• 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

    Remarkably good sound for the cost

    • Written by

    Love these bad boys, great sound, excellent on the move- not sure about the cord comments, sure there's a bit of a rustle but once the music gets going all you can hear is the song! Class act!

    5 of 5 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent value for the price

    • Written by

    These earphones give a solid sound for the price- really punchy bass! I use them in the gym and walking to and from work- they sound great!

    8 of 11 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good sound, disappointed in the quality

    • Written by

    Bought these in the spring, after using them for a bit I was happy with the sound quality. After about 3 months of use with them the right earbud stopped working. Thankfully there is the 3 year warranty so RHA sent me a new pair. About 2 months later both earbuds stopped working. Even though there is a 3 year warranty, getting them replaced every 3 months is a hassle.

    Just a warning for anyone considering buying these.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Broken in 3 weeks

    • Written by from woodcliff lake

    Opened the box and fumbled fitting the right sized earbuds.. Once that task was complete they sounded pretty good. Even though the chord was about a foot and a half too long I was pleased with the sound. For about 3 weeks until the left bud stopped working.
    Highs- decent sound, bloked out noise
    Lows- long chord, fabric sheath that knots easy, weak connections prone to failure

    14 of 25 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Ok sound, cord wore out in 4 months

    • Written by from Toronto

    The sound and remote function on these earbuds are acceptable for the price, but the cord wore out at the plug easily (killing audio in one ear). Trying to get a replacement from the manufacturer, but not holding my breath. Sick of spending $10/mo on headphones...

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    excellent sound, well built

    • Written by from Boulder

    Earbuds are one of those purchases that I usually assume I'll be back to do again within a year. Either they break, get lost or I just get "bud envy" and want something else. Not with these. I've had mine for almost two years and they're still in great shape despite daily use and I'm not enviously eyeing something else. Great sound, built to last, comfortable. And a very reasonable price, especially for the quality.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    awesome purchase

    • Written by from Huntington Beach

    these headphones not only sound fantastic, but actually fit in my ear which is something that I can't say about most headphones. Also, with the 6 extra sets of covers for the earbuds, one of the sizes will most definitely fit you. The remote on the cord isn't too sensitive like other headphones I've tried in the past, but it is still super easy to change the volume and stuff without accessing your device. Also, they are decent noise canceling headphones for this price and if you don't want to shell out a few hundred bucks this is MOST DEFINITELY the way to go.

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good, but...

    • Written by from Hamilton

    For whatever reason, I do go through headphones at an exceptionally high rate (once a year usually) With that said, up until today these have been great. I love that I can multitask between music and speaking. The sound quality is decent, remote is handy... It's an all-around decent set of head phones at not a terribly high cost.

    But, not even a year into owning these, the right side head phone has completely stopped working and for that, I have to give these a lower rating.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't Waste Your Time

    • Written by from Zetland

    As others have said these headphones don't deliver. The sound quality for music is quite good once you have the correct fit but I found spoken word/podcasts very tinny and just not sounding as they should.

    As many have said the cable distorts whatever you're listening too whenever it touches anything which is completely unacceptable, and I also found changing the ear caps a nightmare and took me much longer than it should.

    The best thing about these headphones sadly is Apple's awesome service and no questions asked return/exchange policy as you will need it.

    1 of 1 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Good Buy

    • Written by from Petaluma

    Excellent sound reproduction, easy to work mic buttons, and, with my choice of rubber tips -they don't fall out of my ears like the set that came with my iPhone

    3 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    excellent

    • Written by from NORTH BARRINGTON

    Very good quality headphones for a great price, nice bass, and rich audio.

    3 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Complete waste of money

    • Written by from Zürich

    Bought these headphones (black) one month ago for my iPhone 5S. After two weeks, the "volume down" button stopped working. Great when a loud song comes on and you're on your bike in the middle of traffic. Also, my iPhone keeps jumping out of my playlists with this product. Additionally, it routinely opens iPhone's camera, draining a lot of battery, and shooting pictures instead of adjusting the volume. Today finally, they made my iPhone call my last contact (my boss), without me doing anything - just sitting on the bike again. What a waste of money.

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Decent sound, not-so-great durability

    • Written by from Somerville

    I've had these since January 2014, and I was mostly satisfied with them. I bought them after my third pair of Apple In-Ears fritzed out on me, so I didn't want to spend yet another $80. For $50 these did the trick for a while. The cord is really way too long for someone of my height (not short, but not tall ...), so I have to wrap the cord around my iPhone at least once before I put it in my pocket. Not a big deal, but kind of an annoyance till I got used to it.

    I found the highs to be a little harsh until I replaced the rubber tips with squishy foam ones. I lost a bit of the isolation, but then I also lost the harshness and most of the thumping sound you get with isolating in-ears when you're walking or just breathing ... Overall, though, they sounded great for $50.

    The only real issue is with the durability. In the middle of August, the left channel dropped out, and I'm just getting in contact with them now about a replacement. Hopefully RHA's reputation for good customer service is warranted (no pun intended).

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Sound

    • Written by from Surrey

    First time of me using these I noticed that the left side is very faint, so I put the right side in my left ear and it was perfect. Don't know if I need to do something to correct this. Am thinking of going back to Apple Store for advice. If it wasn't for this I think they would be perfect. Found no instructions on how to use the microphone though.

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible build

    • Written by from Cambridge

    A lot of the reviewers seem to have the same experience but I wanted to echo my displeasure with these headphones. I bought them yesterday and will be returning them tomorrow.

    PROs
    -Sound quality is really good
    -I'm really not into the multi-sizes, find-your-fit silicone pieces but the ones it came pre-installed with actually fit me just fine

    CONs
    -Cable is a lot longer than necessary. 1.5m?
    -If the cable rubs against anything (ANYTHING - even your shirt), the cable carries and even amplifies the sound in the earpieces. To the point that the sound of the friction is louder than your music. You basically have to stay completely still when using the headphones. Forget about walking or moving around while using them. Terrible build; who tested these and let them pass?