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by Bobby Pattani May 17, 2017

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On our comparison wheel today, are two audio companies which come from different origins but yet meet each other in the same price bracket.

RHA has come to be known worldwide as the 'Aston Martin of Headphones' and is designed and built in Scotland. Whereas, SoundMAGIC hails all the way from China with their price-conscious earphones.


CUTTING THE LONG STORY SHORT

"If a whooping 3-year warranty and a plethora of accessories are on your mind, then the RHA MA390 U is the best pick in this price bracket.

But, if you want no further than a earphone with a mic, then you should go with the SoundMAGIC E10C."
-Raghav Somani

RHA MA 390 U


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RHA’S AEROPHONIC DESIGN


Soundmagic E10C


Headphone Zone SOUNDMAGIC-E10C
TACTILE 3 BUTTON MIC

 

 


DESIGN: RHA MA390 U vs SoundMAGIC E10C

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Headphone-Zone-SOUNDMAGIC-E10C

Coming to the design, RHA has taken a subtle route. It has used high-grade aluminium alloys that make the MA390 U sturdy and durable. Attention to detail is very apparent in their signature aircraft grade construction and their aerophonic design. This time, RHA ditched the black anodization housing, going for a full silver look. While the back is nicely recessed making it appear slightly dimpled, as opposed to its previous completely flat design. The eartips bloom outwards like a trumpet and are proof that these earphones have been designed with aesthetics in mind. The new housing is considerably smaller in diameter and a tad bit deeper in terms of length. At a phenomenally affordable price point, one can tell that this is a truly premium product.

In terms of thought to design, RHA deserves an applauseThe aluminium build assures durability and strength unlike any other earphone under Rs. 2000. Contrary to the SoundMAGIC E10C, the RHA MA390 U comes in a single colour.

RHA MA390 U'S PREMIUM DESIGN VS SOUNDMAGIC E10C'S BRIGHT COLOURS

SoundMAGIC has come to be known as a brand that offers good quality earphones at very affordable prices. Thus, it has won applause from earphone enthusiasts all over. The E10 series from SoundMAGIC has gained immense popularity.

SoundMAGIC recently upgraded their most popular E10S to the E10C. The major point of difference is that it has a 3-button remote and microphone which is supposed to be universally compatible with all devices and smartphones.

Let’s talk about the design—the E10C has its earpieces built of metal. The cable of the E10C, like the E10S series earphones isbraided. This makes it tangle-resistant. Although, the plastic sheath coating the cable makes it look pretty cheap and fragile. 


USABILITY: RHA MA390 U vs SoundMAGIC E10C

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Headphone-Zone-Soundmagic-E10C

The MA390 U is amongst the world's best-rated in-ear headphones. RHA has taken considerable effort to create a truly comfortable in-ear that has been designed keeping noise isolation a priority. The in-ears are a typical IEM-style of an over-ear contoured cable that is designed to keep the earphones in place while in use. The tight sealed in-ear fit effectively attenuates external noise to let you experience your audio with great precision. If you enjoy a long listening session of music enjoyment, the RHA MA390 U is a great choice sincethe build is lightweight and helps in reducing ear fatigue

It features the fabric braided tangle-free cables designed to be extremely durable. RHA's specifically engineered remote is now universal. Both, Android and iOS users can now easily use the one-button remote to take/end calls, play/pause tracks and access your digital assistant seamlessly.

The cable is covered in fabric and lends fair durability. Although the angling is not entirely eliminated, it is fairly better than plastic and rubber coated cables. The Y-shaped cables, are 1.3m long and are made to be conveniently used with a mobile phone. The cables end with a 3.5mm connector and are gold plated for further stability.
TANGLE RESISTANT CABLE VS A FLIMSY PLASTICKY CABLE

The SoundMAGIC E10C sports a functional microphone and 3-button remoteThis means you can stow away your smartphone, while answering calls and controlling your music on the go. However, you can't do much else with the buttons except change tracks.

The E10C packs along with it seven pairs of silicone eartips of varying sizes, including a double-flanged pair. There's also a small carry case , a shirt clip, and a double-pin adapter to use the headset with a laptop or computer.

