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 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
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.
RHA'S LIGHTWEIGHT BUILD VS SOUNDMAGIC'S COMFORTABLE FITComfort 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.
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.
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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