RHA T20 Quick Review
Thanks to RHA for the sample.
Brief: Timberal and tonal extraordinaire just got even better.
Price: £180 or about US$240 (plus about a tenner if you want the mic’ed version)
Specifications: Drivers DualCoil™ Dynamic, Frequency range 16-40,000Hz, Impedance 16 Ohm, Sensitivity 90dB, Rated/max power 2/5mW, Weight 39g, Cable 1.35m, multicore OFC, Connections 3.5mm, gold plated
Accessories: Tuning Filters with Holder, 6 pairs, dual density ear tips – S x2 / M x2 / L x2, 2 pairs, double flange ear tips – S x1 / L x1, 2 pairs, memory foam ear tips – universal fit, Stainless steel ear tip holder, Premium carry case, Clothing clip
Isolation: For a dynamic it’s actually really good. Pushing towards BA levels, so it’s easily fine for on a bus or out and about. Would do for flight or the Tube in a pinch. Oh and easily sufficient to make you road kill if you don’t use your eyes when out.
Comfort/Fit: Despite the ear guides both were really good actually. I’d probably have preferred without the guides but no problems, over and shove in to get the seated and then I was happy wearing all day. Good stuff. Oh and they must be worn up in case that’s an issue for you.
Aesthetics: They look outstanding. Arguably the best looking earphones available at present.
Sound: All of the sound. They are pretty damn awesome at everything. You can nudge things about by using the filters that they come with but I’m sure you’ll play with them for the first day. Then you’ll pick your favourite and never swap them again. For me that was the Bass filter, though I came extremely close to going with the Reference filter. I’m pretty treble sensitive and the Bass one mutes a bit so it won. Not that I couldn’t have lived with the Reference if that had been the only option. It’s labelled Reference but it’s still kinda slanted towards the bass over strictly neutral but it feels a very natural balance. The Bass bumps the bass up by dialling the treble down, the Treble opens things up which dials down the bass. The bass is lightning fast and it loves to punch, no, more like slap with you with a marble hand. There is such rigidity and power yet it lacks any brutality. Its marble like solidity yet so beautifully sculpted. Its mids are wonderful too, a little cool perhaps but so well-articulated and tonally masterful. Highs are cleanly metallic edged and can shimmer like nobody’s business with superb extension.
In short, the thing is excellent in every way, in tone, agility, potency are all impeccable.
Value: Well they aren’t cheap, but nothing at this audio quality level is. With their insane build and warranty you arguably get a superb bargain, if you want top end earphones that is.
Pro’s: Construction is Magnificent. Looks magnificent. Sounds Magnificent
Con’s: Is somewhat unyielding. Can’t really do soft. Can be unforgiving.