We’re taking IEMs north of INR 10,000 for a spin tonight, so audiophiles, listen up.
Today, we’ll be comparing two contenders, arguably some of the best in this price segment that have their own sets of strengths and weaknesses, each geared towards a specific set of consumers. The two nominees are the V-MODA Zn and RHA T10.
The last time we checked, never had this Italian design house disappointed with product design. The Zn is no exception. With a design for the housings made to resemble something from the realms of science fiction, these bad boys are lookers. These may very well might be the best looking IEMs, ever. Zn is the scientific symbol for Zinc, a high grade metal element, which has been used to construct the housing, which is of course where this product borrows its nomenclature from. Inevitably, the build is exceptional, there’s heft in the earphones.
WHAT DO YOU PREFER? ZN'S ITALIAN DESIGN OR T10'S SCOTTISH DESIGN
Unlike the Zn, the Scottish made the T10s look more understated, classy and sophisticated. Rather than just sheer aesthetics, practicality too has a role to play in this design. To start with, the all metal housings with that brushed metal finish look elegant and feel opulent to the touch. The build is phenomenal. Precision milled and hand assembled, these IEMs are meant to tackle a lifetime of abuse.
Zn's thick cable is reinforced with Kevlar, a material used to make bullet-proof jackets. The end result is an earphone that looks fantastic and feels indestructible. The fit might not win any awards, but it is decently comfortable. The noise isolation is good, but can be much better. Using Comply Foam tips would be a big help in improving that.
BOTH THE EARPHONES OFFER FANTASTIC NOISE ISOLATIONNo wonder RHA is confidently offering a 3-Year warranty. The fit is admirably good. The large number of eartips only help in achieving this fit for the maximum base of users. Good fit easily corresponds to great isolation. You might want to upgrade to RHA-T10i for an upgrade with mic though.
Big on Bass? Check! The basshead satisfier among the lot has to be the Zn. While there is room for the mids to be expressed, the highs are tactfully emphasized to keep a sonic balance, which is incredibly fun though not strictly accurate.
So, while they sound tremendous, the subtle details in classical music aren’t reproduced as well as they should, with a faint presence. For every other genre that does well on bass and sparkling highs, these sound great. Not the audiophile choice, but the fantastic soundstage along with the sound makes them real ear charmers.
V-MODA'S LOUD BASS OR RHA'S CLEAR SOUND?
Before we get into the sound, the main USP about the RHA’s offering are the tuning filters. There’s a bass, treble and reference filter. By default they are packaged with the balanced filter assembled to the housings. In this configuration, the sound is comparatively very balanced and neat. No colouring, no accentuation.
The sound is unveiled, lively and distortion free. This does mean that they won’t sweep you off your feet. Plus the lows are ever so slightly rolled off, making the bass sound a tad tinny. Of course, the bass filter remedies this, and the good thing is that it doesn’t affect any other part of the audio. The soundstage is the best-in class. The audio feels well presented and distinguishable. The T10s should be duly noted for their achievement in audio fidelity.
This is rather a simple choice. The two contenders serve their own purpose to their respective targeted audience.
The Alpha Protocol lover will obviously choose the Italian made V-MODA Zn, its robust build, bombastic sound and heart throbbing design can easily hypnotise the mass to spend the dollars.
The Accuracy Hunter will hunt for the RHA T10. If you’re a fan of clean unblemished distortion free audio, this is your home run.
If you want a headset to be versatile with Bass heavy genres of music, along with accompanying you for some live performances and a gaming headset add-on, this is a good package for you. Just don’t expect the charming sound of the ZN or the clean presentation of the T10s.
Which headphones do you prefer?
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