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This review is from: RHA MA600 Noise Isolating In-Ear Headphone - 3 year warranty (Electronics)
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I've been through a lot of in-ears since my first mp3 player. I used to love the Sennheisers but I found that build quality was suspect and therefore reliability poor. Also the cable was noisy, in that it created nasty sounds when rubbing against clothes etc. Almost the same faults could be applied to the Sonys I've used too. Interestingly the pair I have been happiest with are a cheap (Chinese?) make called Soundmagic. I have the E10's and have been using them for a year with COMPLY FOAM TIPS and they are just great. They don't feel premium but the fact they have lasted me through daily commutes for a year now makes them the ones to beat. These new RHA MA600s have a lot of work to do to outdo them.
Packaging & Build
The buds come in a really nice box with a magnetic closure. I almost don't want to remove them! There are 7 sets of replacement in-ear tips, the headphones themselves, a neat hard carry case (with soft lining, and a clip. On removing them from the box, wow these feel top notch. The cable is thick and clear, the connections look and feel solid, the buds unobtrusive, lightweight.
The default bud/tip size is on the large side. It fills my ear - great for sound isolation (but without music I can hear some noise from the cable). There is a slight feeling of being underwater. I checked again with the E10's - there is much reduced cable noise on those.
Direct back-to-back listening of a few songs on these and the E10's. I'd say the MA600s are louder, but perhaps more boomy than the E10s. The E10's wound a bit weedy in comparison, and in fact the more you listen to both you can hear the difference. The E10s are all top end, high on treble & detail...the MA600s are much fuller around midrange and bass. Using a rock song like Born To Run as a reference track and the difference is night and day. Using a more acoustic track (Hurt, Johnny Cash) the differences are less noticeable but certainly the MA600s have a meatier sound.
Nothing gets out, nothing gets in, near enough. There is no acoustic noise cancellation, its all in the tight fit.
Many people prefer foamy tips to rubber, me included. So I tried to swap the default tips for foam. They sort of fit, but not as securely as on the E10s, and also the sound is altered a bit for the worse. I'd stick to the supplied tips.
Best Of All
3 year warranty? Superb. All in all these are a great buy.