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Raycon The Performer E55 assessment

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The brainchild of multiplatinum recording artist turned actuality tv mogul Ray J and tech entrepreneur Ray Lee, Raycon started releasing numerous audio system, headphones and earbuds in early 2018, together with the E50. Its sequel, The Performer E55 Professional, comes at a time the place the audio {hardware} maker has considerably grow to be a serious participant, with a reported 1.5 million prospects.

An enchancment on practically each facet of its predecessor, The E55 Professional characteristic a greater case with wi-fi charging and the flexibility to cost earbuds 5 instances for a mean whole of 35 hours of battery life. This additionally consists of slight upgrades to the decision and audio expertise. At $119.99, The E55 Professional are an amazing possibility for individuals who sit between the decrease price range vary and higher-priced premium area of wi-fi Bluetooth earbuds.

Who these are for: The Performer E55 Professional are appropriate for iPhone and Android customers in search of cheap Bluetooth earbuds with good consolation, above common audio high quality, some critical battery life and a ample characteristic set. Having IPX4-grade safety makes them value contemplating for frequent health club goers.

What it’s worthwhile to know: The Performer E55 Professional provide premium options, together with wi-fi charging and battery life that guarantees to final for practically 35 hours between case prices. There are additionally a plethora of comfortability choices with 5 silicone ear suggestions. Customers of iOS can relaxation assured that the earbuds are Siri suitable, and the IPX4-grade safety ensures sweaty health club classes or unintended water splashes don’t injury the earbuds.

How they examine: At its value, The Performer E55 Professional do a nice job of straddling the road between price range earbuds just like the $59 EarFun Air and higher-priced fashions within the $100 to $150 vary ones, such because the Amazon Echo Buds, Samsung Galaxy Buds+ and Apple AirPods. One space the place it manages to outclass each lower- and higher-end rivals is battery life.

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Talking with Raycon heads Ray J and Ray Lee about The Performer E55, they talked about desirous to make vital enhancements from the E50. “We’ve at all times tried to reinforce our merchandise by listening to prospects and my shut mates that actually know music, and now the E55 is like 10 instances higher,” says Ray J. After opening the field, it’s clear the place these developments have been made.

Probably the most vital enhancements went to the charging case in two areas. First, the case has a set hinge that replaces the open-top design of the earlier mannequin. In accordance with Ray Lee, many shoppers complained about shedding the highest of their charging case.

The opposite massive addition to the case is wi-fi charging with full Qi compatibility. Cellular units with reverse wi-fi charging and charging mats labored fairly effectively throughout our checks. Those that desire a standard charging resolution can use the usual USB-C port that has been up to date from the E50’s Micro USB. Apparently sufficient, the newer case design doesn’t sacrifice the portability or weight of the earlier mannequin as effectively. There’s even a band that’s included for individuals who might need to connect their case to one thing like a key ring, which is a pleasant contact.

Regardless of enhancements to the precise earbuds themselves, they keep primarily the identical design of its predecessor. One of many higher fashion selections concerning the E55 is the truth that it doesn’t protrude out of the ear anyplace close to as a lot because the AirPods or Galaxy Buds. They actually sink effectively into the ear canal a bit higher than one thing just like the Jabra Elite collection.

Those that want bigger or smaller mushy silicone gel suggestions have 5 to select from. The default pair included is comfortable and may take all types of actions with out feeling as in the event that they’re near slipping out. Contemplating The Performer E55 Professional earbuds cater towards extra lively customers, having IPX4-grade safety means actions that will result in extreme sweating might gained’t damage the earbuds themselves. Although it was troublesome to acquire sufficient sweat to check that out, it might deal with being submerged in about 3 to 4 inches of water with out failing.

There are additionally 5 accessible colours for The Performer E55 Professional, counting Carbon Black, Flare Crimson, Electrical Blue, Frost White and Rose Gold for customers trying to coordinate their earbuds with outfits.

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Like earlier Bluetooth audio units from Raycon, together with the E50, The Performer E55 Professional characteristic single-handedly the best “energy on” chime we’ve ever heard in a tool of its variety. It’s actually Ray J singing “Raycon” in a three-part concord. If you happen to’re going to have the person who gave the world “One Want” because the superstar face of your wi-fi audio tech model, you would possibly as effectively use these vocals correctly. There’s no higher approach of setting an amazing first impression earlier than trying to hook up with numerous units. Will some people discover that annoying? Completely, which is why the dearth of potential to disable the chime could also be a turnoff. One of the simplest ways to keep away from it’s simply to carry the earbuds in your hand for an additional second after eradicating the earbuds from the case.

From desktops, MacBook Execs, iPads and iPhones to Android units, connecting the E55 Professional to numerous units was pretty quick and easy. Every earbud makes use of a tactile button press for numerous instructions like answering cellphone calls, rising/lowering quantity and powering on/off. The earbuds are suitable with Siri however not with Google Assistant. Customers don’t must be near their units both, as The Performer E55 Professional have an excellent 260-foot line of sight, which is ideal for these in an residence or midsize home.

