RHA CA200 Noise Isolating Headphones Review

Design | RHA CA200 Headphones


 The first thing you will notice about the CA200 headphones is the simplistic, modern styling. These are far from the the cumbersome curly-corded headphones of the past. Looking at this image, you can almost see how light they are. Smooth lines and a smooth finish makes these discrete, yet stylish.


The thin plastic headband has an integrated pad that is very comfortable. Not only is the pad very soft, but the low weight of these headphones helps keep the pressure on your head low, allowing for improved comfort during long listening sessions.  The headband provides a light "spring" to hold the earcups snug on your ears, but are soft enough to prevent unnecessary pressure.  The overall lightness of the entire CA200s gives them a bit of a cheap feel when you pick them up, but all of the parts are sturdy and fit together very nicely.  The low weight is an asset to the CA200s, in my opinion, despite the associated impression of light plastic products.



The padding surrounding the earcups is similar in appearance to the padding on the headband, but feels just a bit more rigid. This picture clearly shows the swivel connection between the earcups and the headband. The swivel feels very loose, which is likely by design, but it gives a feeling at first of feeling "cheap."  I was concerned about the potential longevity of the swivel mechanism, but after some rather forceful twisting and contorting, it held up fine (don't tell RHA we were so mean, our secret, okay?).  Having low-resistance in the angle adjustment between the earcup on the headband allows the headphones to better conform to the shape of your head, without creating any undue pressure on the head or ears.  It really does enable an uninhibited fit that's exceptionally comfortable.  


Also visible above are the openings for the cable connectors. I have always preferred this feature over fixed connections, especially with more expensive headphones. The left cable connector is marked with a black band, while the right is marked with a red band. A sticker on the headband above the right earcup indicates which earcup indicates this relationship, showing a red ringed connector with the label "right". "L" and "R" labels are also embossed on the earcups, for quick reference when putting them on.


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