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RHA - S500 Universal

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  • The Short Story

    Ideal for Casual
    Music Listening

    Ideal for
    Commuting

    Ideal for
    Taking Calls

    Balanced Sound
    Signature

    Metal
    Build

    Works with
    Android & iOS

    Tangle-Free
    Fabric Cables

    3 Years of
    Warranty

    Designed in
    Scotland

  • The Long Story

     

    IMMERSIVE AUDIO & UNPARALLELED COMFORT


    The S500 Universal's micro-sized in-ears assure a comfortable fit for any ear size and are backed by RHA's rock solid Three Years Manufacturer's Warranty. These in-ears have the smallest dynamic drivers in the world that deliver accurate and detailed sound. The aluminium RHA S500 Universal delivers exciting, immersive audio in addition to unparalleled comfort for any ear size.

     

     

    Friendly with all Smartphones


    RHA's specifically engineered remote is now Universal. Both Android and iOS users can now easily use the one-button remote to take and end calls, play, pause and change tracks (2 clicks to play the next track and 3 clicks to play the previous track) and access digital assistants seamlessly.

     

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    MICRO-DYNAMIC-DRIVERS

    Micro Dynamic Driver (model 140.1)

    Though small in size, the S500 Universal's micro dynamic driver (model 140.1) produces vibrant and full-range sound reproduction without compromise. Engineered for maximum output from within the headphone's diminutive aluminium housings, the 140.1 excels at delivering high-quality sound.

    Goodbye to Noise Intrusion

    The S500 Universal is designed to fit comfortably and securely inside the ear canal, minimising external noise intrusion in order to produce uninhibited, authentic audio reproduction. The headphone is supplied with seven sets of eartips in a variety of sizes and styles in order to ensure the best noise isolating fit for any ear. These include a selection of dual density and double flange silicone eartips.

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    RHA-S500-LIGHTWEIGHT-ALLUMINUM

    Lightweight Aluminium Alloy body

    Weighing just 14g, the RHA S500's lightweight aluminium body should not be deceived as fragile. They are more sturdy and durable than many other earphones at this price-point. The lightweight build further helps in reducing ear fatigue. Now your long-listening sessions do not have to take a pause.

     

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    Small size, Big sound

    The S500 Universal's frequency response goes as low as 16Hz and as high as 22Khz (which is even more than the human listening ability), thereby capturing every possible frequency to give a rich and detailed sound.

    90° Gold-Plated Connector

    Along with a huge slew of accessories that the S500 Universal comes with, it also consists of a 90° Gold plated Connector that is compatible with all audio and smartphone devices.

     

  • Specifications

    AUDIO SPECIFICATIONS
    DRIVERS 140.1 Dynamic Drivers
    DRIVER TYPE Dynamic
    IMPEDANCE 16 Ohms
    SENSITIVITY 100dB
    FREQUENCY RESPONSE 16Hz - 22000Hz
    MAGNET TYPE Neodymium
    CONTROLS & CONNECTIVITY
    WIRED CONNECTIVITY 3.5mm Input
    MICROPHONE Yes
    COMPATIBILITY Universal
    DESIGN & BUILD
    WEARING STYLE In-Ear
    CABLE TYPE Two Part Material Cable
    WEIGHT 14g
    IN THE BOX
    BOX CONTENTS S500u in-ear Earphone
    6 pairs, dual density ear tips - S x2 / M x2 / L x2
    1 pair, double flange ear tips - S x1
    Patent pending ear tip holder
    Shirt Clip
    Carry pouch
  • Warranty

    Don’t sweat it, This RHA product is covered by a 3 Years manufacturer's warranty.
    Learn more

  • Frequently Asked Questions

What the Press Say

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" The RHA - S500 features aluminium housings, details, and a general durable design. RHA S500 has a nice solid and industrial design."
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" The RHA S500u offers stunning sound and build quality for the price and stand toe-to-toe against competitors costing twice as much."
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"The S500 are versatile earphones that work especially well for pop. Fast, balanced and detailed with a 3 year warranty"

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Warranty 3 years 1 year 1 Year
Sound Balanced Extra Bass Balanced
Design
Housing Aluminium Housing Aluminium Housing Metal Housing
Cable Fabric Braided Tangle Free Twisted Cable
Ergonomics Straight Fit Angular Fit Straight Fit
Accessories
Carry pouch Carry Pouch Carrying Pouch Carrying Case
Eartips 6 pairs of dual density eartips, 1 pair of double flange ear tips 4 Pairs of Hybrid Earpiece 7 Pairs of silicon eartips 1 Pair of Comply eartips
Clip Shirt Clip Yes Cable Clip
Should You Buy?
Our Verdict

Scottish brand offering a 3-year warranty and the best in class build quality.


