February 02, 2017

In today's head-to-head comparison we look at two of the most popualar earphones for at the Rs. 5000 price point, theHiFiMAN RE400 from China and theRHA MA600i from Scotland.They are both amongst the most popular andcritically acclaimed earphones in their class. We thought we'd do a detailed buying guide to help you choose.
Both of these in-ear earphones havebeen applauded for their amazing sound delivery.Moreover, both come with an extensive range of accessories that is sure to make a great first impression. Hard to choose between the two? We'll try help you out with our comparison below.


CUTTING THE LONG STORY SHORT

"HiFiMAN RE400s are simply the most accurate sounding earphones available in this price range.

But, If you are looking for an earphone with great design, versatile sound and incredible durability, the RHA MA600i should be your pick."

-Raghav Somani

HiFiMAN RE400


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Acoustically clean sound with minimalistic design

RHA MA600i


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Crisp and punchy sound in a durable and stylish body

 


DESIGN: HiFiMAN RE400 vs RHA MA600i

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When it comes to design, In-ear headphone don't have much room for manoeuvre. Unlike their On-ear or Over-ear cousins, In-ear headphones must be designed to disappear. That'sprecisely the idea behind the HiFiMAN RE400. They come in a small and light design, along with a minimalistic and simple matte silver finish body. The 1.2m cable is a simple rubber connector with an in-line remote and mic, thatis made from plastic.The unique banana shaped 3.5mm connectoris designedspecifically to make the earphones less prone to tangling.

The earphones come with a total of eight ear-tips, includingmultiple pairs of different-sizes. There are no memory foam tips in the box. Although, amemory foam upgrade will help in isolating external sound. The packaging also has a set of 10 extra filter sticker to protect the inner components of the earphones, although most would never need to use them since they already come with a pair well fitted in place. It also has a carry case to help you port them with ease.

The HiFiMAN RE400 comes with a an impedance of 32 ohms, but iseasily driven by most mobile phones, laptops or High-Resolution Audio players.

MINIMALIST SLEEK DESIGN VS STYLISH AIRCRAFT GRADE ALUMINIUM   
The RHA MA600i are a stylish pair of earphones andare crafted fromaircraft grade aluminium.The earphonesare designed using RHA's trademark and patented Aerophonic design, that resembles a reversed trumpet. It's signature shapeis designedspecifically for producing a natural sound signature. The cableis braided and coated in plastic to keep it tangle-free. 

In order to enable safe storage and easy portability, the headphones come with a small carry case. The package also includes a stainless steel metal frame that holds seven alternative plastic silicone ear buds, including two that are double-flanged


USABILITY: HiFiMAN RE 400 vs RHA MA600i

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The HiFiMAN RE400 comes in two variantsRE400i which is for iOS and RE400a for android. The mic and remote has been optimized for the respective devices to make carry out a smooth operation.

The RHA MA600i on the other hand is made to be used with only iOS devices. This means that while all functions workflawlessly with Apple's devices, the remote may not work to its full functionality with Android devices. Android users can opt for the RHA MA600 model, and ditch the in-line remote altogether.
AN OPTIONAL UPGRADE FOR YOUR PHONE OR A COMMENDABLE iPHONE RESPONSE
While the durability can hardlybe questioned for the RHA,  they are relatively heavier than the HiFiMAN RE400On that note,If prolonged usage is your priority, the RE400 along with a pair of comply foam ear-tips would be the perfect pick .
 
Talking about warranty, RE400 comes with a warranty of 1 year, whereas its 3 in case of MA600i. That clearly is a reflection of the build quality and durabiltiy of the RHA MA600i.

SOUND: HiFiMAN RE 400 vs RHA MA 600i

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The HiFiMAN RE400 in-ears are certainly amongst the best sounding earphones in its class. The driver units have been tuned to produce a subtle, refined and neutral sound that is extremely well balanced and accurate. The mids and highs are sharp, and come out clear and crisp. The bass is in proportion, and does not over power other frequencies. No other in-ears at this price point manages to produce this level of accuracy. 

If you are basshead the RE400 is not made to appeal to you, however, purist are in for a perfect treat. All in all, the RE400 is by most measures the perfect sounding In-Ears at this price point.

NO OTHER IN-EARS AT THIS PRICE POINT MANAGE TO PRODUCE THIS LEVEL OF ACCURACY. 
Over the years, RHA has greatly been lauded for its solid performance. You will notice that the MA600i, like all RHA products does not disappoint. The MA600i efficiently delivers clear, powerful audio through the lightweight, driver housing. Along with the sonic and durability properties of high grade aluminium. The audio is well articulated and makes for an entertaining listen.

As compared, to the HiFiMAN RE400, the MA600i is richer in its low end  producing a punchier bass line making them more enjoyable to listen to across various genres. The MA600i in this respect is certainly the more versatile earphone that will appeal to a broader range of users. Accuracy may not be the most important priority when it comes to sound signature, but the MA600i are pretty damn close.





Summary


HiFiMAN RE 400
  • Lighter than the MA 600i
  • Minimalistic design and shape 
  • Tangle prone cable
  • Available for iPhone and Android 
  • 1 year warranty   
RHA MA600i
  • Heavier than RE 400
  • Aerophonic design with Aircraft grade aluminium
  • Tangle free cable design
  • Available only for iPhone
  • 3 year warranty

 


Conclusion


The targeted audience for the RE 400 and the MA600i are budding audiophiles who want to get their hands on audio-grade in-ears on a budget.

If you are looking to experience music with much accuracy and clarity, then the HiFiMAN RE400  should be your pick.

On the other hand, the RHA MA600i makes for the best pick for iPhone users who'd like a slightly more versatile sounding earphone and seek an astounding 3 year durability cover. 

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