Rhines Stage 5: Enjoy Your Music

8. Driveability

The Rhines Stage 5 is pretty easy to drive and all the DAPs I tried it with had more than ample power. An external amp will of course improve its performance and I would recommend an amplifier with a good sound stage and a lighter sound signature where there’s no extra focus on bass.

 9. Conclusion

The Rhines Stage 5 isn’t cheap but you get a real quality product in return. The monitor is very easy to listen to and makes enjoying your music really easy. It’s not the most detailed or analytical monitor but with its perfect fit and its focus on bass and mids you get a top level sound that will make you want to sing along all day long. A good source and quality files surely are recommended to get the best out of it.

If you’re willing to pay a premium, Rhines can deliver you the most gorgeous looking pair of earphones you can think of. The pictures prove just that. The Stage 5 is the CIEM I use at home when I just want to enjoy my music, and it does that perfectly.

I would certainly recommend listening to the Rhines demo setup if you have that possibility, that way you can choose the perfect monitor for your personal taste. The monitors can be ordered directly from the Rhines Website. The Stage 5 is my favorite one, it makes me enjoy my music and isn’t that what its all about in the end?

4.2/5 - (5 votes)

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Lieven is living in Europe and he's the leader of the gang. He's running Headfonia as a side project next to his full time day job in Digital Marketing & Consultancy. He's a big fan of tube amps and custom inear monitors and has published hundreds of product reviews over the years.

13 Comments

  • Reply January 13, 2015

    ohm image

    Here stars the war of high-quality German custom earphones. I love the wood of this one.

  • Reply January 13, 2015

    solid

    So do you prefer Stage 5 or VE6??

    • Reply January 13, 2015

      Headfonia_L.

      I don’t have the VE6, I have the V6s though

    • Reply January 13, 2015

      ohm image

      I’ve got the VE6, and it is awesome.

  • Reply January 14, 2015

    Patrick.C

    Good to see more CIEMs on this website L. and N!

    Also that some manufacturers are making those In-ears is really great for audophile guys like us (1964 / US, Cosmic Ears / Sweden, ACS -/ Switzerland, Rhine / Germany and many more)
    I personally prefer, since my buy last year, IEMs over dynamic and orthodox Headphones.

    Why you ask? As a glass user it is nerve-racking for longer sessions, the weight is a problem and they are usually easier to drive than a headphone with a high resistance or less sensitivity (SPL/mW)

    Regards Patrick

    • Reply January 14, 2015

      Headfonia_L.

      I agree and some of these customs aee superb. Yet at the same time they just cant replace the sound of an open reference headphone

      • Reply January 14, 2015

        Patrick.C

        I have to go to CanJam next year so we can discuss in person about the benefits of a HD800, STAX Top Flagship and Audeze LCD3 and many more.

        Then I can’t remember the soundsignature of those anymore expect for Audeze best midrange I have listened to date and the kef ls50 in reference studio/music use and se535 as a solid In ear.

        Best regards my friend.

      • Reply January 14, 2015

        dalethorn

        Going from speakers to big headphones to smaller on-ears to in-ears — that’s a lot of different perspectives isn’t it?

  • Reply January 15, 2015

    Alexandre Nishikawa

    Hey! How would you compare these to the Noble Audio K10?

    • Reply January 15, 2015

      Headfonia_L.

      I would’t. sorry, I don’t have the K10. From what I understnd the K10 is a level up in clarity, detail and linearity

      • Reply January 15, 2015

        Alexandre Nishikawa

        Oh, it was Nathan. Thanks for the fast reply!

  • Reply January 31, 2016

    hello

    Hi, How would you compare it to Shure SE846?

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