"Raycon's marketing-heavy hype machine largely doesn't live up to expectations."

  • Comfortable fit

  • Small charging case

  • Wireless charging

  • Feel cheap build

  • The bass overwhelms the mids and highs

  • No app, so the EQ cannot be adjusted

  • Terrible call quality

If you're like me, you've heard of Raycon earphones while either listening to a sponsored piece on the radio or listening to your favorite YouTuber. Raycon clearly spends a lot of money marketing its products. If you visit the company's website, you will see a lot of pictures of satisfied customers and some very big names in music that support the brand.

We were clearly a marketing-intensive hype machine and asked ourselves: are raycons really good? We grabbed a pair of the company's top $ 120 E55 The Performer earphones and put them through their paces.

Out of the box

With Raycon doing much of its marketing, it should come as no surprise that the box is pretty darn good. Even the shipping box carries the Raycon brand, and the actual product box offers exactly what I would expect from a high-end earphone brand.

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The front is held in place by a magnet and opens to reveal a pitch-black interior and some brochures that invite you to the "next wave," as Raycon's slogan says. The buds are carefully embedded in the housing underneath, with a charging cable and additional earplugs in a small square box next to it.

Regarding earplugs, Raycon includes a total of five silicon earplug sizes, more than most companies offer. I personally have very small ear canals, so I replaced the tips attached to the buds with their smallest size.

Fit and ready

The Raycon charger case is wonderfully small and light, so that even the petite Jabra 75t case looks large in comparison. It even looks a bit smaller than the AirPods Pro case, although Raycon chose a more rounded square design over Apple's rounded rectangle. The Raycon logo is on the front of the case. The only edge of the otherwise smooth case is a small plastic loop through which you can run a mini lanyard provided.

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I don't understand the need for a lanyard, so I'm not a big fan of it. I wish this little loop nubs didn't exist because it would have resulted in a much smoother end product. I think the idea is that you might want to attach this to a bag or something else, but frankly I don't trust that the case will stay closed and the buds will be attached inside if I zip it up on the outside would pull off my backpack. The magnet that holds the lid closed and those that hold the buds in their charging cradle are all pretty strong, but I still wouldn't trust them swinging around behind me.

While we are working on the magnets, the buds snap into place well and firmly when loading and the housing remains firmly closed. No complaints there.

The Raycon earphones fit my ear really well.

The case is compatible with wireless chargers, but can also be charged using a USB Type-C connector. A small LED next to the connector lights up red during the charging process. When you're done, it glows green.

The buds themselves are what I would classify as “cheap” in terms of their processing quality. They are fully plastic and extremely light, which is actually nice considering that they have to sit on your ear, but they just don't feel good. They are shiny, slippery, and feel inferior, as is common with cheap products. The fact that we have come so far with an otherwise high quality experience just to find that the buds are below this brand is disappointing.

Apart from the disappointing quality, the Raycon earphones fit very well in my ear. They snap into my ear canal and upper concha with slight pressure, which holds them really well, without making me tired over time. They actually fit better than the AirPods, which surprised me. I also appreciate how flat they are on my head. This is probably why Raycon shows so many customer selfies on its website: when they are worn, they look good.

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The Performer earphones can be quickly paired with your phone using the conventional method (via the Bluetooth menu) and always greet you with a voice that sings “Raycon” every time it is switched on. They pair quickly and reliably, but I have found that sometimes when they are put back in their suitcases they are not separated. I put them away more than a few times and went to another room, only to find that my iPhone was still connected, and tried to send them sound. This is a problem that I have only seen in the past with really cheap, low quality earphones. So it's not great to see this here.

The buds have physical buttons on the left and right and mostly work quite well. There is a slight delay when asked to do something that is not unusual but worth mentioning. You can pause, play, skip, answer, and hang up the phone, and even control the volume using a number of different morse code-like taps. These worked as announced.

Sound and call quality

I get straight to the point here: The Raycon earphones sound good. All good. They won't blow you away with their quality, but if you bought them on the recommendation of your favorite YouTuber, you probably won't be too disappointed either. They do the job and offer heavier basses than standard basses, but are not nearly top of the class in this regard. When I first used it, I admitted that at first I was amazed at how much skullbeat bass they could throw out, but finally got tired of it because that bass overwhelmed the mids and highs to the point where they got the details crush. Overall, I think EQ is off for those who want to hear everything in their music, but they should be enough if you just want to enjoy the beat of your favorite song.

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Sias Save My Life gives you a good feel for the lower frequencies that resemble a dance club, but the higher timbres that make Sia's voice so exciting are lost as the bass so obscures the frequency range. If you're a fan of clear vocals, you probably won't be particularly happy with the sound of the Raycon earphones.

The Raycon earphones sound good. All good.

The thing is, if the idea of ​​bass-heavy buds sounds exactly in your alley, they are still not the best choice for it in their price range. The bass is actually stronger on the Jabra Elite 65ts (and the Elite 75ts is even better). With these you can also adjust the EQ via an app to adapt the listening experience to your specifications. This leads to another disadvantage of the Raycon earphones: they have no app. So you hear what you get.

The Raycons don't offer noise cancellation, which is pretty normal for earphones in this price range. However, the noise isolation you get with these feels below average. It may be the poor build quality, but without music I can pretty easily hear everything around me, even though it's stuck in my ears.

These are downright terrible to make calls.

Raycon advertises phone calls as great, but the company really shouldn't: they are terrible for phone calls. You can hear the other end perfectly, but you will have difficulty recognizing your voice because the earphones make you sound like a mixture of underwater and different distances. Your voice will go in and out to everyone you speak, resulting in an overall terrible listening experience for them.

Battery life and connectivity

According to Raycon, the buds should last six hours per charge and a total of up to 36 hours with the six charges available. Six hours per charge is really too low in the middle of the road compared to what's out there, but I've actually found that the buds have exceeded this specification. I wore them for a full working day, eight hours, and they kept going without any problems. I think you should probably expect six hours, but if you grab a pair, they may last longer than what is very nice. They also charge up quickly and I honestly had no major problem with the battery here.

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The connectivity was not outstanding and they underperformed all of the other modern earbuds I've tested. I couldn't even make it halfway into my garden with my cell phone in my kitchen, and the buds would cut out. If you always have your phone right next to you, you will probably be fine, but I have little hope that this will work well in rooms with a lot of interference, such as airports or streets in New York.

Our opinion

Raycon's marketing-heavy hype machine promises too much here, with buds that do enough right that anyone who buys them is likely to be happy, but not the right recommendation in their price range. In the included bud literature, the company claims that the goal from the start was to offer high quality buds at a lower cost than the competition, but they don't really. These buds are missing from the $ 120 feature section, but even if you use the YouTube discount code you heard to lower them to $ 100, they're still sub-par overall.

Is there a better alternative?

The Jabra Elite 65ts are a great alternative, and although their RRP like the Raycons according to this influencer discount code is $ 120, they're now available on Amazon for under $ 100. The Edifier TWS6s are just as solid a purchase as the Sony WF-XB700s.

How long will they last?

Raycon offers a one year warranty which is fairly standard. The build quality is important, however, so I can't say they consistently last much longer than two to three years.

Should you buy them

No, unless the sole purpose is to support a content creator you want and get something in return. These buds are mediocre and have no really prominent feature that makes them any better than their competition.

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