RHA - S500 Universal

In-Ears With 1 Dynamic Driver

Sale price₹ 1,999 Regular priceMRP: ₹ 2,999
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Customer Reviews

Based on 344 reviews
Anjani Bhardwaj
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.

Sanket Sawant (Pune)
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.

Mutakaleen Ali (Srinagar)
Detailed and Balanced!

I have purchased both the MA390U and the S500U.
The first thing that you'll notice is that the Bass is 20% less than the 390u. The design looks really cool and they are pretty durable and comfortable... Blah blah blah... You guys already know that. Lets just talk about the sound. The sound is balanced and very well detailed with a little bit of pump to the higher frequencies. The bass is present but just not dominant. If the song packs a punch you will for sure feel the thumps. The treble notes are very well detailed and stand out in almost every track with a pure and smooth sweeping flow but sometimes a little bit harsh. RHA claims that the 140.1 driver unit provides full-range detailed audio from every track/genre and I think thats 90% true. I've been hearing that they produce recessed mids but honestly I don't think so. The mids/vocals are very well present, pleasant and detailed in almost every track. Audio manufacturers these days create budget earphones with the same sound signature, boosted bass and recessed highs, I think thats why people like me are having a hard time with the (S500's) Balanced or flat sound signature, we are missing the real deal.
Lastly I would like to say that give them a couple of days of burn-in and also music is a very subjective thing but if you try to be a little bit open minded, you'll discover a lot more!!!❤️❤️❤️😊😊😊🎧🎧🎶🎶

Venkatesh Balakrishnan (Mumbai)
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:

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

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)

Kaytai (Mumbai)
Great earphones

Great noise isolation and incredible clarity.

Designed in

Balanced Sound Signature

Museum with a Balanced sound signature presents a precise sound and an enriching listening experience, where sounds are naturally presented without extreme emphasis on any region. With a pair of headphones with this sound signature, you can hear audio with clarity and detail. The sound is vivid and revealing, a perfect mixture of instruments and vocals, lows, mids, and highs. This sound signature works for most music listeners who like switching between various music genres like Classical, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Folk and Pop.

3 Years of

Ideal for the Workplace

These headphones are perfectly suited and designed to listen to music while you are at work, without disturbing your colleagues. If you’re someone who prefers to listen to music while working, then a closed-back wireless headphone would be your best pick.

You can expect these headphones to offer a microphone for communication and isolation so that the sound does not leak and the listening experience is more personal. These headphones are easy to drive and offer plug-and-play convenience, making them ideal audio companions for the workplace.


Works with Android & iOS

One thing all of our phones have in common is that they have replaced the portable media player. These headphones and devices are perfect to pair with your Android and iOS devices and offer functionality previously unknown. If you’re someone who usually switches between a variety of devices with different OS, then these are suited for you. You can expect these headphones and devices to connect seamlessly without any hassle and even offer OS-specific functionality depending on the device. Headphones and devices designed to work with Android and iOS come in wired and wireless formats. Quite often you will also find Hi-Fi equipment offering direct connectivity to devices with Android and iOS to simplify the connectivity process.

Super Lightweight


Experience the perfect mix of premium materials, precise engineering and a plethora of accessories with the RHA S500 Universal. Backed by RHA's rock-solid 3-year warranty, these in-ears deliver exciting, immersive audio in addition to unparalleled comfort for any ear size. Add RHA's universal remote to the mix & you get the best of Scotland, now in India.



The RHA S500 Universal is almost entirely engineered from strong and resilient aerospace-grade machined aluminium. Not only does it give these earphones a premium finish but it also makes them extremely durable even after extensive use. Weighing just 14g, the lightweight build further helps in reducing ear fatigue.



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. Though small in size, its 140.1 micro-dynamic drivers produce vibrant and full-range sound reproduction without compromise. Engineered for maximum output from within the headphone's diminutive aluminium housings, it excels at delivering high-quality sound.



The S500 Universal is designed to fit comfortably and securely inside the ear canal, minimizing external noise intrusion in order to produce uninhibited, authentic audio reproduction. The earphone is supplied with seven sets of ear tips in a variety of sizes and styles in order to ensure the best noise isolating fit for any ear.

3 Year Warranty

Don't sweat it, this RHA - S500 Universal comes with a 3 Year warranty from RHA that covers manufacturing defects. All products featured on Headphone Zone are backed by an original manufacturer's warranty.

Read more about RHA's warranty in India.