Periodic Audio makes a terrific set of inner ear monitors at very reasonable price points. Roger Skoff and I awarded their Be IEMs an Alfie Award at the LA Audio Show. And let’s be honest, the whole theme of a periodic table of elements is quite clever. Well now we have another element to add in the table via the Nickel amplifier. I heard an early prototype at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest and was impressed. Priced at $300 USD, the Nickel now adds a robust headphone amplifier to the lineup.… Read the full article
CanMania brings together manufacturers, vendors, headphone and personal audio enthusiasts along with the audio industry press. Sprawling large and wide across the Plaza ballroom exhibitors have plenty of room and separation for show-goers to avoid the cluttering and lack of elbow room often a pain of many headphone shows. There were also “Quiet” rooms available for exhibitors wishing to offer a special VIP private listening experience.… Read the full article
I’ve still got a lot to learn about what is chic in the headphone community. So, as I roamed the sea of tangled cords and music-bar like atmosphere of the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest Can Jam (www.canjamglobal.com) arena, I let my sagacity lead the way. On to the show…
Acoustic Research www.acoustic-research.com
The Acoustic Research AR-M2 DAP / Headphone Amp ($999.99 USD) that I played with at the show is super attractive, super fast, sounds excellent, and very powerful at driving headphones.… Read the full article
One of the really fun things I got to do in audio this year was judge the Alfie Awards with industry veteran Roger Skoff at the LA Audio Show. This had us going around to dozens of rooms looking for products that excelled in value for dollar, genuine innovation, or both. A completely new name on the scene for Roger and I was Periodic Audio, a maker of budget priced IEMs that names its products after elements on the periodic table. … Read the full article
Periodic Audio has made several appearances within the personal audio show circuit as of late. Making waves via a 3 tier set of IEMs, the lineup is perhaps best known for its use of a beryllium driver for its current flagship with a budget price ($299). Periodic now looks to add to its elemental collection with the supplemental amplifier called Nickel.
Speaking with Zeke Burgress from the Periodic team, it appears the Nickel will be a severely mobile option for on-the-go and other IEM-reletive operations.… Read the full article
No other audio component takes as much abuse as in ear monitor headphones. My vintage balanced armature Klipsch earbuds have been stepped on, wash and dried, lost and recovered, twisted, pulled, and shoved into the pockets of jeans and sweaty gym bags. My classic Grado SR60 had their cable sliced through because I was wearing them while lopping branches in the backyard. Thankfully, Grado repaired the non-detachable cable for a nominal fee. Not knowing what they were in for, Periodic Audio sent me their In-Ear Monitors aptly packaged as the Experimenter’s Pack.… Read the full article
Periodic Audio is relatively new on the scene, but they are looking to make a big splash with their element-driven, tightly-targeted product line. Their three universal fit IEMs are nearly identical in form and function except for the driver material which comes in Magnesium, Titanium and Beryllium options. While the first two may not striking brand new ground, Be is certainly making waves with its ridged construction and success in the personal audio realm via the well-received Focal Utopia last year.… Read the full article
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. … Read the full article
[Note: All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me.]
The GamuT Audio Zodiac Reference Loudspeakers and Balanced Audio Technology VK-255 SE stereo amplifier.
The GamuT Audio Zodiac Reference Loudspeaker next to one of our racks of SACDs.
The Evolution Acoustics MM2 Loudspeakers with a pair of Audionet MAX monoblock amplifiers and the PRE G2 preamp on the Walker Audio Prologue Rack.
GamuT Audio Zodiac Reference Loudspeakers; Evolution Acoustics MM2 loudspeakers with Wave Kinetics isolation feet; Nova Rendition II loudspeakers outfitted with Walker Audio Reference HDLs on the upper and lower bi-wires, and Townshend Audio Super Tweeters, all contacts treated with Walker Audio Extreme SST Contact Enhancer.… Read the full article