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Raycon E100 Truly Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Updated Oct 28, 2019 at 09:54 am
Raycon E100 Truly Wireless Picture
Test Methodology v1.4
6.9
Mixed Usage
6.2
Neutral Sound
7.6
Commute/Travel
8.1
Sports/Fitness
6.7
Office
5.0
Wireless Gaming
4.8
Wired Gaming
6.2
Phone Calls
Type In-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Truly Wireless
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Raycon E100 are decent truly wireless headphones that are fairly versatile. They have a V-shaped sound profile that has more emphasis in the bass and treble ranges. They have a classic in-ear fit that isn’t the most comfortable for some, but on the other hand, blocks a lot of ambient noise. Unfortunately, their battery life is disappointing, and their microphone is pretty bad for calls. On the upside, they're rated IPX7 and feel more premium than the Raycon E50. However, these headphones aren't widely available and are hard to find aside from on the manufacturer's website.

Our Verdict

6.9 Mixed Usage

Decent for mixed usage. These headphones have an exciting, V-shaped sound profile that's better-suited for bass-heavy music and won’t be ideal for critical listeners that are looking for a neutral sound. They aren’t the most comfortable to wear and their battery life is disappointing too. On the upside, their fit isolates well against ambient noise, which is good for commuting or to block out noise at the office. Also, they're portable, breathable, and are rated IPX7, which is great for sports. These truly wireless headphones have a noticeable delay with video content, and won’t be a good option for watching TV or gaming.

6.2 Neutral Sound

Okay for critical listening. These headphones have a very exciting sound profile, with an overemphasis on the bass and treble ranges, which isn’t ideal if you’re looking for a neutral sound. They can also be uncomfortable for people who don’t like the fit of in-ears.

See our Neutral Sound recommendations
7.6 Commute/Travel

Decent for commuting. These headphones have a decent isolation against bass frequencies, meaning they’ll cancel out the deep rumble of bus engines. Their battery life isn’t the longest, but it should last you long enough for your daily commute. On the upside, they're very portable and easy to carry around.

See our Commute/Travel recommendations
8.1 Sports/Fitness

Great for sports. They're stable enough for most sport activities thanks to their stability fin design. They don’t move too much around in the ear unless you pop the air-tight seal. On the upside, they're also very portable and breathable, as you shouldn’t sweat more than usual. They're also rated IPX7 for water resistance.

See our Sports/Fitness recommendations
6.7 Office

Decent for the office. They have a very good isolation performance in work environments and you can easily reduce the level of ambient chatter and the noise coming from the A/C unit. However, they aren't the most comfortable in-ears and their battery life isn’t long enough to last a full work day.

See our Office recommendations
4.8 Wired Gaming
6.2 Phone Calls
  • 6.9 Mixed Usage
  • 6.2 Neutral Sound
  • 7.6 Commute/Travel
  • 8.1 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.7 Office
  • 5.0 Wireless Gaming
  • 4.8 Wired Gaming
  • 6.2 Phone Calls
Pros
  • Good isolation performance.
  • Well-built design.
Cons
  • Can be uncomfortable after a while.
  • Short battery life.
  • Exciting, V-shaped sound profile.
  • Sub-par microphone performance for calls.
  1. Update 3/2/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.4.
  2. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  3. Update 11/6/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The Raycon E100 have a fairly circular stylish design for in-ears. They have a big button with Raycon’s logo and have a sporty look thanks to the stability fins. They don’t protrude too much out of the ear and don’t stand out too much. They come in black, white, or blue.

6.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.02 lbs
Clamping Force
0 lbs

The E100 have a typical in-ear fit that isn’t the most comfortable. On the upside, they come with 5 other tip options and a different sized stability fin to help you find the best fit for you. If you usually find that in-ears aren't comfortable, you'll have the same issues with these headphones. For slightly more comfortable in-ears, check out the Raycon E55 instead or the smaller E25.

6.5
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Decent
Feedback Decent
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control No
Talk-Through
No
Additional Controls Voice Assistant

The E100's control scheme is decent. You get most expected controls like play/pausing music, track skipping, volume controls, and taking calls. However, it’s not the most intuitive, as raising or lowering the volume is done with triple taps, which is annoying if you're looking to change your volume quite a bit. You can also trigger your voice assistant easily. The buttons are clicker than the E50’s, but the E100 don’t offer any audio feedback.

9.2
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 0.8 C

Like most in-ears, these headphones don’t trap heat around or in the ear. They won’t make you sweat more than usual when working out, so they're a good option for sports.

9.5
Design
Portability
L 1.5 "
W 1.1 "
H 0.8 "
Volume 1.3 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required No

These truly wireless headphones are very compact. The two buds take very minimal space and can easily fit in pockets or a bag.

