Reloop RHP-10 Flash Black DJ Headphones Review & Video

Review Summary:

If you're looking for a standard-design DJ headphone and don't want to splash out on leather-clad "pro" models, look at the Reloops. They ought to be rather durable, and they come with two sets of plastic ear pads that let you choose how you want them over your ears. A coiled cable and gold plated 1/4" and 1/8" plugs round out this headphone package that you might want to check out if you're looking for a mid-priced option.

RHP-10 Limited Edition Professional DJ Headphones
Reloop RHP-10

The Reloop RHP-10 Flash Black are a capable midrange DJ headphone that come in a number of fashion colours and do all the basics pretty well.

Review: Reloop RHP-10 DJ Headphones

Somewhere between the entry level and the "pro" grade lie mid-range DJ headphones. Offering isolation, volume and clarity that comes close to the best headphones, but normally lacking some of the more luxury features of such models, headphones at this level should be up to the job in the DJ booth, while not costing the same as true "pro" models.

The Reloop RHP-10s are a great example of this type of headphone. They're funky looking yet clearly following the classic DJ headphone design. But do they make up for anything they may lack in design finesse with their design and performance? Our Reloop RHP-10 DJ headphones review reveals all…

First impressions

You get a choice of colours so you can buy those that suit your style / DJ controller / favourite shirt. The model we review here are the RHP-10 Flash Black, which I presume refers to their black body with bright blue parts. Anyway, I used them as the headphones in a video review of a piece of DJ gear recently and had more enquiries about the headphones than the DJ gear, so I guess they're a popular colour!

Inside the rather large cardboard box you'll find the coiled blue cable plus some spare earpads (more later on those) in their own little cardboard box, a drawstring plastic carry bag, and of course the headphones themselves. The bag and the top of the headband bear the words "Reloop Flash Black" in a flashy italic font, and they are so-called Limited Edition, each pair bearing a number (30676 on ours, so I don't think there's exactly a shortage of them out there).

The headphones have a plastic-covered wide headband with a fabric nylon mesh inside, and the apparently aluminium reinforced jumbo hinges as well as the outside of the earcups are finished in black matt oily-feel plastic, which is a nice finish. The earcups are loose and rotate through a lot of angles including folding into the headband for easy packing and carrying.

The ear pads are plastic, not leather, and you get two choices: A set (fitted) with small holes, so they sit on your ear, and a set with much wider holes, so they fully enclose your ear. I preferred the latter, for better isolation. Good to have the choice, though. The coiled cable fits with a twist action into one of the earcups, and has a right-angle 1/4" convertor over an 1/8" jack on the other end. Both ends are gold plated.

In use

I found the headphones reassuringly chunky yet comfortably light, and fitted with the earcups that suited me best, they were as comfortable as most DJ headphones (ie, they grip your head firmly to allow them half a chance of cutting out most of the ambient noise). Due to their size and design, they felt very familiar - look at most full-sized DJ headphones, and you'll see startling similarities on the basic design. (Interestingly, Reloop's own RHP-20s, which we love, break from such a design).

Most important thing of course is how they perform. The large drivers ensure a decent output volume, and I couldn't separate the punchy, ample bass from that of much more expensive headphones. The mids and highs were balanced and overall as a DJ headphone the sound is exactly what you'd expect and want. No complaints there.

Conclusion

If you're looking for a standard-design DJ headphone and don't want to splash out on leather-clad "pro" models, look at the Reloops. They're as the name suggests (Flash Black, not RHP-10) rather flashy, and the colour if not the design certainly turns heads. Tech spec wise, though, they move past fashion, with a proper replaceable, detachable coiled cable, single-wire in/out, decent-sized, free-moving earcups and sound that'll be fine in any DJ booth.

I think they ought to prove pretty durable, and in short, if you like the style (there are several colours to choose from) and price, and don't mind forgoing leather finish, I can recommend them.

Product Summary

Review Summary:

If you're looking for a standard-design DJ headphone and don't want to splash out on leather-clad "pro" models, look at the Reloops. They ought to be rather durable, and they come with two sets of plastic ear pads that let you choose how you want them over your ears. A coiled cable and gold plated 1/4" and 1/8" plugs round out this headphone package that you might want to check out if you're looking for a mid-priced option.

RHP-10 Limited Edition Professional DJ Headphones

Video Review

Do you own the RHP-10s? What mid-range headphones do you use? Is it worth paying extra for leather and other luxuries, or do cheaper models do just as good a job? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

 

Comments

  1. mitsaras_29 says:

    ooooooooohhhhh this is so easy to break stay away from this i ve had them for no more than a month they broke….just stay away…..my opinion….now i have a single zomo and it’s still working great….i think it’s the same money more or less…

  2. Dependable, strong design ? You’ve got to be kidding me. The sound quality is good but I’ve broken 2 pair of this wanna-be-headphones using it normally at home ! The plastic is very poor quality, not flexible, and in case of white colour is gets yellow hue after month of use..

    Plese first of all do not review headphones unless testing in the field for long period of time. I’m VERY dissapointed because of this review.

    VERY DISSAPOINTED.

    • Erm, do you mean DISAPPOINTED? Shouting is bad enough but when it isn’t the correct spelling…

      • He’s angry Alex, that’s understandable. But let me tell you something: I’ve got some £700 Ultrasone Signature headphones here, and their white “bits” are getting discoloured. That’s white for you. And it is physically impossible for us to test headphones “in the field” for months and months before reporting on them, so I tend to just bend them as hard as I dare and see if anything makes a cracking noise!

        However, remember that I speak to hundreds of DJs every week and those who own these who I know have had good results with them, so maybe this is just a case of bad luck. Plus personally I was always breaking headphones, even very expensive ones, alarmingly regularly when I DJed a few times a week. I ended up treating them as “disposable items”.

        Anyway, thanks for taking the time to comment Max – sorry it didn’t work out for you.

  3. Phil, could you recommend any similar priced headphones that are of high quality? Or perhaps cheaper that give a good all round performance for beginner/intermediate DJs? I completely understand your point on “disposable” and I am looking for headphones that can withstand some rough treatment (not intentional of course).

    Apologies if this steers away from the above product.

    • No worries, but in my experience most headphones will break if abused, even accidentally! (I got through loads of pairs of Sony MDR-700s back in the day…)

      If you want indestructible, look at the Sennheiser HD25 IIs, but they’re 2-3 times the price of the above.

  4. Hey Phil (or anyone who has used these),
    Im curious how these fit on your neck, i personally dont like taking my headphones on and off so i wear them around my neck for long periods of time. I need something comfortable and around this price range if you can recommend any other models as well.
    Thanks
    PS. cant wait for your scratching for controller DJs course, been checking my email everyday waiting for the release lol

    • Well, because the earcups “move” a lot, for me these (and other similar headphones) are quite comfortable round the neck despite the full-sized earcups. I too live with my headphones around my neck, not on my head, most of the time.

      PS Not long till we open the course now :)

  5. Matt Kozek says:

    I bought these headphones before i get my HD2s, They are really good value but just try to not throw them around, after a few months the ear piece joint snapped

  6. A-Dag-Io says:

    I really love my RHP-20 cause it has a fantastic look and is all metal, but this one looks slick as well. For the price I highly recommend.

  7. Phill,I wonder if these are good headphones for music listening through a smartphone basically…
    And I’m concerned about the durability. As I said,I just want to buy these for music listening. So I’m not really going to abuse them. Are they going to last long,about a year maybe?

  8. don’t even think about buying those headphones, broken them in a month of normal use in clubs…

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