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Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst   
Thursday, 01 November 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
RHA SA950i Portable Headphones
Closer Look: RHA SA950i Headphones
RHA SA950i Detailed Features
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

RHA SA950i On-Ear Portable Headphones

Manufacturer: Reid Heath Acoustics Ltd
Product Name: RHA SA950i On-Ear Portable Headphones
Model Number: 304011
UPC: 5060212270313
Price As Tested: £49.95 (Amazon UK) / $59.95 (

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Reid Heath Accoustics Ltd.

Following on from the RHA CA-200 Noise isolating headphone review last week, Benchmark Reviews is all set to take a look at the higher priced RHA SA950i On-Ear Portable Headphones from Reid Heath Acoustics. The SA950i headphones are designed primarily for Apple iPhone/iPod/iPad users, but will also work just as well on most Android devices and other modern smartphones. Available in Apple Retail Stores from October 30th 2012 (MSRP $59.95), the RHA website claim the SA950i Headphones feature "technologies more commonly found in full-sized studio equipment, and delivers professional-grade audio in a compact supra-aural design".

We were quite impressed by the sound quality of the inexpensive RHA CA-200 Noise Isolating Headphones, and looking at the specifications and price of the SA950i headphones we could easily come to the conclusion that they will be even better still. The SA950i Headphones also feature a 1.5m braided cable with a multi function in-line remote, contour forming ear cups, adjustable chrome sliders, 40mm titanium coated mylar drivers, dynamic neodynium magnets and CCAW voice coils. RHA seem pretty confident about the SA950i Headphones, and we aim to see if they can really deliver.


RHA SA950i Features

  • 40mm titanium-coated mylar drivers
  • Single detachable fabric braided cable helps eliminates tangling and prolongs cable life
  • iPhone/iPod/iPad remote and microphone
  • Adjustable chrome sliders for secure and comfortable fit
  • Gold plated connections maximise contact efficiency
  • Neodymium magnet and CCAW voice coils
  • Lightweight at just 105g

RHA SA950i Specifications

Drivers 40mm Titanium Mylar
Frequency range 16-22,000Hz
Impedance 32ohms
Sensitivity 113dB
Rated/max power 30/100mW
Height 185 mm
Width 145 mm
Depth 65 mm
Weight 105g
Cable 1.5m Fabric braided
Connections 3.5mm Gold plated



# RE: RHA SA950i Portable Headphoneskzinti1 2013-02-06 11:37
I just had an idea.
It would be helpful if you could place headphones you're testing on a full-sized mannequins head and show a pic of it. That would give a nice perspective of the relative sizes of such products.
Why a mannequin rather than a real person? People vary in size. Mannequins are of standardized sizes and everyone has seen mannequins in stores. So, such an image should be relevant to a review.
Of course, we'd still need your excellent descriptions of the comfort level and quality of these items in fit, finish and operation.
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# RE: RE: RHA SA950i Portable HeadphonesOlin Coles 2013-02-06 11:41
That's not a bad suggestion, but outfitting all of our staff with mannequin heads could be costly. What if measurements were given, instead?
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# MrMalcolm Shakesheff 2013-06-14 03:55
I bought these & use them with Poweramp on my Sony Experia J. The result is fantastic over a wide range of different types of music from Mozart to White Stripes.Plenty of noise,even though I am bound to be a bit deaf after
60 years of ear bashing. For some one who dreamed of owning a Ferrograph reel to reel in my teenage years this is a miracle combination of wonderful sound unimaginable back then,2nd half of the 1950's.Ok they could be more comfortable but at 50 an excellent buy.

Retired in Brittany, france
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