A small complaint would be the noise isolation. You will find that these in-ears do not do a great job of effectively attenuating environmental sound. However, the noise isolation and fit can be improved with a pair of Noise isolating Comply ear tips

Coming to the warranty, RHA - MA390 U offers a 3 years Manufacturer's Warranty whereas SoundMAGIC E10C offers a warranty of only 1 year.


SOUND: RHA MA 390 U vs Soundmagic E10C

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Headphone-Zone-SoundMagic-E10c

Coming to the sound, the RHA MA390 U offers a good pronounced bass due to the updated drivers unlike the MA350, but without feeling overwhelming or muddying other sonic elements.Made with aluminium, RHA's Aerophonic™ housing works in tandem with the 130.8 dynamic drivers that have been machined from metal. The custom engineered dynamic drivers produce a rich, bass driven sound well suited for the likes of Bollywood, Pop, EDM and Rap/Hip-Hop listeners.

The mids are clear and detailed and can be prominently heard. They deliver extremely good sound clarity, accurate audio reproduction and produce a rich, bass driven sound over a wide range. One can enjoy precision in the sound at any volume with the RHA-MA390 U.

RICH BASS VS HEAVY BASS

SoundMAGIC's E10C has managed to maintain an almost identical sound signature to the older, now discontinued, E10 and E10S. With a reasonably sized driver unit of 10mm, the sound can get loud and can pack a good punch.

Compared to the MA390 U, the bass output is a little exaggerated but does have an appeal to those with a large appetite for low frequencies. So fans of EDM and Bollywood should be able to appreciate the warmth and the power of the bass. That said, don't mistake these to be a bass-driven pair. While the vocals are slightly recessed and the highs are somewhat clean for the price. The overall clarity on the SoundMAGIC E10C is surprisingly good.

 


Summary


RHA MA 390

  • In-Ear Design
  • Mic & remote
  • Clear Audio with deep Bass
  • 3-Year Warranty
Soundmagic E10C

  • In-Ear Design
  • Remote & Mic
  • Wide audio with subtle response
  • 1-Year Warranty


Conclusion


If you are looking for a rich bass and premium looking earphones then RHA MA390 U is a good pick since it provides a a rich, detailed sound signature with aesthetic looks

On the other hand, SoundMAGIC E10C as compared to RHA - MA390 U has a heavier bass and crystal-clear audio. 

What is going to be your pick? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Bobby Pattani
Bobby Pattani


22 Responses

Bernadette
Bernadette

September 22, 2018

Hi Amitabha,
Most people who listen to alternative rock prefer a bass-heavy sound. If you like the way your E10C sounds, you will also like the way the 1MORE Piston Single Driver sounds as both have a V-Shaped signature (lots of treble and bass). The RHA MA390 Universal, on the other hand, has a little lesser bass when compared to the two. The 1MORE Piston Classic has even lesser bass than all the above options. It has a more balanced sound.

Amitabha
Amitabha

September 22, 2018

Hi,

I already own a pair of e10c. Which one would be better for alternative rock?
Also, how does the rha ma390u compare to 1more piston classic or the 1more single driver earphones?

Bernadette
Bernadette

September 03, 2018

Hi Samay,
The SoundMAGIC E10C is a good choice for the genres you listen to. Alternatively, you can also check out the Sony MDR-XB55AP. It is more bass-heavy than the E10C.

Bernadette
Bernadette

September 03, 2018

Hi Sachith,
The RHA MA390 Universal is a great choice in terms of noise isolation. But, if you don’t want bass in your music, I think the Beyerdynamic Byron makes for a better choice. It has a more balanced sound (which makes it better for vocals) and good noise isolation.

Samay Kar
Samay Kar

September 03, 2018

I want bass.. I only listen to genres like Rap and Trap and bass boosted versions of some songs. I love the beats drops and I crave for bass. So guys please help me out here. Suggest if I should go for any other earphones than these. Thanks 😁

Sachith
Sachith

September 03, 2018

Hi Bernadette,
I am looking for earphones around 2000 INR, with good noise isolation (if not good noise cancellation, if that’s available at this price point) being my first priority. I don’t listen to bass that often but enjoy melodies so I would prefer to have good vocals.
Considering my preferences I am planning to go with RHA – MA390 U. But, I am still confused as I am not confident if this is the best option considering my preferences(especially noise isolation) at that price point.
What do you think ? Are there any other good earphones at that price pointed well suited for me ?
Please help. Thanks!!

