Airpulse P100X Bluetooth speaker.

It’s been a little while since I reviewed a device from Airpulse so it’s been great to have something new in to have a listen to and see what I think of it…

Disclaimer:
This review is sponsored by Airpulse.
Airpulse have been very kind and shipped me this Bluetooth speaker for review.
The P100X retails for £499.99.
Airpulse have a dealership section on their website with more information about where to buy globally.

I will note here that although this is a sponsored review by Airpulse. I have, as always, been honest and unbiased in my opinion. 

You can find the P100X and more on the Airpulse website.

Review equipment and software:
Airpulse P100X.
Astell & Kern AK70.
Cypher Labs Algorhythm Solo.
Audioquest Dragonfly Black.
iPhone XS Max.
iPhone 12 Pro Max.
Samsung Galaxy Note Ten+.
Qobuz Studio Premier.
Apple Music Plus.
Soundiiz.
All cables used in this review were custom built and supplied by Custom Cans.

Music:
FLAC & DSD files on the AK70.
Hi-Res demo playlists curated by The Audiophile Cafe on Qobuz.
Lossless music on Apple Music Plus ported through Qobuz via Soundiiz.

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What’s in the box:
Airpulse P100X.
Infrared remote.
1x RCA to RCA cable.
1x RCA to 3.5mm cable.
1x mains cable.
Instructions.

Spec:
Tweeter: Airblade tweeter.
Mid-Woofer: 4.5″ aluminium cone Mid-Woofer.
Amplifier: Digital amplifier.
Power output: Tweeter – 10W+10W. Woofer – 40W.
Frequency range: 52Hz – 22kHz.
Signal-Noise ratio: L/R: >_ 90dB (A)
Input mode: Line in & Bluetooth 5.0.
Mains voltage: 100-240V AC 50/60Hz.

Build & finish:
This is the third product I have reviewed from Airpulse and the high level of craftsmanship I’ve come to expect is all here.
The weave on the front and rear speaker grills has a lovely retro aesthetic and feels very robust.
The new Airblade tweeters have the same build quality as their other drivers, no surprises there really!
The included cables are basic but made well and are more robust than what you would find in an aisle at your local supermarket.
One thing I think that Airpulse need to work on is the quality of remote that they provide, when taking into consideration the high cost.
Don’t get me wrong, the remote works well, but I’d really like to see something a touch more robust in the next iteration.
As for connectivity, I was disappointed to see only one line in and bluetooth 5.0.
For a product as premium as this I would have expected at least one more input, allowing for a bit more flexibility.
And finally, I found the LED indicator on the front panel that shines either blue or orange depending on which input is selected rather bright when bluetooth is selected. So much so, that I had to stick a blackout sticker over it as at night it was harsh and distracting.
Definitely a few improvements needed here in my opinion.
However, I did very much like the power switch, with its solid click and backlit orange glow. Very retro, very cool!
Setting the speaker up is easy and bluetooth pairing is quick and seamless.
We also get tone controls as well as the volume knob. These are the same knobs used on Airpulse’s other speakers and they work really well on the P100X, even complimenting its style.

Sound:
I’ve had a good 6 months or so with the P100X, giving it time to break in and find its sweet spot.
Like with other Airpulse speakers, in the beginning it lacks in the bass department.
However, with time this improves as the bass becomes more present and more defined.
So bear this in mind when you first start using this speaker.

Mids are forward and airy without sounding overwhelming or harsh.

Highs are fast and sharp.

Tweaking the tone controls doesn’t make a huge difference to the sound, yet allows just enough adjustment to tailor it to your preference.

Summery:
At £499.99 the P100X is not a cheap or affordable bluetooth speaker.
With this said, unlike others in this price range, it’s superior build quality and stunning finish set it apart from the rest.
Its sound is like a fine wine. You need to give it some time to mature, and when it does, you can expect a full bodied, robust performance.
A few things do let it down, in regards to the cheapy looking and feeling remote, and lack of inputs.
And please Airpulse, if you’re going to use blue LED’s in the front, please at least make it dimmable.
If using this in the bedroom as we eventually settled on, the blue light is harsh and distracting.
But, I will say that as far as negatives go, they’re really quite minimal when stacked up against every good quality the P100X has going for itself.
For £499.99 we get a lively and full sound with great looks that look great anywhere in the home.
The bluetooth connection is stable and doesn’t sound any less than the line input.

Would I recommend it?
Yes, if you can forgive the remote its looks and feel, and focus on the fact that it does what it needs to and does it well.
It sounds as a £500 device should, forgoing the usual fat, bloated sound of other similarly priced bluetooth speakers, settling instead for a sound that is more refined, yet still retaining some bounce and vibrancy!

