RHA MA750 / MA750i Review

RHA MA750
Reviewed December 2014

Details: Flagship in-ear from Scotland-based RHA
MSRP: $119.95 (manufacturer’s page) ; $129.95 for MA750i w/mic & 3-button remote (manufacturer’s page)
Current Price: $120 from amazon.com for MA750; $130 from amazon.com for MA750i
Specs: Driver: Dynamic | Imp: 16Ω | Sens: 100 dB | Freq: 16-22k Hz | Cable: 4.4′ I-plug
Nozzle Size: 4.5mm | Preferred tips: Stock single-flanges
Wear Style: Over-the-ear

Accessories (5/5) – Single-flange (6 pairs in 3 sizes) and double-flange (2 sizes) silicone tips, foam tips (2 pairs), shirt clip, stainless steel eartip caddy, and zippered leather carrying case
Build Quality (5/5) – As with RHA’s lower-end models, the construction is impeccable. The MA750 boasts machined stainless steel housings, metal nozzle filters, and thick, rubbery cables. At the earphone end there is a molded “earhook” section about 4” long. It’s not memory wire, but it’s a lot more comfortable than the earhooks I’ve come across in the past. The cable is thick and tangle-resistant, and all of the hardware is metal, including the 3.5mm I-plug with a long “spring” strain relief. The 3-year warranty is very impressive as well
Isolation (3.5/5) – The housings are narrow at the front, allowing a good insertion depth and good isolation
Microphonics (4.5/5) – The cable carries some noise but microphonics are generally not a problem due to mandatory over-the-ear fitment and the fact that the cord is thick and heavy, and doesn’t move around much
Comfort (4/5) – The earphone housings have a familiar flared shape a-la Dunu Trident and RHA’s lower-end models. The earpieces of the MA750 made of stainless steel, though, so they are a little heavier. The small diameter at the front nonetheless affords a surprisingly comfortable fit considering the weight

Sound (8.9/10) – The previous RHA earphones I’ve tried left me impressed with their bass power and clarity, but the new MA750 is a strong performer all around. Its signature is predicated on enhanced bass, but less so compared to the lower-end models. It has a strong emphasis on sub-bass, and a little less on mid-bass. The bass quantity is not at what I would consider “basshead” level – deep bass presence is good with the MA750 but there’s not too much mid-bass punch compared to some of its competitors. On the other hand it is a lot bassier than the HiFiMan RE-400, which sounds more controlled but appears deficient in subbass in comparison the RHA unit.

The MA750 is warm in tone, but not overly so. It has decent enough treble presence to balance out the bass, though it is certainly is not a neutral earphone. The midrange is rich and full-bodied, with very decent clarity considering the sound signature. Clarity is better than with many other stereotypically “warm” earphones, such as the Sony MH1C and Dunu Trident. The RE-400, on the other hand, is more mid-centric, but still sounds more neutral and is a little clearer through its midrange. The pricier Dunu DN-1000 hybrid, too, is clearer, making the MA750 sound veiled comparison.

The upper midrange of the MA750 is energetic but emphasis diminishes before getting into the regions that typically cause harshness and sibilance. The MA750 is brighter overall compared to the Sony MH1C and Dunu Trident and has a slight tendency to sound “tizzy”, especially at high volumes, thanks to the lower treble emphasis. It isn’t bothersome, however, and I definitely would not call the treble energy excessive. On the other end of the spectrum, the Dunu DN-1000 has treble that is brighter and more revealing of artifacts, making the MA750 sound quite smooth in comparison.

Presentation-wise, the MA750 performs well for the price. Its soundstage is larger than those of the MH1C and Trident, and separation is better as well. The Trident especially sounds more in-the-head and congested in comparison. Aside from the enhanced bass having the ability to throw a slight veil over minute details and take away from its imaging ability, there is not much to complain about with the MA750 here.

Select Comparisons

RHA MA350 ($40)

RHA’s $40 MA350 is one of my favorite budget-friendly sets for enhanced bass, but while the flagship model does command a healthy price premium, it also offers up a significantly more refined sound. The MA350 has strong, domineering bass, but the MA750 manages to sound rich and full-bodied while maintaining lower overall bass quantity and better bass control. It’s more balanced, as well as smoother and more refined. The treble of the MA350 is a little grainy in comparison, and more prone to harshness. The MA750 sounds more natural and enjoys a larger presentation with better depth and separation, making the MA350 appear congested in comparison.

Onkyo IE-HF300 ($129)

The IE-HF300 couldn’t be more different from the RHA MA750 in design, but sonically both earphones tend towards a warm, enhanced-bass sound. The RHA unit boasts bass that is both more extended and more powerful overall. The HF300, meanwhile, has less bass quantity with a focus on mid-bass. This results in mids that are a little more veiled compared to the MA750. The MA750 sounds clearer and more crisp, though it is a little more laid-back at the top end compared to the Onkyos. Both earphones boast above-average soundstages, with the HF300 being a little more open-sounding.

RBH EP1 ($149)

Yet another enhanced-bass, consumer-friendly earphone in the sub-$150 range, the EP1 nonetheless offers a sizable contrast to the MA750. Both earphones have a strong emphasis on bass but the MA750 is a little more powerful here, which gives it a warmer and more full-bodied sound. The RBH earphones place more emphasis on the midrange and sound a little clearer as a result. The MA750, on the other hand, has a thicker midrange presentation and a smoother and more forgiving sound. The RHA also boasts a slightly wider presentation and tonal character that, to me, is more natural overall.

VSonic GR07 Bass Edition ($179)

This earphone’s “Bass Edition” moniker is only true insofar as it is more bass-heavy than the regular GR07. Next to the MA750, however, the GR07BE sounds rather balanced. The RHA unit has more bass and a warmer tonal character while the GR07 is closer to neutral. The bass of the MA750 is boomier and results in more veiling of the midrange. The GR07BE lacks some of the full-bodied character of the RHA, but remains clearer, especially in the midrange. Up top, the MA750 is a little smoother where it counts while the GR07 is more sibilance-prone.

THL Recommended Badge 2014Value (9/10) – The RHA MA750 has a lot going for it – a warm and lush sound, spacious presentation, and good bass presence. No less important is the construction quality, which features stainless steel housings and thick cabling. The earphones are comfortable, too, thanks in large part to the over-the-ear fit and molded earhooks, and isolate surprisingly well. Most impressively, the MA750 is not at all exorbitantly-priced – it’s extremely comfortable just north of $100. Early last year I found myself impressed with the entry-level MA350 and hoped to see more great things from RHA, and this year starts off with another hit from the Scottish manufacturer.

Pros: Extremely solid build quality; 3 year warranty; warm sound with excellent bass presence
Cons: Housings a bit on the heavy side

201 comments

  1. Hey Joker. I was hoping you could help me out with something. I recently had my RHA-ma750’s stolen, and I’m having a hard time deciding on a suitable replacement. I’ve considered a lot of the good V shaped and balanced headphones, including the Ety HF5’s, DUNU-DN1000’s, and the JVC HA-FXT90’s. I’m a bit nervous about switching from a smooth dynamic to an analytical dynamic, so I’ve also considered the EPH-100’s.
    I’m somewhat wary of re-buying the ma750’s. I loved the way they sounded, but I’m interested in hearing a different “sonic perspective”. A pair that I am curious about, but did not find listed, are RHA’s newer models, the T10’s and T20’s. Have you had a chance to listen to those and compare them to the ma750’s at all?
    Thanks for reading! I really appreciate it.

    • Yeah, that’s quite a wide gamut of earphones you’re considering. Definitely recommend taking your time with deciding which direction to go next.

      Can’t say anything about the new T20 but I’m not really a fan of the T10 in comparison to the more balanced MA750. It could be an upgrade if you specifically want more bass than the MA750 can provide, but otherwise not so much. Lots of other options out there that I’d rather have, including all the ones you listed.

  2. Hi joker, I love your reviews! I was hoping you could help me pick an iem that would best fit my taste. I’m looking for an iem with decent build quality and would work well mainly for electronic music. I’m looking for punchy fast bass, wide soundstage, detail, and good vocals. These two songs have everything I’m looking for.

    Cyberbird GITS OST:https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=lBfYXE098bA

    And Skrux Being Human:
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7wc_G_A1KB0

    So far I’ve considered the rha m750, yamaha eph100, and the jvc fxt100. Looking forward to your thoughts.

    • Not sure about the FXT100 but the MA750, EPH-100, and FXT90 would all be good choices. I tend to prefer the EPH-100 for its slightly more forward lower midrange and smoother upper mids, but the MA750 has a wider presentation and the FXT90 has arguably quicker bass. I would still go EPH-100 for electronic music, but you can’t really go wrong with any of them.

  3. Hello,

    A word about me, I’m a recent “convert” to digital audio, I’ve always loved music but kind of left ship in the decade of mp3 music. I had several models of the iPod and never used them for more than a couple of weeks – without knowing why in technical terms, only that it sounded terrible. Ignorance kept me out of digital audio for many years. Not until I made the effort to understand while it sounded like crap, from file format to chips to headphones, and began to rip my CDs in FLAC, and looking into gear, did my perspective on digital music begin to change. Gear-wise, I’ve been going one prudent step at a time, as my wife doesn’t quite share some of my obsessions, and truth be told, we have other priorities with two young children. When the time came to replace my phone, I was delighted to see that manufacturers are beginning to pay attention to audio performance, and got an Xperia Z3c which serves as my everyday player. Even though a beginner, I’m not going to preface with “Disclaimer: not an audiophile” as anyone with functioning ears and an appreciation for music can tell the difference between good and bad quality sound – and I believe I have pretty good ears.

    To get to the ma750s, I recently got a pair of those headphones, but regrettably made a moronic mistake in the “burn-in” process and ruined them after a few days. The pink noise track I was using had been recorded very loud and instead of using my ears to set the volume at the recommended medium level, I physically set the slider halfway at medium level. Four hours was all it took to ruin the poor headphones. I’m sharing that embarrassing story as a cautionary tale for others.

