After testing out the Jabra Elite Active 65t in June 2018, my AirPods have been sitting idle. RHA’s new TrueConnect earbuds compete straight with merchandise like this Jabra headset with lengthy battery life, water resistance, and higher match than the generic AirPods.
The AirPods let me down with no water/mud resistant ranking, one-size-fits all match (or unfit as it could be), and restricted help for Android smartphones. Fortunately, there are alternatives right now and the RHA TrueConnect is a superb possibility for iOS and Android telephone and pill customers. The sound high quality is nice, the earbuds are sweat/splash/climate resistant, digital assistants on iOS and Android are supported, and all kinds of suggestions to suit your ears are supplied.
I have been commuting, working, and touring with these earbuds for the previous few weeks and am very impressed with their efficiency. There may be one facet I want to see improved, however general the RHA TrueConnect is a headset to contemplate.
- Driver: 6mm dynamic
- Frequency vary: 20-20,000 Hz
- Water resistance: IPX5 ranking
- Wi-fi connectivity: Bluetooth 5.zero
- Battery life: As much as 5 hours of play with charging case offering one other 20 hours. 15 minutes of charging within the case provide you with 50 p.c cost on the earbuds.
- Earbud weight: 13 grams complete
- Guarantee: Trade-leading three yr producer’s guarantee
The retail package deal consists of the 2 wi-fi earbuds, a charging case with built-in battery, a USB-C cable, and an array of earbud suggestions. It’s superior to lastly see accent suppliers utilizing USB-C to cost up gadgets since most telephones use this cable and it’s getting more durable and more durable to seek out older microUSB cables.
RHA is thought for offering a large number of earbud suggestions and with the TrueConnect package deal one can find two units of silicone suggestions in your ears in sizes small, medium, and enormous. Additionally, you will discover one set of small, medium, and enormous Comply foam suggestions which might be more practical for sound isolation if you wish to block the surface world and luxuriate in your media content material.
The RHA TrueConnect has a unique kind issue than we’ve got seen from Jabra, Samsung, and others. It’s much like an AirPod with a stem that extends downwards, however not so long as the AirPods. The extension matches in properly with the groove in your ear to assist lock it securely into place.
The earbuds have a matte black end with a delicate contact masking. They’re simple to know and keep securely in your ears.
The buttons on the earbuds don’t provide a lot tactile suggestions and is the one facet of the TrueConnect that maintain me from calling them excellent. It’s arduous for me to inform once I double or triple faucet the earbud and I typically find yourself pushing the earbud additional into my ear canal because of this. A extra pronounced button or a contact interface may be a greater strategy right here.
There are buttons on each the correct and left facet. A single press prompts play/pause on either side with a 1.5 second press and maintain activating the voice assistant from both facet. A double press on the left facet skips forward whereas a triple press on the left facet skips again. A double press on the correct facet will increase quantity whereas a triple press on the correct facet lowers quantity.
Either side have the identical performance for calls with reply, reject, quantity up, and quantity down choices via single, double, and triple presses.
A top quality steel and delicate contact materials charging/carrying case is supplied. There’s a small purple dot to point the correct earbud on the earbud and on the case subsequent to the compartment the earbud is inserted into. The steel backbone of the carrying case is held in an upwards place and you then flip out the delicate contact compartment. It opens like a roll out drawer and you then seize every earbud to insert it into your ear. It may be a bit powerful to get the earbuds out of the charging case too.
There are 4 white LED indicator lights on the decrease left entrance of the charging case that offers you the charging standing of the case, it offers you 20 hours of capability (4 full expenses), and charging standing of the earbuds when they’re inserted into the case for charging.
It’s nice to see USB-C as the usual charging port and a USB-A to USB-C cable is supplied within the retail package deal.
Worth and competitors
There may be fairly a little bit of competitors within the totally wi-fi earbud market right now, however not all of them are designed for lively train routines. The Apple AirPods are priced at $159, however don’t have suggestions for one of the best match of your ear and there’s no degree of mud/water resistance.
The Jabra Elite Lively 65t earbuds have a MSRP of $189.99, the Samsung Gear Icon X is priced at $129.99 ($50 off MSRP), the Jaybird Run is $179.99, and the Bose SoundSport Free is $169.95.
As you possibly can see, the $169.95 RHA TrueConnect is priced about the identical as most of those different waterproof actually wi-fi earbuds. Once you examine all of those, the TrueConnect stands our with an extended guarantee, wonderful battery life, and nice high quality telephone calls.
Every day utilization experiences and conclusion
Headphone jacks are not the default on smartphones so most of us are making the transfer to wi-fi headsets. Whereas Apple could have been one of many first to supply a compelling actually wi-fi expertise, others shortly surpassed them with higher choices for many who are lively and for these on the lookout for greater than a really fundamental expertise.
RHA has at all times impressed me with its committment to high quality, demonstrated by its lengthy three-year guarantee interval. The RHA TrueConnect has labored very properly for me over the previous few weeks, with solely the restricted tactile really feel of its buttons my solely concern.
The TrueConnect earbuds additionally don’t help the aptX profile and at this worth I’d assume it could help this frequent stack. I did discover a little bit of damaged audio from time-to-time once I had my telephone in my pocket, however more often than not playback was flawless.
The stem design helps deliver the mic down nearer to your mouth and could also be a serious purpose that callers confirmed the decision high quality with the headset was wonderful. Many of those actually wi-fi headsets are good for music, however do not carry out as properly for telephone calls.
RHA headsets have impressed me prior to now and I had excessive expectations for its first actually wi-fi headset. The design is spectacular, the battery life is above common, you possibly can management playback and quantity proper from the headset, they usually match properly even when working within the rain. I am not a fan of the buttons and the shortage of aptX is an oversight.
The RHA TrueConnect earbuds are very snug for very long time put on, making them excellent for commuters, individuals who wish to exercise with music, and people on the lookout for one thing higher than the AirPods.