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Raycon The Fitness Earbuds True Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Reviewed Oct 04, 2021 at 09:55 am
Raycon The Fitness Earbuds True Wireless Picture
6.0
Neutral Sound
6.7
Commute/Travel
8.3
Sports/Fitness
6.4
Office
5.2
Wireless Gaming
5.0
Wired Gaming
6.0
Phone Calls
Type In-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Truly Wireless
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Raycon The Fitness Earbuds True Wireless are also known as the Raycon E45 and are sports-oriented earbuds. They have a comfortable, stable, and well-built design certified IPX7 for protection against water immersion. While they lack a companion app, they have three onboard EQ presets. This is especially nice since some users may find their heavily v-shaped default sound profile overly muddy and harsh. Their 10.4-hour continuous battery life should last through long workouts, and their carrying case holds roughly five additional charges. Unfortunately, we experienced some issues with our model, like a rattling sound in the left driver. They also really struggle to block out background noise, though some users may prefer this design as it allows you to hear your surroundings when outdoors.

Our Verdict

6.0 Neutral Sound

The Raycon Fitness Earbuds are mediocre for neutral sound. Out of the box, they have a very v-shaped sound profile that delivers intense thump, punch, and boom while vocals and lead instruments are bright. However, due to the overemphasis in the bass and treble ranges, users may find they sound overly muddy and piercing. Since they're closed-back in-ears, their passive soundstage seems closed-off and as if the sound is coming from inside your head, rather than from speakers placed in the room around you. They have a couple of EQ presets that you can cycle through if you prefer a different sound, though.

Pros
  • EQ presets available.
Cons
  • Bad passive soundstage.
6.7 Commute/Travel

The Raycon Fitness Earbuds are alright for commute and travel. They're lightweight, comfortable, and can easily fit into most pockets or bags without a problem. They also have over 10 hours of continuous battery life, which should last through long trips on the go. However, they don't have active noise cancelling and struggle to block out the low rumble of bus and plane engines.

Pros
  • 10.4-hour continuous battery life.
  • Comfortable and well-built design.
Cons
  • Bad passive soundstage.
  • Poor noise isolation performance.
8.3 Sports/Fitness

The Raycon Fitness Earbuds are great for sports and fitness. They're lightweight, very portable, and have a comfortable as well as stable fit. They also come with four pairs of differently sized stability fins to help you get the best fit. Their well-built design is also certified IPX7 for protection against water immersion. Their over 10 hours of continuous playback time should be more than enough for long workouts, too. While they struggle to block out background noise, some users may prefer this as it lets you hear your surroundings if you like to run outdoors.

Pros
  • 10.4-hour continuous battery life.
  • Comfortable and well-built design.
  • Very stable fit.
Cons
  • Bad passive soundstage.
6.4 Office

The Raycon Fitness Earbuds are passable for office use. These buds have a lightweight, comfortable, and breathable fit. Their over 10 hours of continuous playback time should last through long shifts at the office without needing a recharge throughout your day. Unfortunately, they struggle to cut down ambient chatter, so you may hear coworkers talking around you. They also lack multi-device pairing, so you won't be able to connect them to more than one device at a time.

Pros
  • 10.4-hour continuous battery life.
  • Comfortable and well-built design.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation performance.
  • No multi-device pairing.
5.2 Wireless Gaming

The Raycon Fitness Earbuds aren't recommended for wireless gaming. While you can connect them to a Bluetooth-enabled PC, the latency is likely to be too high for gaming. They also aren't compatible with Xbox or PlayStation consoles.

5.0 Wired Gaming

The Raycon Fitness Earbuds are Bluetooth-only headphones and can't be used wired.

6.0 Phone Calls

The Raycon Fitness Earbuds are mediocre for phone calls. While your voice should still be understandable by whoever's on the other end of the line, it sounds muffled and lacking in detail. The mic struggles to separate your voice, and speech can be drowned out by moderate ambient noise around you. The buds also have a hard time blocking out ambient noise like engine rumbles or background speech, making it harder to hear your conversation.

