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December 19, 2012

joe's Favorite Thing: RHA MA-350 Earphones


A few weeks ago I received an email inviting me to try out some new earphones.

Sure, sez I, and I told the maker about my no bad reviews policy, to wit.: If I liked the phones I might well write about them here but if I didn't I'd toss them out and never utter a public word.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: there are too many good things out there to waste even a pixel on garbage or denigrating same.

Show us the money, is what I'm all about.

But I digress.

Long story short: the Glasgow-based company's entry level earphones — RHA MA-350 — are so good I'd pay twice their $39.95 price for a pair.

Here's what makes them special:

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1. They're extremely light and comfortable. If earphones aren't comfortable it doesn't matter how good they sound, they'll end up in a drawer.


2. The sound is spectacular. It's so good I don't even play them at max volume because I don't need the intensity to drown out my running exhaustion: lower than top level produces great, absorbing sound that is so clear and crisp, I can hear individual instruments even in "Kashmir" when I'm breathing hard and fast. That's saying something.


3. The fit is super-tight and snug without hurting. So perfect is the seal between the earpieces and my ear canals it's like an airtight plug that blocks out outside noises very effectively. And they go in easily, the right way, the first time every time. Even better: they never, ever come out on their own.

4. The wires are wrapped in fabric and so are much less prone to getting tangled and knotted up than Apple's EarPods and others of the plastic ilk. In addition, they've invented a nice slider that keeps the two wires together under your chin (should you prefer that approach) that you can actually control without looking at it and with gloves on, something you mos def cannot do with Apple's.

5. They're very cool looking.

Flaws? None.

Deficiencies: One, shared with almost every earphone on the market, namely that it's really hard to tell which one's for the R ear and which goes in the L.

The slender capital letters labeling each earphone are in raised black rubber on a black rubber base.

Solution: Print RHA on the R earphone in red instead of white. Even Apple finally twigged (sort of) recently. As a stopgap I ran a red Sharpie over the white RHA and am good to go. When the red wears off from sweat and whatnot, I'll just do it again.

In all, a great product.

Highly and unequivocally recommended.


A snip at $39.95.

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I know what you mean about drawers. I have a $100+ pair of Beat earphones sitting in a box after wearing them 4 or 5 times...

Posted by: clifyt | Dec 19, 2012 8:35:45 PM

So these stay in when you're running? I have yet to find a pair of in-ears that stay put. I have been using Sennheisers that lock into the ear for the last few years, but they no longer make them... I just destroyed the last pair, so I have to break out the soldering iron or buy something new. Thanks for the tip!

Posted by: Greg | Dec 19, 2012 4:53:34 PM

Love to see G.C. in the glossies . . . did you know,
POSH orginated from Port Out Starboard Home - based on based on the position of the more expensive cabins on a passenger ships from England to India?

You knew.

Posted by: Kay | Dec 19, 2012 4:31:33 PM

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