Periodic Audio Debuts Trio of High-Performance In-Ear Monitors

February 13 2017, 03:00
One of the highlights of CanJam NYC 2017 was the unveiling of a new trio of in-ear monitors from Periodic Audio, a new company led by a seasoned engineering team led by Daniel Wiggins, and industrial designer Mike Kim, both with a vast experience in consumer electronics for a wide variety of brands. The first products from Periodic Audio are proprietary designs using beryllium, titanium and magnesium/aluminum alloy, with precisely tuned enclosures to achieve best-in-class performance.

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. Periodic Audio introduced its first three models of in-ear monitors (IEM) at CanJam NYC 2017 (February 4-5). These IEMs have been engineered using materials and processes common to far costlier products, to deliver superior levels of performance, comfort, and reliability.

In any in-ear monitor, the transducer is at the heart of what the user hears, and Periodic Audio has taken a no-compromise approach to its design, choosing superior metals for each model: pure beryllium for the Be model, pure titanium for the Ti, and a high-magnesium content magnesium/aluminum alloy for the Mg model. All Periodic Audio IEMs use a single wideband dynamic transducer design, which eliminates the need for a crossover network — there are no electrical components between the amplifier and the transducer. This design, according to the company, "is responsible for smooth, clean sound throughout the frequency range. Proper design of the transducer is essential—the sonic result in terms of clarity, coherence, and uniform sound over the full audible range is stunning."

Body construction plays a critical role in the performance of any IEM, and Periodic Audio has chosen polycarbonate for its bodies for that material’s innate flexibility and acoustical damping properties. Each IEM uses proprietary enclosure designs with precision-ported chambers both in front of and behind each transducer. Several elements of this design are patent pending, and leverage the extensive product design background of the company’s founders.

“Our team has worked with some of the biggest brands in entertainment; we are confident in our ability to design outstanding products,” says Periodic Audio co-founder Dan Wiggins. “We strongly believe that great audio reproduction should be accessible and easy to experience, and we have used this as the guiding principle for our new designs. Our collective efforts have yielded a lineup of in-ear monitors that provide music lovers an opportunity to enjoy the highest quality entertainment experience on the go.”

To ensure a proper fit while preserving the highest sound quality, all three models come with a selection of small, medium and large tips, made from various materials, including single-flange silicone, dual-flange silicone, and memory foam construction. Additionally, Periodic IEMs are compatible with a wide variety of aftermarket tips. A gold plated 1/4” jack and airplane adapters are also included. Even the classically stylish carry tin has been carefully designed to provide high levels of protection and convenience, for the safe, neat storage of the IEMs and all their accessories.

All models feature a low microphonic, highly flexible 1.6-meter cable made with 99.999% pure copper Litz-construction cable with precision-molded rubber strain reliefs and guides, a durable jacket of polyethylene terephthalate and 3.5mm plug of gold-plated brass. This design results in pure sonic transparency to provide extremely wide bandwidth, very low distortion and high sensitivity.

All three of Periodic Audio’s debut IEMs will be available for pre-order on February 15 directly from the company's website, with shipping beginning early March. Suggested retail pricing starts at $99 for the Mg in-ear monitor; $199 for the Ti in-ear monitor; and $299 for the Be in-ear monitor.
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