RHA S500 – Review

RHA S500


RHA S500

| 140.1 MicroDriver |



 


🎧 We are reviewing the RHA S500, a tiny sized but solidly built in-ear headphone from RHA.

The RHA S500 features aluminum housings and details, RHA’s 140.1 driver and a general durable design.

Aesthetics and build of the RHA S500 has a nice solid and industrial design, a style common on RHA headphones like the:

The housings of the RHA S500 have a thin and minuscule footprint with a size and design similar to the: Sony MH1, Remax RM-565i.

The cables of the RHA S500 are half braided/half rubberized, which is a style of cable that we have also found in the:

You can buy the RHA S500 in silver color.

At first time, the RHA S500 was sold with a 3-button remote/mic that had to be chosen withing Android or Apple compatibility, later on RHA started offering an universal model with a 1-button remote mic. To avoid any possible confusion we are listing you the names of each model:

  • RHA S500A – model with a 3-button remote/mic compatible with Android devices
  • RHA S500i – model compatible with Apple devices (3-button remote/mic)
  • RHA S500 universal – as the name suggest, model with the universal 1-button remote/mic

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RHA S500 Review

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Weight

RHA S500 weight in Ounces and RHA S500 weight in grams.

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A

Accessories & Packaging

The RHA S500 unboxing results in a soft pouch, a cable clip, 6 pair of silicone single flange eartips, a pair of double flange eartips, an organizing sheet to place and transport the eartips. Everything comes in a clean designed packaging.

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B

Bass & Sub Bass

The RHA S500 showed a, quite unexpected, strong bass response despite the tiny size. Their lower frequencies will provide fun sound with very punchy mid-bass and sufficiently deep sub-bass.

Applying an EQ, there is a powerful addition of sub-bass depth and noticeable extra punch.

During our extreme basshead tests, the RHA S500 handled up to 35% of a Fiio E12 Mont Blanc max power.

The results were an important empowering of mid-bass and sub-bass, yet they will not enter into basshead territory, remaining way below the impact of the Sony MDR-7550, Sony MDR-EX650 and Pioneer SE-CX8.

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M

Mids & Vocals

The RHA S500 mids have almost no mid-bass bleed but some distant male vocals. Higher mids are crisp and clear but can become harsh too.

With an EQ, male vocals can be pushed to sound less distant and clearer but please do yourself a favor and do not dial up the EQ on upper mids frequencies to avoid extra harsh peaks.

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Highs & Treble

The highs of the RHA S500 resolve a fair amount of detail and provide sufficient brightness. Highs do not show sibilance very often but piercing highs are present.

Similar to their mids, we see some potential but a not-so-optimal tuning.

Using an EQ, there is some extra brightness and detail that can be squeezed out of them but their piercing highs will limit the amount of applicable EQ.

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RHA S500i
RHA S500i

SL

Sound Leak

The sound leaking out is very low. Their sound will not be hearable by nearby people at any volume within moderate, if you decide to crank up the volume all the way up, some subdued leakage will happen.

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SI

Sound Isolation

The sound isolation provided by the RHA S500 is fairly strong and quite surprising given their small size. Overall they provide more isolation that many standard earphones.

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C

Comfort

The super small and slim profile of the RHA S500 and the additional fact that their total weight is below 15 grams, their comfort level provided is optimal and well-adapted to any ear’s size and shape.

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EQ

Response to Equalization

The response to EQ of the RHA S500 was efficient in bass frequencies and highs but not so perfect on mids and vocals.

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Scores Scores

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Frequency Response (raw)

RHA S500 Frequency Response Curve

RHA S500i - Frequency Response Curve
RHA S500i – Frequency Response Curve

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RHA S500 Technical Specifications

Specifications

Type MicroDriver
Driver Unit 140.1
Sensitivity 100dB/mW
Power Capacity 5mW
Impedance 16 ohms
Frequency Response 16-22,000Hz
Diaphragm Unknown
Magnet N/A
Cord Y-type, round cord
Cord Length 1.35m
Plug Stereo mini plug
Weight Approx. 14g
Supplied Accessories 7x Earphone tips; cable clip; pouch

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FAQ

RHA S500 FAQ

How many drivers does the RHA S500 have?

The RHA S500 is a single driver headphone. Which means that the RHA S500 has 1 driver per side.

What type of headphone is the RHA S500?

The RHA S500 is an in-ear headphone.

The RHA S500 is an open, semi-open or closed back headphone?

The RHA S500 is a closed back headphone.

 Does the RHA S500 have a microphone?

The RHA S500 have a microphone and a remote.

What is the price of the RHA S500?

Here you can check the most up-to-date price of the RHA S500.

Where can I buy the RHA S500?

You can buy the RHA S500 here

Which RHA S500 colors are available?

The colors available for the RHA S500 are: RHA S500 silver

What cable do the RHA S500 have?

The RHA S500 have a Y-type, round cable.

What cable connection does the RHA S500 have?

The RHA S500 cable connection has a 3.5mm mini stereo plug.

Are there replacement cables for the RHA S500 ?

The RHA S500 cables cannot be replaced.

Are there upgrade cables for the RHA S500 ?

The RHA S500 uses fixed cables that are not upgradeable.

Does the RHA S500 have Bluetooth / The RHA S500 is a wireless headphone?

The RHA S500 does not have Bluetooth.

Is the RHA S500 compatible with Apple devices?

The RHA S500 is fully compatible with Apple devices.

Is the RHA S500 compatible with Android devices?

The RHA S500 is fully compatible with Android devices.

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RHA S500 Photos

DISCLAIMER
We highly discourage anyone from trying to apply our testings to your own earphones, the risk of damaging or permanently breaking your iems is absolutely probable to happen. With our standardized equalization and amplification tests we push the limits of the earphones to the extreme. If anyway you decide to do so, we cannot be held responsible of the damage done to your equipment. Do it at your own risk.

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RHA S500

8.1

SCORE

8.1/10


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