My thanks to Colum and the rest of the team at RHA! The CL2 has a much more forwards higher pitching vocal emphasis and a bit more rumble but perception-wise, the ME. The CL2 Planar was sent over as part of RHA’s review tour. Disclaimer: The RHA CL1 universal IEM was sent to us free of charge by RHA months ago, the sample doesn’t need to be returned. That could be vocals, some percussion passages, kick drums and synth bass, depending largely on the track. MyST made such a year before rha :), https://www.head-fi.org/threads/myst-izoem-1-russian-closed-full-range-planar-magnetic-iem.847097/. See full review. 3.8 out of 5. The ME.1 uses a 0.78mm 2-pin protruding stem connection system compared to the RHA Cl2’s sunken MMCX system. What works? The bass, while powerful, never devolves into a sloppy mess, maintaining a luscious, well-controlled impact with any source. 5 years later, they have grown in strength and reputation, manufacturing in-ear headphones that impressed both audiophiles and consumers alike. The CL2 seems to mate much better with modern EDM/R’n’B or pop with female vocals which sit more in that big upper mids rise past 1k. It looks the business and can probably take the ‘Chord tank crush’ test and come out smiling without a scratch on it. This earphone still goes toe to toe with any other model at this price point. For this review, I will focus mainly on using memory foam tips, but I also had lucky with SpinFit CP145 tipes. If flat is your objective, I would recommend the N5005, though this one might be almost too clinical. It is much easier to drive than you think but inefficient enough to make you want to revert to the silver balanced cable to take advantage of any DAPs more powerful balanced output. But as I listened, the low end immediately began to swell with that planar sound. Much depends of course on the internal amp in the cable. The ME1. The Nightingale is just marginally smaller with that 15mm MPMTM micro planar magnetic driver but uses a PVD deposited voice coil planar diaphragm. I received the RHA CL2 as part of the North American review tour. S, whilst the overall timbre of the RHA CL2 from 1k onwards is relatively clean its not too sharp or brittle sounding to my ear. With ten pairs of eartips, a hard folding case and a soft carrying pouch, as well as a USB-C charging cable and a flight adapter, this earphone comes with plenty of accoutrements. They tend to sound a little diffuse and lacking in separation. The iSINE 10’s open-back design will deliver a very tuning but not one for the commute. Sound Pressure Level (SPL): 89 dB. Once situated in the ear, though, the form seems to simply melt away, leaving you alone with the music. The CL2 is no different in that regard and certainly, compared to open back planar designs such as the iSINE 10 and UM’s older ME.1 you will hear a bit more sub-bass heft and mid-bass warmth. It is somewhat niche and bucks some previously accepted notions of how a planar magnetic driver could or should be tuned. The CL2 also offers an incredibly comfortable listening experience, and I cannot stress this point enough. The gap in real-life testing, unbalanced on the PAW Gold Touch, was about 7-8 steps, possibly 10 max. Your email address will not be published. The CL2 has a slightly unusual tuning but given that it is a closed-back planar design some of the emphasis in the lower half of the FR is not so surprising. Inspired by the same wireless neckband found on the RHA 650 earphone, this iteration remains surprisingly flexible. Sound quality of RHA CL2 Planar. You may also like . Carroll is a headphone junkie residing in Brooklyn. 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