The British audio company RHA has been making constant inroads into the Indian market by offering excellent audio quality and good design. I tested their headphones with the MA750 neck band recently and now I have the RHA MA650 in my hands, another neck band model, but with a more affordable price.
RHA MA650 review
In terms of design and feel, the MA650 is very similar to its more expensive cousin. There is a soft rubber neck band with heavier tips that house the controls and cables that connect the headphones. On the right is the power button, which also helps start the Bluetooth pairing with a long press. The cable here has a microphone unit with volume controls, as well as a central button that allows you to take a call or summon the virtual assistant on your phone with a long press. The headphones are housed in an aerospace-grade aluminum housing that provides great confidence and ensures that the driver is in a good place to offer the best sound output.
A grouse with the design is the fact that the cables are around your face and sometimes it looks a little uncomfortable. The rubber finish on the MA650 makes it ideal for those who listen to music while exercising or when traveling daily. The material is better for sweaty environments like in India and, anyway, the whole device is water resistant. The metal tips are magnetic and adhere to each other when hanging from the neck. The box also comes with a handful of tip options so you can choose the one that is best for you.
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The audio quality of the RHA devices is not something that you really have to write a lot about. My experience with the MA750 was really good and the MA650 did not disappoint either. The custom controller 380.1 is very versatile and offers a good range. I really enjoyed listening to one of my favorite songs, Azhalinte Azhangalil, which offers a good range of voices and instruments that test most of the headphones. This is the best for those who like to listen to more vocal numbers. I felt that the music was getting a bit small at times, but this was sorted out after I changed the silicone tip to something that fit better. The aerophone design of the headphones needs the perfect tips to ensure that your music is correct.
The quality of the call is good, although it is customary to think that the button for this is on the cable and not on the neck band. The battery lasts approximately a full day with calls and music if you choose to use it. Otherwise, you will have to charge it once a week. But remember, this needs a USB type C cable to charge, so you'll have to carry one with you all the time if your phone no longer has one.
With a price of Rs 7,999 and available at headphonezone.in, the RHA MA650 is a good buy for those who need music on the move without the hassle of wires. However, there is a competition in the form of the Sennheiser CX 7.00BT that offers a better audio profile at a slightly higher price.
RHA MA650 price in India: Rs 7,999