The Good The Radius Atomic Bass earphones feature a comfortable, compact, and stylish design. They're inexpensive and offer a ton of bass. Some songs sound great.
The Bad The Radius Atomic Bass earphones suffer from muffled, chaotic audio at times. The cable is thin, which means it's tangle-prone and may not be durable.
The Bottom Line The Radius Atomic Bass earphones are a good choice for bass-addicts with an eye for style and a concern for budget.
Radius Atomic Bass
Colorful earbuds have become increasingly popular with headphone manufacturers, possibly due to consumer demand for something a bit more stylish than plain white or black. It's no wonder: earphones are basically accessories that serve to pipe music to your ears, so they might as well be fashionable.
Like the Radius TruTune earphones, the Atomic Bass earphones feature a fashionable design. You can choose from six color options--black, blue, green, red, silver, and violet--all shaded to match the iPod Nanos and Shuffles. The color is really an accent, found only encasing the earbuds and the plug housing. The cable is white, except for the black version, which has a black cord. The cable, which measures roughly 45 inches, is the uneven variety popular with sport-style headphones. The distance from the Y-junction to the left earbud is shorter than that going to the right, allowing the wearer to string the cable behind the neck to insert the right piece. This contributes to the low-profile style of the earphones, although people who carry their MP3 players on the right may not prefer it.
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. I found the earphones to be comfortable after more than two hours of wear. However, I noticed that although the earbuds form a noticeable seal with the ear, they provide below-average noise isolation. Of course, this isn't an advertised feature, but it's something for commuters to keep in mind.
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