Raycon E25 True Wireless Headphones Review

Reviewed Dec 17, 2019 at 10:23 am
Raycon E25 True Wireless Picture
Usage Ratings - Version 1.3.1
6.8
Mixed Usage
5.5
Neutral Sound
7.5
Commute/Travel
8.1
Sports/Fitness
6.7
Office
4.9
Wireless Gaming
4.7
Wired Gaming
6.1
Phone Call
Type In-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Truly Wireless
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Raycon E25 True Wireless are decent mixed usage in-ear headphones. They have a comfortable fit that's well-suited for sports and have an acceptable build quality. They're among the lightest and smallest in-ears that we've tested so far, but contrary to their size, they have a rather bass-heavy sound that may not please all ears. Moreover, they lack high-end features such as active noise cancelling and app support for customization. At this time, their availability is somewhat limited, though they can be purchased easily through Raycon's website. All in all, if you're looking for a basic pair of true wireless headphones to take to the gym, they'll perform just fine.

Our Verdict

6.8 Mixed Usage

The Raycon E25 True Wireless are decent for mixed usage. While they're not really recommended for critical listening or gaming, they're fairly comfortable and have decent noise isolation, making them a good choice for traveling or for sports. They're portable and they charge quickly, though the lack of features such as active noise cancelling and customization options may be disappointing for some. Overall, they're okay as long as you're not after an accurate audio reproduction, and they may even please fans of bass-heavy music and podcasts.

5.5 Neutral Sound

These headphones are sub-par for neutral sound. They have a V-shaped sound signature with a very prominent bass that often overpowers the mids, while the treble can sound sibilant at times. Vocals and lead instruments are noticeably lacking in detail, however, they do have excellent stereo imaging and consistency, provided that you have a proper seal.

See our Neutral Sound recommendations
7.5 Commute/Travel

These headphones are good for traveling and commuting. Although their noise isolation isn't as effective for the low rumbles of bus engines, they perform well when it comes to ambient chatter and high-pitched noises, such as those produced by AC units. Both the earbuds and the charging case are among the smallest and lightest that we've tested, contributing to comfort and portability.

See our Commute/Travel recommendations
8.1 Sports/Fitness

The E25 are very good for sports. Due to their size and rounded finish, they're comfortable to wear and provide enough stability that they shouldn't fall out, even when engaged in vigorous exercise. They're rated IPX4 for water and sweat resistance, though this isn't something that we test for.

See our Sports/Fitness recommendations
6.7 Office

Decent for office use. Since they have good isolation against ambient speech and they hardly leak at all, they should be fine for most offices and shouldn't be bothersome to your colleagues, even if you listen at high volumes. The battery probably won't last through an entire workday, but at least charge very quickly.

See our Office recommendations
4.9 Wireless Gaming

These headphones aren't recommended for wireless gaming. They aren't compatible with the PS4 or the Xbox One, and while you can use them with a PC that has Bluetooth capabilities, there's simply too much latency for the experience to be enjoyable, though your results may vary.

See our Wireless Gaming recommendations
4.7 Wired Gaming

These headphones are Bluetooth-only and can't be used wired.

6.1 Phone Call

These headphones are passable for making phone calls. Speech is understandable when used in a quiet environment, but the microphone has difficulty separating voice from background noise, often causing the voice to cut out.

  • 6.8 Mixed Usage
  • 5.5 Neutral Sound
  • 7.5 Commute/Travel
  • 8.1 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.7 Office
  • 4.9 Wireless Gaming
  • 4.7 Wired Gaming
  • 6.1 Phone Call
Pros
  • Small and portable.
  • Good for sports.
  • Comfortable fit.
Cons
  • Overpowering bass.
  • No app support for customization.

Test Results

Design
Design
Style

These earbuds are fairly small and have a low profile, so they don't protrude from the ear much. Each earbud has a physical button for controls and are branded with the Raycon logo. The glossy finish picks up fingerprints easily and makes them a little slippery, but shouldn't cause them to fall out once they're in the ears.

7.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.02 lbs
Clamping Force
0.0 lbs

The E25 are small and comfortable to wear, good for people with small ears. They do need to be inserted deeply into the ear canal for stability and isolation, which may be uncomfortable for some. Different tip sizes are provided for fit and comfort.

