RHA SA500 On Ear Headphones
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- High Performance Audio from 40mm mylar drivers, Neodymium Magnet+CCAW voice coils
- Single detachable 1.2m fabric braided cable
- Lightweight at 105g
- Gold plated connections maximise contact efficiency
- 3 Year Warranty
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RHA SA500 On-Ear Portable Black Headphones – 3 Year Warranty
High Performance Headphones with a Detachable Cable
The SA500s are closed back, dynamic headphones with a highly detailed and balanced response across the audio spectrum. The 40mm Mylar speakers are driven by powerful neodymium magnets and CCAW coils, ensuring crystal clear audio and resounding, distortion-free bass. A detachable, tangle free cable prevents connection problems, whilst the matt finish gives the SA500's a subtle, understated look.
The SA500s come with a 3 Year Warranty as standard.
SA500 On-Ear Portable Headphone
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After about 20 hours of running in I tried them again with my main HiFi (a Linn system). Unsurprisingly they did sound at their best.
High trebles have improved: still not perfect but much closer.
Presence has also improved but the presentation is still a little recessed
Deep basses have gained even better control.
Dynamics also improved
Well done RHA
Note: this time I tried them with my eyeglasses on. In this case the pressure on the ears makes them uncomfortable
These are excellent and very musical headphones. Sound quality is excellent and so the built and material quality. They look very classy. The detachable chord is a professional touch and it is wonderful: it is made of a texture material which does not tangle nor it does make any fastidious noise. They are easy to adjust, are fairly small, light and quite comfortable, although there are more comfortable headphones aimed at very prolonged listening (of several hours).
They show good isolation and do not leak sound.
In short it is difficult to find anything better at this price and it is easy to find worse even at five times it.
I did not perform a very long burn in yet (only about 5 hours). I may add further notes later if significant.
They are very well built, look sturdy, classy and use excellent material
The can be adjusted very easily on the best position.
They are not as sensitive to positioning as other headphones I tried, but still must be positioned optimally.
They cover the ears and isolate very well. Sound leakage is minimal and listening at a reasonable volume results in no sound leak at all.
The pressure on the ears is a little high and can become bothersome after very long listening
They are a relatively easy load to drive and can be enjoyed directly with mobile phones, tablets, music players, and computers. However they definitely benefit from a good amplifier.
Sound quality (8/10 - (10/10 for this price range)
These headphones are very detailed, but not analytical. They are warm but with good clarity albeit a little coloured I believe.
However they do sound very musical. Instrument clarity and separation is excellent. The soundstage is remarkable for this price although is not the widest. Voices (and to a lesser extent electric guitars) can sound recessed in some recordings.
They work well with all types of music. I listened to jazz, rock, various instruments solos, camera, classical and operas.
These are warm, powerful (possibly just a little too much) but also tight and with good extension (but not exceptional in absolute terms). They are well controlled, especially when using an amplifier, but quite unforgiving of bad recording. I heard them a bit boomy in some cases but I am convinced it is not a fault of the headphones. I also heard beautiful basses when using some well recorded 24/96 files.
The tonal timbre has its own character and in most cases this results in a very pleasurable listening indeed.
Midrange are detailed, although its tonality is not the most accurate. This often makes voices sound really beautiful in some recordings.
There may be a little coloration, but I enjoyed them greatly, nonetheless.
I think the upper treble is lacking. On the positive side though there is no harshness nor graininess at all. Since the low treble is solid, sweet and accurate the net result is very good in most cases. However there are good recordings that do suffer especially in case of subtle high frequencies in wide dynamics music.
Quite good but not outstanding.
Sound Quality 5/5 - Build 4/5 - Comfort 5/5 Value 10/5 - Can't fault these phones for the money superb. 3 yr Guarantee too, detachable cable great idea..
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