RHA TrueConnect Truly Wireless Headphones Review

Updated Mar 21, 2019 at 10:44 am
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Usage Ratings - Version 1.3.1
7.0
Mixed Usage
6.5
Neutral Sound
7.7
Commute/Travel
8.1
Sports/Fitness
6.8
Office
5.1
Wireless Gaming
5.1
Wired Gaming
6.6
Phone Call
Type In-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Truly Wireless
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The RHA TrueConnect are okay, mixed-usage, truly wireless in-ears that are great for sports. Their small design is stable, breathable, and portable. They also passively isolate a good amount of ambient noise, making them suitable for commuting or to use at the office. Unfortunately, they have very high latency and won’t be great for watching videos and gaming. On the upside, their battery life is decent for truly wireless in-ears, and some may like their darker sound, especially on bass-heavy genres. They won’t be great for vocal-centric or classical music.

Our Verdict

7.0 Mixed Usage

Okay for mixed usage. They have a darker-sounding audio reproduction, so they’ll be a decent option for bass-heavy music genres, but that’s about it. On the upside, their passive isolation performance is quite good and will be suitable for commuting or at the office, although they don’t have the best battery life. Their truly wireless design is great for sports, as it is breathable and stable. However, they have very high latency and wouldn't be suitable for watching TV or gaming.

6.5 Neutral Sound

Ordinary for neutral listening. The RHA TrueConnect have a great bass that is punchy and powerful, and a balanced mid-range, but their treble performance is sub-par as it lacks detail and brightness. Also, their bass can be overly thumpy, which some may like, but it is also a bit boomy. Their mid-range is also recessed, pushing vocals and leads to the back of the mix. They will be better suited for bass-heavy music and won’t be ideal for vocal-centric genres.

See our Neutral Sound recommendations
7.7 Commute/Travel

Decent for commuting. The RHA TrueConnect create a good seal inside the ears, block a good amount of ambient noise, and do a surprisingly good job at isolating low frequencies where engine rumbles sit. They are very portable and easy to carry around, and while their battery won’t be suited for long flights, it should be more than fine for your daily commute to work.

See our Commute/Travel recommendations
8.1 Sports/Fitness

Great for sports. Their truly wireless design is portable, breathable, and stable for most sports. They are also rated IPX5 for water and sweat resistance, and their bass-heavy sound profile can help you get pumped during workouts.

See our Sports/Fitness recommendations
6.8 Office

Decent to use at the office. Their fit isolates well against ambient chatter and high-frequency noises like A/C systems. The RHA TrueConnect also barely leak, so you won’t bother colleagues around you. Unfortunately, while they have a decent battery for truly wireless earbuds, they will need charging as they won’t last you for a whole workday. The in-ear fit might also not be ideal or the most comfortable to wear for multiple hours.

See our Office recommendations
5.1 Wireless Gaming

Bad for gaming. These headphones have terrible latency for gaming, and their integrated microphone is sub-par for talking online with friends or teammates. Even if you don’t need a microphone, because you play single player games, these headphones won't be suitable for this use case. They’re also not customizable like some of the gaming headsets we’ve reviewed.

See our Wireless Gaming recommendations
5.1 Wired Gaming
6.6 Phone Call
  • 7.0 Mixed Usage
  • 6.5 Neutral Sound
  • 7.7 Commute/Travel
  • 8.1 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.8 Office
  • 5.1 Wireless Gaming
  • 5.1 Wired Gaming
  • 6.6 Phone Call
Pros
  • Stable and portable design for sports.
  • Comfortable fit with many tip options.
  • Great isolation performance.
Cons
  • Dark-sounding audio reproduction.
  • In-ear fit might not be for everyone.
  • High latency.
  1. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  2. Update 11/6/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The RHA TrueConnect are small truly wireless earbuds that have a circular design with short stalks, like the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air, but with a more premium feel. They come in a matte all-black design that isn’t flashy and doesn’t protrude much out of your ears, which makes them even more low-profile.