7.5
Design
Case
Type Hard case
L 3.2 "
W 1.3 "
H 1.3 "
Volume 5.3 Cu. Inches

The E100 come with a nice hard charging case. The headphones are protected against scratches, minor water exposure, and physical damage from falls. The case feels very well-made but isn’t quite on par with the premium feel of the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless or the Beoplay 2.0. On the upside, it has 4 lights that give you battery information.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The Raycon E100 are better-built than the Raycon E50. The materials used feel more durable and they're also rated IPX7 for water resistance, although we don’t test this internally. They feel robust and dense, meaning they should survive accidental falls without too much damage.

8.0
Design
Stability

The Raycon E100 are stable enough for sports. Their stability fin design helps to get a secure fit and head movement doesn’t make them move around. However, since they provide a very air-tight seal, popping the seal might make them wobble around in your ear, and it'll be frustrating to replace if it happens often.

Design
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Design
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Design
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Design
In The Box

  • Raycon E100 headphones
  • Hard charging case
  • 5x extra tip options
  • 1x extra stability fin option
  • Micro-USB charging cable
  • Manuals

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
4.85 db
Treble Amount
-0.32 db
9.5
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.11 dB

Thanks to their in-ear fit, the Raycon E100 have excellent frequency response consistency. This means users will have a very similar audio reproduction when using these headphones.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
5.2
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
6.8 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10 Hz
Low-Bass
7.38 dB
Mid-Bass
7.67 dB
High-Bass
7.67 dB

The Raycon E100's bass performance is great. Although the response is slightly over our target curve, it's well-balanced and flat. This means that these headphones will produce great bass, with a bit of extra thump and punch. Some people may prefer this, especially if you listen to a lot of bass-heavy music.

7.9
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.8 dB
Low-Mid
4.4 dB
Mid-Mid
-0.51 dB
High-Mid
-0.08 dB

The E100 have a decent mid-range performance. There's a noticeable tilt favoring lower frequencies, making the vocals and lead instruments sound a bit cluttered. The dip in the mid-range will also push them to the back of the mix. These headphones won’t be the best option for vocal-centric music.

6.5
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
4.65 dB
Low-Treble
0.57 dB
Mid-Treble
4.71 dB
High-Treble
2.85 dB

The Raycon E100's treble performance is also decent. It lacks quite a bit of detail and brightness in the low-treble, which will mainly affect vocals and instruments. On the other hand, the response is noticeably over our target curve in the mid-treble, resulting in sharp and piercing sibilants (S and T sounds).

7.1
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.85 db
Dips
1.46 db
9.4
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.1
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.34
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
0.84
Weighted Phase Mismatch
1.21

The Raycon E100's stereo imaging is amazing. The graph shows that the group delay is under the audibility threshold, resulting in tight bass and treble ranges. Also, the L/R drivers of our unit were very well-matched, which is important for the accurate placement and localization of objects (voices, instruments, video game effects) in the stereo image. Note that these results are only valid for our unit and yours may perform differently.

0.7
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
N/A
PRTF Distance
N/A
Openness
1.9
Acoustic Space Excitation
1.1

The soundstage of these headphones is poor. This is because creating an out-of-head and speaker-like soundstage is largely dependent on activating the resonances of the pinna (outer ear). The design of in-ears and earbuds is in such a way that fully bypasses the pinna and doesn't interact with it. Also, because these headphones have a closed-back enclosure, their soundstage won't be perceived to be as open as that of open-back earbuds like the Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019, Google Pixel Buds Wireless, or the Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless.

0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No App
7.4
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.273
WHD @ 100
0.196
Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
Unknown
Power
On
Connection
Bluetooth 4.2
Codec
SBC, 16-bit, 48kHz
EQ
No EQ
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Silicone (small)
Microphone
Integrated
Isolation
8.2
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-25.53 dB
Bass
-11.43 dB
Mid
-21.04 dB
Treble
-44.86 dB

The Raycon E100's noise isolation is decent. It does a decent job at blocking out bass frequencies like the deep rumble of a bus or plane engine, which makes them a good option for commuting. They can also be used in an office setting as they do a very good job at isolating against work environment noise like ambient chatter and A/C systems.

9.0
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
27.22 dB

The E100's leakage performance is excellent. These in-ear headphones barely leak so you won’t have to worry about disturbing surrounding people with your music. However, blasting your music at very high volumes in completely quiet environments might be audible to some.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
Yes
In-Line
No
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
No
5.9
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
297.71 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
3.53 dB
HFE
2248.0 Hz
Weighted THD
0.269
Gain
-1.39 dB

The recording quality of the E100's integrated microphone is sub-par. It sounds muffled and noticeably lacks detail. Recorded speech is understandable in very quiet environments, but the quality isn’t good.

5.9
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
SpNR
10.55 dB

The Raycon E100’s integrated microphone noise handling performance is sub-par. The mic has trouble separating ambient noise and recorded speech. People on the other line can have trouble understanding you in moderately loud situations like walking on a busy street. These headphones are better-suited for very quiet environments.