    Another pair is on its way and in the meantime I wanted to submit a few comments and questions. Out of the box, the sound of those headphones was amazing, but they were definitely lacking in bass. Not in extension and quality, which were beautiful, but in volume. At home it was ok, but it became a problem on the commute. Kind of frustrating, because hearing full bass extension was heaven on jazz recordings, I never realized how much information I was missing. It really changes the appreciation, enjoyment and intelligibility of the music itself, I need to emphasize that. There is absolutely no way jazz can be properly appreciated in mp3 format. Hearing jazz with anemic or distorted bass doesn’t make any kind of sense. In the real band context, other musicians can’t do what they do if they don’t get the full information from the bass, and get it musically. Jazz doesn’t make any sense in the mp3 format and the same holds true of any quality music regardless of genre. So the ma750s gave me that to a degree, but I need them to perform while on the go, as those are my best opportunities to really listen to music.

    I don’t think I was using the wrong tips, as the only ones that fitted were the single flange medium ones that come by default on the phones. Many reviewers seemed to be enraptured by the selection of tips coming with the phones, but I wasn’t, as the foams are supplied only in large, and the double flanges only in small and large, so that leaves only one choice only for medium ear canals, which I would think are the most common. Some reviewers have also stated only foam tips really should be used to get good bass, but in that case why is RHA supplying all the other ones? Also, I will need to investigate further but it’s possible that my size is in fact “medium-large” and I didn’t get a perfect “airtight” seal with the mediums. I find Comply’s price policy to be a bit silly, and might go the DIY route, customizing some standard ear plugs.

    So I’m giving the RA750s another chance because they’re available in my country at a ridiculous $85, and some reports (such as the whatifi review) that they really come into their own, including in the bass department, after a long burn-in. Whatifi say it wasn’t the tips as they had tried all of them. They ended up burning in the ma750s for a whole week, which is a lot of time, but may be ultimately worth it. Sorry about the long-winded post, take care,
    m_h

    • Hello, an update on my experience with the ma750s since I received the new pair yesterday.

      I almost got the Sony MDR-EX650 instead as they have good reviews, seemed more user-friendly and were discounted at $50 on the same site, but went on to order the RHAs anyway.

      First thing I did was trying some of the other tips provided. Last time I had quickly determined the default silicone medium ones were my size, and the L ones did not fit anyway; and honestly the Ms do seem to fit perfectly, even though they clearly do not provide a perfect seal.

      This time around I first tried the L double flanges and immediately noticed a better bass response, but they were very uncomfortable; I then noticed in the manual indicates the foams are an M size. I had not bothered to try them on the phones as visually they looked like Ls, much larger than the silicone Ms, and felt very stiff and difficult to insert on their own, not even mounted on the phones. The foams provided a further improvement in sound.

      So, the verdict? I’m really happy now with the ma750s, even with no run in period. They do sound like they need to settle a bit, but the experience has been brilliant so far, with everything present across the full spectrum. I nearly fell into a dream trance listening to “Return to Paradise” by Shirley Horn, “Question And Answer” by Pat Metheny (featuring the amazing Dave Holland and Roy Haynes) and “Waltz for Nicky” by Richard Galliano. It’s been a fabulous listening experience and I just can’t take the damn things off. My source is a Sony Xperia Z3C phone.

      I still think that RHA, and other manufacturers can do a better job of explaining the importance of a good seal. RHA might consider providing foam tips in all sizes. There is no objective reason IMO for some of the very negative reviews those headphones have been getting, even though such reviews are a tiny minority. But some appeared on major sites like What Hifi, and a prominent French digital tech site. There also needs to be more options besides Complys, which are too expensive. Foam tips are still a bit uncomfortable to me, and I plan to try the following hack – I wonder if you ever tried it?
      https://sugru.com/guides/how-to-make-a-neat-and-easy-custom-fit-earbud-in-ear-monitors

      All the best,
      m_h

      • Glad you’re enjoying the MA750!

        Yes, a poor seal is probably the most common reason any in-ear earphones get poor feedback on their sound. This is also why I don’t really trust Amazon and other mainstream sites when I see reviews of in-ears complaining about sound quality, especially bass.

        DIY custom tips are something I haven’t tried. As for foam tips, you can import various kinds from China via ebay, but I don’t think we will see any mainstream brand providing an alternative to Comply any time soon due to patents.

        Foam and silicone tips from different manufacturers can differ quite a bit in comfort and seal quality so ultimately it’s just a matter of coming across one that works for you. I tend like tougher/firmer silicone tips like those from Meelectronics, for example, but some like softer silicone tips such as Sony Hybrids.

        • I think I’m going to try the sugru thing. I feel manufacturers should do better with tips, especially with sizes. A trivial reason why I almost bought the Sony EX650 (I might still buy them in fact) was that they come with 4 different tip sizes rather than 3; 5 sizes would have been even better.

          As to the MA750, believe it or not, but I’m now noticing a bothersome issue with the midrange, where on some tracks the piano comping (Ella sings Cole Porter) or certain guitar parts (Lucinda Williams’s Car Wheels album) are really recessed far back, leaving very little charm to those tracks. Damn. I will abstain from any further comments on the MA750s though until they’ve have a good many more hours of use.

          • Well, problem solved! Found back those missing mids.it occurred because I had pushed the tip too far back on the shaft. The sound now is fantastic. Thank you for bearing with me!

          • It’s been quite a ride…

            Very glad to have all this feedback on here – no doubt that other new MA750 owners will benefit from it.

          • Yes and hopefully other will understand that my problems had nothing to do with the quality of those IEMs and everything to do with this user’s incompetence… I learned my lesson – the importance of a proper fitting for IEMs cannot be overemphasized ; careful with pink noise – played too loud it will wreck your phones.

            I frankly have my doubts now about the two supposedly professional reviews I mentioned. I can now safely say that those are great IEMs out of the box, and I’m not even sure they need to be burned in over a very long period of time as What Hifi wrote in order to be appreciated. They’re excellent as they are, well done RHA. And thank you joker again for your patience and the great work that you do.

          • One positive thing that came out of What HiFi mentioning burn-in is that you didn’t make up your mind about them out of the box but ended up experimenting some more to find a better configuration. While an unintended result, that’s a positive in my book and why I never really advise against “burn-in” when asked about it.

            Happy listening!

  4. Hey joker, first of all: Thank you! Your reviews are awesome! I have used Etymotic mc3s for 3 years and i liked them alot until they finally broke. Now i am looking for new IEMs and i think some more bass would be great (but i am no basshead). Comfortable fit (would be great if you can lay down with them) and nice build quality woukd be great too. I thought about sure se215, vsonic gr07 bass and rha ma750. i dont know if the bass of the re400 is enough. But im open to other IEMs too if you think they woukd fit me better. I listen to Linkin Park and some EDM (etc.) and my budget is up to 150€.
    Greetings from germany, picky :)

    • The RE-400 isn’t much bassier than the MC3, but on the other hand the MA750 might be too enhanced in the bass department. It’s much bassier than the MC3. Good if you want a sizable change from your MC3, but if you liked the Etys and just want something a little different, the MA750 is quite an extreme jump in sound signature.

      The GR07 BE is a nice mid-point. It’s smaller than the MA750, too, so you’re more likely to be able to lay down with it. The only limitation of the GR07 BE is that it can be mildly sibilant. Usually it’s not an issue but some people can be more sensitive to it. There is an alternative with similar sound quality and slightly less sibilance – the Philips Fidelio S2 – but you won’t be able to lay down with it.

      • Thanks for the really fast reply! I think you are right saying that the ma750 might be to bassy. I heard that the isolation of the fidelio s2 is not that good. What do the sure se215sound like compared to the etys? I am looking for something with a more punchy base than the mc3s rather than a bassy sound, you know what i mean? Thank you for your help, picky

        • Shures are closer to the MA750, just have more relaxed treble which makes them even more different from your Etys. And yes, I figured you wanted something that’s not too bassy coming from the Etys, which makes the MA750 a “maybe” – it’s a good IEM, but definitely bassy.

  5. Hey Joker

    I really liked my Rha 750 . I really liked that warm sound and clarity but unfortunately my left driver stopped working two weeks ago.
    Soo I am looking for a new pair of headphones which would isolate as rha 750 or even better and maybe it should sound a bit better (I work in a noisy environment and I also travel a lot , and I started to dj in my local music club) .

    I listen mostly to EDM (but bass is not a high priority for me) So which iem would recommend me ? My budget is 400-600$

    P.S what do you think about HD 25 and DT1350 compared to iem (Sound and isolation ) I know that’s like comparing apples and oranges , but I want to know your opinion on this

    Cheers
    Earl

    • There’s quite a few things to recommend for this because your budget is sizable. First thing that came to mind is the EarSonics Velvet. It’s one of the most fun and engaging warm-sounding earphones I’ve tried and can currently be had right around $600 (was $799 at launch, I think). My full review is coming soon, but there’s already one from average_joe on the site.

      Lots of other options for warm sound with clarity, good noise isolation, and bass that’s no necessarily as enhanced as it is on the MA750 – InEar StageDiver SD-3, EarSonics SM64, Westone UM3X, and so on. If a little more treble energy is okay also, then there’s also the 1964EARS 1964-V3 customs. These two still maintain good bass impact, but have a bit more treble emphasis than the MA750 and sound slightly brighter.

      If you want to try an different model in a similar price range, I rather like the Yamaha EPH-100. It has the potential for better noise isolation than the MA750 (with the right tips) and has a different, though still bass-heavy, tuning that also works well for EDM. Reviews of all these can be found at http://theheadphonelist.com/headphone-list of course.

      The HD25 and DT1350 are fine, too. I tend to prefer IEMs, especially where isolation is important, but for sound those headphones will be up there with the MA750. I’ve always quite like the HD25 for EDM, though these days it falls short with some other genres.

  6. Hello Joker,

    I am considering to upgrade my Klipsch S4 to RHA MA750/T10 after going through your review and comments. I had heard that the T10 have much overpowering bass and less clarity and was about to go for the MA750, but recently they just announced their new RHA T20 which have a new Dual Coil dynamic driver which work like its have 2 drivers that will be releasing this summer. Will you be trying it out any sooner and would it be worth waiting for compare to the MA750?

    • I will be trying the T20 at some point but it’ll be a while before they are ready. For what it’s worth, I think the MA750 is a good S4 upgrade and the T20 will be quite a bit pricier.

  7. Hi Joker!

    I absolutely love your reviews and have been buying my IEM’s based on your big master list for awhile now. I’ve been seriously considering the MA750’s based on the build quality and strong warranty. Unfortunately, I don’t really know what sort of sound I’m looking for in an IEM.

    I almost exclusively listen to audiobooks on my IEM’s, and I’ve never had a clue what sort of sound profile is well suited to them. I’d like something rugged and well-built following bad experiences with RE-400’s (bad from factory) and Ety HF5’s (fell apart due to steam, maybe). I guess, would the MA750 have a sound well suited to speech and extended listening?