7.0
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.03 lbs
Clamping Force
0 lbs

These in-ears are fairly comfortable and come with a wide variety of silicone (3 sizes) and foam (3 sizes) tips to help you find the perfect fit. The buds are lightweight, and you barely feel them once they are inside your ears. However, they enter the ear canal. This might not be ideal for everybody, as you may feel some fatigue after a while. Also, since they have physical buttons on the earbuds, you need to lightly push the earbuds inside your ears to register commands, especially with multi-press commands.

7.4
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
N/A
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 No

The control scheme of the TrueConnect is surprisingly complete for truly wireless in-ears. They have one physical button on each bud and offer most functionalities. You can play/pause or take/end calls on both earbuds, which is nice. You can also control the volume on the right earbud and skip tracks with the left one with multiple presses. They can also activate your device’s voice assistant. While the control scheme is easy to use, you need to push the headphones inside your ears for some inputs to register, especially on multi-press commands. Doing so can get a bit uncomfortable.

9.0
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 1 C

Like most in-ears, the TrueConnect are very small earbuds and don’t trap much heat inside your ears due to their design. You shouldn’t feel that much of a difference in temperature when wearing them for long periods of time, and won’t sweat more than usual when working out.

9.6
Design
Portability
L 1.3 "
W 1.0 "
H 0.7 "
Volume 0.9 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required N/A

Like most truly wireless designs, the TrueConnect are very portable. You can easily fit the two buds inside small pockets or a bag, and their case, while slightly bulkier than some other truly wireless headphones, is also easy to store.

8.0
Design
Case
Type Hard case
L 2.9 "
W 1.8 "
H 1.1 "
Volume 5.7 Cu. Inches

They come with a great, hard charging case that protects the headphones well against scratches and impacts. However, while the headphones are rated IPX5 for sweat and water resistance, the case isn’t. This case doesn’t have a lid like most truly wireless cases, but swivels to open. This is a nice touch and prevents the case from opening when dropped. Overall, the case is solid, feels heavy, and is well-made.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The TrueConnect are well-built truly wireless headphones. The earbuds feel dense enough to survive a few accidental drops but could break if you were to sit or step on them, because of the stalk design. Nevertheless, they feel solid and shouldn’t break from normal usage. They are also rated IPX5 for sweat and water resistance, which is good, but we don’t test this internally.

7.5
Design
Stability

The TrueConnect are stable in-ears that can be used for jogging and most sports activities. They also come with a good amount of tip options, so you should find one that will have a secure fit inside your ears. Most people will find that the foam tips offer better stability than the silicone ones. They shouldn’t pop out of your ears, and since they are truly wireless, you don’t have to worry about having a cable in your way or yanking the headphones out because they got stuck on something.

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In The Box

  • RHA TrueConnect headphones
  • 7 silicone tip options (3 sizes)
  • 3 foam tip options (3 sizes)
  • Hard charging case
  • USB-C charging cable
  • Manuals

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
4.42 db
Treble Amount
-0.55 db
8.9
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.23 dB

The frequency response consistency is excellent. If the user can achieve a proper fit and an air-tight seal using the assortment of tips that come with the headphones, then they should be able to get consistent bass and treble delivery every time they use the headphones.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
8.2
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.53 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10 Hz
Low-Bass
4.03 dB
Mid-Bass
1.71 dB
High-Bass
2.64 dB

The bass is great. Their LFE (low-frequency extension) is at 10Hz, which is excellent. Low-bass is overemphasized by about 4dB, which adds a bit of thumpiness to the mix, which some may like. Mid-bass, responsible for kicks of drums and bass guitar, is over our target by about 2dB, which won’t be too noticeable. The high-bass, responsible for warmth, is over by more than 2.5dB, which will make the mix a bit boomy. Overall, the bass of these earbuds is slightly overdone but can be great for bass-heavy music.

