Reviewed on Oct 28, 2019

Raycon E100 Truly Wireless HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.3
7.1
Mixed Usage
6.6
Neutral Listening
7.8
Commute/Travel
8.2
Sports/Fitness
6.7
Office
5.1
Wireless Gaming
4.9
Wired Gaming
6.3
Phone Call
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.

Test Results
Design 7.7
Isolation 8.4
Microphone 5.9
Active Features 5.9
Connectivity 3.0
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 11/6/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.

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7.7

Design

The Raycon E100 are well-designed truly wireless headphones. They're portable and very breathable, making them suitable for sports and activities. They also have stability fins for a more secure fit and are rated IPX7 for water-resistance, which is nice. However, they have a typical in-ear fit, which isn’t the most comfortable. On the upside, they come with multiple tip sizes to help you find a better fit.

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 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.

7.2 Controls
OS Compatibility
:
N/A
Ease of use : Decent
Feedback : Decent
Call/Music Control : Yes
Volume Control : Yes
Microphone Control : No
Channel Mixing
:
N/A
Noise Canceling Control : N/A
Talk-Through
:
N/A
Additional Buttons : Voice enabled controls

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 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 Portability
L : 1.5 "
W : 1.1 "
H : 0.8 "
Volume : 1.3 Cu. Inches
Transmitter required : N/A

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 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 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 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.

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Sound

The Raycon E100 are okay-sounding true wireless headphones. They have an exciting V-shaped sound profile with overemphasized bass and very piercing treble. They sound a bit better than the Raycon E50. These headphones will be better suited for exciting music with bass and won’t be the best option for vocal or instrument-centric music.

Sound Profile
Neutral
:
7.1
Bass-Heavy
:
9.4
Warm
:
2.8
Bright
:
8.7
6.9 Peaks/Dips
Peaks
:
2.12 db
Dips
:
1.43 db
9.5 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.

9.4 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.

0.6 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
N/A
PRTF Distance
:
N/A
Openness
:
1.9
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
1.2

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.

7.4 Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
:
0.273
WHD @ 100
:
0.196
8.4

Isolation

The Raycon E100's isolation performance is very good. Their in-ear fit passively blocks a lot of ambient noise. They're a good option if you want to drown out the noise of your daily commute or office. They also don’t leak much, meaning you’ll be able to mask more ambient noise by raising your volume, without disturbing people around you.

8.1 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 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.

5.9

Microphone

Integrated
:
Yes
In-line
:
No
Boom
:
No
Detachable Boom
:
N/A

The Raycon E100 have a sub-par integrated microphone. Recorded speech has bad audio quality and sounds muffled, without detail. The mic also struggles to separate background noise and speech, meaning this microphone won’t be suitable for moderately loud environments.

5.9 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 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.

5.9

Active Features

The Raycon E100 have a disappointing battery life of only 3.5 hours and don’t have a dedicated companion app for customization options. They also don’t always automatically turn off when they're in their case, meaning that they can still play content and drain their battery dead.

6.6 Battery
Battery Type
:
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
:
3.5 hrs
Additional Charges
:
4
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 App Support
App Name : N/A
iOS : N/A
Android : N/A
Mac OS : N/A
Windows : N/A
Equalizer
:
N/A
ANC control
:
N/A
Mic Control : N/A
Room effects
:
N/A
Playback control
:
N/A
Button Mapping : N/A
Surround Sound : N/A

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

3.0

Connectivity

The Raycon E100 are pretty straightforward truly wireless headphones. They can only be used via Bluetooth and come with a nice charging case that holds extra charges. They also have excellent range, but unfortunately, their latency is a bit high and they won’t be the ideal choice for watching video content.

7.3 Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
:
5.0
Multi-Device Pairing
:
No
NFC Pairing
:
No
Line of Sight Range
:
271 ft
Default Latency
:
287 ms
aptX Latency
:
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
:
N/A

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 Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line of Sight Range
:
N/A
Non-BT Latency
:
N/A
0 Wired
Analog Audio
:
N/A
USB Audio
:
N/A
Detachable : N/A
Length : N/A
Connection : N/A
Wired Latency
:
N/A

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

PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC / PS4 Analog
:
No
PC / PS4 Wired USB
:
No
PC / PS4 Non-BT Wireless
:
No
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox Analog
:
No
Xbox Wired USB
:
No
Xbox Wireless
:
No
2.2 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.

In the box

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

Compared to other Headphones

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
Amazon.com

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.

Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

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.

Jabra Elite 65t Truly Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.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.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Truly Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

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. 

Anker SoundCore Liberty Lite Truly Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

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.

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7.1 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.

6.6 Neutral Listening

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.

7.8 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.

8.2 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.

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.

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