March 2, 2021, Valencia, CA USA. Today, Schiit Audio announced the new Loki Mini+ 4-band equalizer. Loki Mini+ builds on the performance of Schiit’s original Loki Mini, with significantly lower noise, lower distortion, optimized frequency bands, and cosmetic refinements. Loki Mini+ remains the same price as the outgoing Loki Mini, at $149.
“The original Loki Mini was our re-invention of the classic hardware equalizer,” said Jason Stoddard, Schiit Audio’s Co-founder. “Unlike software equalizers, or constant-Q tone stacks, Loki Mini used a single discrete gain stage and LC (inductor-capacitor) filtering, similar to the most revered hardware equalizers of all time. Loki Mini+ is a significant update to Loki Mini, offering a much lower noise floor, lower distortion, improved band Q, and (we think) better sound.”
Loki Mini’s improved performance comes from a new, dual-stage, low-noise power supply, and a revised discrete gain stage that adds a driver stage, similar to Magni 3+. In addition, the bands were revised with improved Q for better coverage, and higher-quality inductors were used to further reduce distortion.
In addition to the “purist” LC-filtering approach, Loki Mini uses extremely high quality parts, such as genuine Alps potentiometers, 0.5% thin-film resistors, 2% precision film capacitors, and premium low-DCR inductors. In addition, Loki Mini’s power supply is 100% linear, with no switching regulators.
Loki Mini is entirely DC-coupled throughout, and offers a completely transparent bypass switch that connects the inputs and outputs together with a relay—no active components in the signal path at all.
“It may be a small, inexpensive product,” added Jason. “But you shouldn’t underestimate its performance. It’s built to the same high standard as our products that cost much more, and it’s the only example of a single gain stage, LC-filtered equalizer you’ll find anywhere near its price.”
Like all Schiit products, Loki Mini+ is designed and built in California or Texas, with the vast majority of cost going to US companies making parts in the USA. Schiit’s California strategic partners in chassis development, for example, are less than 5 miles away from Schiit, while Schiit’s PCB assembly is done by another strategic partner less than 30 miles away. This close coupling allows for rapid product development and excellent quality.
The Loki Mini+ is available at schiit.com today.
About Schiit Audio
Founded in June 2010 by Jason Stoddard and Mike Moffat, Schiit has grown into a leader in affordable high-end audio, with a wide range of products spanning DACs, headphone amplifiers, and preamplifiers, from $49 to $2449.