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T10i:
I wouldn’t be surprised if these were regarded as a ‘classic’ in even five or ten years’ time... If you’ve been waiting for a good in-ear headset to come along, don’t hesitate on grabbing the T10i.

T10i:

A good in-ear headphone is like a truly good book – most of the time, you’re settling for “good enough,” and a true masterpiece only comes along once in a while. The new RHA T10i is that masterpiece when it comes to in-ear buds, with design that’s durable, eye-catching and comfortable, and sound quality that’s hard to match, and that can be tailored to your own tastes thanks to replaceable hardware tuning filters included with the set for sound modification without the attendant downsides of software-side equalization.

RHA has crafted a set of earbuds that are unique – so unique that at first I wasn’t sure what to make of them. The stainless steel buds have a design that manages to look more organic than industrial despite the material used in its construction, and the final effect is of something almost hand-made. Details like the cylindrical steel remote case and the knurled cable case protectors at the headphone split point and the 3.5mm connector are far more industrial in look, and therefore easier to mentally place when you’re taking in the RHA T10i at first glance, but the earbuds take a little more getting used to.

In the end, though, the T10i’s buds are designed to sit in the ear with maximum comfort, and their smooth-pebble look is ultimately a pleasant alternative to other earbud designs that strive for something harsher, and that feel worse when worn as a result. Other design elements, including the flexible metal clad “ear hooks” that make up the final portion of each cable nearest the ear buds, the remote, and the cable end nearest the 3.5mm jack seems designed to result in a final product that is best able to withstand tangles, unceremonious packing and repeated removal/insertion in iPhones and other devices without cable breakage and with a reduction of wear.

Attention to detail is obvious, too, in the case that comes with the RHA T10i, which includes a metal card that holds additional earbuds and the swappable tuning tips. You won’t have to go digging for these accessories when you need them, as RHA appears to have thought of everything.

When preparing this review, I had to go back and remind myself of the price when preparing the list of basic specs – and I honestly thought I’d made a mistake when the number I came up with was $200. The RHA T10i I’d be listening to could’ve easily cost $100 to $200 more than that, based on the kind of sound they deliver.

Out of the box, the RHA T10i have the neutral acoustic filters installed, which are screw-in components that go under the actual earbud tip and modulate the balance of the sound you’ll get from the devices. These basic, or reference ones, provided the perfect sound for me – rich, warm and inviting, but not overly heavy on the base, or too tinny in service of the kind of high-fidelity clarity only a purist can love.

The good news is that if you’re either a bass addict or a classical enthusiast, you can easily tag in the other two acoustic filters as needed, and essentially convert your earbuds into a completely different set, albeit with the same great construction and a high level of sound quality that persists despite the shifts in overall equalization. And because this is hardware level, not software-side equalization, you won’t notice any odd auditory effects from the change – and they’ll apply to all your music, unlike some of the app-based solutions provided by other companies.

RHA’s sound and comfort combo means that you can listen to these while also forgetting that you’re wearing earbuds for the most part, even while in motion and using them under toques or other hats, which is a rare achievement for this kind of audio hardware.

If you’re looking for a good pair of in-ear headphones, the RHA T10i are for you. They might be a bit outside the ideal target price range of most, since I often get asked what’s the best option at $100, but the extra $100 gets you a lot of additional benefit with the T10i over any comparable option. They’re better than in-ear headsets I’ve owned that have cost twice as much, in fact, and they seem designed to last. iPhone compatibility via the in-line remote is also great, and the sound quality on calls, even when used out on the street, is likewise top-notch.

I wouldn’t be surprised if these were regarded as a ‘classic’ in even five or ten years’ time, and one of the better bargains in mobile audio accessories. If you’ve been waiting for a good in-ear headset to come along, don’t hesitate on grabbing the T10i.

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Forbes

T10i:
The RHA T10i is probably the best looking and best built in-ear headphone for $200. The design is exquisite.

T10i:

The RHA T10i is probably the best looking and best built in-ear headphone for $200. The design is exquisite, featuring noise-isolating stainless steel buds, hand-made drivers, interchangeable sound filters, and an oxygen-free copper cable.

There are a lot of excellent in-ear headphones for $200 though. How does the T10i stack up? Here’s our full review.

Build and Fit

The T10is exude a luxury not typically found in the $200 in-ear range. Even the $500 NuForce Primo 8 didn’t feel as expensive as these. It’s not just the metal buds themselves that impress. Included in the box are ten pairs of tips: six silicone domes, two “Christmas tree”, and two foam (not specifically Comply, but similar), all arranged on a metal tray.

Even more interesting are the interchangeable filters. The Torque Audio and Shure SE846 have this as well, and it’s a cool idea. In theory it allows finer tuning of the sound to suit a wider range of personal preferences. What I’ve found, though, is they’re hard to judge: If there’s one filter I like the sound of, does that mean the other filters sound “bad”? A heavier question than we have space for here, perhaps. Regardless, with the (admittedly excellent) Shure SE846 I stuck with the “Neutral,” the others sounding a bit more… tilted. So I started with the Reference filter here, checking out the Bass and Treble filters after.

Rounding out the included goodies is an in-line 3-button remote and mic, and a really nice leather (?) wallet-sized carrying case.

After you pick your favorite of the myriad tips, you’ll need to take a moment to fiddle with the cable loop. The T10is have an over-the-ear cable design I’ve found hit-or-miss with other headphones. For some people, the design works great, keeping the buds secured comfortable. Others can’t stand it, and can’t get a good fit. I’m somewhere in the middle, with some headphones that feature the design working great, others… not so much. A lot of that is how well (or not) the cable interacts with my glasses. The T10i were OK, but I didn’t ever love it. I was able to get them to fit without pushing on my glasses frames, which isn’t something I can say about the Shures. Even if you don’t have glasses, expect some trial and error to get the fit right (and do get the fit right, otherwise the T10s won’t sound as good as they should).

Sound

For test music, I used songs written about in Best Headphone Test Tracks, using both my HTC One and Apple iPod touch as sources.

The overall sound of the RHA T10i, with the “Reference” filter, is of a lot of bass, and noticeable boost in the upper-midrange. The bass is a little muddled, more “whump” than “thump.” The spike in the upper mid-range is right around the snare drum range. I tend to like a little extra bass, but I like it better defined than this. If you’ve ready any of my headphone reviews before, you know I hate upper mid-range boosts. A lot of headphones have this (for reasons not worth getting into here).

The bass though, goes really deep. Organ music, for example, sounds pretty epic. Or Roger Water’s bass on “Another Brick in the Wall Part 2.” I can’t say I’ve heard in-ears that seem to go as low as these do.  Overall I could, ahem, basically get used to the low end with the T10i. That spike in the upper mids, though not nearly as bad as many headphones, was a bit more than I’d like. It gives the T10s an almost shouty sound with certain voices.

Not to pre-judge, but I expected to hate the “Treble” filter. I can hear high end sounds really well, and I definitely don’t need more of them. Ever. But hey, thorough review and all that. The filters screw on and off very easily, which isn’t the case with many such designs.

Yeah… um, the Treble filter had almost the same amount of bass as the Reference filter. There is definitely more treble, though not as much as you’d think. There’s a lot more sibilance though. So I’m not sure even people who like a lot treble would really dig this filter. It’s a bit harsh.

Last up was the “Bass” filter. Given the Reference filter already had as much bass as I’d care for, I was pretty curious what this filter would do. There is more bass, but it actually sounds a little better controlled, which I wasn’t expecting. That 2-3k spike is still there, though, which is a bummer.

However… I switched to the foam tips and the sound changed a lot. This has been the case with several headphones I’ve tried (the Shures, for one). In-ear headphones are all about the fit, and it’s hard to get a better seal than with foam (at least for most ears). Using the Bass filters and the foam tips, the sound was a bit mellowed. The spike was reduced, and because of the reduced treble, the T10s sounded less open. I liked them a lot more though. They went from “good, but not great” to “I could listen to these.” It’s still a lot of bass though, keep that in mind.

I switched to the Treble filters. A more even frequency response than with the Bass filter, certainly, but with the mid-range very forward. Voices, for example, were a bit louder than they should be. The Reference filters, not surprisingly, were a balance between the two. Bit more bass than the Treble, a bit more treble than the Bass.

Overall, the foam/Treble combo (in my ears, anyway) was what I’d say is the best balanced, though I preferred the Reference. Regardless, the T10s in this configuration were a touch dull sounding. They did have some excellent stereo separation, soundstage, and imaging, though, better than I’ve heard with most in-ears.

Conclusion

The RHA T10i is a beautiful headphone, of that there’s no question. The multiple tips, filters, and overall design is fantastic, especially when you consider the price.

The sound though… is harder to say. I did find a tip/filter combo I liked, and that is the point of including them all. However, I didn’t like them until I found that one combo, which is a bit worrying. These had the biggest difference in how much I liked/disliked the sound between best fit, and worst fit, of any headphone I’ve tested. Plus, the foam tips were the only tips that fit comfortably for me because of the over-the-ear cable loop. It’s lucky, perhaps, that the way those tips change the sound in my ears, changed it in a way I liked.

Further, there are plenty of excellent sounding $200 in-ears that just sound good as soon as you put them in, without all the hassle.

Which is to say, I can’t flat out recommend the T10i. But I’m not not recommending them. If you can get a good fit, and you like the around-the-ear design, and you like bass, these are definitely worth checking out.

And they’re certainly gorgeous.

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TUAW

T10i:
The T10i sets a new high for RHA, pushing the boundaries of sound quality and delivery.

T10iThe recently announced RHA T10i (US$199.95) noise-isolating, in-ear headphones take top-shelf in RHA's lineup of fantastic headphones. According to RHA, the T10i headphones take precedence over the MA750i (read my review here), which have been my everyday headphones over the last year or so. They're also the set I recommend to anyone looking for new headphones with high-quality sound, but with a modest budget. How does the T10i compare as the new top-tier RHA offering?

Design

According to RHA's website, the T10i takes a step forward in almost every aspect compared to the MA750i. The MA750i drivers are made from 303F Stainless Steel. The T10i drivers are made from Injected Molded Steel -- a process where steel is subjected to 1300 degrees Celsius heat for up to ten hours, ensuring the correct shape and density for superior comfort and durability. The result is a cool, brushed metal look and feel, with a sturdy confidence. I would have no problems shoving these into my back pocket or bag.

The MA750i has over-ear cable supports. The T10i has "moulded" over-ear hooks that adjust to the shape of your ear. The MA750i has a steel reinforced, oxygen-free cable with gold plated connections. The T10i has a multicore, reinforced, oxygen-free copper cable with gold plated connections, and it's noticeably thinner, but still strong and hard-wearing. The list goes on. Incrementally different as they are, both headphones look fantastic, are rugged and durable, have a three button remote and mic made for iOS users and, as with all RHA headphones, have a 3-year warranty.

However, the big difference here is between the MA750i 560.1 driver and the T10i 770.1 driver. For starters, the T10i's are noticeably bigger. But there's a lot more to it than just size. Aside from delivering a natural, balanced sound signature aiming to accommodate all genres of music accurately and precisely with high levels of soundstage imaging, the frequency response of the 770.1 driver is customizable with the T10i's interchangeable tuning filter system.

By unscrewing the tip-ends off the drivers and replacing them with either of the two sets of additional filters, users can enhance the bass or treble response of the T10i or remain with the pre-installed, true-to-life reference filters attached.

Performance

I spent the bulk of my listening time using the reference filters on the T10i. After the lengthy, but recommended burn-in period, I found the T10i's to be immediately familiar in feel and sound -- though offering a weightier, more detailed sound compared with the MA750i's more open sound -- but with a new found focus and determination that bested the MA750i.

Of course, choosing the right ear tip is crucial for both noise isolation and the sound you'll get. I have some universal custom molds for my ears, but found that they didn't work well with the T10i's. Perhaps when fitted, there's a bit more travel between the driver and my ear. Either way, do try the different tips that come with the T10i's to get the best fit.

Damien Rice's The Box (do listen to the album version) demonstrates how the T10i delivers fine detail and presentation as well as range and depth with life and energy. Rice's vocal is front and center, delicate and then soaring over an acoustic guitar. Subtle inflections, intonations and rhythms are beautifully presented and handled. The later piano and strings demonstrate the breadth of the T10i's soundstage, with warmth and clarity. Brass and drums join the mix, filling into the balanced depth and fullness the T10i offers. Everything culminates with a climatic end; piano harmonics linger while Rice's vocal and guitar end the song. It's a great song and a pleasure to hear through the T10i's.

I spent less time with the filters, but appreciated the enhancements that each brought. If you're looking for that extra bit of sonic depth or height in your music, both will deliver subtle, but appreciated enhancements to either end of the spectrum. The filters provide a customization that is not often found in headphones of this price range, if at all.

Conclusion

The T10i sets a new high for RHA, pushing the boundaries of sound quality and delivery. They're a worthy upgrade to the MA750i, with incremental upgrades to an already impressive feature set, but it's those 770.1 drivers that make all the difference. There's also the custom filters for personal taste, which is a premium feature. Hitting the $200 price point starts to push beyond the realms of budget headphones, but I think the T10i offer great value for money when you could easily spend a lot more for a similar, high-quality experience.

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Scotsman

T10i:
It is a bold, brash and unconventional aesthetic and it looks marvellous...the design informs a superb sonic performance.

T10i:

THIS Scottish firm fuses bold design to outstanding audio performance

FOR all the engineering marvels that Glasgow has given the world, there is a temptation to regard its industrial heritage as a thing of the past, an energy borne from and which ended with the Victorian era, now to be preserved and revered in the hushed confines museums and libraries. Yet the city’s indomitable spirit has not only survived into the 21st century, but prospered in new ways, with arguably no finer exponent than RHA, a specialist audio company just off the banks of the Clyde at Finnieston, which has also recently opened a pop up shop in Princes Square. Its name may not be familiar to most Scots, but for audiophiles the world over, those three initials represent a guarantee of top-grade sound.

From its humble head office tucked off Argyle Street, the company - formerly known as Reid & Heath Acoustics - has unveiled its latest product, the T10i. Ostensibly, these are in-ear, wired earphones, but such a description feels wholly inadequate when you consider the work and innovation that has gone into them. The first thing that strikes you about the model is its design, akin to a personal listening device dreamt up by H.R. Giger, the late surrealist set designer famous for his work on Alien.

The aesthetic is brash, unconventional and brilliant

Quite simply, the T10i looks classical and otherworldly at once, like Henry Moore meets Blade Runner. What stands out most of all is the use of cold, brushed injection moulded stainless steel for the main body of the earphones, bound to the winding spine of an oxygen-free copper cable with gold plated connectors. It is a bold, brash and unconventional aesthetic and it looks marvellous. More importantly, the design informs a superb sonic performance. The weight of the metallic components give the T10i a sturdiness that improves the isolation of external noise without compromising comfort, thanks to over ear hooks that mould around the ears and leave you free to focus on the output rather than fiddling around.

The resultant sound is a resounding success, a combination of power, finesse and dexterity. RHA say its handmade dynamic driver allows the earphones to excel across a range of genres with detail and accuracy, and our tests endorsed such a claim. Back catalogue vintage Rolling Stones tracks came through with punch and clarity as the T10i brought out the best of the guitar textures and interplay while representing the thumping backbeat with gusto. Punchier tracks from Daft Punk also sounded dynamic and powerful with no distortion when the volume was cranked up.

