|RHA SA950i Portable Headphones|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Audio|
|Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst|
|Thursday, 01 November 2012|
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Testing & Results
The RHA SA950i On-Ear Portable Headphones were tested in a range of scenarios such as listening to music and watching movies (PC and mobile). Since there are no benchmarks that can produce comparative results I will give my impressions on the performance and function of the SA950i Headphones 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.
I recently tested the CA-200 Noise Isolating Over-Ear Headphones from RHA and they set a very good precedence. While comparing the on-ear SA950i Portable Headphones to the over-ear CA-200 Noise isolating Headphones might be like comparing apples to pears, there are enough similarities between the two sets of headphones from RHA to reach the conclusion I have. The SA950i Headphones didn't work with my Blackberry via the supplied cable, instead a standard 3.5mm stereo cable was needed to bypass that minor issue.
The SA950i On-Ear Portable Headphones are good, but I was expecting more. The 40mm titanium coated mylar drivers produce deep low frequency bass without over powering the mid and high range frequencies. There is definite clarity, fidelity and definition but they lack the perception of depth, the sound is perceived in your head rather than around it. My other problem with them is that they are not really loud enough until you amplify them.
Bass boost on an iPhone/iPod resulted in all other frequencies being lowered rather than bass being boosted, which means that while I had the required EQ to suit the music I was listening to, my need for a louder listening experience wasn't satiated. I had a similar experience with the Samsung Galaxy S II but there were other factors out of my control with these devices; The iPhone's, the iPod Touch and the Galaxy S II are not mine and therefore I couldn't listen to the same music files across all devices. When listening on my Blackberry (which has AUDIOBOOST) via a standard 3.5mm stereo cable I found that the experience was only slightly louder. When listening on my PC (amplified via external surround system) the RHA SA950i On-Ear Portable Headphones really showed what they are capable of.