Periodic Audio Be in-ear-headphone review: These beryllium-based headphones sound oh so sweet

    Periodic Audio’s Be in-ear-monitor headphones hit all the correct notes for demanding music lovers and audiophiles who need high-performance audio on the go.

    Should you haven’t heard of Periodic Audio, you’re not alone. The California-based firm was based in 2016, and it didn’t ship its first product till February 2017. The corporate’s present product lineup consists of three in-ear-monitor (IEM) headphones. Periodic Audio’s founders, Dan Wiggins, Ben Webster, Mike Kim, and Zeke Burgess have a long time of mixed expertise within the audio and consumer-electronics markets.

    The founders are apparently chemistry buffs. Periodic Audio is a nod to the Periodic Desk of Components, and the diaphragms within the firm’s headphones are manufactured from one elemental steel or one other: the Mg from magnesium, the Ti from titanium, and the top-of-the-line Be reviewed right here from beryllium. The properties of those supplies have a significant impression on every headphone’s sonic efficiency.

    Feel and appear

    The Be affords frequency response rated at 12Hz to 45kHz, nicely past the higher and decrease limits of human listening to. Impedance is 32 ohms, which suggests you may drive these with even a modestly powered transportable sensible system.

    Aside from the diaphragms and the colours of the tip caps—the Be is gold, the Ti, grey, and the Mg silver—the three fashions share the identical design. Periodic says the tip cap serves a significant function. It’s the identical weight because the transducer, so the general mass of the headphone is centered. This counterbalance, in accordance with the corporate, reduces strain in your ear’s tragus and antitragus options, which is the place you’re feeling ache after prolonged use of some IEM headphones. Periodic says Dan Wiggins discovered the significance of this steadiness whereas creating listening to aids for Siemens.

    Regardless of the motive could also be, the Periodic Audio Be rank among the many extra comfy pair of IEMs I’ve tried. The included ideas offered distinctive grip, creating the strong seal that’s important to perceiving good bass response.

    Furthermore, the Be stayed in my ears and I by no means needed to fear about them falling out. As wonderful as they’re on this regard, nevertheless, they don’t fairly rise to the extent the B&W C5, which stay the gold-standard in my e book. Even after prolonged listening classes, the Periodic Audio Be by no means brought on ache to my ears and all the time felt comfy—the only exception being the reminiscence foam ideas, as I observe beneath.

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    The Periodic Audio Be’s skinny, versatile cable, makes it straightforward to tuck the headphones into even tight pockets.

    Although I by no means had any issues with it throughout my evaluate interval, the three.5mm plug gave me some concern. It jogged my memory of a equally designed, unprotected three.5mm plug that I unintentionally snapped whereas sitting down with a hi-res participant in my again pocket. Periodic Audio would possibly need to take into account including a hard-plastic protector, just like the B&W C5 has.

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