• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Quality & Service

    • Written by from Falkirk

    These headphones have great sound quality, fit in the ear really well and are well made.
    I had one problem with the cord coming out of the in line controller, contacted RHA and they imediatley sent out a new set.
    I would highly recommend these headphones and the company who make them. Best customer service ever.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    High Quality design and build, with a service to match

    • Written by from Nottingham

    These produce great sound, far beyond what an £80 pair of beats in-ear headphones can provide. the bass is really warm, and the overall sound is generally very clear.

    i had these for 9 months before the left side bud stopped producing sound. I got in touch with RHA, they wanted to see my receipt and witihin 3 days a brand new pair of these were on my doorstep, complete with a postage-paid return jiffy bag to send them the faulty pair so they could use them for research to understand why they went wrong.

    their customer service is truly exceptional, and the products they build are just as good.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great sound quality, nice design and excellent service

    • Written by from Braintree

    I'm a (budget) audiophile and have a pair of Grado SR80is and a tube headphone amp for home listening, which together are worth about £200. I wanted a cheap pair of earphones that wouldn't kill me to lose or break, but still did justice to the music I was listening to out the house. These RHAs did not disappoint.

    Apart from a narrower soundstage they are almost as good as the Grados. They don't have the same incredibly warm mids, the highs aren't as clean and defined, and the bass is a little fatter than I like. However, they're not as far apart as the prices would suggest and they're fun to listen to, which is the most important thing.

    I liked them so much that when my dog ripped up my first pair I went out and bought another. I was pleased to see they revised the design to a right angle jack and sturdier construction, while they also sounded better out the box. The pouch is also no longer a felt dust magnet.

    I was slightly disappointed when the right channel on the second pair died after two months, but the warranty claim only took two days - I submitted my claim on Tuesday, and a replacement arrived on Thursday. You'd be hard pressed to find a pair of high-end earphones with a 3 year warranty, let alone a budget model, and rarer still a claims process so hassle free.

    I'm really pleased to see a homegrown company getting everything right, and they certainly deserve to become a big name in audio.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great sound quality but very poor manufacturing quality.

    • Written by from Midleton

    I bought these in October 2012 and loved them, the sound quality was great as was the noise cancelling, not to mention the longer lead being handy.

    By January the wiring was coming apart by the remote. I phoned Apple, got a replacement and by May the same thing was happening again. I got another replacement and by December 2013 the microphone stopped working. I've come to the conclusion that the quality of product build from RHA leaves a lot to be desired. Trying the Ultimate Ears 400vi next.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Twin driver small little gems that would not break your bank !!!

    • Written by from london

    Just got my second pair after just about less two years.This model is been updated since my last pair with angled jack mic, and track control.Solidly build they offer a cristal clear sound that for the price it cannot be beaten.The fabric wire does indeed reduced the noise from rubbing your close way better than rubber(but still there at low volume) and as is thicker than previous model (which wasn't tangle free at all and most annoying) it stay more rigid and harder to tangle.It also come with a clip to attach it to your close which avoid dropping them to the floor in case of accidental unplugging from your ears which considering the weight of the buds (solid alluminium) may cause damages to the inner electronics.They not projecting out of your ears making you look a bit silly and fit is assured with plenty of silicon buds choice.They look great they sound even better and if they stop working who cares you've got one year Apple fab costumer service and they will be replaced on the spot ....after that you've got two more years from the manufacturer warranty.As other reviwer already said give it a few days to soften up and you will be amazed what 49 £ can buy

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very disappointing

    • Written by from LONDON

    After reading the stellar reviews for these earphones, I decided to get a pair. I returned it one day later.
    While they offer more detail throughout the entire sound palette than the Apple EarPods, they're very poorly calibrated by RHA, resulting in an extremely trashy, shrill and even hissing type of sound. The bass line is fine, but everything on the medium and higher frequencies is calibrated with such high treble that it makes for a very unpleasant listening experience. I listen mainly to classical music (especially opera) and the sound lacks depth and color. Brass sounds horribly shrill and completely overpowering. Same applies for voices, with lower male voices lacking any depth.

    Another big deal breaker for me is the poor isolation of the cable. RHA claims that the fabric around the wires is supposed to reduce entanglement. Nothing against that. However, not having any rubber between the fabric and the actual wire is a serious design fault resulting in all the noise resulting from the cable hitting something being transferred directly to your ear which is extremely unpleasant (thumps, scratches, everything).

