optical Toslink 192KHz/24-bit
  • 1 X Micro USB charging port

Outputs

  • 2. x 3.5mm headphone jacks

£399.

More photographs of Chord’s Mojo here

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