RHA Announce New True Wireless Earphones
Standout ear buds? Or just AirPod clones?
RHA has announced its first pair of true wireless earbuds, TrueConnect.
Whilst RHA advertise the TrueConnect as having a 25 hour battery life, those familiar with true wireless earbuds will know this isn't totally accurate. Twenty hours of that battery life are actually provided by the supplied charging carry-case. This makes the earphones actual run time, before a charge is needed, an okay-ish five hours. The case can provide four sets of five-hour charges to the buds.
However, whilst this isn't groundbreaking battery life, what is notable is that the case can fast charge the buds. This fast charging gives 50 percent battery life in just 15 minutes. That means that, even if you do need to use the buds for longer than 5 hours, you just have to wait 15 minutes before you can get an extra 2.5 hours. To completely charge the carry case, via USB-C, takes one hour and forty minutes.
The new earphones are water resistant, with a IPX5 rating. This is great for those who work out with earphones, or often get caught in the rain. Whilst IPX5 doesn't mean you can go swimming in these, it does at least mean that you don't have to worry if you forget your umbrella on the way to the office.
The design is clearly influenced by Apple's AirPods since the TrueConnect also utilize a stem that protrudes dowards when worn by a user. This, RHA argue, isn't just visual. The company claims that it helps keep an uninterrupted connection by keeping the wireless radios outside of users' ears. The earphones also come with Bluetooth 5, which should also help with both pairing time and reducing signal loss.
TrueConnect also come with buttons on the housings that control music playback and launch the connected device’s voice assistant. The earphones come supplied with Comply and RHA TrueConnect tips, which should help aid noise isolation.
RHA is an independent audio company set up in 2011 and is based in Glasgow in the UK. The last pair of RHA headphones we tried were the £350, RHA CL1 in-ears. Ed, our reviewer, stated that they had: “Truly outstanding performance with high quality material.” Whilst we don't expect the TrueConnect, costing £150, to match the CL1s for sound quality, it at least shows that the company has a good pedigree.
However, true wireless earphones are becoming more and more common. A quick scroll on Amazon will show, literally, hundreds of different models from different companies. Are the RHA’s TrueConnect different enough from the competition? Will the stem design put users off? Are true wireless headphones, with their shorter battery life, just not as useful as normal wireless earphones?
The RHA TrueConnect earphones are available to pre-order from the 4th of October, 2018 for £149.95. The availability date is set for the 18th of October.
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