Tranya paired comfort with quality sound in their inexpensive Rimor Bluetooth Earbuds.
We all know the cliché “you get what you pay for.” Unfortunately, I have found that there is sometimes an upcharge for certain name branded products. This is the reason that I give each company the benefit of the doubt when testing their products. When it comes to headphones/earphones, I look for a comfortable device that also provides quality sound. Many audiophiles may feel that I have my priorities backward, but I assure you that I did not mistakenly order these requirements. After numerous tests, I have found that it does not matter how well a speaker sounds if you cannot comfortably wear/enjoy them. I have reviewed a few Tranya products historically and I wanted to see how their Rimor True Wireless earphones sounded. Before you spend several hundred dollars on a pair of Apple AirPods Pro, I encourage you to read this review.
The Tranya Rimor True Wireless Headphones arrived in a 4 inches wide by 4 3/4 inches tall by 1 11/16 inches thick black retail package. Contrasting brilliantly against the matte black cover, you will find the Tranya name in shiny silver-leaf along the top left, and the “Rimor”name along the top right. Along the middle of the cover, you will find a stylish, oblique, view of the charger and earbuds. The lower pumpkin-orange bar listed five icons, which described the main features of the Rimor earphones: 10mm Driver, Touch Control, HD Audio, Long Battery Life (8+32 hours), and Environmental Noise Cancelling. The right side panel provided a useful list of package contents (Earbuds, charging case, 3 pairs of silicone ear tips, type-C USB Charging Cable, and a User Manual), while the left panel was left blank. The back panel provided six white icons and descriptions for each of them. Four of the icons were direct repeats of those listed on the cover (10mm driver, Touch control, HD Calling, and Long Battery Life), while two of them were new (Solid Connection, Waterproof IPX5). The 10mm drivers promised deep bass, smooth mids, crystal treble and strong musical detail. With touch controls, I was excited to gain the ability to change tracks, to answer calls, and to adjust the volume. Lastly, the product promised HD “crystal clear calls,” passive environmental noise cancellation technology, and water/sweat resistance. With a running time of eight hours and the ability to recharge the earbuds several times, the Tranya Rimor headphones sounded rather enticing.
Before using the Rimor Earbuds, I plugged the USB-A end of the included 23 1/2 inches long USB-A to USB-C cable into a standard charging cube. I then plugged the USB-C end into the rear of the charging case and perused the well-worded manual. When fully charged, open the lid of the earphone charging case and the 1-oz earbuds will automatically power on. To pair the devices to your smartphone/tablet, simply remove them from the case and follow the steps. A female voice will alert “Power On,” the earbuds will automatically connect to each other, and ding twice to let you know that they were paired. The female voice will then announce “connecting.” Navigate to “Settings,” select “Bluetooth,” and then “Rimor” from the list. The voice will alert “Connected” and you can then enjoy the earphones. Pinching the sides of the earphones, place them into your ear with the long axis parallel to your body and then rotate about 45 degrees posteriorly to rest within the concha cavum (bowl in the ear). The earphones came installed with medium tips, which were a little larger than desired. I changed out the medium tips for the smaller size tips, and re-inserted the earbuds into my ears, as noted above. Post tip change, I was quite pleased with the secure and comfortable fit of the earbuds. They remained within my ears for jogging, jumping, and side-to-side head movements. When done, replace the earbuds into the charging case to recharge and they will automatically power off. If desired, you can touch and hold each of the earbuds for 3-5 seconds to hear an audible “Power Off.” When ready, you can remove a single earbud for a mono experience, or you can remove both to automatically pair for stereo mode.
Pleased with the pairing process, the power on/off process and with the appearance/comfort of the Rimor earbuds, I turned to my typical audio tests. Before listening to specific songs, I love to test the earphone parameters and controls with the audiocheck.net website. Using the Low-Frequency Response and Subwoofer Audio Test (10-200 Hz), I both heard and felt a deep rumbling bass starting at 20Hz and pushing harder at 30Hz. Following page six of the instruction manual, I was pleased to find that I could tap either earbud to play/pause the track. If I tapped the right earbud twice, the volume would increase and if I tapped the left twice it would decrease. I used these features to adjust the sound for the low-frequency and subsequently for the High-Frequency Response and Hearing Audio Test (22-8 kHz). Similar to other headphones/earphones, I was able to hear the high pitched tone starting at 15kHz. This may seem like a negative of the earbuds because the typical hearing range for humans is 20Hz-20kHz. However, it is important to remember that we lose our upper range of hearing first and 15kHz is actually pretty good for an adult. Young children may get to 16-17kHz but this is likely imperceptible to most people. After testing the frequency ranges, I used the Left/Right/Center test and found that the earbuds were programmed appropriately for stereo listening. To test the stereo nature of the headphones, I used one of my favorite audiocheck.net features, the Stereo Perception and Sound Localization Test. If you navigate to the website and use this test, be prepared to jump a little at the realism of the knocking. The quality of the stereo aspect of the speakers can be further shown through the “Sound Of Silence (3D Binaural Audio)- Simon and Garfunkel Cover-Jarvis Brothers (Ear to Ear), and by listening to Bohemian Rhapsody Binaural in 3D.
