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REVIEW SA950i headphones from UK based RHA

- November 28th, 2012

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With Sir Paul McCartney gracing the stage of Rexall Place in Edmonton in less than 24 hours, I thought it would be cool to review a new set of headphones by RHA, a small British audio company and a division of Reid-Heath Ltd., who recently launched their products in Canada.

One of their products is the RHA SA950i compact and lightweight ear cup headphones. While the photo might be a tad misleading, the ear cups are not too oversized and they’re extremely light only 105g. In fact, the ladies would probably like them too.

 

Light & Comfortable

They seem well constructed and they’re extremely comfortable to wear even for long periods of time. The nice fit is complemented by the contour forming cups that fit over the ear with just the right amount of pressure.  The glossy black cups match nicely with the black padded headband and contrast equally well with the chrome sliders, which are fully adjustable, so you can secure the headset comfortably to your head. But be careful, as the sliders do detach somewhat easily.

In their infinite wisdom RHA included a detachable 1.2m cable. It’s made of braided fabric, which is not only ultra cool, it also reduces tangling. It has a three-button in-line glossy-black remote with mic with multi-click. Its designed for iOS devices, so you can listen to your tunes, talk on your iPhone and control a number of functions without having to reach into your pocket or purse. There is also support for Android and other smartphones, but best to check on compatibility first.

 

Decent Sound

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As for the sound, the audio quality is quite respectable. For a while, I actually forgot that these sold for only $59.95. While not as crisp in the high end and as clean when cranked up to the max as a high fidelity audiophile units like from Bose, the sound from their 40mm titanium-coated mylar drivers certainly compared favourably with others that sell for twice the price and offer a surprisingly good overall sound experience.

 

Overall, I was quite impressed with these headphones. They sound great, are light and great for travel. With that said, a little case or pouch might have been a nice touch. You might also find these a little tight, I can politely say, if you have a large head.  Nevertheless, if you appreciate a sleek design with decent sound without a big budget, the RHA SA950i are certainly a good bang for your buck.

The RHA SA950i headphones come with a three-year warranty and retail for $59.95 CDN and are available in Canada at Apple Retail Stores.

 

 

PROS

-Great sound

-Excellent Value

-Lightweight & comfortable

-Detachable braided cable

CONS

-Not made for large heads

-Sliders can come detached

-No case

Rating: 4/5

(RHA also has the MA450i, an earbud style, also designed with a braided cable, 7 sets of ear-tips and comes in black or white.)

 

Greg Gazin is the Real Canadian Gadget Guy.

Follow me on Twitter @gadgetgreg.

 

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