March 27, 2017 1 Comment

RHA, the well-renowned Scottish brand has won accolades for bringing the best and has won the title of being a very premium brand. Similarly, German Sennheiser too has garnered great popularity for repeatedly bringing the best audio with every pair of headphones.

And, we are more than happy to have the RHA S500 and the Sennheiser CX 3.00 from these reputed brands. Both these in-ears come with a bag of features and will appeal to an enthusiast with a varied taste in audio. 
Is this going to be an easy pick? Let's see. Read on to make the best choice.
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 Sennheiser CX 3.00 are very popular earphones. Bass heavy, these in-ears deliver entertaining sound, however, on cost of detail and clarity."

-Raghav Somani

RHA S500


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SCOTTISH IN-EAR'S WITH MICRO DYNAMIC DRIVERS 

Sennheiser CX 3.00


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COMFORTABLE BASS HEAVY OFFERING FROM SENNHEISER

 


DESIGN: RHA S500 VS Sennheiser CX 3.00
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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 aluminum. Yes, it is elegantly styled with a brushed finish. This all metal construction feels really sturdy, even more so than the any other earphone 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 ERGONOMIC BLACK DESIGN VS PLASTIC SMART LOOKING BUILD
Sennheiser is a solid performer and has a huge fan following for their huge consumer product offering. Catering to this very audience, the brand launched the budget-friendly CX 3.00. An upgrade to the Sennheiser CX 300-II, these in-ears have been designed purely for listening pleasure.  

The earphones come in a very attractive design. Extremely pretty, the earbuds are embellished with silver accents, while, the Sennheiser logo has been debossed into the matte finished metal. 

The Sennheiser CX 3.00 exudes a premium aura and it is evident that the brand has put in great effort into designing these. When it comes to the build, we were not very satisfied. Unlike the RHA S500, the CX 3.00 does not come awash with premium build materials. However, considering the price, it is acceptable. 

The cable employed is decent, nothing to write home about. The cord is slightly flattened, and it does reduce tangling and twisting to some extent. Cable noise is not a prominent nuisance with these in-ears. A nice touch, the sliding rubber woggle lets you tighten the cable just under your chin.
COMFORT: RHA S500 VS Sennheiser CX-3.00

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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 eartips presented in a stainless steel plate and a neat carrying pouch, there’s everything you would ask for.

RHA'S PLETHORA OF ACCESORIES VS SENNHEISER'S ELLIPTICAL CABLE DESIGN
Sennheiser has ensured that the CX 3.00 fits in with perfect ease. The ear tips are built in an angled design, this is something that brings about a difference in the in-ear fit. Unlike other straight in-ear earpieces, the angled earbuds goes deep inside your ear canal, not only aiding in comfort, but sound quality as well.

As these in-ears fit deep inside and are extremely lightweight, you will be happy to find that these can be worn for long hours. The best aspect about these in-ears is the noise isolation that is attained. The tight seal effectively cuts out ambient noise for, making these a joy to wear. The package comes included with 4 pairs of ear tips.  

The RHA S500 as well as the Sennheiser CX 3.00, both do not come with a remote or microphone. Thus, you will have to pull out your device every time you have to switch between your music or control the volume.

SOUND: RHA S500 VS Sennheiser CX-3.00

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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 prominent 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 SENNHEISER'S BLARRING BASS
The Sennheiser CX 3.00 in-ears come with an upped bass. And what we mean by this is that the bass is very serious. The lower-end response is pronounced, and it resonates around your head like very few in-ears are capable.

On the other side, this bass overpowers other frequencies, making them sound insignificant. The highs and midrange is buried by the lows. The extreme level of thump, muddies these to sound more prominent. Most people, especially Indian's do love a little extra pump, however, we d think that Sennheiser has gone tad bit too far with these. There is just enough to let you experience your music with added excitement. 

Most importantly, where the Sennheiser CX 3.00  terribly fails is delivering detail. All the subtle overtones are lost. If you love to experience those tiny serrated bits, these in-ears will do nothing but disappoint. 

All being said, the CX 3.00 gives you enough to enjoy a casual music listening. Also, although heavily biased towards bass, these in-ears don't sound muffled even at high volumes. 


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
Sennheiser CX-3.00 

  • Heavy Bass, Minus the Detail
  • Elliptical Cable
  • 4-pairs of Eartips and Carry Case
  • Lacks Detail
  • Decent 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 crazy about bass and do not pay too much of heed to clarity, then the Sennheiser CX 3.00 is a great pick. If not a bass head, you should back off. 


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Lakshay
Lakshay

June 13, 2017

Rha S500 is the best

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