Truly wireless earbuds have really taken off the past couple of years. Pricing is all over the map. Companies like Anker and Skullcandy make truly wireless earbuds starting at around $40, but you usually give up audio quality, features, battery life, or other aspects of the experience in return for not paying a whole lot. There is, of course, the ever-popular Apple AirPods, which cost $159, but even at this price point they have their own issues such as a lack of sweat or waterproofing, a “universal” (as opposed to customizable tip) fit, and only around five hours of battery life on a single charge of the earbuds. At the higher end of the spectrum lies the AirPod Pros, which are $249 and attempt to solve all but the battery life issue of the base model, and other models such as Sony’s incredible WF-1000XM3s which, though they sound nice and tick most boxes, are also around $230 and a bit too heavy in the back to comfortably use while working out. What if you want a pair of truly wireless earbuds that don’t break the bank, but also sound decent? The Tranya company thinks they have just what you want with their $79.99 MSRP Rimor truly wireless earbuds. We’ve spent a good month+ with these earbuds by a company you may not have heard of before and have our Tranya Rimor review ready for your perusal below.
The Tranya Rimor comes in a sleek, small, mostly black box, which includes some silver foil print for the brand and model names. A cloth ribbon pulls the entire thing out, and inside is an instruction manual, registration reminder card, and an accessories box where the extra (small and large) earbud tips and charging cable can be found. The earbuds are found already in the charging case, with the medium eartip pre-installed.
The charging case is small and egg-shaped, with only the Tranya name printed on the top, and some regulatory markings on the bottom. The back of the case is where the USB-C port can be found, while the front features a little lip to help you pry open the device’s magnetically-held top, and four LEDs to indicate current battery life left in the case. It feels well-built and should be able to withstand thousands of open/close cycles. Indeed, the satisfying “click” that the case makes when the magnets take over and seal it shut can be used as something of a fidget toy during long Zoom meetings or while lounging around the locked-down house.
Now in Stereo!
Opening the case horizontally reveals, surprise surprise, the earbuds! The Rimors are notable for their size since they house 10mm drivers (more on those below). They are black in color, and feature a gray logo of the company, Tranya, along their entire side. A gentle push from the inside is enough to pry them out from the case’s magnetic hold, which immediately triggers the earbud to turn on, unless the case has no battery left. Pairing is standard Bluetooth procedure, though conveniently the Rimor has “no parent/child” programming, which is to say that if you pair one earbud, once the other turns on it’ll join in on the fun automatically. If one earbud is already playing audio from a phone or other device, when the other turns on, both earbuds beep, and the audio transitions from mono to stereo. It’s a neat effect which has thus far worked without fail for a month.
This trick goes further in terms of convenience. As mentioned, removing an earbud from the case automatically turns them on, if the case has a charge that is. Slotting an earbud back into the case also automatically turns them off, and an LED on the earbud turns from blue to red, to indicate the earbud is now charging. The battery indicator on the front of the charging case also illuminates for a little while, which is a nice nod to remind you that it may be time to also charge the case. The earbuds can be charged while the case is plugged in, as well. There is a satisfying snap when the magnets latch onto the earbud, and there is never any doubt that the Rimors are charging when using this case.
Both earbuds also feature touch controls. That Tranya logo isn’t just for looks! A single tap toggles between play and pause, a double-tap will lower the volume on the left earbud, and raise it on the right. As these earbuds also include microphones, the controls vary depending upon if you’re in an active call or not. Holding the left earbud until a beep can be heard will go back a track, while the right will go forward a track. Finally, triple-tapping will invoke your phone’s assistant, whether that’s Google, Siri, Cortana, or something else entirely. Touch controls on earbuds are usually a finicky thing, and the Rimor is no different. It takes some getting used to, but the touch controls are reliable once you have the taps memorized.
The Rimor have a full, standard frequency response range of 20 – 20000 Hz. The difference between these and other truly wireless earbuds is the driver. In headphone speak, the driver is the piece that pulses back and forth rapidly, to move air and create soundwaves that your eardrums pick up. In the case of the Rimor, this driver is titanium-coated, and 10mm in size. That’s a pretty large driver for the earbud category, especially considering that generally speaking, a larger driver requires more energy to push, which may mean a drop in battery life.
