Priced almost identically at just under Rs. 3000, the RHA S500 and SONY MDR-XB70AP directly compete against each other to vie for your attention. Each has its own set of trump cards to play the game.
The offerings come from names which have earned a legendary reputation in the recent past. The first one is the S500 from the Scottish Headphone Manufacturers RHA, known worldwide as the ' Aston Martin of Headphones', for their tremendous attention to detail and use of premium materials.The other one being, MDR-XB70AP from SONY which has stayed around us for so long with their audio and other equipment that it is easy to trust them easily.
"The RHA S500 makes for the coolest best quality headphones that can be used every day. A great budget offering from the well renowned Scottish brand.
But, If you want a pair of earphones that have tremendous bass response at this price-point then SONY MDR-XB70AP should be your pick."
COMPLETELY -ALUMINUM BUILD VS SEMI ALUMINUM AND PLASTIC BUILD?
Unlike the RHA S500 which outstands itself with their display of premium quality accessories and boxing, the SONY MDR-XB70AP seems to be taking a rather cheaper look. The packaging of the MDR-XB70AP doesn't encourage a lot of users to even try and open it. A plastic shell holds together a matte white box, which holds the earphones and other accessories together. The cover itself boasts the earphones to be "Extra Bass" in large fonts and is quite off-putting.
Build wise the MDR XB70AP seems pretty strong and sturdy.Half of the earphone is aluminium, and the rest is plastic. SONY claims to have an aluminium housing but experts question that as the two most vital components (bass duct and driver) are actually housed in plastic.
The earphones also comes along with 4 sets of eartips, but none of them are dual flange or dual density as in case of RHA S500 and therefore, you may want to consider buying it with comply to achieve a much secure fit. There is also a pouch which is made palpable with the help of a neat mechanism, but not something that is designed with very long-term durability in mind. In addition, the pouch is too small, and is better suited for storing coins than the large MDR-XB70AP.
RHA which comes in an aluminium body doesn't make the earphones heavy. It has an ultra-lightweight structure and can be the earphones you want to use when jamming for hours, pain and strain free. The fit is excellenttoo, and feels like RHA scanned your ear canals to design an earphones that just slide in.
The inclusion of various pairs of ear tips further helps you to achieve your perfect fit and good noise isolation. Although, there is no mic or in-line remote in this version and thus you will be needing to snap them off every time you want to answer the call or change tracks during your runs. You might want to consider its mic version, theRHA-S500i if the convenience of calls is your priority.
ULTRA-LIGHTWEIGHT STRUCTURE VS ANGLED EAR TIPS FOR SECURE FIT?
Comfort wise, the MDR-XB70AP are not as comfortable as the RHA S500, but you can achieve a fairly secure fit if you use the right pair of comply with it. The noise isolation is also a problem and does not isolate you completely.
The XB70AP comes along with a one-button remote and mic which is compatible with iOS and Android equally. This being the only plus point as compared to the S500.
When talked about warranty, the RHA S500 comes with a whopping 3 years warranty whereas the MDR-XB70AP comes with 1.
A BALANCE BETWEEN THE LOWS HIGHS OR OVERWHELMING BASS HEAVY SOUND?What can you tell about the sound quality of an earphone whose packaging itself says EXTRA BASS? Sony is determined to do just that. The bass quantity is pretty good for a pair of earbuds. Infact, there's simply a lot of it. The XB70AP demonstrates its impressive ability to produce sub-bass. Although, the long decay times can actually be felt, and the effect is quite enveloping.
Trebles are okay. They offer a bit of sparkle, but this observation is biased in the sense that most anything will sparkle in light of XB70AP's bass. The clarity at the higher-end is good, and really helps to open up the otherwise narrow soundstage. However, the headphone's weakness comes to light with the mids.
Well the RHA S500 is the brand which has displayed its vast range of accesories and premium offerings in a budget, whereas the SONY-MDR-XB70AP could have done a lot better than just making the earphones bass heavy.
We are inclined towards S500 in this comparison, but if you are someone who loves bass and are ready to give it up over everything else and maybe also wants an inline remote and mic to be used with then you may go with the MDR-XB70AP should be your choice.
What might also impress you is the 3 year warranty of the RHA.
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