Introduction & About the RHA TrueConnect
Scotland based RHA is famous for their wired and wireless IEMs and being in the industry for past few years. TrueConnect is their first TWS (True Wireless Stereo) offering recently launched. Though true wireless is new segment it has already somewhat conquered by Apple earpods, Samsung buds and others. Now we will see how RHA TrueConnect can compete with them in the market.
Design, Build Quality, Comfort and Fit
TrueConnect is one of well-designed yet stylish earbuds in market now. They looks somewhat similar to airpods but on a second look you know they are different and more sexier than airpods, especially with the black/dark grey finish. Both earpods and the battery case is made of rubberised matte blackish finish which gives the earbuds soft to touch and grip to hold and feels much comfortable in ear. Red dot marking on right buds indicate the R buds and helps to differentiate between L and R.
Battery case is slim, well functional and provides confidence to hold and carry. Looks like a big D it opens with rotating hinge at one side. Metal build and rubberised finish makes it so soft to touch. Also inside the case, buds holders made of soft yet hard fabric like plush material and holds and charge the buds securely. Outside it possess a USB C port for charging and 3 white LEDs shows charging and battery life indications.
From the specs Trueconnect can provide a battery backup of 25hrs combined. Which means the buds alone can hold 5hrs power juice and case holds a bigger battery which can provide charging the buds for additional 20hrs. However I couldn’t test these timings promised by the manufacture. Hope they are on their words.
Packaging is small and nice. In addition to the bud pair and store case it comes with 3 pairs of silicone and foam tips (S/M/L). Once you find your perfect size of the tip TrueConnect provides you a really comfortable fit and you’re mostly hands free from readjusting and securing it. They are much light weight too. There is no discomfort keeping it for long hours during your regular commute or in long flights.
The fit is slightly loose (maybe it’s in my ears) and the buds stay secure for any light activities at gym or in a brisk walking or trekking. However for heavy activities or running there is a higher chance of buds coming out and falling down and you may need to re-secure them regularly. They are IPX5 certified, so it can take the sweatiness in gym workouts or during walking and even it can take a light rain during an outdoor trek. But they are definitely not waterproof in any chance not for any heavy rain or to hit the swimming pool.
Usability and Functionality
Pairing TrueConnect with smartphone is usual easy, refer the user guide comes along for the controls and operations with the buttons. Once the buds are outside the case they are always on. Press and hold the circle button behind either of the bud for 5 sec and a tone will indicate you when they're in discover/paring mode and you can do usual paring with your smartphone. RHA doesn’t provide any app for manage or control the buds. TrueConnect can trigger Google Assistant or Siri in your phone to take voice commands. These are on bluetooth 5.0 and the range cover is normal and good to use inside a mid-size room. In couple of instances I felt like one bud is losing the connectivity to other but the L and R units recovered back in back in sync faster.
TrueConnect poses somewhat neutral but U like presentation in sound signature, though with slightly towards darker in tonality. It holds 6mm dynamic drivers which help to deliver a very good bass response which make overall signature warmer. Mids are slightly pulled back but delivers in sweet and clear. However we can slightly feel the overpowering of the lows over the lower mids. Highs are slightly pulled back which gives a laid back in presentation but without much of roll-off in the highs. Looking frequency response graph there are some peaks between the 10k and 20k which brings some amount airiness to the overall presentation. This helps for long hours of non-fatigue listening. Other factors resolution, instrument separation, imaging and sound stage are average and not bad IMO. All of this make it’s a much fun to listen TWS buds pair.
TrueConnect supports SBC and AAC and doesn’t support high-end codecs like LDAC or AptX which is a good thing to have. However SBC and AAC doing a good job here. Tips rolling is very important for this pair. Without proper seal this earbuds can sound hollow and thin. I can recommend the silicone tips for indoors but foam tips are needed for outdoor use to get a proper seal.
One drawback which is still somewhat true with the TWS is the microphone quality. The mics are part of the buds much away from month by design which makes them the job difficult to capture the voice without capturing the noises around. Yet to see a fully capable TWS which performs to the level of a good wired earphone. Call speaker quality of TrueConnect is good but microphone’s voice capturing quality is average. The person at the other will able to hear you but they can surely guess you’re speaking on a bluetooth earphones.
I don’t have any TWS pair available now to compare. Sound quality wise for the music they do much better job than any earphones comes along with the phone. Comparing a good pair of an IEM, TrueConnect does a good job and performs well for a fun listening earbuds.
TrueConnect is a solid, soft build, light weight, easy to fit, one of the much comfortable earbuds available in market now. They are much suitable for outdoor use like gym, walking or doing a trek. IPX5 certification makes it suitable for most outdoor activities. Sound signature wise it is really good with bass prominent warmer presentation. They are definitely a fun to listen and non-fatiguing pair of long hours use. All of this makes it’s an ideal candidate of TWS for indoors, outdoors and commute.