    • That’s an interesting question. Normally I recommend more balanced IEMs for this sort of purpose, but you’ve already owned two of the better ones and I can’t think of any in this price range especially focused on build quality. I guess as long as clarity and vocal intelligibility are good, the remainder of the sound tuning shouldn’t matter too much. The more balanced HF5 is excellent in this regard while the warmer, bassier MA750 is merely good, but I doubt it will make much of a difference in the overall experience. At least the MA750 won’t be harsh or sibilant, so it should make for a good extended listen.

      • I’ve generally bought cheap in the past for IEM’s because I wreck them in the gym, but I’m keeping seperate pairs now. Some really cheap ones that go to the gym until the succumb to the steam room, and a nicer pair for listening when I’m out and about, or when I don’t want to wear a full over-ear set at my PC.

        Between the two, I vastly preferred the RE-400 to the HF5. More comfortable to wear, and sounded great. The sort of IEM I could end up wearing at my desk instead of switching to my over-ear set. I’m going to try the MA750. I’ll let you know how they stand up to extended audiobook sessions.

        • Yeah, I’d be interested in how they hold up!

          • Sadly, I’ve returned them. I positively loved the sound. It was great for on audiobooks, but the large-ish steel housing rubbed against my ear (antitragus) and left them very sore on day one. That was about six hours of wear, and I had them in briefly twice afterwards, but couldn’t avoid them pressing uncomfortably.

            I’d still recommend them easily, ear shape fitment issues won’t be universal. The bass and clarity without any harsh treble is brilliant for spoken word, and I chose challenging material with very high quality and very poor quality recordings. Male and female narrators.

            I’m seriously considering trying another pair of RE-400’s now. I just wish they had less issues with bad cables.

          • Ah, that’s a shame. I guess the combination of weight and size is always a limitation with earphones like these.

            I still can’t think of a better small-and-comfortable IEM with a smooth sound signature than the RE-400 that also has better build quality (this eliminates the Klipsch X10/X11 and UE600). Closest thing is probably the Creative Aurvana In-Ear 3. I never really recommend these because the $100-150 price they used to go for was too high for the sound quality with things like the RE-400 and HF5 on the market. Now that it’s $60-ish it’s a decent value: http://bit.ly/1dTsdUC . Cable is a little thin, but Amazon reviews don’t indicate reliability issues so it should be better than the RE-400.

  8. Hi Joker, first of all I would like to thank you for making this list. Now I’m having a little of a dilemma here. You see after looking at your website, I was thinking of getting the MA750i but my friend recommended me the audio technica CKR9 which after more researching about it is actually a pretty good earphone. Now is it better to pay the extra $50 for the CKR9 or should I get the MA750i? Or is there a better alternative from the 2. My budget is up until $200. For reference I have the ATH-M50x as my headphone right now and I really like it. I’m just looking for a earphone that I can carry around. Hope you could help me out and thank you

    • No experience with the CKR9 here, so I can’t provide a comparison. Obviously I do like the MA750 a lot for the price and sound signature – warm, slightly v-shaped with full-bodied and impactful bass. The M50x is, in theory, more neutral than the MA750 but it’s hard to compare headphones to IEMs because certain things – especially bass and soundstaging – are perceived differently. An IEM that’s as neutral as the M50x will probably have less bass impact than you’re used to with the ATH, while the warmer MA750 certainly won’t have that problem.

  9. Hi |Joker|, i recently lost my headset which was a Klipsh Image S4 and I am in for a new in-ear headphones. Well, it was about time I changed them anyway. I am confused between, the multitude of options and I cant seem to get clarity and come to a conclusion and I ran into your website here.

    I emphasis mostly on crisp vocals, detailed instrumentals and not too overpowering bass.
    I listen pretty much to every kind of music to movies.
    I would really love to have a controller, if not volume controllers atleast a mic
    around $130 budget

    Ive listned to Sennheiser Momentum in-ear and they were pretty great. Fits my requirements but I dont know if I am falling for the controllers there. Ive read the RHA MA750 and the Dunu Titan 1 are equally brilliant at the similar price range but I cant conclude.

    What do you recommend, among them or any besides them, will be better when it comes to the giving the best audio experience in that price range ???

    • from all the other reviews and discussions, I am leaning towards the HiFiMAN RE400 but the VSonic GR07 pulls me back (however, bass is not a high priority for me but I want the base to be there as its intended). Im dropping the RHA MA750, says it gets corroded if not handled with care. But Dunu Titan 1 remains.

      • The Klipsch S4 is a very v-shaped earphone (emphasized bass and treble), so just keep that in mind as you’re reading about more neutral sets like the RE-400. The bass and treble on that will be much more balanced and delicate than you’re used to.

        The Momentum is much more similar to the S4 than the RE-400. The GR07 (in terms of tuning) is somewhere between the RE-400 and Momentum. But, unlike those two, there is no option for a mic. I don’t really see anything wrong with going for the Momentum if you like the sound and features – it might not be quite as crisp and clear as the RE-400 or GR07, but it trades that off for nice bass that’s closer to the Klipsch S4, and of course the headset functionality.

        If you’re certain that you want to try a more accurate earphone, and don’t mind flatter bass, then I guess the RE-400i is your best option – it has smoother, more delicate treble than the GR07 and more emphasis on vocals, as well a a remote.

        • Yes, overall it appears as if I feel I should go for the Momentum Inear but the base on that wasn’t quite exactly I wanted.

          I really want to go for the RE400, cos people have been talking about their magical mids and how wonderful they sound in terms of accuracy. But when I went to amazon to order, I read lot of customers having issue with the cable and seem to break relatively early, some even weeks into the use. I dont know if the guy has been rolling down a hill or bashing his headset with a hammer, but with 1yr warranty I am kind of insecure. My very first Klisch S4 broke in the first 6 months even after careful usage, had to replace them to get these pair and now they are lost. So i would like if I didnt have to go through replacements.

          Meanwhile, I am revisiting the RHA 750i, with the headphone option and I think they seem to have decent base and overall detail and sound quality. Built like a tank and rolling out with 3yr warranty, I am willing to take the bite.

          In your reviews you mention, Gr07 is more clear and detailed than the RHA. RE400 i believe is more detailed than the GR07. So coming from Klipsch (although I havent lost them few months ago and been using my basic Sony DR/MDR eaphones, so I might not exactly remember how Klipsch sounds like now but with Momentum, I know yeah, its similar).

          So, if cable quality wasnt an issue, I would just go buy RE400. But coming from S4, you say I might not like it. If, RHA is better in terms of quality, sound stage, clarity etc than Momentum or S4s, I would consider buying the RHA instead.

          Ive been running around in circles for a while now. I appreciate your finesse to see things as it is, in these matters. Perhaps, if i were to try these then I couldve arrived at a conclusion myself, but unfortunately, not so lucky there. Thanks again :)

          • You mentioned the Momentum’s bass wasn’t what you wanted – if it was more enhanced/emphasized than you would have liked, then for sure don’t go for the MA750 – it’s actually a little bassier. Otherwise the MA750 does have several advantages over the Momentum, but the two biggest ones are treble smoothness (likely not a concern coming from the harsher S4) and soundstaging. For clarity and resolution, the MA750 and Momentum are similar, but don’t quite keep up with the more neutral RE-400/GR07.

          • I finally bought the MA750i, and im reallly impressed with it. I like the clarity and bass, on this better than my Klipsch, although the bass is a bit high for my liking but im learning to love it. :)
            Thanks for the recommendation, Joker.

          • Awesome, very glad to hear it! Enjoy!

  10. I’ve just picked up a pair of these, and like them so far – but think there might be a smidgen too much bass for me. I’m coming from Etymotic HF3s, and would be the first to agree that those would have gotten me used to very light bass – but these seem like they might be a bit over-emphasized. However, I love the fit and build quality on these, as well as the airy and lively presentation.

    Keeping in mind that an iphone mic (“3″ in the categorization here) is mandatory for me, would you recommend I keep these and wait for burn-in / equalize them a bit, or is there an alternative you would suggest that falls somewhere between the HF3 and MA750i? Something with a bit less bass and more clarity than the MA750, and a bit more bass than the HF3?

    • These and the HF3s are just very far apart in bass quantity, burn-in won’t help, but you might get used to them some given time and of course equalizing helps. That’s what I would do.

      Otherwise your best bet in this sort of price range is the HiFiMan RE-400i. It’s definitely closer to the HF3 in sound, but with slightly more full-bodied bass and smoother, slightly more dull treble. Build quality is not as good as the MA750 of course.

  11. Hey ljokerl! My Havi B3 Pro 1’s recently broke (getting a replacement) and I’m in the market for new IEM’s. I loved the Pro 1’s but found the bass (especially sub-bass) to be lacking in quantity and depth. I had this same problem with my Vsonic GR06’s but adored the soudstage and overall clairty (bought them off your guide). I currently use DT770 Pro 80’s at home and the V-shape, especially the deep and powerful sub-bass is what I love about them. I do have slightly bothered ears by sibilance but mainly only at higher volumes. I purchased a pair of EPH-100’s last summer off Amazon and I’m pretty sure they were legit but I really didn’t find there to be very deep bass extension which was weird to me so I returned them.

    I’m considering the MA750’s but I’ve also been looking at the ATH-IM50, SE215, and the XB90EX. I’m willing to spend $150 or so but could potentially go to $200 if the jump in quality would be that much of an improvement. I’ll be sourcing out of a iPhone 5S with mostly high quality bitrate songs. I mainly listen to hip-hop, pop, alternative, post-hardcore, k-pop, j-pop/rock. Thanks!

    • Not sure about the XB90EX but the MA750 has noticeably more bass than the SE215 and IM50, though I think all of them already have better sub-bass than the Havi.

      I’d probably stick with the MA750, especially considering the EPH-100 didn’t do it for you bass quantity-wise. That is, unless you want to spend extra for the DUNU DN-1000 to get more of that v-shaped sound signature coming through. The DN-1000 is getting up into the top tier of things, mostly just improving on the MA750’s bass control, overall clarity, and treble crispness/sparkle, at the expense of a little less bass and a slightly more v-shaped overall sound sig.

      • Ah okay thanks! MA750 is at the top of my list right now. Would you say the MA750 is better than the Momentum in-ear’s and A71’s for what I’m looking for? I really dislike when vocals are veiled but I dislike it more when the bass rumble isn’t what I’m expecting from a certain song, if you understand what I mean.

