Glasgow’s own RHA headphones are remarkably successful, especially in the US, where they crop up in airport shops seemingly everywhere. You’d be hard pushed, though, to know they come from Scotland: if I were RHA, I’d go the whole haggis and package them in tartan like shortbread; RHA goes for good taste instead.
Its new MA750s are the most gym-friendly headphones I have come across, combining hifi quality with the ability to stick firmly even to ears that reject other headphones thanks to wire loops – but comfortable ones – behind the ears. They are neckband-style headphones, which can be clumsy, but the design and execution is robust and clever. The earbuds themselves cling magnetically to one another with a satisfying click when you take them out of your ears. After I had given them my audio seal of approval, my youngest daughter trialled the MA750s in the gym and pronounced them unshakeable – as indeed is their wireless connectivity. I wish I understood how some electronic devices have better Bluetooth than others; I assume it’s down to which grade of Bluetooth module you buy in Shenzhen’s electronics markets.