General overview of the headphones, displaying the shape and style
If you’re looking for an alternative to your standard Apple headphones, you may want to look into Roland’s RH-50 headphones. They’ll cost you around $50 USD at most specialty audio, instrument, or recording stores. They are no longer sold by larger retailers such as Best Buy as they are somewhat old. My overall impressions–and review–is across the jump.
These headphones have a fairly utilitarian look and feel to them, this comes from the fact that while the headphones don’t look dull, they also don’t have a very eye catching design. The design of these makes it look like they’d be used in the studio or with a musical instrument.
The exterior style of the ear-cups
- Product Type: Headphones
- Additional Features: Gold-plated plug
- Localization: English
- Headphones Type: Headphones – supra-aural
- Headphones Form Factor: Ear-cup
- Headphones Technology: Dynamic
- Connectivity Technology: Wired
- Sound Output Mode: Stereo
- Response Bandwidth: -21990.0 Hz
- Sensitivity: 106.0 dB
- Impedance: 32.0 Ohm
- Connector Type: 1.0 x Headphones ( Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm )
- Cables Included: 1.0 x Headphones cable – Integrated – 10.0 ft
- Included Accessories: 6.3 mm (1/4″) stereo adapter
These headphones are incredibly comfortable. The padding is about 3/4 inch thick on the ear cups and is made of an extremely comfortable soft plastic, which means there’s no irritation due to them being supra-aural. The headband is also extremely comfortable with the same amount of padding as the ear cups, it’s also very wide so that it doesn’t squeeze your head. My only criticism is that the ear cups rest on top of your ears rather than around your ears, this creates a very minor discomfort when you first put them on but you very quickly get used to that.
“Hocus Pocus” – Jamie T The sound created on this song is extremely nice, it’s a pretty flat sound with no audible boosts on any sound range which gives it a very even and nice sound. The advantage of a very flat sound is that you can hear the song exactly how the artist intended it to sound. The bass in the song doesn’t make it sound murky at all, although it still stands out from the rest of the song. It’s the chorus where these headphones really shine though, creating the perfect balance of all of the instruments playing. The other thing I noticed was the definition in all of the parts, this is most notable in the bass, while some headphones “blur” the bass together you can hear every detail, also backing up the impression that these headphones would be perfect in the studio as you can hear every little detail in the song.
“She Likes Rock ‘N Roll” – AC/DC There is only one word to describe the sound produced on this song, awesome. The panning effect works beautifully because of the definition in these headphones. Even listening to the chorus with these headphones nothing is murky, you can hear every hi-hat beat and every word spoken by the backing vocals. The sound created when listening to this track is really warm and surprisingly deep which just shows off the “chameleon” like sound that these headphones can produce.
“The Island – Pt II (Dusk)” – Pendulum Another example of how these headphones are unique for every song that is played through them. The drum beat behind the synthesizer sounds deep and rich, not obscured at all by what is going on in the melody line, once again thanks to the flat sound produced, the synthesizer sounds vibrant and colourful without being too sharp or over powering.
The scores given in this overview are relative to what the headphones are aiming to do, for these the aim was to create a very flat sound with perfect clarity and so a 5 star rating would mean that it is very clear and easy to hear without obscuring the sound of any other aspect.
Bass ★★★★½ – The sound of the bass is perfect with the only imperfection that when playing particularly fast bass parts it seems to blur but i’ve only managed to find three songs that this happened on. Other than that the sound is incredibly clear, and you can hear even the least significant parts through these.
Mid ★★★★½ – The mids tend to be slightly lost if there is a very high vocal or instrumental part, although when listening to most tracks the mids come out clear (same as most other parts) and they also create an incredibly warm effect when listening to drum and bass or electronic tracks.
Treble ★★★★★ – Really clear with no blurring or distortion on it. Exactly what you would want.
Very sturdy build, thick wires and sturdy jack plug give the impression of a very strong build. The jack plug is pretty thick and has plastic on the wire too so that bending it won’t damage it. The wire feeding into the ear cup is also wrapped in plastic and has room to ‘wiggle’ so that it won’t really bend. The actual plastic feels sturdy and pretty unbreakable in relation to everyday bumps and knocks.
The connections to the ear-cups are well-padded and quite strong
These headphones are backed by a limited 90-day warranty for parts and labor.
These scores are in comparison to similarly priced headphones.
Audio Quality: ★★★★★ Extremely nice sound, warm, deep and flat, all in respect to the song you’re listening to. These are a definite buy in terms of the Audio, they are stunning.
Build Quality: ★★★★½ They feel really sturdy, the only worry I’d have is the connection between the headband and the ear cup, the rest of the headphones seem very strong and pretty unbreakable.
Comfort: ★★★★★ Extremely comfortable but as I said, they take a very short period of time to get used to each time you put them on.
Portability: ★★½ Definitely studio headphones in this aspect, although they score points because the head strap is pretty flexible and therefore could be put in a rucksack without fear of them snapping.
These headphones are an absolute steal for under $50. The audio is amazing, the comfort is amazing, and the build quality, you guessed it, is amazing. To be honest, I can’t find a single reason NOT to buy these headphones. They are perfect for DJs, musicians, and producers.
If you plan on using these headphones wherever you go, the headphones score four stars. However, if portability is not an issue, then these headphones score a perfect five stars (for their price range).