The Panasonic RPHC200K are plasicky and cheap-looking noise-cancelling headphones. They're comfortable, won't leak too much and sound decent. However, they severely lack in bass and their poor noise isolation may also cause ambient noise from loud environments to ruin your listening experience.
- Lightweight, comfortable design.
- Leaks little sound.
- Poor noise isolation.
- Weak build quality.
- Severely lacking bass.
The RP-HC200 are flimsy headphones. The all-plastic build and thin headband feel a little cheap and susceptible to breaking. There's minimal padding on the headband and the non-detachable cable has no controls. On the upside, they are relatively comfortable, the ear cups being decently padded and the headband not putting too much tension on the head.
The RP-HC200 look a little cheap with their all-plastic build but have an understated studio design that could work for some. They are matte black, with a glossy finish on the ear cups. The two types of padding material used are also black. The only other color comes from the branding logo and the noise cancelling button, which are blue.
The Panasonic RP-HC200K are surprisingly comfortable. The lightweight build does not put too much tension on the head and the padding is relatively soft and molds well around the ears. However the flimsy build isn't very stable and the inner ear cup protrudes close to the listener's ear, which may cause discomfort for some.
There is only one noise cancelling switch on these headphones. Disappointingly, the non-detachable cable provides no inline controls of any sort, which means there will be no call/music or volume buttons to control your audio.
The lightweight ear cups of the RP-HC200 do not sway easily. This makes these headphones above-average at maintaining their position during high-intensity activities like running or jumping. They're not designed for sports and won't be ideal for the gym, but they will rarely slip off your ears during casual listening sessions unless the non-detachable cable gets hooked on to something.
The RP-HC200 are mid-sized over-ear headphones. Their relatively small ear cups fold flat to take up less space, which makes them somewhat portable. Unfortunately, they do not fold up into a more compact format and won't be easy to carry on your person and will require a bag.
The Panasonic RPHC200K have mediocre audio reproduction. They do a decent job reproducing the mid-range, so the lower harmonics of vocals and instruments in tracks sound good. Unfortunately, they are severely lacking in bass and struggle with the higher frequencies, giving these headphones a honky and unexciting sound.
Poor performance. These headphones are light on bass, especially low-bass. With average low-bass at -11dB and average bass at -5dB, these headphones struggle with producing thumps and rumbles.
Good performance. However, because of the under-emphasized bass and the bump surrounding 800Hz, vocals and lead instruments sound a little forward compared to kicks/basses.
Poor treble. The broad bump surrounding 5KHz negatively affects the clarity of vocals/leads and dulls out the sound.
Decent distortion results. There is a general rise at 100 dB SPL, but it's still within acceptable limits.
The active noise cancellation in the RP-HC200K is inefficient and barely blocks any ambient noise. Luckily, the decent seal does not leak much sound and provides some passive isolation but not enough to fare well in moderately loud environments. They won't isolate your listening experience on regular commutes or on international flights, which is disappointing.
Poor isolation, especially for active noise-cancelling headphones. These headphones perform poorly in bass, mid, and treble.
Good leakage performance. The overall leakage is not too loud, and only leaks a relatively narrow band of frequencies (1KHz-2KHz).
The RP-HC200 have an exceedingly long battery life of 100+ hours, which should be more than sufficient for a weekend's worth of continuous play time. You can also use these headphones passively by switching the noise canceling off when the battery runs out. They're great headphones to take on a camping or road trip where you don't have access to stores, to purchase other AAA cells. Unfortunately, they don't have any battery saving features.
No compatible app.
In the box
- Panasonic RP-HC200 Headphones
- 1/8" to 1/4" Adapter
- AAA battery (x2)
- Airline Adapter
- Carrying pouch
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