Last year, Kinera adjacent manufacturer Queen of Audio, released their flagship model, the Mojito. I enjoyed this mid-tier priced IEM quite a bit, as it brought Kinera’s standard quality of sound and design to a new name. Now, Queen of Audio is offering a new version of the same model, but with a new tuning and architecture. Is this new Mojito worth the upgrade?
What You Get
- Mojito In-Ear Monitors 1 Pair
- Furukawa copper with silver plated 0.78 2 pin Cable 1Pc
- Silicon Rubber Eartips 6 sets
- Foam Eartips 1 sets
- 4.4mm to 3.5mm Adapter Cable 1Pc
- Storage Case 1Pc
- User Manual 1Pc
Look and Feel
Queen of Audio brings great artistry to all of their IEMs, with their cocktail theme that brings unique designs to almost all of their products. The new Mojito is similar to its predecessor, which has a multitude of colors and variations you could choose. It has the same shell but with black and grey variations now and is made from premium wood. My only gripe about its construction is the spout, which is quite thick and can feel big in the ear. After a while, I was no longer distracted by it, but I would consider it a hurdle to get past.
The Mojito uses a system of balanced armatures to complete its sound. There are 6 in total, which include 2 Sonion and 4 Knowles drivers. It uses a crossover that covers 5Hz-50kHz through a carved CNC acoustic cavity for a more naturalistic sound signature. One of the new Mojito’s biggest changes is its cable, which now has a 4.4mm balanced termination. Much like Kinera’s Imperial Nanna, the new Mojito’s copper and silver-plated cable provide a balanced connection with a 3.5mm adapter.
With the original Mojito, I was impressed with the soundstage and its level of width and depth. The new Mojito keeps that response to a tea, with only improvements to be made. I felt the old Mojito possessed an oval-shaped image, but the new model gives me a more circular appearance with a more noticeable height. Its spaciousness is a bit more spherical and holographic, but still sticks to a linear stereo field most of the time. Its width is definitely the new Mojito’s most striking characteristic, with sounds blaring past the shells of the earphones effortlessly. Tracks like “Troubles Air” from Sun O)))) showcase its ability in this area quite well, with its rich and heavily distorted guitars conveying their positioning in the stereo image like they’re coming right from their amplifiers that are placed directly on the left and right side of you respectfully.
The bass response provides an even and crisp timbre that works for bass heads and listeners who are just looking for clarity. Mid-bass frequencies stick out the most, with a punchy response that’s tight and effective within its space. Lower bass tones are properly resonant without feeling bloated and provide a good pool of texture to feel just lively enough to stand out. Not much else can be said about their tonality, the frequencies just do their job very well. They convey a more neutral timbre while still appearing gripping and energetic.
Midrange frequencies present a heightened tonality, featuring a more emphasized timbre and more textural qualities. Its voluminous response definitely takes center stage with the new Mojito, offering a richer tone and more defined details. Instrumentals have a far more transparent appearance that makes the response have so much more resolution, with clear as day performances that keep a lasting impression. Vocals also stick out more in relative conjunction with the instrumentals, performing a sense of musicality that not a lot of IEMs in the price range are able to replicate.
The treble range doesn’t lack fidelity. High frequencies are plentiful and have a strong bite to them. They avoid harshness but the character of the tone is still there, giving the timbre texture and height. Some piercing elements can be spotted, but I never felt like it was a detriment to the sound signature, but instead fulfilled a sense of accentuation for the tail end of the frequency spectrum.
This newly tuned Mojito is a welcome edition to Queen of Audio’s growing selection of IEMs. The differences in tuning provide just enough noticeable change to make the new Mojito worth looking into, but if you already own the original pair, I don’t see much reason to rush out and upgrade to these ones immediately. However, I think if you haven’t had a chance to own the Mojito yet, this new edition is well worth it for its $429 price point.
The new Queen of Audio Mojito is available at Audio46.