RHA MA390 Wireless Are Affordably Impressive Bluetooth In-Ear Headphone

We’ve been covering RHA headphones for some time and have always been impressed. From the first pair we reviewed, the company has shown it is serious about producing headphones with great sound and impressive quality. The $69.95 MA390 Wireless is their latest offering. The neckband style headphones are affordable and will surely impress even the most discerning consumer.

At under $70, the MA390 is significantly less than the $169.95 MA750 wireless headphones Perry reviewed recently. And they are $30 less than the MA650 he also reviewed. (Read his review.)

That lower price doesn’t mean you’ll have to compromise on quality, though. The MA390 deliver good sound, impressive battery life and, like the MA 750 and MA650, use USB-C to charge.

As RHA notes, the MA390 are:

Built for all lifestyles, the MA390 Wireless features noise isolating, aluminium earbuds combined with high quality Bluetooth aptX audio and a sweatproof, flexible neckband for durable comfort in any environment.

The headphones are IPX4 rated for sweat and water resistance, deliver CD-quality aptX and AAC streaming assuming your audio source supports either codec, offer 8 hours battery life and, while they do not provide active noise cancelation, they do have a noise isolating design. Made from plastic and aluminum, they are compatible with Siri, Cortana, and Google Assistant.

One of the biggest challenges with wireless headphones is the battery life they deliver. This is especially important with this style of headphone since they do not support wired listening. That means, if the battery runs down, you can’t enjoy your music until you recharge them. Thankfully, the MA390 get up to 8 hours of playback per charge.

This is, in large part, the result of the design language RHA has been using recently that includes a slightly larger area at the outer portion of each side of the neckband. It significantly increases battery life and, thanks to the added weight, helps hold the headphones in position. Also, once fully charged, the headphones get up to 30 days of standby battery life.

When the battery runs down, you can use the battery indicator to check how much power remains. Then, you can use the included USB-A to USB-C cable to recharge the headphones. In my case, I expect I’ll use one of my USB-C to USB-C cables to recharge the headphones from my MacBook Pro or one of the current external power packs I have.

The MA390 headphones come with three different sets of ear tips. That not only means you can make sure to get the best fit for both comfort and sound, but it also means you can get a seal that physically blocks sound from the outside world and lets you truly enjoy your music or podcast in peace.

One of the things that have always impressed us about RHA products is the build quality. These headphones may be under $70, but they are well-made and built to endure everything life throws at them.

Crafted from durable, lightweight aluminium, the MA390 Wireless is built to withstand whatever challenges your day may present; from the gym to the driving rain. Like all RHA headphones, it is protected by our signature three-year warranty.

One might expect RHA to cut corners in the sound department to keep the price down. And, while the MA750 does sound a bit better, the MA390 are no slouch. They employ Bluetooth 4.1 and have both aptX and AAC codecs to deliver great sound whether you are using an Apple device’s AAC or aptX from a MacBook or an Android device enabled with it. No matter what you do, the result is sound that will make you and your music quite happy.

The MA390 has a control built into one of the wires leading from the neckband to the earbuds. The company makes a point of letting potential consumers know the controller is compatible with all major phone brands.

It has a microphone and is capable of full call, track and volume control. The microphone works well but I would not recommend it as the main device you use if you are working in an office and spending hours on the phone each day. If that is your need you will want to look for a wireless headphone specifically designed for such a use scenario. The control also lets you activate Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant if your audio source supports it.

Inside the box, you will find the RHA MA390 Wireless headphones, a sports clip so you can minimize the movement of the neckband and cables during activity, silicone ear tips in small, medium and large, a USB-C charging cable and a carrying pouch. It isn’t a collection of extras that will blow you away, but it certainly arrives with all the items you Weill need to get going and enjoy your music on the go.

Specifications:

  • Battery: 8 hours
  • Sweat/splash protection: IPX4
  • Driver: Dynamic (model 130.8)
  • Support codecs: AAC, aptX™, SBC
  • Remote & mic: 3-button, universal
  • Weight: 24g
  • Manufacturer’s Warranty: 3 years

The RHA MA390 in-ear wireless headphones are a great option if you are looking for a pair of quality wireless headphones and don’t want to spend a fortune. They are far more affordable than many of the wireless Bluetooth headphones we have reviewed, but they are by no means “cheap.” Get them and, for under $70, you will be enjoying your music all summer long. Check them out here.

Source: Manufacturer supplied review sample

What I Like: Comfortable; Good sound; Good battery life; Charge via USB-C; Physically block ambient noise quite well; Include carry pouch; Come with a 3-year warranty

What Needs Improvement: When compared with other wireless headphones for under $75… nothing


About the Author

Dan Cohen
Having a father who was heavily involved in early laser and fiber-optical research, Dan grew up surrounded by technology and gadgets. Dan’s father brought home one of the very first video games when he was young and Dan remembers seeing a “pre-release” touchtone phone. (When he asked his father what the “#” and “*” buttons were his dad said, “Some day, far in the future, we’ll have some use for them.”) Technology seemed to be in Dan’s blood but at some point he took a different path and ended up in the clergy. His passion for technology and gadgets never left him. Dan is married to Raina Goldberg who is also an avid user of Apple products. They live in New Jersey with their golden doodle Nava.