In our latest head-to-head comparison, we have the extremely popular Shure SE215, and on the other hand we have the critically acclaimed RHA MA750. Both these earphones are priced north of INR 6000, and both of these are probably the best you can get under the 10K.
With a large number of concerned buyers asking about the best earphones in the aforementioned budget, we take off the veil on the pros and cons and which one'll come out on top. Let the battle between the two top contenders begin:
That's no surprise given the edgy and angular profile of the earbuds and the see-through transparent housings. They are striking to look at, make no mistake.
Coming to the build quality, Shure never compromises on build, they never did even on sub-4000 earbuds like the SE112, the SE215 is no exception, with a build that is truly quality. Solid housings, a thick strong and sturdy cable that’s detachable, rubber reinforcements in every joints, these are simply built to last.
The fit, on the other hand, does need a little getting used to because of the negative profile and over ear design of the earphones. But once its settled, it's comfortable and usable. Provided you choose the right eartips and place them properly, ear strain won’t be an issue. The noise isolation is superb, and using foam tips, the isolation levels are possibly the best in class. A special mention about the detachable cables, they are excellent and of very high quality, making the Shure SE215 highly recommended.
While not as flamboyant as the Shure’s, the RHA’s MA750 has a more subtle, classy and sophisticated look. The all metal build with the brushed metal finish screams quality. This looks like a delicately crafted product. The cables are robust and built but they aren’t detachable, which is a bit of a letdown on RHA’s behalf.
The fit is extremely comfortable, they sit plush on your ears and are easily manageable for hours of listening. A feature that definitely makes a difference here is the ability to wear this both in the regular way and around the year The noise isolation is good, better when worn over ear.
A special mention here about the accessories offered by the RHA, it's abundant and blows the SE215 out of the water; with a huge selection of eartips, better carrying case, and better packaging.
This is where things start to get interesting. While geared towards an upper tier of audio aficionados, the sound signature is oddly consumer centric. There's an emphasis on bass and treble frequencies while the mids are laid back. The good bit is, none of the audible range vastly overpowers one another and there isn’t any early roll-off. Honestly speaking, most would be happy with what they hear, especially Rock, EDM and other bass accentuated genres. But, they do lack the subtlety and finesse to bring classic and jazz to life. However, the soundstage is impressively wide. So the overall liveliness of the audio presentation is superb. All in all, not the audiophile favorite, but definitely a solidly good sounding pair.
The key difference between the sound of the Shure's and the RHA’s offering is pretty much similar to the design. While both have a lively sonic signature, the Shure’s go overboard, and the RHA’s play safe and tune it down a bit. The MA750 has a more balanced output in comparison. Though not strictly accurate, they bring out a good balance between accurate and fun sound. There’s bass, the mids aren’t recessed, and the highs sparkle, and they sound proper. The soundstage isn’t as wide as the Shure’s, but they do well in terms of overall presentation and instrumental separation. Unlike the SE215, a vast majority of music genres will work with the MA750.
This is a difficult choice. It’s like choosing between Daft Punk and Van Helen. Both are maestros in their field, its up to the consumer's liking, if you prefer edgy design and larger than life sound that’s gonna easily please the vast majority of the crowd, go for the Shure SE215.
If you prefer subtlety and finesse, and audiophile grade sound in which you can admire the little details in your music, go for the RHA MA750.
Which earphones do you prefer? Do let us know in the comments below!
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