Radiopaq Custom Tuned Earphones full review

Radiopaq is better known for its online radio service, but the company has decided to break out and into the earphone market.

It’s obvious that Radiopaq has gone for quality. The Radiopaq Custom Tuned Earphones are in-ear canalphones with a gold-plated 3.5mm jack.

What makes these earphones unique is that there is not one, but four models. Each is tuned to a type of music - Rock, Pop, Jazz or Classical - and is custom-made to enhance listening to your favourite genre.

Radiopaq informed us that the tuning was achieved through an 11-part chamber that enabled them to customise each style of earphone to a particular style of music. The Rock earphones are designed to give a “warm sound with controlled bass”, while the Classical set gives “25 per cent more detail in the mid to high-end range” and the Pop has “30 per cent more mid-range”, and so on.

We’ve tried out all four sets of earphones, and there is a marked difference in the way they present audio. But whether this turns out to be an effective marketing strategy remains to be seen.

Radiopaq is keen to point out that each earphone offers great audio quality, but there is a boost when you listen to the kind of music for which that earphone is designed.

These earphones do offer superb sound quality, with crisp noise that’s easily identifiable. But we definitely warmed more to the Rock and Pop models than the Classical and Jazz; these sounded a bit tinny and overly crisp to our ears.

Still, the sound quality is remarkable for a pair of £60 earphones. Certainly up there with some of the best we’ve ever tested.

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