Periodic Audio Tests the Elements With 3 New IEMs

When it comes to tapping into the elements for new In-Ear driver materials newcomer Periodic Audio takes the idea all the way to the company name. The transducers embedded into their 3 launch products are no joke either. Producing Magnesium, Titanium and Beryllium for debut IEMs is fairly serious business.

For those keeping track, Focal recently adapted Beryllium drivers down from their loudspeaker tweeters into the successful launch of a new flagship named Utopia last year to rave reviews. This incarnation further translates the idea into mobile audio with fresh angle. While Mg and Ti have made their way into several earphone company portfolios, the pure Be driver from Periodic is one of the first (if not the actual first) to be produced for an IEM.

Perhaps even of equal importance to the story here is the price. The three tier lineup starts at a competitive $99 (for Mg), jumps to $199 (Ti) and tops out at a mere $299 for the Be – a fairly big distance from the $4k asking price for the Utopia. The material has proven to be extremely quick on its feet and a good match for audio from several vantage points. The single-wideband-dynamic-driver approach no doubt has its appeal, especially when price points can fall clear under the weight of the growing $1k+ population of multi-BA flagships entering personal audio. High expectations are sure to follow, but Periodic is proposing the right question, at the right time.

Pre orders start on 2/15 of this year with shipping dates expected to begin early March.

More information: www.periodicaudio.com

More on Periodic Audio from the press release:

“Founded in 2016, Periodic Audio, is led by a seasoned team including Daniel Wiggins, Mike Kim, and two other partners, backed with an additional team of engineers. Collectively, they have more than 140 years consumer electronics experience in electronic, mechanical, firmware, acoustical, and industrial design experience with a wide variety of brands including Apple, Blue Microphones, Event Electronics, Flextronics, Harman International, Mackie, Microsoft, SONOS, and Starke Sound.”

 

  • Alan R. Christilaw

    Always on the lookout for great, bargain budnicks!

  • Khloe85

    These have removable cables….NICE. I thought the cable was fixed.

    Removable cable on all(Mg, Ti, Be)??

  • George Volinsky

    I heard them at RMAF 16 and was extremely impressed, particularly with the Be model. They were one of the buzzes at the show. I saw alot of people in the know in their room. They had their own room upstairs so it was quiet and allowed for a good listen. I went back 3 times and spent a lot of time listening to a lot of different music and spent alot of time talking with them and they were extemely knowlegable about the industry, having designed many other companies successful products and alot of fun. I was directly comparing them to my Noble Savant’s, my favorite IEM’s, JH Audio JH11’s and Mr Speaker Ether C’s using my Questyle QP1R. I clearly preferred the Periodic Be’s, which really surprised me. In particular the Be’s had a greater quantity of bass, than the Savant’s, and a more even, balanced, less peaky midrange and treble. The treble had a certain sparkle and greater extension. The treble reminded me of what I was hearing on Nobles new flagship, the Katana’s($1850), which I also listened to extensively downstairs in the CanJam area. The Be’s were very easy to listen to and really immersed me in my music. I did not want to give them back. I was ready to drop the paltry $300 on them right there. I have contacted them several times trying to buy a pair and can’t wait to get them into my ears. That would be great if they do come with removable cables, they mentioned they were trying to do that.
    Thanks

  • Shanghai Dan

    Hi all,

    Dan here, from Periodic Audio! Maybe I can answer a few questions:

    1. They are now on pre-sale orders! We have product arriving in about 3 weeks, so we should be shipping by the end of the month.

    2. The cables are NOT detachable; future versions may have that, but we’re not happy with the current connector options out there so until that is solved – fixed cables only.

    Dan