RHA MA450i Noise Isolating Earphones with Remote and Microphone

Final Thoughts | RHA MA450i Earphones


As I disclosed fairly early in this review, these are all-around great earphones for the price (~$50). I consider the sound, comfort, and style to be above average for this price range. I really couldn't identify any explicit faults in the design or performance of the RHA MA450i earphones that are befitting of its intended market and compared to some of its popular close competitors. I would go so far as to say that these earphones are "market leading" in their price range for sound and comfort, and while style is obviously in the eye of the beholder, I personally enjoy the clean, simplistic (yet functional) looks.

 

Also important is durability.  And while we haven't had these long enough to know for sure just how well they'll fare, they give pretty good indication they'll hold up just fine and our MA 350s have been champions through our gauntlet of day-to-day use and abuse for several months now.  The anchors in the earbudsd are rock solid, and the braided cable has critical reinforcement in the Y-split junction while doing a good job at preventing creases and bearing tension when you drop your phone and catch it by the end of the MA450i cable.  The all-aluminum housing, which you pretty much only find on $100+ earphones, is rock solid and the parts mesh perfectly.  If you get a lemon, don't fret either, because RHA also throws in a market-leading 3 year warranty, which is unprecedented for damage-prone products like earphones.


These earphones are nearly identical to the RHA MA350, with the addition of the remote and microphone. The specifications for the drivers are the same, and if you read the review for the MA350, you know that these are a good product. So, if you're looking for good earphones at a great price, go with the MA350, if you want / need the added functionality of the remote and microphone, then go with the MA450i. That's really all there is to it.

The Good

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The Bad

  • "Market Leading" sound for the price
  • Comfortable, snug fitting design
  • Clean, simplistic, functional aesthetics
  • Low risk investment, at $50
  • Great overall construction
  • Fantastic 3 year warranty
  • Some upper midrange bias that is unfavorable at very high (max) volumes (easily mitigated with EQ, if you prefer)

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