It’s not too often that something arrives on my desk and genuinely surprises me with its performance but the RevoNext RX8 in-ear headphones have certainly done that.
These hybrid earphones come from Sweedish company RevoNext who were kind enough to send us a set of headphones to review.
RevoNext is one of many new companies who have entered the IEM market aiming to provide great sounding products but without the usual high-end price tag.
There have always been plenty of cheap options available when it comes to headphone but seldom have any of these produced a sound worth listening to. Lately though something has changed and a number of these companies have started producing really great sounding headphones at a reasonable price.
Like many IEMs, the RX8 has a semi-transparent plastic housing which just about makes the internal drivers visible. The RX8 is available in 4 colours which you can see in the main image above. The build quality is great with everything looking and feeling as it should.
The RX8 uses a standard two pin headphone cable. It’s great to see a detachable cable included at this price point. The included cable is of a fairly light gauge though which does make me a little concerned about snapping it. I also found it quite short. The cable has memory plastic on the ends to create ear hooks and while the RX8 are light enough to not need them, there’s no other way to wear them other than with the hooks.
There are no sharp edges anywhere and the smooth plastic sits nicely in your ear. Once fitted with the correct size tips, the RX8 offers a good level of sound isolation without feeling like you are wearing earplugs and during my testing, I didn’t find them fatiguing at all even when wearing them for extended periods.
Inside, the RX8 have one dynamic driver and one balanced armature which are able to cover a frequency range of 7Hz-40KHz. Sensitivity is 105dB and with an impedance of 25 ohms, the earphones are easy to drive from any device.
The earphones weigh 20 grams and come with 3 sets of silicone tips to suit different ear sizes.
To test the sound we used an Astell&Kern SR15, and for reference (not a comparison), a set of Audeze iSine 20 IEMs. Ordinarily, for a set of in-ears at this price point, I would plug them into my Mac and a phone or tablet but the RX8 are good enough that they deserve to be tested with the higher quality equipment.
The debate about whether burn-in is required or not with headphones will rage on, but for certain, these earphones have improved after a couple of weeks of use. When they came out of the box first I found them to be too bright to the point that they were fatiguing to listen to and there was also a muddiness between bass and mids.
Writing this I feel like I am being harsh on a set of headphones that retail for around €30 but the truth is that the RX8 are so good for the price that you find yourself measuring them to a far higher standard.
As I mentioned, after some use the bass has more clarity now and the sibilance that was present in some more energetic tracks has reduced.
There’s a good level of bass present. Not basehead levels but there is a punch to it and I think most people will be happy with what they can produce.
To my ears, the mids are recessed and can be overpowered but the place where the RX8 reaches its limit is in the higher frequencies. I found some tracks from bands like Metallica, with heavy use of symbols and snare drums, to be fatiguing to listen to and the sound was too sharp. The RX8 is far more at home with the bass side of things and does a great job with genres such as EDM and pop music.
Instrument imaging is good and while there is a reasonable soundstage produced, there is little sense of 3D with sounds either feeling inside your head or somewhere on the left or right. Again, these are not things you’d usually even be commenting on with a €30 set of earphones.
Cost & Availability
The RX8 can be purchased directly from the RevoNext website and also from Amazon. Prices vary a little depending on exchange rates but at present, they are priced at €32.40 from the RevoNext website and £21.98 from Amazon.
I really can’t speak highly enough of these headphones. For a little over €30, they are far superior to any set of bundled headphones people will have got with their phones. For sure, they have their limitations but they perform far better than you would reasonably expect.
If you are looking a new set or want to improve the quality of sound you are listening to, the RX8 from RevoNext are well worth checking out.
Disclaimer: We received these headphones at no cost to facilitate a review. RevoNext have had no input into the review and we do not receive any income from link clicks or sales of these devices.