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Schiit Loki Max is a Fully Discrete Balanced Tone Control with Remote Control

Yes, remote control. As in, you can adjust the frequency response of your system from your listening chair—and save presets. And this thing is as crazy as you can get—relay potentiometers for precision matching between channels and repeatable settings. All discrete, with no ICs in the signal path, including our own Nexus™ balanced differential topology. And pure LC—inductor-capacitor filtering from the highest to the lowest band, including 4 custom 80% nickel-core inductors as big as 1.5 Henries. 

Or, in English, this is our shot at making the best EQ possible, with maximum transparency and minimum compromise. It’s an EQ that can look straight at the storied EQs of yesteryear and say, “Yeah, we got that…and remote control" and fits nicely between your source and preamp.

Remote Control—and Relay Potentiometers

Go ahead. Try to find another remote control equalizer. If you succeed, look at what kind of potentiometers it’s using. They’ll probably be motorized slide pots. We decided to go all-out with Loki Max, though, and create our own 31-step precision relay potentiometers using 0.5% thin-film resistors and 60 relays, together with custom firmware. These aren’t just relay attenuators—these are relay pots, a very different thing. What relay pots buy you are 15 perfectly defined steps on either side of the knob, for precise control of your EQ settings, as well as perfect matching between channels. 

Pure LC Equalisation

On our more affordable tone controls like Loki Mini and Lokius, we use gyrators to simulate an inductor on the lower frequency bands. This is because big inductors—and we’re talking 0.5H and 1.5H in Loki Max—are physically large and expensive. To get the performance we needed, we had to specify 80% nickel cores, making things even more exotic. But the result is that every band of Loki Max—from 20Hz to 16kHz—uses nothing but LC filtering.

Fully Discrete, Nexus™ Topology

For Loki Max, every stage is fully discrete—from the dual-stage superbuffers and balanced summers, to the current-feedback gain stage and Nexus™ balanced output. These stages are fed by a 4-stage power supply with two rail levels, up to +/-32V. This allows us the large output voltage swing necessary for an equalizer with lots of gain. You’ll never need to worry about overloading Loki Max with any standard source.

Ease of Use and Fingertip Control

Forget complicated UIs and indecipherable screens. To adjust Loki Max, just twist a knob…or press a button on the remote. All bands are independently accessible on the front panel and on the remote. You can define your presets from the front panel or the remote, select from balanced and single-ended inputs, and bypass the EQ completely (as in, just a relay and resistor in the signal path, no active stages). Enjoy adjusting your EQ from your listening chair—no need to go back and forth to the rack.

Designed and Built in California

By “designed and built in California" this is what does this mean: they design, assemble, test, and QC Loki Max in the Valencia, California facility. And the vast majority of the total production of Loki Max—chassis, transformers, inductors, PC boards, etc—are manufactured in the USA. The chassis are made in California. Transformers and chokes are done in North California. The PCBs are done in Simi Valley. You get the picture—this is not just a “put the final screw in it in California” product. 

5-Year Warranty

Loki is covered by a limited warranty that covers parts and labour for five years. That’s 5x the coverage of most products in this price range.

Bands: 20Hz, 120Hz, 400Hz, 2kHz, 6kHz, 16kHz

Adjustment: +/-12dB at 20Hz and 16kHz, +/-9dB at 120Hz and 6kHz, +/-6dB at 400 and 2kHz

Maximum Output: 10V RMS (SE), 20V RMS (balanced)

Frequency Response: 20Hz-20Khz, -0.1db, 2Hz-1MHz, -3dB 

THD: Less than 0.0008%, 20Hz-20KHz, at 2V RMS in/out, pots centred, active stage enabled, less than 0.002% at any potentiometer setting

IMD: Less than 0.001%, CCIF

SNR: Greater than 115db, unweighted, referenced to 2V RMS

Crosstalk: -85dB, 20Hz-20KHz

Output Impedance: 75 ohms

Input Impedance: 47K ohms

Topology: discrete, all-bipolar, symmetrical current-feedback design with matched parts throughout, DC coupled, with DC servo, plus dual-stage discrete super-buffer

Filtering: capacitor-gyrator for 20Hz and 120Hz, capacitor-inductor (LC) for all other bands

Power Supply: “Wall wart” style 14-16VAC transformer, dual regulated +/- 17V rails 

Power Consumption: 6W

Size: 15.24 x 22.86 x 3.81 cm

Weight: 907 Gramms

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