• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very impressed

    Just received a pair of Rayz Plus in black. Shipping from Apple store was fast and as promised. These exceeded my expectations because there were more features than I knew about and an iPhone app to control them all. Look, I am not a qualified sound engineer, just an old guy wanting some nice headphones. These definitely fit the bill for me - very pleased.

    Check out the extra features and the Rayz app: auto pause when you remove both plugs, noise cancelling, plus a feature called HearThru, programmable smart button, Siri compatible, mute beep for phone calls, smart mute when you are not talking, voice isolation, mic boost, etc. And I like the charge port feature too.

    The sound is clear; bass response is more than expected. The ear canal fit is adjustable with several sizes of the standard silicon covers: XSm/Sm/Med/Large/XLarge/XXLarge. The silicon mediums are the default size that comes installed on the phones.

    Another bonus was a bag of three pairs of COMPLY-brand (look them up on the internet) memory foam plugs in Sm/Med/Large (the Isolation 400 type I think). Currently I am testing the COMPLY medium foam plugs; I think I will keep using them. The COMPLY foam plug seems to attenuate outside noises even more, and so far there are no annoying pressure points that inevitably make me stop listening.

    Note: I did not do a ton of shopping. I had an Apple gift card that I needed to use up, and these were very affordable after the gift card.

    The only "con" is a minor one. The length of the cord between the headphones and the "Y" junction is a bit tight. It keeps the cord out of your way, but I cannot see the four control buttons which are located at the junction. But it is not terribly difficult to control them by feel.

    Yes - I would recommend to a friend.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    great earphones

    I was looking for wired earphones in addition to the ones that come with the Iphone. I have to say that I am really impressed with the sound. The bass is good. I am not a audiophile but can spot difference between a song sounding on 2 different earphones. These ones just blasted the other I had.

    I generally don't write reviews but for this one, I felt compelled to write it.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing sound and design. You won't be sorry!

    I am heavily mobile for long periods during the week and ever since iPhone 7 had the headphone jack removed I have been struggling to keep my phone powered while playing music simultaneously. Thankfully, that will be amended when I switch to X this week, but I'm so glad I invested in the Rayz in the meantime! Not only do they solve the pesky adapter charging/music connection concern, but they sound INCREDIBLE! I noticed an immense difference the minute I plugged them in.
    In comparison, I had been using Beats Tour 2.0 for a couple years, but found their fit and overall sound to be rather lackluster and frustrating. They were best only for quiet areas and sedentary applications.
    I have also invested in Bose in the past for buds, and while I do respect the brand, Bose sounds A LOT better in my car and open air speakers than they do as headphones. Klipsh had also been used prior - as well as various Sony's. My go to headset for over-ear has been BeyerDynamic DDT70 Pro for a few years now.
    So enter Pioneer - a brand I had never tried in terms of headphones, but had always respected for live stage speakers. I found these while searching for options to the power problem while not wanting to compromise premium sound. Unfortunately, I think Apple has always been sorely lacking in terms of music/sound and so I always look to invest in companies that dedicate themselves to it.
    The Pioneers are now my go to mobile set for quite a few reasons:
    Charging function:
    I can charge my phone at my desk now and still listen to music while I work whereas before it was drained by end of day. If I happened to take my car that day it never charges my phone quickly enough so this was a perfect solution.

    The amount of ear bud fits included:
    I favor the foam tips as I walk a lot in my work commute and with general city noise these keep things at perfect volume and isolation levels. I also no longer have to keep adjusting my earphones to stay in.
    I have a pretty small ear canal so most buds tend to fall out – especially with heavy stop/go walking. These wedge comfortably in and I’m on my way.

    The clarity and precision at which sound is reproduced:
    One main reason I like to try so many different brands and keep changing it up is to contrast and compare music I repetitiously listen to. I find that the Rayz do an excellent job at giving a balanced mid-range level that brings out a lot of nuances even without any presets or enhancements – very similar to my BeyerDynamic set. Bass is very crisp and punchy with a perfect level of warmth.

