Rha S500i Review High Fidelity Audio and the Rha Brand

The RHA S500i is an EMI worthy if you are in the market for something that is significantly outside the entry-level segment. Most potential audiophiles would do well to consider it their first proper upgrade.


RHA S500I DETAILED TESTS

Some time ago I had the pleasure of reviewing the high-end and absolutely brilliant RHA T10i. the headset showed what RHA has to offer in terms of construction, customization and pure audio performance.

The RHA S500i, on the other hand, costs less than a third of that price. To this relative coverage, could it give you some of the high-end RHA hearing goodness that the T10i brought? Let’s find out.


The S500i uses square edges as a design philosophy, unlike the T10i, whose body has soft shaped curves. The S500i has an aluminum alloy construction for its chassis that integrates the absolutely tiny 140,1 microdynamic drivers (6 mm). The headphones are some of the lightest I’ve ever tried and fit comfortably in your ears. You can easily find a good seal with the six pairs of dual density silicone/double flange tips that come with them.

The cable is covered with fabric from the 3.5mm jack to the Y-groove and from there it is transferred to a standard rubberized surface. The rubber-covered upper tip seems a bit fragile and is perhaps the only feature that is inferior to the overall quality of the helmet. The matter itself is lightweight but sturdy. In terms of features, you get a three-button inline remote control and a microphone specifically designed for iPhones. This is the reason for the “i” part of his name. On Android phones, only the Pause button (not increase/decrease the volume) works.

How do they sound? Pretty nice actually. The sound signature is quite bright and vibrant without removing the mids too much. The details are pleasant and the bass is punchy. It’s like a nice smooth, flat U on the frequency spectrum. It is a pleasure to listen to this metal or guitar music. Everything that is heavy and NEAT Looks good. I would say that the detail of the S500i is a shade above the M6 Pro that I recently tested, but the bass of the M6 Pro is more tense.

And the negatives? There are not many of them, to be honest. The bright sound signature may seem difficult for those who are used to heat uping up headphones, but this is only a matter of preference. The S500i is by no means whistling. Another small problem is that, although the construction and build quality are superlative, it would have been nice if the helmet had come with a hard shell. Having one would have helped to reduce wear and tear during storage and extend the service life. To be fair, RHA seems to have great confidence in the quality of its offerings, because even the S500i comes standard with a three-year Warranty.

Finally, the RHA S500i is an EMI worthy if you are in the market for something that is clearly outside the entry-level segment. Most potential audiophiles would do well to consider it their first proper upgrade.