With extensive options, RHA cater to audiophiles and general consumers alike

While such an expansive performance will likely satisfy the majority of consumers, RHA also caters to the whims of a more demanding audience. The T10i comes not only with a handsome carry case, but an array of accessories and attachments designed to fine tune its fit and sound. Listeners can choose from a range of ear tips - including dual density silicone, memory foam and double flange silicone - but the masterstroke is the choice of two additional tuning filters to add nuance to the overall frequency, whether you favour a little extra bass or treble.

The former is well catered for in the standard issue reference filter already attached to the earphones, but replacing it with the treble option squeezed out a little extra detail from quieter, acoustic tracks. The reality is that music sounds great with the T10i, irrespective of the filter you choose, but the fact RHA have gone the extra mile and allow people to tinker hands-on with its technology in pursuit of the perfect listening experience demonstrates the innovation and care at play. This is a product of which Glasgow, that great city of music, should be immensely proud.

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CNET

T10i:
First impressions count for a lot and the T10i's were terrific on every count -- bass, midrange, treble, low distortion, dynamics, stereo imaging. And the earbuds' clarity made us feel closer to the music.

T10i:

The Good The well-crafted, uniquely designed stainless-steel RHA T10i earbuds sound great and come with an abundance of accessories, including three sets of acoustic filters, 10 different eartips and a carrying case. You also get an Apple-friendly inline remote/microphone for making cell-phone calls.

The Bad They're a little weighty for in-ears and may not fit everyone comfortably. Some of the inline remote's functions won't work with Android and Windows Phone devices.

The Bottom Line While the design may not work for everyone, the RHA T10i earbuds are great-sounding and well-built, with some nice extras, including three sets of swappable acoustic filters.

Earphones are made out of all sorts of materials, but it's not too often that you hear about metal injection-molded, stainless-steel ones, which is why RHA's T10i model piqued our interest. They cost $199.95, £149.95 UK or €179.95 EUR (they're not not available in Australia, but the US price translates to about AU$227.)

In case you've never heard of RHA, it's a Scottish headphone maker, though its products are produced in the Far East, as most headphones are these days.

RHA says the stainless-steel T10i model features a handmade dynamic driver (model 770.1) "engineered to reproduce all genres of music with high levels of accuracy and detail." It's also interesting to note that the earphones include a tuning filter system that allows for frequency response customization. It's a feature we've seen on a few in-ears in the past (the high-end Phonak Audeo PFE 232 comes with acoustic filters), but you don't usually see it in a $200 headphone.

verything about these seems well crafted -- from the housings to the reinforced, oxygen-free copper cable to the gold-plated plug -- and the sound is excellent, too. Factor in all the included accessories (RHA provides eartips in several different sizes and shapes along with a nice case), and you really feel like you're getting a lot of headphone for your money.

The only potential problem is the fit. The T10i earbuds are somewhat weighty for in-ears and the over-the-ear cable system won't appeal to everyone (I'm not a huge fan, while CNET audiophile Steve Guttenberg finds it more appealing).

I had a little trouble maintaining a tight seal, especially when I hit the streets and walked around with the earphones in. They were fairly comfortable, but I found myself regularly adjusting them in my ears. Also, the cords are fairly heavy, too. I was always aware the cord was there. Ideally, you want to forget you're wearing headphones.

Part of the cord weight is due to the inline remote. It's sleek and sturdy, but it's got a little heft to it. The remote works with iPhones, controlling music transport and volume; don't expect them to work with Android and Windows Phone devices. Note, though, that the RHA T10 is also available, sans remote, for $10 or £10 cheaper.

First impressions count for a lot and the T10i's were terrific on every count -- bass, midrange, treble, low distortion, dynamics, stereo imaging. And the earbuds' clarity made us feel closer to the music.

We felt similarly about another set of in-ears we reviewed recently, the Bowers & Wilkins C5 S2, so that's where we started our comparisons.

Drive-By Truckers' "Southern Rock Opera" album has some of the cleanest drum sound we've heard on a pop album in ages, and the T10i made that abundantly clear. The C5 S2 was close, just a little less transparent. The C5 S2's treble was brighter, so any harshness on Jack White's "Lazaretto" album had no place to hide. The T10i was highly detailed, but somehow made White's sound sweeter and smoother than what we heard over the C5 S2.

Before we go any further describing the T10i's sound we need to talk about the "tuning filters " that slightly alter the frequency response. Up to this point we listened with the flat Reference filters installed. Changing the filters is easy enough: you remove the eartips, unscrew the installed filters, and then screw-in one of the other two (Bass or Treble) filters.

We first tried the Bass filters, which RHA claims raise under 200 Hertz bass 3 decibels. When we listened to Jimmy Cliff's "Rebirth" album his deep reggae grooves didn't sound any different.

The Treble filters raise the sound of all frequencies above 1,000 Hertz three decibels from the reference level. With jazz trumpeter Jon Hassel's "Fascinoma" album the Treble filters definitely brought out more detail and air from the mix. After dialing up some more test tracks, we decided we liked the difference the Treble filters made with great sounding recordings.

 As far as final comparisons with the Bowers & Wilkins C5 S2 go, the T10i was clearer than the C5 S2 with the Reference filters and pulled even further ahead in terms of detail resolution with the Treble filters installed.

Even so, the C5 S2 is close to the T10i and they're both superb-sounding. That said, the C5 S2 model is significantly lighter and arguably more comfortable. As always, getting a tight seal is imperative for maximizing sound quality with in-ears, and the C5 is probably the better choice for mobile use.
Conclusion

The T10i earphones are impressive and well crafted in-ear headphones that sound great. My only reservations are about fit and comfort level. My gut says that they'll be be a good fit for many people but not everyone, so if you can, try before you buy.

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HuffPo

T10i:
Yes, they sound exceptional...they were resonant, clear, rich earphones.

T10i:

The first pair of RHA's headphones I reviewed I thought were good, but a bit heavy and brutal. The second pair were cheaper, lighter, less complicated and overall quite a bit better.

The third pair, the T10i, have gone in completely the other direction, philosophically.

Where the light, streamlined MA600i in-ears were aimed at combining high-level sound with an accessible price-point, the T10is are going after the premium market like a steel-moulded bull in an extremely high-end China shop.

These are £150, High Fidelity, Injection Moulded, Everything In Caps in-ear headphones which to be honest I found totally intimidating and left me whimpering in a corner.

The look of these headphones is… quite something. And a bit weird at first. They reminded me of the derelict space ship in Alien - all twisted tubing, strange, un-Earthly steel shapes and tuning filters that look like engine parts.

They are cold to the touch and heavy, and look striking in the same way as a well-designed missile or a shiny fuel pump. They are durable, clearly carefully-made and utilitarian. But they aren't comforting. Or really all that comfortable either. They are big in the ear, and the 'mouldable' hook design felt a little fiddly at first, and oddly loose after a few days' use. Not that the cable itself loosened, mechanically. They just didn't seem all that tight.

Of course you're not spending this amount of money on earphones that just look good. You're buying them for the sound. And yes, they sound exceptional. RHA recommends a 20 hour 'burn in' time to really get the headphones up to scratch. To be honest, we couldn't tell much difference before and after that time. But they were resonant, clear, rich earphones which seemed to benefit from the "handmade", "true-to-life" 770.1 model driver, and dealt handily with everything we threw at them.

As ever with RHA you get a full set of ear tips, of different materials, in the box. This is generous and a nice touch, as is the leather carrying case. New this time around - and arguably somewhat insane - is the inclusion of three sets of tuning filters -- the bit at the very end of the earphone, to you and me -- to help boost the low or high end, or stay the course with a "reference" sound. There is a slight difference to our ears, but it is slight - you might need to really APPRECIATE sound quality to understand what you're hearing here, and what you're not.

You're also getting a three-button iOS--optimised cable remote, a "multicore oxygen-free copper cable", a gold plated 3.5mm connection jack and a nice box to boot.

Overall, what you're in store for with the T10is is a very well made, substance-over-sleekness set of premium earphones, at a little less than you'd pay for the top-end bigger-name brands' equivalents. That's a good deal.

Subjectively, to us, the effect of the T10i earphones was one of confidence and precision, but also a vague sense of furiously optimised aggression, and an overall lack of warmth in the feel and shape of the product. They were easy to like, extremely impressive in an objective sense, but hard to embrace and love.

But that's the sort of sentiment these headphones, if they were a person, would laugh at, spit on, chew up and stamp all over. We remain terrified, then, but impressed. We promise.

 

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GSM Arena

T10i:
The RHA T10i headphones are good-looking, superbly built, and hugely capable in the sound department.

T10i:

Announced right before this year’s IFA in Berlin, the RHA T10i in-ear headphones are the British company’s most capable offering to date. The headset features innovative construction that includes injection-moulded stainless steel and interchangeable tuning filters.

Based in Glasgow, Scotland, Reid Heath Acoustics has already established itself by offering products, which combine quality sound, premium build, and value for money. Hit past the break to find out it the T10i fits in the same mould!

Retail package

RHA T10i ships in retail box that is as good looking as the headset itself. Inside it, you will find the headphones, two sets of interchangeable tuning filters with a dedicated holder, a whopping ten pairs of ear tips with metal holder, a carry case, and a clothing clip.

As far as additional accessories go, RHA has you fully covered. Its retail package is one of the best I have seen, regardless of the price point.

The bundled ear tips include two pairs of universal memory foam tips. The latter take the exact shape of the user’s ear and offer superb levels of comfort and noise isolation.

Design and build quality

With drivers made entirely from stainless steel, the RHA T10i headset looks like a serious audio tool built with purpose, not fashion in mind. Each driver is color-coded, thus further assuring the user that the headphones mean business.

Detailing throughout the headset is truly impressive. RHA’s branding is etched into the stainless steel of the drivers, the 3.5mm audio jack, and the and the cable splitter. Even the interchangeable tuning filters look like tiny turbines.

The above considered, the T10i looks a lot more upscale than its already considerable price tag suggests. It makes most of its competitors in the price range look cheap in comparison.

Considering the materials used in its making, it is hardly a surprise that the build quality of the RHA T10i is superb. The stainless steel housing of the headset has been crafted using metal injection moulding. The process includes subjection the steel to 1300°C to ensure its correct density and durability.

Stainless steel is used for the 3.5mm audio jack connector; the cable right above it is enforced with metal coil as well. The over-ear hooks have metal in their construction too.

RHA is serious about the quality of its headphones. The T10i comes with a sweet 3-year warranty – another rarity in its price range.

Ergonomics

RHA T10i weighs 41grams, which is reasonable considering the quality materials used in its making. The headset’s patent-pending over-ear hooks are made to take the shape of the user’s ear, so comfort is guaranteed.

At 1.35m (4.5ft), the cable of the headphones is longer than the usual for an in-ear headset. The three-button iOS friendly remote features a depressed call/play button, which is easy to reach even without looking.

Sadly, you can’t use all three buttons on a non-Apple device. Only the call/play button works on Android and Windows Phone hardware.

Overall the T10i is comfortable to wear during long stretches of time. The fit the headset provides is seamless, while it low weight helps avoid any fatigue.

Sound

RHA T10i features handmade high fidelity dynamic drivers with frequency response that ranges 16 and 22,000Hz. Impedance and sensitivity are 16Ohms and 100dB respectively. Max power of the headset is rated at 1/5mW.

There are three sets of color-coded tuning filters that are bundled with the headset. They include one reference set (in silver), another for enhanced bass response (in black), and third one (in copper) that focuses on treble.

The bass and the treble filters are tuned to enhance their respective range without eating into the mids. Check out the setup of each in the graphic below.

Each set of filters alters the frequency response of the T10i on a hardware level. Changing the filters requires you to unscrew them by hand. The process is quick and easy – there are no tools required. The filters are stored on a small stainless steel plate.

I began testing the headphones with the reference filter, which is silver in color. As its name suggests, it offers balances sound across the range, regardless of the style of music you are going to play. I reckon that this will be the most often used setup – it offers deep, but natural sounding bass and well sorted highs.

The bass-centric reference filters, as expected, softens up the low-range. However, it does not affect the mid and the treble section. I found this particular setup enjoyable for listening to today’s more popular tunes, as well as gaming and watching movies. The last two activities benefit greatly from the black filters.

The copper-colorer treble filters offer a perfect setup for acoustic music, as well as classical pieces. The high range becomes noticeably more vibrant and lively without losing any depth in the lows and the mid range.

Quality of the phone calls on the RHA T10i is excellent regardless of the filter in use.

Final words

The RHA T10i headphones are good-looking, superbly built, and hugely capable in the sound department. The interchangeable sound filters are not just a gimmick, but proper audio tools, engineered to do exactly what they are meant to.

At $199.99, the T10i is hardly cheap. However, you will be hard-pressed to find a single competitor in the price range that offers the newcomer’s craftsmanship or breadth of talents in terms of sound reproduction. That 3-year warranty is not to be overlooked either – it adds another layer of confidence in the product.

Read the full article at TUAW

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FT How To Spend It

MA750i:
The build quality is top rank: they are machined from stainless steel and have the best type of springy, durable cabling, with no concession at all...

MA750i: 

For years at trade shows, I have been passing the stand of an intriguingly subfusc British headphone company called RHA. I always note down the name, take its interesting, very black brochure and promise to get hold of one of its products – and then, well, I don’t get round to it.

RHA isn’t what you’d call pushy, which may sound nice, but its quietness works to the extent that nobody I know in techie circles has (until recently) a view of any kind on the brand. A search of its website doesn’t help a lot in establishing who it is or what it’s like, other than that it is obviously high-end. The website is remarkably spare on details about the company, its heritage, anything, and only a scan of the legal section shows its official name is Reid Heath. My own mini-investigation, however, reveals it to be a Glasgow company whose HQ is “in the shadow of the Finnieston Crane”.

This is odd because it sounds like the kind of background a company could make a great deal of. A few months ago, I finally made contact and asked for a sample of whatever it was currently most proud of. RHA complied quickly but, again, the beautifully packaged MA750i headphones it sent remained on my shelf unopened, as if the company’s shyness is shared by its products. They just weren’t shouty enough. Even the price (£90) wasn’t extravagant enough for me to want to tear them from their box and try them out.

Yet now I have finally got round to testing them, they are quite superb, especially – and this is an important point – when you’ve let them run in for a few hours, a common requirement with good headphones and loudspeakers.

The MA750i is an in-ear model, but one supported by a nicely springy ear loop, making the headphones ideal for the gym or running. The build quality is top rank: they are machined from stainless steel and have the best type of springy, durable cabling, with no concession at all to the middle-market price. Even the excellent carrying case and selection of alternative tips resonate quality. This product could easily sell for £150 or more – especially when you hear the rounded but still exciting sound. It has a design characteristic (who knew?) of RHA called “Aerophonic”, meaning it’s inspired by the airflow and the acoustic properties of a trumpet bell. I’m not sure if that would pass without comment from rival audio companies, but it worked for me.

The MA750i cans are also extremely comfortable and have a three-year guarantee (as if anyone will manage not to lose a pair of in-ear headphones within three years).

