Reviewed on Nov 19, 2019

Raycon E55 Truly Wireless HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.3.1
6.5
Mixed Usage
5.5
Neutral Sound
7.1
Commute/Travel
8.1
Sports/Fitness
6.3
Office
4.7
Wireless Gaming
4.6
Wired Gaming
5.5
Phone Call
Type : In-ear
Enclosure : Closed-Back
Wireless : Truly Wireless
Noise-Cancelling : No
Mic : Yes
Transducer : Dynamic

The Raycon E55 are the upgraded version of the Raycon E50 Truly Wireless, although their sound performance is noticeably warmer and packs a lot more bass. These headphones are portable, fairly comfortable for in-ears, and are a good option for sports, but if you're not a bass-fan, these won't be for you. On the upside, their 5-hour battery life is decent for truly wireless headphones.

Note: These headphones only seem to be available via Raycon's website.

Test Results
Design 7.7
Isolation 7.0
Microphone 5.3
Active Features 5.4
Connectivity 3.0
Pros
  • Decently comfortable, come with multiple tip options.
  • Decently well-built design.
  • Case improvements over the previous model; supports wireless charging.
Cons
  • Bad microphone.
  • Mediocre noise isolation.
  • Only for bass fans.
  1. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.

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7.7

Design

The Raycon E55 are well-designed truly wireless headphones that are almost identical to the Raycon E50 Truly Wireless, with slight improvements made to the case. It now supports wireless charging and has a typical lid that can't be fully removed. The design of the buds is great for sports due to its small size and great stability, and it's quite comfortable if the stability fins don't bother you.

Style

The Raycon E55 are practically identical in style to the Raycon E50 Truly Wireless. They're decently stylish truly wireless headphones that come in various colors to suit your preferred style. They're fairly small and don't protrude out of your ears too much.

7.0 Comfort
Weight : 0.02 lbs
Clamping Force
:
0 lbs

The Raycon E55 are decently comfortable for in-ear headphones. They don't put too much pressure on the inside of your ear and don't enter your ear canal too deeply. They also come with multiple tip options, allowing you to find a more comfortable fit. However, the rigid stability fin might be bothersome for some, especially when listening during long periods. On the upside, they're very lightweight.

7.2 Controls
OS Compatibility
:
Not OS specific
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 Raycon E55's control scheme is the same as the Raycon E50 Truly Wireless. It's straightforward and easy to get used to. A single tap play/pauses, double taps make you skip tracks forward and backward, and you can increase or decrease the volume with triple taps. Unfortunately, while having volume control is nice, triple taps take a long time to make multiple volume changes.

9.2 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 0.8 C

Like all in-ear headphones, these don't trap much heat inside or around your ear, meaning you shouldn't sweat more when using them while working out.

9.4 Portability
L : 1.6 "
W : 1.0 "
H : 1.0 "
Volume : 1.6 Cu. Inches
Transmitter required : N/A

Like all truly wireless headphones, the Raycon E55 are very small and easy to bring around in your pockets or a bag.

7.5 Case
Type : Hard case
L : 2.0 "
W : 2.0 "
H : 1.2 "
Volume : 4.8 Cu. Inches

The Raycon E55's case is a nice improvement over the Raycon E50's. The lid is now fixed on the case instead of being magnetic and entirely removable. It also supports wireless charging, which is a nice addition. Also, the buds are now facing you in their natural direction, rather than being inverted upside down like they were in the E50's case.

7.0 Build Quality

The Raycon E55 are decently well-built. They feel dense enough to survive a few drops but aren't as high-end as some other headphones, like the Raycon E100. The materials used feel a bit cheap and their glossy finish is prone to fingerprints. On the upside, they're rated IPX4 for water resistance, although we don't test this internally.

8.0 Stability

Thanks to the integrated rigid stability fins, the Raycon E55 are very stable. Head movement doesn't make the headphones move inside your ears, which is great for sports. Unfortunately, you can't customize the size of the fins like you can with the Jaybird Vista Truly Wireless.

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Sound

The Raycon E55 are very dark sounding headphones and have a warm sound profile. There's even more bass on the E55 than the bass-heavy Raycon E50 Truly Wireless. This will be better suited for bass-heavy music and won't be great for other music genres. The bass overpowers vocals and detail of instruments quite a bit and won't be great for critical listeners.

Sound Profile
Bass Amount
:
0.81 db
Treble Amount
:
-5.81 db

The Raycon E55 have a very bass-heavy and warm sound profile. They have noticeably more bass than the Raycon E50 Truly Wireless, which some may like. However, this drowns out the vocals and lead instruments quite a bit and clutters the whole mix. They also lack a lot of detail in higher frequencies, emphasizing even more the low-end frequencies.

