|RHA CA-200 Black Noise Isolating Headphones|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Audio|
|Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst|
|Friday, 19 October 2012|
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Testing & Results
The RHA CA-200 Black Headphones were tested in a range of scenarios such as listening to music and watching movies (PC and mobile) and while gaming. Since there are no benchmarks that can produce comparative results I will give my impressions on the performance and function of the CA-200's including important factors relating to comfort and ease of use. Please remember that these are my personal impressions and may not reflect the way you would feel, after all we are all different and what's good for me may not be so for you.
Intel Z68 Test System
For just under $30 I wasn't expecting much, and after initially handling the CA-200's I honestly felt I was going to be let down, the plastic construction and lightweight design gave an immediate impression that they were just another cheapo set of headphones. To my surprise I was immediately impressed by the level of comfort and quality of audio delivery that is expected from a pair of headphones at twice their price. The detachable cable is an added bonus that you don't tend to see at this price point and instantly boosts their value.
Real world Usage: The RHA CA-200 headphones deliver high quality audio across the whole range and deliver very powerful bass that does not overwhelm the audio experience. With a little tweaking of the EQ settings of my Realtek audio software I was able to get very impressive results from the CA-200's. The level of bass produced by the 40mm drivers without distorting or over powering the rest of the audio experience was able to be not only heard, but also felt. I like my music loud but what I really want is to feel the bass, I have no preferred genre of music but I always prefer a heavy bass line where possible along with intellectual or clever word play.
I generally don't listen to music through headphones on my Blackberry (iPod belongs to my son) as I much prefer a fuller sound that can only be reproduced via a multi speaker setup with a subwoofer - like in my car, or the 7.1 setup at my PC. While I can appreciate what current generation mobile devices are capable of, not all headphones are able to reproduce sound equally. The RHA CA-200's took it in their stride and then some, I was able to listen to most tracks at full volume but I wouldn't want to do so for a long period, 85% volume was more than sufficient for the iPod and full volume on the Blackberry was perfect (before AUDIOBOOST kicks in). The CA-200's are over-ear but the ear cups aren't massive so they sit somewhere between over-ear and on-ear and share the benefits of both, blocking outside noise and reducing sound leakage without completely covering your ears and blocking everything out.
Comfort: The RHA CA-200's are very very light because of their plastic construction and it was quite easy to forget that I was wearing them. The padded headband and ear pads make the headset a pleasure to wear. If there was an option for fabric covered ear pads they would be my preference, but the faux leather coating does reduce heat build up better than fabric.