RHA SA950i review: Lightweight and likable on-ear headphones

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.0
  • Design: 7.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 7.0
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The Good The RHA SA950i on-ear headphones are lightweight, offer a comfortable fit (especially for on-ears), have a detachable cloth-covered cord with a built-in Apple-friendly remote and microphone, and they sound good for the money. You also get a three-year warranty.

The Bad Earcups' glossy finish may get scratched over time and the headphones don't fold up for storage.

The Bottom Line While the RHA SA950i may not excel in any one area, it's an all-around solid on-ear headphone that won't break the bank.

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You may have never heard of RHA -- short for Reid and Heath Acoustics products -- but it's a small Scottish headphone company that makes some pretty decent products for affordable prices. We've taken a look at some of its in-ear models, including the $50 MA450 , but the SA950i model reviewed here is an on-ear model.

What I liked about these headphones is that they're lightweight, offer a comfortable fit (especially for on-ears), have a detachable cloth-covered cord with a built-in Apple-friendly remote and microphone, and they sound good for the money.

The SA950i has a sort of retro design and while I can't rave about it, I will say that it's attractive enough and fairly distinct. If I have a few quibbles it's that there's a bit too much glossy plastic in the mix and I think the earcups will show scratches over time, but that may not be a bad thing for some people. They also don't fold up for storage.

The SA950i is lightweight and fairly compact.

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RHA SA950i On-Ear Portable Headphones (with Remote)

Part Number: SA950i Released: Oct 2, 2012
MSRP: $59.99 Low Price: $39.95 See all prices

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  • Release date Oct 2, 2012
  • Headphones Form Factor Over-the-head
  • Additional Features 3.5 mm Gold plated plug