Following the successful launch of the new flagship T20 in-ear headphone earlier this year, award-winning headphone manufacturer RHA has announced a new entry-level proposition, the S500i.

The new in-ear headphone will feature an ultra-compact design in aluminium, made possible by a specially engineered micro dynamic driver. The 140.1 model driver promises faithful listening experiences, having been engineered to deliver vibrant, immersive and detailed sound reproduction.

“The S500i is for those seeking an affordable, compact in-ear headphone that doesn’t sacrifice sound or build quality,” explained Lewis Heath, Product Director at RHA. “By developing a micro dynamic driver that can offer exciting, full range sound reproduction and using aluminium alloy housings, we’ve been able to make the product incredibly small and lightweight and therefore comfortable for any size or shape of ear. I’m excited for people to experience it at IFA in Berlin this year.”

In addition to offering a three-button remote and microphone for use with compatible Apple devices, the S500i’s 1.35m cable also features
a two part material design; the upper half using a traditional TPE finish while the lower half featuring a tangle-resistant, fabric braided outer. Accessories include seven pairs of silicone ear tips in a variety of designs and sizes with holder, a fabric carry pouch and clothing clip.

The S500i in-ear headphone carries a three year manufacturer’s warranty and will be exclusively available through the Apple Store Network from October 2015 with a retail price of $49.

The S500, a version of the product without remote and microphone, will be available from all sales channels later in 2015.


  • Driver: Micro dynamic (140.1) Frequency range: 16-22,000 Hz Impedance: 16 ohm
  • Rated / max power: 1mw/5mw Sensitivity: 100dB
  • Cable length: 1.35m