        • The Momentum tends to be mid-recessed while the A71 is not as powerful when it comes to bass (but better for vocals). I guess the MA750 is a good compromise between them if you want to look at it that way. It’s biased a little more towards good bass than good vocals, which seems to be in line with what you’re after anyway.

  12. Hi Joker,

    Great review I’m a begginer and decided to go with RHA MA750i and I also bought Fiio X1 to go with it. I’m currently using Samsung Galaxy Note4 and not happy with it’s sound quality at all. Do you recommend those two for begginers like me btw I can’t find all models in my country and u.s. dollars are as twice as expensive from my currency. Long story short my budget can’t afford more than these :) but I’m open to suggestions at this price range.

    Thanks in advance for your hard work and time reviewing all these models.

    • That’s a pretty open-ended question but generally speaking I do think these are good mid-high level IEMs to start with if you tend to like a bit of enhanced bass. At the very least there’s nothing clearly better unless you 1) spend a lot more or 2) have sound preferences or other requirements these don’t meet.

      Can’t comment on the X1 as I don’t have any experience with it, but I did like the X3 and X5 the few brief times I’ve tried them.

  13. i was just searching for some reviews on this and yours is much more detailed than others :,) . so I’m here about to ask;; (well partly bc you seem friendly too) , ignoring the price budget, what earpiece would you suggest? Noise-isolating ones, i mean. I guess in terms of the overall sound quality, since I don’t really notice the bass much when i listen to songs.. I would get the RHA but i hate having to wear earpieces via over the ear method, since straight down is always the most comfortable way for me ..

  14. Hey, jocker,
    Huge thanks for all you do for us, headphone enthusiasts.
    I love my Ortofon Q5 and I am looking for a similarly voiced IEMs for travel.
    Would the MA750 fit the bill?
    Any other recommendations under $150-200?
    I listen mostly classical and jazz.
    Thank you.

    • The MA750 is a bass-heavy earphone while the e-Q5 is quite well-balanced.

      If you want to go in a slightly warmer direction from the e-Q5 you might want to check out the TDK BA200. If you’re interested in a slightly more analytical sound – the VC1000. If you want a dynamic driver, the Sony MDR-EX600 would be a better match than the RHA – aside from smoothness, which is superior on the Ortofons, it’s a very good earphone.

  15. Hi Joker,
    Great review! I had purchased VSonic VC1000 after seeing yours and other reviews, and seeing that they sit very high in your earphone rankings. I’ve been using them for over an year now, and been really pleased with their sound.
    My only qualm about them has been the durability. Should I prefer RHA MA750 or T10i while making my next purchase?

    • Neither the MA750 or T10i sound anything like the VC1000. If you want a VC1000-like sound with better durability you’re better off with an Etymotic ER4 or HF5, or even a Westone W20. Those have balanced BA sound much more similar to the VC1000.

  16. Thanks for all the helpful reviews. I like the bass and mids on the RHA MA 750’s but I was wondering if you could suggest maybe two or three headphones that sounds similar but less veiled and have an even bigger soundstage. I was thinking around the $150 price range. Could you also compare the soundstage of the Dunu 1000 and some other less expensive suggestions to the RHA? I would greatly appreciate it!

    • I consider the MA750 to be one of the best enhanced-bass earphones under $150. What you’re asking for would be an excellent upgrade but in the same price range it just doesn’t exist among the sets I’ve tried. If you want to give up some bass quantity and treble smoothness, you could get the VSonic GR07 Bass Edition or even Philips Fidelio S2 – they are both more neutral earphones with slightly better soundstaging and much better clarity.

      The DN-1000 also has the clarity you’re looking for but I wouldn’t call its soundstage necessarily wider than that of the MA750. It does have better layering and imaging thanks to the extra clarity and detail resolution, but the soundstage width is not really larger compared to the MA750.

      • Thanks that is really helpful! So what’s the minimum I would have to spend to get what I’m looking for and what would be your recommendations? Also, are there ear tips you could recommend for the RHA’s?

        • While there are limits on the clarity vs bass curve (bassy things simply tend to not be all that clear), with a larger budget you can split the difference between the GR07/Fidelio S2 and the DN-1000/MA750, keeping the soundstage size (and most of the clarity) from the former while having bass quantity more like the latter. For instance the Dunu DN-2000 ($300) and Fidue A83 ($280). You can also consider the Sennheiser IE80, mostly for the expansive soundstage it provides while maintaining plenty of bass power.

          • Thank you for the suggestions! How about the T Peos Altone 200 compared to the RHA MA750? Would this be a better solution for what I’m looking for such as tight bass, not veiled, v shaped, great soundstage?

          • The Altone200 is a rather bright earphone and I typically don’t recommend it as an MA750 alternative or upgrade for that reason, but it does have tight bass, good clarity, a v-shaped sig, and a spacious soundstage (more so than the DN-1000, at least). It’s just less balanced and tonally less natural (to my ears) than the higher-end DUNU and Fidue models, and even the warmer MA750.

  17. Hey joker. Nice review. I Was torn between. These and the Yanahas but decided to get these instead but then I decided to buy the RHA T10.

    My question is would it be worth getting an amp for this? I was going to get the Fiio e6 and just work my way up since it being my first amp but Im thinking that it wouldn’t be worth much of a difference on near $200 earphones. Since I guess you get what you pay for. Should I upgrade to a more expensive one?

    I have an iPhone. Do the amp improve the sound quality such as making it more clear and crisp or does it just increase the volume and bass?

    Thanks for any help.

    • I personally like the MA750 better than the T10 but I don’t think either one needs an amp. The E6 is more of a toy anyway. If you use the bass boost it will increase the bass, otherwise it won’t do much of anything with an iPhone (which already has great audio hardware for this type of earphone).

      • A toy lol. Yea that does make sense. Thanks Im glad I cancelled my order for the amp it just didn’t feel right after reading reviews and your input.

        I just got the T10’s today and they’re not bad. I never seen a build like that before. I realized I had to put them kind of deep since they sounded so flat at first. Plus, I’ve been looking for some durable earphone since my Vsonic Vc 1000 and my multiple pairs of brainwavz s1’s broke. So hopefully these last,
        Thanks again.

  18. Thanks for the review!

    I was wondering if you tested out the mic on the 750i and if it was clear enough for regular phone calls/Skype etc.

  19. Hi Joker-nice review. I was wondering how these compare with the Thinksound MS01. From your review it seems like they would be somewhat similiar. I have the Thinksounds and like their sound but love the look of the RHA 750’s and wonder if they are a bit more detailed vs the Thinksounds which can be overly warm at times.

    Thanks in advance!

    • Hmm… I don’t think these are the answer for LESS warm sound. I would probably put them about on-par in that department, as well as overall resolution. The advantages the RHAs have are in bass depth and power, smoothness, and soundstaging, but not detail, clarity, or neutrality.

      • Thanks Joker! do you think maybe the gro7 Classic Edition would be the answer for some thing a bit more neutral? If not do you have a more “audiophile” IEM @$100?

        Thanks!

        • The GR07 Classics are way more neutral, yes. They have great detailing for a $100 earphone. Unless you want to go for a totally flat response and get a Balanced Armature earphone (which will be a big change coming from the MS01), the GR07 is as good as it gets.

  20. Hello, i loved this beautiful and detailed review and also i really appreciate your enthusiasm in answering people’s questions and helping them as much as you can.
    I have a pair of over ear momentum and in past i had a pair of Klipsch Image s4 and some cheap Philips earbuds.
    Most of the times i listen to EDM and Classicals. I really care about the quality of the bass( not just the quantity which overpower all the other parts) and also overall detail and clarity and specially soundstage and imaging of my musics, i really love to feel the impact and also vibration of the low frequencies and the speed and detail of them and also hear the detailed sound and clarity of each note in the music. the soundstage and imaging is also really important for me.
    My budget is around 150$ and i was considering the Ma750, Shure Se215 and D1000. What’s your recommendation for me?
    Thanks in advance for your response.

    • I was meaning Ma750, Shure Se215 and Dunu Dn1000. sorry for misspell.

      • If you don’t mind spending more and also having moderately prominent treble (a-la the S4) as opposed to the smoother treble the MA750 and especially SE215, the DN-1000 would be my choice. It has better overall SQ even though its bass quantity (not quality) is a lower than that of the MA750 and my other EDM pick, the Yamaha EPH-100. If you prefer to maximize bass quantity instead, the MA750 and EPH-100 are both great options.

        • Thanks for your detailed response. actually i wasn’t so happy with the treble of my s4’s , i was founding them a little bit too harsh and sibilant for my taste. Now i am mostly using my momentum over ears with my Fiio X3. But sometimes i feel that i can’t get the full detail and specially soundstage that i would like from them, and also i am looking for a little bit more subbass than what momentoms offers.
          Do you think that any of the above mentioned In ears can satisfy me or not? what about GR07 BE? Do you have any other suggestions? my budget can extend to 200$ at maximum.
          I really appreciate to hear from you. Unfortunately i can’t test those headphones where i live, That’s why i am trying to get help from expert people like you. :)
          Thanks

          • The GR07 BE lacks the bass depth and power of the DN-1000, MA750, and SE215 and tends to be more sibilant (closest to the S4 in this regard). The SE215 is the smoothest of these, but can sound a little dull and lacking in detail as a result. So, I would pick between the DN-1000, MA750, and EPH-100.

            The EPH-100 is the smoothest and has the deepest bass, with the MA750 close behind and the DUNU a little more balanced in the bass and has brighter and less forgiving (but also more detailed and resolving) highs. I can’t provide a comparison to the momentum over-ears but IMO you can’t really go wrong with any of them – just have to decide which seems the most appealing based on your past experience.

            As a general rule, don’t expect IEMs to have a better soundstage than an over-ear headphone, but they can separate out instruments better and of course there is a lot of variation from poor to great in both classes.

  21. Seems almost impossible to go a year listening to stuff through IEMs every day without spending a large amount of money. Expensive IEMs are, well, expensive, but nonetheless they always fail at some point. And cheap IEMs are so often false economy: just recently I bought a couple of pairs of Philips SHE3590s; both pairs failed within a month, both times the left ear failed. (Don’t think I’ll bother buying anything Philips again for a while – they seem to be a company with an almost infinite range of unreliable products.)

