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Panasonic RPHC720K Over-Ear Headphones, Black
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- Lightweight design
- Rich and powerful sound
- Comfortable fit
Reduces outside noise by 95%. Bio-cellulose diaphragm reproduces pure and precise sound. Feed-forward canceling system with new driver provides high-quality sound reproduction even when noise canceling circuit is off. 2 noise cut filters for low and high sound frequencies. Ergo-design earpads for long listening comfort. Frequency response: 10Hz 30kHz. Up to 34 hours of operation on 1 AAA battery. Includes hard case
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Noise Canceling 95%.
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Comfort: Foam on the cups have a memory effect so they get more comfortable the more you wear them.
Noise Cancellation: They do their work of cancellation blocking out a good amount of noise in noisy places (restaurant etc.) the pads also give off a good amount of isolation on their own.
BTW, you will find no place to repair this stupid breakage in Canada....
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
+ Comfortable, foam on the cuffs have a memory effect and becomes adjusted to the curvature of your head the longer you wear it. I've been able to wear this for hours on end and even sleep with these on.
+ The sound is above average, in comparison to the Klipsch IMAGE S4 In-Ear Enhanced Bass Noise-Isolating Headphones (Black) the lows and highs are not as a defined and but it is a lot better than your average set of headphones. With noise cancelling on, the audio is noticeably louder and carry a lot more definition.
+ Detachable cable, great plus if you've lost headphones because of its audio cable breaking. Easily purchase a new 3.5mm male-male aux cable.
+ Noise cancelling does work when it comes to isolating large volumes of sound (cafeteria, noisy restaurant), turning on noise cancelling increases the sound output.
+ The cushioned cuffs isolate a fair amount of noise on their own.
- Unable to completely fold, only rotates cups sideways for the carrying case. Not as stylish as other headphones.
- If the noise cancelling switch is not fully down in the off position, the right side of the headphone stops working.
- Battery compartment is within the headphone, you have to take off the entire cuff in order to change the battery. Hoping the plastic isn't flimsy enough to break.
Note: The noise cancelling is limited to a loud and consistent volume of noise. It won't have any effect on a loud thud or a sharp pitch because noise cancelling technology is limited.
If AAA battery is empty and the noise cancelling switch is on, sound will not play.
I've been searching for a while for noise cancelling headphones which is not expensive as long as it serves its purpose. Based from my lists are the following candidates i've been eyeing recently:
Audio Technica ATH-ANC7B
Sennheiser PXC 450
JVC HANC250 Noise
Beats by Dre Studio
Bose QuietComfort 15
Considering the price value and since im not a frequent traveller the Bose QC15,Senz PXC450 and Beats are elimited. They all are nice to have but it's just expensive for me.
The ATH-ANC7B was in my amazon cart for a while but still i havent checkout because i was thinking of the HANC250 which has more user reviews and they are fairly ok although some are disappointed.
When the RP-HC720-K was found in Amazon i could not find any good user reviews because the product is new. i been waiting for a week and the first 4 reviews seems interesting so i give a try since it won't hurt that much for 80 bucks though there are time the price went down as low as 69 bucks only but i already purchased it. damn i missed that bargain deal.
To cut the chase for this lengthy story, here it goes:
Build Quality - fairly sturdy and it looks nice though the battery compartment needs more improvement.
Sound Quality - im not that audiofile but it sounds great on my ears with both NC on/off, i also tried using Fioo E7 portable amp with full bass to level 3 and it surprisingly the bass was not distorted with my billboard song collections.
Noise Cancelling - well, by the definition it really does cancel unwanted noise at low frequencies only. I tried it in noisy train stations and cancels noise well though 95% seems overrated but it does the job. I can still hear clearly peoples voice conversations and train announcements while NC is on but the rumbling train noise is cut off.
The verdict: considering its price and value. I think im perfectly fine with it. I will update this review with my experience with this new toy as time passes by. I hope you find my review useful.
1. The sound quality itself is quite good, and for a wide variety of music. The sound is crisp and the speakers handle the bass without crackling or generating a lot of fuzz.
2. As previous reviewers have noted the noise cancellation feature is lacking. Although, I guess it depends on how you define "95%." Low frequency sound is cancelled out pretty well, but high frequency sounds are barely touched. Just using the noise cancelling feature and playing no music, I can still hear conversations in my office relatively clearly. The major difference is that people sound a bit more nasaly. If you're looking to take these headphones on a trip then I suspect how satisfied you are depends on where or how you're traveling. A train might be alright as most of the noise is relatively low frequency. However, if a lot of people are talking then my previous point. A plane ride, however, when combined with the stereotypical crying baby, might work out less well. Again, the high frequency noise from crying children will probably not be cut out all that much by these headphones.
I've tried out the Bose headphones in stores prior to buying these, and I can safely say that Bose's noise cancellation far superior and cuts out most of the sound around you. That said, there is also the cost difference to take into consideration.
3. As for the build and battery replacement, I haven't really found this to be a problem. Yes, it's behind the left earphone, but it comes off easily and the battery slot is right there. The general build of the headphones seems to be quite solid as well. Although, I will say that compared to the Sennheiser headphones that some of my coworkers have, the headphone itself and the cushioning could be built a little larger so as to make it a little less cramped around your ear. While they are definitely over-ear headphones, the fit is a little tighter around the ear than other brands (e.g. Sennheiser, Bose).
Overall I'd say this is a solid pair of headphones with good sound quality and a pretty comfortable fit. But the noise cancellation feature is definitely overstated. If you travel a lot and are concerned with the noise issue, then you may be better off splurging on the Bose headphones. Yes, I'm sure that you are paying for the name in part, but I suspect you'll be greatful you spent the extra money if you spend a lot of time on a plane.
This Panasonic model is completely over the ear, excellent price , has a long battery life and noise cancels effectively,has a long enough lead which is detachable plus a carry case ----- everything you might want in a NC headphone. Superb!
They are elegant (10/10), comfortable (10/10), the sound is marvelously clear(10/10), and noise cancellation is great(9/10).
Sadly, they were stolen...by my wife. According to my last attempt to recover them, they won't be back...She loves them.
So, I'll buy new ones next week...