Pros
  • 10.4-hour continuous battery life.
  • Comfortable and well-built design.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation performance.
  • Mic struggles to separate voice from ambient sound.
  • 6.0 Neutral Sound
  • 6.7 Commute/Travel
  • 8.3 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.4 Office
  • 5.2 Wireless Gaming
  • 5.0 Wired Gaming
  • 6.0 Phone Calls
  1. Updated Oct 04, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Sep 29, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The Raycon The Fitness Earbuds have a very similar look to the Raycon E55 Truly Wireless. Their buds are teardrop-shaped and have a metallic finish with Raycon's logo on the outward-facing side. They come in several color variants: 'Carbon Black', 'Electric Blue', 'Flare Red', 'Rose Gold', and 'Frost White'.

7.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.02 lbs
Clamping Force
0 lbs

The Raycon Fitness Earbuds have a comfortable fit. They're lightweight and don't go very deeply into your ears. They also come with four differently sized stability fins and five pairs of differently sized ear tips. However, some users may find that the fins could cause discomfort over time.

7.3
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Good
Feedback Good
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control No
Talk-Through
On/Off
Additional Controls Voice Assistant

The Raycon Fitness Earbuds have decent controls. They're easy to use, but they have a small learning curve in order to get used to them. The controls are split between the left and right buds. There are voice prompts for when you've switched EQs, and reached min or max volume. There are also beeps to let you know when you've pressed play or pause. However, there isn't feedback for track-skipping or adjusting volume until you've reached the min or max. If you're trying to activate voice assistant, you may accidentally adjust the volume instead.

On the left earbud:

  • One tap: Lowers the volume.
  • Triple tap: Skips the track backwards.
  • Hold for three seconds: Toggles between 'Pure Sound', 'Balanced Sound', and 'Bass Sound' EQ presets. Also rejects calls.

On the right earbud:

  • One tap: Raises the volume.
  • Triple tap: Skips the track forward.
  • Hold for three seconds: Activates awareness mode so that you can hear your surroundings. Also rejects calls.

On either bud:

  • Double tap: Plays and pauses audio. Also answers and ends calls.
  • Quadruple tap: Activates voice assistant.
  • Hold for three seconds or remove buds from carrying case: Turns on the buds.
  • Hold for 10 seconds or place buds in the carrying case: Turns off the buds.

9.2
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 0.8 ยฐC

The breathability of the Raycon Fitness Earbuds is outstanding, which is to be expected from in-ear headphones. They don't trap much heat around your ear, so you shouldn't sweat more than normal when using them.

9.4
Design
Portability
L 1.5" (3.7 cm)
W 1.2" (3.1 cm)
H 0.9" (2.3 cm)
Volume 1.63 inยณ (26.70 cmยณ)
Transmitter Required No

The Raycon Fitness Earbuds have fantastic portability. They're small, lightweight, and should easily fit in most bags or pockets without a problem.

8.0
Design
Case
Type Hard case
L 2.0" (5.0 cm)
W 2.0" (5.0 cm)
H 1.2" (3.0 cm)
Volume 4.62 inยณ (75.70 cmยณ)

The carrying case is great and is a nice improvement over that of the Raycon E55 Truly Wireless. It has four LED indicator lights on the case to indicate its charge. Two extremity lights turn red to let you know when the buds are charging. If you need to reset the headphones, you can press the button located inside the case. The USB-C port has a cover, and there's a loop on the case's backside so that you can attach the included wrist strap or lanyard.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The Raycon Fitness Earbuds have a good build quality. They're mostly made of plastic and feel like they should survive accidental drops or falls without taking too much damage. They come with a few accessories like a lanyard and carabiner that you can attach to the case. Unlike the Raycon E55 Truly Wireless, they're also certified IPX7 for water resistance, which offers protection against immersion in water. However, the fins and tips seem like they could rip over time.

8.0
Design
Stability

The Raycon Fitness Earbuds have great stability. They come with four different sizes of stability fins and five pairs of ear tips to help you get the best possible fit. They shouldn't fall out of your ears, even during a higher-intensity workout.

