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post #1 of 56
Thread Starter 
Hi,
I live in Japan and just picked these up today and have been listening to them all afternoon/evening on the train, in a cafe, and at home now and I have some impressions.
First of all, I am pretty much a newbie in the audiophile sense so my review will be pretty basic.
Anyways, after doing quite a bit of research in the sub-$200 price range I had decided to get the Victor 500 HP-FX500's especially since they are a pretty great deal at Yodobashi camera right now.
Well I brought my Ipod with me to do some field testing and when I asked the staff at Yodobashi to sample them I chose a couple others for comparison, the new HP-FX700's, Monster Gold's, Kipsch S4 as well as the intriguing Radius HP-TWF11R.
Now in my research I hadn't seen much about these but they was a nice display (in Japanese) describing the "DDL" Dual-drivers and I also noticed they were a new model (like the FX700) so thought they would be good for comparison.

And well...after spending an hour doing comparison tests across some rock, electronic, and bass heavy music...

To my (relatively untrained ears) the Radius blew EVERYTHING ELSE out of the water (comparative to price of course). I was set to get the Victor's after reading lots of great reviews (and I loved the natural wood aesthetic and supposedly natural sound) but to me they sounded tiny and cheap in comparison, lacking both in bass and in overall "depth".
And that's what impressed me most, they sounded phenomenally good across a wide range of high's and lows.

Also, I loved the fact the construction looked very durable. The nylon cable seemed much stronger and less prone to tangle than the 500's and the others. Even compared to the more expensive Monster and 700s I was really impressed with the Radius quality.

HOWEVER, there was one HUGE negative that almost made me pass on these, and caused me to vacillate for a good 20 min at the shop.
They are not very comfortable.
The shape reminds me of the Bose in-ears or some of the Audio-technicas. They have a long shape that is meant to go directly in ear, NOT wrap around (this confused me and the staff) but I had a lot of trouble twisting them into shape, even trying different size sleeves in the shop. I found the fit of the 500's much more comfortable and almost got them for that reason (plus they were a bit cheaper!)...but every time I put the Radius back on I couldn't get over how great they sounded...and after wearing them a good 4-5 hours today I am getting used to them I guess.
Also the cord is LONG (120cm) which is a bit annoying if you like to wear your ipod in your breast pocket like I do. This also makes winding them up in the otherwise awesome case take longer than it needs to.


Anyways, to quickly summarize

PROS-
Sound good on all ranges.
Depth
Durable construction
Nylon cord
Nice case


Cons-
Uncomfortable (for my small ears)
Long cord (may be a pro to some)
Look is a bit too "bling"

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Anyways let me know if you have and questions and I hope some serious audiophiles pick these up soon so I can hear what they think!


But so far highly recommended for the sound and quality...if you have big ears!
LL
post #2 of 56
At long last this thing appear in Head-Fi Though @shigzeo is going to make a review in them soon.

FX500 lacking bass...You better admit you are a basshead

I have yet to the Radius, and just have a very brief listening to FX500 months ago.

By the way, I don't like the model name. HP-TWF11R. So long.
post #3 of 56
Finally, we have the very first impression of the Radius...seems like the IEM world is changing fast huh. Now, we have quad BA drivers IEM (x-Jays), wooden driver/housing (JVC FX, Mingo and a few others), multiple dynamic drivers (Radius), freaking 8 BA drivers (JH16), BA and dynamic fusion (e-Q7). Now, what more to come?
post #4 of 56
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Originally Posted by takoyaki7 View Post
Well I brought my Ipod with me to do some field testing and when I asked the staff at Yodobashi to sample them I chose a couple others for comparison, the new HP-FX700's, Monster Gold's, Kipsch S4 as well as the intriguing Radius HP-TWF11R.
Now in my research I hadn't seen much about these but they was a nice display (in Japanese) describing the "DDL" Dual-drivers and I also noticed they were a new model (like the FX700) so thought they would be good for comparison.

And well...after spending an hour doing comparison tests across some rock, electronic, and bass heavy music...

To my (relatively untrained ears) the Radius blew EVERYTHING ELSE out of the water (comparative to price of course). I was set to get the Victor's after reading lots of great reviews (and I loved the natural wood aesthetic and supposedly natural sound) but to me they sounded tiny and cheap in comparison, lacking both in bass and in overall "depth".
And that's what impressed me most, they sounded phenomenally good across a wide range of high's and lows.
How does the FX-700 compare with the radius? what is the price of Radius IEM?
post #5 of 56
Thread Starter 
Not sure if I am a bass-head or just how they compared side-by-side
I know the 500s are supposed to have strong bass! The Radius really hold their own though!
And I didn't spend as much time with the FX-700 but from my limited experience they seemed a definite step up in terms of a balanced sound (noticed a bit of that alleged harshness of the 500s) and quality and construction was more substantial...but for the price at about $180 for the radius compared to $330 for the 700s, and $140 for the 500s the Radius seemed like the best deal.
ESPECIALLY because I was concerned about quality after I had a pair of Shure SE530 break down all too quickly. The cable and general construction/connection of the Radius seemed nicer (other than the blingy gold and red)
It really surprised me because I was all set on the 500s or even stepping up to the 700s but the difference didn't seem worth it! (but then again I am not much of an expert on this!)
post #6 of 56
Just want to let you know you can get them (Radius) cheaper, for $150
post #7 of 56
Wow, my review is just uploading as we speak: the timing is amazing. By the way, they are simply wonderful - sounding. Everything else is as you will see, rubbish. More balanced (no mid bass boom) than most dynamic I have heard, infinitely smoother, emotional, and wide.

Most addictive sound for anywhere up to 300-400$
post #8 of 56
Where can one get them online? Any links?
post #9 of 56
@koonhua90, if you use forwarding service to buy from Japan, I suggest this site:
e-earphone: HP-TWF11R
post #10 of 56
am tempted by these!
post #11 of 56
Quote:
Originally Posted by shigzeo View Post
Wow, my review is just uploading as we speak: the timing is amazing. By the way, they are simply wonderful - sounding. Everything else is as you will see, rubbish. More balanced (no mid bass boom) than most dynamic I have heard, infinitely smoother, emotional, and wide.

Most addictive sound for anywhere up to 300-400$
Shigzeo where is your review??
post #12 of 56
Aaaaaand we have a new contender for world's ugliest IEM!
post #13 of 56
Well my review of the HP-TWF11R is up: will do a headfi review soon enough.
post #14 of 56
takoyaki7, thank you! I've been waiting a while for a review on the Radius. You reported what I was hoping to read about them. Thank you. I'm even more interested in these now. Oh, and very good first impressions. Remember, you are an expert in knowing what sounds good to you, so never apologize for not being an expert reviewer. I think you did a wonderful job.
post #15 of 56
@shigzeo, impressive.

Radius is quite new in audio world, if they are able to make such wonderful earphones, don't know what is going to happen next.
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