The RHA T10i
The RHA T10i is the most expensive earbuds produced by the Scottish firm RHA. It’s marketed on the value basis – it costs $150, but the good news for the company is that the earbuds market, even those without the wireless systems, actually has a large market in spite of the expensive price of $200 to $500 (note Bose, Shure, and Sennheiser, among others).
Of course, those used to buying earbuds that cost about $30 to $50 would be so overwhelmed with the price, but earbuds at the higher end of the market have a remarkably better sonic quality than the cheaper ones sold. Sadly, the RHA T10i is not one of these high-end buds.
The good points
- The treble filters highlight the percussion and string instruments, making your listening experience a bit more realistic. It significantly improves the quality of the sound you hear.
- Intense bass production. The added bass set is not really necessary because the bass of the T10i is already huge enough as it is. It’s good for the EDM and electronic-type of people, especially since they use this extensively. But it’s not remarkable for the others.
- Strong performance, low frequencies. This makes the earbuds more fit for those who enjoy hip-hop music. It’s not too good for jazz lovers.
- Good instrument separation.
- The passive filters are a notable inclusion; the RHA T10i has 3 distinct sets. This is very good because most IEM manufacturers would still make you purchase the extra sets at an expensive price.
- More add-ons – the $150 also comes with 4 sets of singe flange tips (2 of which are medium sized), 2 sets of double flange tips, and 2 sets of foam eartips. The double flange tips (in my opinion) are the best seal.
- The earbuds are color-coded – the right one is red, and the left one is blue. There’s no more need to read the small L and R printed in most earbuds.
- Loop-over system design is excellent, albeit a bit heavy. The cord is also barely noticeable once in place, and it’s covered in slightly textured plastic that is of good quality.
- Sound isolation is remarkable; it effectively blocks outside noise and lets you focus on the music.
- Basic controls work for my devices, except the track skip. The RHA also marketed this earbuds with a control-less version, which costs $10 less.
The not-so-good points
- The design is heavy. It’s definitely not usable for your morning jog.
- So-so sonic quality.
- The reference filters don’t have any use, except if you can’t listen to the extra treble. But this could just be because your music’s volume is too high up. The RHA T10i is not a reference-style IEM. Even the cheaper Nocs NS500s produce a better sound quality that is both clear and
- Treble is often drowned out by the bass despite the treble filters. And the bass is too loud sometimes. And the bass interferes in almost every aspect, which significantly drags the performance of the T10i.
- The mids are also not that great; it’s like listening to the vocals behind a thick wall.
The RHA T10i is an okay earbuds, but it’s something that you have to consider since it’s more match for lovers of some music genres such as hip-hop. It can only be described as decent at best. The price of $150 does not really provide the best quality, even if RHA would use the sonic to justify the price. The RHA T10i performs well for low frequencies, but not for the rest. It needs a lot of improvements to keep up with the competitors, especially the quality of the tuning and filters. At least lower the price for the quality provided.
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