Oh, and on the shyness front, as I write this, by coincidence, a thick, tasteful invitation plops through my letterbox to the launch in Berlin of a new RHA product, promising to be a serious audio breakthrough of some kind. A quaint but effective marketing idea, using the post – and maybe a welcome end to RHA’s introverted phase.

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Mac Format Logo

MA600i:
If you’re looking for a great set of earbuds at a very good price, then look no further. Comfortable and they come with a case.

MA600i: 

These noise-isolating earbuds with inline controls and mic have a sound that belies their relatively low price. The bass could be a little crisper, but it’s certainly intense enough for the range of musical genres we tested. Overall, the MA600i offers a very complete sound that’s warm and rich and has very good detail. They come with a good range of accessories too, including a hard case, a cable clip and an excellent range of tips. They’re comfortable to wear too, and the robust cables won’t tangle easily. All in all, they’re great value for money.

Read the full article in the January 2014 edition of MacFormat

Find out more about the MA600i.

Canada.com

MA750i:
How do they perform? In a word – fantastic. When you plug the headphones into your ears, their noise-isolating effects are excellent and the sound reproduction from the hand-made drivers is impeccable, even with a lot of external noise, such as on an airplane or bus. Don’t be surprised when you listen to a favourite track if you hear sonic details that you never noticed before.

MA750i & MA600i: 

One of the truths of travelling is that there are often long stretches of boring which can be best endured by plugging in some headphones to listen to music or watch a movie.

This is true if you are on a plane, train or automobile, especially when it’s night and there is nothing to see out of the window other than darkness.

For these times, the quality of your headphones matters. RHA, a British manufacturer of headphones, has an excellent selection for you to consider, especially their two latest models, the MA600i and the MA750i. RHA sent us sample units to review.

Both are in-ear headphones with some differences between the two models.

The major difference between the two styles is that the MA750i use a contoured over-ear cable to keep the ear pieces in place, something that is especially useful when the wearer is doing something active. What’s nice about the way it is engineered is that the over-ear cables are not rigid, one-size-fits-all affairs, but are flexible enough to fit over any ear and remain comfortable while doing it.

The finish on both models is excellent. The cables on the MA750i are rubberized which minimizes tangling and the gold-plated plug is reinforced to prevent the interior wire from fraying.

The MA600i headphones lack the over-ear cable and there are differences with the construction of cable. Instead of rubber, they are plasticized, but stiff enough that tangling is rare and the plug doesn’t have the same reinforcement as the other unit, but instead attaches to the cable at a right-angle.

Both headphones have earpieces made from stainless steel and come with numerous silicone ear tips of different sizes and shapes to guarantee a perfect fit.

The headphones are designed to be used with the Apple iPhone and come with a 3-button remote and microphone that is part of the cable assembly.

All of that is great, but how do they perform? In a word – fantastic. When you plug the headphones into your ears, their noise-isolating effects are excellent and the sound reproduction from the hand-made drivers is impeccable, even with a lot of external noise, such as on an airplane or bus. Don’t be surprised when you listen to a favourite track if you hear sonic details that you never noticed before.

If you are looking for a new set of headphones for your travels, then these models from RHA are highly recommended.

PROS:
- Excellent sound reproduction
- High-quality materials mean they are built to last, which explains the 3-year warranty
- Extra ear tips guarantee a perfect fit

CONS:
- Expensive, but not out of line with competing products.
- Only comes in one colour, black.

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Cult of Mac

MA750i:
RHA have managed to make the stainless steel-bodied MA750i supremely comfortable and well-fitted, even under heavy action. In fact, RHA absolutely nailed it perfectly with these ‘phones in every single category that matters.

MA750i: 

There aren’t many in-ear monitors made of steel. Aluminum? Yes. Plastic? Wads. But steel-bodied IEMs — now that’s a rare find. There’s good reason for this: Though the material is solid, hard-wearing and, according to some, produces a cleaner sound, it’s heavy — which can make steel-housed IEMs often uncomfortable and annoyingly ill-fitting.

But forget all that. Scottish-based RHA have managed to make the stainless steel-bodied MA750i supremely comfortable and well-fitted, even under heavy action. In fact, RHA absolutely nailed it perfectly with these ‘phones in every single category that matters, with only two or three minor trade-offs.

RHA’s flagship MA750 actually comes in two flavors: plain, and with a little “i” on the end. Obviously — and RHA clearly states this on their website — the “i” version of the MA750 is made specifically for the iPhone. But that’s not exactly true. While the volume buttons do indeed only work with Apple devices, the main button, with its play/pause and skip track functions, works perfectly fine with Android gear, and it has a microphone that can be used for calls. And since the MA750i is only $10 more than the version without controls, the choice seems like a no brainer — especially considering how excellent the controls are.

The Good

Arguably the most impressive characteristic of the MA750i is how almost unbelievably beefy the whole thing is. I raised an eyebrow at the extra-large carrying case when I first pulled it out of the package. Are you kidding me? I thought. This thing is huge. Then I understood why: The MA750i’s rubber cables are absolutely massive. They’re easily the thickest cables of any IEM I’ve ever seen; they’re more or less the same size as cables on many of the over-the-ear headphones I’ve tested.
Both the jack and the cable junction are sheathed in solid metal cylinders. The earpiece housings themselves are two mighty chunks of stainless steel, sculpted at one end to form a sleek, conical shape. I can’t attest to how much actual abuse these ‘phones will tolerate, because I haven’t tested them for long enough (here’s a hint though — RHA’s warranty on all their headphones is a pretty generous three years) but if I were forced to bet, I’d put my money on the MA750i to be the last one standing.

Another benefit of the anaconda-like cable: It simply refused to tangle. Also, the rubber sheath meant zero instances of occlusion — the sound produced when material (like a shirt) rub against the cable.

Usually a heavy set of IEMs means fit problems, as the extra weight can cause the earpieces to shift and create fit problems. Since a nice tight fit is extremely important for getting good sound out of almost any set of IEMs, makers generally try to keep weight low.

But RHA seems to have bypassed this issue in two ways: by packaging the MA750i with an excellent complement of ten pairs of eartips — two flanged silicone sizes, six smooth silicone sizes and two identical memory foam pairs — and by shaping the cables (where they join the housings) so that they hook over the ears. The result is one of the best-fitting and most comfortable sets of IEMs I’ve ever worn. I never felt any fatigue or irritation, even with lots of movement.

Surprisingly, the two included memory-foam tips aren’t actually from Comply, the famed tips generally included with better IEMs. They look almost identical to Comply tips, and feel very similar. But there were subtle differences in their texture that made me query RHA about their origin. Sure enough, the company confirmed that MA750i’s memory-foam tips aren’t supplied by Comply, and are instead made in-house by RHA. Y’know what was really surprising? They might have beaten Comply a their own game — that’s how outstanding RHA’s foam tips were at creating a tight fit that sealed in bass and sealed out noise.

Like the rest of the set, the metal-housed controls felt solid and very well-made, with operation resulting in easy crisp clicks. Up there with the best controls of any IEM tested.

Finally we tackle sound quality. RHA says the MA750i houses two handmade dynamic drivers that have been “designed to deliver a clear and natural sound,” and that sounds about right; for dynamic drivers, the MA750i’s speakers sound crisp and bright. The bass is even better: Instead of the overboosted, boomy, muddy bass exhibited by some of its contemporaries, the RHAs managed a thrilling, unusually distinct reproduction of especially low frequencies. The mid-range seemed somewhat compressed, muddied and cluttered, especially with more nuanced music. But this weakness is somewhat par for the course with dynamic drivers around this price-range, and the overall sound experience still tilted to strongly positive.

The Bad

The bad stuff is almost nil, mostly tradeoffs and largely dismissible: Because the set is overbuilt, it’s somewhat large and perhaps not as pocketable as other IEMs; and the jack area protrudes prominently and sometimes gets in the way.

Verdict

For about the same price or slightly less, there are purely better-sounding IEMs out there, and if you’re looking for the most petite set, this isn’t it. But with its excellent bass, excellent fit and robust build, I’m severely challenged to find a better all-round set.

4.5/5

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Empire

MA600i:
But for when we're out and about, these noise-reducing in-earphones are our new favourite thing, reducing the bustle of the city to a distant hum and providing startlingly good sound, especially in the lower ranges

MA600i: 

We've featured British headphone designers RHA before in this guide, and that pair is still going strong. But for when we're out and about, these noise-reducing in-earphones are our new favourite thing, reducing the bustle of the city to a distant hum and providing startlingly good sound, especially in the lower ranges. Since the last earphones we tried from this company, they've plasticised the stylish-but-scratchy mic cords (so we no longer get rope burns when idly toying with the lead) and the new remote is about the sexiest one out there.

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AP

MA750i:
These are outstanding IEMs at an even more outstanding price. For someone looking to venture into the high-end earbud universe, the MA750s would be an extremely safe choice. With a tough, rugged build and a respectable warranty, they're also pretty likely to last you a while.

MA750i: 

I like headphones that sound good, and as such, I really enjoyed the RHA MA350s when I reviewed them about a year ago, especially given their extremely reasonable retail price of about $40. For the money, I'm still not sure there's a headphone out there that's going to clearly best them. I actually bought a pair for myself as my backup travel headphones, and they've held up admirably.

But while the MA350s are indeed a good headphone, they are still not truly great - compare them to good IEMs (in-ear monitors) in the $100-200 range, and the difference rapidly becomes apparent. Highs feel a bit empty and shrill, mids feel muddy and muted, and bass simply isn't very complex or tight. This is what I have a hard time communicating to people who don't believe there is a real benefit to be had with entry-level high-end IEMs (and trust me, $100-200 is entry level), in that they simply don't believe me, or don't believe that the difference is anywhere close to being significant enough to warrant the cost.

If I had to analogize it, I'd say the earbuds you find included with some smartphones are a bit like a VGA front-facing smartphone camera, the MA350s and similarly-performing headphones are like a decent point-and-shoot camera (yes, that big a difference), while getting into high-end IEMs is like buying a Canon T5i - minus the bulk. The variation in the quality of sound, assuming your source audio is at least of decent quality (196Kbps+ for an MP3), is completely real and audible to any ordinary human being.

To take this analogy further, there are obviously people out there who couldn't give a damn about having a camera better than the back of the one on their iPhone, and can't be bothered about all this 'image quality' business. Convenience and cost, for them, are factors above all else. The same goes for headphones. I cannot force anyone to care about sound quality if they do not want to care about it, or have decided that a certain level is "good enough" for them.
With this review, I hope I can at least give those who are curious about exploring the higher end of the in-ear audio world a product to consider - the MA750s are truly spectacular for the money - and perhaps even get a skeptic or two interested in the idea of that world.

The Product
The RHA MA750s are the flagship headphone manufactured by Scottish firm RHA. They're fairly new to the headphone game, but the one other product of theirs I've used used blew me away for the price, and 750s are no different in that regard. The MA750s retail for $120, which is the price you'll pay if you choose to buy them on Amazon.
They come with a total of 10 sets of eartips, utilize stainless steel driver housing construction, and have a 1.35m cable. Inside the box is also a handy carrying case. RHA includes a rather impressive 3-year warranty against defects with the 750s, too.

The Sound
The MA750s share the "aerophonic" trumpet-shaped sound-hole and driver housing of their cheaper sibling, the MA350s, but little else carries over from RHA's more economical entry-level headset. The driver housings are made entirely of stainless steel, inside which you'll find RHA's range-topping 560.1 dynamic driver assembly.
As a dynamic driver headphone, the MA750s do have something of a character to them that entry-level balanced armature IEMs can lack, for better or worse. Where many balanced armature IEMs are capable of producing extremely flat, consistent sound across the frequency spectrum, dynamic drivers tend to have a more "shaped" response curve. You can even see the MA750's response curve as published by RHA, below.

Tuning a dynamic driver in an earbud to have a pleasing, detailed response is something of an artform, though, just as it is in over-ear headphones and loudspeakers. It is by no means an inferior technology to balanced armatures, just a different one. And to be clear, it is also entirely possible to utterly ruin a balanced armature earbud, so there's really no reason to go in with a preference for one or the other innately.

The character of the 750s is actually fairly subdued, a welcome change from the often over-tuned and over-excited earbuds catering explicitly to the hip-hop, electronica, and pop genres. The MA750s are perhaps a bit more bright and textured across mids than is 100% faithful to some music, but given this is an area so many other headphones ignore for the high and low ends of the audio spectrum, it provides a more balanced, interesting listening experience. Vocals truly shine on the 750s, coming through so clear and crisp you'd almost think you were the studio for the mix. Details are pulled out with care, though soundstage isn't terribly wide and instrument separation isn't fantastic, but this is an IEM, after all. It's about as good as you're going to get for something that goes directly into your ear canal. Switching into my over-ear Grado SR80i's, I am reminded that for as good an IEM as the 750s are, earbuds simply don't have the presence to draw out a beautiful instrumental arrangement in the way open-back headphones can.

I found the 750s shined brightest when paired with songs that emphasized bold textures. Alternative and indie rock fans - perhaps even electronica lovers - I think, will really get a lot out of the way the 750s sound. Classic rock was less interesting, though still admirably detailed and nuanced in a way that I, frankly, didn't believe was quite possible at this price. Make no mistake, they still sounded excellent. Classical and jazz suffered most with the 750s when compared to my open-back headphones, where the earbuds' soundstage and instrument separation simply couldn't offer the experience such genres really deserve for proper listening.

Bass on the 750s is extremely respectable, and I actually found that songs which laid on the lows thick had a lot of presence. The bass response itself also doesn't feel muddy or loose, it's extremely tight and has surprisingly good range for an IEM - I was genuinely impressed. Playing a few tracks from Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, which if you've listened to you'll know lays on the bass and texture gratuitously, the 750s remained very composed and listenable at volumes where other, cheaper headphones would be begging for mercy.

If I had to describe the listening experience with 750s in a word it would be "enjoyable." Nothing sounds bad on the 750s, most music sounds brilliant, and everything is just so pleasant. That may sound like something of an under-endorsement, but really, it just goes to show how truly effortlessly the MA750s produce outstanding audio - you forget that your music can sound worse at all.

Fit, isolation, and design
The MA750s are a rather modern, stylish headphone, and I think most people will be happy with the out-of-the-box fit of the single-flange silicone eartips. If you're not, though, RHA includes a total of 10 sets - 2 foam Comply sets, 2 double-flanged silicone, and 6 sets of single-flanged silicone (2 sets of each size if you include the ones the headphones ship with attached).


Getting the tips onto the earbuds is, if you'll excuse my crudeness, a royal pain in the ass. I have never had such difficulty attaching eartips to a set of headphones. I was nearly ready to throw them across the room - the openings in the eartips are just way too small. And, as usual, I ended up ripping one of the sets of Comply foam tips within about 45 seconds of trying to put them on.

The single-flange silicone tips fit pretty well but while walking around or otherwise being active, they lost seal pretty easily. That's primarily because the MA750s are quite heavy, and despite having a loop-over cable design (that is, the cable loops behind and over your ear when you seat the earbud), the heavily insulated cable is pretty noticeable. It's not unusually loud, however, which is nice.

What's not nice is that cord becomes tangled incredibly easily, particularly since the rubber-like coating on it is not glossy or smooth and easily gets stuck on itself.

