March 08, 2017

Scottish based RHA and Beyerdynamic have been at the top of their game ever since forever. Both the brands come with their own set of trump cards.

And today, we are excited to have the RHA S500 and Beyerdynamic Byron. Extremely popular among budget seeking audio enthusiasts, both pack a bag of titles for being the best. 

Is this going to be an easy pick? You will know for yourself. Read ahead to find a detailed description of these two in-ears.
CUTTING THE LONG STORY SHORT

"The RHA S500 is a great budget offering from the premium Scottish brand. Not only do these look sharp but also sound serrated. Experience well tuned sound in a budget.

The Beyerdynamic Byron is an excellent budget offering from the German audio giant. It is all out to set new standards. "

-Raghav Somani

RHA S500


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SCOTTISH IN-EAR'S WITH MICRO DYNAMIC DRIVERS 

Beyerdynamic- Byron


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PRECISE AND SUBTLE SOUNDING IN-EARS 

 


DESIGN: RHA S500 VS Beyerdynamic Byron

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Hands down, the RHA S500 are the most elegant, classy and sophisticated looking pair of earphones in this price bracket. The design is not a classic RHA aerophonic one, but it still has a clean and neat presentation which looks just as good. There’s only one finish, which is in brushed aluminium. Yes, it is elegantly styled with a brushed finish. This all-metal construction feels really sturdy, even more so than any other earphones in this price.

The cable is a quality one with part of it in clothed fabric and the remaining in high-quality TPE polymer. This also aids in keeping cable noise down while having a long lasting unit at the same time. In all honesty, this is the finest cable in this price segment.

The overall presentation and the packaging is striking, and this hardly feels like a 3000 rupee product.
SIMPLE BLACK UNFRILLY DESIGN VS METALLIC STURDY BUILD
Beyerdynamic has a lauded history in the world of headphones. The brand continues to deliver excellence in a budget through the new Byron. The Byron has a clean, no fancy design. The modular yet sleek design is plain black and silver. We could say, Beyerdynamic has played safe with this not-so-flashy pair.

The metallic finish is of high quality, which further makes these in-ears look beautifully striking. 

The cable employed is slim and sturdy. Although not braided, it does not tangle or twist. The cable houses a three-button remote and microphone. The mic and remote too is petite and well-built.  

Cable noise is an issue sometimes, not the worst of the cases.
COMFORT: RHA S500 VS Beyerdynamic Byron

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The fit is excellent, it’s like RHA scanned your ear canals to design an earphone that just slide in. The lightweight construction further helps is making them the earphone to jam in for hours, pain and strain free.

The noise isolation is among the best in this price. There is no contender who matches the wide array of accessories offered with the RHA S500. With eight pairs of silicone ear tips presented in a stainless steel plate and a neat carrying pouch, there’s everything you would ask for.

RHA'S PLETHORA OF ACCESORIES VS BEYERDYNAMIC'S 3-BUTTON MIC AND REMOTE
Beyerdynamic has ensured that the Byron delivers the best in-ear comfort. The sleek design enables the earplugs to go smoothly inside your ear canal. We love the isolation that these earphones provide, great at this price point. The package comes included with three silicon ear tips, thereby it lets you achieve a nice and tight seal. It goes without saying, these in-ears are comfortable to wear even during long hours. 

The earphones also come with a shirt clip and a very high-quality semi-hard carrying case.

SOUND: RHA S500 VS Beyerdynamic Byron

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The S500's sound signature can be described as very fun and bright sounding.

The bass is robust and forward, being punchy but not distorting even at very high volumes. Despite the bass being powerful, it doesn't overwhelm the other frequencies. Mostly because the highs are another shining aspect of the S500. The S500 sculpts the higher frequencies quite a bit, so there's a decent sense of balance between the lows and highs.

However, the mids aren't as refined and detailed as we would like. And the overall it is not as accurate as the latter. The sound signature is a bit warm and slightly tilted towards electronic music, but it is still well suited for rock and melodic tracks.

Having said that, these are probably the best in their class for casual listeners who listen to music on the go.
LIVELY PERFORMANCE FROM RHA VS EXCELLENT BEYERDYNAMIC PRECISION 
It is evident, the Byron employ's Beyerdynamic's expertise in the world of audio. The sound signature is well in control, something that you will not experience with most earphones in this range.

The bass is heavy, yet not over-powering. This means that it brings to the plate, punchy and boomy bass that does not sound muffled. The mids are highlighted and there is great presence with rich detail. The highs have plenty of room to soar. The edges are not sharp, nor bright, but perfect. 

To put in short, these in-ears deliver audio with smoothness and making long hours of music listening very pleasurable. The soundstage is decent, and the presentation is open and lively. The Byron's are simply very well accomplished and revealing. 

Summary


RHA - S500

  • Entertaining and Lively Audio 
  • Two Part Tangle-free Cable for reduced cable noise
  • Best Accessories Offering
  • Fun, Bass Forward Sound
  • Sculpted & Bright Highs
  • Three Year Warranty
Beyerdynamic - Byron 

  • Authoritative Audio with Superb Detail
  • Universally Compatible Three-button Remote & Mic
  • 3-pairs of Ear tips and Carry Case
  • Revealing and Accomplished Audio
  • Good Soundstage
  • Two Year Warranty

OUR VERDICT

To put in simple terms, the S500 has a comparatively fun and bass forward (but not overwhelming) sound signature that is excellent for casual listening.

If you are particular about your audio delivery, the Beyerdynamic Byron is bound to appease your ears. 


Which earphones do you prefer? Do let us know in the comments below!

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