Wired earphones are easy to use and suitable for every budget. However, handling cables can be problematic and storage is often tedious. To solve the cable problem, RichBean has found a solution with its new pair of wired headphones. The RichBean Retract is a standard headphone for Rs. 649 with a retract mechanism that allows you to wrap the cable in a small plastic case. It definitely sounds practical, but is it enough to make these headphones worth buying? We put it to the test to find out.
RichBean retract design and specifications
The RichBean Retract looks like normal headphones with a plastic body between its two ends. The cable under the Y-splitter can be wound up in it so that the headphones are easy to stow away. You just need to pull the wires lightly to unwind them from the mechanism. This way you can also change the length of the cable.
The RichBean Retract has metal earphones that look high-quality but feel cold in an air-conditioned room. An inline remote control is located directly under the Y splitter. It feels plastic and has only one button. The 3.5 mm headphone plug is not angled.
To make the headphones retractable, RichBean used thin cables for the retract. Even the cables after the Y-splitter are thin and feel weak. We were careful with the device during our review as we fear that these cables could tear. The retraction mechanism has a clip that allows you to attach your clothes so the headphones don't dangle. You can change the position of the plastic case on the wire, but keep it in the middle so that the wire can be wound up properly. We also noticed that the case is a bit large, which can cause it to get stuck when moving.
RichBean supplies three pairs of earbuds in different sizes, the medium sized are included. You also get a velvet pouch for storing the headphones, which is a good addition considering that these headphones only cost Rs. 649th
While RichBean doesn't mention the product's specifications on its website, the box tells us a few things. The RichBean Retract has 10mm drivers with an impedance of 32 ohms. These earphones are said to have a frequency range from 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz.
RichBean retract performance
To test the performance of the RichBean Retract, we used a MacBook Air and a Google Pixel 3a XL (review) as source devices. We streamed music with JioSaavn and YouTube on both devices and used our own high quality test files to check the audio quality.
We weren't impressed with the sound quality of the RichBean Retract when we first used it, but there was a slight improvement when we wore it. The RichBean Retract can get very loud, but the sound starts cracking at higher volumes. These headphones have a standard V-shaped audio signature that focuses on bass and treble while the mids tend to get lost.
While playing Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus' Old Town Road, these headphones cut the mids at a lower volume. Increasing the volume raised the mids just so that the bass overwhelmed them. Sound imaging is not that great. You get a simple stereo separation, but it is difficult to concentrate on one instrument.
We made some calls with the RichBean Retract as a headset. It does a good job for calls and we could hear our callers without any problems. Our callers could hear us too and didn't complain about the audio quality.
The RichBean Retract is designed to eliminate cable frustration. It is successful to some extent, but that doesn't make it good headphones. The audio quality is not as good as many other products that are available at this price, such as the Boat Bassheads 225 and Realme Buds.
If you're looking for a good pair of earphones on a budget, we recommend skipping the RichBean Retract in favor of one of these options. The Bassheads 225 is also tangle-proof and delivers better audio quality than the RichBean Retract.
- Useful cable winding mechanism
- Poor audio quality
- Suppressed mids
- Poor workmanship
Reviews (of 5)
- Design / comfort: 2.5
- Audio quality: 1.5
- Value for money: 2
- Total: 2