BUDGET
IN-EAR

CU RAD

LITTLE DOT

Rating

Price

7.6

70 €

Review published:

09/2020

Driver

1

per Side

1

Dynamic

0

Balanced

Impedance

16 Ohm

Piezo

0

Sound

8.5

Bass

7

Mids

7.5

Trebles

Sensitivity

103 dB

7.7

Handling

7.5

Haptic

B

Value

0

Daily Life

Frequency

15 - 20000 Hz

Intro

The CU RAD is the entry model into the audiophile world of LITTLE DOT.
It is a very enthusiastic IEM with a distinctive V-signature, which has a lot to offer technically, but can quickly become a challenge in terms of sound.

Handling

In terms of scope of delivery and handling, the CU RAD is clearly inferior to its competitors. It is firmly connected to the cable, which seems a bit stiff and especially the cable noise can be disturbing. There are a number of silicone tips and also a very stable and large transport case with a flap lock, but that's almost it, except for an additional cable clip.

The CU RAD is made entirely of metal and despite its rather commonplace design it makes a valuable impression, but the cable is clearly a minus point here.

The ergonomics as well as the isolation is ok and even over a longer period of time the CU RAD should not cause any problems in terms of comfort.rt.

Sound

LITTLE DOT can certainly attribute a house signature. It expresses itself in a very stable bass foundation, with a bit more emphasis on the upper mids, which can also drift into the nasal/shrill, but with a great detail reproduction and direct response.

I find the bass of the LITTE DOT products really well tuned. Even if different configurations and certainly drivers are used, all products can operate at a similarly high level in the bass range. Here I find the texture and the crisp punch to be particularly noteworthy. With the CU RAD the bass is a bit in the foreground, but it is always clean and contoled. In addition, it gives us a lot of deep bass, but also tends to be a bit artificial, as it sometimes overdoes it with accuracy and therefore lacks a bit of naturalness in the reverberation. But that's what makes for the aforementioned firm and fun punch.

The mids are a bit thin and exaggerate it in the upper range, which can sometimes express itself in shrillness, or badly said "corded telephone character". The mids can score with clarity and also transparency, but they are a bit too tight for me to describe them as a natural sounding general weapon. Voices can be a bit demanding here and there, as well as (e-)guitars or brass. Technically good, but I would like to see a bit more relaxation. However, this gives them a positive bite that can be fun, but doesn't sound very natural.

In the high frequencies the CU RAD is a bit more pronounced due to the V-signature than it would do justice to a natural tonality, but this also makes it quite exciting and sparkling.
Sometimes it's a bit too much for me and rock music with a lot of cymbal is not always the most pleasant genre, but it can score with good consistency and definitely benefits from high quality input, otherwise it can get tinny.
Like the mids, the treble has a direct and accentuated response and can quickly become challenging. To me it is too engaged and a bit too bright in the long run, but technically high quality.

The stage is pleasantly open and three-dimensional. Here you sometimes forget that it is "only" a single-DD.

Outro

Compared to many of the "budget" models reviewed lately, it is a blessing to have the CU RAD in your ear, simply because of its clarity and attention to detail. However, it does not sound very natural and is too dominant and demanding in the upper mids and highs. The bass stands out positively, even if he sometimes overdoes it in quantity, but a little more balance and a softened V-signature would certainly suit the CU RAD better. In the long run it is definitely too exhausting for me. No matter how great clarity, detail and transparency can be. It also sometimes seems a bit compressed when playing music with a lot of information.
Technically very good, but a bit weird in tone.

Legend

Haptic:

Here the processing plays a role and the usability of the scope of supply. Additionally the appearance, wearing comfort and robustness.


Value:
Here I evaluate for me subjectively the price/performance ratio - does not flow into the evaluation!

Z: No Brainer

A: money well spent

B: all right, you can do

C: gives better for less money

D: overpriced

E: collector's price

Daily life:
Here, I focus on the long-term audibility and whether I can hear it well out of the box. This is of course very subjective and therefore only a minimal deduction or bonus. 

(-0.1, 0, +0.1)

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Rating in Letters

S: 9.5 - 10

A: 9.0 - 9.4​

B: 8.0 - 8.9​

C: 7.0 - 7.9

D: 6.0 - 6.9​
E: 5.0 - 5.9​

F: 0.0 - 4.9​

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