The Periodic Audio Inc Rhodium DAC is a mobile HiFi Swiss Army Knife, and the best value High-Resolution Audio DAC/Preamp/Amp In The World.
If you want to experience the pinnacle of Mobile-HiFi, Rhodium + Nickel + a set of their IEMs guarantees you category-leading ‘Megabuck’ HiFi performance, that will fit in your pocket. Your Android phone or tablet doesn’t have a 3.5mm output? The Rhodium provides a 32bit/384kHz DAC & High-Power Amplifier output stage for your wired headphones.
You can improve the quality of your Windows or macOS computer’s headphone output, or microphone input, Rhodium is just the ticket. If you want to transform your Android device, Windows computer, or macOS computer into a High-Resolution DAC/Preamp, Rhodium has your back.
Periodic Audio Inc Rhodium DAC Review
Specially selected audio-grade caps of C0G tolerance in all audio pathways, high-speed, high-stability X7Rs for all power supply bypass results in 10 dB lower noise and 1/2 the distortion of any competing product on the market anywhere near Rhodium’s price point. Proprietary high-strand OFC wire with polyethene woven jacket and moulded aluminium shells guarantees years of reliable use. The result is stunning. Near-sonic perfection in something that weighs less than a nickel (the coin, not our awesome amp).
The first impression I got was a surprisingly pleasant and warm sound signature with a rather flat frequency response curve, a small amount of forwardness with lots of present audible background nuances and detail.
Bass frequencies come through but vaguely with a low amount of impactfulness due to the lack of driving power but the low frequencies are all there. The midrange seems to be all there also and everything seems to be correct in timbre, pitch, and presence. The high frequencies are well pronounced, well defined, and also well-behaved.
Staging is done well also and with a good 3D quality required to keep things interesting and this device gives the listener a nice positioning presentation with a rather airy, wide characteristic with lots of depth with some decent height.
Overall, if you like a relaxing and organic tonality then you will like the Periodic Audio Inc Rhodium DAC. It seems to stay away from producing harsh peaks and remains well textured and well-controlled even at its highest volume setting.