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Hear more from your music – from your smartphone, tablet or computer – and drive your headphones to new heights. The Chord Mojo is the ultimate DAC/headphone amplifier; a pocket-sized metal marvel that allows you to hear more from your headphones, anywhere.
Designed and built in England, every element of its design has been engineered to deliver exceptional sound to your ears. And with support for almost any audio format – including DSD – up to 32-bit/768kHz, multiple inputs and dual headphone outputs, it’s a highly flexible friend.
Here are some of Mojo’s sonic secrets.
- Custom made Digital to Analogue Converter (DAC) chipset
- Custom-coded Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) circuitry, several times more complex – and accurate – than a standard DAC chipset.
- 500 times the processing capacity of a standard DAC chip
- 20 times the frequency of regular DACs
- 750mW output power; 0.075 ohms impedance; 125dB dynamic range
- Ready to use with any smartphone – including the iPhone 7. Adding Mojo to your smartphone is an instant upgrade to power, quality and sheer enjoyment – it even turns it into a high-resolution music player.
Discover more about the Mojo’s Award-winning excellence – and your local stockist – at chordmojo.com.
The Meridian Explorer², provides a sound so natural and nuanced, it will render your headphones impossible to put down!
LOSSLESS AUDIO – Explorer² plays high resolution 24-bit/192 kHz files at their native resolution without downsampling and its MQA ready.
INTELLIGENT – Meridian’s unique Apodising filter can actually fix errors in digital recordings, making them sound more alive.
ABSOLUTE CONTROL – Ultra-low impedance and 100dB advanced volume control provide exceptional control for the most sensitive headphones.
Meridian’s Prime Headphone Amplifier is for those who seek the highest possible performance from conventional analogue audio sources.
‘OUTSIDE THE HEAD’ EXPERIENCE – Analogue Spatial Processing (ASP) allows for complete immersion, blending the left and right channels to help you forget that you’re wearing headphones
DIGITAL & ANALOGUE INPUTS – Input either computer audio sources via USB or analogue sources such as your phone, tablet or Hifi – all of them sound great and it’s MQA ready.
ALL HEADPHONES – Two 6.3mm sockets for separately-wired and conventional headphones, while a 3.5mm headphone socket is perfect for in-ears.
Enjoy your music in any room. The MS200 from Meridian is the perfect high-resolution partner for any analogue or digital system.
HI RES – Get Meridian’s High Resolution up-sampling in all your rooms and from all of your music with Meridian Sooloos.
MULTIPLE OUTPUTS – Analogue, digital and SpeakerLink outputs allow the Media Source 200 to work with any system.
ABSOLUTE CONTROL – 3rd party control options plus IP control via the free Sooloos app.
Placing a pair of the Meze 99 Classics on your ears often results in a, ‘Wow – I didn’t expect them to sound so good!’ Sometimes a product gets the balance just right. With the 99 Classics, Meze achieve a sound that offers enough detail and neutrality to appeal to the audiophile ear, whilst maintaining a warm and fun sound that won’t ever get too analytical. They are just as happy connected to a smart phone, playing back an MP3, as they are plugged into a DAC for hi-res listening. Add to this a striking design, with beautifully finished walnut or maple cups, and you have a headphone which is at once visual stunning and a great all-round sonic performer.
Price – £279
Following the Meze ethos of ‘perfectly natural sound’, the 12 Classics follow in the footsteps of their elder brother, the 99 Classics. Featuring the same walnut housing, the 12 Classics offer surprisingly impressive sound from a relatively inexpensive in ear. Presented in an attractive hard box, with hard carry case and a broad range of ear tips, including a Comply foam option, the 12 Classics offer great value for money. If wood isn’t your thing you can save a few pounds and get the same great Meze sound with the 11 Neo (£49) – available with Gun Metal or Iridium grey aluminium housings.
Price – £69
With the DAC1 Benchmark captivated the ears of audiophiles looking for a no-nonsense high performance DAC. Still used in Abbey Road today the Benchmark DAC is a highly flexible and hugely revealing professional device. With their HGC and L models Benchmark added features in reply to demands from audiophile users, who found Benchmark DACs a great fit in their home systems. These models are carried through to the latest series 3 DACs. Utilising the very latest ESS Technologies ES9028PRO chip, Benchmark have once more raised the bar in mid-range DAC performance. As always with Benchmark they are keen to share their philosophies and professional approach to product design.
Price – £2349
Fostex, often known for their multi-track and studio recording products, can be a much misunderstood brand. Their parent company Foster, a huge Japanese OEM driver manufacturer employing over 30,000 staff in 20 countries worldwide, has been in the driver business since the 1940s. A Foster speaker was used in the first Sony portable radio!
Fostex is going through an evolutionary change. Returning to their roots in transducers (many of which were, and still are, often found in other well-known brands) Fostex are turning their attentions to audiophile headphone and speaker design. Alongside these are some very capable DACs and amplifiers, developed and tested at Foster’s extensive facilities in Tokyo, Japan.
The HPA4BL offers generous output levels and a meticulously implemented Burr-Brown PCM1792A DAC chip, offering 192 kHz PCM and 11.2 MHz DSD support. Unusually at this price, the HP-A4BL also offers a 4-pin balanced output for more demanding headphone listing. Early reviews and feedback suggest that Fostex have hit on a winner with the HP-A4BL, which offers outstanding performance and features at an entry level price.
