Periodic Audio Titanium ( Ti ) IEM review.

Disclaimer:

Periodic Audio have not paid or sponsored me for this review.
The views and opinions in this piece are unbiased and my own.

Dan and the team at Periodic were kind enough to send me out three review samples and the Ti’s are the first in three reviews.

They are priced at $199 as of this publication.

https://periodicaudio.com/

Review equipment and software used:

Samsung Galaxy Note Ten+.
Audioquest Dragonfly Black V1.5.
Spotify Premium.
Astell & Kern AK70.
iBasso DX80.

Packaging and accessories:

These are the first items I have tried out from Periodic Audio and the thing that stood out immediately was the theme around their product and packaging.
The boxes themselves when opened up display a graph. We all know by now at The Audiophile Cafe that I don’t do measurements. However I do appreciate this touch and this will be something other reviewers or customers will no doubt enjoy.
The IEM’s themselves come securely packaged in the cardboard cutout alongside a smart looking little tin.
Inside said tin are the accessories which include a flight adaptor, a generous selection of ear tips and 1/4 inch stereo adaptor.



Spec:

Frequency Response – 16 Hz to 30 kHz
Impedance – 32 Ohms nominal
Sensitivity – 96 dB SPL at 1mW in ear
Power Handling – 200 mW continuous
Peak SPL – 117.5 dB
THD – Less than 1.5% THD at 1mW
Cable Length – 1.5 m
Mass – 2.8 / 9.3 g (IEM/Set)
Operational Temperature – -20 to +50° C
Operational Humidity – 0-95% Relative Humidity
NRR – 31.3 dB (foam eartrip)
Overall Length – 21 mm
Body Diameter – 12 mm
Nozzle Diameter – 6 mm
Melting Point – 1941 Kelvin
Speed of Sound – 5090 meters per second
Young’s Modulus – 116 Gigapascals
Brinell Hardness – 2770 Megapascals

Build:

Periodic Audio are another brand rapidly gaining my respect for sheer attention to detail and a premium level of craftsmanship.
I will note that I believe at this price point the cable could have been a little more substantial, however it is well made and does not impede on the quality of the product or reproduction of sound. I do though feel like I need to be very careful with it when I’m out and about or winding it up to pack away. Then again I am very picky about cables so this could be my ocd rearing it’s ugly head just a touch.
Otherwise they are a joy to behold and handle. Very lightweight and I like the subtle design that Periodic have gone with.
The tin that comes with them has a lovely foam lining and a buttery smooth thread in the lid to fasten it in place. I only wish they made the tin slightly larger to easily accommodate the IEM’s, adaptor and eartips.
But this is only a side thought on my part. I don’t tend to carry a lot of ear tips on me.


Comfort:

The Titanium’s are very lightweight and fit in the ear very comfortably.
The silicone and urethane tips are silky soft but stay in my ears well without being dislodged with any ease.
I managed to get a good 2 hours listening time out of them, experiencing no discomfort or fatigue.

Soundstage & Imaging:

I will start here by mentioning a fantastic little “tool” on Periodic Audio’s website named the “Select-A-Tron” ( I just love that name! ).
They have a section that takes information from you about your listening preferences and preferred sound then scores each IEM out of ten, identifying which model is best suited to your requirements by means of highest score. I also found this tool to work independently from price. In other words they’re not trying to fool you into buying their most expensive IEM’s.
This is a great touch and I think something other brands could learn from!

The Titanium’s do not boast the widest soundstage. If I were to try to put the “stage” into words I would liken it to somewhere in between a large nightclub and a concert hall.
Instrument separation is good but it’s not the best.
But this isn’t necessarily a bad thing once you figure out what these particular IEM’s are all about.
They are extremely easy to drive straight off your phone or audio players headphone jack.

Bass:

Oh my! Periodic aren’t lying when they state that low of 16hz in the spec sheet. These babies go low in all the right ways! Death Metal, Ska, Dubstep, Drum N Bass, Trance and Techno all get the large sweeping one second and pounding the next moment bass that they rightfully deserve.
I have other IEM’s that deliver damn good bass extension and performance but the Titanium’s are in another league.
They’re not the most accurate IEM’s but they sure do deliver the kind of lows and thump every bass head yearns for. Beats fans should really, No, seriously give these IEM’s a whirl.

Mids:

Midrange is good, airy and carries vocals forward with decent pace and precision. Which is needed to compliment the sheer weight of bass the Titanium’s bring with them.

Highs:

Forward. Highs are crisp and clear. Slightly lacking in precision but by no means in speed.



Summary and recommendation:

So you’ve heard me point out a few times that these aren’t the most detailed IEM’s. They’re not and Periodic Audio hold no pretence about this in their description of the Titanium’s.
They’re not going to make that jazz or classical album sing. They won’t make your favourite guitarist sound like they’re in an otherwise utterly silent room right next to you. It’s not what the Titanium’s are about.

I am in no way slating on or being negative about this pair of in ears.
What I’ve told you so far is what I believe and what Periodic state that these aren’t suited to.

What the Titanium’s are and what they utterly excel in is all the bass and raw punch you desire and then some. And when you think you have enough, they offer you more! They are one of the most lively pair of IEM’s I’ve heard to date. They are exciting and bring my EDM collection alive in a way few IEM’s can!
They have enough clarity and pace to keep up with the speed and volume that this kind of music delivers. Something my other headphones and IEM’s struggle with.

Most of my readers will know I’m an ex EDM DJ and these days that I’m a bit of a metal head.
Most of my headphones and IEM’s are better suited to my usual listening collection of Jazz, Classical, Spanish Guitar and so on. But when I brush off my old 12”’s from when I played in the clubs or dig out a favourite DJ/Producer set, whether it be Carl Cox, Sven Vath, Orbital, Altern-8 or LTJ-Bukem I only have a few IEM’s or headphones that I can turn to. The Titanium’s just got added to that small list and worked their way up to the top 3 of that EDM/Metal list.
They truly kick you where it counts. Close your eyes and you’re in your favourite nightclub. Your favourite set will pound and pound you like you want it to.
In a sentence? Raw, untamed and relentless in their delivery.

So if you’re a metal head, DJ, raver or bass junkie and looking for a pair of affordable IEM’s that will give you that bass delivery you’re looking for, look no further!!!
As an over all IEM they’re good so please don’t dismiss them entirely.
If you have the opportunity to give them a listen I strongly suggest that you do.

Add a headphone amplifier into the mix and brace yourself. But that’s another topic for another review. Coming very soon…

Thank you to Dan and the team at Periodic Audio for sending me out these very fine review samples.

As always, Thank you to my readers for taking the time in your day to read another publication from the Audiophile Cafe.
Stay well. Stay Safe. Make your favourite brew and go listen to some great music!
All my very best regards. Paul 🙂

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40 something audiophile, writer, disabled carer, bookworm, gamer, parent, uncle... I love listening to great music on great gear.

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