    Reviews of these MA750s suggest the build quality is unusually good, so I’ve ordered a pair from Amazon. If they fail within 12 months, I give up!

    • That’s the beauty of these IEMs. I broke all of my previous ones within 6 months due to hours of daily use but these come with a 3yr warranty, so no worrying about that. The build quality is so good that I think they may actually survive their time with me for once.

  22. Hi Joker,
    I’m new here – great effort – very much appreciated.
    Since I had my IE80 stolen I’m in a market for new pair of IEMs. First of all I liked how IE80 performed and was very close to just repeat the purchase, but as usual new options always seem worth checking :)
    I’m a bit undecided – how would you compare the two and if IE80 is in your opinion worth the extra cash.
    I’m located in the EU so can get MA750 for 100€, IE80 for 210€ and IE8i for 230€.
    Also looking at your reviews I see DUNU DU1000/2000 get a lot of praise – so this may still be in the combination.
    all input highly appreciated.
    cheers

    • The MA750 is certainly a great value at 1/2 the IE80 price but it gives you a slightly different experience. The bass is still enhanced but the midrange is a little less prominent and the presentation is not as wide and out-of-the-head. The IE80 has other advantages such as being more lightweight, detachable cables, etc. It probably is worth the extra cash when taken as a whole (with that price split at least – here in the US it’s more like a 3x difference in price).

      The DN-1000 and DN-2000 are again different-sounding earphones with a brighter sound that’s overall not as smooth, warm, and bassy as the IE80 or MA750. They’re very good if you want to try something a little different but I wouldn’t call either an IE8 replacement.

  23. Hi, so if I get this for $80~ is it a good deal?

  24. Hey joker, your guides have been extremely helpful for me in my search for the right IEMs, thanks for the invaluable info! I own the RHA M750i iem’s based on your review here and I really like them. However, I have been itching to try out some custom iem’s but I cannot spend more than $400. I really enjoy the sound signature on the m750s so do you have any recommendations on ciems within my budget that produce a similarly warm sound signature as the m750s? Thanks!

    • Hmm.. there are two difficulties with this, even not counting the price of impressions there’s only four customs I’ve tried in that (well.. <$450) price range. Not exactly a wide pool to choose from. More than that, the very basic property of the MA750 is its enhanced bass, which further cuts that number from four to one – the 1964EARS V3.

      The V3 is a great IEM for the price but still a step towards a brighter, more accurate, less smooth and bassy sound from the MA750.

      There’s one <$800 IEM I’ve tried that sounds more like an MA750 but it’s pricier – the Gorilla Ears GX-4b. It’s not really better than the cheaper V3, but it has a warmer, smoother sound sig that’s a little closer to the RHA sig.

      • While I enjoy the sound signature of the ma750s, I do sometimes feel like they are veiled which is really my only complaint with them (that and the fact that iems just aren’t very comfortable in my ears which is the main reason I’d like to try customs). Just for reference I use Sennheiser hd650s at my desktop rig and these are more what I’m used to so something with that sound signature is ideal for me. I like bass, but not overbearing bass. I appreciate smooth, clear treble but not something too bright (I’m sensitive to sibilance and it drives me nuts!). Maybe a slight V shape but not too much to where the mids are muddled. The 1964 V3 do seem like a good match but I’m hesitant to invest $500. Do you think the Custom Art Music One/Two would be something I’d be interested in?

        • Yeah you’re not going to find a CIEM that’s as veiled as the MA750, so no worries there. The V3 is still brighter though – it’s actually not as smooth as the HD650 and quite revealing in the treble, so if you’re sensitive to sibilance and okay with having significantly less bass than the MA750 has and a non-v-shaped sound, the flatter and smoother Music One (haven’t tried the Music Two) would be a better choice. Plus it’s a better value.

  25. Thanks Joker i returned my 215 for 750 wow i can tell a big difference i do feel the 750 is much cleaner and crisp but is it me but all the tips dont fit my ear they feel kinda hanged out. i am using the foam one because it the best one in there imo. Also whats are the difference between the t10?

  26. Hello Joker i am looking for a iem for about 100€ (i’m european so i have limited choise). I’m new to hi-fi but i think i’m looking for a slightly enanched bass iem that doesn’t lack of overall clarity. I restricted my choise to ma750 and XBA-h1, which do you suggest (even other iems)?
    P.s. A question about ma750: is the over-the-ear hook made of rubber or hard plastic? Since i wear glasses, do you think it could be unconfortable?

    • Adding some information: since not all my music library is high quality (have some 128kbps MP3) iems should also sound smooth and be tolerant.

      • I can’t comment on the XBA-H1 because I haven’t tried it. The XBA-H3 is better than the MA750, but also a lot more expensive. For the amount of bass (I would say MA750 is more than “slightly” enhanced) and the price the MA750 has good clarity. It’s not going to keep up with BA earphones in the same price range in clarity, but they don’t sound anything alike anyway. It’s also quite forgiving.

        The MA750 ear hook is some kind of rubber (same material as the cable). The fit isn’t really different from any other over-the-ear IEMs. I wear glasses and haven’t had any problems.

    • I Have owned both the M750 and H1s. I really did not like the H1s for hybrid IEM the bass was not all the impactful or dynamic nothing like the m750. I also felt like the H1s where not crossed over correctly I could hear that it had multi drivers. Also the clarity of the H1s was not overly impressive

      • Good to know. Funny that the H1 was just named The Wirecutter’s best IEM under $200. I didn’t agree with their previous pick (RBH EP1) and it sounds like I wouldn’t agree with this one, either.

  27. Is there a huge difference between the 215 and the 750i? In sound quality

  28. Hello Joker i am looking for a iem for about 100$ i was thinking about the shure 215 rha ma750 or the Hifman re 400

    i mainly listen to EDM/Dubstep/Trace/Pop/House/Female vocals.

    want something thats fun to listen to have good soundstage good isolation warm and imaging

    also is buying a used shure rha ma 750 or re 400 on amazon a bad thing will there be fakes?

    And if you have any more suggestions

    • They sound pretty different – the RE-400 especially is much more balanced and neutral than the other two you’re considering. It might be better for vocals but its sound isn’t what’s generally considered “fun”. The SE215 is warm and smooth, has some enhanced bass but overall the MA750 is better, especially for EDM.

      No counterfeits that I know of for either model but you probably won’t have any warranty with a used unit (the MA750 has a 3-year warranty, which is especially valuable).

      • Thanks I going to try the shure 215 first and if I don’t like it I can just return it

        • Also what amp will be good with the shure 215 and the ma750 I was thinking about the fiio e6 because it’s cheap and I heard good things about it

          • You really don’t need an amp for these model. They’re dynamic driver-based and not sensitive even to basic things like impedance and hiss. You can get an E6 just to play around with and get a volume boost, but it won’t make an appreciable difference in overall sound quality unless there’s a problem with your source that it solves.

  29. Hey thanks for an amazing guide.

    I’m a little confused about warm sounding, neutral, etc. and what it means.

    I guess I just want to know which IEMS would be best for grunge and acoustic rock?

    Best,

    Drew

    • The funny thing is – different people prefer different types of sound for the same genres. Generally speaking, there is no right or wrong sound for most music types. Personally, I prefer a neutral to slightly v-shaped signature for grunge and rock. In this price range and without any additional requirements I’d probably go with a VSonic GR07 Classic or GR07 Bass Edition (the latter has a bit more bass, still not too much).

  30. Joker, thanks for the review!
    I’m looking for a good IEM and narrowed my search down to the MA750 and the Yamaha EPH-100. I mostly listen to metal, and the build quality is really important for me. Which would you recommend?

    • For my taste they’re both a little bassy for metal but I guess if I had to pick one for sound and build quality I’d go with the MA750.

      • So which IEM in the same price bracket would you suggest for listening to metal, joker?

        • For my taste the bassiest I could go with metal is probably a VSonic GR07 Bass Edition.

          • OK, thanks, and this, my friend, is why you’re the hero of the internet.

          • You say that the GR07 is the bassiest you would go, but what are the best IEMs you’ve used for metal? I listen to mostly punk rock and grunge, do you have any recommendations in the 100-120 dollar range? I don’t prioritize any sound frequency, although I listen to almost entirely to rock derived genres (hard rock, metal, grunge, alt rock). What do you prefer for those?

          • The GR07 Bass Edition is the bassiest I would go, but the regular GR07 (or GR07 Classic) would probably be my personal pick in that price range.

  31. Hi Joker,

    Ok so before asking the obvious I would like to share bit of the backstory so please bear with me.
    The thought of moving on to IEMs came to my mind when I listened to my friend’s CX300s.I was totally left spellbound when I heard things that were never there in the same songs on the earpieces that came with my iPhone. Henceforth I began my search for the perfect set of IEMs for less than 150$ and delved inside the world of an audiophile, looking at sites such as headfi,inner fidelity,whathifi etc.
    Finding the perfect set how hard could that be? To my dismay,very hard. Being a newbie and the ditz that I am, I was overwhelmed by all the technical jargons and terminologies that are used, Honestly I couldn’t make out the difference between 2 drivers or how low the perfect bass should be or what kind of a stage a soundstage is? etc.
    Perplexed, I then began my search for the “best” IEMs under my budget,after a few hours of looking I finally came across something – the RHA M750i.
    Now these earbuds are mentioned everywhere and receive appraisals from many reviewers, seemed like these were the ones to get and hence I
    finally decided on putting my money on these.I found these on eBay retailing for 141$ and decide to buy them within the same week,
    then for some reason(festive shopping) I had to put my earbud purchase on hold.(I hope you’re still with me)
    Now after my shopping spree I had to cut back on my budget and revise it to about 70-100$(max.).
    This now leads me to the 1st problem all over again and I can’t decide on anything. Though after some looking here and there I have shortlisted a few? earphones but I have no idea whether the sound they would produce would be to my liking or not. These are as follows — Vsonic GR07 classic, BE, Vsd1s, vsd3s ; sound magic e30, e10 ; RHA MA350,MA450; Shure Se215; Klipsh s4; or any other model in particular that you can suggest?
    Since I’m not that familiar with the terminologies, all I can tell you is that I do enjoy bass but it shouldn’t be overpowering or “muddy” and treble shouldn’t be too high such that it becomes sibilant (screeching),also clarity should be good and feel as if I’m sitting in the studio next to the singer. 😀 😛 . I dont care much about design or durability since I’m a careful user. Sound quality is utmost important to me.
    I listen to most kinds – Alternative/pop/classical/indie rock,grunge,r’n’b,hip hop. Everything except EDM,trance and such.