The Comply eartips I was not a fan of, at all. I couldn't get a good seal in either ear with either size, and I'm generally of the opinion that Comply eartips are pretty much useless unless you have perfectly-shaped ear canals. To each their own, I guess. The double-flange silicone tips were the sweet spot for me, providing the best seal and the most protection against loss of seal during activity. Some may not enjoy their rather invasive feel, but I find it's pretty easy to get used to so long as you keep using them for a while.

Isolation with the double-flange tips was great, but with the single-flange or Comply tips I had sound leakage regularly from the right side, though I blame my ear for that in large part, and didn't feel particularly insulated from ambient noise. That said, the public safety factor is something to consider there - it's not necessarily a great idea to walk around in areas with traffic while wearing super tightly-sealed headphones.

Oh, and there's this wound-up little steel spring that comes out of the choke above the stereo jack on the headphones, and it just needs to go away. I already accidentally pulled out part of it, and it just feels like a not-great design decision. I get the purpose (preventing extreme bending of the cord), but wrap it in some silicone or something - it's kind of an eyesore, and I bet a lot of people are going to accidentally yank it out one day.

Conclusion
I really do like the 750s quite a lot, despite their occasional ergonomic quirks. They do tangle rather easily, and for my ears, the fit isn't exactly perfect. But the sound more than makes up for the issues, which simply melt away every time I play a track through these headphones. I've read reviews comparing the MA750s to headphones costing two to three times as much, and I believe them: these are outstanding IEMs at an even more outstanding price.

For someone looking to venture into the high-end earbud universe, the MA750s would be an extremely safe choice. Their sound signature is quite versatile, so they're unlikely to offend, and the aural advantages they'll offer over any sub-$100 headphone should be clear to anyone's ears. With a tough, rugged build and a respectable warranty, they're also pretty likely to last you a while so long as you don't abuse them.

Perhaps the next iteration of this headphone will iron out some of those issues I mentioned (weight, fit for some people, tangle-proneness), but I really doubt they'll be able to improve the sound noticeably without raising the price substantially. There are many headphones out there offering good value for money, but I believe the MA750s have set a price-to-performance bar that will be incredibly difficult for any manufacturer to beat.

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ZD Net

MA750i:
Audio sounded fantastic with the handmade drivers in these earphones. I was never disappointed with the audio quality, hearing the bass, treble, and details I expect in very expensive earphones.

MA750i: 

For the last few weeks I have been living with the MA750i in-ear headphones from RHA and I am loving every minute of it.

Last year I checked out RHA's mid-tier earphones, the MA450i, and found them to be a steal at $50. The MA750i takes things to the next level, including the price at $129.95. However, I think you will find that they live up to this price.

The MA750i earphones are composed of 303F stainless steel, black plastic, gray rubber, and opaque silicone materials. The earphones feel very well constructed with the cable ends and connection points being of higher quality than anything else I have seen.

Starting at the earphone end, we see a stainless steel housing that contains a dynamic driver with a formed end that fits a silicone tip on the end. There is then about 3 inches of black coated cable that wrap around your ear to secure it in place. The only time I noticed the earphones slipping out was when I had a ball cap sitting low.

A black plastic piece transitions the wrap around black cable into a gray coated cable that runs down and meets up at the Y with the other earphone. Down about 5 inches on the right side cable you will find the three button remote and microphone for calls. Functionality of the buttons is dependent on the phone you have connected. There is also a MH750 model without the remote and mic that sells for $10 less.

A sliding adjust piece can be used to bring the left and right cables together under your chin. The stainless steel piece that connects these cables at the bottom of the Y is attractive. There is textured stainless steel at each end with a signature on the smooth central piece.

Below the Y you will find about three feet more of even thicker gray coated cable. The stainless steel 3.5mm jack at the end reminds me of the older large headphone stereo cables we used to plug directly into our record players and receivers at home. There is a wire reinforced section before the jack end that should help with longevity of the earphones.

The package comes with 10 pairs of earphone tips to choose from. There are three sizes of silicone tips with two pairs in each size. One pair of small and medium double flange tips are included along with two pairs of memory foam medium ear tips. This earphone tip storage mechanism is a stainless steel plate.

A carrying case is also included to protect your investment while it is in your bag or kit.

The first thing I noticed was the quality feel of the earphones when I pulled them from the package. The rugged gray coated cable seems to prevent cord tangling, but given the length they still do get bunched up a bit when you throw them in your bag.

The default mid size tip fit me well, but I switched to the memory foam tips since they were even more comfortable to me.

I primarily use an Android device and the remote worked well with Google Play Music to control play/pause, skip forward, and skip back. However, it did not control the volume on the Note 3 I tested. Pressing and holding the center button launched S Voice on the Note 3, but you still have to press the mic button on the display to activate S Voice functionality. I understand it is optimized to control Siri on iOS devices.

Audio sounded fantastic with the handmade drivers in these earphones. I was never disappointed with the audio quality, hearing the bass, treble, and details I expect in very expensive earphones.

Callers said I sounded just fine with the integrated microphone.

The RHA MA750i earphones seem to be extremely well constructed and look great. Audio quality was top notch and I didn't feel there was anything missing from the audio experience.

I was surprised that I could not control the volume with the remote on Android. I understand these are optimized for iOS devices and understand that using them with iOS will give you the best experience.

8/10

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Sound & Vision

MA750i:
They are a fantastic buy for those looking to make the leap into higher end headphones. Think of them as the Aston Martin of headphones.

MA750i: 

Let me start by saying, I know headphones. I have reviewed a lot, I own a lot, and my ears have endured a lot. Generally speaking, function comes before form in my recommendations. Do they sound good? Are they comfortable? How much do they cost?

Only after these questions are positively answered do I then I allow myself to get excited over how pretty they are. Rarely am I able to reach that glorious final stage. To be frank: most tech that focuses on form ends up lacking in function (I’m looking at you, Beats). But every once in a while, my inner geek gets her day, and today it’s thanks to the British company RHA’s 750i. Now, knowing the substance is there, just look at them. Sigh...Sexy, no?

They’re beautifully designed, with small details that are generally only seen in headphones far more expensive. Those silvery bits? 303F grade stainless steel. (A Google search informed me that 303 grade steel has a psi of 89,900! So, very durable.) Not only is the 1/8th-inch jack reinforced with this steel, but there is also a spring that gently keeps the cable from kinking at the connection point. The cable is oxygen free, and has a velvety rubberized texture that feels both flexible and sturdy. The junction from main cable to individual ear cords is steel reinforced. Even the Apple compatible remote feels luxurious, snug in a little steel jacket.

The in-ear buds are supported by the cable being worn over the ear, which historically speaking, I’ve disliked. Many headphones’ over-ear designs have cables that rub against and chafe the delicate skin between one’s ears and skull, especially when wearing glasses of some kind. Not so with the 750is. Somehow the texture and structure of the cord is such that I wore my test pair for several hours very comfortably.

Included with the headphones are tips of varying shapes and sizes, which are all housed in a genius little business-card-like caddy. The types of tips are single flange silicone (s,m,l), double flange silicone (s,m,l) and two sets of Comply. The caddy not only keeps the tips organized, but handy, as the card fits into elastic straps in the included faux-leather carrying case. The carrying case also has a little mesh pocket, perfect for holding the also-included shirt clip. It’s these small but thoughtful details that transform liking headphones into loving them.

What else is there to love? The sound. Exciting and clear, with emphasis on the upper mids and bass. While this isn’t by any means an even frequency response, it’s not a bad one either.

Rock, hip hop, and electronica sound intense and forward. Try listening to this: The Who’s “Baba O’Riley”: the electric organ sounds smooth and rich, and you can even hear the old strings on the piano vibrate in the intro. Once the guitars kick in and the layers of sound come at you like a crashing wave, you’re ready to kick some arse.

Or Radiohead’s “I Might Be Wrong”: deep low bass guitar with snares snapping on top. The 750i’s bass response is strong, but it doesn’t overtake the rest of the frequencies.

Or, Estelle’s “American Boy”: The thumping synth bassline never drowns out the buttery vocals. The sound profile reminded me of the AKG 376s, but in a far classier package. And although they lack the sense of sonic depth and space that the RBH EP2 or Bowers and Wilkins C5s have, they are also around $60 less expensive, and arguably more solidly built.

The writers at The Huffington Post and British Esquire like them too.

While I wouldn’t use the 750is for studio monitors in mixing, I do enjoy them for rocking out. The overall feeling is vivid and fun. Add in the consideration that you can get them for around $120, they are a fantastic buy for those looking to make the leap into higher end headphones. Think of them as the Aston Martin of headphones: stylish, classic, zippy, exciting. And bugger me, they sure are pretty!

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HuffPo

MA750i:
It's hard to fault them - they're great value for money, and look like they cost twice the price.

MA750i: 

Your first impression of the RHA MA750i earphones - once you've removed them from the ornately packaged box and marvelled at the oddly comprehensive selection of dual density silicone, double flange silicone and memory foam ear pieces included within - will go one of two ways.

Roughly half of you will be immediately impressed, and perhaps even intimidated, by the build quality. For these are extremely well-made, solid - and let's face it, weighty - 303F grade stainless steel headphones. The earpieces are individually machined, and feel like something you've pulled off the side of a space shuttle when no one was looking. The headphone jack is heavy and reinforced, and the three-button remote and microphone piece is also practical and strong.

Every other aspect of the build quality has been carried out with an eye to industrial brutalism. The cable is described as "steel reinforced" and "oxygen-free" while the range of 10 pairs of ear pieces are also designed to make you feel like an audio scientist - mixing and matching the constituent parts to make the ultimate audio cocktail.

That's how half of you will probably feel. The other half will be a bit disappointed. Because the result of all of that hardcore heft is a pair of headphones that are actually - in this reviewer's opinion - a little uncomfortable to wear. They're heavy, and the big remote pulls on the earpieces and gets caught in your clothes. They do stay in place - the over-ear style makes sure of that - but you're not going to want to wear them when running. They're just a bit unfriendly - like a very strong, but aggressive bouncer.

How do they sound? In general, extremely decent. Everything is crisp and clear, and there's no over-abundance of bass as you'd find in many poorer-quality, but more expensive competitors. The sound is just totally balanced, straightforward and clean. The noise isolation is also very good, with the memory foam ear-tips working particularly well.

The problem with these headphones is not the build, the sound or even the price - a very reasonable £89.99 for the level of tech involved.

The problem is simply that unless you've already tried them, and liked the feel, weight and sound style, it's hard to be sure that they're for you. If you're looking for something with outward quality, a 'premium' feel and reassuringly detailed tech specs, they may well be perfect. But if you get them and find they're either awkward to wear, too heavy or you don't like the wraparound fit, it's possible you might be disappointed. That said it's hard to fault them - they're great value for money, and look like they cost twice the price.

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Next Web

MA600i:
The MA600i buds provide great sound quality across the range for most of the musical and gaming uses I put them through. I was particularly impressed with how rounded the sound was.

MA600i: 

British headphone manufacturer RHA is known for producing high quality headphones that deliver excellent sound, but with its more recent releases – namely the MA600i, in this instance – the company has tried to bring a touch of the luxury to the mid-range model.

Priced at £59.95 ($89.95 in the US), the in-ear MA600i headphones come with six sets of different size gel ear buds to ensure you get the right fit and an in-line control that’ll play happily with your iOS devices.

Those multiple sets of ear buds aren’t just for comfort either (although it does help); the MA600i units have been specially designed to eliminate the noise of the world around you, but more on that later.

Also included in the box alongside the ear buds is a little carrying pouch for keeping the spare buds and the headphones together when not in use. There’s also a little clip for attaching the cable to your shirt or collar when you are wearing them, should you feel the need.

Performance

At just around £60, the RHA MA600i have a lot to live up to from more expensive competitors on the market, but with aircraft grade aluminium construction they certainly look the part – and it also helps to create a better sound quality. Additionally, they also have a 320.1 dynamic driver which provides a mostly balanced range with a slight emphasis on bass, which is a particularly nice touch as RHA doesn’t always create custom drivers for new models.

It seems to work too. The MA600i buds provide great sound quality across the range for most of the musical and gaming uses I put them through. I was particularly impressed with how rounded the sound was, including the bass, which can’t always be said for in-ear headphones. While it’s not a problem per-se, people that listen to a lot of spoken word, podcasts or other vocal-oriented material might want to opt for something a little less bass heavy, though.

Speaking of which, providing you choose the correct size ear buds the MA600i are really comfortable, with longer sessions not proving a problem. As mentioned earlier, the buds also help minimise noise around you; they’re not perfect, but do well enough to cut out most of the usual background noise you might expect while out and about – just don’t expect it to be a world of complete silence.

The ‘i’ in the model name indicates that the MA600i headphones come with an in-line control designed to be used with iOS devices. Controls include a function button for things like pausing music or answering incoming calls – or double clicking to dial the last called number and a volume rocker.

Even though they have been designed for use with iOS devices specifically, some of the functionality – although seemingly not volume control – worked on Android devices that were also tested with the MA600i headphones.

One difference from other models available from RHA is that this particular set come with a dual-insulated, oxygen-free copper cable. What this means is it’s well protected and tangle-free, in the most part. I’m not a particular fan of how it makes the headphones look, but it’s personal preference and if the choice is between how the cable looks and it breaking, I’ll take the slightly less pretty version.

Bang for your buck

Overall, I’m impressed by the RHA MA600i headphones. Without straying into premium territory, they manage to provide a well balanced, yet bassy sound. It’s an achievement to get that level of bass performance from an in-ear set without compromising the rest of the range.

Add in the fact that they’re pretty damn comfy too and come with an in-line control to save pulling your phone in and out of your pocket, then they start to look mighty appealing.

Are there better in-ear headphones out there? Almost certainly. Does the noise cancellation work perfectly? Nope, but it’s none too shabby, perhaps a bigger criticism would be that if there’s noise leaking in, there’s probably a little leaking out too – worth bearing in mind if you’re a commuter who likes to listen at full blast.

But while they’re not perfect, the RHA MA600i headphones represent a great performance/value for money balance – it’s easy to fixate on foibles causing them to fall short of perfection in some way or another, but for less than £60 they’re worth keeping in mind.

Read the full article at The Next Web

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Esquire

MA750i:
Number 1 on Esquire.co.uk list of '10 best In-Ear Headphones for 2013' 

MA750i: 

Engineered from individual stainless steel components, the in-ear headphones have been specially designed to produce a greater depth of sound and cut out background noise.

Read the full article at Esquire.co.uk

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TUAW

MA750i:
Using the MA750, I loved hearing things accurately represented, with a real clarity, depth and broadness....

MA750i: 

A few weeks ago, RHA announced its new MA750i headphones (US$129.95). Last week I received a sample unit and have been testing them since. Having previously been really impressed with the MA150 and MA450i earphones and the SA950i on-ear headphones, I had high expectations for the Glasgow-based company's new premium-range hardware. And I was not disappointed.

Design

From the onset of receiving the MA750 I could tell RHA has taken things to the next level. Even in the packaging a great amount of thought and detail has been applied. The box's window flap opens to reveal the immaculately-presented earphones. A magnet on the inside insures that it stays shut when closed, and a small, orange flap of material that's affixed to the interior makes removal easy and elegant. The "premium" is apparent even before you use the headphones.

