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RHA MA750 Wireless Review

British audio company RHA has announced the availability of the RHA MA750 Wireless in Singapore, joining the company’s extensive line-up this summer. With its sleek design and excellent build quality, the MA750 Wireless also features a hand-made 560.1 single dynamic driver and RHA’s signature aerophonic design. Bringing its beloved MA750 into the wireless age, RHA has introduced a yoked neckband design to contain the Bluetooth circuitry.

The RHA MA750 Wireless is a perfect gift for the audiophile on the go. Image: Kenneth Tan

VR Zone takes a look at the RHA MA750 Wireless, with a review unit graciously provided on loan.

What’s in the box

The MA750 Wireless comes in a nice thick cardboard box which contains the headset, instructions, charging wire, extra earbuds, and a carrying case. The extra ear inserts are impressively packaged in the cut-outs of an aluminium card – so well-made that I wouldn’t mind buying them separately at all! Two pairs of Comply foam tips for you to choose, in addition to three additional traditional single-flange silicone inserts, and two pairs of double-flanged silicone inserts for intermediate noise isolation. The foam tips are a nice touch – a large bulk of sound quality depends getting the right fit, and Comply foam tips don’t come cheap.

The carrying case made from a soft sponge and a draw-string enclosure. I am a strong advocate of earphone and headphone protection and would have preferred more protection. You could, of course, get a Pelican case or a generic container, but that’s on you.

The RHA MA750 Wireless

The earphones themselves made a strong first impression. RHA’s design language across their products is sleek and refined. Machined metal driver housings and trimmings give a feeling of sterility, durability and precision. It also felt comfortable, with the soft-touch material providing the earphones with a nice feel to it. The ear hooks also felt comfortable when being put on. Along with the numerous sizes of earbuds to choose from, users can definitely find their fit.

However, over-the-ear earphones with ear hooks do require some time to get used to it. The stainless-steel housing gives the MA750 a really professional and high-end vibe. It feels rather sturdy and it may be able to take quite a beating before giving in (we did not test this). After taking it out for a spin for an hour, the earphones still sit pretty comfortably in my ears. However, the stainless-steel driver housings are just slightly heavier than most earphones and I started to notice its weight after a few hours. The in-line controls and microphone were also definitely a nice addition, with a neat stainless steel casing and soft-touch rubber buttons.

RHA MA750 Wireless – User Experience

Connectivity is on par with most Bluetooth offerings on the market. With AptX, the sound quality is virtually undiscernable from wired options. The connection strength was good even when I walked across the room with my iPhone still on the table. Like any Bluetooth device, there was still an understandable lag in control response (changing volumes, songs etc).

The MA750 Wireless’s neckband was also comfortable enough to wear for a long time. Although I did not test this, I believe that the MA750 Wireless would be nice to have during a run was the soft-touch rubber neckband was extremely comfortable on the skin.

RHA MA750 Wireless – Sound Quality

The MA750 Wireless presents a unique and niche sound signature with depressed lows, clear mids, and flat highs. As an EDM listener and unabashed basshead, the RHA MA750 Wireless honestly wasn’t the best fit for my favourite pieces of music, but sound preference, as we all know, is completely subjective. I had tested the pair on various EDM pieces:

  • Psy Trance (The Tribe – Vini Vici)
  • Bass House (Propaganda – DJ Snake)
  • Big Room (Bounce Generation – Tujamo)
  • Progressive Electro (Mad World – Hardwell)
  • Progressive Trance (Heading Up high – Armin Van Buuren)
  • Future Bass (Roses – The Chainsmokers, Scared to Be Lonely – Martin Garrix).

What I realised was that for bass-heavy songs like Psy Trance, Bass House and Big Room, the MA750 Wireless might fall a bit shy since it is simply not meant to be heavy on bass. However, for Progressive and Future Bass tracks like Mad World and Roses, the clear mids that MA750 Wireless provides a solid experience and does justice to the EDM producers. I then clenched my teeth and proceeded to the other playlists…

Like other RHA options I’ve tried, the MA750 Wireless presents a perfect fit for acoustic, pop and indie music listeners. While listening to various acoustic covers from this playlist, I found both male and female vocals to be absolutely sharp and clear, with great detail in its reproduction. After listening to electronic indie artist Linying with the MA750 Wireless I noted the clear mids still made her voice sound well defined, though other details in the lower register weren’t nearly as impressive.

The sound quality and EQ on the MA750 Wireless also suits professional communicating use thanks to its clear mids offering an emphasis on vocals. I also passed these earphones around to a few friends to get their opinions. Although all of them had different tastes in music, we all wholeheartedly agreed that the MA750 Wireless appeals to those who love vocals and mid definition.

Sound Isolation

RHA is pretty adamant about making their earphones fit. With eight pairs of ear tips to choose from,  I think that message is pretty clear. Sound quality and representation rely heavily on getting the right fit and a good seal, especially with IEMs. High-amplitude, low-frequency waves are generally weaker as they leak out small holes and gaps – so make sure you get your perfect fit before locking and loading. I found the medium single flange eartip to be the best fit, but everyone’s ears are different.

That being said, passive sound isolation on the MA750 Wireless was good, but not great. I found myself having to increase the volume a bit during my commute while using the MA750. Obtaining a comfortable and sealed-fit is the key to truly enjoying the MA750, and I figure my use of the single flange ear tip might be the reason behind the noise. Of course, a double-flange or the Comply foam tips would ensure an absolute seal, working together with the solid steel chassis to block out all ambient noise. All these considered, the MA750 Wireless’s noise isolation is pretty serviceable.

Verdict

For the SRP of SGD278 (USD211.30), RHA MA750 is a reasonable grab. If you are aiming to make the switch from a good pair of wired earphones to one that is wireless, the MA750 might be the pair for you since it still preserves the niche quality while offering mobility. Alternatively, the wired brother of the MA750 Wireless (not surprisingly named the RHA MA750) would also be a viable choice if you want all the good stuff of the MA750 wireless but do not have a fat wallet. Also, do remember to test this pair of headphones to ensure it suits your preferred sound signature. Otherwise, the RHA MA650 Wireless is a surprisingly good budget option, coming in at SGD168 (USD127.70).

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