8.3 Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
:
0.33 dB

The Raycon E55's frequency response consistency is great. Users should get a very consistent audio delivery every time they use the Raycon E55. There's a bit of bass variation, but this shouldn't be audible to most.

5.7 Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
:
6.0 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
:
31.29 Hz
Low-Bass
:
-1.24 dB
Mid-Bass
:
3.98 dB
High-Bass
:
9.96 dB

The bass of the E55 is not neutral at all. There's a very noticeable overemphasis in the high-bass, which makes the bass very muddy and boomy.

6.3 Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
:
4.9 dB
Low-Mid
:
6.65 dB
Mid-Mid
:
-3.11 dB
High-Mid
:
-1.07 dB

The mid-range accuracy is mediocre. The bump in low-mid is the continuation of the overemphasized bass, which results in cluttered vocals and lead instruments.

4.8 Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
:
6.07 dB
Low-Treble
:
-3.86 dB
Mid-Treble
:
-5.43 dB
High-Treble
:
-4.25 dB

The treble accuracy is pretty bad. The whole range is uneven and noticeably under our neutral target. The E55 lack a lot of detail and brightness, which makes the bass even more powerful.

6.2 Peaks/Dips
Peaks
:
2.48 db
Dips
:
2.31 db

The Raycon E55 have quite a lot of peaks and dips that affect greatly its audio quality. The bump between high-bass and low-mid is very audible, making the headphones sound muddy and cluttered. The multiple dips in the treble results in voices, lead instruments, and sibilants to lack detail. There's a very noticeable tilt favoring bass frequencies.

7.8 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
:
0.28
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
:
0.24
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
:
5.27
Weighted Phase Mismatch
:
2.94

The Raycon E55's stereo imaging is good. The group delay graph shows that it's entirely under the audibility threshold, which results in a tight bass and transparent treble range. Unfortunately, our unit had a fairly elevated frequency mismatch between the L/R drivers, which can create holes in the stereo image. Note that these results are only valid for our unit, and yours may perform differently.

1.1 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
N/A
PRTF Distance
:
N/A
Openness
:
3.8
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
1.6

The Raycon E55's soundstage 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.

7.2 Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
:
0.420
WHD @ 100
:
0.207

The Raycon E55's weighted harmonic distortion is decent. It's within good limits in the bass range, but rises in higher frequencies, which may make some frequencies a bit impure and harsh, although this shouldn't be audible to most. On the upside, there's not a big jump under heavier loads, which is good.

7.0

Isolation

The Raycon E55's isolation performance is decent. It does a good job drowning out work environment noise like ambient chatter or the A/C system, but it won't be ideal for commuting as they don't isolate well against lower-end noises like a bus or plane engine. They also don't leak too much, so you'll be able to drown out even more ambient noise without disturbing people around you.

6.2 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-15.81 dB
Bass
:
-2.99 dB
Mid
:
-15.55 dB
Treble
:
-30.1 dB

The Raycon E55's noise isolation is quite mediocre. Their fit doesn't passively block a lot of noise and won't be the best option for commuting as they don't block low-end noises like the rumbling of an engine. On the upside, they do a decent job at blocking out ambient chatter and the noise coming from an A/C unit, making them okay for an office.

8.6 Leakage
Leakage Audio
:
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
:
29.45 dB

The Raycon E55's leakage performance is great. Like most in-ears, they practically don't leak and only higher-frequencies might leak a bit, resulting in a barely audible, thin-sounding leakage. You should be able to raise your listening volume to block out more noise, but we don't suggest blasting your music in very quiet environments.

5.3

Microphone

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

The Raycon E55's integrated Bluetooth microphone is pretty sub-par. Its recording quality is pretty bad, as recorded speech sounds muffled and lacks detail. It's understandable in very quiet environments, but the mic struggles to perform in moderately loud situations like walking down a busy street.

4.5 Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
:
LFE
:
794.79 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
:
7.76 dB
HFE
:
22988.02 Hz
Weighted THD
:
642.913
Gain
:
-10.64 dB

The recording quality of the E55's integrated Bluetooth microphone is pretty bad. Recorded speech is muffled and lacks a lot of detail. Although people on the other end of the line are still able to understand you, the audio quality is poor.

6.1 Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise :
Speech + Subway Noise :
SpNR
:
14.15 dB

The microphone's noise handling performance is mediocre. It struggles to separate speech from ambient noise in a moderately loud situation like a busy street, and will only be suitable for quiet environments.

5.4

Active Features

The Raycon E55 have a 5-hour battery life on a single charge, which isn't bad for a truly wireless design. Their case also offers 5 additional charges, which is more than average as well, bringing the estimated total battery life at around 30 hours. Unfortunately, Raycon doesn't offer any dedicated companion app with customization options for these headphones.

