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RHA - MA390 U Vs SENNHEISER - CX 275S

by Rishikesh Kisla May 17, 2017 4 min read

RHA - MA390 U Vs SENNHEISER - CX 275S

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, Sennheiser hails all the way from Germany with their price conscious and stylish earphones.


CUTTING THE LONG STORY SHORT

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

But, If you want no further than an earphone with mic then you should go with the Sennheiser CX 275s"
-Raghav Somani 

RHA MA390 U
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RHA'S AEROPHONIC DESIGN
SENNHEISER CX 275s
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RICH AND CLEAR BASS

 


DESIGN: RHA MA390 U vs SENNHEISER CX 275S

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Coming to the design, RHA has taken a subtle route. They have 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. The new housing is considerably smaller in diameter and a tad bit deeper in terms of length. It thus further reduces any contact with the outer ear, making it feel pretty flush and comfortable.

RHA MA390 U's AEROPHONIC DESIGN VS SENNHEISER'S SECURE-FIT DESIGN

Another aesthetic change is the ditching of the black anodisation on the face of the housing and going for a full silver look. Also, the face is slightly recessed, making it appear slightly dimpled, as opposed to the previous flat design. At a phenomenally affordable price point, one can tell that this is a truly premium product.The RHA MA390 U surely gives you a high-end feel.

In terms of thought to design, RHA deserves applause.This aluminium build assures durability and strength unlike any other earphone under Rs. 2000.

The CX 275s features a simple, lightweight design, with dark, metallic grey earpieces and black, ridged accents. Although the plastic construction does make them feel a little cheap, they’re certainly durable enough. As far as the fit, it feels quite secure—the earpieces are so tiny and glossy, they're almost difficult to put in at first, but once you get a good fit, they stay put.

A big boon is the inline remote of the single-button variety which is universally compatible. However, the cables are very thin and the lack of tangle-resistance is a disappointment.

 


USABILITY: RHA MA390 U vs SENNHEISER CX 275S

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RHA has taken considerable effort to create  a truly comfortable in-ear that has been designed keeping noise isolation a priority. The in-ears feature a typical IEM-style 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.

The RHA MA390 U features the best-in-class tangle-free cables designed to be extremely durable with fabric braided cables. The Y-shaped cables, are 1.3m long and made to be conveniently used with a Mobile phone. The remote and mic is Universal and works with both, Android and iOS devices. The cables end with a 3.5mm connector and are gold plated for further stability.
TANGLE RESISTANT CABLE VS TANGLE PRONE CABLE

The CX 275s packs along with it three pairs of black silicone ear-tips of varying sizes. There's also a small carry case, and a double-pin adapter to use the headset with a laptop or computer. Although touted to have a universal remote, these in-ears may not be compatible with older devices

Coming to the warranty, RHA MA390 U offers a 3-year Manufacturer's Warranty where as Sennheiser CX 275s offers a warranty of 1 year.


SOUND: RHA MA390 U vs SENNHEISER CX 275S

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Made with aluminium, RHA's Aerophonic™ housing works in tandem with the 130.8 dynamic drivers that have been machined from metal. These custom-engineered dynamic drivers produce a rich, bass driven sound that is well suited for the likes of Bollywood, Pop, EDM and Rap/Hip-Hop listeners. They deliver extremely good sound clarity and accurate audio reproduction which produces a rich, bass driven as well as a wide range sound. One can enjoy precision in sound at any volume with the RHA MA390 U.
RICH BASS VS HEAVY BASS

On tracks with serious bass, the CX 275s provides ample boom, that too without distortion, even at high volumes. The CX 275s does manage to maintain a decent balance between lows and highs to some extent.

Sometimes, however, there is a  strange mid to high boosting. In specific areas, the highs are so boosted that there is a strange mix of elements that stand out dramatically. The mid-range and the upper mid-range in particular are significantly recessed. While the trebles are sharp. The noise isolation is decent but not great, assuming you can get a decent seal with the 3 different sized silicone eartips.

Certain electronic percussive sounds can seem far too bright, even a bit harsh or tinny. You will find that these in-ears may get muffled in the pursuit of pumpy audio delivery. This makes it great for bass-heavy music like EDM and Hip-Hop, but listen to something with vocals and the CX 275s disappoints. The sound isn’t particularly detailed, either. The soundstage is also not as wide as the MA390 U.  

 This is not the earphone for audiophiles but for the people who enjoy the added sheen in their music.


 


Summary


RHA MA390 U

  • In-Ear Design
  • Tangle Resistant Cables
  • 3-Year Warranty
  • Clear response with accurate bass
  • Metal build
SENNHEISER CX 275S

  • In-Ear Design
  • Tangle prone cables
  • 2-Year Warranty
  • Heavy bass
  • Plastic build

Conclusion


If you are looking for a rich bass and premium looks then the RHA MA390 U is a good pick since it provides a rich, detailed sound signature with aesthetic looks. On the other hand, the Sennheiser CX 275s has a heavier bass and is quite durable.


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