Raycon E55 The Performer Overview: Not Well worth the Hype

“Raycon’s marketing-heavy hype machine mostly doesn’t live up to expectations.”

Comfortable fit

Small charging case

Wireless charging

Feel cheap to 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 earbuds while listening to either a sponsored track on the radio or from your favorite YouTuber. Raycon clearly spends a lot of money marketing its products. When you visit the company’s website you will see lots of images of happy customers and some very big names in music supporting the brand.

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

Out of the box

With Raycon doing a lot of their marketing effort, it should come as no surprise that the box is darn good. Even the shipping box is Raycon branded, and the actual product box is exactly what I would expect from a high-end brand of earphones.

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The front is held in place by a magnet and flips open to reveal a pitch black interior and some brochures inviting you to “the next wave,” as Raycon’s slogan goes. The buds are carefully embedded in the case below, with a charging cable and additional ear plugs in a small square box next to it.

When it comes to earbuds, Raycon includes a total of five sizes of silicon earbuds, more than most companies offer. Personally, I have very small ear canals, so I swapped the tips attached to the buds for their smallest size.

Fit and ready

The Raycon charging 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, though Raycon chose a more rounded square design over Apple’s rounded rectangle. The Raycon logo is on the front of the housing. The only edge of the otherwise smooth case is a small plastic loop through which you can insert the supplied mini lanyard.

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I don’t understand the need for a lanyard so I’m not a huge fan of it. I wish this little loop nub didn’t exist as it would have resulted in a much smoother end product. I think the idea is that you might want to clip this to a bag or something else, but I honestly don’t trust the suitcase to stay closed and the buds attached inside when I zip this up on the outside would pull off my backpack. The magnet that holds the lid closed and the ones 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 deal with the magnets, the buds snap into place nicely and tightly when loaded and the case stays tightly closed. No complaints there.

The Raycon earphones fit my ear really well.

The case is compatible with wireless chargers, but can also be charged via a USB Type-C connector. During the charging process, a small LED next to the connection lights up red. When you’re done, it will glow green.

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

Aside from the disappointing quality, the Raycon earbuds fit my ear very well. They snap into place with light pressure from my ear canal and upper concha, which holds them really well without me getting 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 has so many customer selfies on their website: when they are worn, they look great.

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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 you switch it on. They pair quickly and reliably, but I’ve found that sometimes when they are put back in their suitcase, they won’t disconnect. More than a couple of times I put them down and went to another room only to find my iPhone was still plugged in and tried to send sound to them. This is a problem I’ve only encountered in the past with really cheap, low quality earbuds. So it’s not great to see this.

The buds have physical buttons on the left and right and work quite well for the most part. There is a slight delay in being asked to do something that is not uncommon but worth mentioning. You can pause, play, skip, answer, and hang up the phone, and even control the volume through a number of different Morse code-like taps. These worked as advertised.

Sound and call quality

I get 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 very disappointed either. They do the job and offer heavier bass than standard bass, but are nowhere near class leading in that regard. When I first used them, I admitted that at first I was amazed at how much skullbeat bass they could throw out, but eventually got tired of it because that bass overwhelms the mids and highs to the point where it got the details crush. Overall, I think the 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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In Sias Save My Life you get a good feel for the lower frequencies, which are like a dance club, but the higher tones that make Sia’s voice so exciting are lost because the bass clouds the frequency range so much. If you’re a fan of clear vocals, you probably won’t be particularly pleased with the sound of the Raycon earbuds.

The Raycon earphones sound good. All good.

The thing is, if the idea of ​​bass-heavy buds sounds right down your alley, these are still not the best choices for it in their price range. The bass is actually stronger on the Jabra Elite 65ts (and the Elite 75ts is even better). You can also use these to adjust the EQ via an app to tailor the listening experience to your specifications. This leads to another disadvantage of the Raycon earphones: They don’t have an app. So you hear what you get.

The Raycons don’t offer noise cancellation, which is pretty normal for earphones in this price range. The noise isolation you get with these, however, feels subpar. 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 for making calls.

Raycon touts phone calls as great, but the company really shouldn’t: these are downright terrible for phone calls. You can hear the other end perfectly, but you will have difficulty recognizing your voice as the earbuds make you sound like a mix of underwater and varying distance. Your voice will go in and out of 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 on the six charges available in the case. Six hours per charge is really too low compared to what’s out there in the middle of the way, but I actually found the buds to beat that spec. I wore these for a full working day, eight hours, and they stuck with no problem. I think you should probably expect six hours, but if you grab a pair they might last longer than what is very nice. They also charge quickly and I honestly didn’t have a huge problem with the battery here.

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The connectivity wasn’t great and they underperformed all of the other modern earbuds I have tested. I couldn’t even make it with my cell phone in my kitchen halfway to my garden and the buds would cut out. Keeping your phone right next to you all the time will likely be fine, but I don’t have high hopes that this will work well in rooms with a lot of interference like airports or New York streets.

Our opinion

Raycon’s marketing-heavy hype machine promises too much here, with buds getting enough right that anyone who buys it is likely to be happy, but doesn’t make the right recommendation for its price range. In the provided literature on the buds, the company claims that from the beginning their goal was to offer high quality buds at a lower cost than the competition, but they really don’t. Those buds are missing from the $ 120 features department, but even if you use the YouTube discount code you heard to bring them down to $ 100, they’re still below average overall.

Is there a better alternative?

The Jabra Elite 65ts are a great alternative, and although their MSRP is $ 120 like the Raycons after that influencer discount code, they’re now available on Amazon for typically under $ 100. The Edifier TWS6s are also a solid buy, as is the Sony WF-XB700s.

How long will they last?

Raycon offers a one year warranty, which is pretty standard. Build quality matters though, so I can’t say they will consistently last much longer than two to three years.

Should you buy it?

No, unless the only purpose is to help a content creator you choose and get something in return. These buds are mediocre and don’t really have a standout trait that makes them better than their competition in any way.

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