Active Features
6.6
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
3.5 hrs
Additional Charges
4.0
Total Battery Life
17.5 hrs
Charge Time
1.2 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
Auto-Off Timer
Audio While Charging
Yes
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port micro-USB

Their battery life is quite disappointing at only 3 and a half hours of continuous playback time. They have a very similar battery performance to the Raycon E50. Just like them, they have an auto-off timer that is very useful as the headphones don’t necessarily power off when put in the case. If you forget to turn them off manually, it's possible for you to play content even in their case. On the upside, the case holds about 4 extra charges, according to the manufacturer.

0
Active Features
App Support
App Name No App
iOS No
Android No
macOS No
Windows No
Equalizer
No
ANC Control
No
Mic Control No
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping No
Surround Support
No

There's no dedicated companion app for the Raycon E100.

Connectivity
6.9
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
5.0
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
271 ft
PC Latency (SBC)
287 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
247 ms
Android Latency
283 ms

The Raycon E100 are Bluetooth 5.0 compatible, which means you might get better overall performance if your source supports it too. However, it can’t be paired using NFC, although their pairing procedure was noticeably easier than the E50, which is nice. They also can only be connected to one device at a time.

Like the E50, the E100 have a bit higher latency than the average Bluetooth headphones. This won’t be ideal for watching video content, as some people may notice a delay with audio. However, some devices and apps offer some sort of compensation, so you might not notice it as much.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A
0
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
No
USB Audio
No
Detachable No
Length N/A
Connection No Wired Option
Analog/USB Audio Latency
N/A

As expected, these truly wireless headphones can’t be used wired.

Connectivity
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC/PS4 Analog
No
PC/PS4 Wired USB
No
PC/PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No
Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
No
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Wireless
No
2.2
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
Charging Case
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
Yes
Power Supply
USB

The E100 come with a hard charging case that serves as a charging station for your headphones wherever you are. It holds about 4 extra battery charges, according to the specs sheet.

Compared to other headphones

Comparison picture

The Raycon E100 are decent truly wireless headphones that have an exciting, V-shaped sound profile. They have a very typical in-ear fit and might not be the most comfortable option. On the upside, their passive isolation performance is very good. See our recommendations for the best true wireless earbuds, the best wireless Bluetooth earbuds under $100, and the best earbuds for bass.

Raycon E50 Truly Wireless
Unavailable
B&H

The Raycon E100 Truly Wireless are better truly wireless headphones than the Raycon E50 Truly Wireless. They're slightly better built thanks to materials that feel more high-end. They also have a better audio quality and have more of a typical in-ear fit. This results in a very good isolation performance, but they're a bit less comfortable than the E50. Other than that, they're very similar headphones.

Raycon E55 Truly Wireless
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B&H

The Raycon E100 Truly Wireless are more neutral-sounding than the Raycon E55 Truly Wireless and their overall performance is better. They also feel better built and their more typical in-ear fit blocks more noise, although it isn't as comfortable as the E55's design.

Raycon E25 True Wireless
Unavailable
B&H

The Raycon E100 Truly Wireless are better than the Raycon E25 True Wireless for mixed usage. Although they have an overemphasized bass and a sharp treble, they're significantly more accurate in their audio reproduction and have much better noise isolation. Build quality is also much improved over the E25; however, their battery life is quite disappointing, only lasting about 3.5 hours per charge.

Jabra Elite 65t Truly Wireless
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BestBuy.com

The Raycon E100 Truly Wireless and the Jabra Elite 65t Truly Wireless are similar headphones, but the Elite 65t have a small edge. They have a more neutral sound profile and are compatible with a companion app that allows some customization. Their microphone performance is also better. However, the wireless range of the E100 is impressive and one bud can be used while the other is charging, which you can’t do with the Elite 65t. On the other hand, the Jabras have a longer battery life on a single charge.

Anker SoundCore Liberty Lite Truly Wireless
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B&H

The Anker SoundCore Liberty Lite Truly Wireless are better sounding headphones than the Raycon E100 Truly Wireless. They have a more neutral sound while the E100 have a V-shaped profile, with overemphasized bass and treble. However, the battery life of the Liberty Lite is horrible, with only about 2 hours of playback, which is amongst the lowest we’ve tested. They also have even more latency than the E100, which is already pretty high for Bluetooth headphones.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Truly Wireless
SEE PRICE
B&H

The Samsung Galaxy Buds are better headphones than the Raycon E100, especially if you have an Android phone, giving you access to their app. The Galaxy Buds are noticeably smaller and more comfortable, on top of having a better audio reproduction. They have a touch-sensitive control scheme, rather than physical buttons like the E100. They also have a better battery performance. On the other hand, the E100 have a better isolating fit which is good for blocking out noise and they come with more tip options. 

Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019
SEE PRICE
B&H

The Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019 and the Raycon E100 Truly Wireless are very different headphones, and the E100 are a more versatile option. The E100 are closed-back and have great isolation performance, on top of having an exciting sound profile. On the other hand, the Apple are open-back, meaning they won’t block out ambient noise. They also lack quite a bit of sub-bass. On the other hand, they have a better battery performance and their one-size-fits-all design is very comfortable if it suits you.

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