Design and Build Quality
When it comes to first impressions, I have to admit, I was slightly disappointed. The CA-200 headphones look and feel slightly on the cheap side. The shiny black plastic headband is lightweight, especially for over-ear headphones. This is great for comfort during long periods of use, but I would worry about the durability if used heavily.
However, the innovative ErgoFit system with sliding ball and socket mechanism, along with the cushioned earpads provided a perfect fit around my head without too much pressure.
The headband, also with a cushioned pad, ensured maximum comfort and the snug fit meant the headphones provided impressive noise isolation. This provided minimal sound leakage and ensured the music didn’t disturb anyone in close proximity.
The headphones also come with removable fabric cables using a standard mono 3.5mm stereo jack on each cup. Frustratingly, when the cables rubbed against my skin or my clothes, the noise carried through to my ears, which rather distracted me from what I was listening to. However, the braided cables do ensure minimal tangling.
When it comes to sound quality, the RHA 200 provided a surprisingly well rounded performance. The top end was quite detailed and the vocals in the tenor range were generally nice and clear. However, there did appear to be a spike towards the higher end of the frequency spectrum making vocals sometimes sound rather strange.
The mid-range was okay although I did feel that they lacked some clarity.
But surprisingly, bass performance was rather excellent and this seemed to shine though with a variety of pop and dance tracks.
- Anti tangle cables
- Good bass reproduction
- Flimsy design
With so much competition in market place at this price point, I feel that the RHA CA200 headphones‘ questionable durability and shiny black plastic design let these headphones down.
However, if you are looking for a set of full size headphones for under £40 that offer a pretty decent sound range and a good level of comfort, then the RHA CA200 will not disappoint.
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