    To sum it up, I think that for a lower price, the EarPods provide a better overall experience: I don't find them as detailed throughout the sound palette as these, but you can still hear everything and the frequencies are much better calibrated.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Incredibly worthwhile

    • Written by from LONDON

    I used my Apple EarPods constantly after buying my iPhone 5 in October 2012 but decided this month to upgrade to some new earbuds. I went for these RHAs after reading all the positive reviews for them on here and on the recommendation of some audiophile friends.
    I am seriously impressed by these earbuds, the build quality is great for this price - the fabric-braided cable is far less tangle-prone than rubber cables (though 1.5m seems a touch longer than necessary), the earbuds themselves are a good solid build and the huge variety of ear tips that came with them means it was very easy to find a comfortable fit. The added carry case is a nice little touch though I’m sure mine will rarely be put to use.
    As for sound quality, I have not heard this level of quality from such an affordably priced set of earbuds before. I have tested them on a wide variety of different genres and volumes and have not been disappointed. On some songs I was hearing little details I was never aware of before - seriously impressive for this price.
    And the 3 year manufacturer’s warranty is just the cherry on top.
    I would say that if you’re looking for a sub-£50 set of good quality earbuds you should definitely try these ones.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    High quality headphones

    • Written by from West Malling

    I went into the Bluewater Apple Store this morning just to pick their brains as I had seen a pair I had already wanted in John Lewis. However, after listening to the advice, then going away and doing more research both on line and in other stores I went back and purchased these. I am so glad I did. Firstly the sound quality is the best I have heard on headphones below £100 and as I already own B&W P5s I wanted an easy lightweight pair of in ears but was reluctant to compromise on quality. No need to have worried. Good but not overly bassy, and clear treble and comfortable too.

    The look good as well and I like the "string" type cables which I am sure will last well and avoid tangling which really annoys me. Also a 3 year guarantee - what more could you want?

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Broke after 6 months

    • Written by from Toronto

    I never have a broken headphone before.. (usually they are lost..). Despite coming with 6 different sizes of plugs, none actually fit well enough to my ears such that they don't fall out once in a while.

    And my right earplug is now broken after 6 months, the wire must have become loose inside.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great sound, fantastic customer service

    • Written by from Glasgow

    Purchased a pair last November, the sound quality is superb, so much so I bought my son a pair for Christmas. When my pair developed a fault 3 months later I contacted RHA directly, via their website. Fantastic customer service followed. I had an email response within an hour and with no fuss at all I was sent a replacement pair of headphones, which I had in my hand within 24 hours.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Stunning.

    • Written by from Crawley

    Absolutely amazing. I have been using these for around 3 months now and are still working perfectly. The bass is strong and the volume is great. You hear every detail of any song that comes out of them. I have worn beats and if I'm honest they are nothing special. These are £40 and you can't question their price for the quality of sound they produce for it. I personally listen to a range of music genres and I found every song I have listened to through them has been crisp, clean and critically perfect. I would not pay £120+ for Beats Audio when you can get better quality for three times less than the cheapest pair of Beats headphones. Don't contemplate buying them if you have got this far to read the review. The noise isolation is good too, they come with a range of ear bud sizes that are changeable so you will definitely find a size for you. They block out majority of the sound apart from anything loud within 2 feet of you. Otherwise they are perfect, can't recommend enough.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Intentionally designed excellence

    • Written by from Leighton Buzzard

    Rarely would I spend an evening writing a review on a product, only when I had something worth sharing. These little earphones are the new sensational units from RHA. They exist in a price range that one might imaging is way below top-end earphones but somehow RHA have delivered awesome quality of sound for a modest price, packing such quality of build and sound into these little buds that they genuinely are worth the five stars.

    The phones arrived bang on time as promised within 2 working days of order. The packaging is unique. How many times have you cursed the waste (not to say the challenge) of plastic show cases. Not so here. An understated, eco-friendly card box simply with a set of earphones inside. Sweet!

    The phones are solidly and robustly engineered as individual aluminium units which makes them wonderfully resilient in use. They are are comfortable - I have them in my ears now and I am already easily forgetting they are there. Lightweight, snag free cable and gold 3.5mm jack - A snug, sound-tight fit in each ear. I use the medium size that came on the buds but there are larger and smaller options to suit.