    The app and all its enhanced features:
    Pioneer supports their product with advanced options and features most headphones – including premium ones - do not include. There is enough to customize for whatever function you want to get out of a mobile set and if you travel or commute a lot these will be your best friend.
    Overall aesthetic:
    They are lightweight enough to wear. The dongle for options control is not too big or cumbersome. The cord entanglement is very minimal.
    I purchased the standard black set at the Apple store and they have looked chic and effortless with my gloss black 7 phone. Can’t wait to keep using them with my X! They are worth the amount you pay and I hope they can serve me for several years/heavy mobile use like the Beats at least did.
    But if I know anything about Pioneer they are still here for a reason and a name you can trust.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic wired (lightning) in-ear headphones!

    I prefer wired headphones over wireless and thus have lamented the demise of the 3.5mm headphone jack in the new iPhones. One of my key complaints about using the lightning jack for sound output was the inability to charge while listening. I tried the very bulky Belkin adapter but did not feel that was an elegant or practical solution.

    Then I found these: the Pioneer Rayz Plus solves that problem and are great in-ear headphones to boot! First off, they have very good sound quality -- almost, but not quite, as good as my $250 Bose in-ear noise cancelation headsets.

    Secondly (and critically), the Rayz Plus earphones let you charge your phone while listening without the complication of using a separate adapter. The charging lightning cable just plugs right into the cord, very easy and convenient.

    Finally, they have a trick set of customizable features such as noise cancellation, hear through, auto-mute, auto-pause, etc. Really innovative! Download the recommended Rayz app when you get these to take full advantage of them.

    I did experience the problem one other reviewer had about the earphone software hanging while updating, but I solved it by unplugging the Rayz, force closing the Rayz app, re-opening the app, then plugging the earphones in again -- and it worked perfectly on try # 2! So try that if you have that glitch. (That was the one negative to me in the whole experience, but now solved!)

    Highly recommended -- these are the BEST wired in-ear headphones for the newer iPhones!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Rayz headphones

    Perfect headphones. Excellent quality and sound. Another great Pioneer product. ��

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Two places I no longer go without Rayz: office, flights

    Two places I no longer go without Rayz: the office and flights. I work in an open office format, and these earphones are key for calls or deep focus. And using Rayz on a flight is a game-changer. They actually eliminate most of the engine and air noise, AND deliver killer audio quality with great bass! Makes for a much more pleasant trip.

    The new auto-mute feature is technology that puts a smile on my face because it works! I take calls wherever I am - on a shuttle or in a factory, for example. Turns out the key to a good call is actually hearing what other people say - auto-mute helps, and is hands-free.

    Great audio technology aside, Rayz are extremely low-profile, easy to carry, durable and attractive.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Quality earbuds

    First of all: AUTOPAUSE! I had never heard of this before and discovered this completely on accident. Music stops when you take the earbuds out. I love this so much. I am very picky when it comes to earbud fit and the tips on these earbuds fit snugly and comfortably. I wore them on a couple of cross-country flights and had no problems at all. There's a ton of different tips to try out but the default silicone tips ended up being perfect for me. Noise cancellation and playback sound quality and nobody has any problem hearing me when we talk on the phone which is a big deal when walking through busy/noisy spaces. This is a great product, would definitely recommend.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I love these earphones.

    I love these earphones. No need to remember to charge them. Great sound – the bass is deep and the treble is crisp. The smart noise cancelling really works well and adapts to the sounds around me. I also love the hear-thru mode and also the auto-pause mode when I take them out of my ears. The ability to charge my phone while listening to music comes in very handy. I am looking forward to the product’s app updates. I highly recommend.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Won't Travel Without Them!

    These are a great set of earbuds. I don't travel without them. As a seasoned business traveler, I've used everything from Bose to Sennheiser and prefer the Rayz because of comfort, sound quality, and portability. When wearing on-ear and over-the-ear headphones, they become uncomfortable and warm which never is the case with the Rayz. The noise cancellation is great because it easily allows me to auto calibrate to my immediate surroundings, with the touch of a button. The app is intuitive as it allows me to fine-tune my preferences. I regularly use my Rayz for conference calls as the microphone is outstanding. Callers on the other end tell me the sound quality is crystal clear. Last, is be remiss not to mention the sound quality. The Rayz gives you deep rich bass as well as good mid and high tones. An overall good listening experience. I bought the Rayz Plus because I need the ability to charge my iPhone while using the earbuds. While I like the idea of wireless Bluetooth earbuds, I constantly find that they need to be charged. With Rayz, they are powered by the Lightning port on my iPhone and always ready when I need them.

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