• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good sound but chord is too long and gets tangled REALLY easily

    • Written by from San Francisco

    I like the sound quality and fit. But...
    I think the chord was designed for a basketball player. Why do you need such a long chord?
    And the cloth material around the chord makes it easier to tangle.

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Fundamentally Flawed

    • Written by from London

    They're nicely made, well presented, sound reasonably good, but are quite fundamentally flawed.
    The cables are wrapped in a quite hard woven material which transmits quite a lot of annoying sound directly to your ears when it rubs on your clothing. As a result they're fine when sat still, but almost useless when walking or on the move.
    Sound isolation okay but not amazing. I would honestly not choose them over the new Apple set.
    Very disappointing.

    1 of 4 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars


    • 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Richmond Hill

    Good quality headphones for a good price. Very pleased with my purchase!

  • 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best sound for $50 dollars

    • Written by from Miami

    By now you all have read these headphones sound incredible. They do!.
    They are really noise isolating. I have a pair of Bose noise canceling headphones and i prefer these ones .
    The cord is very long which i like since i ride my bike everyday and i can keep my iphone in my jacket with no problems.
    The cord does make a sound if it robs your clothes because of the fabric material.
    Wrap Earbuds Over Your Ear and that is solved. They dont get tangle so you can not have it all.
    Since i ride my bike i can hear some wind noise ( for those of you that exercise )
    They are VERY comfortable in my ear . I can use them for hours.
    The construction is very solid.
    The remote control works as expected but i would like a better design in the buttons .Like Apple flat design|
    3 Year warranty !!! And i have read they honored it promptly .(Keep your receipt in your records if not you can not claim your warranty )

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Disappointing

    • Written by from Ottawa

    I had to replace my Apple EarPods and thought since the RHA MA450i earphones are a bit pricier than Apple's, they would be even better. Here is my experience with these:

    The first issue I have is the braided cable which is said to reduce tangles. It may just have been my set of earphones but they tangled a lot, more so than most other earphones. Not a big deal, though; I only use them to and from work. I can deal with tangling earphones but to promote a non-tangling cable is not right.

    The second issue has to do with the remote; it's supposed to control the volume, skip songs, answer calls, even use it with Siri. The functions of the remote are pretty much the same as the Apple EarPods (ex: click twice to skip song). The problem is the remote was not successful in doing any of them right; it's pretty buggy. It's hard to turn the volume up and down; when you get it to work, it makes a loud clicking sound for everyone around you to hear. When you try and pause the music, it doesn't always work and skipping songs doesn't work at all, no matter how long you wait between the clicks. In 25 tries of skipping a song, it paused 18 times instead, tried to use Siri 6 times, and was only successful in skipping a song 2 times.

    The last straw were the ear-buds. Sure, they have seven ear-buds of different sizes; I thought they would be perfect for my very small ears (always have an issue with earphones falling out even while standing still). They were perfect; the smallest ear-buds worked well for me until the left piece somehow fell off and was lost. No problem, I'll use the next smallest ones which seem to also fit in my ears. However, the tips do not fit on the headphones. I struggled for 10 minutes trying to replace the ear-buds without success. A bit hard to wear the headphones when you can't even replace the tips.

    Maybe I received a faulty set but I do not recommend these earphones. Had to return these for a refund. Thankfully I encountered all these issues within 2 days of purchase. I was happy that Apple was great to deal with and returning them via UPS was not a problem.

    4 of 7 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Ear Buds transmit too much noise

    • Written by from Pylesville

    On a scale of 1 to 10, I would rate the sound quailty as a 9, but the big problem with them is the transmission of noise when the wires between the Ear Buds and the Iphone plug-in port rubs against any surface. If you don't move your head and the wires remain perfectly still, there is no noise. But if you move, the rubbing noise transmitted to your hearing is very disturbing and I will have to rate them as a 2 for this noise problem.

    1 of 4 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from San Francisco

    Distortions in the upper ranges and whenever anything touches the cord (your collar, your chin), it produces a muffled sound (like dragging your finger across a microphone). Would return them but I seem to be outside the 15-day return...

    0 of 3 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Value for under $50

    • Written by from Bend

    I've owned probably 20 plus different brands and types of headphones from my first Ipod to my current Iphone. These are without a doubt superior in sound and construction to even my $300 Shure's.

    Also one of the few brands where the remote has continued to work after a lot of use.

    14 of 14 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Incredibly Impressed -- they're actually comfortable!

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    These are the best earbuds I have ever purchased. The sound is really good, the buttons on the mic are sufficiently differentiated (I hate to try to push "play" and hit "volume" because all the buttons feel totally the same) and best of all, they are actually comfortable!!! I have very small ear canals and the headphones come with numerous silicone buds that make these a great fit for most any size. Only complaint (and it is minor) is that the cord is much longer than normal (from tip to tip, almost 5 feet long) so it's more likely to get tangled.

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Headphones

    • Written by from DALLAS

    I've bought many really expensive in-ear headphones, including Bowers & Wilkins. I was always disappointed in the sound quality based on the broad range of music I listen to. I bought these for $50 and was blown away. Handles bass very well and sounds great with acoustic tunes.

    Don't hesitate to buy these. I'm glad I did!

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Sounded really good, but failed after only 2 months

    • Written by from Ottawa

    sounded really good out of the box. they seem to pick up and transfer to the ear a lot of noise (when the cable rubs agains your clothing for example). probably due to the fabric wrap on the cable. that makes these annoying unless sitting still. the fabric wore out at the base of the jack about a month after purchase. the left headphone failed after 2 months. for 50$ i expect to get more then 2 months of use.

    4 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product and excellent customer service

    • Written by from Seattle

    Picked it up in Barcelona last summer to replace other noise-isolating earphones, whose plastic cable tore off after about a year of fairly careful use. An Apple store employee recommended these (MA450) because the cable is fabric woven. The quality of sound is quite impressive, comes with a variety of ear tips to ensure good fit, the mic and controls work fine. After about 7 months of use, people started telling me that there is heavy echo when speaking with me, and it turned out to only be the case when I was using these earphones. Emailed RHA support, sent a copy of the Apple store receipt and received a brand new retail packaged replacement within days - no questions asked. Truly a great product at the right price backed by impressive customer service.

    7 of 7 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad build quality, good sound

    • Written by from Montreal

    These are great earphones but the right earphone just stopped working 2 weeks after I bought them. The mic controller connection just broke!

    8 of 17 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.

    15 of 17 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good sound but bad build quality

    • Written by from Fillmore

    After buying these headphones I was blown away with the quality of sound as well as the fit into my ear. Being a bit hard of hearing these were a welcome change from the ones that come with the phone. About a month out of warranty the left bud started shorting in and out. Now it is completely dead. Of course Apple will not replace them as they are out of warranty and I do not expect them to. But I would have expected better build quality or to at least last 6 months. I will be buying a different brand and won't be purchasing this one again.

    3 of 14 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellant Quality

    • Written by from SOUTH LYON

    They are as good as advertised. Actually better. I now have no problems as I did with Apple's earphones of them falling out every other second. They are definitely noise canceling which is nice when little children are in the area.

    8 of 8 people found this useful