Sunday, 27 October 2013

RHA MA-750i Quick Review

RHA MA-750i Quick Review

Thanks to RHA for the sample.

Brief:  Timberal and tonal extraordinaire.

Price:  £90 or for no mic £80, in Americaland US$130 and US$120.

Specification:  Drivers 560.1 Dynamic, Frequency range 16-22,000Hz, Impedance 16ohms, Sensitivity 100db, Rated/max power 1/5mW, Weight 36g, Cable 1.35m, reinforced, OFC, Connections 3.5mm, gold plated.

Accessories:  6 pairs, dual density ear tips - S x2 / M x2 / L x2, 2 pairs, double flange ear tips - S x1 / M x1, 2 pairs, memory foam ear tips - universal fit, Stainless steel ear tip holder, Premium carry case, Clothing clip

Build Quality:  Quite unbelievably spectacular.  It’s a visual extravaganza and it feels as impressive as it looks.  3 year warranty too.

Isolation:  Pretty good for a dynamic.  They are relatively sealed so got driver flex with silicon tips, none with foam and foam helped isolate.  Fine for normal use, maybe not so much for a trip to New Zealand but sufficient to get you run over of course.

Comfort/Fit:  For me it was good.  Ear guides don’t always work for everyone but these are very soft and flexible.  The mic did catch on my clothes with annoyed a little but otherwise these were great for me. Note these cannot be worn down if that an issue for you.

Aesthetics:  Wow, just look at the things!

Sound:  They are a real departure from the V shaped sound of other RHA things.  These are aimed in a much more audiophile direction.  The bass it’s dialled down to only slight oversized.  The mids are much more free and prominent.  The highs, well they are very prominent with the silicon tips.  I found the foams provided the perfect amount of moderation.  The highs are still rather spectacular.  Clean with a perfectly metallic twang on impact and a sumptuously natural decay.  Tonality and timbre are both stand out features here.  Both are just excellent.  The treble abundance though and sharpness means don’t feed them rubbish or you shall be punished for it.  Conversely feed it well mastered and exquisite treble and you’ll be equally rewarded.  It yearns to be fed hi res acoustic tracks or tracks with excellent instrument separation; it wants everything to have its own tonal purity.  It’s not the most detailed driver but its low-end vigour, tonality and talented treble give it some highly impressive acoustic attributes.

Value:  They sound great, come with a huge warranty and they are built like a tank.  The build quality is stellar.  I really wouldn’t have been in the least surprised if these had cost twice what they do.

Pro’s:   Tone and timbre are excellent, build quality is epic. Strings shine.

Con’s:  Highs want to be too exuberant. Not forgiving of poor bitrates or mastering.

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