Updated: Dec 1, 2020
Explanation: In contrast to the full review, the QUICK VIEW only provides a brief tonal and functional overview. Either I haven't been able to spend enough time with the headphones, where the rating has to be taken with a grain of salt, or I don't consider it particularly worthwhile in terms of sound. I will mark which of the two variants applies with "Time", or "Average". The weighting of sound and handling is 2:1.
frequency range: 10 - 25000 Hz | sound pressure level: 97 dB | impedance: 35 Ohm | dynamic
Bass Mids Trebles Stage Imaging
7.5 7 6.5 7.5 7
Processing Comfort Earpads Headband Weight
6 6 6 6 180 grams
Price 85 €
Quick View reason: Average
The ROLAND RH-A7 is an open on-ear that has the same design as the RH-5. However, when I had the price in mind, I briefly left out the spit, because even though the RH-A7 offers a tonal advantage over the RH-5, the triple price is not appropriate in any context. It is marketed as a perfect tool for listening to electric pianos.
Handling For just under 90 € I would no longer necessarily call a headphone a classic budget model. But that's exactly what the RH-A7 represents haptically, because the driver is basically in the same housing as the RH-5, only that the ear cup is open on the back. That means plastic and again plastic.
The only haptic upgrade is the velour padding, which indeed makes the RH-A7 a bit more comfortable, even though the difference to the RH-5 is not significant.
Otherwise, the cable also measures 3m and an adapter to 6.3mm is included.
A good isolation is not given and so practicing with other people in the room makes less sense.
The RH-A7 is not a bad sounding on-ear. The open construction has noticeable advantages over the RH-5. The bass appears more controlled, the mids are much more homogeneous and the high frequencies can express themselves better. In general, the RH-A7 has a smoother frequency response, which makes it sound much more balanced and authentic than the RH-5. I would even go so far as to say that the RH-A7 sounds quite neutral, without a large extension at both ends, with a pleasant warmth and also tonally quite okay, so that it is also suitable for listening to music. No miracles should be expected, but if the RH-A7 were to be offered under 30 € like the RH-5, this would be a good value for money for me.
The stage sounds more open and spacious than the RH-5 and a much more differentiated 3D sound image is created.
Outro As a free accessory to a Roland electric piano I would certainly be happy to receive the RH-A7, as it is quite versatile. But for the current price there are much cheaper alternatives (e.g. from Superlux, or even AKG). Nevertheless the RH-A7 has a quite good sound and is suitable for private monitoring and occasional listening to music or TV.
What works: Song Genre Meine Liebe singer-songwriter,pop
What does not work:
Song Genre In Between punk, rock