The MA750i look and feel fantastic. The earphone heads are machined from stainless steel, with RHA subtly inscribed on the sides of each head. The cabling is reinforced with steel, oxygen-free with a gold-plated, quarter-inch connector. The cabling is thick and feels extremely durable. The connector end is covered with a protective spring connector, while the earphone ends benefit from RHA's over-ear cable supports, which offer a comfortable, secure fit. The cabling is a contrast to some other manufacturers, which try to make the cable as light as possible. While not overly bulky, the MA750 cabling brings a reassuring weight and robustness.

RHA MA750i Review

On the MA750i model there's a built-in three-button remote control and mic, designed to work faultlessly with iOS devices. This, too, feels really sturdy and well made, allowing you to take calls, adjust the volume and play, pause and change music tracks on your iDevice.

The handmade 560.1 drivers reinforce RHA's Aerophonic design, inspired by airflow and the acoustic properties of a trumpet's bell. There's a promise of "precise, balanced and articulate sound reproduction with a great depth of soundstage."

The MA750i come with an attractive carrying case and a collection of various ear tips to suit every size and preferred feel.

Performance

Of course, what really counts is how the MA750 sound. The 560.1 drivers are "...designed to deliver a clear and natural sound. With high levels of spatial separation and distance...capable of reproducing audio with exceptional power and precision." And in my experience, that's exactly what I found.

When I tested the MA450, I was really struck by the bass response and depth. And overall, the production of a full and enjoyable sound (especially for the price point). However, it's fair to say the sound was not the most nuanced or precise.

With the MA750, things are much more controlled. In fact, I found the MA750 to be extremely well balanced, able to reach detailed lows that weren't exaggerated, mids that were spacious, yet present and well-rounded highs.

I'm going through a Stevie Ray Vaughan phase, revisiting some of my favorite tracks of his. Using the MA750, I loved hearing things accurately represented, with a real clarity, depth and broadness. It's hard to explain, but a few examples are subtleties like a low bass note that's full, warm and deep, and yet you can hear the player slightly hit the fret. Or the very occasional guitar fumble in the heat of spine tingling solo (Check out Tin Pan Alley aka Roughest Place In Town, but get a high quality version).

Practically speaking, I found the MA750 to be extremely comfortable. The over-ear system works really well, keeping the in-ears right in place. Noise isolation was really good too. The case is a nice extra, which is more than just a pouch. It offers good protection as well as doubling as a place to keep your spare ear tips, which are conveniently stored on a steel-tip holder (no more rummaging around to find matching tips).

Conclusion

Once more, RHA have delivered a fantastic in-ear headphone experience. This time, a truly premier (consumer) experience that lifts RHA into a new league. The MA750i sits right at the top, rightly so, as the cream of the RHA range. And they are superb value for money, too. In years gone by, I've spent more on headphones and they've not come close to what the MA750 has to offer. At this price point, everything is right about these headphones.

The MA750i is priced at US$129.95 and comes with the built-in remote and mic. The MA750 (minus the remote and mic) is priced at $119.95. In the US, both will be available from Amazon today and Apple Retail Stores from November. In the UK and Europe, both versions are available now from the Apple Online Store and Amazon in the UK as well as Apple Retail Stores.

Read the full article at Tuaw.com

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SoundPerfection

MA750i:
It has a slightly fun but natural sound, add to that great comfort and build quality you have a winner. They are slightly on the darker side of sound, but have enough detail to keep things interesting.

MA750i: 

Packaging, Accessories and Build quality:
Packaging is simple, black box with a picture of the IEM's on the front, there is a tab that opens to show you the IEM's and all the tips through a plastic window. The IEM's are securely fixed in a plastic in tray. Underneath this you will find the carry case. Information and specifications can be found on the back of the box, and also on the inside of the front flap. These come with a 3 year warranty.

Accessories included are great, you get a wide array of tips included, and a carry case. Included are 2 pairs of S, M and L single flange silicone tips, 1 pair of S bi-flanges, 1 pair of M bi-flanges and 2 pairs of M foam tips. Very good array and quantity of tips to ensure all will get a good fit.

Build quality is top notch, stainless steel housings feel durable, with a thicker than normal cable, and excellent spring strain relief on the jack. These feel like they will last a long time, all strain reliefs are strong, the y-split and jack are stainless steel too, very well built.

Comfort, Isolation, Driver-Flex and Cable noise:
Comfort is excellent once you find the right tip and insertion depth, I like the small bi-flange tips as it gives me a great deep seal and the monitors sit fairly flush with my ears. The memory wire section is not stiff like most, it is soft rubber and has no wire inside so you cannot form it, but I find this much more comfortable and stronger.

Isolation depends on the tips you use, using the bi-flanges I get good isolation even though they are vented housings. Great for everyday use.

Driver flex is not present luckily.

Cable noise is not a problem as the cable goes behind your ear, but using the chin slider will get rid of any slack and potential cable noise.

Sound:
Split in to the usual categories:

Lows: nice full bodied lows, lots of power and energy but with good control not warming the mids up. The lows have great extension and presence without being overwhelming, I would say that a little less quantity wouldn't hurt but as they are, they fair very well and are fun and pleasurable to listen to. The speed is very good however and they manage to keep up with fast music with ease. Very dynamic and articulate bass with good separation too, kick drums have great body and sound very realistic, bass guitars have perfect decay.

Mids: in quantity they are slightly behind the lows, but are not recessed, they are very natural sounding. These IEM's have a slightly thick sound, but the mids are not affected by this, sounding very clean and detailed. When multiple vocals are recorded you can hear each voice well separated. Vocals have no sibilance or harshness to them, and guitars retain great power and control.

Highs: the highs lack some presence, but what they lack in presence they make up for in control and detail. The highs are very crisp and controlled never becoming splashy, also the highs are well placed within the soundstage. You can EQ the highs up a little with good effect but I rarely use EQ. There is not a lot to say about the highs, they are detailed but don't have enough presence for my tastes, and the sound ends up sounding a little dark.

Soundstage is wider than average, and they give you a good sense of space.
Instrument separation is also above average with a well controlled sound and everything is easily separated.
Imaging is very good also, being very precise and coherent.

Overall a very good IEM for the price, it is definitely one of my favourite sub $200 IEM's, it has a slightly fun but natural sound, add to that great comfort and build quality you have a winner. They are slightly on the darker side of sound, but have enough detail to keep things interesting. I really enjoy this IEM when out and about.

Sound perfection rating: 8/10

Read the full article at Sound Perfection

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The Independent

MA600i:
#2 on 'The 10 Best Commuter Gear' list

MA600i: 

It's rare to find in-ear headphones that cancel noise so well. This pair produce super clean, deep sound while shutting out all the unwanted hubbub around you.

Read the full article at The Independent

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Digital Spy

MA600i:
Put together by small Glaswegian audio specialist RHA, the MA 600i headphones pack an impressive punch for the price.

MA600i: 

Put together by small Glaswegian audio specialist RHA, the MA 600i headphones pack an impressive punch for the price.

Firstly, noise isolation is very good from the earbuds, so they are an ideal alternative to the stock headphones you get with something like the iPhone. You get also get a wide range of different bud sizes for a plush fit, as well as a nice carry case to keep them safe in your pocket.

What we like best about the MA 600i's sound quality is that it isn't overly fussy. Cheaper headphones tend to mask a lack of quality by using too much bass or treble. 

These headphones have a nice clear and flat sound - which might not be the best, but is much cleaner than similarly-priced competition.

Read the full article at Digital Spy

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Stuff

MA450i:
Nice build, comfortable fit, an iPhone-friendly three-button remote and a very full-bodied delivery - and all for just £40.

MA450i:

Hailing from the not-all-that-sunny-climes of Glasgow, RHA has hit upon a winning formula here. Nice build, comfortable fit, an iPhone-friendly three-button remote and a very full-bodied delivery - and all for just £40. The bass can get just a smidge overbearing when pushed, but the RHAs still have the overall quality to push the E10s right to the wire.

5/5

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Gadgeteer

MA450i:
If you need a mic and a remote, get the MA450i. If you don’t, then the MA350 is what you want. If you want a great commuting pair of earphones, the decision couldn’t be any simpler.

MA450i:

Recently, when I reviewed RHA’s MA350 earphones, I concluded that they were a perfect second pair of earphones that were great for commuting. I considered their $40 price a bargain. However, one major (for some) drawback was a lack of a mic for making and receiving phone calls – especially for any commuting. RHA has an answer for that with the RHA MA450i earphone with remote and microphone.

You might think that there would be an audible difference between the RHA MA350 and the MA450i. After all, the MA450i is 100 more something than the 350, right? If you think that, you would be wrong. There is no difference in construction or sound between the MA350 and MA450i. If you don’t need a mic, you can stop right here. I’m not going to bother with a review of the audio quality of the MA450i, because I would just be repeating myself. You can go here to read my complete review of the sonically-identical MA350.

But I will talk about the included remote mic. Boy, did RHA get this one right.

Many earphones I have reviewed include a mic option. Most of them work just fine, but I always ask the person I am talking with if they can tell whether it’s me using the mic or my iPhone directly. I always get the same answer in varying degrees: From “Yes I can tell, but it’s not too bad” all the way to “Yes, I can tell and you sound like you’re in a tunnel.” I get this responses no matter how expensive or cheap the earphones are.

Until now, that is. Everyone I talked with could not tell that I wasn’t speaking into my iPhone, but instead was using a mic. Not one. I don’t know what RHA did or how they did it, but it works. This is one of those things you take for granted until you experience a lesser mic. The tapered remote works well with the usual Pause, Forward and Skip functions, but it’s hard to get excited about that. The middle pause button is easy to feel, but the + and – buttons can easily be confused.

The MA450i’s construction is another match to the MA350. The same aluminum shell with its aerophonic-designed shape plus their fabric-covered cables. You do get a much more varied choice of tips, however. Both the MA450i as well as the MA350 come with a 3-year no-hassle guarantee.

It all comes down to this: If you need a mic and a remote, get the MA450i. If you don’t, then the MA350 is what you want. If you want a great commuting pair of earphones, the decision couldn’t be any simpler.

Read the full article at Gadgeteer

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New York Times

MA450i:
What really sets them apart from others in their price range is the sound quality. Testing the MA450i earphones, the high and low frequencies were nicely balanced without sounding flabby. There was plenty of dimension and detail, making it sound as though instruments were in distinct positions around the listener, and it was easy to pick out specific sounds like fingers plucking a guitar string.

MA450i:

They don’t carry a musician’s name, they don’t come in a dozen sparkly colors, and you won’t find them in many stores, so it’s easy to overlook RHA earphones — which is a pity.

These relatively inexpensive earphones offer an awful lot for the money — the money being $40 to $50.

Developed in sunny Glasgow by a division of Reid Heath Acoustics, the in-ear earphones come in two models only, the $40 MA350 and the $50 MA450i, which is available in either black or white. The “I” denotes it’s made for use with the iPhone and has a microphone built in.

Quality for the price is fantastic. The earpieces are made of aluminum, have fabric-covered cables that transfer much less noise than most, and come with seven sets of dual-density silicon ear tips.

A sure tipoff that these are well built is that they come with a three-year guarantee.

What really sets them apart from others in their price range is the sound quality. Testing the MA450i earphones, the high and low frequencies were nicely balanced without sounding flabby. There was plenty of dimension and detail, making it sound as though instruments were in distinct positions around the listener, and it was easy to pick out specific sounds like fingers plucking a guitar string.

While pleasingly lively, they do not have the kind of exaggerated sound that can be tiring over time. These are easy to use for hours at a clip. But they are not the best choice if you treasure hammering bass and screeching guitars.

The other pair in the line is the MA350, which lacks a microphone but is suitable for any device with a 3.5-millimeter phone jack. They should sound nearly identical to the 450s.

The 450s are available through Apple online and in stores, and the 350s through Amazon.

Read the full article at New York Times

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MA450i:
The MA450s' sound immediately makes a strong impression. It's big, highly detailed, and the bass goes a lot deeper than most competing models

MA450i:
I haven't covered too many inexpensive earphones in this blog, mostly because I prioritize sound quality, and precious few under-$50 models cut it. The RHA MA450 really stands out in this crowded market, not just because it actually sounds pretty decent; the look and feel are outstanding and RHA sells the MA450 with a three-year warranty. Reid and Heath Acoustics products are designed at its research and development center in Glasgow, Scotland.

Build quality and features are exceptional for a $50 pair of in-ear headphones; the MA450 has machined aluminum earpieces, 10mm drivers, seven pairs of silicone eartips, an Apple-compatible mic and remote, fabric-covered wire, a small, black soft carry case, and a three-year warranty! Few headphones, including most high-end ones, come with three-year warranties, and RHA might be the only company providing that level of protection for affordable headphones (if you know of any others, please share that information in the Comments section). Warranty claims will be made through RHA's U.S. warehouse in Michigan. Following inspection, RHA will repair or replace the earphones, and proof of purchase or a sales invoice will be required.

The MA450s' sound immediately makes a strong impression. It's big, highly detailed, and the bass goes a lot deeper than most competing models. The sound is actually too bright, so if you listen to a steady diet of acoustic jazz or classical music, the MA450s probably won't make you happy. Subtlety isn't a strong suit, but rock, pop, and hip-hop fans will like what they hear.

I compared the MA450 with the Klipsch Image S3 in-ear headphones ($49.99). The red plastic S3s look and feel a little cheap next to the MA450s, and the S3s have a softer, more laid-back tonal balance. The treble is sweeter and less brilliant than the MA450s'. Listening on the street and NYC subway, the MA450s' brighter sound and punchier bass cut through the background noise better. Noise isolation capabilities are about the same from both earphones, but at home and in quiet surroundings, I preferred the S3s' more accurate, less hyped sound. There, the MA450s sounded too bright and overly detailed, and with older analog recordings the MA450 emphasized tape hiss. There's a lot of bass, but it can be a bit loose and fat for my tastes. Then again, if you crave bass impact, you'll love the MA450s' low-end. To finish up I compared the MA450s with the Velodyne vPulse in-ears ($89). The vPulses are sweeter and their bass output is just as potent as the MA450s', but the vPulses have much better definition, so it's easier to distinguish between bass guitar and bass drums. If you can afford the difference, the vPulses are superior-sounding headphones, but I still really like the MA450s; they're a lot of fun.

The RHA MA450s are available on Amazon for $49.95.

Read the full article at www.news.cnet.com

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What HiFI 5 Star

MA350:
The RHAs sing in a natural, unforced manner, and consequently remain an easy listen even through the entirety of a long haul flight.

MA350:
Everything’s relative, of course, but the RHA MA-350 look pretty bulky. Fortunately, the big aluminium enclosures (shaped aerophonically, in the manner of a trumpet’s bell) are lightweight and a comfy fit.
And the MA-350s are a gratifyingly poised listen. The 10mm driver doesn’t place undue emphasis on any particular area of the frequency range, instead delivering an even, balanced sound – dynamism and punch are on the menu, certainly, but not at the expense of detail or subtlety.
The RHAs sing in a natural, unforced manner, and consequently remain an easy listen even through the entirety of a long-haul flight.

Read the full article at What Hi-Fi

Find out more about the MA350.

MA350:
What's impressive is how well the sound sits together. It's a very natural, listenable audio. 