Price – £395
The twenty5.21 is proof that great things come in small packages. Don’t let its compact size fool you; this loudspeaker is nothing less than remarkable. Its complex ATL and Laminair vent mean that you get speed, weight and transparency, with the greatest bass extension of any loudspeaker this size. Whether on a shelf or its performance-enhancing stand, the twenty5.21 excels with all types of music. Its articulate mid-range, clear, open highs and profound bass mean it can fill rooms both medium and small with astonishing ease.
The more substantial standmount in the twenty5 range is a force to be reckoned with. The larger, potent g-weave bass driver, together with the new Laminair vent and an ATL of surprising length given the cabinet dimensions: all combine to give the twenty5.22 bass weight, punch and dynamics that are unmatched in its class. The twenty5.22 is not only made for music’s visceral qualities, it is equally capable when it comes to resolving the fine details that produce realistic and finely nuanced performances of the utmost delicacy.
Arguably the most elegant model in the range, the twenty5.23 takes the speed, transparency and sophistication of the twenty5.21 and adds greater bass extension and power. And yet its slim-line form doesn’t mean it can’t move you. No matter what type of music you love, the twenty5.23 will let you absorb the quietest and most dramatic moments without missing a beat, and its realism with vocals puts you in the best seat in the house.
The flagship model in the twenty5 series is also the most capable. The mid-range dome driver makes it the most revealing while the substantial bass driver coupled to an extended ATL produces tangible bass that brings music and movies to life. The twenty5.26 was created for people who want the full immersion experience, and its feeling of limitless headroom allows it to reproduce all the majesty and dynamics of any great work. And then there’s its ability to unearth depth and detail that makes the experience so incredibly real.
ARIES MINI is a powerful, wireless streaming node designed to connect to an existing home audio system. It not only shares all the software and hardware functions of the award winning ARIES, but is also equipped with additional high quality analogue output and will accommodate an additional internal hard drive with no capacity limitation. TIDAL, Qobuz music service embedded. AirPlay and Bluetooth connectivity.
ARIES MINI can stream high-resolution music quickly and wirelessly in virtually any sampling rate, even the latest Quad-Rate DSD and DXD. It is powered by AURALiC’s proprietary Tesla hardware platform that includes a Quad-Core ARM Coretex-A9 processor running at 1GHz, 512MB DDR3 onboard memory and 4GB internal storage. Lightning Streaming offers several innovative and unique features such as Gapless Playback, On-Device Playlist, Memory Cache and Bit-Perfect Multi-Room functions. Available from specialist Hifi retailers.
This is a perfect single-box music source. It combines a High-End DAC with a world class wireless streaming solution. The 15 input sources including streaming capability from a Network Shared Folder, USB drive, Internal music storage (optional), uPnP/DLNA media server, TIDAL and Qobuz streaming, Internet Radio, AirPlay, Bluetooth, Songcastand RoonReady. Digital inputs are AES/EBU, Coaxial, Toslink, USB device to computer, 2 USB host for storage and external DAC. ALTAIR is developed based on AURALiC’s award-winning VEGA Digital Audio Process and AURALiC’s award-winning Lightning Streaming Platform. Launched in 2014, Lightning Streaming is the industry’s first streaming solution that supports Quad-Rate DSD, PCM up to 32Bit/384K through Wi-Fi network. Lightning Streaming offers several innovative and unique features such as Gapless Playback, On-Device Playlist, Memory Cache and Bit-Perfect Multi-Room functions. This on-going platform is maintained, and continually developed by AURALiC’s in-house software R&D team to ensure customers are regularly updated with new features through the product’s automatic software update system. Available from specialist Hifi retailers.
The ARIES serves as a “bridge” between music files on network storage or high quality online streaming services and the consumers’ DAC — enabling DACs for the first time to stream high-resolution music quickly and wirelessly in virtually any sampling rate, including DSD, Double-Rate DSD and DXD. TIDAL and Qobuz music services embedded. AirPlay connectivity. Lightning Streaming offers several innovative and unique features such as Gapless Playback, On-Device Playlist, Memory Cache and Bit-Perfect Multi-Room functions. This on-going platform is maintained, and continually developed by AURALiC’s in-house software R&D team to ensure customers are regularly updated with new features through the product’s automatic software update system. Available from specialist Hifi retailers.
POLARIS defines the AURALiC brand: innovative technology, great sound, superb user experience, and excellent value. It is a wireless streamer, a music server, a DAC, a pre-amplifier and a stereo power amplifier – the ultimate solution for music lovers seeking high quality streaming from a single, compact audio component. It has seventeen inputs channels comprising streaming, digital and analogue sources. The internal DAC, incorporating AURALiC Flexible Filters and Femto Master Clock, supports Quad-Rate DSDand PCM up to 32Bit/384K. The powerful internal stereo amplifier module can deliver 120 watts per channel into 8 ohms, 180 watts per channel into 4 ohms continuous power with exceptionally low distortion. POLARIS utilises AURALiC’s award-winning Lightning Streaming Platform. Launched in 2014, Lightning Streaming is industry’s first streaming solution that supports Quad-Rate DSD, PCM up to 32Bit/384K through Wi-Fi network. Lightning Streaming offers several innovative and unique features such as Gapless Playback, On-Device Playlist, Memory Cache and Bit-Perfect Multi-Room functions. This on-going platform is maintained, and continually developed by AURALiC’s in-house software R&D team to ensure customers are regularly updated with new features through the product’s automatic software update system. Available from specialist Hifi retailers.