You aren't really stylin' unless your earbuds are made of wood

Subject: General Tech | September 28, 2012 - 01:09 PM |
Tagged: audio, rosewill, RHTS-11002, in-ear, rosewood

Rosewill's RHTS-11002 in-ear headphones are definitely designed for the high end market as the body of the earbuds is made of rosewood, with aluminium highlights and replaceable silicon tips.  TechPowerUp thought the sound quality to be similar to Sennheiser's CX300, good for casual listening while you are on the go but not as powerful or rich as you can get with full headphones or speakers.  They are currently $20 on NewEgg which makes them a rather sweet deal for anyone shopping for this style of headphones.

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"Rosewill's impressive product line-up also includes some very interesting headphones and in-ears. We will be taking a look at the RHTS-11002 Rosewood in-ears which features 10 mm dynamic drivers, and real rosewood ear cups!"

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Source: TechPowerUp
September 28, 2012 | 02:09 PM - Posted by Anonymouse (not verified)

I guess the new fad is to have some good old wood in your ear. While they have their merits and the superiority has long been proven in larger speaker systems, I dont think it makes a difference in harmonics at these cone sizes.

After looking at similar design sets (Bob Marley - http://www.thehouseofmarley.com/headphones.html) I concluded pretty much the same: its more style/statement than anything else. At $20, the Rosewill cant be beat. Putting out hundreds, however, would only be justified by Etymotic/Shure/UE quality.

September 28, 2012 | 02:29 PM - Posted by Branthog

Earbuds just make me think of pain.

September 28, 2012 | 04:36 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

Well, don't use them to listen to rap then! 

I'm with you though, they are too small to have decent drivers to produce good sound.

September 28, 2012 | 05:39 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Take a listen to Shure's SE535, I think you'd change your mind about that statement. They have a very full and rich sound rivalling that of full-sized high-end cans. The drivers are very small, but that's actually a plus. They don't need to be big since they're so close to your eardrums and that makes them lighter (and more dynamic for it).

If $400 is too expensive for you for a set of headphones, here's a tip: HiFi-Man Re0. 90% of the Shures' sound quality for $79.

September 30, 2012 | 01:12 AM - Posted by Jingles (not verified)

What Anonymous said, I was going to say the same thing. I have a pair of Shure SE215 IEMs and they are awesome. Best $200 I have spent on IEMs. Before the Shure SE215 IEMs I had a pair of Ultimate ears IEMs (I forget which model) before they got brought out by Logitech, and they were great too.

October 2, 2012 | 01:32 PM - Posted by TheBradyReport

I feel like I should be making a "Got Wood" joke about now..

I guess it depends on your definition of "Ear Buds" and "good sound". Most people would call these "in-ear monitors" as Ear Buds usually sit in your outer ear and don't go "inside".

I have tried SOL, Bowers & Wilkens, Monster, Klipsch, Bose and a number of other in-ear monitors. Still searching. The SOL aren't bad for $100 but Shure makes some great stuff.

If you are serious about your audio quality and use your PC for music, I would STRONGLY suggest you pick up an external DAC like the NuForce iCon uDAC-2 or something similar. IMO a vast improvement in audio quality. Or if you want to drop even more cash, the new ASUS Xonar Esence ST is amazing (should be for a $200 sound card). I'd also suggest making a playlist of various music types (there are some standard audio test files out there) and you can pick up HD Music from HDTracks.com and iTrax.com (may need a new audio player). Great music needs great equipment.. you'll be amazed.

There is a whole other level when it comes to audio quality. If you want to hear about top end stuff (including ear buds) check out Tyll over at http://www.innerfidelity.com/.

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