The Bluetooth headphones are priced at Rs 11,999.
The RHA MA750 Wireless also comes with NFC for easy pairing.
On a single charge, the Bluetooth headphones lasts for a little over 10 hours.
As 3.5mm audio sockets are slowly dying on premium smartphones, Bluetooth headphones have started gaining popularity. There are plenty of stereo Bluetooth headphones out there, starting as low as Rs 2,000 or so and going all the way up to Rs 40,000 and more. Earlier this year, British audio company RHA launched two Bluetooth enabled wireless headphones – the MA650 and the MA750 priced at Rs 7,999, and Rs 11,999, respectively.
While the MA650 comes with a pair of 380.1 dynamic drivers, the MA750 comes with handmade 560.1 dynamic drivers for better audio experience. With the likes of Apple AirPods and Samsung Gear IconX truly wireless headphones, and Jabra Elite Sport among others out there, how does RHA’s Bluetooth headset compete? I recently got my hands on the MA750, and after using it for a while, here’s my review.
RHA MA750 Design, Comfort and Specifications
The MA750 is a slick pair of in-ear headphones with a flexible rubber finish neckband that rests on your collarbone. And because it’s lightweight, you don’t even notice that you are wearing them. The earbuds are made from aerospace-grade aluminum that not only offers a premium look and feel to it, but also protects them from wear and tear.
The MA750 earbuds come with over-ear cord design, which not only keeps them in place, but also makes them virtually unnoticeable when you are wearing them. When plugged into your ear, the seal is perfect and offers good sound isolation. The company has also packed a number of ear tips of different sizes, from small to large, allowing you to use the one that perfectly fits into your ears.
The wireless headphones are easy to setup and use. The right terminal has the power button, which when pressed for five seconds enters into pairing mode. There is a small LED that flashes different colors when into pairing mode. Besides the power button, you also have a USB Type-C port for charging.
The right earphone cable also comes with an in-line mic and remote controls for volume, and for answering calls. You can Play / Pause a song with a single click, whereas double-click skips tracks. The left terminal is neat and has NFC for quick pairing with your smartphone. The RHA MA750 is also sweat and splash proof, and comes with a three-year warranty.
RHA MA750 Performance
No doubt, design and comfort are important aspects, but the audio quality is equally important as well. I had high expectations from the MA750, but the experience wasn’t that good. I primarily used the headphones with my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and MacBook Air as a source for listening to music and watching TV shows.
I personally prefer the electronic and trance genres, but at the same time I do listen to Rock, Pop, and sometimes Alternative music too. Having said that, depending on the mood, I also sometimes listen to Bollywood music. Focus tracks for the review were Late Goodbye from Poets of the Fall, Dangerous by David Guetta, and Ping Pong by Armin van Burren.
Starting with Late Goodbye, the song starts with guitar strings playing along with the vocals. While you can clearly hear the guitar strings, the highs are a bit sharp and mids are average, but the details aren’t that good. Even with the vocals, I noticed some cracking sound, especially with the high-pitched notes. Bass is present, but it isn’t as aggressive as I’d like.
Next, I played Dangerous by David Guetta. Somewhere close to the one-minute mark when the song picks up, it becomes a bit bass heavy. However, on the MA750, the audio sounded flat, with only a hint of bass audible. Also, there were moments where I noticed that the audio sounded muffled. In fact, most of the time the audio sounded flat.
Talking about Ping Pong by Armin van Burren, it is an energetic trance number where the tempo picks up as the song progresses. Once again, the audio sounds a bit hollow, bass is quite suppressed and the details are missing too.
Now, despite the lack of punchy bass and details, I liked the wide soundstaging of headphones. Also, as the earplugs comfortably fit into the ear, it completely isolates the outside noise. On a six-hour flight when I was listening to some music and also watching a couple of TV shows on my phone, due to the excellent noise isolation, I was able to listen to every dialogue without any issues.
Battery life on the RHA MA750 has been impressive. The company claims that on a single charge, you the battery can last for up to 12 hours. During my usage, the battery usually lasted for close to 10 hours. During my usage, I had travelled on a couple of one-day trips for work. I left home at around 6AM and returned back at 10PM. Out of these hours, I was listening to music for close to seven-and-a-half hours, and it still had about 40 percent battery left.
The next day also, I used it for a couple of hours before the battery died out. Overall, I always got close to 10 hours of music listening time, which is pretty good compared to some other wireless in-ear headphones in its price range.
Overall, the RHA MA750 features premium metallic earpieces and it is comfortable to wear too. NFC connectivity for easy pairing and battery life of up to 10 hours are some of the things that go in its favor. However, the audio quality is not that good in my opinion. Sound lacks detail, bass is weak and high frequency sounds get a bit too sharp at times. These are definitely not for bass-happy listeners, but could be good for those who are looking for good noise isolation headphones with decent audio quality and long battery life.
Otherwise, there is the LG Tone Active+ (HBS-A100) Bluetooth headphones that come with a built-in speaker, step counter, and water and swear resistant design. Priced at Rs 12,000, you can buy them from Amazon India for around Rs 8,999. And if you are ready to pay a bit more, you can grab the Apple AirPods or Samsung Gear IconX, which come with true wireless design and connectivity.