Make It Through the Day
Thankfully, that is not the case with the Rimor. Tranya claims this model can rock out for about eight hours before needing a charge, which is basically what I experienced. Once the earbud notified me that the battery was low, there was about a five-minute delay before it shut itself off. The included charging case has a 500 mAh battery, which is enough to charge both 50 mAh batteries in the earbuds five times each. The result is approximately 40 hours of combined listening battery life before the case needs a top up.
During these times of a global pandemic, battery life is not really a consideration since you are constantly near a source of power. But knowing that I could be away from an outlet for an entire workweek’s worth of listening is reassuring. The charging case uses the glorious USB-C standard, which means no more fumbling around to see which direction the cord needs to go in. A short cable is also included, which will work with any standard USB-A port or phone charger you have around the house.
Question is, will you find yourself burning through that great battery life, or reaching for another set of truly wireless earbuds that sound better? The answer is, unless you have a top tier set of earbuds, the Rimor should handle all you throw at them, with perhaps a little bit of equalizer tweaking. The sound signature of the Rimor is mostly flat, with a bit of extra oomph on the bass owing to the driver size (and with a proper seal on your ear canal). The Rimor is going for the audiophile, not the basshead, so accuracy was more important in the design of these drivers. No one aspect of most songs will stand out or drown out another when using these earbuds. The soundstage is surprisingly wider than one would expect, and while obviously not as enveloping as a good pair of headphones, instrumentation can be distinguished in approximately eight directions on the Rimor.
Naturally, the review of audio performance is going to be subjective. But a basically flat signature ensures that if you prefer your audio to sound a certain way, an equalizer tweak should be all you need to get the Rimors to sound exactly as you want. Indeed, using Google Play Music, I was able to create a much wider soundstage and boost the bass enough to thump along to the likes of Daft Punk and Deadmau5 without anything sounding muddy.
At this price point, active noise cancelling should not be expected, and that is the case with the Rimor. But with a proper seal, these earbuds get sufficiently loud enough that most people should consider the passive noise cancellation to be good enough for all but the loudest of places, like say a subway station. In my case, I had a good set of foam earbud tips from my Linklike Fly 9s that happened to fit on the Rimor. This created a great seal for my ear canal, without some of the pressure that can be felt with the included silicone tips. I cannot hear my Cherry MX Blue keyboard as I type while playing music on the Rimors, which should be a great indication of the passive noise cancellation!
Sweat Protected, Mic Muffled
Rounding out the feature set of the Rimor is waterproofing. The Tranya Rimor is rated at IPX5, which means sweat and rain pose no problem for these earbuds. Living in Southern California, I hardly had a chance to test these out in the rain, but workouts proved no problem for the Rimor. They are much easier to deal with than Bluetooth headsets that still have a wire between the earbuds and should hold up much longer as there are no cords to wear out from excessive movement.
While the Rimor have great sound, simple, easy pairing, and decent touch controls, at their price point something had to give. It seems that something was voice quality. In all calls placed with the Rimor, my voice was reported as muffled, as if I were very far away as well. A Tranya representative confirmed that, since the earbuds were engineered with audio playback quality in mind, the microphones did suffer a bit. The microphones look like little more than a small hole, and as there is no telescopic element to their design, these microphones were never destined to rise above subpar performance. You can still make and receive calls, but just be prepared to repeat what you have said a few times. To get a truly wireless earbud that includes premium audio as well as premium mics, you must look elsewhere, and at a steeper price point.
The Tranya Rimor is a low-profile truly wireless earbud set that audiophiles on a budget should check out. As a headset, the Rimor falls a bit short since the lack of protruding mics results in muffled voice output. But at this price level ($79.99 MSRP), few truly wireless ‘buds can compete on audio quality. Using these while working out will delight most, and the touch controls are reliable enough to perform all functions one might need. Great battery life, accurate audio performance, painless pairing, and a reasonable price point all add up to a well-rounded pair of truly wireless earbuds that represent a great value.