Design
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Design
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Design
In The Box

  • Raycon Fitness Earbuds
  • Charging case
  • 5x ear tips
  • 4x stability fins
  • USB-A to USB-C charging cable
  • Lanyard
  • Wrist strap
  • Carabiner
  • Sticker
  • Manuals

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
5.57 dB
Treble Amount
2.4 dB

The Raycon Fitness Earbuds have a very exaggerated v-shaped sound profile when using their default 'Balanced Sound' EQ preset. This sound delivers intense thump, rumble, and boom while vocals and lead instruments are bright and sparkly. However, since both the bass and treble range are highly overemphasized, some users may find they sound very muddy, harsh, and piercing. Luckily, they come with two other EQ presets that you can cycle through: 'Pure Sound', which is advertised as producing refined and clear sound, and 'Bass Sound', which is supposed to deliver more bass.

Note: After performing our sound tests, we noticed that our unit's left driver makes a rattling noise that seems to go away and come back. We think this may be caused by our sound testing at 100dB. However, the lower the volume, the more noticeable the rattling is, and you can even hear it when there's no audio playing. That said, we don't expect users to encounter this problem as it could be related to our testing setup or be unique to our unit. If you experience this issue, please let us know in the discussions, and we'll update our review.

9.2
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.17 dB

The Raycon Fitness Earbuds' frequency response consistency is fantastic. As long as you get a good seal and fit, you should achieve consistent audio delivery each time you use the buds.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
5.3
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
7.91 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10 Hz
Low-Bass
10.43 dB
Mid-Bass
8.97 dB
High-Bass
7.03 dB

The bass accuracy of these buds is disappointing. The entire range is very overemphasized, which results in intense thump, rumble, and boom. While fans of EDM and hip-hop may enjoy this sound, other users may find it very muddy.

7.8
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.9 dB
Low-Mid
1.63 dB
Mid-Mid
-3.42 dB
High-Mid
1.79 dB

The Raycon Fitness Earbuds' mid accuracy is good. There's some overemphasis extending from the bass range and into the low-mid, which can make mixes a bit cluttered. A dip in the mid-mid pushes vocals and lead instruments to the back of the mix, while a small bump in the high-mid can slightly harshen these same sounds.

4.5
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
7.65 dB
Mid-Treble
5.63 dB
Low-Treble
8.8 dB
High-Treble
4.16 dB

The Raycon Fitness Earbuds' treble accuracy is poor. Like the bass response, the treble response is very overemphasized across the range. As a result, vocals and lead instruments are harsh and painful, while sibilants like cymbals are piercing.

6.9
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.89 dB
Dips
2.09 dB

The peaks and dips performance is alright. A peak in the high-bass adds a bit of boom to mixes. A deep dip in the mid-mid pushes vocals and lead instruments to the back of the mix, while another peak in the low-treble makes their upper harmonics harsh. An uneven mid-treble turns sibilants like S and T sounds alternatingly dull and piercing.

8.8
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.19
Weighted Phase Mismatch
1.58
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.73
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
1.65

The Raycon Fitness Earbuds' imaging performance is excellent. The group delay falls below the audibility threshold, resulting in tight bass and transparent treble. Our unit's L/R drivers are also matched in amplitude, frequency, and phase response, so objects like footsteps should be accurately placed in the stereo image. Although there's a very small peak in the phase response's mid-mid, it shouldn't be noticeable. However, our results are only valid for our unit, and yours may perform differently.

1.9
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
N/A
PRTF Distance
N/A
Openness
6.6
Acoustic Space Excitation
1.9

The Raycon Fitness Earbuds' passive soundstage performance is bad, which is to be expected for in-ear headphones. Due to their design, they bypass your outer ear, which needs to be activated by sound resonances to produce an out-of-head audio experience. As a result, sound is perceived as coming from inside your head and doesn't sound as open as that produced by open-back headphones.

0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No App
8.2
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.160
WHD @ 100
0.093

The Raycon Fitness Earbuds' weighted harmonic distortion performance is great. Although there's some distortion in the high-mid, it shouldn't be very noticeable. As a result, all frequencies otherwise fall within good limits, resulting in clean and pure audio reproduction.

