• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    The Sound Of The '80s...At 21st Century Prices

    • Written by from San Francisco

    The build quality seemed excellent, so I was hoping the sound quality would be similarly excellent.

    Wrong.

    There's a goodly amount of bass - although not enough deep bass - and plenty of extreme, shrill midrange. Unfortunately there's insufficient treble extension. The end result is a really unpleasant listen, that makes everything sound like a late '80s Bananarama record, all slappy drums with no low end and an ear-splitting midrange. In spite of the hot high-end the treble seems curiously muted, which is a losing combination - shrill yet muffled.

    I would have returned them but managed to somehow lose them for a couple of months. When I finally found them again it was too late.

    Crazily enough, based on strong reviews I purchased RHA's better-reviewed MA750i earbuds to replace them, and was pleasantly surprised to discover they have none of the 600i's shortcomings. They offer strong, deep bass performance, a balanced midrange and reasonable treble extension, although at fairly reduced levels. Still, they're an extremely pleasant listen and might be the best earbuds you can buy in this price class. I've had them for months and they've held up well so far, fingers crossed.