RHA TrueConnect 2 Review

RHA TrueConnect 2 Review

For a long time, it was quiet around the Scottish company RHA. But now there is a fresh product – even if it is “only” the next generation of the True Connect. The True Connect was tested here a little over a year ago and was convincing across the board. RHA did well to give the successor a cautious update. I had nothing to criticize about version 1. So what does the new one do better? Is it worth changing?

The RHA TrueConnect 2

The biggest boom seems to be over – true wireless in-ears have long been available on every street corner. However, the distance to what I believe to be the best representatives of this category in terms of sound – the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 ( test here) – is large. But where do they fit in in terms of sound?

Let’s first take a look at the changes: First of all, there is the battery life: With recharging in the case, the True Connect 2 now manages 44 hours. The predecessor brought it “only” to 25h. The new one has become louder – and it can withstand more: rain, sweat, and dust are no danger. The buttons have also disappeared, and touch-sensitive controls are now used.

By and large, no groundbreaking innovations – which is a good thing. Because the original was already very mature.

Scope of delivery, packaging & technical data

The presentation and packaging are typical RHA at a very high level. The cardboard box is nicely printed and well thought out. It has gotten smaller again. As always at RHA, the selection of earmolds is large, but this time the Comply ™ foam tips were unfortunately not used. The small and sturdy cardboard box contains the following scope of delivery:

  • RHA TrueConnect 2 – True Wireless In-Ear Headphones
  • Charging and transport case
  • USB C charging cable
  • RHA TrueConnect silicone earplugs: 2xS, 3xM, 2xL
  • Stainless steel earpiece holder

Generally

  • Noise Cancellation: Physical Noise Isolation (purely passive isolation)
  • Driver: 6mm dynamic
  • Frequency response: 20 – 20,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 98 dB
  • Impedance: 100 ohms
  • Connection: Bluetooth® version: 5.0
  • Supported Codecs: SBC
  • Range: 15m
  • True Connect 2
  • Run time: Single charge: 9 hours 30
  • Charging time: 15 minutes for 3 hours of running time, 68 minutes for a full charge 100%
  • Weight: 6g each
  • Resistance class: IP55
  • Charging case
  • Earbud charging: approx. 4x
  • Charge Time: 3-hours
  • Charging input: USB-C
  • Weight: 79g (without earbuds)

Design and quality

From the outside, the InEars are indistinguishable from the first generation. They are black-matt, flawless, and of high manufacturing quality. They feel valuable due to the velvety surface. As with all TWS, the battery is, of course, not changeable. The lifespan of the in-ears depends largely on the condition of the battery. I am assuming 2-4 years here.

The right/left markings are easy to read and color-coded: red for right – white for left.

The case is still extremely successful! It is small, handy, and made first-class. The combination of aluminum and (unfortunately again, soft-touch coated) plastic is RHA very successful here. The case can be opened to the side – like a record brush – and releases the in-ears. These are held firmly and securely in form-fitting recesses through magnetic force. The handling is at least as much fun as with the Apple AirPods. Compared to almost all other True Wireless InEar solutions from the competition, RHA is vastly superior in quality and, above all, haptic and design. The USB connection is designed as USB-C in keeping with the times.

Functions and operation

Like most True Wireless InEars, the True Connect can, of course, also be used to make calls after connecting to a smartphone.

Operation

The functions are controlled using touch fields on the outside of the housing. This is where the RHA TrueConnect 2 differ from their predecessor – they still had mechanical buttons. And I liked that better!

Play/pause is implemented by pressing the button – it doesn’t matter which of the two in-ears it happens. All other functions should be looked at and memorized in the instructions. Unfortunately, they are not very intuitive and are rather arbitrarily assigned.

The pairing was done extremely quickly, and the True Connect 2 is very quickly available as a playback device. Then it is sufficient to remove the InEars from the case and insert them into the ears. The connection is usually already in place when the True Connect is inserted into the ears.

Running time

The TrueConnect has a running time of 9 hours – which is extremely decent – and thus beat its predecessor by almost twice as much. You can then be reloaded around 4x in the charging case. This results in an effective running time away from the socket of a total of 44 hours. That should be enough for a longer trip, for the way to work is still more than sufficient, even with long commutes and listening in the office.

Sports

Due to the sweat resistance according to the IP55 standard, the True Connect 2 can also be worn during sports. A good fit with me (individually!) Does not stand in the way of this either. One should note that passive isolation is already very high, and one is isolated from the environment. I like to hear the noises around me – not just from a safety point of view.

Comfort

RHA and wearing comfort: That always fits me very well. Since the first True Connect, RHA has been using different tips: They are significantly shorter than the “standard” silicone tips. However, this does not detract from the secure fit and comfortable fit. The good news: the standard RHA silicones also fit on it. And these improve my fit and seal again – not insignificantly, especially when I’m on the move. Another great feature of using the “normal” silicone tips is that I rarely have to “readjust.” Once inserted, the InEar remains firmly in place.

Sound quality

Let’s come to the most important criterion of headphones – the sound properties. The first TrueConnect convinced me about a year ago. The overall package was just absolutely perfect: sound, comfort, and handling. And the new one? How does the TrueConnect 2 sound?

Well, it has the genes from its predecessor. Like this one, it is tonally rather warm and attaches importance to fun-oriented coordination. The bass is impulsive and powerful. The highs are clear and present.

To label it as a simple bathtub consumer in-ear would not do justice to the sonic abilities. In fact, in addition to its undeniable fun tuning, the RHA also inspires with just as much sensitivity and precision. It also impresses with its transparent openness and good instrument separation.

Bass

Assuming a good seal – and that is very important! – the RHA TrueConnect 2 offers a weighty and impulsive bass. However, this is always well-contoured and has an authentic liveliness. Bass drums have a lot of pressure and energy, are firm and contoured. That gives metal and rock the punch and kick they need.

Middle

The middle of the RHA TrueConnect 2 is quite confidently present and allows guitar rock and harder music to shine in full and detailed radiance. The vocals are present and clear, but sometimes they seem a bit compressed.

Treble

The treble is very precise, clear, and present. But never annoying or too harsh. Everything I heard with it sounded harmonious and the energy dosed just right – simply refreshingly airy and sparkling!

Separation

The driver works precisely enough to break down even crammed productions into their individually traceable tracks—nothing muddy here. Everything stays clean and can be analyzed at any time. But, of course, he’s not a disintegration monster. The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 ( test here ) makes all of this much more precise, but for a True Wireless InEar, what is offered is great.

Stage

It is customary in the industry for an InEar to perform the stage presentation. Sufficient to locate the orchestra or band on the stage in a real and understandable way. But here, you shouldn’t expect any miracles from open over-ear headphones of the caliber of a Sennheiser HD800S. Still, it is amazing how “open” these little in-ears can sound …

Isolation

Already a great seal for me with the tips supplied, the True Connect even surpasses this when switching to the normal RHA silicone tips. Here, the passive isolation for me is on par with ANC headphones.

Conclusion

The RHA True Connect 2 is a successful update of the original version. Longer battery life, touch controls, and the same good sound. It continues to impress with its very good quality and uncomplicated handling. Tonally powerful and inspiring, yet balanced and precise. Technically and in operation, the RHA TrueConnect 2 is flawless.

And yet: it doesn’t come close to the current star among the true wireless in-ears – the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2. In no discipline. But for that it only costs half.

If you are looking for a reliable and good-sounding True Wireless InEar with awesome running time, you should listen to TrueConnect twice.

RHA TrueConnect 2 Review
RHA TrueConnect 2 Review

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