Its no secret that I am a huge fan of Glasgow based company RHA. The T10i earphones were one of the standout products of last year with huge sound, stellar build and perfect pricing. Now they have a new earphone getting ready to hit the market, the T20.
With the T20 the company has retained most every facet of what made the t10i such and incredible set of IEM’s. Same ergonomically friendly injection moulded housing, same industry leading ear guides, same warranty support and accessories. What has changed is that the cable is now black.... oh and a new dynamic driver units at the heart. The T20 is now poised to sit along side the 10’s as a complimentary or alternative option for buyers are looking for an IEM with tamed sub bass. I had the chance to stop by the booth and chat with the guys who happen to be one of the most open and transparent of all the companies on display this year. There was no pomp or BS its was straight to the point, "new driver, have a listen". Instantly you can here the impact of the T20 has been toned down from that of its older brother but a lot of the same, positive characteristics are retained. The soundstage is still big and spacious, vocals are rendered pleasantly and highs are far more emphasised. Its a good move in that the T20 will appeal more to purists that felt the T10 went too deep in the lows. Thankfully though the bass at first listen is still there but with increased detail and texture as opposed to the brutality of the former. In an ideal world you would own both as they each have their strengths otherwise choose based on your listening habits. T10i is for bass prominent genres like hip hop, pop and deep electronic and t20 for rock and acoustic listening sessions. Of course I haven't had time to do more than a quick evaluation and hope to get them in for a full review at some point but based on what I have heard so far I am quite impressed.
The second product that RHA had with them this year was not fully on display but they had a poster in the back of the booth that prompted me to ask. At that point a prototype Amp / DAC unit was produced and placed in my hands. It wasn't ready to listen on yet but i had a chance to play about with the housing. First thing is that this thing looks seriously cool. Like really, really cool. A dark matt finished aluminium housing with a rugged integrated volume control on top. On the side there are more dials for adjustments to gain treble and bass. The unit as a whole feels incredible in the hand and its one of the products that has me most excited this year. As mentioned the product has not officially been announced but I will keep you up to date as soon as I hear something more.