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DAR prize giveaway #7: Chord Electronics Mojo

  • What’s the best DAC for under a grand in 2016? Not at easy question to answer. Different strokes suit different folks. Let’s skip out on the car analogy and head straight to the local Indian restaurant. Now we ask: what’s the best curry?

    A Korma echoes the Schiit Bifrost multibit’s fuller creamed euphony. For a more direct hit to the palette, we look to the Chord Mojo’s upfront, complex spicing – think jalfrezi.

    Moving our descriptive language back to audio land, the Mojo gives us a clear and present detailing of music and an abundance of spatial queues that combine for a forgive-me-not take on recordings good and bad. The Mojo shines a light into darker corners by dialing down the possible obfuscation of fatt(i)er connective tissue.

    Twin 3.5mm headphone outputs and rechargeable battery power give the Mojo the functional edge over the single utility, mains-tethered Schiit. Oh – and the Schiit doesn’t play ball with smartphones and tablets as easily as the Mojo. BYO CCK and off you go.

    Run your eyes over the DAR review/s of the Chord Mojo here and here. Video coverage for beginners is here.

    No surprise then that Chord Electronics can’t make ‘em fast enough.

    Today’s news is all about you: a Chord Mojo could be yours in return for a little social media diligence instead of the usual US$599 asking. Yup – DAR is teaming up with the UK manufacturer to give away a Chord Mojo to one p/lucky reader.

    We’re not giving this away to just any old Thomas, Richard or Harold, name pulled from a hat. You’ll have to work for it.

    Here’s how:

    Step 1: Give DAR a ‘Like’ on Facebook (here).

    Step 2: Watch and wait for a picture of the Chord Mojo to be posted – it will say ‘WIN ME’. The post could happen anytime between Thursday 28th April and Friday 20th May, 5pm GMT. ‘Anytime’ keeps the competition time zone neutral.

    Step 3: You’ll also need to make sure Facebook’s filter doesn’t strip the post from your news feed. Do this by activating notifications on ‘All posts’ and electing ‘see first’.

    See here:


    Step 4: Respond to the Mojo pic with three picture comments of your own: one of Chord Electronics CEO John Franks, one of the Mojo’s circuit designer Rob Watts and the album cover artwork of your favourite of all time. We won’t judge you, even if it’s Celine Dion or The Scorpions. Photo links are fine.

    The first person to get all three photo comments up beneath the Mojo snap wins the Mojo for real; the DAR decision stands as final (and all that).

    Chord Electronics’ will then ship the Mojo itself to the competition winner directly from their Kent HQ. This competition is therefore open to residents of mainland Europe, the UK, the USA/Canada and Australia/NZ.

    And now you watch and you wait. You will sleep with one eye open. You will not rest until that Mojo is yours.

    Further information: Chord Electronics

    UPDATE May 2016: Congratulations to our winner, Pete H of NSW, Australia.

    John Darko

    Written by John Darko

    John currently lives in Berlin where creates videos and podcasts and pens written pieces for Darko.Audio. He has also contributed to 6moons, TONEAudio, AudioStream and Stereophile.

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    1. You must have been reading my mind, John. What DAC under a $1000? I looked at the Schiit Bifrost multibit as an upgrade to my Chameleon but was not sure it would be much better than my Bifrost AK4490 . I looked at the Mojo but I am not clear if it works as a DAC in a standard HiFi setup. It appears it is really intended as a portable headphone unit or with a laptop…. So is it fair to compare it with a the Bifrost?

      • I’m flagging my top two on a sonics but also point out that it’s a matter of flavour *and* flexibility as to which one you’d go for. Does that not come across?

        • Interesting John. Which Bifrost? Any issues with the power supply, heating or the battery with the Mojo?

    2. I’d rather listen to Celine Dion or the Scorpions than join Facebook. Yes, I want the Mojo. No, I won’t join Facebook in order to get a chance to win one. I want to win the product, not be the product!