    Thank you for bearing with me and I do apologize for the lengthy query.
    Any help would be much appreciated.
    Thanks once again

    • Well, that’s a lot of text but underneath it’s really a very simple query of the type my Buyer’s Guide is designed to address: http://theheadphonelist.com/earphone-buyers-guide/ . The list of earphones you’re considering is all over the place both in sound signature and performance. It’s fine if you want to spend less and get something like the RHA MA350, but with a $100 budget and options like the SE215 on there, considering the MA350 (for instance) doesn’t make much sense.

      First off, audio is a matter of degrees and what’s “present but not overpowering” bass to you could mean a totally different quantity to someone else. Same goes for treble energy/harshness and pretty much everything else. You just have to start somewhere, keep track of your journey, and over time you’ll be able to better narrow down what you do and do not want in your earphones – then suggesting a set of earphones for you will be less of a guessing game.

      Anyway, there are very good sets on your list and the ones that stand out to me are the GR07 Classic, VSD3S, and SE215. The GR07 Classic is the flattest of the three and the most accurate. It doesn’t have anywhere near as much bass boost (or bass bloat) as something like a CX300, but technically it’s the best earphone there. The VSD3S is a lot less expensive and a little less accurate, with slightly more bass as well. It might be a safer choice both in terms of investment (not diving off the deep end right away, etc) and sound signature, but it leaves some room for improvement in both fidelity and treble smoothness (the latter being a weakness of the GR07 as well).

      The SE215 is by far the smoothest of the three (I actually prefer more treble energy than it offers, but again that’s a personal choice). It also has the most bass. It’s still very clear and detailed and just an all around strong performer. If you’d gone off the buyer’s guide I linked above and just taken a step back from the MA750 in price, the SE215 would’ve been the one you ended up with. It’s really the “safe” choice from your requirements – plenty of bass but without bloat, good mids, and smooth, somewhat relaxed treble. Maybe not as clear and detailed as the VSD3S or GR07 Classic, but a good jumping off point for mid/high-end IEMs.

      • Thanks for the reply joker!
        I couldn’t agree with you more and did a little more research referring the buyer’s guide you recommended. After going through the various IEMs I figured I’m looking for a balanced sound with a good enough soundstage, imaging and instrument separation.Since I’m not a basshead, I didn’t heed the first category but as personal preference I do enjoy a decent amount of bass.I was also looking for good mids and clarity, and highs that are less prone to sibilance.
        Now as you suggested, the Shure SE215s in my country retail for around $130 which is crossing my budget and hence I have to rule them out. What I’m left with now is VSD3S($43.53), VSD3($43.53),VSD1/S($37), GR07 Classic($77), RHA MA 450($66).
        Now which according to you fits best under the given circumstances or if you could suggest any other IEM that I could look into.
        Also can you point out the difference between VSD3 and VSD3s and how well do these two hold against the GR07 classic.
        And how does GR07 compare with its old versions a la GR07 BE and GR07 mk2.
        Thanks.

  32. Hi. I love your reviews, both on Head-Fi and here. This has rapidly become one of my favorite sites on the net.

    I bought the MA-750s and they are as advertised. Very good especially at the price point, and the signature I’ve been looking for. Here’s the thing though: the clarity is not quite what I was hoping for at the mid- and high- ends. I’ve noticed you’re a big supporter of the TDK 200s and you also like the EPH-100s. But I haven’t seen any direct comparisions to the EPH-100s.

    Which of the three would you recommend if I’m seeking a nice warm signature, solid and impactuful, but not overpowering, bass, a nice wide soundstage, and a somewhat bright sound – and as much clarity as I can get, given the priority of a warm signature? I value your opinion and love reading your detailed comments. I look forward to hearing your thoughts. It seems like perhaps the EPH-100s would have given me everything i’m looking for, but I’d really appreciate your take and I’m just not at all familiar with the TDKs.

    Thanks,

    MrMonte

    • Thanks, glad you like the site!

      Yes, with the heavy bass you just don’t get that clarity that you would get from a good balanced-sounding set. The BA200 will do much better in clarity than these, but it also has a lot less bass. The same is true, for instance, of the VSonic GR07 and other balanced-sounding earphones. The EPH-100 has less recessed mids and maintains a little more clarity that way, but on the whole it still has the heavy bass and thick, warm sound. There’s a slightly longer comparison in one of the comments at the bottom of this page: http://theheadphonelist.com/headphone_review/rha-ma750-ma750i/#comment-2534

      I don’t think the EPH-100 makes sense as a compliment to the MA750, but if you want to substitute the MA750 with something that still has heavy bass but a bit less of a midrange veil, then the Yamaha should be a good buy. It’s still nice and warm, but not particularly bright.

      In the end it really depends on how far you want to move in that direction from the warm and fairly bassy MA750, because you could go for something like the VSonic GR07 Bass Edition to get bass levels greater than BA earphones such as the TDK BA200 but still better clarity and brighter treble than the MA750. You also could just spend $50 and try the VSonic VSD3S, which has 95% of the GR07’s audio quality and better clarity and treble energy than the MA750.

      • this is great and appreciated input. I should clarify one thing however. If I left the impression that I am a basshead, that’s a mistake on my part. I like a good bass presence; I love especially when I can feel it. I don’t, however, want or need to be overwhelmed by the bass. I like it balanced overall in the presentation.

        I’m not an IEM expert so maybe I’m using some terms incorrectly. I apologize for that. When I say “warm” presentation, I mean, something that won’t make me want to take the IEMs out of my ears after an hour, I guess because the highs are too high. but I do like some punch, AND I want to hear the full range of the instruments nice and clearly, with some dynamic presentation. Maybe I’ve just had bad experiences with BA IEMs so I’m open to reconsidering as I know that many are highly recommended.

        My budget is up to about $125.00 realistically but could go a little higher.

        So just curious – given that description of what I’m looking for, what would you recommend in a nutshell? Are the RMAs discussed here the answer or is there something else you’d steer me to?

        Very appreciated,

        Monte

        • Hmm.. interesting requirements. If you want to be safe on the treble front and avoid anything that might be piercing, I guess that eliminates the VSonic sets discussed above as they tend to be a little bright. If you can find a BA200 in your price range, by all means go for it – while not heavy on the bass, it is an extremely capable earphone for that sort of money and doesn’t have piercing treble.

          If you want to go dynamic with smooth treble and a balanced presentation, the Brainwavz R3 comes to mind: http://theheadphonelist.com/headphone_review/brainwavz-r3-ver-2/ . It won’t quite have the clarity of the BA200, but it’ll be closer than the MA750 while maintaining smooth treble and extended bass. Fit can be a little finicky but the current version is okay.

          • thanks again. The BAs are a little out of my price range, and I’ll take a look at the Brainwavz.

            On my requirements, if I had to simplify I’d say just more clarity and detail than the MA-750s, particularly in the mid-range where the 750s just seem a bit muddy, and no pain after an hour or so. Maybe I’m overdoing the “warmth” thing!

          • Well, that eliminates the BA200 but the R3 is still be in your price range, more or less. If you want to risk harsher treble, then the VSonic VSD3S is a great buy and only $50 or so. It’s crisper and clearer than the MA750 but not as warm/bassy (still good bass though) or as smooth.

          • so, after much deliberation and consideration of all your points, I’m thinking of going a different route and investing in the GR-07 Bass Edition. I take note of your comments that it has all the clarity of the non-bass edition, but that the enhanced bass is minimal – not in your face overwhelming. It can be had right now at the upper tip of my price range on Amazon – about $125.

            Thoughts?

        • just to add – I know you recommended them above so I’m interested in hearing your perspective in light of our recent conversation, but ALSO which you think would be more appropriate for me – the 07 BEs or the EPH 100s. Thank you in advance!

          • You are correct that the bass boost on the GR07 BE is minimal and keeps the clarity very high. The GR07 BE still has the same caveat of having less smooth treble than the MA750 and EPH-100 as the other VSonics mentioned, though. Other than that it fits your requirements very well.

            I guess without hearing it (or another similar VSonic earphone) first you won’t know if the treble is above your tolerance level or not, so I would just recommend staying away if you tend to listen at high volumes. Otherwise, I’d say it’s definitely worth a try.

          • hmmm, I’m a high volume kind of guy…:)

            the RMAs are growing on me as I continue to use them – I have a few days before I need to make a final decision. I can’t escape the feeling that they ‘could be just a little better,” but the sound seems to be tightening up. They do GREAT will high quality recordings. It’s the lower quality ones which seem to give them a little trouble.

          • Most higher-end earphones do better with good recordings. If you have a paremetric equalizer on your device you can try boosting the midrange especially in the ~1-2.5k range to see if that gets it closer to your desired sound.

      • So I picked up the Shure 215s and I’ve spent the past week or so doing a lot of comparisons – and giving both burn in opportunities.

        It’s tough as they do have different sound signatures, and both (the RMA-750s and the Shure 215s) are clearly excellent IEMs.

        My first reaction was go with the 215s. They don’t have quite the overall clarity of the 750s but they make more of an immediate impact.

        As I thought about it though, I decided to stick with my 750s! The overall sound clarity is just a bit better; the 215s seem a bit muffled to me. Just a bit. But I think with the 750s, the range is better, and the “impact” I like is definitely starting to come through. Right now, I really like them.

        I’m glad I didn’t make a rash decision. And I am definitely in the camp that says there is value to burn in. I think there is an overall process of getting your ears and the IEM in synch, and burn in may not be the only factor involved there, but it definitely (in my opinion) is one of the factors.

        Thoughts?

        • Yep, you are totally right. Different sound signatures despite both being generally a little warm and bassy, and good overall performance (they are both found on my Buyer’s Guide here: http://theheadphonelist.com/earphone-buyers-guide/). The MA750 has some added treble energy, clarity, maybe a little better bass depth as well. When given the choice of only one I chose the MA750 as you can see here: http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/innerfidelitys-wall-fame-ear-monitors . I could only have one ~$100 enhanced-bass over-the-ear earphone on that particular buyer’s guide so the MA750 stayed and the SE215 went.

          As for burn-in, I’m a believer in the mental aspect of it. It’s not hard to get used to different levels of performance and different sound sigs given time, especially if you only use on IEM on any given day. I call it “Brain burn-in”.

  33. Hey ljokerl, I’ve heard a lot about having to burn these earphones in to get the best quality of them. Is this true? If so, how long did it take to get them into form? Thanks.

