New to the Dungeon and making a name for itself online, the Raycon E25 has just arrived for a review. At $79, this true wireless earphone offers 6 hours of battery life, a slim profile, and a celebrity endorsement by Ray J. But how does this budget true wireless earphone sound?
Raycon E25 Review
The Raycon E25 sports a slim-profile fit. In my case, my giant ears swallow them right up. But folks with smaller ears should be just fine, too.
These tiny earpieces slip inside the included charging case. There’s 24 hours of playtime available through the case, in addition to the 6 hour battery life on the earpieces themselves.
Running on Bluetooth 5.0, the E25 supports HSP, HFP, A2DP, and AVRCP codecs.
Pairing seems easy and relatively painless. Charging the case can be accomplished using the supplied micro-USB cable. Extra eartips also come included.
This last accessory will have a huge impact on noise isolation, and finding the right fit remains crucial. That being said, for my tests, I found the isolation just a shade underwhelming when out on the street. However, here in the review office, this earphone does a pretty good job of blocking out any extraneous noise.
The E25 also features an IPX4 rating for sweat- and water-resistance.
Call quality comes across as decent, though I do find myself projecting my voice a little more to be heard better. That being said, other voices come through nice and clear when taking calls on the E25.
Heavy on the bass and maybe a little light on detail, the E25 offers a fairly heavy and robust low end. Granted, this ain’t an audiophile’s low end, there’s still some fair audio quality here. Add to this a rousing, weighty bass response, and you get a fairly energetic sound that will have bassheads swooning.
Recessed and not-so-present, the mids show a tendency to lose some of their clarity to the low end. Once a bass guitar kicks in, it begins to eat away at the lower mids. As a result, certain tracks sound flat or lacking. However, this really depends on the track in question, and some pop tracks seem to escape this pitfall if they don’t have too much going on in the lower end of the midrange.
Rolled off, the high end feels a somewhat understated on its own, but even more when compared to the lows. The upshot of this sound is that it still works well with classical or pop where high notes might sometimes get a little sharp or uncomfortable. However, for most tracks, the result seems lacking in detail. This, coupled with the recessed mids and heavy lows, leads to a lopsided sound that detracts from certain genres – pretty much anything aside from rock, hip-hop, and pop.
Due to the in-ear, true wireless design, the Raycon E25 won’t offer the best sense of soundstage. Indeed, despite an iota of depth, the sense of space still feels very narrow. Instruments and vocals tend to overlap, seemingly emanating from the same points around you. While this may not be a huge deal for some pop, hip hop, and rock tracks, it prevents these earphones from excelling with any other listening material.
Overly bassy and not all that detailed, the Raycon E25 feels like a basshead’s dream true wireless earphone. However, for listeners with more eclectic tastes, this earphone may fall flat. This thick, heavy sound seems passable for pop, rock, and hip hop, but may not do justice to many other genres. At $79, this earphone only really feels like a bargain if you want a bass canon.
Headphone Dungeon Score
By most measures, this earphone feels lacking in some key areas of the frequency range. However, it still has a solid fit and good battery life, as well as okay call quality. Personally, I would recommend the Strauss and Wagner SW-TW401. At an even lower price, this earphone offers a similar fit while delivering much greater detail in its sound. While not as bassy or as long in battery life, it still offers a more adaptive sound for multiple genres. Is there any role in which the Raycon E25 still holds its own? Sure, if you’re a basshead. And then this earphone might actually constitute a 4-skull earphone.
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