Today we’re going to take a look at the RHA TrueConnect, their first true wireless stereo in-ears.
Disclaimer: RHA sent us the $169 TrueConnect IEM for this review, free of charge. I only covered the import taxes and fees. All thoughts and experiences with the product are naturally my own. However subjective, 20h burn-in was completed before the review. You can find all about it here: https://www.rha-audio.com/us/products/headphones/true-connect
We are continuing our TWS reviews and experiencing different takes into the world of TWS. This week our guest is RHA TrueConnect TWS.
RHA Technologies is a British, independently owned audio company specializing in the design and production of a wide range of audio products. RHA stands short for Reid and Heath Acoustics. They’ve been in the industry since 2011. The foundation, however, goes back to 2008. They have a blog-like journal on their website and the articles are quite interesting. They also share playlists and sound-related news so you should definitely check them. My first interaction with RHA was in an Apple Retail Store. This gem of an earphone smiled me from the back of the store, the aluminum design caught my eye immediately and I was hooked. If you have ever seen an RHA product in real life, you’d know that their designs are sleek. You will hear this word over and over again in this review. They have a very elegant, robust design language that I adore very much. However, with this TWS, they made a smooth twist and I can’t wait to describe it to you!
We have reviewed many RHA products on Headfonia before, you can find those reviews here: https://www.headfonia.com/?s=RHA
This week’s TWS guest is a meticulously crafted stem design earphone with a dynamic driver configuration. You can find its dedicated product page here. Designed with functionality in mind, optimized for every-day use and set to sate your Hi-Fi desire. Does it succeed? Is it good? Let’s see!
Specifications & Technical Data
- Frequency Response: 20-20,000Hz
- Driver Type: 6mm Dynamic
- Bluetooth: 5.0 with a range of 10m
- Bluetooth Codecs: SBC / AAC only.
- Weight: 13g (buds only), 91g (in charging case)
- Battery: Li-ion, 5+20 hours
- Charging: 15m: 50%; 1h40: 100%
- Aluminum Fast Charging Case (USB-C)
- IPX5 Water-Resistant Construction.
- “Weatherproof and Sweatproof”
- Play / Pause / Next-Previous / Volume Control / Assistant via buttons on the earphones
- Colours: Cloud White, Navy Blue, Carbon Black
USB-A – USB-C charging cable
7x pairs, silicone true wireless ear tips (S/M/L)
3x pairs, Comply™ Foam TrueGrip ear tips
Packaging & Design
First of all, I would like to thank RHA for the attention to detail here. This is a truly beautiful package. Before all, a white, textured pouch welcomes you. Inside you’ll see a neat white box along with a bookmark-shaped note, on which the recommended tracklist from the designers, lies. If you go ahead and unravel it, you’ll see a splendidly designed earphone case. Raw, sanded aluminum borders, silky-smooth white finish, simplistic layout of LEDs and my favorite, swivel-open mechanism revealing the earphones themselves. They sport a smooth rubberized coating, stem design for improved mic acoustics, buttons that are easy to push. Designers of RHA chose this STEM-type design for its functionality. Each earphone has some kind of rod, and the microphone system is located at the end of that rod, facing the direction of your mouth. RHA believes that this improves call quality and offer better, clearer calls. I’ll talk about this more in the functionality section. RHA provides us with a wide range of ear tips, from foam to silicone. There are many size options so I doubt you’ll ever have a problem finding one for your ears. Side note, even the ear tip tray is stainless steel. One thing that would be great if RHA were to include is a little carry pouch. As you know, the charging case is an all-aluminum design and things like keys, coins can leave marks on the surface. An elegant carrying pouch would definitely solve this problem for us.
On a side note, this awesome designed earphone is weatherproof. IPX5 should be enough for you to take them wherever you go in the world. Whether it’s raining or snowing. Including your most intense workouts.
Comfort & Isolation
RHA’s TrueConnect is not a small earphone. Let’s get that straight. Many TWS earphones are big because of all the internals. I did not experience any problem with TrueConnects. They fit like a glove to me. Stem design fits onto the ear wall, offers a comfortable fit. Isolation is surprisingly good. It may be the best I’ve tried.
One of my friends tried it and thought that they had active noise cancellation. Tip rolling is a must with this design though, you must really find what works for you and what does not. Don’t forget that sound quality will suffer from bad tip selection and loose seal. It took me a while to try all the different sizes and shapes in the stainless steel ear tip tray.
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