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RHA S500 U vs SoundMAGIC E50C

by Nausheen Shaikh April 28, 2016 5 min read

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Priced almost identically at just under Rs. 3000, SoundMAGIC E50C and the RHA S500 U directly compete against each other. Each has its own set of trump cards to play the game.

The offerings come from names which have earned a legendary reputation in the recent past. SoundMAGIC and RHA, both have a few titles in the bag for some of the best earphones in the market.

Will this be a close battle that goes down to the wire or an easy pick? Read ahead to find out.
CUTTING THE LONG STORY SHORT

"The RHA S500 U makes for the coolest best quality headphones that can be used every day. A great budget offering from the well-renowned Scottish brand.

The SoundMAGIC E50C are well-built earphones that lend you pure audio quality. The audio is crisp with just the perfect spacing. It also comes with a 3-button remote and mic for added convenience

-Raghav Somani

RHA S500 U


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SCOTTISH IN-EAR'S WITH MICRO DYNAMIC DRIVERS

SoundMAGIC - E50C


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IN-EAR HEADSET WITH BALANCED AUDIOPHILE GRADE SOUND

 


DESIGN: RHA S500 U II VS SOUNDMAGIC E50C

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Hands down, the RHA S500 U are the most elegant, classy and sophisticated looking pair of earphones in this price bracket. The design is not a classic RHA aerophonic one but has a clean and neat presentation which looks just as good. There’s only one finish, which is in brushed aluminium. This all-metal construction feels really sturdy, even more so than the E50C or any other earphone in the price.

The cable is a quality one with part of it in clothed fabric and the remaining in high-quality TPE polymer. This also aids in keeping cable noise down while having a long lasting unit at the same time. In all honesty, this is the finest cable in this price segment.

The overall presentation and the packaging is striking, and this hardly feels like a 3000 rupee product.

THE S500 U'S BRUSHED ALUMINIUM FINISH VS THE E50C'S VIBRANT COLOURS

While the E50C is not the prettiest looking pair out there, for the price, it’s a decent design. There is a slight resemblance to the E10, but this design is more subtle with less gloss. The colour finish is of high-quality, which makes the colour pop out in a striking way, especially the red. The all metal build only adds to that subtle look.

The cable is braided and of high quality. Even the headphone jack and the microphone remote are assembled with metal housings. Build quality wise, they are impeccable.

Cable noise is an issue, though not the worst of the cases, but it is bothersome to a slight extent.

The S500 U comes with a universal one-button remote and mic. In comparison, the E50C has a 3-button remote and mic. Now taking calls and controlling your music becomes easy.


COMFORT: RHA S500 U VS SoundMAGIC E50C

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The S500 U's fit is excellent, it’s like RHA scanned your ear canals to design earphones that just slide in. The lightweight construction further helps is making them comfortable for hours of use.

The noise isolation is among the best in this price. If there’s a contender to match the accessories offering of the E50C, it has to be the S500 U. With eight pairs of silicone eartips presented in a stainless steel plate and a neat carrying pouch, there’s everything you need.

RHA'S LIGHTWEIGHT BUILD VS SOUNDMAGIC'S COMFORTABLE FIT
Comfort is a key strength of the E50C, their profile is tapered from the back to the ear tips. This ergonomic design enables it to be fitted very properly. While they aren’t lightweight or ideal for long hours, they do fine for the price. The seal achieved is a good one and as a result, the noise isolation is very good, if not the best. Supplied memory foam tips only enhance the fit and noise isolation when used with the earphones.

The set of accessories on offer is surprisingly high, starting from seven pairs of ear tips, a pair of memory foam tips, a shirt clip and a very high-quality semi-hard carrying case.


SOUND: RHA S500 U VS SOUNDMAGIC E50C

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Unlike the E50C, the S500 U's sound signature can be described as very fun and bright sounding. The bass is not that much as it has more treble which does not distort at even very high volumes. The S500 U 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 the E50C. And overall it is not as accurate as the latter. The sound signature is slightly tilted towards electronic music but is still well suited for rock and melodic tracks.

Having said that, these are probably the best in their class for casual listeners and music enthusiasts.

BRIGHT AUDIO VS BALANCED SOUND

The sound signature, although similar to the E10S, is more balanced. What this means is that the lows are meaty but not overpowering. The mids are slightly warm but have good presence and are rich in detail. The highs are untouched, aren’t emphasized, which isn’t to say they lack sparkle. The highs have shimmer and texture too.

Overall this is a very mature tuning, a smooth balanced sound is the end result which is impossible to find in this price range. The soundstage is also an exception for the price. There’s a sense of space and the presentation is open and lively.

Although they lack the fun and charm that the S500 U has, this is undoubtedly the most accurate and audiophile grade in-ears at this price range.


Summary


RHA - S500 U

  • Best in class All-Metal Build
  • Two-Part Tangle-Free Cable 
  • One-Button Remote & Mic
  • Multiple Eartips and Carry Case
  • Fun, Treble-Forward Sound
  • Sculpted & Bright Highs
  • Three Years Warranty
SoundMAGIC - E50C

  • Excellent & Durable build
  • Durable Braided Cable 
  • Three-Button Remote & Mic
  • Multiple Ear Tips and Carry Case
  • Very Accurate and Flat Sound
  • Immersive Soundstage
  • One Year Warranty

OUR VERDICT

To put in simple terms, both earphones rank high in design and comfort. The only difference is in the sound:

The S500 U has a comparatively fun and treble forward sound signature that is excellent for casual listening. On the other hand, if you're an audiophile looking for a balanced and accurate sound signature, then the E50C is the way to go.



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