MA350:
RHA only has a single set of in-ear earphones in its range, but don’t assume they’re an afterthought. The distinctive shape – which reminds us a little of a B&O speaker, with its arching aluminum cone – is apparently based upon “the aerophonic design of a trumpet’s bell” while the fabric-braided (non-detachable) cable and gold-plated connectors are carried over from the headphone line.

Read the full article at http://www.slashgear.com/rha-sa-850-sa-500-and-ma-350-review-09170442/ 

Find out more about the MA450i.

S&V

MA450i: 
Sound quality is pretty impressive. Bass is tight and unexaggerated; midrange is what headphone aficionados would likely call "recessed," but it's refreshingly uncolored for an in-ear in this price range.

MA450i:

Scottish headphone manufacturer RHA hasn't had much of a stateside presence, but this week marks their arrival in Apple stores, with the MA450i in-ear ($49.95) and SA950i on-ear ($59.95) set to appeal to budget-minded consumers looking to accessorize their iDevices. And appeal they may.

The in-ear MA450i, available in (of course) black and white, is very comfortable; the aluminum housings are quite tiny, and reassuringly solid in construction to boot, with beefy strain relief conveniently marked with L and R channel indicators. I'd have liked to see a right-angle plug in place of the straight one used here, and the fabric-wrapped cables seem overly prone to tangles.

But any way you look at it, for 50 bucks, with 7 pairs of ear tips included and an iOS-compatible mic/remote pod, the MA450i is really a fine deal — the question at this price point is always whether or not you're actually getting a significant improvement over the freebie earbuds (EarPods, nowadays) that shipped with your iDevice, and in this case you certainly are.

Sound quality is pretty impressive. Bass is tight and unexaggerated; midrange is what headphone aficionados would likely call "recessed," but it's refreshingly uncolored for an in-ear in this price range. The top end is a tad strident for my taste, but those looking for an affordable in-ear that offers a good amount of detail without sounding thin will want to investigate.

The little RHA offered solid performance on a wide range of tracks. The stereo effects on Peter Hammill's "The Institute of Mental Health, Burning" (from Nadir's Big Chance), with its mix of heavy guitars, processing, voices, and winds, was presented quite well here, the upper-register percussive guitar and electronics perhaps a bit forward, but a big step up from an earbud. The tone of the fretless bass on Bohannon's "Run it On Down, Mr. DJ" (from Stop & Go) was clear, and though the female vocals and snare had a bit too much of an edge, everything else sounded very nice; the organ and wah-wah-guitars sitting in the mix as they should.

Still, for the money RHA have done a solid job with these two phones, particularly so with the MA450i. You could do worse than give 'em a listen if you're in the accessory market after picking up your iPhone 5.

 Read the full article at Sound & Vision Mag

Find out more about the MA450i.

iSource

MA450i:
The sound from the all-aluminum MA450i is downright phenomenal. Bass thumping in my ear, clear highs and mid-ranges, all without full volume.

MA450i:
Let me begin by saying that there is at least one Apple product I cannot stand. Despite their initial cool look, the original stock earphones were a literal pain in my ear. Even adding the mic and remote on the cord of the second generation couldn’t convince me to use them for any length of time, so they are a back-up pair for those times I need earbuds – say while traveling (or having your earbuds yanked from your ear by a lawn mower… don’t ask). While I don’t have the newest version of Apple’s Earpods, the first and second generation of earphones didn’t give me much confidence in trying them out.

Depending on your needs, the best earphones/earbuds I’ve recently been using had the ability to sequester external noise so the sounds from the ear-embedded micro-speakers are more effective. Britain’s RHA entrance into this field are exceptional with their strangely-named MA450i.

The MA450i, so named for “Micro Aural” 450i (for Apple’s iDevices), is the next in line for RHA, and upgrades their MA350 version, a well-liked item at Amazon.com. Since the MA450i is for idevices, it places a familiar, yet an ergonomically curved, mic/remote on the right-eared cord.

By comparison to most other earphones, the sound from the all-aluminum MA450i is downright phenomenal. Bass thumping in my ear, clear highs and mid-ranges, all without full volume. Oh yes, these quickly have become my default earphones – for running and exercising, for podcasts, and even for drifting to sleep – because of the diminutive size and comfort in my ears. I suppose that was my biggest gripe of Apple’s earphones: they were just too honking big for my ear canal. On the other hand, I can wear the MA450i earphones for hours without adjustment or major discomfort.

Besides the earphones themselves, RHA sends many different size silicon tips (for noise isolating in different size ear canals) and even a superfluous velvet bag. RHA clearly is sending a strong belief in their product as well since they advertise a 3-year parts and labor warranty.

The MA450i’s come with a harder-than-usual-to-tangle fabric covered 1.5 meter cord. Now, I’m 6’3″, and 1.5 meters is over 4 feet of cord! That means I can put an iPhone below my knee before the cord length is used up. Most of the time when I need earphones, the furthest away my device is in my pocket, so there is a lot of cord left to drape, dangle, and get in the way. When I move my iPhone to an armband while running, I have to put over 3 feet of cord in my shirt to keep it from flopping around.

While the microphone is acceptable for both indoor and outdoor use, the curved remote buttons don’t always function so well with my iPhone, iPad, and iTunes on my MacBook Pro. Fidgeting with the remote while running and exercising is a distraction I’d rather not have.

Compared to $29 for Apple’s version of earphones/earpods, these high quality earphones earn high marks for their relatively inexpensive $50 price tag. Heck the comfort alone is worth $20, and getting heavy duty bass without distortion in one’s ear is this audiophile’s joy.

Read the full article at iSource

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New York Post

MA450i:
The key to the MA450i's is balance. And richness within that balance. Bass will thrum and treble will sing, but these RHAs also allow you to hear all of the layers in a song.

MA450i:

RHA has had no shortage of praise from reviewers. Their products are wonderful. And, more importantly, affordable ... Since I'm pretty sure we're all broke.

From a design standpoint, the MA450i's are pleasantly minimalist. A soft black fabric-coated wire (which doesn't transfer much if any noise) splits into left and right wires and black aluminum earbuds with a silver trim. The wire leading to the right earbud includes a slim in-line volume control module/microphone. The earbuds themselves are remarkably light.

And, yes, the 'i' in the 450i means they're specifically tailored to Apple's i-devices.

From an acoustic standpoint, they're fantastic. Especially for the price: $49.95.

The key to the MA450i's is balance. And richness within that balance. Bass will thrum and treble will sing, but these RHAs also allow you to hear all of the layers in a song. These are not, I should point out, necessarily the earbuds to own if you want to drown yourself in brain-shaking bass or eye-melting high notes all the time. Again: They're balanced very well.

That's not to say I blew them out. They performed admirably during even my loudest death metal and soundtrack sessions (I've been using them, actually, to enjoy the Dredd 3D soundtrack -- which is a sort of industrial score). But they're not going to give you the kick you're looking for is you're all about bass. (See that pun? Good.)

The most important aspect of the MA450i's, for me, was the fact that I could wear them for more than an hour and not feel any discomfort. From my apartment, to my mile-walk, to the subway, to work. Their aforementioned lightness is a comfy blessing.

What we're talking about here is remarkable quality for not a lot of money. Which is, itself, a terrible sentence. But the thought is there. The MA450i's are superb and you're getting a lot at a low price.

I highly recommend them.

Read the full article at New York Post

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Audioholics

MA350:
With an all aluminum construction, 10mm driver, braided fabric-covered cable, and a compact and light-weight design, RHA thought about everything

MA350:
The RHA MA350 headphones have, for me, redefined the $40 price point. With an all aluminum construction, 10mm driver, braided fabric-covered cable, and a compact and light-weight design, RHA thought about everything. While I found them too bass-heavy for my liking, they really don't have any downsides sonically. If you are on the market for a $40 earbud, these should definitely be on your list.

One thing I try to do as much as I can when reviewing a product, is to start the review before I know the price. As you might imagine, this isn't always possible. Most times, I've gotten some sort of press release about a product and decided to ask for a review sample. Invariably, those press releases list the price of the headphones. But when you do as many headphone reviews as I do, it is easy to get mixed up - to forget which headphones cost what. That said, The RHA MA350 headphones came and I really had no idea what they cost. All I had to go on was the design and how well I thought they sounded. 

RHA (stands for Reid Heath...Audio?) is a UK company that prides themselves on audio quality.

Now, if that is not a mission statement, I don't know what is. Take out the Glasgow part and the funny spelling of center and this should be on the wall of every audio manufacturer. 

The MA350 are some of the smallest earbuds I've ever reviewed. They look like a cross between those ones you get with your iPod that are meant to be just wedged in your ear and actual earbuds. What you end up with when you put them in, is a mix of both. They sit very flush to your ear and, depending on the shape of your ear, they may actually stay put a bit better than larger earbuds. They are extremely light. The specifications list them as 11 grams but that's with the cord and everything. Each of the earbuds weigh a fraction of that - which assists in keeping them in place. 

The enclosures are machined from solid aluminum and they feature a fabric braided cable. The design is a standard black and polished aluminum which, while not all that exciting, has a sort of understated class. The only easily visible markings on the MA350s is the RHA logo on the back of the enclosure.

Taking in the weight, the design, the enclosure, the fabric cable...I made some assumptions about the price. I can say that I was very off the mark. I would have guessed by their design (and my early listening tests), that the RHA MA350s would have been priced around $100. I wouldn't have been surprised if you had told me $150. I was, however, shocked that they retail for under $40. Honestly, it made me rethink everything I thought I knew about headphones.

I have funny shaped ears. I'm now convinced of that. When I review in-ear products, I often have problems keeping them into place. Even the molded ones and I haven't gotten along very well. What I really want are headphones that will stay in place when I wear my motorcycle helmet.

Alas, the search is still on.

The RHA MA350s weight gives them a huge advantage over most of the competition. Being so light, they don't pull free nearly as easily as the rest. Like many earbud options out there, the MA350s use silicone tips. They offer small, medium, and large options. I've seen smaller (and larger) tips offered by other companies. They've also forgone the inclusion of the foam tip for maximum sound isolation - an odd exclusion considering RHA bills the MA350s as "Noise isolating aluminum earphones."

From a noise isolating standpoint, the MA350s work well. Just about the same as sticking your fingers in your ears. Add in some music and you can't really hear anything that's going on outside. This isn't all that different (and nothing in the MA350 design makes me think that it should be) than any of the other in-ear earbud offerings.

The fabric-covered cable has an adjustable choke at the Y-junction. The cable is the standard 1.2 meters in length and is tipped with a 3.5mm gold-plated connector. The end is straight instead of at a right angle. While I prefer a right-angled tip to the straight option (for in-pocket use), it really isn't much of a issue of contention for me. The only other accessory is a small velvet carrying case.

Not included is any sort of in-line controls or mic for use with your smartphone. At $40, that really isn't all that surprising. What is surprising is that RHA didn't include any way of attaching or securing the cable to your clothing. I realize that the adjustable choke can be used in a similar fashion, but I appreciate some sort of clip as I'm often wearing a single headphone when out and about.

The most egregious omission of the RHA MA350s is easily visible left/right markings. I've seen manufacturers that will use different color silicone tips, some that clearly mark the cable, but I've never seen anyone put a little, raised, black L or R on a little black cable. In bright light it is hard to read. Forget about it in dim light or in the dark. With markings this indistinct, I'm surprised that RHA didn't just put them in braille. That would have be just as useful to me.

f you are familiar with in-ear headphones, you will be familiar with the comfort level of the RHA MA350s. Because they sit in your ears so tightly, you might find them initially slightly more uncomfortable than other earbuds, but that quickly fades. Because they are so light, any weight-based fatigued is all but eliminated.

The last thing I will say about using the RHA MA350s is about the cable. Fabric cables are a bit of a fad in headphones these days and I really wish they'd just go away. While I understand that they usually exhibit less drag than rubber-coated cables, I believe the downsides outweigh the up. Sure, the drag is less, especially when you are using them when you are working out, but think about it. Fabric + sweat = stink. Add to that the fact that fabric cables are much more prone to kinking and give me a rubber cable any day. But, if you disagree, or just prefer fabric, feel free to dismiss my rantings as the ravings of the lunatic fringe. You wouldn't be the first (on this issue and many others).

The RHA MA350 earbuds use a 10mm Mylar driver with a specified frequency response from 16Hz to 22kHz. Many earphones brag such wide response numbers, ones that most speakers would give their bottom woofer for, but few actually live up to the hype. The MA350s have a trumpet-like shape that "naturally transfers sound from the speaker to the ear." RHA calls this an Aerophonic design. While I'm not going to debate the viability of this design, it does show that RHA is putting some thought into their design for reasons other than to make them flashy. If anything, the RHA design is too understated. With a design this low-key, the sound quality better be good. 

Usually, when I finish my listening tests, I do a quick Google search to see what others (if any, I'm often one of the first to receive samples) say about the product. I find that, most times, my thoughts are at least in line with other, professional reviewers.

Not this time.

My experience with the RHA MA350 earbuds has been completely different than others. Working from the top-end down, I find the highs of the RHA MA350s to be well-extended and not at all fatiguing. I wouldn't call them a laid-back headphone but you certainly won't find them giving you a headache after a few minutes of listening. The midrange seems mostly okay except where it rolls into the bass region.

The RHA MA350 earbuds are one of the few headphones I've used where I wish I could turn the bass down. Usually, headphones, regardless of price, suffer from poor bass. They try to hit low but, too often, they either don't have the extension or the output. The MA350s have both. In spades.

This makes me wonder what is up with the other reviewers out there. Too often, reviewers are afraid to contradict each other for fear of either being wrong, or somehow disrespecting the other professionals.

Yeah, that's not me.

The general consensus from what I read was that the RHA MA350s have decent bass but the high end is a bit fatiguing. I didn't feel that at all. If you are a lover of bass-heavy music, you are either going to love these headphones or wish to turn the bass down as I did. With well recorded tracks, the RHA MA350s easily performed many times their $40 price point. Especially if the tracks had normal to light bass. But with bass heavy tracks like "Crazy" by Seal, and just about anything mixed in the last five years, the bass was so overpowering as to be muddy, distracting, and pretty much overshadowed the earphones performance.

I love to use the track "Junior B" by Yello for analyzing bass. It is a bass run at the beginning that will quickly reveal if a subwoofer has the goods or not. With the RHA MA350s, they laughed at this near-sub-sonic run and asked for more. For the first time, I felt like a pair of earphones really lived up to their 16Hz low-point.

With more recent recordings, specifically anything designed with heavy bass in mind, the RHA MA350s didn't fare as well. Because the bass was so prominent, it blurred the entire presentation, destroying any sense of imaging or soundstage. Without the overblown bass, the imaging of the RHA MA350s wasn't stellar but it certainly justified their $40 price point.

All in all, however, RHA has redefined the $40 price point. While they aren't flat, by any means, they are easy to wear for long times, they have prodigious amounts of bass, and they aren't at all fatiguing. The only physical problems I had with the MA350s is that the braided cable will transfer and noise from anything rubbing against it into your ear. This is a physical transference of the sound and can only be eliminated by decoupling the braided cable from the earphone. Depending on how you plan on using the MA350s, this may or may not bother you.