Thanks:
A huge thank you to Rebecca & Kathryn at Bleat, Audrey and Kay at STAX and STAX, Airpulse & Edifier for their ongoing sponsorship & support of the blog and being exceptionally patient with me.

Jason and the team at Custom Cans, without whom, I wouldn’t have half the cables I need to make these reviews as controlled as possible. Thank you yet again!

Thank you to Qobuz, David and the team for their ongoing partnership, which makes my life a whole lot easier.

And of course a massive thanks to you, my readers. As always, your patience and time is always appreciated!
Please remember to like, follow, share etc as it all helps to get my numbers of readers up.

All my very best, Paul!

Happy New Year to you all.

Custom Cans Charity Fundraiser.

Custom Cans are currently holding a charity fundraiser for The Music Works.

You can follow the link below for more details:

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Jason’s Custom Painted HiFiMan Sundara Charity Raffle 

The Music Works

We transform young lives through music to help them reach their full potential

Charity Registration No. 1106979

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At Custom Cans, we believe that music is very important. 

We wanted to host a very special giveaway, for a pair of custom HiFiMan Sundaras, painted by Ed of Swarez Art.

We are raising funds to support local charity The Music Works. 

” The Music Works is a Gloucestershire based charity whose mission is to transform young lives through music. They work with over 3,000 young people a year from ages 8-30, in schools and community rehearsal spaces in Gloucester, Stroud, and the Forest of Dean, doing everything from helping young people get started in music, to supporting emerging artists and running festivals and events.”

Each £2 donation is 1 entry into our raffle, for the chance to win these very special headphones.

About the charity

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Periodic Audio review their IEM prices and update accordingly.

Periodic Audio Drops IEM Prices Raising Value Bar Through the Roof

November 7, 2022: Periodic Audio announces a price reduction for its line of V3 in-ear monitors launched earlier this year. The company will move to a direct model and as a result will pass distribution cost-savings to its loyal customers.  

“We feel so strongly that our line of IEMs represents significant value for the consumer,” said Dan Wiggins, co-founder of Periodic Audio. “We’ve spent years researching materials, acoustic geometries, mechanical architectures, and the relationships between them culminating to the new generation of products. After working hard to refine our manufacturing and material processes, our next logical step to reach a wider audience to eliminate additional operational overhead costs resulting in a direct sale model for North America.”

The V3 IEMs retain Periodic Audio’s critically acclaimed proprietary sound engines, all developed in-house. Their ultra-wideband, high-efficiency, low-distortion, dynamic speaker elements are designed to perform with maximum reliability.

The material of an In-Ear Monitor’s body plays a critical role in its sound quality, comfort, and reliability. Periodic Audio partnered with Eastman Chemical in what became a three-year project researching the optimal material for an In-Ear Monitor. The Periodic team found that Tritan—a new-generation copolyester used in many medical devices—provided the best measurable and audible improvements in sound, in terms of transient distortion and harmonic distortion, of any material the Periodic team has measured.

The failure point in wired headphones is almost always the wires themselves. The Periodic Audio team channeled lessons from the past to improve the future. Tip-ring-sleeve (TRS) and tip-sleeve (TS) connectors, invented in the 1800s, are still widely used today for their exceptional reliability. However, because no such connector is small enough to fit inside an In-Ear monitor, Periodic has designed the IDEEL connector. Measuring just 3.6mm wide, with a mounting depth of 9.5mm, the IDEEL connector fits a standard 2.5mm TS plug. Nearly indestructible, the IDEEL is strong enough to endure the rigors of daily attachment and detachment of cables. And if something does go wrong, your In-Ear Monitor investment is safe—you can simply replace the cables.

Periodic Audio also designs its own eartips, made from medical-grade materials. The eartips provided with each of Periodic’s IEM models are scientifically proven to fit more than 95% of human ear canals. Additional accessories include gold-plated ¼″ and airplane adapters, a 1.2-meter-long cable with single 3.5mm TRS to dual 2.5mm TS jack, and metal shells, all housed in a protective carry case.

Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Pricing

Mgv3 (was $199 now $99)—Transducer material: 96% pure magnesium (more details here)

Tiv3 (was $299 now $129)—Transducer material: Pure titanium (more details here)

Bev3 (was $399 now $249)—Transducer material: Beryllium (specs here)

Cv3 (was $499 now $299)—Transducer material: Lab-grown Diamond layer (8µm thick) on Periodic Audio’s proprietary high-temperature polymer substrate (more details here)

Periodic Audio In-Ear Monitors: Summary

  • All designed, engineered, and tooled in-house—Made in USA
  • All use a single 10mm dynamic transducer – all designed in-house
  • Custom-jacketed, reinforced, detachable cables
  • All IEM bodies are made of Tritan copolyester composite for superior strength, light weight, and minimal resonance
  • Proprietary medical-grade silicone eartips made in-house in three sizes
  • Five-year warranty against manufacturing defects

About Periodic Audio

Founded in 2016, Periodic Audio is obsessed with producing highly portable products that do not compromise on performance. The company is led by the seasoned team of Daniel Wiggins, Mike Kim, Zeke Burgess, and Ben Webster, who collectively have more than 140 years of consumer-electronics experience in electronic, mechanical, firmware, acoustic, and industrial design for a wide variety of brands, including Apple, Blue Microphones, Dolby, Event Electronics, Flextronics, Harman International, Mackie, Microsoft, and Sonos. For more information, please visit www.periodicaudio.com.

