My poor old Klipsch S4is broke recently. They lasted me a good few years, had set me back £80, and sounded great. As the price suggests, they are mid-range earphones, from a respected company. They were comfortable and lightweight: I was pleased.
But I needed replacements, and after hearing good things about a relatively unknown British brand: RHA, I took the plunge and purchased their highest end earphones1, at only £90. That price, for what were meant to be some of the best earphones you can buy left me sceptical. But I risked it—I had a £60 Apple Back to School voucher anyway. Needless to say, I was so impressed from the moment I saw them, let alone listened to them.
Unlike my old plastic—rather cheap looking S4is—the 750is are made from stainless steel, which are heavy, but luckily have over ear wires that come with multiple benefits such as reducing interference, and holding the weighty earbuds into your ear. The inline remote is also steel and rubber, and the 3mm jack is gold plated, with a steel cover and a spring over the wire to prevent fraying—an all too common problem with cables of this sort. It is hard to not appreciate just how durable these buds are. And they come with a three year warranty too; if that’s not enough to make them worth the cost, what is?
This build quality does bring about a downside, however. I personally prefer in-ear headphones to over-ear ones because they are so portable. The 750is aren’t that portable, and often don’t fit in my pocket. They do come with a leather carry case, however the quality of this was very poor. Not only was the logo printed wonky, but the zip hardly worked and the pouch inside that is meant to fit the headphones didn’t stretch wide enough to fit just one bud. But this is a petty complaint—RHA had to make a compromise somewhere.
Of course, the most important part of any earphones are how they sound. RHA include ten different pairs of rubber and foam tips to assure you get a perfect in-ear seal, and this goes far. It takes some trial and error, but finding the right fit creates some excellent sound isolation.
The actual drivers themselves are what really shine though. I’m no real sound coinnessuer, but these headphones rival the best of the best: I’ve used £250 Bose earbuds that compete. You would not be mistaken if you found that bass was lacking, as it isn’t as punchy as it could be, and there are some vibrations when notes get too deep, but it isn’t bad. I’d rather it be quiet than loud and muffled. The trebles are crisp, with every tap of a tambourine or hit of the hi-hat reproduced perfectly. Vocals are unbelievably smooth, along with all the other mids. They are so clear and warm and an absolute pleasure to listen to. I found alternative and rock are the genres where this really shines, as live instruments and autotune-less singers encapsulate everything these immersive buds do well.
Just to remind you, you’re paying £90. You can save £10 and ditch the iPod friendly remote too.
I cannot recommend these earphones enough. RHA are making a name for themselves as producing high quality, durable products, made and designed with care. A pleasure to use and own. Splash out and ditch those Apple EarPods. Or save some money, ignore the bigger, more expensive brands, and go for these. They are so worth it.