I have previously introduced you to Reid and Heith Acoustics (newly rebranded as RHA), the audio company based out of Glasgow, Scotland, when we reviewed their MA-350 earbuds. We were incredibly impressed with the MA-350s, so we were excited to get the opportunity to review their CA-200 headphones.
Will the CA-200s live up to the legacy that the MA-350s left us with? Keep reading the review to get our full thoughts on these over-the-ear headphones.
I would like to thank RHA for sending us out these headphones to review. This, however, has not changed any of my thoughts or opinions of this product.
The CA-200s are very aesthetically pleasing headphones. They are beautifully designed headphones that are extremely lightweight weighing only 156g (0.34 pounds). The plastic build on the headphones feels extremely durable, but flexible enough to be comfortable.
The CA-200s utilize RHA’s “ErgoFit” system. The ErgoFit system pivots each earcup so each cup fits perfectly alongside your head’s contour. The system works well with the up and down pivots, but the cups also pivot side to side. This can cause a bit of discomfort if the headphone doesn’t fully pivot to the correct side.
Another thing that I like about the ErgoFit system is the fact that the cups are adjustable to your head. By including this feature on these headphones, it makes the CA-200s compatible with anyone.
When you put on the headphones, they do feel very comfortable. The earcups have thick padding and then the band at the top has padding. The synthetic cushion earcups are also large enough so that you are able to use them for prolonged periods of time without your ears becoming fatigued. This is especially great if you take them on long car rides or flights or even just use them as your everyday drivers.
RHA’s cables never fail to impress me. The cable for the CA-200s is a detachable, braided, fabric cable that does not tangle much. At the end of the cable, you will find 3.5mm gold-plated connections. The 3.5mm connection makes these headphones compatible with most of today’s popular devices including all of Apple’s devices, most Android phones, etc.
As I have previously mentioned, the earcups are made out of a synthetic cushion that are actually extremely comfortable. Unlike most headphones, I find that these headphones actually go over your ears, not on. This reduces fatigue since the sides are flush against the sides of your head.
RHA’s “ErgoFit” system really helps up the comfort level of these headphones. The headphones don’t’ “lock in” like other headphones. Instead, they move with you and readjust themselves for an optimal fit. Even when you move, the movement of the headphones counteracts your moving and it feels like they never move.
Sound and Performance
Headphones can look great but if they don’t sound, they belong in the trashcan. The RHA CA-200s have kept the reputation that RHA established with the MA-350s.
If you listen to vocal-heavy songs or videos, you may find the sound to be a bit muffled. By muffled, I mean that certain sounds can sound a little tinny. This only happens, however, if the voices are hitting high pitches. I found this the most with singers like Florence + the Machine’s Florence Welch & Maroon 5’s Adam Levine. Now, if you turn up the volume a bit, that problem goes away. It’s definitely an odd sound quality. It’s not bad, it’s just something unique to these headphones.
Now, if you are listening to fast, techno-like dance music with a lot of bass, you will find these headphones to be fantastic. These sounds come out of the drivers crystal clear and will fill your eardrums with the crisp sounds.
Rated/Max Power: 30/100mW
RHA has done it again by creating a pair of headphones at an unbelievable price. The CA-200s have okay sound quality, but when I was told that they retail for only $29.95, I was shocked. After testing the headphones, I figured they would retail for somewhere around $150, so how they are able to sell them for only $30 is beyond me. For $29.95, these are a no-brainer. The sound quality is unique (not bad, not great, just special to these headphones) and the build is fantastic. I have grown to love RHA, and I can’t wait to see what they will bring out next.
If you would like to purchase a pair of the CA-200s, you can visit RHA’s website.