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Periodic Audio Carbon V3 IEM.

It’s been a little while since my last Periodic Audio review. Let’s have a listen to these V3’s and see how they fair…

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

My thanks to Dan, Sue and the team at Periodic for being kind enough to send me out the Carbon V3 IEM.

The Carbon V3 is priced at $299.00 at the time of this review.

You can have a look and purchase by following the link below:

https://periodicaudio.com/products/carbon

Review gear & software:
Periodic Audio Carbon V3 IEM.
Astell & Kern AK70.
Audioquest Dragonfly Black V1.5.
iPad Pro.
iPhone XS Max.
Qobuz Studio Premier.
Apple Music.
MixCloud.

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Music:
A plethora of Hi-Res music on Qobuz and Apple Music.
Mainly FLAC files on the AK70.

What’s in the box:
1.2 meter long cable single 3.5mm TRS to dual 2.5mm TS jack and metal shells.
Single Flange Tips – Small, Medium, Large.
Dual Flange Tips – Small, Medium, Large.
Memory Foam Tips – Small, Medium, Large.
Protective Travel Case.
Gold Plated ¼” TRS Adapter Jack.
Gold Plated Dual Mono Airplane Adapter.

I love these little tins that Periodic Audio ship their IEM’s in!
They’re just the right size, robust and store away easily.

Spec:
Frequency Response 12 Hz to 38 kHz.
Impedance 32 Ohms nominal.
Sensitivity 98 dB SPL at 1mW in ear.
Power Handling 200 mW continuous.
Peak SPL 121 dB.
THD Less than 0.2% THD at 1mW.
Cable length 1.2m.

Build & finish:
The first thing I noticed was the cable. Periodic Audio have listened to their customers and reviewers it would seem and given the cable a substantial upgrade.
They have made the cable to be more robust with a neat and hard wearing sleeve, and they’ve also made the cable detachable, allowing for greater flexibility for end users, using either an upgrade cable from Periodic themselves or maybe opting for a custom made cable.
The IEM’s themselves are built to the highest standard & like previous models, are both tough & lightweight.
Massive points then to Periodic Audio before I even get down to listening to them!

Comfort:
I find the Carbon V3 very comfortable. I was able to wear them for a prolonged period of time with no discomfort or fatigue.
However, and this is due to my ear shape more than anything… I do find these kind of IEM’s difficult to wear as they tilt downward and tend to come out easily. I do have this issue with other brands as well so this isn’t a problem on Periodic Audio’s side.
The point I’m driving towards is I would love to see the team design an IEM with all of the Periodic Audio greatness, with an over ear wire. I believe they could produce a truly outstanding IEM! ( Not that these aren’t outstanding. )

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Sound:
I haven’t had the opportunity to listen to the original Carbon IEM’s, however I have spent a lot of time with the Beryllium & the Titanium. Both of which are stellar IEM’s and received positive reviews when I wrote them.

In comparison the Carbon V3 have a far tighter & refined tonality.

The bass is accurate, punchy, digs deep and is all together quite lively.

Mids are really smooth with neutrality and an organic airiness.

And the highs are fast and precise. Just the right amount of sparkle and crystal clarity.

NOTE: Periodic Audio also shipped a second cable along with the Carbon V3’s. A silver cable, the “Ag”.
Using the Ag cable, adds more definition and volume to the top end with crisper highs.
This was my favoured cable of the two, but please bear in mind that each person prefers differing sound signatures.



Summary:
At $499 the Carbon V3 are more expensive than the Be & Ti that I previously reviewed, so I would expect some improvements in sound and possibly build.
As far as build goes, Periodic Audio make fantastic products and I’ve seen the highest finish and craftsmanship across all of the products I’ve been lucky enough to review from differing ends of the price spectrum, so from that aspect at least, there really isn’t any difference. However I have to consider the new cable design, which is a vast improvement over the Be & Ti IEM’s with a far more robust build and they’re now detachable, which to me at least, is a massive plus as I can use all kinds of cables now, including the balanced kind!
As for sound, the Carbon V3’s take an already fabulous sound & take it to a totally new level.
In comparison to my Meze Audio Rai-Solo & RHA T20 ( roughly in the same ball park price wise. ) they perform admirably and
certainly give them a run for the money.

