I’ve tried plenty of true wireless earbuds in my day. An embarrassing amount, some might say. But today, I take a look at the more luxurious side of true wireless. This is the Raycon E25 Review.
Raycon E25 Review
RayconGlobal is a lifestyle brand born out of deal between singer and TV personality Ray J and Cowboy Wholesale, an NYC electronics distributor.
Their website tells us that Ray J started Raycon “to shake up the wireless audio industry to its very core” because he was sick of overpriced brands that didn’t live up to the hype. One of their pages even has a chart that shows how much higher quality Raycon is compared to Apple and Generic Brands (see here) just in case you need an explanation.
The E25 is a pair of true wireless earbuds coming in at $79.99, which isn’t the cheapest of the cheap, but isn’t super high-end either.
So here’s my review. Neither myself, nor MajorHifi has any affiliation with Raycon; we purchased the product from Amazon. We do include a Amazon Affiliate link at the bottom so if you decide to buy it, we’ll make a couple cents commission (gotta pay rent somehow). But I ain’t holding back!
The packaging is on the flashier side, as is Raycon’s aesthetic overall. Along with the manual, micro-USB charging cable and the earbuds themselves, the E25 also comes with 6 pairs of silicone tips ranging from XS – XL.
The earbuds and case are both totally black except for the superhero-esque Raycon logo. And they are both tiny. The case is a little on the thicker side, but this thing is portable. The earbuds too may be among the smallest I’ve ever tried, especially thanks to the fit, which I’ll get to later.
Battery life is 6 hours, which is above average. And that extends to 24 with the charging case. Although micro-USB charging is a bummer, especially when considering cheaper models (the Strauss & Wagner TW401, for example) that use the much quicker USB-C. Also, codec support is basic and lacks AAC. So iPhone users shouldn’t hold their breath for the sound quality.
The Bluetooth controls work well, however. The Raycon logo doubles as a clickable button, so no touch controls. But I found it responsive and had an easy time pressing it.
These earbuds are tiny to begin with, but the fit is extremely flush against your ears, making for a super-low profile. They’re light and comfortable; the fit might honestly be my favorite thing about these earbuds. They’re so unobtrusive, you hardly realize you’re wearing them. And the waterproof rating is IPX4 (splash-proof), which should be fine for a workout.
Up until this point, I was a fan of the E25. The sound profile is heavy handed, and will probably be something you love or hate.
What’s good is the bass. By that I mean there’s a lot of it, and it’s relatively controlled and punchy. But that’s about the only thing I liked about the sound profile. The mids suffer considerably under the weight of all that bass, creating a sharp V-sound overall.
There is a boost in the highs to stop things from sounding like total mud, but it’s in a weird spot. It misses the vocal range and instead brings treble sounds and cymbals into focus (but not the ultra-highs). So you get a booming bass and some crispy highs, and everything else falls into the background.
If bass is the only thing you care about, you’ll be happy. But if you are looking for anything else from the sound, and I mean anything at all, you will probably not find it. It is worth mentioning that these earbuds also get louder than most other earbuds I’ve tried, but the sound gets so distorted so quickly that I’m not sure if I can really call that a strength.
If the E25 had a more even-headed sound quality, I’d probably recommend them. The fit is fantastic and the battery life is pretty good. But these buds have a massive boost in bass and volume with no nuance to balance it. I found it sloppy and difficult to listen to. You might like it though, and the design is good enough to make these worth a try.
Pros- Great fit, small profile, lots of volume and bass
Cons- Imbalanced, heavy-handed sound, micro-USB and no codec support
Raycon E25 on Amazon.
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