6.0 Battery
Battery Type
:
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
:
5.0 hrs
Additional Charges
:
5
Total Battery Life
:
30.0 hrs
Charge Time
:
1.5 hrs
Power Saving Feature
:
No
Audio while charging
:
Yes
Passive Playback
:
No
Charging Port : USB-C

The Raycon E55 have about 5 hours of continuous playback on a single charge, which should be enough for most people. they don't take too long to fully charge, and their case offers up to five additional charges, which is quite useful. Also, you can use one bud while the other is charging.

0 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

These headphones don't have a dedicated companion app.

3.0

Connectivity

These truly wireless headphones are only usable via a Bluetooth connection. They have a great wireless range, but their latency might be a bit high for watching videos. Their case also serves as a charging station that you can bring everywhere, which is very useful and standard for truly wireless headphones.

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

These truly wireless headphones are Bluetooth 5.0 compatible. They have an excellent range, so you shouldn't have issues if you keep your source near you, but their latency is slightly above average for Bluetooth headphones. Some people may notice a delay when watching video content, although some apps and devices offer some sort of compensation for this.

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

These are Bluetooth-only headphones.

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. They only come with a 1-foot long, flat, USB-C charging cable.

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

These headphones aren't compatible with the PS4 or a PC, unless your PC is Bluetooth-compatible.

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

The Raycon E55 aren't compatible with the Xbox One.

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-C

The Raycon E55 come with a small charging case that provides charging, and up to 5 additional charges for the headphones.

In the box

  • Raycon E55 headphones
  • Charging case
  • 5x tip options
  • USB to USB-C charging cable
  • Manuals

Compared to other Headphones

The Raycon E55 shouldn't be your first option to buy, unless you're a bass-only fan. Its sound profile is very warm with overemphasized bass, which drowns out vocals and instruments. They also feel rather cheap. See our recommendations for the best true wireless earbuds, the best budget wireless headphones, and the best earbuds for bass.

Raycon E50 Truly Wireless
Unavailable
Amazon.com

The Raycon E50 Truly Wireless and the Raycon E55 Truly Wireless are very similar, but the E55 have a more bass-heavy profile, which not everyone will like. Other than that, their earbud design is the same. On the other hand, the case of the E55 has some nice improvements over the E50, like a lid that doesn't fully remove itself, and wireless charging compatibility.

Raycon E100 Truly Wireless
Unavailable
Amazon.com

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.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Truly Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Truly Wireless are overall better headphones than the Raycon E55 Truly Wireless. They sound more neutral, although you have EQ presets in their app, they are more comfortable, better-built, and have an overall better sound quality. They also block more ambient noise and have a better battery performance. If you're not on a tight budget, there's no reason to get the E55 over the Galaxy Buds.

Jabra Elite 65t Truly Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Jabra Elite 65t Truly Wireless are better overall headphones than the Raycon E55 Truly Wireless. They are better-built and their typical in-ear fit blocks more ambient noise, although it might not be as comfortable as the design of the E55. They can connect to two devices simultaneously, have a good app, and an overall more neutral sound profile, which can be EQ'ed to your preference. The E55 would be better for bass fans, but you can get quite a lot of bass with the Jabra EQ, without drowning the vocals and instruments too much.

6.5 Mixed Usage

Okay for mixed usage. They'll be good for active people who want stable and portable headphones. Their warm sound profile might also keep you pumped with bass-heavy music, but it won't be great for neutral listening. On the upside, they have a decent isolation performance, which can be used in a commute or at the office, although you'll have to recharge them often as they won't last through a full day of work.

5.5 Neutral Sound

Sub-par for neutral listening. These in-ear headphones have a very dark and warm sound profile with overemphasized bass. These aren't an option for neutral listening.

7.1 Commute/Travel

Decent for commuting. They're really portable, but unfortunately, they won't drown out the engine rumble of a bus or train. On the upside, they do a good job at blocking ambient chatter. Their battery life should be long enough for your daily commute, but might not be enough for long flights.

8.1 Sports/Fitness

Great for sports. Thanks to their truly wireless design, they're quite portable and breathable. Also, these headphones have a built-in rigid stability fin, which makes them very stable if you have a nice fit. Their warm and bass-heavy sound profile can keep you pumped, and they're rated IPX4 for water resistance.

6.3 Office

Mediocre for the office. In-ears might not be comfortable for everyone to wear during a full work-day, and their 5-hour battery life won't be long enough for a whole day either. On the upside, their fit blocks out work environment noises like ambient chatter and the A/C system.

4.7 Wireless Gaming

Bad for wireless gaming. Truly wireless headphones are usually not designed for gaming, as you'll get noticeable latency due to the Bluetooth connection.

4.6 Wired Gaming

These can't be used wired.

5.5 Phone Call

Sub-par for phone calls. Their microphone performance is quite bad, with recorded speech that sounds muffled and lacks detail. You're still understandable in quiet environments, but in slightly loud situations, the mic picks up environment noises too.

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