Periodic Audio Neon Bluetooth receiver.

General Information

The Periodic Audio Neon is a miniscule dual source Bluetooth receiver that can deliver 140 RMS mW per channel into 32 ohms.
It also automatically selects the best Codec for optimum software decoding.

Below are some of my unsolicited impressions as submitted to Periodic Audio:





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Previously known as Wretched Stare
Great little Receiver
Pros: Small and easy to transport.
Cons: Plastic build , no LDAC

Performance Specifications (measured)
Frequency Response 13 Hz to 20 kHz +0 dB / – 3 dB
THD < 0.05%, 20 Hz to 20 kHz @ 1 mW
SNR 98 dB (noise floor less than 105 nVrms)
Bluetooth Compatibility iOS, Android, MacOS, Windows, iPadOS, Linux
CODECs: SBC, AAC, AptX, Low Latency
Bluetooth Version 5.2 (Classic, BLE for BSP reporting)
Source Compatibility Any Bluetooth audio source
Continuous Power Output (RMS) 140 mW RMS per channel @ 32 Ohms (280 mW total)
Output Voltage 2.2Vrms @ 0 dBFS
Output Current 100 mA continuous
Battery Life 14 Hours, typical
Battery Size 300 mAh
Charge Time 1 Hour

Length 45mm
Width 23mm
Height 13mm
Weight 12.5 grams
Audio Jack 3.5mm TRRS
Charging Jack USB-C
LED Indicator Blue/Green
Body Material Blended Thermo Copolymer

The Neon comes with some very good specification and a Qualcomm QCC3034 inside, there is also a professional grade 6mm diameter condenser microphone. To use for calls or video. Neon has four dedicated buttons: volume up, volume down, the classic “triple button”, and a source button. Each button has a unique shape for ease of identification. A single LED intuitively shows current status of Neon. Neon also has our legendary AO² Auto-On/Auto-Off power control.

The Neon has a nice balanced signature with very good clarity and dynamics. I found it to be a little north of neutral with just a hint of warmth.
Bass, Mids, and Treble present with good details and volume is more robust.

I had no connection issues and it performed better than expected considering the size and cost I think it's a great addition to my travel equipment.

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Thanks all! Note we went with a plastic (custom blended thermopolymer) case to keep the weight down, and also improve Bluetooth range. Similar to the Qudelix 5K and Eosone ES100. Metals and ceramics hurt range and add a lot of weight, so we made a decision to go with function over form, and choose lighter, better Bluetooth range, and more resiliency when dropped versus the typical metal and ceramic type enclosures.

We considered LDAC, but it was either LDAC or the dual source support, and we ultimately chose to go with just AptX, AAC - and the dual source support. LDAC is pretty memory intensive and not well supported amongst most phones without going in to developer mode and such. We wanted something that just sounded very good right out of the box, with just about anything you can attach to it. And feedback about the dual source switching has been quite positive so we may have made the right tradeoff there - time will tell!



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I have to admit, I am really liking this, even more than my BTR7 and my UP4. I always feel like I experience a more compressed sound out of the BT7, the Neon has a more full and dynamic sound. LDAC would have been nice but the only gripe I can express and I am sure I would not be the only one, are the buttons. I think they are on the small size or maybe could have been raised up a bit. I do not have big hands in any manner and find it harder to make sure I am pressing the correct button without looking. And that is my only gripe. Loving it.

Update: OK, 2 Gripes... :) The volume steps are too much. I am using a Samsung S22 with 150 steps, set to move 1 at the time, fine control. The Neon is making steps 10 at a time, at cutting that in half would be nice if not more.
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