The RHA MA350 headphones have, for me, redefined the $40 price point. With an all aluminum construction, 10mm driver, braided fabric-covered cable, and a compact and light-weight design, RHA thought about everything. While I found them too bass-heavy for my liking, they really don't have any downsides sonically. If you are on the market for a $40 earbud, these should definitely be on your list.

Find out more about the MA350.

AP

MA350:
The amount of detail able to be drawn out by these headphones amazed me - I've never heard something on this side of the $50 mark quite so able to extract the subtleties of a song.

MA350:

The MA350
The MA350 is an earbud produced by RHA, subsidiary of the UK firm Reid Heath Ltd., based in Glasgow. RHA currently manufacture only two models earbud, both of which use the same audio guts - one of them just has inline controls. The MA350's are the model without them. They retail for $40 (buy here). A small carrying pouch and three sets of eartips are included.

The Sound


For $40, the RHA MA350's produce sound that is - I would argue - far more comparable to headphones of the $80-100 range. My primary point of comparison, therefore, were my trusty old Etymotic Research hf2's (equivalent to the hf5, which are $100 street price, $150 MSRP).


Being dynamic driver headphones, as compared to the balance armature Etymotics, there were bound to be major differences in the sound - and there are. Now, to be fair, I am comparing one headphone to another with a suggested price three times as high. So keep that in mind. I didn't have a pair of crappy iPod or in-the-box smartphone earbuds to put them up against.


The MA350's claim to fame is RHA's "reverse trumpet"-shaped soundhole which the driver sends audio through to your ear. They claim this produces a more balanced output across the spectrum of sound, which I'm not sure I really buy - but I'm not an expert on earbuds acoustics (or, as RHA calls it - aerophonics, which frankly has far more to do with instruments that headphones).

The sound signature of the MA350's is interesting. Bass-heavy, to be sure, but not to the point of sounding unnatural. They sound like a solid, powerful dynamic driver earbud. Bass also isn't so extreme that it overwhelms the decidedly gentler mids, and is fairly tight, with little muddiness. The mids feel a little too subdued to my ears, resulting in a somewhat "compressed" sound at times (like your ears need to pop), especially on tracks lacking much in the way of low-end. These wouldn't make great jazz / classical earbuds - strings and keyboards just don't have the depth of a good balanced-armature IEM like the hf2's.


The treble end of the equation is a mixed win for the MA350's. The amount of detail able to be drawn out by these headphones amazed me - I've never heard something on this side of the $50 mark quite so able to extract the subtleties of a song. The little, imperceptibly quiet things that you just don't hear on a cheap set of headphones without maxing the volume (and, as a result, destroying your ears). The drawback is that the MA350's are also very bright - without a heap of bass to balance out the equation, songs heavy on cymbals, snare drums, and other sibilant percussion can become grating and harsh. The same goes for very high vocals, or particularly shrill guitar squeals.

I found the soundstage a little wider than I expected, but nothing to write home about - which is to say, still a million times better than Apple earbuds. Instrument separation was solid, though I found this was one area where my hf2's very noticeably bested the MA350's.


Overall, the MA350's produce great sound for the price, though I'd advise you to explore other options if you're into classical, jazz, or mellower / classic rock. The MA350's are tuned great for modern rock, pop, and are plenty suitable for hip-hop. Electronica listeners may demand yet more bass, though I'd argue the MA350's have plenty for anyone who does not actively endeavor to distort their music.


The Fit


I won't say the MA350's fit brilliantly - I lost seal at times - but they do fit very well. While walking, they didn't dislodge themselves. The only difficulty really stemmed from getting them in correctly in the first place, which I found was best achieved by lodging them unusually loosely into my ears, probably due to the interesting chopped-off-egg shape of the tips. Still, once they were in, they generally stayed in. The machined aluminum housing makes them feel rather durable, as well, and didn't cause my ears any discomfort (aside from the fact that they're icy-cold when you first put them on).

The cord is evil. It's a very light and narrow fabric-wrapped affair, and it gets tangled and knotted up like sewing string when left to move about in your pocket. That really annoyed me, but it's far from a dealbreaker. The cord also makes a fair bit of noise, though that's the tradeoff of fabric - you don't get the annoying reverberation when the cord strikes your body/clothing, but you do when it slides up against anything.


When it comes to earbuds, my judgment of fit is generally reduced to a binary result: good or bad. The MA350's fall squarely into the "good" category.


Conclusion


I really like the MA350's. These are the sort of headphones I'd recommend to my friends who aren't particularly interested in sound, but who suffer through overpriced products like Apple's god-awful earbuds (even the new ones sound pretty terrible), or whatever marked-up Skullcandy crap Best Buy puts in the smartphone aisle. For $40, you're getting an experience, I would say, that matches or exceeds many earbuds at twice that price.


I reviewed the MA350's because I find that many of our readers tend to think spending anything more than $50 on headphones is just excessive, so I wanted to showcase something a little more economical. While I still disagree vehemently and absolutely with the notion that something like the eargasmic $400 UE 900's simply "aren't worth it," I can understand wanting the most bang for your buck - who doesn't?


In that sense, I think the MA350's are an absolutely stellar headphone. I'd argue that, compared to numerous earbuds around the $100 mark that I've tried, you're getting 90% (or more) of the performance at around 50% of the price. That's serious value.

Read the full article at Android Police

Find out more about the MA350.

Canada.com

MA450i:
But it’s the sound that really hits it out of the ballpark for RHA. The earbuds, which are based on the design of a trumpet, produce a mellow and richly-balanced sound. There’s not a hint of tinniness. The sound quality is made even better as a result of the effective noise-isolating nature of these ear buds. There’s nothing between you and excellent sound quality.

MA450i:

There are headphones that you tolerate – like the ear buds they give you on airplanes or the ones that come with your cellphone. They work okay but they don’t fit inside your ear particularly well, bouncing out when you go for a jog. And the sound, well, the sound is nothing great.

Then there are RHA’s MA450i aluminum, noise-isolating headphones. Every irritation that you may have ever had with run-of-the-mill ear buds has been lovingly addressed by RHA.

Apparently all ears are not created equal. It’s with that thought in mind that RHA provides seven interchangeable tips for a comfortable fit and enhanced noise isolation. The tips come in a handy carrying case which helps ensure you don’t misplace them.

Another bugaboo that RHA seems to have reduced is the tangled cord. Replacing the usual wire that tends to get hopelessly tangled when bouncing around your bag or pockets is a fabric-braided, reinforced 1.5-metre cable.

The headphones also come with a remote and microphone which allow them to be use with most iPod/iPhone models. The attention to quality continues with gold-plated connections.

But it’s the sound that really hits it out of the ballpark for RHA. The earbuds, which are based on the design of a trumpet, produce a mellow and richly-balanced sound. There’s not a hint of tinniness. The sound quality is made even better as a result of the effective noise-isolating nature of these ear buds. There’s nothing between you and excellent sound quality.

The bottom line is that RHA’s earphone and headphones would make a great gift for everyone from the the frequent traveller to the iPod-addicted teen on your holiday gift list.

Read the full article at Canada.com

Find out more about the MA450i.

Coolsmartphone

MA350:
It’s not often that a product appears that blows me away but the MA350′s have certainly achieved it.

MA350:

Whilst the majority of Britain’s manufacturing industry has disappeared, there is one area where the UK still excels and produces some of the best equipment in the world and that area is audio.

With companies such as Cambridge Audio, Roth, Creek, Wharfedale and Meridian to name but a few, the UK has always produced top quality audio products in order to replicate lifelike sound.

One company producing and manufacturing this high quality equipment and with products on sale in Apple stores in Australia and America is RHA.

RHA produce a variety of different headphones and earphones from their R&D department in Glasgow, Scotland.  One such product is the RHA MA350′s.

According to RHA, the MA350′s design is inspired by the aerophonic shape of a trumpet’s bell.  They are machined from solid aircraft grade aluminium which is then partially anodised in matt black.

They have a braided anti-tangle cord which is 1.2 metres long, gold plated connections, come with 3 sets of tips (small, medium and large) and a black carry case.

Upon opening the MA350′s my first thought was how good they look.  Many in ear earphones at this price point all look alike with the same bland design but not the RHA’s.  Exactly as described, the trumpet shaped body that is hewn from aluminium and the braided cable make for a great look.  The tips (I used the medium ones) are comfortable and fit nice and snugly within the ear.

I am one of those that listens to an awful lot of music from many different genres.  Podcasts are a growing penchant too and so I have had a wide variety of ways with which to test and compare.  My usual earphones of choice are the Klipsch S4A’s  which fall into a slightly different price bracket than the RHA MA350′s but make a good comparison nonetheless.

The MA350′s have good noise isolating capabilities, traffic noise whilst walking was minimal even with no sound playing and virtually non-existent with music playing – Perhaps not a good choice for the cyclist!

The 10mm mylar drivers ensure that the quality of sound is great across the frequencies, never sounding too harsh or too soft.  I tested them with a variety of tracks from Eric Bibb’s Saucer and Cup to Sinead O’Conner’s Nothing Compares to You  whilst taking in Jeff Wyne’s War of the Worlds and the Cistercian Monks of Stift Heiligenkreuz (yes seriously!)  All of these were handled with ease and there appeared none of the strain that can be heard with lesser and sometimes more expensive earphones.

A favourite of mine to test the bass levels is Usher’s Yeah and when played at full volume there was no sign of distortion at all, quite an achievement!!

In summary, the MA350′s are priced at £29.95 and come with a 3 year warranty direct from RHA.  At this price point you would be extremely hard pressed to find anything that comes close to achieving the sound quality or build quality, indeed I would expect to pay double the asking price for this particular pair of earphones.

It’s not often that a product appears that blows me away but the MA350′s have certainly achieved it and my Klipsch have now fallen into second choice. If you are in the market for a new pair of earphones I cannot recommend these highly enough!

Read the full article at Coolsmartphone

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TiP

MA450i:
The sound produced from these tiny speakers is stunningly clear. I’ve heard sounds in song backing tracks that I never knew were there before. It produces all the little subtle sound effects added in that you’d never notice without a great audio system.

MA450i:

When it comes to personal audio, looking for the perfect earphones is a seemingly impossible task. If you haven’t got more than $50 to spend, the choice is difficult. Do you go for something that looks really cool, but sounds awful, or do you go for Apple’s earPods? If you make the latter choice on purpose, there’s something wrong with you. Let me start off this review by making a confession: I really hate in-ear headphones. It’s not that I can’t appreciate their quality, it’s just that I don’t like having all the outside world completely blocked off like I’m in my own little bubble. I always sense that there’s no air movement and a lot of pressure inside my ears, making them quite uncomfortable to use. But, I will ignore my personal preference for the sake of this review, because this headset deserves to be praised for many reasons.

RHA’s ma450i set has impressed me immensely. A lot of work has gone in to the design, and 3 years of research in to the acoustics and sound. The earphones themselves have been designed to replicate the bell of a trumpet. They’re made from aircraft-grade aluminum, making them incredibly sturdy and resonant (also not likely to rust). The cable is lined with a weaved fabric to make them less tangle-prone. To top it all off, they ship with 8 different sized earbuds, so they’re bound to fit anyone’s ears, and the mini-jack is gold plated to increase connection quality. The only negative on the hardware side is that the plastic casings around the 3.5mm jack, inline mic and controls seem a tiny bit cheap. But, to create earphones this good for such a low cost was bound to have a few trade-offs, and this is one I’ll happily accept.

The most important thing about earphones is sound quality, and these have it in bucket loads. Without spending over $100 on a set of Beats/Bose/Sennheiser etc headphones, you’d struggle to find a better in-ear pair than the ma450i’s. The sound produced from these tiny speakers is stunningly clear. I’ve heard sounds in song backing tracks that I never knew were there before. It produces all the little subtle sound effects added in that you’d never notice without a great audio system. When considering sound quality, it’s not necessarily volume that should be used to judge (although these do pack a punch if cranked up to 11), it’s the breadth, and depth of sounds you can hear that’s surprising about this tiny set of earphones.

The earbuds also keep pretty much any exterior noise out: positively or negatively. I had them in my ears walking up my road (which has no pavement/sidewalk) and didn’t notice a huge truck driving past me until it had already gone. An unnerving experience – I’m sure you’ll agree – but, it did fill me with a huge sense of awe for the RHA earphones I was using.

On the sound side, the only disappointing thing is the same that comes with any in-ear earphones. I don’t feel like I’m immersed in sound, and bass/treble balance is swung a tiny bit more towards the bright/treble side, and with the aluminum earphones, it obviously tends to sound a little too clean and metallic at times. Not enough to put me off using them in favor of anything else. I’ve had plenty of in-ear sets before now at similar prices that concentrate far too much on bass, and drown everything out with a horrible indistinct drone. These pick up and isolate all the sounds within a track and produce them back with such clarity. If they’ve had to tone down the bass a tad to achieve that, again, I’m happy with that trade-off. What you’re left with in the end is a sound that baffles. How the heck could they achieve this for less than $50? Simply stunning.

 Read the full article at Today's iPhone

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MF

MA450i:
Overall, these are very credible set of earbuds at any price and a bargain at £40.

MA450i:

RHA has a reputation for releasing high-quality audio products at very affordable prices, and the MA450i earbuds are no exception. Vocals are brilliantly realised, with crystal clarity and very good detail. Treble is well defined and lively too, though the bass could be a little crisper. They’re also very comfortable, have inline controls for iOS devices and an anti-tangle cord that does its job well. They come supplied with a carry bag and an excellent range of tips. Overall, these are very credible set of earbuds at any price and a bargain at £40.

If you’re still using the earbuds you got with your iPod or iOS device, we recommend you treat yourself to these.

Find out more about MA450i.

ZDNet

MA450i:
They are a great choice at a very affordable price.

MA450i:

 After checking out the Logitech UE 900 earphones a few weeks ago, I don't think too many other earphones can match their performance. Then again, they are priced at $399 so it isn't likely many readers are will to fork over that kind of cash when I hear people complaining about paying $50 more for a smartphone. There are some great alternatives and the folks at RHA, a British audio company, reached out and asked if I wanted to try a pair of their new MA450i earphones that they recently launched here in the US and Canada. It is MUCH easier to pay $49.95 for a pair of earphones and after testing these out with various phones over the past week I have to say they are a great choice at a very affordable price.

 I'm not sure if the folks at RHA knew it or not, but orange is one of my favorite colors (brown and yellow too) and thus I was pleased to see the dark gray retail package with orange highlights. The package is long and rectangular with the earphones shown in a clear window while the replaceable ear cushions are shown in the left side of the package. You will find the following inside:

RHA M450i earphones 
7 pairs of silicone ear cushions (2 each of S, M, L with one double flange)
Carrying pouch
User documentation

The large size seemed to fit my ear the best and it is always great to have a spare of the size that fits you. I like that the orange highlight is part of the color on the piece that fits over the aluminum on the earbud itself.

My ear opening is too big to use the double flange pair (they look to match up well with the medium size). The standard soft ear cushions are very comfortable and do a good job of blocking out surrounding sounds while also helping to hold the earphones in place. This model of earphones includes a mic and media controls on the right cable. BTW, the cables are fabric coated which helps keep them nearly tangle free with the total length from your ear being 1.5 meters.

