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RBH Sound EP1 Noise Isolationg Earphones Review

by August 19, 2012
RBH Sound EP1 In-Ear Headphones

RBH Sound EP1 In-Ear Headphones

  • Product Name: EP1
  • Manufacturer: RBH Sound
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarStarhalf-star
  • Review Date: August 19, 2012 19:00
  • MSRP: $ 149/pr (includes FREE Shipping)
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RBH Sound EP1 Specifications

  • Model Name: EP1
  • Drive Size: 13mm Dynamic Dome
  • Impedance: 16 Ohms
  • Frequency Range: 14Hz~18KHz
  • Sensitivity: 101dB
  • Noise Isolation: 16dB w/Comply™ Foam Tips
  • Input Connection: 3.5mm mini-jack
  • Cable Length: 1.2m
  • Color: Black/Pewter

Pros

  • Great bass response
  • Plays loud and clean
  • Tangle free cord
  • Noise Isolation

Cons

  • Tricky installation of silicon ear cushions
  • Doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of competitors

Introduction

The RBH EP1 noise reducing in-ear headphones are about the best sounding I’ve heard from this category of product. Their oversized 13mm drivers produced excellent bass response and were able to play cleanly at much louder than safe listening levels. Their overall tonal characteristics seemed to be pretty well balanced though the midrange was a tad thin at times depending on source material. Anyone looking for respectably good performance from a pair of portable earphones would be remiss not to check these babies out. Portability, good fidelity, comfortable to wear; all backed by the legendary RBH name shipped to your door direct for $149. Recommended is about all I have left to say.
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Recent Forum Posts:

jp_over posts on May 04, 2013 10:21
Kew - I think I'll always have a spot in my bag for “on ear” headphones that cancel noise. However, now that I have a pair of in-ear noise isolating earphones that are comfortable, these might just turn out to be a final solution. Here's that other thread for any who are curious: http://forums.audioholics.com/forums/headphones-earphones/84760-bose%AE-quietcomfort%AE-15-acoustic-noise-cancelling%AE-headphones.html
KEW posts on May 04, 2013 10:07
jp_over, post: 967025
OK - finally got the EP1s in the mail. Excellent product!

Very accurate and articulate. Dialogue is clear. Bass is well defined and plays low with authority. Here's the surprise, I typically despise in-ear phones and find them very uncomfortable after any length of time. With the Comply T400 ‘medium’ earphone tips installed (shipped with the EP1s) these are very comfortable.

Further, the noise isolation is so good I have to leave at least one half way out so I can hear if we have “incoming”. Overall, excellent product and the sound quality/accuracy puts my Audio Technica ANC7b headphones to shame which are currently being shipped back to AT since one side is cutting out. Don't get me wrong, the ATs are a good product that I'll keep but they're just not as accurate (especially in the lower frequencies) as the EP1s.

Caveat: My laptop requires about 60% volume to really get them rocking. So, they're not as sensitive as other in-ear headphones I've had (a set of Ultimate Ears that I bought in 2009 - I think the UE 1 / $99).

So, will these work as a final solution?
For the benefit of readers who did not see your other thread, you felt you needed noise cancelling and these noise insulating were a stop-gap measure.
jp_over posts on May 04, 2013 09:35
jp_over, post: 959107
I've ordered a pair of the EP1s and should receive them in about 2 weeks. Can't wait to get them as these will be the highest end “in-ear” phones that I've tried. Ah, the waiting game!

OK - finally got the EP1s in the mail. Excellent product!

Very accurate and articulate. Dialogue is clear. Bass is well defined and plays low with authority. Here's the surprise, I typically despise in-ear phones and find them very uncomfortable after any length of time. With the Comply T400 ‘medium’ earphone tips installed (shipped with the EP1s) these are very comfortable.

Further, the noise isolation is so good I have to leave at least one half way out so I can hear if we have “incoming”. Overall, excellent product and the sound quality/accuracy puts my Audio Technica ANC7b headphones to shame which are currently being shipped back to AT since one side is cutting out. Don't get me wrong, the ATs are a good product that I'll keep but they're just not as accurate (especially in the lower frequencies) as the EP1s.

Caveats: My laptop requires about 60% volume to really get them rocking. So, they're not as sensitive as other in-ear headphones I've had (a set of Ultimate Ears that I bought in 2009 - I think the UE 1 / $99). Also, I'd personally prefer a right angle plug.
jp_over posts on March 26, 2013 02:06
I've ordered a pair of the EP1s and should receive them in about 2 weeks. Can't wait to get them as these will be the highest end “in-ear” phones that I've tried. Ah, the waiting game!
GranteedEV posts on August 26, 2012 20:06
I'd be interested in hearing how these RBHs compare to the JH Audio JH5s
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