RHA MA-350 earphones review!
The RHA earphones are the latest edition to the Reid and Heath acoustics line. The Glaswegian based firm has recently upped their game and introduced great sounding and great quality earphones, or that’s at least what they say.
Look and feel
The earphones feel extremely well made, with the body cut out of aircraft grade aluminum. The “Solid aircraft grade aluminium, sandblasted and partially anodised in matte black”, sets the tone for these earphones, high quality materials for a relatively low cost. The branding on the earphones is discreet as well; with a small white logo printed on the black face of each earphone, giving the look of high quality, fitting in well with you aluminium and glass gadgets!
Cables are a real area for innovation at RHA with a fabric braided cable compared to the usual plastic/rubber feel cable; the idea of this is that of the fact that rubber gets caught up in knots or gets taffled up easily whereas the fabric coated cables are harder to get caught up. From our experience it holds true some of the time but its still more about where you store them then the type of cable that they are made of.
The aluminum looks great and really classy and suits the more expensive gadget well, furthermore the trumpet shape helps to resonate the sound better throughout the earphone, something which we were impressed by. The silicon tips for the earphones were of good quality and were relatively comfortable in your ear. Definitely more so than Beats by Dre earphones, which I personally detest.
Arguably the most important thing about the earphones is the sound quality, and we’re glad to say that they don’t disappoint. The headphones can deal with all genres of music well, from Classical to Dubstep, from Bob Dylan to Metallica, these sounded great. In fact the bass was well pronounced and not at all tinny and the highs sounded clear and not muffled. The bass response was great for their size and the lack of distortion was impressive. Furthermore the range of frequencies is also great creating a realistic stereo effect when listening to large group pieces. While we’re not going to say their as good as £200 Bose earphones the sound quality is far better than earphones 5 times the RHA’s price *cough Beats by Dre *cough. On a level with the same price they do have a few valiant competitors, namely the Sennheiser CX series which offers comparable sound quality, for around the same price, but the build quality is not up to this standard, and they are less comfortable.
The sound quality is not a matter of luck, the fact is that they use high quality 10mm drivers along with a highly acoustic shape casing, which is shaped like a trumpets bell, to offer the best sound quality possible, combine that with gold plated connectors and a high quality cable and you have the formula for why the sound quality is good.
The earphones’ noise isolating function works well, and they are suitable to wear on a noisy train journey or in a student flat. The sound quality is good at all volumes but will eventually start to drop off a tiny bit at the extremes of the volume counter, mind you the earphones are rated at 102dB which is plenty loud enough unless you want to become deaf within a few months.
The buds feel comfortable in your ears, but in cold weather the aluminum does give you a cold sensation in your ears, not a problem for indoor work or travel in vehicles but running on a cold day is not the best use for these earphones. Of course this is a function versus form thing, and to be honest we think the function and form of the aluminum outweighs any benefits of plastic on colder days. Furthermore the nice carry bag that comes with the earphones is definitely ideal for storage, keeping them warm and taffle free!
Without doubt I would recommend these earphones to anybody who wants an upgrade from their iPod or Phone earphones for a low price, in fact I would probably recommend these to people looking for headphones up to around £70. These earphones offer a great build quality as well as a really good sound quality for a really low price. I’m glad that RHA decided to make some in-ear earphones because they are well worth my time. For anybody looking for some good quality earphones with good sound quality for under £100 you have to consider these and if your budget is below £50 then these should definitely be your choice.
- Great value for money
- Good build quality and materials
- Super sound quality
- Good bass response
- Aluminum build gets cold in you ear when its cold