A Closer Look
We see some good quality materials being used on these earphones from the earpiece to the flat ribbon cable. The carry case is soft padded but tough enough to withstand drops and bangs. The only let down here is that the ear tips provided are very thin and cheap feeling. My initial impression of them was that the sound quality won’t be very good due to lack of adequate isolation around the ear canal. The ear tips are translucent and I found the sizes provided to be too small due to how thin the tips are. you can see that the 3.5mm jack has an additional section on the plug, this is for the in-line microphone so you can take calls.
Take a tip off and you can see the earphone driver is protected by material which stops ear wax and other debris getting in and affecting sound quality. The glossy side parts of each earphone looks like plastic but it is actually metal. It’s really quite deceiving because there is no perceived quality since each earphone is very light and it doesn’t feel like metal until you tap it with your nail There are no ear stays or hangers to be seen with the Rio so if the stock ear tips don’t create a snug fit in your ears then you will have to purchase third party tips that are larger. Out of the 4 pairs of tips provided I could not find a pair that fit well enough when walking and I have average size ears.