Resolution Ain’t Everything – RHA True Connect TWS IEMs Review
The price of the RHA True Connect dropped to 70 USD from 170 they were launched at, making them a pretty good deal now. With a ton of competitors, like Master & Dynamic MW07GO, HIFIMAN TWS600, and 1More Stylish TWS IEMs, they have to fight for their place in today’s review.
RHA, as a company, is one of the best there are. Lots of reps, very good English, support above everything you’d expect. They are pretty much the perfect company in everything, and I can totally say that you’re going to have an awesome time purchasing their products. When receiving the TrueConnect, they sent some sweets in as well, and we all know I have a bit of a sugar tooth, so they got me there. Joking aside, they are just awesome in general when it comes to supporting their customers.
It should be noted that I have absolutely no affiliation with RHA, I am not receiving any incentive for this review or to sweeten things out. I’d like to thank RHA for providing the sample for this review. Every opinion expressed is mine and I stand by it, the purpose of this review is to help those interested in RHA TrueConnect TWS find their next music companion.
You can get RHA TrueConnect and other TWS IEMs from www.amazon.com :
First things first, let’s get the packaging out of the way:
The package of the True Connect is actually a bit more interesting than that of most TWS IEMs. Especially their carrying / charging case is a top 10/10 one, and they even have a Type-C cable, a huge selection of tips placed in a metallic support, and overall presented just too nicely to miss.
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The video review about the RHA True Connect has been one of the first ones I did with the new editing, and I’m happy I took that decision. You’ll notice where this led in a few months, when I manage to complete my setup and the quality will be something else entirely. The True Connect truly deserved me to do that review better, because they are an UK-Based company, with their product offer including some pretty interesting flagship IEMs.
The build of the True Connect is just as good as their top IEMs, with a metallic charging case, that has a Type-C connector. We have Bluetooth 5.0. The battery life is rated at 5 hours on a single charge, with the case offering 4 additional charges. This is much better than MW07GO, which is also more expensive.
RHA also covers their TWS IEMs under a 3-year warranty, and IPX5 sweat proof. With a soft touch cover on the IEMs, and the case, it is a delight to hold and use the True Connect. The ergonomics are ok, not the best, because the IEMs are a bit large, but the carrying case is practical, is not damaged easily. The large selection of tips helps a lot with fit and comfort.
You can push the face of each IEM, as they are buttons, much better than having touch controls. The mic and phone quality of the True Connect is above average, and the person on the other side could hear me clearly, and I haven’t managed to lose connection from my Note 9s phone even once while using them.
Although the call quality of the True Connect is pretty great, the actual sonic quality is focused on a pretty warm and commercial signature, similar to Skullcandy & Early Beats products rather than catering to the audiophile crown. This means a warm sound, with a pretty smooth treble, not a lot of excitement up top, the detail is normal for the current price, 70 USD, although the soundstage is pretty large, and instrument separation is not bad at all.
The bass is the central part of True Connect’s Sound, it is large, pretty wide, and slow in speed. This works well with Hip-Hop, but not so well with most other music styles, being a bit slow for Trance, and a bit too much for metal / rock. There’s enough bass to satisfy most bassheads, and you never feel like the sound lacks substance. The entire bass is enhanced, and this colors the upper bass, and bleeds in the midrange too.
The mids are colored from the bass, have a thicker presentation, warm tone, and are pretty typical in terms of detail. The soundstage is wide, and True Connect creates a nice 3D presentation, although there’s not a lot of treble and this can be heard in rock and metal music.
The treble is recessed, with no particular peak, as everything tends to roll off after the upper midrange. In fact, even the upper midrange is fairly rolled off, resulting in a pretty relaxed sound, with a really smooth treble.
RHA TrueConnect vs HIFIMAN TWS 600 (170 USD vs 200 USD) – TWS600 is pretty much at the same price as True Connect at the moment of writing this review, which makes them pretty even. In terms of sound, they are similar only in detail, as both are pretty average. TWS600 has a very light, bright sound, where True Connect is thicker, warmer, has a more substantial sound with more impact, and a sweeter midrange. Much smoother and relaxed treble.
RHA TrueConnect vs Master&Dynamic MW07GO (170 USD vs 200 USD) – Mw07GO is much more expensive than the True Connect, but it also sounds much better, with more resolution, a wider soundstage, and actually has better comfort, having a more ergonomic design. The thing is, True Connect is now less than half the price of Mw07 GO, but still manages to have a much better overall life, charges quicker, holds more, simply being better for a portable TWS IEM.
RHA TrueConnect vs 1More Stylish TWs IEMs (170 USD vs 50 USD) – 1More is pretty similar to True Connect in general, they have similar ergonomics, similar sound, although True Connect is a bit more even, where 1More Stylish TWS is even more of a basshead IEM. The biggest difference between them is in the build quality, or rather the aesthetic. Both use high-quality materials, but one is golden, sparkly, and pretty feminine, while RHA feels more professional, more masculine and the design makes it easier to pick iof you want to keep a low profile.
RHA TrueConnect vs Lypertek Tevi (170 USD vs 100 USD) – Tevi is about 100 USD right now, and it is V-Shaped, so more sparkly, more exciting and although the box and the IEMs feel cheaper than the True Connect, I consider Tevi a much better fit for Audiophiles who may desire the sonic performance above everything.
Value and Conclusion
In terms of value, we have no value. This might have been what RHA realised or decided when they lowered the price from 170 USD to 70 USD, which is much closer to the value, at least for the sound of the True Connect. Although I really liked the presentation, ergonomics, quality of the build materials and everything else, the sound of True Connect wasn’t a good value at 170 USD. At 70, they are a fair deal, and even better than some of the competition. There’s also a True Connect 2 out there, which I plan on reviewing in the near future.
The package is pretty simple, but effective, with a cool aesthetic & Design. Also, coming with a good number of tips, RHA made sure you’d get a good fit with their True Connect.
In fact, if you’re comfortable with a commercial sound, you’ll be in love with True Connect, especially if you come from a Skullcandy product, as you’ll be surprised by a better overall definition, clarity and a much much better build / materials quality.
At the end, if you’re looking for a commercial-sounding TWS IEM, with good call quality, good bluetooth signal, and a beautiful aesthetic, nice build quality, and a good price tag, RHA TruConnect should be right for you.
You can get RHA TrueConnect and other TWS IEMs from www.amazon.com :
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Full Playlist used for this review
We listened to more songs than those named in this playlist, but those are excellent for identifying a sonic signature. PRaT, Texturization, Detail, Resolution, Dynamics, Impact, and overall tonality are all revealed by those songs. We recommend trying most of the songs from this playlist, especially if you’re searching for new music!
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