There are notable areas the place corners have been reduce to compete on value, nonetheless. Precise name high quality is pretty common, as The E55 Professional earbuds lack any lively noise-canceling know-how. That characteristic is reserved for the higher-priced The Works Earbuds that Raycon presents.

Busy locations like road intersections, parks with an abundance of individuals and gymnasiums might result in some probably irritating cellphone requires outgoing audio. Throughout a number of cellphone calls exterior throughout a stroll, there have been moments the place each callers have been left with greater than sufficient “huh” and “excuse me.” Microphone high quality merely doesn’t really feel premium when outside. In quieter areas, issues have been a lot better. Usually, it doesn’t seem to be as a lot thought went into name than music quantity.

Name high quality doesn’t match higher-end earbuds just like the Samsung Galaxy Buds and Apple AirPods, however it’s on the same degree to our favourite price range earbuds within the EarFun Air. Incoming cellphone audio quantity might sound a bit louder in locations, however it’s serviceable and isn’t onerous to listen to. Because of the lack of an app to work alongside the earbuds, there’s no approach of tuning audio high quality too. Customers who’re on the transfer and must take fast cellphone calls in quiet locations ought to get some stable mileage out performance-wise.

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The Performer E55 Professional audio high quality for music is simply as we anticipated from the model: crisp and clear heavy bass with out a lot musical nuance. That’s completely nice for the millennial-targeted shoppers via their influencer advertising campaigns round social media. The Performer E55 Professional can deal with a big majority of mainstream radio-friendly music. Crisp, heavy bass implies that every thing from up to date hip-hop to EDM sounds loud with nice low-end. This places the earbuds extra in keeping with the Amazon Echo Buds and Jabra Elite Energetic 75t.

Customers extra liable to listening to Cardi B’s “Up” and making ready to do Younger Thug’s “Ski” problem ought to really feel proper at dwelling. West Coast bounce tracks like Dezzie Gee’s “I Want That 2.0” and Southern membership joints like Beatking’s “Maintain It Poppin” sound flat-out wonderful on the E55 Professional. Much more worldwide pop-leaning tracks, together with the Becky G and Burna Boy collaboration “Rotate” or EDM-focused tracks like Main Lazer’s “Jadi Buti,” do an admirable job. Anybody in search of earbuds to deal with their bass-heavy playlist at loud quantity will discover a lot to like right here. In comparison with the E50, there wasn’t a lot to enhance on this specific facet. Nevertheless, that is the place probably the most notable enhancements to the audio high quality finish.

The Performer E55 Professional don’t present a lot of a nuanced musical expertise. Basically, there’s a flatness to the general music-listening expertise that’s undoubtedly noticeable when listening to genres that lean towards classical, jazz, nation, traditional rock and the likes. The opening guitar riffs of Gene Harris’ “losalamitoslatinfunklovesong” and horn part moments lack a lot richness. As an enormous Staple Singers fan, it was actually troublesome to benefit from the musical dynamics of classics like “That’s What Associates Are For” or “Let’s Do It Once more.”

These in search of a richer audio expertise throughout a number of style sorts might stroll away a bit upset. But when your tastes skew towards hip-hop and digital music, The Performer E55 Professional maintain up very effectively.

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Claiming a formidable 36-hour battery life absolutely charged, the earbuds themselves remained powered for about 5 hours of steady utilization on their very own earlier than needing to return into the case. Because of this the case can cost the earbuds as much as 5 instances earlier than they provide out fully.

If customers plan on making work commutes or understanding for an hour on the health club, the case actually solely needs to be charged as soon as per week, if that. Regardless of the earbuds lasting round 5 hours, the 5 extra prices make these earbuds a powerful contender within the battery life division. Throughout testing, these claims have been pretty true, because the earbuds themselves died a bit over 5 hours of normal music listening. If The Performer Earbuds can’t compete characteristic lists or audio quality-wise, it greater than stands toe to toe with rivals in the case of battery life, together with the Powerbeats Professional, Apple AirPods and Samsung Galaxy Buds Professional.

The earbuds lasted nearer to 6 hours once we primarily centered on cellphone and video calls. Charging the case itself took round an hour and a half with some extra time utilizing wi-fi charging.

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The Performer E55 Professional are admirable earbuds for bass-loving people on the go who don’t need to fear a lot about battery life administration. And let’s not neglect about that charming “energy on” concord. Although the characteristic set is ample sufficient for these sorts of customers, audiophiles might discover themselves a bit turned off by the general music listening high quality, which is pretty common at finest.

Those that couldn’t care much less about musical nuance will discover extraordinarily snug earbuds which might be moderately priced and provide a 45-day no-questions-asked return assure. After that, the earbuds have a one-year producer’s guarantee. Android and iOS customers who don’t need to pay the extra premium costs of the AirPods and Galaxy Buds Professional vary ought to undoubtedly have a look at The Performer E55 Professional earbuds as a extra inexpensive different.

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