7.4
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Good
Feedback Decent
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
N/A
Noise Cancelling Control N/A
Talk-Through
N/A
Additional Buttons Voice enabled controls

The controls are easy to use and the buttons are clicky, but there are no audio cues when using them except for a voice prompt when turning them on and for pairing.

9.2
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 0.8 C

Since the E25 are true wireless earbuds, they shouldn't cause any issues with heat, making them a good choice for sports.

9.7
Design
Portability
L 1.1 "
W 1.2 "
H 0.6 "
Volume 0.8 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required N/A

Both the earbuds and the charging case are among the smallest that we've seen so far, so they should fit easily into most pockets or bags.

7.5
Design
Case
Type Hard case
L 2.2 "
W 1.5 "
H 1.1 "
Volume 3.6 Cu. Inches

The charging case is small and has a matte black finish. They're very lightweight and feel fairly well-built. There's a micro-USB charging port on the back; unfortunately, they can't be charged wirelessly.

7.0
Design
Build Quality

The build quality is decent. The earbuds feel plasticky but dense, and the charging case has a sturdy hinge. They should be able to survive a few accidental drops without any issues. The earbuds are rated IPX4 for water and sweat resistance, though we don't currently test for this.

7.5
Design
Stability

Although they don't come with stability fins, the earbuds are stable and shouldn't fall out during heavy movements. Six different tip sizes are provided to achieve a better seal.

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In The Box

  • Raycon E25 headphones
  • Charging case
  • Micro-USB charging cable
  • 6 tip sizes
  • Manuals
  • Sticker

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
7.61 db
Treble Amount
-1.52 db

The E25 have a very bass-heavy sound profile. There's a large dip in the mid-range and lower treble that makes vocals and leads sound farther away, and the treble is bright, making S and T sounds appear sharp or sibilant.

9.4
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.13 dB

The E25's frequency response is excellent. Once you achieve a proper seal, they should perform similarly every time.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
5.5
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
6.36 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10.15 Hz
Low-Bass
5.6 dB
Mid-Bass
6.59 dB
High-Bass
8.19 dB

The E25's bass accuracy is disappointing. Although they have good bass extension, they're overemphasized throughout the entire range, particularly in the high-bass, making them sound muddy and boomy.

5.0
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
6.73 dB
Low-Mid
2.43 dB
Mid-Mid
-8.16 dB
High-Mid
-7.06 dB

Sadly, these headphones have very poor mid accuracy. The overemphasis in the low-mid makes them sound muddy, while the sharp drop in the mid-mid causes lead instruments to sound further back in the mix, often being overpowered by the bass. Vocals sound slightly distant, but they're noticeably lacking in detail.

5.2
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
5.74 dB
Low-Treble
-5.7 dB
Mid-Treble
2.03 dB
High-Treble
-5.75 dB

The E25's treble accuracy is quite poor. Vocals and leads lack detail and brightness due to the underemphasis in the low-treble, while the peak around the 10kHz frequency causes sharpness and sibilance.

5.4
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
3.35 db
Dips
2.26 db

The E25's peaks and dips performance is poor. The overpowering bass often makes the mid-range almost inaudible due to the sharp drop, while the peak in the treble makes the headphones sound sibilant.

8.8
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.26
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.63
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
1.3
Weighted Phase Mismatch
4.05

The E25 have excellent stereo imaging, as both ears are well-matched. The group delay stays well below the audible threshold, keeping the bass tight and the treble transparent.

0.6
Sound
Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
N/A
PRTF Distance
N/A
Openness
2.8
Acoustic Space Excitation
0.4

Like most in-ears, the E25 can't produce a proper soundstage, as they don't interact with the pinna (outer ear) by design, which is essential for creating a spacious, out-of-head experience.

7.3
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.348
WHD @ 100
0.185

The E25's weighted harmonic distortion is decent and they stay within the limit for the most part, making their audio reproduction fairly clean.

