Isn't that what Thor says to him every time he screws up?
Sounds like a nice solution to anyone who has the need to compensate for room boundaries and tastes.
All the best,
I keep it off most of the time since I don’t need "room EQ," and it’s so cheap I might get another one for my headphone amp…although...there are rumors there could be another "non mini" EQ one coming along (rumor directly from the Schiit Loki FAQ page), and it would likely have more knobulation which would free up the current Loki for ’phone use. And it seems I can't spell Schiit…oops
Would the Loki be of any help in trying to fix bad room acoustics (too much bass because of speakers being closed to the wall)?
Of course, the Loki cannot do anything about fixing your room, but it definitely can attenuate the bass as this is one thing the device is designed to do. Personally, at a price of merely $149 I'd think of the purchase as "hard to go wrong". Besides, I'm pretty sure (not completely sure so by all means ask Schiit) their 15 day return policy applies, so you could try and if not to your liking, you'd be out around $20. Only reason I don't have one myself (but I do have other Schiit gear and have positive customer experience), is there is no XLR connectivity.
The Loki is inexpensive enough that sending it back is no big deal, and my experience with Behringer since it came along years ago is that it's very much made on the cheap, nearly disposable side of things. I know touring solo musicians who buy their little mixers because they're so cheap that if they break you toss it and buy a new one. The Loki has a high quality vibe and works really well.
I received my Loki yesterday and installed it in my second system between my preamp (CJ 16LSII) and Amp (CJ Classic Sixty SE) this morning.
I don't really have a need for it, however, it intrigued me and for the cost of it, curiosity got the best of me. I'm going to keep it and I can say that if one is in need of some tuning of the music due to a poor recording this little gem might work well for you. What I do like about it is that when using a decent pair of interconnects one can select the bypass mode of the Loki without hearing a degrade in the music. I'm not going into detail about it, the Shiit website has all of the specifications etc. It's obviously not going to be for everyone however if you are in need, I can vouch for it.
Wolf, I totally agree with all the comments you made regarding the Loki. You really nailed it and I can't think of any other additions to add.
I do have a question for anyone using the Loki; On some rebook CD recordings when I add the Loki and sometimes tune it for a specific CD I have actually noticed a more holographic soundstage. Has anyone else experienced this?
I got one at the recommendation of fellow a’goners to help boost low db listening in my living room. I put it between my Rega Planet CD player and Rega Brio-R and I absolutely love it. I actually leave it on all the time since I rarely listen at more than 65db in that room - when everything is warmed up it can definitely produce a holographic clarity. And I rarely feel the itch to turn up the volume to hear “better”.
The reported "improvements", or at least effects on the system, are happening when the thing is being used…I’m not sure if anybody has reported benefits from it just being there in bypass mode. I haven’t noticed any effect on my rig at all when it’s off, or bypassed…I leave it on when bypassed as I assume do most owners, although with mine the signal will still pass through if you turn it completely off which Schiit has said doesn’t always work. One thing I haven’t done is to just take it out of the system completely as the thing has been there since it was added last year…I’ll try that today if I remember. I stumbled upon a Steve Guttenberg Youtube review of the Loki recently and he seems to like these things, especially with headphones.
Since I haven't unplugged the Loki since I bought it I used my trusty iPhone "Sound Tools" level meter today to see if the Loki had any effect in the system level just by being there…using both music and test tones it seems it doesn't, or at least not a measurable difference with a simple meter…and music seems exactly the same with it in or completely out, as well as in and bypassed with its own switch.
Since receiving my Loki, I have only used it with the modest Schiit Magni headphone amp driving HiFiman 400s headphones. I enjoy the bass boost it can provide with this combo. I believe it will prove to be of benefit to many headphone systems and will continue to explore it's use on mine.
I also plan on trying it between the pre outs/amp ins on my NAD 356BEE driving a pair of Focal 706. A secondary system I set up outdoors and seems to require a little taming on the higher frequencies (do to the Focals and loss of room reinforcement of bass frequencies). I will get back as I continue to explore it's benefits.