Our Verdict Pipped to the five-star post by the amazing Panasonic RP-HTX 7s, these are nevertheless a fantastic buy at the money For Good, balanced sound Against Don't fold need positioning carefully Reviewed on 25th August 2011 The RHA SA-500s don’t fold, so they’re not too handy for travel, but the fabric headphone cable is detachable so it needn’t get tangled up in your bag. The earpads slide up and down a simple rail system. They’re on the small side, so require more in the way of positioning to create a decent seal. But it’s hardly a flawed design… The sound is open, clean and inviting. For the money, only the Panasonic RP-HTX 7s dig up more detail. Simple but effectiveStill, these produce an admirably well-judged, balanced sound. They’re a little lightweight, but this lack of heft doesn’t mean they sound thin or tinny. The low frequencies you do hear are detailed and defined, with no real trace of distortion, and high frequencies don’t get sharp, edgy or brittle, which is a result. More after the break For the money, these headphones provide a simple yet extremely effective solution. See all our headphone Best Buys Follow whathifi on Twitter Join whathifi on Facebook Related News The best What Hi-Fi? deals of the month Fri, 21 Jul 2017, 12:38pm Meters Music collaborates with U2's Adam Clayton for new in-ear headphones Tue, 18 Jul 2017, 05:39pm The best Amazon Prime Day headphones deals Tue, 11 Jul 2017, 02:52pm Amazon Prime Day 2017: best UK deals Tue, 11 Jul 2017, 12:36pm New Apple AirPod patents reveal more health-tracking capabilities Thu, 06 Jul 2017, 12:03pm Headphones RHA SA-500 Stay on top of your sound with What Hi-Fi? in your inbox every week Thank you for registering for our Newsletter We will send you relevant emails and updates.