Oct 1, 2013
RHA is a British company that is looking to make waves in sound consumption via headphones. Their M350 noise isolating in-ear headphones fill the budget space, and we recently had an opportunity to take a pair for a spin.
In hand, I was quite enamored of the light weight of this set of headphones. I definitely can’t describe them as flimsy; it simply feels that the lightest set of durable materials are used to craft them. They were light enough for me to actually lose them having on my neck (don’t judge me). Since the inner study is made out of machined aluminum encased in fabric, it’s no easy feat being light and tough simultaneously, and the fact the set is very flexible and forgiving is definitely a huge benefit. It boasts machined aluminum as a core component, so the toughness is to be expected.
The subtle black finish gives it a comfortable look, and the accents are thankfully not over done. The coaxial pin is a straight affair; I tend to like angled pieces since I prefer my devices to be in cases, but this one didn’t have much bulk around it, so it was thin enough to sink in completely without impedance. A small plastic piece marks the confluence of left and right wires, and the ear pieces themselves feel solidly crafted, with detachable buds. The buds have a great moldable quality that allows them to adhere in the ear quite well.
Sound-wise, these bad boys hold their own. The fidelity is good, and the ear bud design lends itself to the quality as they do create a pretty good seal that kills noise interference.
There are not any volume controls on the unit, which was somewhat disappointing. Switching the buds with the included silicone pieces presents a challenge, but minus those quibbles, it’s hard not to be pleased with the overall quality of such a decent set of headphones.
As an intro product, these do a good job of making RHA stand out.
The MA-350 Headphones are available from Amazon for (at the time of this review) $39.95.