Bernadette
Bernadette

August 18, 2018

Hi Raju,
It depends on what you are looking for. The SoundMAGIC E10C has more bass but the RHA MA390U has a lot more clarity. The JAYS a-JAYS Five has been discontinued but you could check out the JAYS a-JAYS One+. This in-ear has both—A good amount of bass as well as clarity.

Raju
Raju

August 18, 2018

Rha ma390 & soundmagic e10c & Ajay 5 in this which one is better for bass which one is better to purchase on this three

Bernadette
Bernadette

July 25, 2018

Hi Rouf,
130.8 is the model name of the MA390 Universal’s dynamic drivers. While a number of headphone manufacturers purchase their drivers from other external manufacturers, RHA custom-makes their drivers in-house. These drivers have also been tuned in such a way, you get great sound over a wide frequency range.

Bernadette
Bernadette

July 21, 2018

Hi Uddipta,
While among the two the E10C has a better bass, since you seem to like EDM & party songs, I would like to suggest the Sony MDR-XB55AP. This is an extra bass earphone that is well-suited for these genres. (The E10C has a V-Shaped sound.)

Uddipta Kashyap
Uddipta Kashyap

July 18, 2018

I love to listen to party songs and edm…which earphones should I go for?Is it the RHA MA390 or Soundmagic e10c?

Rouf Ali
Rouf Ali

July 25, 2018

Please allow me to know….What is the meaning of 130.8 dynamic driver RHA is hyping about? I’ve got that only with RHA specs.

Bernadette
Bernadette

June 28, 2018

Hi Ajaj,
In terms of sound quality, the RHA MA390 Universal is definitely the better of the two. If you want lots of bass, you should go for the E10C but if you want not too much bass and rich mids and highs you should pick the MA390U.

Ajaj Ahmed
Ajaj Ahmed

June 28, 2018

Which one is better? Soundmagic e10c or RHA ma 390…
If i am gertitg e10c for 1000 & ma 390 for 2000.. which one should i go for?

Bernadette
Bernadette

June 22, 2018

Hi Anirudh,
Based on your music preferences, the RHA MA390U would be a better pick. It has a warm and smooth sound that adds just the right amount of bass.

Anirudh Kalkotwar
Anirudh Kalkotwar

June 22, 2018

Hi,

I listen to a lot of old school jazz, old hindi songs, bit of classic rock and arijit type bollywood songs. which earphone would be a better pick for me?

Bernadette
Bernadette

April 03, 2018

Hi Unais,
In the under Rs. 2000 category, the RHA MA390U is definitely a great choice for an upgrade. Unlike the E10C which gives a more V-shaped sound, the MA390U gives you a rich bass and the highs, as well as mids, can be heard clearly. The instrument separation is also superb.

Unais
Unais

March 31, 2018

I already have skudmagic e10c is it worth upgrading to rha ma390?

Bernadette
Bernadette

March 27, 2018

Hi Tushar,
Both, the Byron and the MA390U are great earphones. The better choice would depend on what you are looking for (eg. stylish build, tangle-free cables, sound quality, accessories, warranty, etc.) If you are having any difficulty in deciding the best one for your needs, feel free to call one of our Headphone Gurus.

Tushar
Tushar

March 25, 2018

Which one would be a better choice, Beyerdynamics Byron or RHA MA390..?

Bernadette
Bernadette

March 03, 2018

Hi Akhil,
If you are an EDM fan, the RHA MA-390U is a good choice. It has a rich bass that does not overwhelm other sonic elements.

Akhil
Akhil

February 02, 2018

Which is the best earphones among Tekfusion Twinwoofers M2.0 , RHA MA390u or Sony MDR XB 55 for listening Electronic Dance Music.?
Please help

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