review. – RHA MA600i

While RHA is no Beats by Dre when it comes to brand recognition, their offerings are slowly gaining attention from the more audio-centric crowd. Their earphones are reasonably priced, have awesome audio output and have an unmatched 3-year warranty to boot. The MA600i is their new upper-mid tier model offering a similar yet improved design from their initial Canadian offering, the MA450i. Enhancements to the audio signature are apparent as well.

in the box.

The packaging is fairly modest but RHA have always been generous when it comes to included extras.
In the box you get:

  • 6 pairs, dual density ear tips – S x2 / M x2 / L x2
  • 2 pairs, double flange ear tips – S x1 / M x1
  • Stainless steel ear tip holder
  • Hard carry case
  • Clothing clip

details.

RHA is one of the few manufacturers who take the time to reach out to customers.  They take feedback seriously and the MA600i is a testament to this. Many of my personal gripes with the MA450i have been addressed.

The trumpet like Aerophonic design™ of the earpieces RHA is known for returns on the MA600i. The build is a mix of black plastic and machined aluminum, yet it remains fairly light. They fit comfortably in the ear. The variety of earpieces offered only further that comfort and fit. The strain relief on the earpiece has been shortened to allow for users to wear them over the ear. This an improvement over the lack of versatility on the MA450i as the strain relief on those were far to long and rigid.

Gone is the woven, noise inducing exterior of the MA450i’s cables. The MA600i has dual insulated cables instead, a very welcome change. The jack is our preferred L-shape. It allows for enough clearance for most protective cases.

There is no shortage of machined aluminum incorporated into the design. There are aluminum details the headphone jacks, y-splitter and in-line remote, all which add unto the premium and sturdy feel of these earphones.

acoustics.

The MA600i have the popular V-shaped signature with an emphasis on treble and bass. After the break-in period, the performance is still sound. Both ends of the spectrum are executed well. The bass is not muddy sounding or shallow, it’s got full weight to it. The treble does not come through too sharp and harsh, the sound is quite crisp. The mids come through just fine as well, although you may have to tweak your equalizer if you’d like to gain more of the mids. Overall we’re quite pleased with the sound.  It comes through with good detail despite the more prominent bass.

“Precise and balanced audio with an open soundstage” – RHA

in use.

Over-ear has been our favourite way to wear them as it lessens cable noise and is more secure during runs and other physical activities. Despite looking thin, the cable has put up with quite a bit in our 2 months of use. It has been our companion through lengthy runs and numerous workouts, and has put with accidental tugs and large amounts of sweat. Overall it has proven to be quite sturdy, boding well for their longevity.

The “i” designation indicates the in-line remote has been designed with iOS in mind. We’ve used them with the LG G3, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and an iPod touch. The remote has worked fine will all 3, but only the latter having use of all three buttons. Most android phones can still take advantage of the center button and mic.

conclusion.

The MA600i is in many ways a refinement of their initial Canadian offering the MA450i. We’re quite pleased with them and would gladly recommend them over many more expensive alternatives. We purchased ours at $89 before tax, which is not too bad for what you get, and don’t forget that unmatched 3 year warranty. It is available in most Apple stores throughout Canada, Apple’s online store, in the GTA at Altronics Stereo 2000 and in Metro Vancouver (and online) at The Headphone Bar.

links.

Apple Store / Altronics Stereo 2000 / The Headphone Bar

– Isaac G.

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