Boards being soldered. Final assembly will be in California at NITSCH. First orders expected to ship November 2022.
Schiit Collab Happens
While traveling around SoCal, Christian met up with Schiit co-founder Jason Stoddard at Schiit's Valencia location. He got the chance to listen to an odd and interesting little amp. The Magni Piety ("Apostolic Edition" at the time) had the look of a Magni amp, but its topology was closer to the Jotunheim 2. It's reliance on certain parts made it infeasible for Schiit to produce at scale. But could there at least be a limited run? The amp became a perfect mission for NITSCH.
Solid state practicality, tube-like sound
Piety’s design is a new take on the Continuity circuit used in the Jotunheim 2. Its output stage features a massively-paralleled transistor design that creates some triode-like characteristics. In plain English, Piety is half the size of a Jotunheim 2, uses smaller transistors, and was tweaked for a bit of tube-like sound.
Measurements aren’t the whole story
In many ways, the Piety’s design is the opposite of the Magni Heresy. (Piety vs. Heresy, get it?) While the Heresy uses op-amps, the Piety uses discrete parts. While the Heresy aims for the lowest distortion of any Magni, the Piety exhibits distortion characteristics, gain curves, and square waves resembling tube amps.
This is a limited, one-time release. Mix of amps available for US, EU, AU, UK.
- A new variation of the Continuity™ circuit design
- Two-step gain switch
- Powder-coated steel chassis in unique NITSCH colorway
- Designed and hand-assembled in California
- Limited, one-time release
In the box
- 1 × Magni Piety
- 1 × Wall-Wart 16–16VAC, 1A
|Frequency response||20Hz-20Khz, +/-0.06dB|
|Maximum power||16 ohms||1.2W RMS per channel|
|32 ohms||1W RMS per channel|
|50 ohms||0.8W RMS per channel|
|300 ohms||400mW RMS per channel|
|600 ohms||200mW RMS per channel|
|THD+N||High gain||Less than 0.013 at 1V RMS into 32 ohms|
|Low gain||Less than 0.009 at 1V RMS into 32 ohms|
|IMD||High gain||Less than 0.0012% at 1V RMS into 32 ohms, CCIF|
|Low gain||Less than 0.001% at 1V RMS into 32 ohms, CCIF|
|SNR||High gain||Greater than 94dB, A weighted, referenced to 1V RMS|
|Low gain||Greater than 104dB, A weighted, referenced to 1V RMS|
|Crosstalk||-90dB, 20 Hz-20 kHz in either gain|
|Output impedance||Less than 0.6 ohms at either gain|
|Input impedance||50K ohms|
|Gain||1.8x or 6.3x, selectable via rear switch|
Fully discrete, massively paralelled transistors, new take on Continuity
|Protection||Standard failsafe DC power input and muting relay|
“Wall wart” style 14-16VAC transformer, 1A
|Size||5" W x 3.5" D x 1.25" H|
- Why do we need THIS Magni??
- We had quite the Schiit stack and used to switch between Vali and Magni. Piety is the Magni that we always wanted- solid state ease-of-use with a touch of tube punchiness. (Hint: try it in both low and high gain. And try with different headphones, it may surprise you!)
- How, again, does it do that?
- A ways back, Jason did a test to see if he could alter the Continuity circuit to fit in a Magni. Not only did it work, but he could also mimic some tube characteristics with the design.
- Why doesn't this Schiit sell itself (on the Schiit website)?
- Magnis usually need to be produced at higher volume. An order of Magni-tude higher volume. The Magni Piety uses difficult to source transistors that affect the sound. Schiit was kind enough to let NITSCH assemble and launch the product as a limited edition for the community.
- Why NITSCH x Schiit?
- NITSCH is inspired by what Schiit has done. A decade of innovation and great value. One of NITSCH’s missions is to find great stuff that otherwise wouldn’t get made- and make it. Another of NITSCH’s missions is to add something special and different to what is available. This is another level of niche within our niche. Perfect for NITSCH.