Summary: Bassheads on a budget and in need of a set of durable in-ears - look no further. The RHA MA350s are perfectly equipped to deliver a lot of bass and sub bass. Compared to other cheaper in-ears, they deliver the bass and sub bass without sacrificing too much midrange detail, which is really nice. The bass is really powerful and definitely makes for a good experience with hip-hop, R&B, and electronic music in general.
Pros: Great bass and sub bass for the price, Midrange sufficiently detailed, Good build quality, Durable cable, Good bundle, Nice tips, Good price, Above average comfort, Small and durable jack
Cons: Tonality geared for bass heads, Treble performance not that great, Braided cable means lots of microphonic noise, The ear pieces are quite large
Excerpt: Is there anyone not making headphones at this point? There are so many brands of headphones on the market now, one has to wonder if anyone is purchasing loudspeakers. Based on the number of high-end loudspeaker manufacturers rushing earphone and headphone products to market it would appear that the balance has tipped.
Pros: Great value for the money, Excellent build construction, Laid back and balanced sounding, Kick the crap out of the Apple earbuds, Excellent noise isolation
Cons: Lightweight bass response, Don't recreate the sense of space as well as competing (but more expensive) products
Summary: The RHA MA350 headphones have, for me, redefined the $40 price point. With an all aluminum construction, 10mm driver, braided fabric-covered cable, and a compact and light-weight design, RHA thought about everything. While I found them too bass-heavy for my liking, they really don't have any downsides sonically. If you are on the market for a $40 earbud, these should definitely be on your list.
Pros: Light, High quality materials, Well extended bass, Price
Cons: Bass heavy, Fabric covered cable tends to kink, Left/Right markings hard to read
Excerpt: There are two approaches to reviewing earphones or headphones and which direction I take is determined mostly by price. Earphones that sell for less than $100 are judged on a different level than those costing double or triple. The market for the under $100 earphones is huge and only getting bigger, plus the sound quality in this price range has improved dramatically.
Pros: Sound good, especially at their price, Well made, All aluminum, Very comfortable
Cons: Design is so-so, Tips did not provide good seal (for this reviewer)
Review: RHA (Reid and Heath Acoustics) MA-350 Earphones.
7 May 2012
Conclusion: I’ll be honest, I wasn’t initially expecting too much from the RHA MA-350s, much less to be wowed. Generally speaking, headphones that tend to focus on design generally do so to overshadow their less than stellar audio quality. Headphone manufacturers who spend all their money on high dollar celebrity endorsements do it all the time – slap a famous rapper’s name on a product and hope people don’t notice the atrocious audio quality.
Excerpt: Whilst the majority of Britain’s manufacturing industry has disappeared, there is one area where the UK still excels and produces some of the best equipment in the world and that area is audio.