• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Fulfilled my expectations

    • Written by from Waseca

    RHA's MA450i noise isolating earphones generally meet my needs and expectations. These in-ear headphones block a good majority of the surrounding noise. I've used them on stage, in the office, and even mowing the lawn. They are highly portable and easy to have always with you. They lost one star from my rating as the pair I owned ended up with a loose connection in the right ear. However, much to RHA's customer service credit, I submitted my warranty request and was issued another pair within days. For $50, I haven't found a better pair of noise isolation earphones around.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good

    • Written by from Port Coquitlam

    I originally bought the Harman Kardon trusting the name. They were deeply inferior to the stock Apple ear buds; quite tinny, I took them back. These RHA offer good noise reduction with good sound.

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    The best yet!

    • Written by from East haven

    At first I was a but concerned about the stethoscope type noise that was being delivered up the braded cable and into my ears. After reading a few reviews I decided to find the right size ear price for me. Once I did the noise was dramatically reduced, enough so that I can't hear it at 1/4 volume.

    As far as the quality of sound... These out did my expectations. These little drivers carry bass so well that sometimes I feel like I am in a room full of subwoofers. The highs are crisp and the mid's are clean. I believe the main reason for this quality of sound is the isolation of sound and how they fit in your ear.

    If you're looking to be alone with your thoughts and your music you should try these. If you're looking for great sound for a great price you should try these. I highly recommend these headphones.

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    good service, sound

    • Written by from Albuquerque

    After a short break-in period, these sound great. My pair was a little metallic sounding or tinny when I first got them, but that went away with a couple of hours of use. The volume control works well, and people I talk to on the phone say that the mike is at least adequate. My first set went bad in about 2 months -- the right side went quiet, just a very faint sound -- and RHA is replacing them. Be sure to keep your receipt, as the warranty is for 3 years and they seem to actually honor it! They come with many different sizes of ear seals and it is worth experimenting to get the best comfort and ambient sound attenuation.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great if you don't mind shutting out the world.

    • Written by from Edmonton

    Earbuds hang in your ears and let you stay connected to the outside world. These in-ear headphones shut you right out. Which can be a good thing.

    The headphones come with extra rubber covers, and the size makes all the difference. Too small and the earphones were really uncomfortable -- like someone was stabbing my eardrum. Too big and they wouldn't sit right and sounded weird. I liked the middle ones. Also, when they fit the scratching noise from the cord is less an issue. Sound is definitely better than the ipod buds, but they're a different animal.

    The mic for the phone works pretty good too.

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good for the price.

    • Written by from St. Paul

    I bought these headphones for a month now and have not had any issues with them yet. The sound is very clean. Some headphones sound muffled or too bassy or too something, but in my opinion, i think these sound balanced. The bass isn't overly powerful, the mid and tweets i think are pretty clear. Like some other reviews have said, the tweets/highs are more distinct. I think thats great because some headphones lack tweets but give too much mid or bass. I'm a mechanic at an auto shop and when i put these in, i can still hear the things around me but they do quiet down a bit. I only need to use the volume on my iphone at 1/4 of the way and i will get a nice comfortable listening feel. I can hear the music, but at the same time, im not deaf to whats happening around me either. If i put the volume to 1/2, i cant hear anything around me anymore and the music becomes alive in my ears. Haven't listened to them at 3/4 but im sure it'll sound good. I listened to it with all sorts of genre, and in my opinion, it is great. One thing that can be worked on is the noise the line makes when rubbing against anything. If yo have the volume on low, the rubbing noise is super intense and loud in your ear, but if you go past the 1/4 volume on the iphone, the rubbing noise does go away. I use the 2nd biggest earpiece and it fits perfectly. I like the play/pause button, it works like magic. I say that because i use it to use Siri. I can just press and hold the play/pause button to ask Siri to read and send messges without even takeing out my phone, which is great because my hands are usually messy. I use it to listen to music when i sleep too and they do not hurt my ears at all when im laying on my side. Overall, great sound, great feel, very light weight and comfortable. Besides the noise issue if in low volumes, anyone who picks this up i believe will enjoy them for the price you pay. Dont forget the 3 year manufacture warranty that comes with it, tell me that isn't the darnest deal ever. That was the selling point for me because i use them a lot, not abuse, but use.

    14 of 16 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great for iPhone, not for Macbook

    • Written by from Newton Highlands

    These might be the best sounding earphones I've used with my iPhone 4, very clean, detailed sound. However, they don't work well at all with my Macbook Pro, there's a lot of hissing and static noise and they're too loud.

    I did some Googling and found that these are low-impedance headphones, which means that they don't need a lot of power to sound good which is why they work so great with my iPhone, but Macbook Pros need a higher-impedance headphone for good sound.

    I have a pair of over-ear Bose headphones that work great with the Macbook, I was hoping to have smaller ones for traveling but I guess I'll stick to using these with my iPhones and the larger ones with my Macbook.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good for the money.

    • Written by from Flushing

    Surprisingly good sound for a lower priced in-ear set. After breaking it in for about 2-3 days the bass is nice and pretty strong, clear and doesn't muddy up the rest of the spectrum. The trebles take some time to settle down but can still be a bit harsh at times but I've found out that the Comply Foam take care of this for the most part. The build quality of the housing, mic and cable are very good and have a premium feel to them. Despite being a braided cable there is no sign of kinking up or cracking but they can get tangled and the straight plug isn't really ideal.

    9 of 11 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding product

    • Written by from New York

    I bought this not ever having even heard of RHA, so I was a bit wary. I must say it exceeded all of my expectations in terms of sound, usability, build quality, cord length, reliability, abundance of earpieces for all shapes and sizes, and overall design. I like it much better than the Apple in-ear that it replaced. There is a great deal less sub-sonic interference from the cloth cord than from the Apple's plastic cords (you're much less likely to hear the wires rubbing against your clothes).

    The part where this fell a little bit short was the packaging. The "carrying case" is an amorphous little pouch that is not useful, and the generous supply of earpieces came in a flimsy box that becomes useless upon opening it. These are small insignificant inconveniences in the context of the overall quality, and I would definitely recommend this product for the price.

    12 of 15 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great headphones!

    • Written by from Palm beach gardens

    I thought in order to have noise-cancelling headphones I would need to invest in bulky, ugly Beats-style headphones. These are small and unobtrusive like the standard iPod headphones, except they really block out external noise and transmit solid, clear sound. They also have a volume adjuster on them which makes them unique for headphones of this size and style.

    I also like the fabric cord-it feels distinctive when I'm blindly searching for them in my bottomless purse.

    I do wish they were a little bit shorter-sometimes they get caught on things and get yanked out of my ear, and sometimes I think I hit the volume control and they get randomly really loud (but that's my problem).

    All in all a great gift and great headphones for the money!

    9 of 10 people found this useful