    • Burn-in is kind of a hotly debated topic, always has been. I don’t ascribe much value to it these days and believe that (at least in large part) it’s a mental process but just to be thorough I put a good number of hours on all my earphones before doing the final review. I know that many manufacturers recommend it, but to them that’s a no-lose proposition. Either way it will occur naturally with your earphones whether you like it or not, so I definitely don’t recommend doing anything specific or waiting a X number of hours to enjoy your earphones.

  34. Hi Joker,

    Thanks for all the great reviews
    I lost my set of Westone 4 last week and an contemplating the M750’s
    I loved the W4’s for their warm sounds and ability with all types of music like jazz, pop, electronica , metal
    Do you think I would like the 750’s too?
    Cheers

    • That’s an interesting question… MA750 as a step back from the W4. In the context of the MA750 being more bass-heavy (especially deep bass) I think it will work fine, but you may find yourself missing some of the midrange presence and clarity of the W4. For metal especially I think the bass of the MA750 will appear a little more intrusive than you’re used to. Other than that, they should be fine, especially considering they are 1/4 the price of the Westones.

  35. My Vsonic GR02BE just broke (the cable from one of the earpieces is disconnected or something and maybe non-repairable), so now i need new ones. I decided to get something more expensive and i stoped at these. Could you say that they are good replacement to my vsonic? Btw i love their sound, but bare in mind that they were my first good iems if this has to do with something.

    • The MA750 is going to have a smoother and warmer sound than the GR02 – it’s a little bassier and less sharp in the treble as well. It’s a bit of a change from your VSonic tonally. I would say the MA750 a good step forward if you’re looking for something a little bassier – otherwise you can get a closer match for the GR02 with something like the VSonic VSD1S or GR07 BE – both of these have less bass than the GR02, but not by much, and present a clearer and more balanced sound overall.

  36. If you have small ear canals, there are probably better options. In fact, my right ear started to hurt after a short period of use.
    So, beware if you got small ear canals. And in my opinion, the cable was a bit too sturdy and the clip wasn’t as easily adjustable as I would’ve liked it to be.
    I only tried stock tips but since most ppl seem to get an OK fit with them, I suppose my ears are at fault here.

  37. Hi, first of all i wanted to thank you for all your hard work !!
    i want to get a good par of in earphones, the thing is i don’t live in America, i’ll have to import them and i can’t apply any garante if they broke, so i’m looking for a sollid earphones.
    i really like these but i’m not sure if it is better to get these or get something like the Shure 215 with a detachable cable that can be more durable.

    I’ll use them mostly on the streets, i can be really carefull with them, but i’ll use them all the time, so i don’t if it is bettet to get the shures or the RHAs or even get some cheaper ones like the UE600. (also i listen mustly groups like Daft Punk, Red Hot chilli Peppers, Strokes)

    Sorry if u can’t understand me, English is not my native language

    Thank you again for everything ! 😀

    • It’s hard to say whether these or the SE215 will be more durable in the long run, but if you have to import everything the replaceable cables of the SE215 might not be viable for you since replacements can end up being expensive.

      If you’re worried about spending a lot you can definitely get a good earphone that’s less expensive, but don’t get the UE600 – it’s just not designed for durability. You can get a very good earphone for under $50 these days – the Xiaomi Piston 2, for example. It won’t be as impressive in terms of sound as the RHA or even UE600, but it’s not miles behind and will be much cheaper to replace when it breaks since you can’t take advantage of warranties.

  38. Anthony Maddison

    Hi Joker, excellent review as ever.

    I wanted to ask about a three way comparison really if I may. I currently have a set of Shure SE425’s but I wanted another earphone with a Mic so it could double it for conference calls with work, so after spending a lot of time on your site went for the MA750i. I couldn’t be happier with them in general and I really like the sound signature I get from them, everything is more upbeat and I’ve found myself really liking music I was a little tired of previously hearing using them over the SE425’s, and my problem is that my SE425’s sound a little dull in comparison….

    So began the search for something to replace the Shures. There are a lot of review sites on the net all advocating different models as the best and I can’t help but think that a lot of them are sponsored by manufactures, apart from yours. I’ve been reading back through a lot of your older reviews and have asked a few questions on your facebook page (sorry if I’m getting annoying by the way!) and various models stood out, Custom Art Music One/two, UE 900, or the DUNU DN-2000.

    Of the three (or any others you’d recommend) what would be your recommendation? I’m not exactly flush with money but I’d happily spend $300-$400 on a set due to the amount of use I’d get out of them, with a preference towards V-shaped or warm balance.

    Many Thanks
    Anth

    • You know, that was one of the reasons my reviews on Head-Fi and here are organized the way they are. Even without conscious bias it’s very easy to be excited about every new thing, especially on a forum – wanting to be part of the discussion and all that. Having to put some numbers on the performance (that can be at least to a degree verified/questioned by others running the same comparisons with other sets) is a good way to keep everything balanced.

      I guess the question to ask would be, what are you looking for in terms of sound signature in comparison to the MA750s, which is both warm and somewhat v-shaped? I.e. what’s the MA750 not doing for you?

      The three sets you are considering right now are fairly different – the Music One is balanced with a slightly warm tilt due to the (marginally) relaxed treble (akin to a HiFiMan RE-400) while the UE900 is balanced with a brighter tilt. The DN-2000 is more v-shaped than both of these, with more bass. In terms of bass (especially subbass) presence it’s closer to the MA750 than to the UE900 or Custom Art Music One.

      • Anthony Maddison

        Hi thanks for the reply, I should have probably clarified one or two things in my initial post reading it back.

        It’s not so much that there’s anything the MA750i isn’t doing, I really like them and if anything I much prefer them over my more expensive Shures, it’s more the fact that I like to have two separate sets. One I use for work when on calls (hence the mic was needed) and listening to music in between, the other will be for when I’m at home, out running, at the gym, on holiday… I very much like the warm and V-shaped signatures as it tends to fit better with my preferred music taste, upbeat rock. It sounds like the DN-2000 is probably going to be the best match for me from your reply (unless there’s anything other with the same signature that may be a better unit overall for the price) which matches from my initial thought as well so thanks for that. Perhaps in the past I’ve approached it wrong and gone for the best set overall I could get for the money rather than getting the best set for my preferred listening tastes (in truth, until your post about the buyer guide on signature I’d never even considered that at all).

        If you have a UK affiliate link to get hold of a set then please feel free to post up, if I can give a little back the site I’m more than happy to do so, it’s been a massive help to myself and no doubt lots of others. I’ll also need some comply tips for DN-2000 and the MA750’s so again any affiliate links you have I’ll use.

        Regarding your initial comment, totally agree. I’d never had put myself in the category of being an audiophile, but I guess I’m turning into one and I’ve been watching your blog posts with mounting interest for a while and using the Head-Fi page for a couple of years. I must have spent hours on that site reviewing and re-reviewing posts and comparing them to others in different price bands (it was only last week I realised you had a facebook site though!) before settling on a set. There’s some great work in there and I’ve been using it as my point of reference for a while, easily the best comparison/review site of its kind on the net anywhere.

        Thanks for the help.

        Cheers
        Anth

        • The only thing with the DN-2000 is that it’s not very warm. There’s just not enough mid-bass to have the kind of warmth you get with the MA750 or Yamaha EPH-100. The focus with the Dunus is mostly on deep bass, and of course they have pretty bright treble (brighter than MA750) as well. If I were you I’d consider saving $100 and going with the cheaper DN-1000 instead. It’s not as clear or spacious as the DN-2000, but it’s got a warmer sound that’s more conventionally v-shaped, and it is still a great earphone that provides a strong contrast to the MA750.

          We do have Amazon UK affiliates but the earphone selection on there is not good. Mp4nation ships globally and has a better selection for Asian brands. See here for all affiliate links: http://theheadphonelist.com/about/support-headphone-list/

          And thanks – glad the reviews have been helpful so far! There’s so much more I want to do with this site – just got to find the resources, especially time.

  39. Hi ljokerl. Would the 750 make a good upgrade to the Soundmagic E30? I really like the E30’s sound signature, but am considering upgrading to something better. You mention in the comments the 750 has a slight V shape. Is that relative to other warm/smooth IEMs or is it on the boundary of being classified differently? If the 750 isn’t suitable, could you make a recommendation please. I assume the EPH100 or a GR07 variant would be next on the list?

    Thanks in advance for any advice.

    Pablo.

    • It’s not a great signature match for the E30 – just not similarly balanced. The MA750 and EPH-100 are both much bassier, though the mids of the EPH-100 are more in line with those of the E30 while the MA750 is a little less forward in the midrange. The GR07 is better, but still less has less midrange emphasis and more treble energy than the E30. I would maybe even say the HiFiMan RE-400 or TDK BA200 would be a better match, though the RE-400 is a little lighter at the low end than the E30.

      • Cool, thank you for the response. The RE400 and BA200 weren’t even on my radar until now. It was the work of you and ClieOS on Head-Fi that enabled me to pick the E30 several years ago. Thanks again, and I hope the good work continues!

        : )

  40. There is a MAJOR problem with the MA750i. The where the cord comes out of the volume control/mic unit it has ZERO give, and after a few accidental tugs, it broke, rendering one side silent. I’d recommend the MA750 without the mic, unless you are an extremely careful user. They sound pretty good, but Im going back to the Yamaha EPH-100, which I returned for these, I think they sound better.

    On an unrelated note, Joker, you are a hero, your list of IEMS is one of the best things on the internet, thank you.

    • Just out of curiosity, why did you return the EPH-100? I prefer its sound to the MA750 as well so I’m just curious.

      And thanks, glad the website/list has been helpful :)

  41. I think that sibilance is huge problem with these. At high volumes for many recordings it’s almost unbearable. The bass is okay but I have trouble getting a good seal (despite the many size choices) and some recordings need to be turned up loud for good bass. And at that point the sibilance starts to hurt. With material that has solid bass and low sibilance the ma750 sounds excellent but I can’t recommend.

    • Increased sibilance and decreased bass presence are both symptoms of an imperfect seal. I think both of your issues could actually be the same fit problem.

      • I thought about going through the different sizes again but I spent over an hour trying all the sizes in the beginning and settled on the one that provided the best bass response. I’ll try again later today but unfortunately I feel like I’ve given these a chance and want to exchange before my 30 days is passed. Thanks for the reply.

