Reviewed on Jun 01, 2016

Panasonic ErgoFit RP-HJE120 HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.3
5.9
Mixed Usage
6.3
Neutral Listening
6.0
Commute/Travel
6.2
Sports/Fitness
6.1
Office
4.0
Wireless Gaming
5.8
Wired Gaming
2.1
Phone Call
Type : In-ear
Enclosure : Closed-Back
Wireless : No
Noise-Cancelling : No
Mic : No
Transducer : Dynamic

The Panasonic RP-HJE120-K ErgoFit are very basic in-ear headphones with no additional features. They have a decent sound and barely leak, even at high volumes. However, they have a typical in-ear fit, which may be uncomfortable for some. They're not very stable and cannot block the ambient noise of a moderately busy office.

Test Results
Design 6.3
Isolation 6.8
Microphone 0
Active Features 0
Connectivity 3.6
Pros
  • Minimal leakage.
  • Decently balanced sound.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation.
  • In-ear fit not comfortable for everyone.
  • Cheap build quality.
  1. Update 11/6/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.
  2. Update 2/16/2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.
  3. Update 8/10/2017: Converted to Test Bench 1.1. Learn more about our new versioned test bench system here.

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6.3

Design

The RP-HJE120-K have a very basic and straightforward design. They have a typical in-ear fit that may be uncomfortable for some. They also don't offer any specialty tips for added stability or comfort. They don't have any audio controls and feel cheaply built. However, they are extremely light, and the minimal design could work for some listeners.

Style

The RP-HJE120-K have a simple but bland aesthetic that offers nothing out of the ordinary. The in-ear buds are a two-tone dark gray and black color scheme. The rest of the design is just a basic audio cable. The minimal look may appeal to some, but they will not stand out in the crowd.

7.0 Comfort
Weight : 0.03 lbs
Clamping Force
:
0 lbs

The tips of the RP-HJE120 ErgoFit do not enter the ear canal as deeply as some other in-ears and slightly more comfortable. However, if you do not find the in-ear fit comfortable, then you will experience the same issue with these headphones. They also don't offer any unique tips to provide additional comfort, which is slightly disappointing. On the upside, the different tip sizes could help provide a better fit, and they are extremely lightweight.

0 Controls
OS Compatibility
:
Not OS specific
Ease of use : N/A
Feedback : N/A
Call/Music Control : No
Volume Control : No
Microphone Control : N/A
Channel Mixing
:
N/A
Noise Canceling Control : N/A
Talk-Through
:
N/A
Additional Buttons : No
9.4 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 0.6 C
8.9 Portability
L : 1.97 "
W : 1.97 "
H : 1.18 "
Volume : 4.65 Cu. Inches
Transmitter required : N/A

The RP-HJE120-K are super portable headphones. They can easily fit into your pockets, purse or bag and do not take up much space. Their straightforward and basic design make them compact. There is no control module and only the small in-ear buds and thin cable occupy space. Unfortunately, they do not come with a case which is disappointing.

0 Case
Type : No case
L : N/A
W : N/A
H : N/A
Volume : N/A
5.5 Build Quality

Build quality is below average. These headphones feel cheaply made. Their simple design means there are fewer components susceptible to wear and tear. However, the audio cable is relatively thin and could get easily damaged over time. The in-ear buds are also made of relatively cheap plastic and do not look as durable as some other in-ear models.

6.0 Stability

These headphones are not stable enough for high-intensity activities like running or jumping. The in-ear fit and lightweight design make them somewhat stable enough during moderate exercise. Unfortunately, they don't enter the ear canal as deeply as some of the other in-ear models, and they don't offer any special tips to help with stability.

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Sound

They have a decent and well-extended bass, a good mid-range, and an average sounding treble. Additionally, their bass sound noticeably muddy, their mid-range a bit recessed, and their treble is slightly veiled. Also, their bass delivery can vary slightly from person to person, and like most closed-back headphones, they don't have an open and spacious soundstage.