Bass that'll feel almost like an earthquake, but will tend to overpower the rest of the sound.


A high impedance earphone that requires an AMP to get the optimum output.



Customer Reviews

Based on 87 reviews
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A.B.
Looks good, Performs average.

Here's my review of S500 U after 3 days of use :
S500U are probably the best looking earphone I have ever owned and I have owned earphones from more than a dozen brands. The Aluminum driver house, nylon braided cable, everything looks very well done. But looking good is not an earphone's primary objective, they should sound good too and that's where S500 lags a little bit.
S500U has clearly been streamlined for casual music listeners who listen to music while they commute to work.
It's not balanced. It has a very clear V shaped sound signature.
Bass is plenty but never overpowering. It's not overly powerful or thumpy so, Yes Bassheads should stay away.
Highs i:e Treble can be a little sharp but not piercing, totally fixable with the right EQ settings.
What S500 U lacks are the mids, they are recessed, considerably recessed, enough to ruin some tracks. The Bass and the treble together put the mids and vocals on the backstage. This is where I regret not getting the Byron while they were in stock coz everyone's saying they are well balanced.
Anyway, These are still very bright and lively sounding earphones.

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S.S.
RHA s500 Universal Nice headphones

This one is for one who loves Balance sounding headphones.This is not for bassheads.It produced crystal clear vocals.

A
A.
Amazing clarity but not made for me atleast.

First of all, kudos to headphone zone for that amazing 1 day delivery.
Now, coming to the earphones, I previously owned the a jays five but unfortunately they broke down and after a tight competition b/w the byron and s500, i bought the latter considering rha strong built quality and the amazing 3 years warranty. Initial impressions were good but i couldn't justify the high prize. So, i thought some burn in would help. But, even after 12 hours of burn in, the result were not so impressive.. Yes, i know they have that amazing clarity but that high treble and the extremely low bass makes some awesome song just sound flat.. Take for example.. Rolling in deep by adele, it has an amazing intro with those increasing bass beats. Unfortunately they sounded very flat to me.. I mean you are not good enough just with clarity, you need some beats, some punchiness. In the review hpz mentioned they have low bass, taking into account i am not a basshead (surely have bought the sony xb75ap instead) i bought them anyways. Sadly, my return window closed and i couldn't return them.I am not an audiophile, just a regular guy who enjoys listening music. My advice, test them yourself if you like them well and good, if not return them, hpz are good peps, they have an amazing customer service.

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These pair of headphones are the best in this category.

I went through the reviews before buying these. And I must say I am impressed. The bass may not be that heavy. But these do provide you with such amazing clarity. There's a little bit of the cable noise. But you can overlook this issue, as RHA provides you such amazing earphones. I am in love with these. Go for it if you're more into clarity.

K
K.
Great earphones

Great noise isolation and incredible clarity.

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V.B.
Clear sound which is not bass boosted but a narrow soundstage

I had a good experience buying these on Headphonezone - although the earphones were out of stock for a few days, managed to get them eventually. The tracking and delivery were on-point. What impressed me most was how accurate the reviews were - an ordinary listener like me could get a realistic idea of what the product would be like- so my review may seem similar in some aspects. Jumping ahead to the review:

Pros:
1. Clear sound: these earphones sound super clear; very less cable noise
2. Passive noise isolation: these earphones are small so fit into your ear and hardly allow any external sounds to get in
3. Top build quality: the materials feel premium - both the aluminium main body and the fabric wire.. only downside is the plastic wire from the Y
4. Accessories: comes with lots of pairs of earbuds and a clip, so it’ll fit all ears and needs
5. Has a mic: haven’t tested this as such, but the fact it has one is nice
6. Not bass boosted: can be a pro or con depending on what you listen to but I personally prefer faithful frequency reproduction

Cons:
1. Narrow soundstage and okayish resolution: this was disappointing - could really feel the difference between this and more expensive earphones in this department ... the resolution isn’t the greatest and one can hear some muzzling, especially in the mids and lows... even the stereo separation isn’t great
2. Soft carry case: the case is a simple mesh cover and won’t protect your equipment against shocks
3. No in line volume control: they could’ve surely included some universal volume controls there - else just having a play/pause - even non-universal ones have those working on all platforms

Other earphones I considered: Beyerdynamic Byron (didn’t buy because it wasn’t compatible with iOS, but maybe should have)
Sennheiser CX 3 (didn’t see great reviews for it anywhere)
Bang and Olufsen Beoplay H3 (too expensive, will wait for a few years to buy this)