Periodic Audio Launches Nickel Portable Amp
Ahead of the start of the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest this weekend, Periodic Audio announced the launch of its new Nickel Portable Amp. The incredibly compact device measures just two inches long, one and a quarter inches wide, and half an inch thick, and it weighs only half an ounce. Periodic Audio will display the product at the CanJam booth at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest this weekend.
For a company that opened a little more than a year ago, this is already the fourth product introduction for Periodic Audio. The Nickel Portable Amp follows up on the launch of three in-ear monitors (the Beryllium, Magnesium, and Titanium headphones, which Dealerscope reviewed) at CanJam New York City earlier this year. The Nickel amp represents the company first foray into the electronics product world.
"Periodic Audio’s mission is to deliver high quality audio that fits in your watch pocket—we specialize in creating products that deliver superb dynamic range from the smallest of packages," Periodic Audio cofounder Dan Wiggins said in a statement. "Given that most of today’s listeners use a smartphone as a source, we created a product to work with a phone rather than working around it. Nickel pulls effectively zero power from the phone, using it only as the DAC. We believe that the leap in performance from using just a phone to using the Nickel, combined with our award-winning Be IEMs, is comparable to the difference between using an integrated amplifier and using a separate preamp and high-power amp in a home system."
Inside that tiny, polycarbonate frame, the Nickel amp includes Periodic Audio's patent-pending SmartSwitch system. What that means is that the Nickel amp doesn't come with an on/off switch. Rather, it uses an internal MCU to sense when devices are plugged into the output and input connecters, and only when both are occupied will it turn itself on. Once on, an external LED display will indicate the charge level of the device. According to Periodic Audio, the amp can run between eight and ten hours depending on a variety of factors.
As for performance, Periodic Audio said the Nickel amp has a specified output of 250mW into a 320ohm load. It's capable of producing high levels of power though, supplying 150mW into 50 ohms, 250mW into 32 ohms, or 270mW into 16 ohms. The company said the amp is stable into an 8-ohm load, which would make it ideal for "any set of headphones on the market."
The Periodic Audio Nickel Portable Amp will have a $299.99 price tag and will hit the market in mid November.