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Put a smile on my face!
20 July 2018
I was in the market for a pair of travel headphones and being an iPhone user, the Apple AirPods were an obvious choice. But after buying the AirPods and subsequently returning them after being very disappointed by their touch controls, I took a look at what RHA had to offer.
I've long been a fan of RHA and their products, having had many wired pairs. These new MA650's in white took my fancy almost immediately.
When they arrived, I started smiling. Even before listening with them, from the packaging to the colour co-ordinated cables and pouch told me that a lot of attention had gone in to creating this product. The headphones themselves are subtly stunning - most 'white' products are actually a cream colour, not so here. I don't think any other audio company does metal the way RHA do - the metal earpieces and endcaps on the neckband add a real touch of class.
I was initial wary about headphones with a neckband - however I was amazed at how light and flexible it actually is, covered in a matt finish soft plastic (almost rubbery) finish. I can walk around all day with these on and not remember I am wearing anything around my neck. This is where you plug in the charging cable and it's worth noting that this is a USB-C connection (rather than the usual Micro USB type) - which again illustrates the detail RHA go to.
Pairing was simple and the audio clean, detailed and crisp. No, you don't get heavy bass as you would from a pair of over-ear headphones from certain brands, but you certainly do get a natural sound that trumps the AirPods. There's no noise cancelling other than the passive cancellation from the in-ear seal itself.