    All of which would need to be matched by the actual sound quality to mean anything. The biggest surprise is the quality of sound. How on earth is it achieved in such budget priced earphones? These are as far away from the price competition as it is possible to get, in a stroke reinventing the concept of inexpensive earphones. They have a clean, clear punchy bass. Clarity in the upper register is diamond clear though please give them a couple of days of serious listening to let the drivers settle down. Across the whole spectrum the sound is even and clear. My Senn HD485 cans are ALMOST as good as these but now given the choice between open £100 cans and these, I genuinely go for these! In large Bruckner symphonies the whole orchestra stands out without the usual blurring of the different frequencies. Add more volume and the quality is not lost. In such bargain priced units I can't quite understand how other manufacturers get away with their sonic offerings!

    Well how is it achieved? I have an idea that it is designed that way. The overall impression is one of intentionally designed excellence. The angled jack plug, the cord sleeve to avoid tangles, the single piece build to ensure durability all reflect the design that has gone into the units. One small example that shows the care taken; the 'L' and 'R' are embossed on each rubber ear sleeve. The 'L' has a small raised dot underneath. So pick up the buds and a blind man (literally) can instantly get them in the correct ears. Priceless!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing sound and great fit

    • Written by

    I have been using the MA450i now for the past two weeks and I'm very satisfied.
    The sound is absolutely fantastic. I would have never thought that you can get sound quality like that at such a reasonable price. I was also more than pleased about the choice of different sizes of ear tips. Once you find the right size the fit is very comfortable.
    I strongly recommend these earphones for everybody who is looking for excellent sound quality at an affordable price.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Unrivalled quality for the price.

    • Written by from Leighton Buzzard

    Picked this up as a replacement for a faulty set of headphones of another well-known brand and had heard good things about these offering more for the money. Need to remember to thank whoever it was that recommended these as they're excellent.

    Before talking about the sound I want to say how good these headphones are as a package. For the price you get aluminium earphones, fabric cable, iPod/iPhone remote, seven sets of tips (in a nice little box) and a three year warranty - I don't think there's any other product out there offering as much.

    Sound wise, the MA450i are fantastic. They offer a much greater degree of clarity than my previous earphones, vocals really sounding crisp and the bass punchy but not overpowering. I tried out a variety of different genres and couldn't really fault them in any of the tests. The tip choice means I was able to get a well-fitting pair and the sound isolation so far has been very effective used on the underground and buses.

    All in all, they're an excellent investment for the money. Couldn't ask for more from a product costing as little as this does. Excellent build, isolation, sound, extras. Class all round.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent value from this little known company

    • Written by

    The sound quality of these earphones is second to none, I bought them as an upgrade to my standard earphones and to be honest wasn't expecting much. They are worth far more than the money and it's nice to see a British company looking after the customer for a change.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Brilliant but.....

    • Written by from LONDON

    I loved these RHA headphones. Their price, the sound, the cables which don't tangle very easily, and the remote control which I found much easier to press than the Apple official headphones.

    So why only 2 stars? Well I bought these at the end of November 2012, and on January 19th 2013 they broke with the remote control end's volume dipping to near silent. Whilst I don't expect "Shure" or "Bose" level of quality from a set of £40 headphones, I do expect them to last longer than this.

    I don't think I would get another one. Whilst I may have had a duff model, I can't shake the feeling it will be the same again, so I will spend a little more on a better known brand who I trust next time.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    There is a difference!

    • Written by from Enniskillen

    I am not that big into headphones...headphones are headphones...but a friend recommended I try these and as I needed a new pair and these weren't out of the way, I bought a pair and I really can't believe the difference! The sound quality is so much better than I'm used to. I didn't realise just how different sound could be! I also liked the 3 year manufactures warranty.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Did i get something different to everyone else ??

    • Written by from Lindford

    Where to start.

    Didnt like these at all. The remote is far too fiddly, the earbuds dont stay in and the worst part is, theres alot of cable noise every time you touch the cable. You get a loud THUD every time you slightly touch it.
    Get some Klipsch's, theyre better IMHO

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent In-ear headphones made in the UK

    • Written by from Cardiff

    I bought these headphones only by chance. I had bought a Sennheiser set which luckily in this instance were faulty. These in my opinion are superior producing clear sound and tone. Just as another reviewer wrote I am listening to my music collection like I've never heard it before picking up new sounds and instruments. The remote and speaker are both great - I recommend these especially as they are such a low price. Great value for money.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing for the price

    • Written by from Brixton

    Just bought a pair and to be honest I think they're great. Sound quality is fantastic, really clear and balanced. I'm hearing detail in tracks I've not heard before. Amazing for the price.

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