8.2
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.45 dB
Low-Mid
-0.04 dB
Mid-Mid
-3.49 dB
High-Mid
-1.73 dB

The mid-range performance of the TrueConnect is very good. The response is well-balanced, but there is a noticeable broad dip in mid-mid. This will push the vocals and lead instruments to the back of the mix, favoring lower-end frequencies.

5.7
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
5.29 dB
Low-Treble
-5.41 dB
Mid-Treble
-1.46 dB
High-Treble
3.0 dB

The TrueConnect’s treble range performance is sub-par. Half the range, up to 7kHz, is quite underemphasized. Those frequencies will lack detail and brightness and will be noticeable on vocals, leads, and cymbals. Also, frequencies after the 7kHz may sound a bit bright and piercing on some S and T sounds, but not everyone will hear this as intensely.

6.4
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
2.4 db
Dips
1.89 db
9.0
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.08
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.99
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
1.08
Weighted Phase Mismatch
1.84

The imaging performance is excellent. The weighted group delay is at 0.08, which is excellent. The GD graph also shows that the entire group delay response is below the audibility threshold. This ensures a tight bass and a transparent treble reproduction. Additionally, the L/R drivers of our test unit were very well-matched, which is important for the accurate placement and localization of objects (instruments, voice, footsteps), in the stereo image. However, these results are only valid for our unit, and yours may perform differently.

0.6
Sound
Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
N/A
PRTF Distance
N/A
Openness
2.1
Acoustic Space Excitation
0.8

The 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, Google Pixel Buds, or the Bose SoundSport Free.

6.9
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.542
WHD @ 100
0.337
Isolation
8.0
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-22.44 dB
Bass
-12.32 dB
Mid
-18.46 dB
Treble
-36.95 dB

The noise isolation performance of the TrueConnect is decent. Even if they don’t have any ANC features, they passively block a good amount of ambient noise. They achieved more than 12dB of isolation in the bass range, where engine rumbles sit, which is decent, but very impressive for passive isolation. However, there seems to be a weak spot centered around the 200Hz mark. In the mid-range, important for blocking ambient chatter, they achieved an isolation of 18dB, which is very good. In the treble range, occupied by S and T sounds and fan noises like A/C systems, they provide about 37dB of isolation, which is also very good.

9.4
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
24.94 dB

Like most in-ears, the leakage performance of the TrueConnect is excellent. They basically do not leak, so there's no need to worry about disturbing people around with your music, even if you listen at very loud volumes. With the music at 100dB SPL, the leakage at 1 foot away averages at 25dB SPL and peaks at around 40dB SPL, which is roughly as loud as an average home and well under the noise floor of an average office.

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

The performance of the RHA TrueConnect integrated mic is mediocre. Speech recorded or transmitted with the microphone will sound thin and lacking in brightness. It will be intelligible in quiet environments. In louder environments, though, it will struggle to separate speech from background noise in loud situations like a subway station.

6.6
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
281.0 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
2.65 dB
HFE
3225.4 Hz
Weighted THD
6.178
Gain
40.04 dB

The TrueConnect’s microphone has a sub-par recording quality. The LFE (low-frequency extension) of 281Hz means speech recorded or transmitted will sound noticeably thin. The HFE (high-frequency extension) of 3.2kHz is poor and results in speech that is muffled and lacking in detail. It also negatively affects the intelligibility of speech, but will still be understandable in very quiet environments.

6.3
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
SpNR
15.67 dB

The integrated microphone of the RHA TrueConnect is average at noise handling. In our SpNR test, it achieved a speech-to-noise ratio of about 16dB, indicating it is best suited for quiet and moderate environments. However, the microphone will struggle to separate speech from ambient noise in loud situations.

