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Magni Piety
Magni Piety


Magni Piety

A rich-sounding solid state amp with tube-like characteristics.
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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 Heretic. (Piety vs. Heresy, get it?) While the Heretic uses op-amps, the Piety uses discrete parts. While the Heretic aims for the lowest distortion of any Magni, the Piety exhibits distortion characteristics, gain curves, and square waves resembling tube amps.


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    “Piety often felt as if it was a skillful combination of the powerful bass reminiscent of EC 300B, magic mid-range of SW51+ and high end transient response usually associated with Cavalli amps.”

    Product highlights

    • A new variation of the Continuity™ circuit design
    • Two-step gain switch
    • Powder-coated aluminum top and steel bottom chassis in unique NITSCH colorway
    • Designed by Schiit and hand-assembled by NITSCH in California

    In the box

    • 1 × NITSCH x Schiit Magni Piety
    • 1 × Wall-Wart 16–16VAC, 1A
    Frequency response20Hz-20Khz, +/-0.06dB
    Maximum power 16 ohms1.2W RMS per channel
     32 ohms1W RMS per channel
     50 ohms0.8W RMS per channel
     300 ohms400mW RMS per channel
     600 ohms200mW RMS per channel
    THD+NHigh gainLess than 0.013 at 1V RMS into 32 ohms
     Low gainLess than 0.009 at 1V RMS into 32 ohms
    IMDHigh gainLess than 0.0012% at 1V RMS into 32 ohms, CCIF
     Low gainLess than 0.001% at 1V RMS into 32 ohms, CCIF
    SNRHigh gainGreater than 94dB, A weighted, referenced to 1V RMS
     Low gainGreater than 104dB, A weighted, referenced to 1V RMS
    Crosstalk-90dB, 20 Hz-20 kHz in either gain
    Output impedanceLess than 0.6 ohms at either gain
    Input impedance50K ohms
    Gain1.8x or 6.3x, selectable via rear switch

    Fully discrete, massively paralelled transistors, new take on Continuity

    ProtectionStandard failsafe DC power input and muting relay
    Power supply

    “Wall wart” style 14-16VAC transformer, 1A

    Power consumption6W
    Size5" W x 3.5" D x 1.25" H
    Weight2 lbs
    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.

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