Do I recommend them? Yes. Aside from the improvements mentioned above, they’re a brilliant pair of IEM’s in their own right and worth every dollar!

NOTE: Please be aware that Periodic Audio have reviewed the price and brought it down to $299.

Thanks:
As always, thank you to all of my readers, please don’t forget to like, follow, share etc.
And a massive thanks to my sponsors, partners and contributors for keeping these review samples flowing.
Without any of you, there would be no blog!

All my thanks, Paul.

Support the blog:
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Whatever comes my way is used to upgrade camera and lighting gear, and on occasion, audio products that are essential to keeping my reviews current, unbiased and interesting.
Currently I’m trying to raise funds to purchase an up to date portable audio player that provides 2.5mm and 4.4mm balanced outputs, as well as running the latest software.

Soundcore Motion Boom.

Another item from Soundcore, but this time it’s not an IEM! Let’s see how much boom this box has…

Disclaimer:
Soundcore have not paid or sponsored me for this review.
Lorna & Soundcore have been kind enough to ship this out to me.
The views and opinions in this review are my own honest and unbiased thoughts and experiences.
You can find the Soundcore Motion Boom by following the link below:

https://uk.soundcore.com/products/motion-boom

It currently retails for £94.99

Review equipment & software:
Soundcore Motion Boom.
Soundcore companion app.
iPhone XS Max.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10+.
Qobuz Studio Premier.
Apple Music.
SoundCloud Premium.

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Music:
Various albums, playlists and gapless DJ mixes, mostly in Hi Res.

What’s in the box:
Soundcore Motion Boom.
3ft USB A to USB type C cable.
Manual.

The packaging was a simple but sturdy affair.
The contents as you can see above are minimal, however, as like many brands, it’s good to see that they haven’t included a wall charger, which I know sounds like an oxymoron, but it’s better for the environment so that’s that.

Spec:

Build & finish:
As I’ve come to expect from any product from the Anker group, the Soundcore Motion Boom is built to a high standard. Everything is marked clearly and easy to understand without having a detrimental effect on aesthetics.
It is robust without looking ugly.
I already own a JBL Boombox that I love, but haven’t written a review of yet and it’s the epitome of rugged outdoor audio that retains stylish looks to match earth shattering and great audio.
It’s a lot to live up to in my opinion, yet this little boom box from Soundcore, although not as powerful, is built just as well as the JBL, so that earns Soundcore some serious kudos in my book.
Soundcore state a 24 hour battery run time which in my experience was precise.

Software & functionality:
I’ve already written about the Soundcore companion app in previous reviews so I won’t go in to great detail, however, I will say that the Motion Boom paired with my devices easily and retained a steady Bluetooth connection. The settings in the app are basic but offer everything you need to get the sound tailored to your liking.

The Motion Boom on first appearance is a pretty simple device with just a few buttons on the top and a small water tight port around the back.
But looks can be deceiving as is often the case these days.
We have a “Bass Up” button which does what it says. There’s also a corresponding control for this in the companion app.
There’s the obvious Bluetooth button which is used to pair the device.
In the centre we have volume up and down & buttons either side of a multi-function “Soundcore” button which handles play/pause, track skipping, in-call controls and Siri or other voice assistant activation.
To the right of the device we have the power on/off button and a “TWS” or True Wireless Stereo button.
The TWS button is used to pair the Motion Boom with a matching speaker, creating a stereo pair.

Around the back we open the waterproof “plug” to reveal a USB A for charging other devices & a USB type C to charge the Motion Boom.

Everything is laid out simply and is very straightforward to use.

Sound:
The Motion Boom obviously isn’t a high end hifi or “audiophile” product, so I won’t go into soundstage, or too much into definition, and bear in mind that this is from my experience of a single Motion Boom, a stereo pair may offer different results. But I will say this:
The bass is punchy and when the “bass-up” function is engaged it gets a decent boost, & has no problems reaching low.
Mids are quite present here and can make the sound a touch “boomy”, however using the EQ in the app can rectify this easily.
Highs are clear and not too bright.
The over all sound is lively and I found it suited more to EDM & Metal, though it plays other genres well enough.
Using it outdoors was a great experience and it projects into a decent sized garden well enough, without the need to have it at full volume.

Final thoughts:
At under £100 the Motion Boom is a capable and feature packed Bluetooth speaker/boom box that would be ideal for outdoor use, whether it be a picnic, bbq, beach day or similar.
Indoor use is also great and I can see it being the perfect speaker for use in a kitchen, the bathroom, maybe in the garage while you work on your latest project…
It packs a punch with a lively sound, is built to withstand the outdoors and has no connection issues.
It also benefits from it’s compact size, easily fitting into a medium or large back pack.




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Many thanks, as always.

Paul.