The JVC HA-RX900 is an affordable headphone with a large footprint that really lives up to its full-size name. It lists for $100 USD, but online it can be found for $63 in the US, £57 in the UK and AU$87 for our CNET readers in Australia.
The HA-RX900 is certainly the big boy of the group compared with the dimensions of other over-ear contenders from Audio-Technica., , and
Design and features
The headband works in two parts with a thin wire structure on top and a thick, perforated pleather pad below that helps with the initial fitting. The ear-cups themselves also cover your ears with a lavish aesthetic; if you prefer subtlety, opt instead for something like the classicinstead.
Design references are subjective, of course, but these rank just above the drabin my look book. Small details like contrasting gray-and-black finishes align well with the silver adjustment hinges and the variety of materials used to build the whole thing (rubber, pleather, canvas, plastic and bits of metal), but I just can't shake the notion that JVC used a group of air traffic control headsets as models for the design.
Sartorial gripes aside, the HA-RX900 do have a legitimate weight disadvantage at 12.8 ounces (0.36 kg), and I found myself missing the weight class of the 8-ounce (0.23 kg) Sony MDR-7506 when I felt the cord pulling on the left side of the HA-RX900 during long listening periods.
That could be because of the massive 11.5-foot cord itself dangling from the left earcup that really puts these in the "at-home" or "at-work" class only -- like the Sennheiser HD-280s, I wouldn't recommend them for mobile use, especially since they don't fold up or come with a carrying case.
Still, there's something to be said about the cushioned headband that adjusts easily with a tug that conforms to the shape of nearly any head size. Like any synthetic leather, the cups tend to heat up after prolonged use, so I recommend taking a break every hour or so to rejoin the world and allow your ears to cool off.