• 2.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by Sharat K

    I travel extensively for work, and was looking for a great pair of lighting headphones. I just got these and will be taking them back, primarily because I did about 10 test phone calls to see how well the microphone transmits sound to callers. They consistently indicated that unless I was holding the microphone directly in front of my mouth that they could barely hear what I was saying. Huge disappointment after reading all these positive review.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Charge & listen. No Bluetooth or gimmicks required, & great sound too!

    • Written by Anthony R from Greensboro

    The sound is great, the noise cancellation is not that great, but on par with most high-quality earbuds with noise cancellation. I use them daily.
    The controls are intuitive and simple, as they should be, and the auto-calibration works very well.
    Now, let's get back to the fact they you can LISTEN and CHARGE your phone at the same time. Yes, we once took this for granted, then we were abandoned and left to run our batteries dead, then, Pioneer does what Pioneer does--pioneer ;)
    So, one simply plugs in the headset, and then a lightning charger plugs into the side of the headset (easy) and now your music is playing and your phone is charging.
    They work, and they sound great!

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Hard to adjust but overall a great product

    • Written by Anshuman S from Ellicott City

    As someone who only used apple built in headphones for all my life, having them break was terrible. With the higher quality lightning audio and no need for a external battery, I bought these just for noise cancellation. They didn't fit in my ear like earpods, but once I swapped the pieces for a smaller size, it was a perfect fit just like Apple. Noise cancelling works and isn't a gimmick. The hardest part was adjusting to the button position but I got used to it quickly. The headphones needed a software update from the app, and after that the app is not necessary for noise cancellation.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Pioneer Rayz Plus - Amazing Sound

    • Written by HULK O from Mesquite

    I have several different pairs of earphones, headphones... ranging from average to some higher end. my AirPods are for convenience and comfort, but i was missing the depth in sounds (treble, clarity, bass and separated instruments) since I use my iPhone X for music more than my dedicated media player, i wanted to buy a pair of wired earphones. I read up on these watched some videos, saw some reviews and purchased them! I've had them for about 1 week or less and I am just impressed. But these! you will not be disappointed (the features, the app and just the overall experience!)

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Garbage noise cancelling, poor fitting, too heavy bass, and lightning too

    • Written by Mark B from Mountain View

    These are junk...especially for the price. Just went coast to coast with these on an airplane and the noise cancelling sucked. Let in anything above 10kHz....so I was listening to music with a constant hiss. I kept "recalibrating" but it did no good. Even worse, because the speaker tube is so short, there is not way to get these into my ear with a good isolation fit. Oh, and the "sharp" edges make them uncomfortable in one's ears, too!
    In the end, I much prefer a design with noise isolation and a good fit over these clunky and ill-fitting.

    Final straw -- there is no such thing as a lightning female to 3.5mm phono plug (male) adapter. Never will be. So if you are looking for something you can wear on planes (and use the in-fight entertainment console) you are better off buying a normal 3.5mm headphones and carrying the short $8 lightning male to 3.5mm jack adapter. Then you have a good one-headphone solution for everything (from iPhone to MacBook to in-fllight audio).

    5 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great for Office Use

    • Written by Jesse V from San Antonio

    I originally purchased these headphones for a trip and my time on the airplane. I wound up getting the Beats Studio 3 and they worked great for my trip. I brought these headphones to my office and they are perfect. The noise level was very high due to a nearby co-worker that did not understand that they do not have to shout into their phone. Once I put these on, his noise went away. The sound when you adjust the EQ is really good. There is a good amount of bass and the sound is good across the mids and highs. Another plus is that you do not have to charge these headphones, they use the phone power and I have not noticed too much of a battery drain.

    The appearance of the headphones seems a little plasticy for them being $130, but that may help them stay in your ears since they are lightweight. Overall, a good buy. Since I purchased the Studio 3's I was planning on returning them, but after using them at work I decided to keep them.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Have truly enjoyed these.

    • Written by GABRIEL Jerome K from Austin

    When you first open the box. You know that they care about how you are going to use them. When you download the app for the headphones and then plug them in. It tests your ears to make sure you are getting the best sound. You then choose different settings, and you are truly shocked at how good the sound is for such small speakers. One of my favorite features is the auto mute when you are speaking on the phone. It allows you to hear clearly when the other person is talking and the caller is not distracted from what is going on around you during the call.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Everything I needed and more!!

    • Written by Laura S from Westford

    I didn’t realize what I was missing until I bought Pioneer Rayz. I love the customizability and the noise canceling is out of this world. My absolute favorite part is the smart button which lets me take control of my own listening experience. Such an amazing product at such a reasonable price! As someone who’s always on the go and taking phone calls in inconvenient places I can’t say enough good things about Smart Mute! Seriously, read about the features and think about buying a pair for yourself. These things are software smart and getting smarter. They have a fantastic team at Pioneer that is constantly pushing out updates and adapting to feedback to make sure your earbuds never become obsolete.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very impressed

    • Written by Keith C from INDIANAPOLIS

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    great earphones

    • Written by Yogendra K from Taylorsville

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

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

    • Written by Bethany M from Los Angeles

    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.

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic wired (lightning) in-ear headphones!

    • Written by Eric T from Hillsborough

    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!

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Rayz headphones

    • Written by David Z from Carson

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

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

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

    • Written by Cory N from Tigard

    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.

    35 of 35 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Quality earbuds

    • Written by Ben B from Shaker Heights

    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.

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I love these earphones.

    • Written by Eric H from Canal Fulton

    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.

    34 of 35 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Won't Travel Without Them!

    • Written by Bob M from Solon

    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.

    50 of 53 people found this useful