Updated 3 Aug 2017

RHA

S500i

Snapshot: The RHA S500i wired in-ear headphones have built-in cable player controls and works with virtual assistants (such as Siri). But how do they sound?

S500i
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$100

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Test results

Overall score
33
Comfort
?/10
Durability
?/10
Classical
?/10
Sound
?/10

Good points

  • OK durability.
  • Has player controls.
  • Light weight.

But

  • Extremely poor sound.
  • Poor comfort.

How we test

Noise-cancelling models

Overall score includes:

Sound (50%)
Comfort (30%)
Noise-cancelling (10%)
Durability (10%)

Other scores don’t count towards the overall score.

Non-noise-cancelling models

Overall score includes:
Sound (60%)
Comfort (30%)
Durability (10%)

Other scores don’t count towards the overall score.

For our test, we get 5 expert testers to wear each pair of headphones for an extended period while listening to a range of content from various audio sources. Each set’s sound quality was also tested using a reference ear, a device with an acoustic input impedance resembling that of an average human ear. This was also done for noise-cancelling if applicable. The scores from the testers and reference ear are then averaged into the final sound quality score.

The same 5 testers allocate the comfort score. Finding the headphone type that’s most comfortable for you can take time, because everyone’s ears are different. Earbuds often come with different-sized rubber nibs to help fit into your ear. Over-ear headphones tend to be bigger and heavier, so you may need to adjust the headband to get the fit right.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$100
Earcup type
In-ear

More test results (/10)

Jazz
3.0
Rock/Pop
2.3
Voice
2.5
Sound leaking
8.4

Specifications

Weight (g)
15
Cable length (cm)
135
Wired
Wireless
No
Battery
×
Functions when battery runs out

Features

Noise cancelling
No
Supports mobile assistant (Siri, Google, etc.)
Controls on cable
Controls on earpiece
×
Foldable earphone
×
Remote for Apple
Remote for Android
×
Travel case
USB charging cable
×
Extra earbuds
×