Note: A rattling sound appeared after our sound testing, and we expect that it may be related to our testing process, as we test headphones at 100dB. However, we can't confirm this. For the sake of consistency for any possible future retests, we ordered a new pair to ensure they perform the same as this model.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
Unknown
Power
On
Connection
Bluetooth 5.0
Codec
SBC, 16-bit, 44.1kHz
EQ
Balanced Sound (Default)
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Silicone (small)
Microphone
Integrated

These are the settings used to test the Raycon Fitness Earbuds. Our results are only valid when used in this configuration.

Isolation
3.6
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-8.5 dB
Bass
-4.83 dB
Mid
-5.3 dB
Treble
-15.26 dB

The noise isolation performance of the Raycon Fitness Earbuds is bad. They lack active noise cancelling (ANC) and struggle to block out most sounds like the low rumble of bus engines or ambient chatter. They also have a hard time blocking out high-pitched noise like the hum of an AC unit. However, some users may prefer this design as it allows you to hear your surroundings if you like to run or work out outdoors.

Note: We expected these headphones to do a better job of blocking out mid and treble range noise. However, the buds don't sit properly in our dummy head's ears. The stability fins create an opening when they're placed in the ears. We think this could be the reason why they don't isolate against mid and treble range noise well.

8.3
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
31.42 dB

The leakage performance is great. Leakage is mostly concentrated in the treble range, and escaping sound seems thin. If you like to listen to your audio at high volumes in a moderately noisy environment like an office, people may be able to hear some of it, but it shouldn't be too disruptive.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
Yes
In-Line
No
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
No
6.1
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
169.51 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
5 dB
HFE
4,695.06 Hz
Weighted THD
13.445
Gain
-18.21 dB

The integrated mic's recording quality is mediocre. Your voice sounds muffled, a bit unnatural, and lacking detail. However, whoever's on the other end of the line should still be able to understand you.

6.7
Microphone
Noise Handling
SpNR
12.09 dB
Noise Gate
Always On
Speech + Pink Noise Handling
7.5
Speech + Pink Noise Audio Sample
Speech + Subway Noise Handling
5.5
Speech + Subway Noise Audio Sample

The Raycon The Fitness Earbuds' microphone has an okay noise handling performance. The mic struggles to separate your voice from moderate ambient noise. If you're taking a call from somewhere like a busy street, your voice may be drowned out.

Active Features
7.1
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
10.4 hrs
Additional Charges
5.0
Total Battery Life
62.4 hrs
Charge Time
1.3 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
No
Audio While Charging
Yes
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port USB-C

The Raycon Fitness Earbuds have a satisfactory battery performance. They're advertised to last eight hours continuously, but we measured over 10 hours. Their carrying case also holds roughly five additional charges if you need it, and you can even use one bud while the other one charges. However, battery life can vary depending on use, so your real-life experience may vary.

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
Connectivity
6.7
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
5.0
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
154.20 ft (47.00 m)
PC Latency (SBC)
241 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
155 ms
Android Latency
106 ms

The Raycon Fitness Earbuds have alright Bluetooth connectivity. Unfortunately, they don't support multi-device or NFC pairing. Their latency with PC and iOS devices is also a bit high, so your audio and visuals may fall out of sync, which could be annoying if you're streaming video. Latency is a bit lower on Android devices, though, so you shouldn't notice too much audio lag. However, some apps and devices compensate for latency differently, so your experience may vary.

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

You can't use these headphones wired. However, they come with a USB-A to USB-C cable to charge up their carrying case.

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

The Raycon Fitness Earbuds are fully compatible with Bluetooth-enabled PCs. However, you can't connect the buds to PCs in any other way.

