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RHA's high-end planar magnetic earbuds sound incredible

Planar magnetic headphones don't use the magnet-and-coil driver typical to most cans. Instead, they use a fixed but flexible diaphragm that undulates to create sound. RHA is the first company to concentrate this technology into wireless earbuds (the kind that are tethered to a Bluetooth collar that hangs around your neck). The CL2 Planar earphones are an impressive, and expensive, engineering feat, but how do they sound?

The planar magnetic audio experience is pretty wonderful. The tech is meant to deliver less sound distortion in both bass and treble ranges, and crucially, they do sound tangibly better. I've walked the gauntlet of high-end audio before, discovering planar magnetic headphones from the likes of Audeze and realizing there are better listening options out there, if you're willing to pay for them. RHA's new headphones deliver a similar audio experience, and the demo tracks on both my own phone and a dedicated music player sounded equal parts crisp and rich. They sound like premium headphones, but now they're in the form factor I personally love (and use) the most.


Even the box bears all the hallmarks of the premium equipment RHA is known for. The CL2 Planar earphones are packaged in a fold-out presentation box that includes a metal card with machined holes providing a home for a plethora of silicone and Comply foam buds. Alongside the charging cable and travel adapter, you get braided and silver-coated cables to turn them into wired earbuds. I love the fact you get everything you need to easily convert them from one form factor to another.

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