CanJam at RMAF 2014: RHA T10i Dynamic In-Ear Monitors

It seems like every nine months or so RHA sends me something new. And every time it just gets better and better. This is a company to keep your eye on!

Just before RMAF this year I got a set of RHA T10i in the mail but didn't have time to open it before the show. So, I'm wearing them as I type. I think this is a damned good showing for a dynamic IEM. The T10i has three screw-on filters the change the sonic balance—one for neutral, one for bass heavy, and one for treble prominent. Amazingly, I think I prefer the treble boost filter—the other two seem a bit thick in the upper-bass/low-mids...maybe. (It's still only first impressions, eh?) I also hear a bit of thibilanthe (that's sibilance with a "th" instread of an "s") up in the treble, but it's not bothersome much. Be interesting to see the measurements when I can get to it. These will be going off to ljokerl for review consideration.

I really dig the ergos and shape of the T10i. These are metal injection molded, and RHA did a very cool blog post about that manufacturing technique. The cable, remote, tip assortment, and included carry pouch all seem terrific. Availability is expected in the first week of November with an expected $199.95 price tag.

For more info check the RHA T10i product page.

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Long time listener's picture

"I think this is a damned good showing for a dynamic IEM."

I think dynamic IEMs are the best. Better bass, better textures, and top-to-bottom coherence without a crossover.

"I also hear a bit of thibilanthe (that's sibilance with a "th" instread of an "s") up in the treble, but it's not bothersome much."

I personally don't think a $200 IEM should be having thibilanthe problems. But if it measures like their other IEMs, I wouldn't be surprised.

thelostMIDrange's picture

but there is an explanation for both issues:

As hi fi makers reach for that 'extra' bit of clarity or 'color', what happens 99 times out of a 100 is that odd sounds are created. These siblances and annoyances are the price paid for trying to get sound to sound extraordinary.

The poo poo'ing of the lowly dynamic driver is part and parcel of the need to denigrate old/original technology in order to feed the desire and belief that technology really has come along. The fact is otherwise and the dynamic is still my favorite as well.

So expect more of both of these phenomena in the future. I sure have wasted tons of money to hear all the poorly executed headfi gear out there as they reach for more and better.

amudhen's picture

Got to listen to the protoypes of these cans by these guys and they were impressive sounding especially for bluetooth.

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