Connectivity
PlayStation Compatibility
PS4 Analog
No
PS4 Wired USB
No
PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No
PS5 Analog
No
PS5 Wired USB
No
PS5 Non-BT Wireless
No
Connectivity
Xbox Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
No
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Non-BT Wireless
No
Xbox Series X|S Analog
No
Xbox Series X|S Wired USB
No
Xbox Series X|S Non-BT 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-C

The Raycon Fitness Earbuds come with a small charging case. It provides roughly five additional charges, and you can charge them via Qi wireless. It only has a USB-C input to charge the case.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Raycon Fitness Earbuds come in several color variants: 'Carbon Black', 'Electric Blue', 'Flare Red', 'Rose Gold', and 'Frost White'. We tested the 'Flare Red' variant, and you can see our model's label here. If you come across another variant of these headphones, please let us know in the discussion section below and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Headphones

The Raycon Fitness Earbuds are sports and fitness-oriented headphones in this manufacturer's lineup. Although they lack ear hooks, they have a stable fit for exercising and are certified IPX7 for water resistance. Like other Raycon headphones like the Raycon E55 Truly Wireless and Raycon E25 True Wireless, they have a very intense sound profile that delivers a lot of thump and boom, which some users may find very muddy. While they lack a companion app, they have a couple of EQ presets you can cycle through in their control scheme.

Check out our recommendations for the best wireless earbuds for running and working out, the best true wireless earbuds, and the best earbuds and in-ears.

Raycon E25 True Wireless

The Raycon E25 True Wireless and the Raycon The Fitness Earbuds True Wireless have different strengths, and you may prefer either one. While both headphones are comfortable, the E25 are more so designed for casual, everyday use and have a better noise isolation performance as well as leak less audio. However, the Fitness are sports-oriented headphones that have a more stable in-ear fit, have a higher IP certification for water resistance, and have a better overall battery life.

Beats Studio Buds True Wireless

The Beats Studio Buds True Wireless are better in-ears for most uses than the Raycon The Fitness Earbuds True Wireless. While both headphones are comfortable and well-built, the Beats have a more neutral sound profile, which some users may prefer, and a better noise isolation performance. However, the Raycon have a more stable in-ear fit and a significantly better battery performance.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro Truly Wireless

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro Truly Wireless are better headphones for most uses than the Raycon The Fitness Earbuds True Wireless. While both headphones are comfortable and well-built, the Samsung have a more neutral sound profile, which some users may prefer, their companion app offers EQ presets to help you customize their sound, and they have an ANC system that helps them block out significantly more ambient noise. However, the Raycon have a more stable in-ear fit, and their battery performance is better.

Jabra Elite 75t Truly Wireless

The Jabra Elite 75t Truly Wireless are better in-ears than the Raycon The Fitness Earbuds True Wireless. While both headphones are comfortable, the Jabra are better-built, have a more neutral sound profile, which some users may prefer, and you can customize their sound profile to your liking using their companion app's graphic EQ and presets. They also support multi-device pairing, and thanks to their ANC, they're able to block out a superior amount of ambient noise around you. However, the Raycon have a more stable in-ear fit and have a better overall battery performance.

Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless

The Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless are better in-ears than the Raycon The Fitness Earbuds True Wireless. While both headphones are designed with sports and fitness in mind, the Jaybird are better built, have a more neutral default sound profile, which some users may prefer, and have ANC, even though it does a sub-par overall job. They also have a companion app, which offers a parametric EQ and presets to help you adjust their sound. However, the Raycon have a better battery performance.

Raycon E55 Truly Wireless

The Raycon The Fitness Earbuds True Wireless are better in-ears for sports and fitness than the Raycon E55 Truly Wireless. The Fitness are more comfortable, are better built, and are rated IPX7 for water protection against immersion. They also have a better-balanced sound profile, although it's still very exaggerated, and some users may find it muddy and harsh, and their battery performance is better, too. However, the E55 can block out more ambient noise around you.

Jabra Elite 65t Truly Wireless

The Jabra Elite 65t Truly Wireless are better headphones for most uses than the Raycon The Fitness Earbuds True Wireless. The Jabra have a more neutral default sound profile, which some users may prefer, and you can customize their sound profile using their companion app's graphic EQ and presets. They can also significantly block out more ambient noise, they support multi-device pairing, and their mic offers better overall performance. However, the Raycon have a more comfortable and stable fit. Their battery life is better, too.

Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless

The Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless are better headphones than the Raycon The Fitness Earbuds True Wireless. The Beats have a more neutral default sound profile, which some users may prefer, a better overall battery performance, and have an H1 chip so that you can seamlessly pair them with your Apple devices. However, the Raycon come with more accessories like differently-sized stability wings and a lanyard, which some users may prefer.

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