Queen of Audio(QOA) might be a new name in the industry but from what I have heard about them, they are a sister brand to Kinera and have a professional team with years of experience. Like Kinera designs and names, all their IEMs related to gods from the Norse Mythology QOA products are inspired by cocktails. Earlier they released Pink Lady, a triple hybrid driver IEM with beautiful looks. It grabbed decent reviews from the people around them. My review is still pending for it lol but I promise to deliver it soon. Earlier this year, they released their second IEM, the QOA mojito. It is a very beautiful pair with sparkling looks and a powerful 6BA setup on each side. Today I am gonna share my experience with the Mojito with you all.
I received the QOA Mojito for review purposes from the review circle organized by hifigo.com in my country. I am not affiliated or paid by anyone to write any positive or negative thoughts about the pair, all impressions are based on my personal experience with the pair.
The QOA Mojito comes in a beautiful cardboard case that looks like a cookie/chocolate packaging. As I open up the packaging, the first thing I notice is the beautiful earpieces sitting firmly in the foam cutouts. There are six pairs of silicone ear tips, three black and three color matching to the IEM color. The package also has a leather carry case that holds the 3.5mm terminated copper cable. The package looks beautiful and comes with all the required accessories. Though if you use foam ear tips, you don’t get them in the package.
>Pair of QOA Mojito IEMs.
>2-pin pure copper cable with 3.5mm termination plug.
>Six pairs of silicone ear tips( 3 pairs color matched, 3 pairs black).
>Leather carry case.
Build Quality & Fit:-
One thing everyone will praise about the QOA Mojito is the beautiful looks of the pair. I got the Grape Sparkling Wine color, believe me, it looks very beautiful in hands. They are made with natural wood and have that wooden texture feel to them. Both the earpieces with me have different unique textures with a smooth finish. The cable included looks to be of very good quality, it is very soft, connects firmly to the earpieces, and has a straight plug 3.5mm termination plug.
Earpieces are actually very lightweight and provide a very comfortable fit to me using the stock color matching ear tips. I get proper isolation from outside noise.
Driving the QOA Mojito:-
The QOA Mojito has a low impedance rating of 23 Ohms with high sensitivity of 118dB, it is very easy to drive. I used it with my smartphone Samsung Galaxy S10, my DAP iBasso DX160. I was able to enjoy music at around 50-60% volume on both the devices with more than adequate volume.
The Mojito is a dark/veiled sounding pair of in-ear monitors. It shows impactful mid-bass slams with a rich textured feel to them complementing the main attraction, Vocals. The vocals have a lush, crisp clarity to them with natural tonality. Vocals are actually one of the best I have heard so far, superior to DK3001 Pro. The Bass portion shows good powerful slams but is a bit less in quantity and speed as compared to dynamic driver IEMs. High frequencies show decent details but suffer early roll-off resulting in mediocre performance in the high frequencies.
The lower end shows good texture, impactful slams, brings layered feeling to the music but it lacks in quantity and speed when compared to a DD IEM. It is slower compared to dynamic driver bass but it leaves its impact. I must say the mid-bass slams are pretty powerful and rich in texture. The sub-bass portion shows its presence with good rumble complementing my music. For me, It is more than adequate with rich layered slams and feeds my hunger for thumping in music.
The mid frequencies take a step forward as compared to the lows and highs. Sometimes I feel like it has an “A” shaped sound signature with elevated vocals. They are decently detailed with high-resolution natural vocals. It’s right and the presentation is forward for the user. Vocals are actually the main attraction of the pair. They sound really soothing and crisp with a natural tonality and never sound fatiguing or shouty even at louder volumes. Listening to vocal-centric artists like Damien Rice, Gloria Gaynor is bliss with the Mojito where they pop out in a rich tone.
The treble portion suffers early roll-off in the tuning of QOA Mojito. This makes the pair sound veiled and makes instruments like Violins, Electric guitars lack some extensions. The plus point here is that it shows no signs of sibilance or harshness even at louder volumes. It is very smooth and transparent.
Soundstage and Imaging:-
QOA Mojito has a very good soundstage presentation. It is wide, deep, and produces a big headroom for the user with ample airiness. The headroom is more than adequate for different genre’s of music and shows good imaging capabilities.
Overall the Mojito is a decent pair of in-ear monitors with outstanding looks, superb build quality, and a high-quality cable bundled in the package. In terms of sonic performance it produces some of the best vocals out there with impactful yet slow bass performance, and a veiled treble portion. For people who love bright sounding IEM’s, this might be a disappointment for you. But if you crave for smooth performance and natural vocals, the QOA Mojito has that in an ample amount to make it an excellent choice for you.
I compared the QOA Mojito with TFZ Secret Garden 3.0 which is also an all BA driver IEM and features 3 BA drivers on each side as compared to the 6 on the Mojito. Not to mention both the pairs look outstanding but in my opinion the Mojito outperforms it in terms of looks and build quality with premium stable wood ear shells.
In terms of sonic performance, The TFZ SG3 produces a brighter signature as compared to Mojito and has better extensions in the higher frequencies. While the Mojito produces better vocals and bass-slams, the SG3 produces better instrument details with a little bit better bass quantity. The soundstage is more or less similar in both the earphones. So if you are someone like me who craves rich vocals, the Mojito is the one to go for.