March 27, 2017

RHA, the premium Scottish brand has never ceased to amaze us with it a consistent presentation of stunning in-ears. Well-known for offering a 3-year warranty, the brands in-ears are engineered to last. Coming to MEE-Audio, the USA based brand has grown in length. From merely testing waters, the brand has gone on to build a strong reputation among budget restrained audio enthusiast. 

Today, we have two offerings that come from these two brands. The S500 from RHA and the M6 Pro from MEE Audio. The in-ears come with their own share of flaws and strengths. 

Here is a detailed comparison between the two in-ears. 


CUTTING THE LONG STORY SHORT

"An entry level earphone from the premium Scotish brand, the plethora of accesories make the RHA S500i, a great value for money. 

The MEE Audio M6 Pro have an impressive design. With great tonal accuracy, they also offer a super low frequency responce. "

-Raghav Somani

RHA S500i


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RHA SOUND SIGNATURE WITH A STURDY METAL BUILD
MEE Audio M6 Pro


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TRANSCULENT EAR PIECES WITH DETACHABLE CABLES

 


DESIGN: RHA S500 vs MEE Audio M6 Pro

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It goes without saying, the RHA S500i are the most well built and sophisticated looking in-ears that we have come across in this price bracket. Although devoid of RHA's aerophonic design, these classy in-ears have a neat and clean looking body. Like most RHA earphones, the S500i is elegantly styled in brushed metallic aluminum design. The all aluminum enclosure feels sturdy and is constructed to last!

Unlike most earphones in this price range, the S500i comes with an unconventional cable that is seen in an expensive earphone. Taking a unique approach, RHA has wrapped a part of the cord in quality clothed fabric, while a high-quality TPE polymer material runs from the other half, up to the enclosure. In all honesty, this is the finest cable in this price segment.

The overall presentation of the earphone by RHA is striking and we are very impressed. The brand like always aims perfection with these in-ears. 

When it comes to warranty, the RHA S500i comes with a 3-year warranty, testimony to the trust RHA as in its products.
S500I'S HIGH-QUALITY AND SOPHISTICATED RHA DESIGN OR M6 PRO'S DETACHABLE CABLES?

MEE Audio is very proud of the M6 Pro, and has positioned as the 'musicians in-ear monitor'. Do these in-ears stay true to this tag? let's find out. 

The brand has gone all-out to ensure that these IEM's look unique and difference from out counterparts. The ear-buds feature a well-built translucent housing. The clear casing is sure to draw eyeballs and make inquisitive creature take a peek. To dive in deeper, the transparent sturdy plastic material holds your circuit in, this means that you can see your drivers meticulously at work. MEE Audio has gone so far as to let you take a peek into the circuit of the microphone and remote. How cool is that?

Perhaps the best feature of the M6 Pro are the detachable cables. The package come include with two cable. One being the standard cable with a mic and remote, while the other being a standard cable without controls. The absolute advantage of this function is that you can replace the damaged part, without having to throw your earphones away.

Most importantly, the M6 Pro is sweat resistant, baring moisture from causing your earphones from getting damaged. If does not blow your mind, we are not sure what will.

When it comes MEE Audio's warranty, the brand offers a basic One-year warranty.


USABILITY: RHA S500 vs MEE Audio M6 Pro

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The RHA S500i comes in a heavy duty metal construction and we did expect these to be heavy on the ear canal. However, you will be surprised that the aluminium body has no influence on the weight of these earphones. It has an ultra-lightweight structure and can you can jam with for hours, without feeling strain or fatigue. The fit is excellent and it truly as if RHA has scanned your ear canals to design an earphone that just slides in.

Perhaps the best part of the RHA S500i is that it comes packed with various pairs of ear tips further aids in achieving a perfect fit and good noise isolation. The in-line three-button mic and remote lets you answer calls and control your music volume. You might want to consider its non-mic version, the RHA-S500 if you do not need a mic and remote.

ULTRA-LIGHTWEIGHT STRUCTURE VS AN OVER THE EAR DESIGN ? 

The MEE Audio M6 Pro comes with a size and shape that is very different. Although true with most earphones, the M6 Pro's audio output is particularly largely dependent on right fit. And it will not be wrong to say that getting a perfect fit with the M6 Pro is quite a task. 

The monitors have to be worn in an over-the-ear fashion, and this is a process. However, after you have worn these, they stay put. They bend over your ears for a more secure fit. Moreover, they do endure accidental tugs of the wire. 

MEE Audio has ensured has that yu further enjoy a better fit, and the package comes included with 7 pairs of extra ear tips.

The mic and remote lets you answer calls and control other functions. Since the M6 Pro is an on-stage monitor, it also packs with it an extra 6.6mm adaptor letting you connect to other music output devices. 

The IEM's offer great noise isolation and there effectively attenuates external sound. 


SOUND: RHA S500 vs MEE Audio M6 Pro

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The S500i's sound signature can be described as very fun and bright sounding.

The bass is robust and forward, being prominent at even 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 S500i. The S500i 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 overall, it is not as accurate as the latter. The sound signature is a bit warm and slightly tilted towards pop, but is still well suited to rock and melodic tracks.

Having said that, these are probably the best in their class for casual listeners and music enthusiasts.
BEST IN CASUAL LISTENING VS FLAT AUDIO RESPONSE?

Siince the MEE Audio M6 Pro is a studio monitor, it is expected to have a more balanced audio. These in-ears have an edgy sound. It presents your audio with quirk and is fast moving. If you like your music with big bass and can not lie about the same, then the earphones will not really disappoint you.

The bass is tight and solid, and the earphones do not shy away from throwing little sheen in here and there. The mids and highs are well combined and do present a balanced audio experience for people who have a leaner taste.

We did find that the M6 Pro does fall sometimes, making pounding tonnes shrill at high volumes. The vocals are clear and crisp and shines through prominently. 

Nonetheless, the audio quality you achieve at this price-point is superb, and is great at entertaining. 


Summary


RHA S500i

  • Sturdy Metal Build 
  • Sculpted & Bright Highs
  • Inline Mic + Remote
  • Plethora of Accessories 
  • 3 Years Warranty
MEE Audio M6 Pro

  • Minimalist Design with 115 cm Flat Cord
  • Flat-Sound with Accentuated Lows
  • Inline Remote & Mic
  • 7 Pairs of Ear-tips
  • 1 Year Warranty

Conclusion


RHA S500 is known for its design and the vast range of accessories that it comes along with, makes these a true winner. The 3-year warranty is the cherry on the cake.

The MEE Audio M6 Pro are good entry-level studio monitoring in-ears. And with its impressive design and good audio delivery, you should consider getting your hand on these. 

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