        • Okay you are correct. I didn’t realize sibilance was affected by a poor seal. I pushed the tips deep and moved them around to find the “sweet spot”. Sibilance gone. Bass excellent. You can delete my first comment. The real problem I have is getting a good seal. I’ll have to go home and experiment with different tips again. Thanks for the review.

          • Glad to hear it. Yeah, their odd shape is not ideal, but it’s still just a matter of finding the right eartips and insertion angle.

            I’ll leave your comment up in case someone else runs into a similar issue, if you don’t mind.

      • Can you recommend some different tips for these? I looked at some on Amazon but I’m not sure what to look for. The large single flange that comes with the MA750 provides the best sound but is still not a good fit for me. I’ve never had a problem with getting a good fit/seal with other earphones so I’m surprised that none of these that came with the MA750 fits.

        • You can try the L-sized Sony Hybrids. They’re a little softer and more flexible than the stock tips so they might seal better, especially if your ear canals are flattened and not circular.

          • The Large Sony Hybrid tips are indeed MUCH better. In the future I may want to try something that inserts a little deeper but these Sony tips are an excellent fit for me.

  42. Wonderful review! Could you compare the RHA MA750 with the Shure SE215? Also, are there any channel imbalance issues with the MA750i version with inline controls?

    • It’s got a little more bass and slightly less prominent mids than the SE215, with a bump in the lower treble to give it a little more energy and better treble extension overall. Overall I would say it’s a similar signature, just warmer and a little more v-shaped.

      No imbalance issues because the volume control is digital and not analog.

  43. Hi, could you please give your opinion on how these headphones compare to the musical fidelity eb 33 and the beyerdynamic mmx102. I listen to mainly classic rock and alternative music. Thanks very much!

    • I haven’t tried the EB33 but the MMX102 is a little muddy and lacking in treble presence and overall balance compared to these. Not that the MA750 is very balanced, but given the same price I’d pick it over the Beyerdynamics.

      • Ahh, thanks. A lot of other sites talked about how the sound of the 102 was superior to the RHAs but I had my doubts. Also the superior build quality of the RHAs helped sway my decision to them! Thank you.

      • And also, for some bizarre reason, both the RHA 750 and the MMX 102 are priced at £79.99 over here in the U.K. I felt the RHA was more worth the money.

  44. Which is more natural between RHA MA750, Etymotic HF3 and Martin Logan Mikros 70? I need something very natural for classical music.. I have Sony MH1C, Shure SE215 but they seems too boomy and dark for classica.. my headphones Martin Logan Mikros 90 seems perfect, but I need an IEM like them! Can you help me?

    • I haven’t tried the Martin Logan earphones or headphones but if you want clarity and balance, then definitely the Etymotics over the RHAs.

  45. First of all : thanks a lot for another great review.

    I’m looking for a new (balanced) earphone and am very impressed by the quality of the RHA MA750. Can you please compare them to the TDK BA200? My hearing preference is rock music (alternative, classic, hard), blues, house/acid jazz and classic. The other earphones I looked at were the HiFiMan RE-400, Yamaha EPH-100 and the Monster Gratitude.

    • Compared to the BA200 the MA750 is very bass-heavy and somewhat mid-recessed. If you’re looking for a balanced-sounding in-ear the BA200 is the one to get. It’s like an RE-400, but a little bit warmer and bassier, with an extra bit of energy in the upper treble. The EPH-100 is not a balanced-sounding earphone and I haven’t tried the Gratitude.

      • Thanks. After reading your reviews that is no real surprise. But I liked the design and packaging of the MA750 so much that I hoped for another answer 😉

        Great work, will be continuing reading and testing the BA200.

  46. Could you please compare RHA MA750 with Vsonic VSD1s? Clarity, hights?
    Thanks, Joker!

    • The MA750 is bassier and a result not any clearer than the VSD1S but its low end does extend deeper. Tonally it is warmer and the top end is smoother vs the brighter and more energetic VSonics. The VSD1S is on the whole more neutral.

    • The MA750 looks interesting to me, but I worry about your comments on the lower treble and the tendency towards “tizziness”.I very much didn’t like the high end of the Vsonic VSD1S. I found it exceedingly bright, and it also sounded quite peaky to my ears, almost as if there’s a resonance peak in there somewhere. In the end, far too fatiguing for my taste. Other sets I’ve owned are (were) SE 530 Shures and Thinksound TS 02’s. I like both better than the Vsonics in that they sound smoother and more pleasant to my ears. I’m really not into “hyper detail” either. It seems like the Yamaha EPH100 may be the better choice for me. What do you think? Any other suggestions?

      • The MA750 is not nearly as bright or sibilant as the VSD1S. It just has a bit of an upper midrange boost – really shouldn’t be a problem. EPH-100 has even less, though, so if that’s really a great concern it would indeed be better. These two are some of the best bass-heavy sets in the price range.

        • Thanks, Joker
          The build quality and availability of a mic version is what attracts me to the RHA. The Yamaha seems to suffer a lot of failures due to design of the cable, and I tend to use my headphones for just about everything from phone conversations to listening to music while exercising. The Vsonic VSD1’s were an experiment. You recommended I try those instead of the GR07’s and it was very good advice. I’ve let friends borrow them, and most thought they were great and couldn’t believe the price. I gave them to my wife, and she loves them. My hearing is very sensitive at high frequencies. Any excessive peakiness or brightness is literally painful to me. This is not to say I like my music dull and devoid of high end, as I own very high quality home equipment with very flat, extended response. If it’s smooth and not “grainy”, then no problem. But it’s hard for me to understand the tolerance for the kind of highs the Vsonics produce. To each his own, I guess.

          • Right you are – there are as many different tastes and preference out there as there are different earphones.

            It’s hard to gauge your tolerance to uneven treble based on just one data point (and a somewhat sibilant one at that) but the MA750 is closer on the spectrum to properly “smooth” sets like the EPH100, Beats by Dre Tour 2.0, etc., than it is to VSonic’s earphones. I think it’s worth trying. Can’t think of an alternative with mic, solid build quality, similar sound quality, and smoother sound.

  47. Hey Joker, have you heard the DN 900 yet? If so then how does it compare to the MA750? If not then are you planning to review it? Thanks as always for your reviews.

    • I have, and I don’t find it to be as good as the MA750. Its bass is good (deep, but not too enhanced) but the mids are a little more veiled than I would like and the treble can be unrefined at times. The MA750 is better IMO.

  48. Joker, please give me advice.
    I can’t decide between RHA MA750 and VSonic GR07 BE.
    I like my TF10, but want more impactful bass and sub-bass, but same or better control and overall sound quality. The treble could be smoother too.

    • For significantly more bass impact and especially depth you’ll want the MA750. However, you’ll be sacrificing a bit of clarity compared to the TF10/GR07. This works in the context of the warmer MA750 signature but something to be aware of nonetheless.

  49. Joker, you forgot to give the “recommended” badge, like for the DN-1000? :)

    By the way I bought this (based on your recommendation) after the GR07 and I like this more, I think its not perfect, but a really great package for the money. I am happy with my purchase!

    • Haha the DN-1000 got the first badge ever. I didn’t go back and retroactively add it to sets I had reviewed previously, though I might when I have time.

      Glad you’re enjoying these!

      • :)) You are right, sorry!
        I just tried the DUNU (and read the review about the DN-1000) before these and I thought you wrote this review after the DUNU, I see that I was wrong..
        By the way I like these more than the DN-1000, EPH-100, GR07BE (because of the smoother and not weird highs), so I had to buy and try quite many to arrive here, but at least I obtained some knowledge about the topic :)

  50. Are the RHA’s worth the extra scratch over the Philips Fidelio S2 at a little over a 100 bucks and the JVC HA-FXd80-Z at 79 bucks? I listen to a little bit of everything from rap to heavy metal to classic rock to some EDM music and even country. I’d appreciate help, thanks in advance.

    • Oh and also if it’s not asking too much a short comparison would be great too.

    • Different sound signatures – the FXD80 is good if you like a v-shaped sound with a cooler/brighter tone. The MA750 if you want a slightly v-shaped but overall much bassier and warmer-sounding earphone, and the Fidelio is the most neutral of the three. I did compare the S2 to the MA750 and thought it was more neutral, clearer, and more transparent, but also a little harsher in the treble region. The MA750 is warmer and bassier, and sounds thicker overall.

  51. Very goo review. Could you compare RHA MA750 with UE TF10?

    • Yeah, sure – the MA750 a lot bassier – they both have good bass extension but the MA750 is a lot more impactful. It also has a warmer tone. The TF10 is more neutral in tone and its mids are more in-line with bass. Because of its lesser bass quantity it can appear a touch clearer on bass-heavy songs than the MA750 but most of the time their clarity is similar. They have similar treble energy but the TF10 sounds a bit more refined to me there. Both have good soundstage size but the TF10 images a little better.

  52. Hi! Thank you for your precious work. The sound signature of these IEM seems similar to that of Klipsch x10i (I’ve just bought that and love them almost completely). Can you give a quick comparison of these two models. Thank you very much, Marco (Italy)

    • In terms of general sound signature they do have a lot of similarities, especially in the bass and midrange. Both have good midrange clarity and enhanced bass with an emphasis on deep bass. The RHA MA750 has a “fuller” bass presentation but the X10 is no slouch, especially for a BA earphone. The biggest difference would be in the upper midrange and treble, where the MA750 has more energy and better extension, respectively. Lack of treble energy was probably my biggest complaint with the X10, but not with the MA750.

      • Thank you. I’m replacing my set of two under 50€ IEM with two 100€ IEM of somewhat different sound signature, and I think the second one (with the Klipsch x10) could be the RE-400!

  53. I feel that a comparison to EPH-100 should have been included in the review itself.

  54. Hello Joker,

    thanks for the excellent review! Could you compare RHA MA750 with Yamaha EPH-100? I have a pair of Sony MH1C earphones and liked the sound quite a lot. I am considering getting a new pair of IEMs just because I feel like trying something new (and better of course :-) ).

    • The EPH-100 is bassier overall but also has a little more midrange presence to me whereas the MA750 tends to sound a bit more veiled. MA750 is brighter though and has more lower treble energy. Really comes down to what you want – the EPH-100 is a better signature match for the MH1C while the MA750 is a bit more of a contrast.

    • Ive had both and prefer the EPH-100s, they sound so much deeper and wider. The MA750s are good but ultimately I felt like I was missing out compared to the EPH100s.

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