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True wireless earbuds shootout: Plantronics BackBeat Fit 3100 vs. RHA TrueConnect vs. Sony WF-SP700N

By Marcus Wong - 12 Jun 2019

RHA TrueConnect

RHA TrueConnect

Retailing for S$288, RHA’s first true wireless earbuds - the TrueConnect - has a sleeker urban design compared to the other two contenders. The dark gray earbuds seem to have been designed to be as inconspicuous as possible, with just the extended ear tips betraying their presence.

Like the BackBeat Fit 3100 above, the TrueConnect uses Bluetooth 5.0 for better connection strength. RHA says the aforementioned ear tips help “maximize signal strength between headphone and phone”, and the earbuds really were the best in terms of maintaining a solid connection throughout our testing, with minimal dropouts whether paired to our smartphone or to our DAP. This important to ensure you've seamless playback and not fiddle around to re-pair your earbuds, a common problem for many true wireless earbuds even today.

On the note of pairing, it was quick and painless, and we like that you don’t have to pair each earbud to start. Just get the right earbud connected, pop the left into your ear, and you’re ready to go. The TrueConnect earbuds are designed for use with user replaceable ear tips, so you can easily adjust it to get the best fit. Comply foam tips are included too, so those would be our recommendation for a nice snug fit.

Despite not being advertised as a sports-friendly pair of earbuds, the TrueConnect comes with an IPX5 rating; good for sweat and splash resistance and probably a light drizzle. It has easily the best battery life of the three, with five hours playback for the earbuds and an additional 20 hours from the carrying case. There’s also a quick charge function, where just 15 minutes of charging takes the batteries to 50% charge from flat. A full charge takes only 1 hour 40 minutes, so you can be right back out quickly.

The included carrying case is fairly compact, but we would have liked it if it swiveled out just a little more, making it easier to retrieve the earbuds or replace them after you’re done.
 

Performance

RHA’s TrueConnect impressed from the start with robust, full-bodied sound. On a recording of Diana Krall’s Temptation, for example, the bass guitar riff that starts the piece is delivered with good oomph and nice decay, acting as a perfect complement to Krall’s vocals.

These earbuds also impressed with how they managed to rock the Gun N Roses’ classic Sweet Child o' Mine, as Slash’s lead guitar rang out sweetly from the start, drawing you into the piece. Axel Rose’s vocals were given good weight so it never gets lost in the backing instruments.

Shifting to a more acoustic piece in Lady Gaga’s I'll Never Love Again gave the earbuds a chance to show off their imaging capabilities. You could clearly picture Gaga to the right with the backing piano to your left. Gaga’s vocals are never overwhelmed in this piece, not even when the full orchestra comes in at the end, so you get the full delivery of her raw emotions.

Finishing off with Bruno Mars’ Dripping in Finesse, we thought the TrueConnect was able to provide good energy to go with this fast-moving piece, thus capping a stellar performance overall. It seems the RHA TrueConnect handles all genres of music well; a rarity in the true wireless earbuds space.