Active Features
5.4
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
4.3 hrs
Additional Charges
4
Total Battery Life
21.5 hrs
Charge Time
0.9 hrs
Power Saving Feature
No
Audio While Charging
No
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port USB-C

The TrueConnect last over 4 hours on one charge, which is decent for truly wireless headphones. Also, they take about a single hour to fully charge, which is short and convenient. Their charging case holds 4 additional charges, which brings their estimated total battery life at about 20 hours. There is also an advertised quick-charge feature that gives you 50% of the battery life for only 15 minutes of charging. For a longer battery life on a single charge, take a look at the Creative Outlier Air.

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

They don’t have a companion app for customization options.

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

The TrueConnect are Bluetooth truly wireless headphones. They support Bluetooth version 5.0, which may provide you with better overall performance, but we couldn’t test this as our current test bench dongle supports version 4.2 for now. Unfortunately, they don’t support NFC or multi-device pairing.

The latency of the TrueConnect is very high, and you will notice a delay when watching video content or when gaming. Some apps and devices seem to offer some sort of compensation, but the delay will most likely still be very noticeable.

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

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-C

They come with a nice hard charging case that holds 4 additional charges but doesn’t have any other inputs. On the upside, they have a USB-C connection to charge the case.

Compared to other headphones

Comparison picture

The RHA TrueConnect are okay truly wireless headphones that don’t necessarily stand out in any category. They do an average or good job at pretty much everything. However, their sound is on the dark side and isn’t as accurate as other truly wireless headphones we’ve reviewed. We suggest taking a look at our recommendations for the best true wireless earbuds, the best Bluetooth earbuds, and the best wireless earbuds under $100.

Jabra Elite 65t Truly Wireless
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The Jabra Elite 65t are better truly wireless headphones than the RHA TrueConnect. They have better out-of-the-box sound quality and they also have an app with an EQ that lets you customize their sound to your liking. The bulkier design of the Jabra may not be for everyone, but they can connect to two devices, which is nice. They also have noticeably less latency for watching videos. On the other hand, the RHA TrueConnect are more comfortable and lightweight. Their wireless range is also pretty impressive, but they are more expensive and might not be worth the investment.

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless
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The RHA TrueConnect might be a better option for most people, as they are slightly cheaper than the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless but perform quite similarly. Both headphones have the same audio reproduction and lack detail in the treble range. The TrueConnect are more comfortable and come with multiple tip options. Their smaller design might also fit more people. On the other hand, the True Wireless feel like more premium headphones and are better built. They also have less latency and support aptX-LL.

Anker SoundCore Liberty Air Truly Wireless
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The Anker SoundCore Liberty Air are more versatile and cheaper than the RHA TrueConnect. They might not have volume control, but these in-ears have good audio reproduction. The two headphones are very similar, but the sound quality is what makes the Ankers the best option. They might feel a bit cheaper than the TrueConnect due to their plastic and glossy build, but if you’re usually careful with your headphones, this shouldn’t be a problem. The RHAs feel sturdier, but don’t have a standby mode like the Ankers have.

Creative Outlier Air Truly Wireless
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The RHA TrueConnect Truly Wireless and the Creative Outlier Air Truly Wireless are two very similar performing headphones. The Creative Outlier Air have a better overall sound quality, but if you’re a fan of bass-heavy genres, the overemphasized low-end of the RHA will suit you better for thump and rumble. The main difference between the two headphones would be the superior noise isolation performance of the RHA TrueConnect, which makes them a better option if you want to use your headphones in public transit. Their design is also smaller and might suit most ears better. On the other hand, the Creative Outlier Air have longer single charge battery life.

Apple AirPods 1 Truly Wireless 2017
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The RHA TrueConnect are more versatile truly wireless headphones than the Apple AirPods. Due to their closed-back design, the TrueConnect have great isolation performance, which is suitable for commuting and at the office. They also have a good control scheme that includes volume control, which the AirPods lack. On the other hand, the AirPods are more comfortable and are very well-built earbuds. They also have one of the best total battery life for truly wireless in-ears, at about 24 hours.

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