Isolation
7.2
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-19.82 dB
Bass
-7.77 dB
Mid
-17.12 dB
Treble
-35.36 dB

With a proper fit, the E25 have decent noise isolation. They perform rather poorly when it comes to the bass range, where the rumbles of bus and airplane engines sit, but the mid and treble range is where they shine, performing well above-average.

9.6
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
23.26 dB

The E25 hardly leak at all, so they shouldn't be bothersome to those around you even if you listen at a high volume.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
Yes
In-line
No
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
N/A

The microphone's performance is passable. While speech is understandable, it tends to come across a bit muffled, and the microphone has difficulty separating voices from background noise.

6.0
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
348.96 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
3.37 dB
HFE
2712.23 Hz
Weighted THD
0.37
Gain
-0.12 dB

The microphone's recording quality isn't bad. Speech is comprehensible but may sound a bit quiet.

6.1
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
SpNR
13.96 dB

The microphone's noise handling is mediocre. At times, it has trouble separating your voice from background noise, and when used in a very noisy environment such as a subway, voices will often get overpowered and cut out.

Active Features
6.4
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
5.9 hrs
Additional Charges
3.0
Total Battery Life
23.6 hrs
Charge Time
0.9 hrs
Power Saving Feature
Standby mode
Audio While Charging
No
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port micro-USB

The E25's battery life is passable. It comes close to the advertised 6 hours of continuous playback and will enter a standby mode when no activity is detected. They'll turn off after a few minutes if not connected to any device and they take less than an hour to charge.

0
Active Features
App Support
App Name N/A
iOS N/A
Android N/A
macOS 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 mobile companion app for the Raycon E25.

Connectivity
6.9
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
5.0
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line of Sight Range
156 ft
Default Latency
431 ms
aptX Latency
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
N/A

Their Bluetooth performance is acceptable, but the latency is too high to recommend them for watching videos or for gaming, although your results may vary.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A

These headphones are Bluetooth-only.

0
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
N/A
USB Audio
N/A
Detachable N/A
Length N/A
Connection N/A
Wired Latency
N/A

The E25 can't be used wired. The charging case charges via a micro-USB port located on the back and the provided cable is very short.

Connectivity
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC / PS4 Analog
No
PC / PS4 Wired USB
No
PC / PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No

The E25 can be used with a PC if your computer has Bluetooth capabilities or fitted with a USB Bluetooth dongle, but they're not compatible with the PS4.

Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
No
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Wireless
No

The E25 aren't compatible with the Xbox One.

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 charging case is charged via a micro-USB cable and holds three additional charges.

Compared to other headphones

Comparison picture

When compared to other true wireless earbuds, especially other models offered by Raycon, the E25 are a bit of a mixed bag. On the one hand, they're more comfortable and portable due to their size, but on the other, their audio reproduction leaves much to be desired. Nevertheless, they may be a good option for those with small ears or even those who like bass-heavy music. For other alternatives, we suggest taking a look at our recommendations for the best truly wireless earbuds, the best wireless earbuds, and the best noise cancelling earbuds and in-ears.

Raycon E55 Truly Wireless
Unavailable
Amazon.com

The Raycon E25 True Wireless are better than the Raycon E55 Truly Wireless in mixed usage. They have a lot in common and both have a very bass-heavy sound, but the E25 are more comfortable, have significantly better noise isolation, as well as a better mic for phone calls. On the upside, the E55 have a much more stable fit, making them a good choice for sports if you tend to have issues with earbuds falling out.

Raycon E50 Truly Wireless
Unavailable
Amazon.com

The Raycon E25 True Wireless are marginally better than the Raycon E50 Truly Wireless in terms of mixed usage. They're more comfortable due to their size, and have much better performance in noise isolation, even boasting a longer battery life and better mic quality, but the E50 have a significantly more accurate audio reproduction, even though they sound dark and also quite bass-heavy.

Raycon E100 Truly Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

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.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Truly Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Truly Wireless are significantly better than the Raycon E25 True Wireless. They have a better build quality and stable fit, due to the stability fins provided in the box. Contrary to the E25, they have a fairly light bass, but they're much more accurate and can be customized through Samsung's mobile companion app, even though the choices are limited to presets. While the Galaxy Buds have a longer continuous battery life, the charging case can only hold one extra charge.

Raycon E25 True Wireless Price

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