• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Three pairs in 1 year.

    • Written by from Kihei

    Overall, I like the look of these headphones. They are sharp, with the metal details, heavy cord, and good fit. I've been disappointed with the sound quality, but overall, my biggest complaint is durability. My first pair started having problems about a month into use, when the glued screen on the interior of the bud came loose. I was assured that this was a defective product, and was sent a new pair. New pair -- within 6 months, more problems. There became a rattling noise in the right bud when I was running, the cord started to split, the sound quality in the bud started fading (due to split cord?), and the jack spring became loose. Exchanged AGAIN for now a third pair. I wish the RHA customer service agent would have given me the opportunity to trade the in for store credit, as I really didn't want to continue using these. They look durable -- in fact they look ideal for runners -- but they really haven't held up well.

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great sound, but the jack is prone to breaking

    • Written by from Bothell

    I've burned through 3 pairs of these headphones and have had the exact same issue for all 3 pairs. The headphone jack is extremely long (from the end point that goes into the phone to the end of the "base" where the wiring takes over). As such, if you bend wrong with the phone in your pocket, the headphone jack just bends/breaks off. Boom.

    I guess you could see my enthusiasm for the audio quality of these headphones since I proceeded to get them twice more (all three breaking the same way, and within 3 months of getting them new). But for $130, I expect to be able to use them for a much longer time.

    Shame that it took three times before I figured it out (fool me... thrice?), but I'll no longer look to RHA for my audio needs.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Exceptional sound for the money but...

    • Written by from Inverness

    I have a pair and bought a pair for my son.
    Son has the second pair that lost sound in the right speaker.
    If it failed once I would rate them as five stars for the $ because Apple store did take first pair back.
    Just can't deal with a product that failed twice in six months.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great sound, questionable construction

    • Written by from San Francisco

    First of all, these sound amazing. And with a whole rack of different tips, getting the right fit (and better sound) is no problem.

    Now the bad. The over-the-ear design does seem to improve sound quality a bit, as it keeps them from knocking around too much, which can send audible noise up the line to your ears. However, the stiff curve to this part of the cord (right at the ear) does make them a bit annoying to deal with physically. They try to hook onto things if, for example, you have one hanging off your ear to deal with the outside world (use case: getting on the bus, asking the driver a question, pull one side out so you can hear - curved cable end will try to hook onto your backpack, or your sleeve, etc). Not a huge deal but can get irritating.

    Now the really bad. After about 6 months of light daily use, being kept in their case at all times when not in use, and generally being very well taken care of, the connection between the mic/controls and the upper portion of the cable has completely broken. The outer sheath is still attached, but the inner wire has clearly pulled free from the control. No more sound in right ear, no more mic, no more controls.

    And on a related note, i found over time that the buttons on the control unit became a bit finicky. Specifically, it seems like they don't sit in their casing as precisely straight as before, so sometimes clicking a button wouldn't register, or would register as volume up instead of pause, etc.

    So i think basically the really pretty, industrially-styled control unit is the weak link here.

    Fortunately these have a 3 year warranty, so KEEP YOUR RECEIPT!

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Who actually gave these 5-Stars? Headphones a "Fail" for me.

    • Written by from Leicester

    I chose these headphones (with integrated mic for phone calls) because of the 5-Star review they got. And, my experience with them was far from 5-stars! I gave 2 stars (vs only 1) because they do actually seem to be made with high quality materials and, if you might actually get them to fit in your ears, it seems they would sound great. But, that is where the fail comes in for me....

    1) I tried every ear piece that came with these headphones, read their silly directions about "how to properly place these in your ears" several times, and nothing worked for my ears. I was quite surprised at how difficult it was to get these headphones to both stay in your ears and fit "the way they are supposed to". You would think that a pair of headphones as expensive as this would have figured this out!? I mean is this really rocket science? Wearing a set of headphones? Not sure whose ears they fit in, but they were not mine. Because the ear pieces kept falling out I found them quite uncomfortable as, no matter what ear piece I tried, I was forced to keep pushing them back in my ear to get them to stay.

    2) Because these headphones were not easy to fit in my ear the way they are "supposed to be", the sound was what I consider to be terrible. If you do not have these headphones jammed deeply into your ear or with a perfect fit to whatever the manufacturer designed as "a perfect fit", you are going to loose all of the base in the sound. So 95% of the time (after the first 10 seconds after jamming the headset deeply into my ear and then started to fall out), the sound was uncomfortably only reflecting mid and especially higher frequencies. No low frequencies. I basically could not use these most of the time I wanted to.

    3) The over the ear piece is made of flexible rubber which would not easily actually stay over you ear - then what's the point? So I again found these headphones to be clunky in trying to get them on your ears (definitely not for a quick phone call or for what I consider to be every day applications) and they were certainly not easy to actually keep in place on my head for every day practical use.

    So either I have some strange alien ears over here (don't think so) or RHA needs to go back to the drawing board on these.
    On that note, hoping this review might actually be helpful for some folks, I am an male that is 5" 5' (on the shorter side of most American Men) and would consider myself average to stocky build. I have been a musician and into sound engineering most of my life so my ears are beautifully perfect for my body type. So, who knows, maybe these headphones were made for giant people? Not sure what the deal is but, again, these headphones were a huge disappointment for me.

    This item was returned to Apple after a couple of weeks of trying to make them work.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Earpods are better.

    • Written by from orcutt

    The reason I am sending these back is because the Apple Earpods sound extremely close to these. The MA750i has same same bass, mids, but exaggerated highs which I do not like. These are prosthetically sturdier and are a little louder than the Earpods but sound quality wise earpods sound better not even including the fact that earpods cost $100 less. My experience: I'm an 11 year musician, I can tune instruments by ear and have a collection of studio headphones.

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