        • John, you should be on my email list…soon a piece on conspiracy theories and tin hats…a special on Moonbats. We are growing them here states side…you have my email address, I lost yours. Andy

    3. Just give me the Mojo. I’ll get you any kind of pictures you want. I gots access to all kinds of freaky stuff…

    4. I feel as others do about FB, including the narcissistic selfie world of minute by minute posting and about their owner’s collusion with Germany in censoring news, but man, do I love Mojo!

      I have not heard anything give the clarity and detail that Mojo affords. I also have read that according to specifications, I would have to spend, likely, 10X the cost to match what, in science, mojo allows for us to hear.

      I loved Mojo immediately upon use, but after a few months of brain training (getting used to interpreting the heavy data load from Mojo), I love it even more so. I can now aptly identify severely compressed music from hi fidelity (like Tidal, FLAC, etc) with ease, but this is from the ‘training’ of the ear/brain processing time spent with Mojo. Listening to music without Mojo has now become something I actually do not enjoy. It is well made and something quite special. My .02 J.

    5. No mojo will ever make me join Facebook.

      Even if you were giving away a Dave, I wouldn’t waist my time.

    6. That is one weird prize giveaway John. Posting pics of the Chord guys to your Facebook page? A little creepy for me (I would think for them too). Facebook lost its “Mojo” for me years ago. So I’m out.

      • DAR does things differently and competitions are no exception. I realise that the way this one is being run isn’t for everyone but what I *do* find interesting (read: a little odd) is the number of people who have taken the trouble to say they won’t be entering. Colour me bemused. Doubly so in light of the previous prize giveaway being run via Instagram (and in a similar fashion) and no-one seemed to bat an eyelid.

        • Not “odd” at all John. It’s your readers/customers giving you direct feedback. Far more valuable and honest marketing intel than “likes” and “posts” generated from a giveaway.

            • I can only speak for myself but the prize being offered in this giveaway is more desirable to me than the ones you have put up thus far. All of the prizes so far have been great and I would love to have any of them but I weigh the prize against the work that is potentially required. The Mojo is something I would consider doing some work for. So I read what the requirements were. I can honestly say I haven’t for the other giveaways and I read this site pretty religiously. Hope this feedback is helpful.

            • I guess this giveaway is firmly targeted at those for whom Facebook is second nature, a normal part of life, more than those who view it with suspicion.

        • I didn’t enter that one either. Why don’t you design your contests for *your* dedicated readers without expecting us to participate in some kind of social media that doesn’t interest us? We enjoy your writing. That doesn’t mean we necessarily enjoy whatever type of social media you select. I’m not a member of Instagram and I’m not a member of Facebook. I have no plans to join either one. If that means I will be excluded from your contests, so be it. However, I am a dedicated reader of your writing, so I would like to see some contests that don’t require participation in social media other than reading your site.

          • Simple. Because DAR is more than just a website with readers; its Facebook, Instagram and Twitter feeds are an integral part of this site’s web presence. If you don’t enjoy those social media outlets, don’t use ’em – that’s your call, obviously. This comp is for the many thousands of DAR readers who do. The comp IS therefore for dedicated readers, just not for those who don’t do Facebook. Perhaps the next one won’t be social media specific at all. We shall see…

    7. Facebook and Instagram are two completely different beasts.
      I was a photographer and use Instagram simply because of the photo aspect, and the love of photos. And the hi-fi community on Instagram is interesting, and not a word ever needs to be conveyed.
      Now for Facebook, that’s a completely different experience.
      I’d enter and happily participate in any competion that involved Instagram.

    8. I don’t view Facebook with suspicion, the problem with Facebook is that it’s not good for society as a whole for everyone to know what everyone else is doing.
      If you doubt that opinion, just watch the news everyday and find out just how intrusive it actually is.
      I’ve lost friends and had issues with family because of social media. And I’ve never been happier since I left it.

    9. Not to get too tin foil hatty 😉 but do we have to careful that we don’t share a link (particularly the album cover artwork) from a dodgy album cover site? Just want to check if doing a google image search and grabbing any image link is acceptable.
      Mojo a mojo

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