Numerous people are confused about the best earphone that they can get in the under Rs. 4000 price bracket. 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 brand's in-ears are engineered to last. Coming to SoundMAGIC, the brand has grown in length. From merely testing waters, it has gone on to build a strong reputation among budget restrained audio enthusiasts.
Today, we have two offerings that come from these two brands. The S500 U from RHA and the E80C from SoundMAGIC. The in-ears come with their own share of flaws and strengths.
Here is a detailed comparison between the two in-ears.
"The RHA S500 U are sturdily constructed in-ears that sound brilliantly good. An entry level earphone from the premium Scotish brand, the plethora of accessories make this pair a great value for money.
The SoundMAGIC E80C have an impressive design. With great tonal accuracy, they also offer a super low frequency responce.
S500 U'S HIGH-QUALITY AND SOPHISTICATED RHA DESIGN OR THE E80C'S DETACHABLE CABLES?
SoundMAGIC, the Chinese audio company has been winning the approval of headphone enthusiasts the world over, not just for great sounding in-ears, but for bringing much more in a budget. The newly launched SoundMAGIC E80C is a revolutionary in-ear that rides on the success of the brand's award-winning in-ears.
The E80C is small and light with an understated design. Meticulously engineered, these in-ears are build to last. Its distinctive look is easily distinguishable from the endless crowd of in-earphones in this price range. The E80C does not stray too far away from its siblings in terms of physical appearance. With little tweaks here and there, SoundMAGIC has perfected its design.
The all metal construction is a rarity at this price point. A small rubber material takes up the entire end of the earbuds, lending it more durability. SoundMAGIC has never failed to impress with the packaging and presentation of their products, and more importantly with the sheer number of bundled accessories.
Although thin, the cable is coated in braid textured material and is robust. This also helps the cable from getting entangled or twisted. The braided cable along with the aluminium housing is a quality product.
Coming to the warranty offered for the E80C, unlike RHA, SoundMagic offers a basic 1-year warranty.
The RHA S500 U comes in an aerospace grade aluminium construction and we did expect these to be a little heavy on the ear canals. 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 you can jam with these for hours, without feeling strain or fatigue. The fit is excellent and it's truly as if RHA has scanned your ear canals to design earphones that just slide in.
Perhaps the best part of the RHA S500 U is that it comes packed with various pairs of ear tips which further aids in achieving a perfect fit and good noise isolation. The in-line Universal mic and remote lets you answer calls and control your music volume.
ULTRA-LIGHTWEIGHT STRUCTURE VS AN OVER THE EAR DESIGN ?
SoundMAGIC has ensured that the E80C renders a good comfortable wearing experience. The fit is extremely snug while achieving a tight seal, thereby leading to a superior noise isolation. This is further elevated with the 7 pairs of silicone tips and a bunch of Comply Foam tips that come packed with the earphones. Obtaining the perfect fit is only a matter of trial and error.
The best part is, you can wear them for hours without straining your ears. Owing to their thoughtful design and a relatively small form factor, the E80C are extremely comfortable even for continuous hours. The braided cables are designed to keep cable noise to a bare minimum, and it works!
Just like the RHA S500 U, the E80C too comes with an inline, but a 3-button mic and remote that lets you control music, take and end calls on-the-go.
Moreover, unlike its predecessors, the SoundMAGIC E80C is compatible will all smartphones.
BEST IN CASUAL LISTENING VS FLAT AUDIO RESPONSE?
The E80C are a pinnacle of balanced tonality. Extremely clear, everything comes out loud and crisp. The edgy detail has the ability to keep you hooked on for hours.
The soundstage is very wide and the fine details are reproduced with the overall audio being delightful to the ears. The notes and the instruments come out well defined.
The focus on extracting detail is evident, but at times extreme highs might sound a tad sibilant. The E80C also lacks power and brightness with certain genres. The bass is best driven and beautifully resonates with full life. Perfectly enjoyable, we love the flow in which this piece delivers music.
To maximise output quality, it is recommended to use a high-quality audio output device and lossless audio files.
RHA S500 is known for its design and the vast range of accessories that it comes along with, making these a true winner. The 3-year warranty is the cherry on the cake.
The SoundMAGIC E80C delivers edgy and airy audio, but we would appreciate a brighter punch with more energy.
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