I had already purchased the AirPods Pro and wanted to compare the Tranya Rimor headphones to them. At $80 I was incredibly blown away by the sound, comfort and sleek sexy contours. Other than the misnomer “Waterproof” IPX5 rating (more like sweat resistant/water resistant), and the lack of noise cancellation/pass through, I do not think that the AirPods Pro provided that much more of an improvement/enhanced experience. Actually, after testing the Tranya Rimor headphones, I actually wish that I would have saved my $249. The device touch controls were quite responsive and comparable Left to Right. The ~7 hour playtime provided more playback time than the AirPods Pro, and at an equally comfortable experience. Similar to the AirPods Pro, the Tranya device allowed for touch controls. If listening on Amazon Prime Music, Pandora, Spotify, Etc., you can long press the right earbud to advance the track and you can long press the left one to move to the previous track. Tap once to play/pause, long press to change the track, tap twice to change volume up/down or triple tap to activate Siri.
With the above tests completed, I turned to my test tracks. To evaluate the bass, I used “Far Over The Misty Mountains Cold” from The Hobbit, the popping sounds of “Bright Lights Bigger City” by CeeLo Green, the bounding opening baseline of “Train Song” by Holly Cole, and the clashing sounds of Dark Knight Rises Joker Theme “Why So Serious,” specifically from 3:20-3:40. The bass was clear, crisp, and provided amazing support to the mid/upper sounds. I listened to the Gladiator soundtrack and enjoyed the opening scenes and would encourage you to listen to Tim Faust rock a low F#1 Growl in Home Free “Ring of Fire.” To test the balance and sound placement, I love to listen to Bob Marley and the Wailers “Turn Your Lights Down Low,” Radiohead “The National Anthem,” “Caribbean Blue” by Enya, and Yosi Horikawa “Bubbles.” These tracks will allow you to visualize the placement of the musical instruments in the world around you. For an added bonus, listen to “Check your Earphones/Headphone Sound Quality with 7D Virtual Experience 1 and Experience 2. To test the blending, clarity, and treble/bass balance, I listened to a variety of songs from Pentatonix, Home Free, Anthem Lights, and Voctave. Additionally, to pay homage to my history of playing low brass within my High School and College Instrumental ensembles, I listened to several Sousa marches, and to many of my favorite instrumental pieces (Polovetsian Dances, Pevensy Castle, Lincolnshire Posey and Holst Suite in E flat). Lastly, I played the Far and Away, Braveheart, and Robin Hood Prince of Thieves Soundtracks.
The Bluetooth range proved to be on par with most modern Bluetooth earphones. I did not experience any lag or signal loss in my two-story home, when placed in my basement or upstairs. I was able to jog and to ride my Trek mountain bike without experiencing any signal loss. I did not experience any sound/audio lag when watching television shows on Hulu, CBS All Access, movies from Movies Anywhere, Amazon Prime Video, or VUDU. However, I did notice a significant lag while watching YouTube videos, which was unfortunate. As noted above, the 6-7 hour life was a little less than the 8-hour promise. However, the website noted 5-25 instead of 8+32 that the box noted. Regardless, the playback time was fair, the weight was perfect, and the headphones were comfortable.
I was disappointed with the included USB-A to USB-C cable. Instead, I would have rather had a USB-C to USB-C cable to rapidly charge the earphones. The website promised 90minutes of playback with 10minutes of charging, which seemed to be accurate. Whether I charged with USB-A to USB-C or USB-C to USB-C, I was able to fully charge the 500mAh device in just a couple of hours. The LED along the front of the charging case provided a useful visual indication of the remaining battery/charge (0-25%, 25-50%, 50-75%, 75-99%, 100%). While listening at 50%, I found that I was able to listen for ~6-7 hours, which exceeded the website, but may have underrepresented the packaging 8+32 hour icons. The touch controls were easy to access and allowed for intuitive feedback control. I loved the shape of the charging case, the color, and the design. The < 1-ounce earbuds were essentially weightless with the ears and allowed me to rest my ear on a pillow without any added pressure within my concha. The bass was more than adequate, the trebles blended nicely, the mids were supported by the bass, and the highs did not sharpen with increased volume. I enjoyed the passive noise canceling but missed the active noise canceling and the pass-through features of the AirPods Pro. However, I am not sure that I missed them >~$200 more. I love to find a product that is hard to put down. In this case, I forgot that I was reviewing the device and found myself listening to comfort tracks by CCR and watching movies. I wish that YouTube would work better with these types of earbuds. I can say a big difference was noted when the AirPods Pro did not seem to cause lag with YouTube. Overall, I would rate the Tranya True Wireless Earphones at 10/10 for sound, 10/10 for comfort, 10/10 for battery life, 9/10 for accessories, and 10/10 for packaging.
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