Queen of Audio has released a new version of its flagship Mojito model simply called the new Mojito. With it is a slight price increase from $399 to $429. With this change, comes a new design and tuning for its sound signature. The original Mojito has a lot of great qualities, but does the new one lose anything in translation?
What You Get
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Look and Feel
The base design of both the Mojitos is quite similar. They both use the same natural wood carving for their main body, with a glossy resin to finish it off. Aside from their different paint jobs, these IEMs are pretty much the same in terms of fit. In both models, I think the spout is slightly too big and feels big in the ear initially. I would have liked the new Mojito to make an improvement here, but it opts for the same build as the old.
Both IEMs possess the same driver configuration, with 6 balanced armatures that feature units from Sonion and Knowles. In terms of design, the only key difference is their cable. Minus their coloration, the biggest difference here is the new Mojito’s 4.4mm termination. It comes with a 3.5mm adapter too, while the original Mojito only provides 3.5mm single-ended.
I always like the soundstage of the original Mojito, but the new model is a much more significant improvement. With the Mojito, you get a nice oval-shaped image, with a good amount of depth thrown in. The issue is its separation and height, which the new Mojito takes proper advantage of. Cleaner layers are easily perceived with a noticeably more spacious appearance. Layers of frequency feel like they properly stack on top of one another, creating a much more full stereo image. While the original Mojito provided great width, the new model just goes above and beyond. Here, the sounds feel properly distant while still maintaining the earphone’s grandiose sense of scale in its stereo field.
If there’s one thing these IEMs have in common it’s their bass. Both earphones have a fast and punchy response, showcasing good detail and vibrating qualities. Although both IEMs are very snappy in their low-end presentation, the new Mojito has a bit more depth to its tonality. Not only are the frequencies a bit more crisp and clean, but they’re space in a way that gives the timbre a good pool of tone that provides a foundation for the sound signature to build itself on. The original Mojito has an adequate groove to it but is missing some considerable lift from the sub-bass.
The midrange gets a good spotlight in both Mojitos. Frequencies receive a meaty tonality that brings richness to the mids, adding to its impactful timbre. They’re both presented with a more forward accentuation, revealing vocals and select instrumentals and placing them in a more prominent position. Very few differences between the Mojitos can be noticed here, but if I had to put my finger on it, I’d say the staging of the new Mojito, makes the midrange slightly more transparent than the older model. Textures are a bit cleaner, and the separation makes the frequencies easier to digest.
There’s plenty of treble coloration within both Mojitos. The new model’s bigger height helps expand these details with a bit more articulation, but both IEMs provide a good shine for their top end. In this section, I actually think the original Mojito is the more smooth response, as though the new Mojito doesn’t verge into a harsh territory, some tracks do have a certain spark of brightness that can sometimes be quite piercing. I never felt that way with the first Mojito, as the details are still well presented, but with a stricter tonality.
This is a tough comparison since you really can’t go wrong with either model. It’s one of the harder choices to make, but I think the new Mojito gives you enough tuning enhancements to the sound signature that makes them worthwhile. If you already own the Mojito and are looking to upgrade, there might be other options out there, but if you want to make the new Mojito your first purchase from Queen of Audio, you won’t be left disappointed.
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