T10iby RHA

  • T10i
  • T10i
  • T10i
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
A solid product. Despite some flaws, it's still a good value.
79%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • These well-crafted earbuds have a unique design; the moldable metallic material wraps around the ears, which helps secure the fit.
  • The package provides an abundance of accessories, including 10 pairs of eartips and a carrying case.
  • The T10i headphones come with an iOS-friendly inline remote/microphone for calls.

CONS

  • The stainless steel build may prove to be too heavy for some ears. Plus, securing the headphones over your ears may require more futzing than you'd like.
  • The reference tuning filters generally sound rather heavy in the bass.
  • Some of the inline remote's features have limited functionality with non-iOS devices.
Scottish firm RHA offers the world its own stamp on headphone personalization: The T10i headphones sport moldable over-the-ear hooks that help secure the unit in place. Plus, the company includes a whopping 10 pairs of eartips--memory foam, dual-density, and double-flange types make up the mix. On top of that, you get a tuning filter system, which lets listeners adjust the bass or treble frequencies. These noise-isolating headphones come with a three-button inline remote, holders for all those eartips and filters, a carrying case, and a clothing clip.
NameT10iX11iME05DX 160 iEFreeStyle Earbuds
ManufacturerRHAKlipschMaster & DynamicBeyerdynamicBose
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List Price$200$349$199$115$117
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RHA has been extremely generous with sleeves, which helps when it comes to comfort and finding a secure fit...It’s always annoying to lose a…

RHA has been extremely generous with sleeves, which helps when it comes to comfort and finding a secure fit...It’s always annoying to lose a tip and have to resort to using a different size so we were glad to have a second pair.

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90%

Because of the in-ear fit (when you get them to fit) and the size and design of the earphones the noise isolation is excellent. Far better t…

Because of the in-ear fit (when you get them to fit) and the size and design of the earphones the noise isolation is excellent. Far better than most earphones I've used. That gives them a good head-start when it comes to sound quality.

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We measured the cable length at a whopping 1.3m. Three sets of metal filters make the sound notably different...[W]ith the metal filters on …

We measured the cable length at a whopping 1.3m. Three sets of metal filters make the sound notably different...[W]ith the metal filters on the treble is a bit too, well, jazzy for our liking. The bass is the best ñ great for house music. The reference is middle ground.

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82%

The shells...feel tremendously light and secure in my ear...My personal preference is always the flange tips and they keep the T10i firmly i…

The shells...feel tremendously light and secure in my ear...My personal preference is always the flange tips and they keep the T10i firmly in position with a great seal for me. The silicon single tips do an admirable job also but the seal is about 95% as effective as the flange tips.

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80%

[T]his is a pair of earphones that — together with the treble tunings — are spot on brilliantly suited for jazz, with a recreation that will…

[T]his is a pair of earphones that — together with the treble tunings — are spot on brilliantly suited for jazz, with a recreation that will put you in the same room as the musicians, with not too much of the bottom end, and just enough of the top, filling your eardrums.

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Drive-By Truckers' "Southern Rock Opera" album has some of the cleanest drum sound we've heard on a pop album in ages, and the T10i made tha…

Drive-By Truckers' "Southern Rock Opera" album has some of the cleanest drum sound we've heard on a pop album in ages, and the T10i made that abundantly clear.

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70%

I'm not a fan of the over-ear wire design...However, this is where the RHA T10i headphones have a slight advantage, thanks to the bendy part…

I'm not a fan of the over-ear wire design...However, this is where the RHA T10i headphones have a slight advantage, thanks to the bendy part of the cord closest to the buds. I pinched them until they outlined the back of my ear, which helped them stay put.

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We were about to write off the RHA T10i as criminally mis-tuned, but found much less problematic results with the treble filters...The RHA T…

We were about to write off the RHA T10i as criminally mis-tuned, but found much less problematic results with the treble filters...The RHA T10i have a warm and easy tone that, in concert with the fairly good treble detail, produces a very satisfying sound.

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It's no surprise in this era of booming low-end response that the T10i's "reference" tuning filters actually sound quite bass heavy. The sur…

It's no surprise in this era of booming low-end response that the T10i's "reference" tuning filters actually sound quite bass heavy. The surprise is how muffled they also sound in the high-mids and highs.

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60%

Each earpiece uses mouldable over-ear hooks...Manoeuvring them into place is more involved than with normal buds, but over time this should …

Each earpiece uses mouldable over-ear hooks...Manoeuvring them into place is more involved than with normal buds, but over time this should become easier, as the hooks mould to the contours of your ears. Once they’re in place, the T10is still manage to feel relatively lightweight despite their steel construction.

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For the most part – and despite their weight – I hardly noticed they were wrapped around my ears and plugged in at all. The pre-music prepar…

For the most part – and despite their weight – I hardly noticed they were wrapped around my ears and plugged in at all. The pre-music preparation was a bit more fiddly than simply popping in a pair of straight-down-dangly earphones and moving off, but the audio performance was worth the effort.

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The treble tips bring out some of the satisfying edges in percussion and string instruments that make music sound a little more "real." I fo…

The treble tips bring out some of the satisfying edges in percussion and string instruments that make music sound a little more "real." I found no issue with excessive sibilance or shrillness, either, and generally felt the listening experience with the treble filters was universally improved over the standard reference set.

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They’re better than in-ear headsets I’ve owned that have cost twice as much, in fact, and they seem designed to last.

They’re better than in-ear headsets I’ve owned that have cost twice as much, in fact, and they seem designed to last.

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Damien Rice's The Box...demonstrates how the T10i delivers fine detail and presentation as well as range and depth with life and energy. Ric…

Damien Rice's The Box...demonstrates how the T10i delivers fine detail and presentation as well as range and depth with life and energy. Rice's vocal is front and center, delicate and then soaring over an acoustic guitar. Subtle inflections, intonations and rhythms are beautifully presented and handled.

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The T10i were OK, but I didn’t ever love it. I was able to get them to fit without pushing on my glasses frames...Even if you don’t have gla…

The T10i were OK, but I didn’t ever love it. I was able to get them to fit without pushing on my glasses frames...Even if you don’t have glasses, expect some trial and error to get the fit right (and do get the fit right, otherwise the T10s won’t sound as good as they should).

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[W]e really enjoyed the T10i for most listening, offering a rich and buttery midrange, and plenty of extension and clarity up top. We prefer…

[W]e really enjoyed the T10i for most listening, offering a rich and buttery midrange, and plenty of extension and clarity up top. We preferred using the treble filters for a bit of extra snap in the upper register on some tracks.

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They are cold to the touch and heavy, and look striking in the same way as a well-designed missile or a shiny fuel pump...[T]hey aren't comf…

They are cold to the touch and heavy, and look striking in the same way as a well-designed missile or a shiny fuel pump...[T]hey aren't comforting. Or really all that comfortable either. They are big in the ear, and the 'mouldable' hook design felt a little fiddly at first.

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