There are three buttons on the mic control unit. The upper is for increasing volume and the lower is for decreasing volume. The center button controls several things through a series of pushes and this is easily used thanks to the indented design so you don't have to look down and can manipulate it by feel. A single press answers or hangs up a call while also acting to play or pause media. Double press skips forward and a triple press goes back. A long press and hold launches Siri on my iPhone 5. Unfortunately, the mic is not supported on other devices and while the press and hold launches Google Now on my Note II, the mic is not picked up so it is worthless there. The retail package clearly states these earphones are made for iPod, iPhone, and iPad. They do work for enjoying audio on Android or Windows Phone, but there are some limitations.

I enjoyed using these earphones and found that I could wear them for hours on end without ever feeling any discomfort. They also stayed in my ears, much better than the earpods included with my iPhone 5 by Apple. The RHA MA-450i are also much easier to put in my ears than the high end Logitech UE 900 that I have to take my glasses off to wrap around my ear and secure. The volume really CRANKS and gets way too loud to actually be comfortable. I did find that there is too much treble at the upper volume levels so I changed my iPhone 5 equalizer to bass boost mode to try to reduce that.

The controller worked very well and thanks to the improved version of Siri in iOS 6 I found the overall package to be quite useful. BTW, you can also find the MA-350 without the mic and controller for $39.95. One of the rather unique features of these earphones is the three year warranty so RHA is standing by the product they created. If you are looking for a pair of earphones that are better than the ones from Apple, then I recommend you consider the RHA MA-450i.

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MA450i:
 They're the first earphones I've found that sound good, stay in my ears and are reasonably priced.

MA450i: To be sure, I'm not an audiophile, but I am discerning enough to know what headphones sound better than the ones I'm used to. I'm not a big fan of the new EarPods Apple released last month. While they are an improvement over the old earbuds, I've recently found a pair of earphones I like a lot better: RHA's MA450i noise isolating earphones.

I've been trying out the RHA MA450i earphones for a few weeks now and I'm happy to say they're the first earphones I've found that sound good, stay in my ears and are reasonably priced. The earphones are machined from aircraft-grade aluminum and come in black or white. Each pair also comes with a set of seven silicon ear-tips so you can choose the size that is right for your ear. And as is a must for any earphones used with the iPhone, the RHA MA450i has an in-line remote and mic so you can operate your iPhone without taking it our of your pocket. But what I really like about these earphones is that they have a fabric-braided cable -- meaning it's not cheap plastic -- so it doesn't get all tangled and it lasts a lot longer than normal earphone cables.

RHA is relatively new to the audio scene. It's a Glasgow, UK, company that was founded in 2008, but spent three years in research and development before launching its first products. Based on my usage, I think we'll see plenty of great audio products from RHA in the future. The RHA MA450i earphones are available in Apple stores and online at RHA's website for US$49.95.

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MA450i:
The MA450i opens up a spacious sonic landscape that is quite advanced and sophisticated.

MA450i:There's no question that, as we climb higher up in the price ladder, reasonably decent headphones provide - with one or two expensive exceptions perhaps - a listening experience unavailable with earphones. But the thing is that for many who satisfy their music hunger with an iPod or iPhone or iSomething, headphones are not an option. Ask my daughter. Earphones are.

Earphones are handy, sort of, and visually less intrusive. iPods/iPhones are often used outdoor, in the street, in the company, and there matters of style do matter. Ask my daughter. The more invisible the headphone is the better; hence, earphones. To me, however, the hot question was to what extent earphones can provide a similar listening experience than comparable headphones do?

RHA MA450i is a 50 euro, noise isolating dynamic earphones with a remote and a microphone. It's designed iDevice users in mind. It's machined from solid aluminium - not plastic - and houses a 10mm driver. What caught my attention initially was RHA’s signature aerophonic design, which was said to provide "an impressively detailed, well-balanced sound experience".

Aerophonic design

The term "aerophonics" refers to noise-generating action of wind instruments. The shape, volume of space and build quality all contribute to the aerophonic function (the production and amplification of sound in a volume of air) of an instrument, or in the case of RHA, an earphone.

The traditional earphone shape pushes sound out of the driver into a compact chamber, forcing the sound through a narrow channel and, according to RHA, making it be harsh and muddled. To avoid this - and to realize a sound that is as clear and natural across the audio spectrum - the RHA R&D team decided to follow the model of the aerophonic properties of the bell of a trumpet, the shape which they thought is perfectly designed to channel air and sound efficiently.

In the RHA MA450i, the normal airflow system used in trumpets is inverted, and the air is directed from the widest part of the bell shape to the narrowest. According to RHA, this concentrates sound naturally and allows air to progress unobstructed and unforced from the speaker into the ear. This RHA's signature aerophonic design is hoped to produce clearer and more natural sound than traditional earphones, as well as allowing full and deep bass response.

The Sound

Well, full and deep bass it was, surprisingly deep and full. For listening experiments I used iPod and a variety of more and less compressed audio files in several formats. From a track to another, the low bass came out in a way it didn't come out from ordinary button earphones nor from my daughter's less than 50 euro headphones: with force and power, sometimes but not too often slightly out of proportion.

More importantly, the overall tonal balance was quite healthy. As compared to standard earphones, the balance of the MA4501 is of the kind that hifi hobbyists are reaching for, meaning that the MA450i didn't do any cheap sonic tricks to attract a quick superficial listener. It didn't, for instance, push the midrange artificially forward to emphasize the compressed nature of compressed music. That might have been fun for kids but not for sound lovers. In fact, I found the midrange a tad laid back in relation both to the low bass and the presence of high treble. That's kind of daring given that most iDevice listeners probably listen to compressed music.

All in all, after having tried standard button earphones and headphones from the same price category as the MA450i, I'd say that the MA450i opens up a spacious sonic landscape that is quite advanced and sophisticated. I fully enjoyed the MA450i's well-balanced reproduction of Beethoven's Fifth, for example. With the cheap button earphones and lesser headphones, the same track sounded dull and two-dimensional. This is not to say that there were no other similarly priced earphones that would perform equally well, it's just that I'm not sufficiently familiar with the supply.

Using the RHA MA450i was mostly trouble-free. They were easy to insert in the ear, and stayed there too. Fit is unlikely to be a problem since seven pairs of soft silicone ear-tip come along. Also, the remote functioned as promised.

Finally, I took a walk close to a heavily trafficked road to check the efficiency of the MA450i's noise isolation system realized with the dual density ear-tips. Soft silicone on the outside is designed to keep external noise out, while firmer silicone on the inside produces a tighter seal to prevent sound leakage. I was quite happy with the way in which the MA450i ignored hundreds of cars passing by. More disturbing was rubbing noise coming from the fabric braided cable: to avoid it completely one needs to stop walking altogether.

The RHA MA450i didn't make me a headphone listener but they proved that fairly good sound is nowadays available also from less expensive earphones. That was a good lesson. My daughter was more indifferent but that's because sound is not on her priority list.

 

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MA350:
RHA have released an earphone that can compete with anything in its price range- and above.

MA350:

There are two approaches to reviewing earphones or headphones and which direction I take is determined mostly by price. Earphones that sell for less than $100 are judged on a different level than those costing double or triple. The market for the under $100 earphones is huge and only getting bigger, plus the sound quality in this price range has improved dramatically. And when you factor in the lousy audio quality of those trendy white buds, it’s not hard to see why the lower priced earphone market is exploding. A Scottish audio company has now jumped in the fray with some earphones and headphones. RHA (Reid and Heath Acoustics) has supplied their entry level dynamic speaker earphones for review, the MA350 noise isolating earphones.

Although tastefully done, the design of the MA350 earphones is not particularly exciting, just functional looking. Included in the box are three sizes of tips which should fit almost anyone – but not me. As I’ve said in many reviews, the seal that earphone tips provide means everything and the supplied tips just don’t provide the seal I need. No seal equals no bass. So, once again, I used tips from another brand of earphone that fit my ears, and I can now hear what the MA350s are supposed to sound like. The supplied tips will probably fit your ears, but a more varied selection would have been nice. Comply is a good source of replacement tips made of foam and they do have tips for this brand. Also included is a small, velour draw-string bag for carrying.

RHA calls the MA350 earphones “noise isolating.” While they will cancel out most external noise quite well, the isolation is passive, which means they work the same way as shoving fingers in your ears. Note: Active noise isolation requires microphones and a power source to work properly.

Interestingly, the MA350s lean towards the bright side. Bass is present and powerful, as you would expect from a dynamic type earphone, but the high frequencies remind me of an armature design. Weird. Note: dynamic speaker design simply means the speaker inside the earphone looks almost like a tiny speaker. An armature design is a totally different approach and borrows technology from hearing aids. Dynamic earphones are usually warmer sounding with powerful bass and armatures are more accurate and clinical sounding. There are pros and cons on each approach, and which is better is subjective, at best.

As I said earlier, the MA350s are machined out of solid aluminum. They are extremely light and feel very durable. I have worn them for hours with no discomfort. The cloth covered cord minimizes but does not prevent tangling. Cloth can also cut down on microphonics – that annoying thumping sound you get from scraping or tapping the cord, but does not eliminate it. I noticed that the cord can sometimes get folds and creases which can’t be totally removed. It’s not harmful to the wiring, but it also doesn’t instill a lot of confidence against future problems. Time will tell.

Did I say that the MA350s are only $40? One reason is that the MA350s do not have a mic or remote. If you wish to have those add-ons, RHA makes the more expensive  MA450i, which I will review later. Other than that, the MA350s are a bargain and a half. Here’s a spoiler: the MA350 earphones sound as good and are as comfortable as many earphones I’ve heard – and liked – In the sub-$100 range. So how good does 40 bucks sound?

The MA350 earphones have a kick in volume and attack… not that common in this price range. Listen to Bryan Ferry’s “Valentine.” from the album, “Boys and Girls.” The percussion throughout the song is sharp and immediate. Attack (and decay) is when a speaker – whether it’s a headphone or earphone – can recover quickly so notes don’t bleed into one another. That’s a good thing. The MA350s recover quickly. No, they are not the most accurate earphones I’ve ever heard, but did I mention that they are only $40? Thought so.

AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long” is an exercise in production done exactly right. I am a huge fan of this group’s sound. It is clean, sharp and a kick in the teeth. The MA350s capture that power and reproduce it very well. When pushed to punishing levels however, distortion can and does appear. But by then, the volume has become painfully loud anyway.

“Raconte-Moi Une Histoire,” by the French electronic group M83,  is a jaunty, upbeat song featuring a little girl’s vocals overlaid on a driving, synth beat. Some of the song gets muddled towards the end and the MA350s accentuate the highs a bit too much, but overall, the earphones help make the song a fun listen.

RHA have released an earphone that can compete with anything in its price rang – and above. Of course, there is no comparison when sampled against those free white buds from you-know-who. If you have the money and a discerning ear, look elsewhere. But if you are on a budget and/or need an inexpensive second pair of earphones for commuting or exercise, you can’t do much better than the MA350s.

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MA350:
They're wonderfully designed and made (they feel like they will last!), understated and most importantly, sound fantastic.

MA350:
Introduction
I've heard nothing but good things about RHA's MA-350 earphones from people who really do know what they're talking about when it comes to such things. But they're £29.95. Can they really be that good? I've gone ears on to find out!

I don't claim to be an 'audiophile' at all... my credentials as far as a reviewer go are that i've owned and used a lot of earphones and always try different ones whenever I can (including the frequently bundled in box junk)! My earphones of choice are currently a pair of Ultimate Ears Triple-Fi 10s which replaced a broken set of Ultimate Ears Super-Fi 5 Pros. The Triple-Fis are truly excellent - I love them to bits - but at over £200 for a pair you'd kind of hope so!

In the box
In the box you get the earphones, small, medium and large 'noise isolating' silicone tips, a small faux-velvet carry bag and a user's guide. Yes, a user's guide! It's not really though, basically it just says 'don't turn them up to loud or you'll break your ears'.

Design / construction
The MA-350s are machined from solid aluminium with an 'aerophonic shape inspired by a trumpet's bell' design. The back of the earphones are black with a prominent RHA logo and a rubber 'stalk' (embossed with L or R respectively) trails off the fabric woven cable. Cables for both ears are the same length with a sliding toggle to take up the slack. The cable length for each ear is such that you can wear the cable around the back of your neck fine. The cable terminates in a gold plated 3.5mm tip.

The quality feels very good indeed, having metal construction at this price point is pretty great. In impressive attention to detail, even the little grille is made of metal too. The design is pretty understated, which I think is a good thing. The cable is black, the headphones are black, only the tasteful 'RHA' logo tipping off onlookers to the fact that you do actually know your earphones! White cable / red cable / form over function fashionistas need not apply.

The braided cable is designed to reduce cable tangling and prolong cable life. I quite like braided cables, so it's a thumbs up from me.

Comfort
The MA-350s ship with 3 different sizes of silicone tips to help you find a comfortable fit. The 'medium' size worked best for me, which is inline with my experience with other earphones. I obviously have average size ears. On the inside at least.

The earphones are very comfortable to wear, the back of them is pretty thin meaning non strange pressures on your ears when wearing them. The flipside is they are a little bit susceptible to movement if you're chosen tip is a little on the small side. Provided you've chosen the right tip, the noise isolation is good.

Sound
So, to the real money question? What do they sound like? To decide, I ran them through a selection of different tunes, some with thumping bass, some with delicate trebles and lots with a full and complex midrange.

The verdict? Really rather good... certainly better than anything i've listened to up to now at this price point. Plugged into my phone they sounded good, plugged into something with a half decent amp of course they sounded fantastic. Generally speaking on cheaper earphones there are some tracks which can really expose their limitations. An example is how a lot of budget offerings (and my horrible iBeats) balk at Example's 'Changed the way you kiss me' when the bass kicks in, but i'm pleased to report no such issues with the MA-350s... the bass reproduction is excellent.

When listened to directly alongside my SuperFi 10s a tiny bit of excessive crispness on the highest trebles at the expense of some detail is evident, but not so much for me to consider it a negative in any way... it's more a reflection of the formers exceptional performance than any deficiency in the MA-350s. The comparison does really emphasise the overall quality of the sound - if I told you there was a £170 price difference you'd call me a liar.

Pricing and availability
The RHA MA-350s are priced at £29.95 at Amazon. An extra £10 buys you a set of MA450is, which include a remote and microphone for use with your phone. They also include 7 tips rather than three and are available in black and, yes, white for the Apple set.

Conclusion
At sub £30, the MA-350s are a steal. They're wonderfully designed and made (they feel like they will last!), understated and most importantly, sound fantastic. If you're looking for a great value replacement for those crappy in-box buds, these are what you need.

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MA350:
An extremely capable set of headphones available at a very good price.

MA350:
These earplug-style headphones are designed and sold by British newcomer RHA. They have a number of pairs headphones on the market, but these are the first in-ear designs, and very impressive they are too.
At this price these can't be described as high-end earplugs, but the audio quality leaves us with little to complain about. They are bassier than most earplugs using a 10mm driver; and while some may enjoy a flatter, more neutral sound, others will prefer the MA-350's richer deep tones. Despite this tendency to the lower end, it's not overly at the expense of other frequencies, so those with eclectic tastes don't have to worry. In fact, we found a pleasing warmth about the sound on orchestral pieces.

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