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The Atomic Bass earphones for iPhone will only set you back about 50 bucks, and they retain the built in mic found on the set included with the phone while offering improved audio and comfort. In fact, these earphones put forth sound befitting a pricier pair--just be sure you're a fan of heavy bass before you snap up a set.
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Like the mic-less Radius Atomic Bass earphones, the iPhone version features a fashionable design. You can choose from four color options--black, red, silver, and pink--to match or clash with your iPhone or other music phone. The color is really an accent, found only encasing the earbuds and the plug housing.
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The cable, which measures roughly 45 inches, is an even Y with a super compact integrated mic and call-answer button about halfway down the left side. The Y joins about 12 inches down from the earpiece in a slightly thicker cable, which terminates in a gold-plated straight plug with three bands: one for the mic input and one each for the left and right channel outputs.
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The Atomic Bass earphones' understated design is further promoted by the supercompact size of the 'buds. Even users with smaller-than-average ears should have no problem achieving a relatively secure and comfortable fit. Radius includes three sizes of silicone ear tips, and I had no trouble getting a good fit with the smallest of these.
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As their name suggests, the Atomic Bass earphones for iPhone are heavy on the low-end. Certainly, it can be overpowering at times, causing some fast and hard rock to come across muddled and slightly distorted. For the most part, however, the excessive bass does not cause problems, but it's probably best to steer clear if you're looking for exceptionally balanced audio.
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