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Long may you run with Cypher Labs AlgoRhythm Picollo

  • David Maudlin gave me a sneak peak of his new portable amplifier at the M.O.C. in Munich last month. Only a few weeks later and Portland’s Cypher Labs have today announced that the AlgoRhythm Picollo is ready to rock.

    Unlike the D/A-converting Theorem 720, this new palm-sized device is an all-analogue portable amplifier that connects to the headphone output of your existing smartphone or digital audio player. The Picollo will definitely give your iPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy S-thing a kick in the pants. “The improvement in audio, even from a headphone jack, is amazing”, says Maudlin.

    The AlgoRhythm Picollo will run for over 24 hours on a single charge, after which it can be hooked into ANY computer or wall-wart USB port for re-charging. The internal 2000mAH lithium battery will reach capacity again after 4 hours’ R&R.


    The point of difference for Cypher Labs’ portable is an absence of op amps in the signal path. Instead, ten pairs of (precisely matched) triodes have been deployed for a fully discrete component layout. Each unit is also hand tuned to perfection.

    Physical intrusion runs at 55 mm x 85mm x 18mm, 140g. The 3.5m output has enough juice for all manner of cans – 200mW into 32Ω, 100mW into 50Ω, 35mW into 300Ω, 10mW into 600Ω – and a <1Ω output impedance means IEMs can also come party.

    The Cyper Labs AlgoRhythm Picollo is available now in black or silver for US$399.

    Further information: Cypher Labs

    Written by John Darko

    John currently lives in Berlin where he creates videos and podcasts and pens written pieces for Darko.Audio. He has previously contributed to 6moons, TONEAudio, AudioStream and Stereophile.

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