Today we review the RHA MA390. This is a solid pair of wired earphones that have excellent reviews on HeadphoneZone. They look very stylish and premium and the brand is even offering 3 years of warranty. They are currently priced at Rs. 1,899. We have been using them for some time now. And here is our review for these –
The RHA MA390 come in a small cardboard box. The box contains a reasonable amount of accessories –
- The RHA MA390 earphones
- A carrying pouch
- 2 pairs of additional S and L ear tips
- A Shirt Clip
The carrying pouch has a mesh design and feels solidly built. For comparison, it feels much nicer than the carrying pouch provided with the Sennheiser CX 275S.
Build & Design
The headphones betray their price tag with their build. The metal build screams premium and you would be hard-pressed to guess that they cost less than Rs. 2,000. RHA is a Scottish company and the earphones proudly flaunt the Designed in Scotland badge. The RHA MA390 use durable aluminium in the construction, which is then moulded into the company’s signature aerophonic design. The company claims that this design allows for maximum isolation and minimum distortion.
The cable is 1.35 meters long which is slightly longer than average. The cable is also covered in fabric below the Y Splitter. While they are not totally tangle-free, they are much better than the normal wires. There’s a microphone onboard here but there’s only a single button on it. That means while you can receive and end calls as well as play and pause music, there are no volume controls. The earphones are universal in nature and work with both Android and iOS.
We found the RHA MA390 very comfortable to use. This is a result of multiple thoughtful design choices. This includes the small earphone housings which while solidly built, ensure that the earphones are lightweight. The included ear tips are also better than your average ear tips. They feel solidly built and provide a good seal in the ears. The extra ear tips should ensure that most people find a comfortable fit with ease. All of these factors meant that we had no complaints from the MA390 with regards to comfort.
Sound quality is one of the most important factors while deciding on an earphone. This becomes especially more important here as unlike TWS earphones, people actually expect good sound quality in wired earphones even under the Rs. 2,000 mark. So do the RHA MA390 deliver here? They actually do; provided you are not a basshead.
The best way to describe the sound coming out of these earphones is pleasant. Most of the music coming out of these is warm and smooth. This means that there are no piercing highs or harsh trebles. The bass is also very adequate and not too overpowering like the Sony XB55 earphones. While they may sound a little flat to some people, it is nothing some equalization cannot fix. (ProTip: If you are a sucker for bass, use the Poweramp music player on Android. The sound quality is more than worth the price)
Both the clarity and the details are pretty impressive for the price here. The sound stage is decently wide as is, but you can really open it up using some equalization. This really makes you appreciate the different instruments in the music. Overall, you should be able to enjoy most music genres like Bollywood, Pop, Rock, and even Jazz and Blues on these.
These earphones come with a 3 year warranty. This is almost unheard of in this price segment. There are some brands like Sennheiser that offer 2 year warranty on their earphones but most brands stick with 1 year. So 3 year is a really big deal. But the flip side is that the Authorized Service Partner for the RHA MA390 is HeadphoneZone. This means that in case you do run into some issues, you will have to ship these to HeadphoneZone in Mumbai and subsequently, they would repair it and send it back to you or issue a replacement.
The under 2K earphone segment is absolutely packed with options. There are a lot of contenders even from premium brands like Sony and Sennheiser. Around the same price, we have the Sony MDR XB55. These are an absolute bliss for bassheads with thumping bass that drowns out every other sound. But the MA390 offer a more comfortable fit, a more balanced sound, and better detail and clarity. The Sennheiser CX 275S do offer better clarity than the MA390 but their build quality is very flimsy and they lack bass. The Soundmagic E10C is perhaps the best sounding earphones in this price range. But we have seen a lot of complaints regarding their durability and hence we are a little reluctant to recommend them.
Then there are Bluetooth options like the Oneplus Bullets Wireless Z, Realme Buds 2, Xiamoi neckband earphones, as well as TWS options like the Redmi Earbuds S to consider around this price range. But we are going to go ahead and say it, if you care about sound quality, opt for a wired pair in this price range, especially if your phone still has a headphone jack. While nobody can deny the convenience of Bluetooth, the battery life on most pairs is still mediocre and there is a definite compromise on sound quality.
The RHA MA390 is a brilliant effort from the Scottish company. The build and design are very premium and punch way above their weight. The headphones are comfortable to use and the braided cable ensures fewer tangles. The sound is also very refined with adequate bass and a detailed sound stage. There’s a microphone on board to take calls and it works with both Android and iOS. On top of that, RHA offers a 3-year warranty for these. There are earphones that at better than the MA390 at certain things, but the MA390 is one fine allrounder
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