A bid of events and a carefree financial determination person led maine to autumn successful emotion pinch a gadget I haven’t utilized for respective years — and it each started nan time Apple decided to time off nan aged Lightning relationship down and usage USB-C connected nan iPhone 15 series instead.
But to show nan story, I will person to spell backmost moreover further successful clip first. Let maine explain.
A gadget I loved but had forgotten about
That communicative originates not pinch nan iPhone but pinch a digital-to-analog converter, aliases DAC. At nan commencement of 2022, I reviewed nan Chord Mojo 2 DAC — a gadget that fits successful betwixt your euphony subordinate and headphones, enhancing nan sound and providing a immense magnitude of customization, too. It made my iPhone 13 Pro sound glorious, but to do so, it needed nan Lightning-to-USB Camera Adaptor dongle connected to different dongle, this clip a USB-A-to-Micro-USB. It was a batch of cables and connectors to woody with, and that was earlier adding nan cablegram to nan headphones. There are immoderate typical Mojo-compatible Lightning-to-USB-C cables retired there, but buying different cablegram to switch existing cables I already owned seemed pointless.
I mostly utilized nan Chord Mojo 2 pinch a brace of Focal Stellia headphones, kindly loaned to maine by Focal. The $3,000 headphones are superb and astir apt nan champion I’ve ever used, isolated from nan moreover much costly Focal Utopias I erstwhile demoed and practically refused to return disconnected my caput they were truthful sublime. Having nan Stellia paired pinch nan Chord Mojo 2 correct location successful my location for an extended play was amazing. I really group speech clip to beryllium down and perceive to music, thing I’d forgotten really to do pinch Bluetooth headphones, which look to promote activity.
When nan clip came to return nan Focal Stellia’s to nan company, I was very sad to spot them go, and, looking back, it marked nan extremity of those days of relaxing pinch headphones on, exploring some caller and acquainted euphony — sometimes conscionable to acquisition really it sounded. I still utilized nan Mojo 2 and its stupid postulation of cables and dongles pinch my ain Sennheiser HD660 headphones, but I’ve ne'er really loved them for illustration I did nan Focal Stellia. Time passed, and nan cable-tastic Mojo 2 was utilized little and less.
USB-C comes to nan iPhone 15
Apple announced nan iPhone 15 bid successful September 2023, and I chose nan iPhone 15 Pro Max arsenic nan exemplary I’d usage for nan adjacent twelvemonth aliases so, but nan summation of USB-C ne'er really appealed astatine first owed to nan lack of existent accelerated charging. But a fewer weeks into ownership, I remembered nan Chord Mojo 2 and its tangle of cables. Would it activity without each that messiness now? Using nan charismatic braided USB-C-to-USB-C cablegram that comes included pinch nan iPhone 15 Pro Max, I tried it out.
Indeed, each that’s needed to link nan awesome Mojo 2 to nan iPhone 15 — sloppy of which 1 — is simply a USB-C cable. The full dongle nightmare is over, and it’s not only a batch easier, but it’s besides a batch neater, too. It encouraged maine to find a brace of wired headphones and spot really it sounded, but it besides reminded maine that nan Focal Stellia were agelong gone. Like many, my headphone life has been wireless for immoderate time, and immoderate caller pairs I’ve purchased aliases reviewed precocious don’t person cables.
This was each happening astir Black Friday, which is ne'er a bully clip to beryllium considering immoderate caller luxury merchandise that you don’t really need. Perhaps thankfully, nan Focal Stellia seldom spot a meaningful discount, astatine slightest not astatine nan level I could warrant them. But I was seeing different brace of Focal headphones astir pinch a temptingly important discount — nan Focal Elegia. I for illustration closed-back headphones, and comments online astir nan sound indicated they’d respond good to tuning pinch a instrumentality for illustration nan Mojo 2. Sure, I’d ne'er heard nan Elegia, making it a risky purchase, but I wasn’t going to fto that extremity me.
This wouldn’t person happened without USB-C
I recovered a caller group of Focal Elegias for conscionable 320 British pounds, which is astir $400 and little than half their original price. I knew they wouldn’t situation nan Stellia’s, but it would still beryllium money good spent if they had moreover a tenth of nan affectional punch. They surely person nan aforesaid awesome position and packaging arsenic nan Stellia’s, but retired of nan box, nan sound conscionable wasn’t rather there. I couldn’t put my digit connected it, but they were a spot … lifeless.
Plugging nan azygous USB cablegram into nan iPhone and nan Mojo 2 felt oddly special, having not done truthful for almost a twelvemonth astatine this point, arsenic did connecting nan Elegia’s oversized 3.5mm jack to nan other side. This is wherever I fell for nan Mojo 2 again, arsenic playing pinch nan equalizer to subtly alteration nan sound made a monolithic quality to really nan headphones sounded. I’d recovered nan other sub bass that was missing, and adjusting nan crossfeed helped widen nan soundstage — complementing nan awesome midrange and vocal capacity that were already there.
Has nan Mojo 2 made nan Elegia’s sound for illustration nan Stellia? No, of people not, but its versatility has allowed maine to flooded nan somewhat disappointing out-of-the-box sound. It has helped maine exorcise nan shade of nan astonishing Stellia’s, a group of headphones I understand I whitethorn ne'er perceive again, and to rediscover nan joyousness of conscionable sitting down and listening to music. While I’ve written mostly astir really nan Mojo 2 and nan Focal Elegia’s sound, I wouldn’t person recovered any of it retired if Apple hadn’t ditched nan Lightning cablegram for a USB-C.
Fast charging whitethorn not person arrived pinch USB-C, but thing arsenic adjuvant has: convenience. Fewer cables and dongles make nan Mojo 2 specifically much friends to ain and use, and it’s apt nan aforesaid for various different accessories that erstwhile relied connected further parts to operate. It has taken a while, but I’ve yet recovered a logic to rejoice astir nan presence of USB-C connected nan Apple iPhone.
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