Sound Profile
Neutral
:
5.8
Bass-Heavy
:
9.1
Warm
:
8.3
Bright
:
3.8
7.3 Peaks/Dips
Peaks
:
1.57 db
Dips
:
1.79 db
7.8 Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
:
0.43 dB
8.7 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
:
0.16
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
:
0.78
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
:
1.88
Weighted Phase Mismatch
:
3.37
1.1 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
N/A
PRTF Distance
:
N/A
Openness
:
4.3
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
1.3
8.5 Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
:
0.109
WHD @ 100
:
0.092
6.8

Isolation

The Panasonic RP-HJE120 only offer passive isolation. The seal of the in-ear fit can block some high-frequency noise, but it's not enough for the level of noise in a busy office. They're not ideal for commuting unless you play your music loud enough to drown the ambient noise. On the upside, they don't leak much and are barely audible to the people around you even at very high volumes.

5.7 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-14.49 dB
Bass
:
-1.29 dB
Mid
:
-12.55 dB
Treble
:
-30.63 dB

Poor isolation. The passive isolation provided by these in-ears, does well in the Treble Range. It provides an average of 30dB of reduction over the region. The performance in the Mid Range however, is below average, as these headphones don't have active noise-cancelling. The isolation provided in the Bass Range is non-existent.

8.9 Leakage
Leakage Audio
:
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
:
28.04 dB

Very good leakage. Due to the in-ear design, the frequency range of the leakage is very limited and between 5KHz-8KHz. Also, the overall level of the leakage is relatively low, which improves the leakage performance further more.

0

Microphone

Integrated
:
N/A
In-line
:
N/A
Boom
:
N/A
Detachable Boom
:
N/A
0 Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
:
N/A
LFE
:
N/A
FR Std. Dev.
:
N/A
HFE
:
N/A
Weighted THD
:
N/A
Gain
:
N/A
0 Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise : N/A
Speech + Subway Noise : N/A
SpNR
:
N/A
0

Active Features

No active features.

N/A Battery
Battery Type
:
N/A
Continuous Battery Life
:
N/A
Additional Charges
:
N/A
Total Battery Life
:
N/A
Charge Time
:
N/A
Power Saving Feature
:
N/A
Audio while charging
:
N/A
Passive Playback
:
N/A
Charging Port : N/A
0 App Support
App Name : N/A
iOS : N/A
Android : N/A
Mac OS : N/A
Windows : N/A
Equalizer
:
N/A
ANC control
:
N/A
Mic Control : N/A
Room effects
:
N/A
Playback control
:
N/A
Button Mapping : N/A
Surround Sound : N/A

No compatible app.

3.6

Connectivity

0 Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
:
N/A
Multi-Device Pairing
:
N/A
NFC Pairing
:
N/A
Line of Sight Range
:
N/A
Default Latency
:
N/A
aptX Latency
:
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
:
N/A
0 Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line of Sight Range
:
N/A
Non-BT Latency
:
N/A
9.0 Wired
Analog Audio
:
Yes
USB Audio
:
No
Detachable : No
Length : 3.87 ft
Connection : 1/8" TRS
Wired Latency
:
0 ms
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC / PS4 Analog
:
Audio Only
PC / PS4 Wired USB
:
No
PC / PS4 Non-BT Wireless
:
No
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox Analog
:
Audio Only
Xbox Wired USB
:
No
Xbox Wireless
:
No
0 Base/Dock
Type
:
N/A
USB Input
:
N/A
Line In
:
N/A
Line Out
:
N/A
Optical Input
:
N/A
RCA Input
:
N/A
Dock Charging
:
N/A
Power Supply
:
N/A

In the box

  • Panasonic RP-HJE120 Headphones
  • Earbud tips (x2 sizes)

Compared to other Headphones

5.9 Mixed Usage

The RP-HJE120-K ErgoFit have a very straightforward in-ear design with no special or additional features. They're not the most suitable in loud environments and feel a little cheap and flimsy. Their sound is also not remarkable.

6.3 Neutral Listening

Not ideal for neutral listening. They're small in -ear buds that can't create a spacious soundstage and their sound is poorly balanced lacks clarity and is a bit too bass-heavy for neutral listening.

6.0 Commute/Travel

Below-average for commuting. They're incredibly compact and easy to carry around, but they won't block the ambient noise of busy commute.

6.2 Sports/Fitness

Decent for sports use. They're super compact headphones that will fit in most pockets and won't be too cumbersome. However, they're not stable enough for strenuous and intense exercise.

6.1 Office

Decent for office use. They barely leak and won't be audible even at higher volumes. However, they don't effectively block out the office chatter.

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