Good sound is subjective, sure, however there are issues that we will all agree on that make a headphone sound good: Bass must be tight and impactful, highs detailed however not harsh, and mids which can be easy like honey.
Most headphone producers shoot for these specs, however what if you’d like a bit extra bass or wish to improve the vitality of the highs? For many headphones, your solely choice is to mess with equalization. However RHA has a unique thought.
The RHA T20i is a superb sounding pair of in-ear headphones with a neat get together trick: customizable filters. These filters thread into the headphone housings and allow you to select from Bass, Treble, and Reference. Every filter makes an audible affect and are simple to swap out on the go.
As a bundle, the construct high quality, sound, and customizable filters make the RHA T20i a must have for audiophiles on the go. In actual fact, they sound so good, they made us wish to quit our wi-fi headphones.
The RHA T20i function a black anodized aluminum end paired with an all black cable and headphone termination. The RHA T20 (which doesn’t have a mic) is available in a pleasant silver if that’s extra your model.
The earphone drivers feel and look bulletproof and have ear hooks with reminiscence wire. This makes the T20i extraordinarily comfy as you may mould them to suit round your ears and keep there. The over-ear design typically helps lower down cable noise – however you’ll discover the noise when you’re strolling or understanding. (To their credit score, RHA features a shirt clip to fight cable noise, but it surely’s a trouble.)
The headphones function an in-line mic and distant that works with iOS units. Android customers are out of luck because the T20 doesn’t have a distant. Nevertheless, when you do have an iPhone, you may management quantity, playback, and make calls, which got here by means of loud and clear with our family and friends.
Each the Y-splitter and three.5mm headphone termination are made out of anodized aluminum as properly, which suggests the headphones can take some severe abuse. To show they’ve considered all the pieces, the three.5mm headphone jack additionally contains a spring to take the power off the cable to forestall fraying. Whereas it will have been good to see a replaceable cable, the cable the T20i comes with is so beefy that we doubt listeners must exchange them in need of a catastrophic accident.
Included within the field are a ton of ear suggestions that can assist you discover the right match. They’re saved in a pleasant metallic body and the headphones additionally include a pleasant leather-based case that can assist you carry across the filters, shirt clip and eartips. We cherished the double flange suggestions however by accident ripped them taking them on and off repeatedly to modify filters, so watch out.
Listening with the Reference filter, the RHA T20i sound actually phenomenal. Bass hits arduous and is at all times managed. Highs are sparkly with wonderful decision, however by no means harsh. Mids sound liquid and balanced. The Reference filter is by far our favourite of the three included filters for its stability and flexibility between genres.
Switching over to the Bass filter, we anticipated the headphone to extend bass emphasis but it surely didn’t. As a substitute, the bass filter dulled the highs and introduced out extra of the mid-bass frequencies. Bass-heads will probably be dissatisfied that the headphones don’t make skull-rattling bass, however this can be a headphone for severe listening.
The Excessive filter introduced extra vitality to the highs however didn’t take away from the mids or bass, which is good. We discovered the Excessive filter barely too harsh for the highs however it might assist with tracks that would use a bit extra treble vitality.
After spending a number of weeks with the RHA T20i, we discovered ourselves going again to the Reference filter and ditching our wi-fi headphones to benefit from the improved sound throughout our commute. Certain, wi-fi headphones are way more handy, however the RHA’s sound high quality is well worth the trouble of going wired.
The RHA T20i impresses with wonderful sound, construct high quality, design and equipment. For $200 (£150, about AU$274) the RHA T20i are a superb worth and also you’ll must spend fairly a bit extra to do higher when it comes to sound.
When it comes to rivals, the 1MORE Quad Drivers are about the identical worth and darker sounding. The Quad Drivers are construct extraordinarily properly, include a number of equipment, however their rolled off highs push us towards the T20i. For half the cash, the 1MORE Triple Drivers are a superb worth but in addition exhibit a darker presentation than RHA’s line of in-ear headphones.
The NuForce HEM6 are additionally a good selection for many who desire a hotter tonal stability. Nevertheless, when you issue of their excessive worth, the T20i is a greater worth, particularly contemplating you get these customizable filters.