Radius popped onto the scene this year with a collection of stylish, generally good-sounding earphones that were priced to sell and featured Japanese design characteristics indicative of their mother country. The company is now expanding its U.S.-based line to include the radHeadphone Live earphones, another good-looking pair that houses a set of titanium drivers in its earpieces. Like the well-received Atomic Bass earbuds, the Live earphones are heavy on the bass--too heavy at times--but these have a higher-quality build and a price tag to match ($79.99). While we appreciate the sleek and sturdy metal construction and warm audio response, the extra-heavy low-end can cause problems for certain songs.
The Good The Radius radHeadphone Live earphones have a high-quality build, with brushed aluminum construction. They're stylish and come in a choice of two colors with silver accents. Music sounds warm and detailed.
The Bad The hardware accents on the cable add unnecessary weight, and bass is a bit mushy and can lend a muffled quality to music. The included travel pouch provides little protection for the earbuds.
The Bottom Line The Radius radHeadphone Live earphones are sleek, durable, and work well for hip hop and pop music, but those with a more eclectic taste in music should steer clear due to the sometimes overpowering low-end.