Reviewed on Feb 26, 2016

Panasonic RP-HC800 HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.3
6.2
Mixed Usage
6.5
Neutral Listening
6.5
Commute/Travel
5.9
Sports/Fitness
6.1
Office
5.0
Wireless Gaming
6.6
Wired Gaming
6.4
Phone Call
Type : Over-ear
Enclosure : Closed-Back
Wireless : No
Noise-Cancelling : Yes
Mic : Yes
Transducer : Dynamic

The Panasonic RP-HC800 are sturdy headphones that deliver great isolation. Unfortunately, they sound average-at-best, they're a little uncomfortable and the stiff ear padding lets a lot of sound escape. They won't be the ideal headphones for office use and they're a bit too bulky and cumbersome for running or working out.

Test Results
Design 6.6
Isolation 7.0
Microphone 6.4
Active Features 6.5
Connectivity 3.8
Pros
  • Sturdy build.
  • Great noise cancelling.
Cons
  • Poor seal, leaks a lot of sound.
  • Uncomfortable padding.
  • Bass-heavy audio profile.
  1. Update 11/6/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.
  2. Update 2/16/2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.
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6.6

Design

The HC800 are well-designed but not-so-comfortable headphones. The large earcups fit most listeners and the build quality feels solid and sturdy. They are however, a little unexciting esthetically and the padding used for the earcups fails to cushion and mold around the ears comfortably.

Style

The HC800 have an understated studio design. They're not the most stylish headphones but their simple all black esthetic will surely work for some. The textured back, oval-shaped ear cups do add a little more flare and the headband is well-padded.

6.5 Comfort
Weight : 0.60 lbs
Clamping Force
:
1.11 lbs

The ear cups are large enough to easily fit around most people's ears and flexible enough to not feel rigid when on the head. The issue is with the padding used to cushion the ear cups. It's not soft, feels unpleasant and definitely could be improved. This reduces the HC800's comfortability significantly.

6.0 Controls
OS Compatibility
:
iOS
Ease of use : Decent
Feedback : Okay
Call/Music Control : Yes
Volume Control : Yes
Microphone Control : No
Channel Mixing
:
N/A
Noise Canceling Control : No
Talk-Through
:
No
Additional Buttons : No

Button layout is simple and easy to use. There is only one noise cancelling button on the ear cup and the rest of the controls are relegated to the in-line controls of the provided TRRS-TRRS audio cable. The in-line controls are good but would be better if they could deliver a little more tactile feedback when clicking.

6.9 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 4.2 C
6.0 Portability
L : 7.48 "
W : 7.09 "
H : 1.97 "
Volume : 104.32 Cu. Inches
Transmitter required : N/A

The RP-HC800 are a little on the larger side for over-ear headphones. They are below-average portable and do not fold into a more compact format. They won't fit into your pockets and are a little cumbersome to carry around comfortably. On the upside, the ear cups lay flat to take up less space in a backpack.

7.5 Case
Type : Hard case
L : 8.27 "
W : 7.48 "
H : 2.17 "
Volume : 133.92 Cu. Inches

Comes with a stylish hard case that will protect the headphones from scratches and falls. It will also shield the headphones from minor water damage and doesn't add too much bulk.

7.0 Build Quality

Build quality is good all-around for the HC800. They're not built with the most premium materials but the plastic feels solid and the metal frame makes them sturdy. However, the joints may become weak over time and the ear cup padding could be much softer.

6.5 Stability

The Panasonic RP-HC800 are decently stable headphones. They stay in place during casual listening sessions but are unideal for gym use. The large ear cups sway too much while running and slip off your ears during high-intensity exercises. On the upside, the audio cable is detachable and won't pull the headphones off your head if it gets hooked on something.

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Sound

They have a good and deep bass, a mediocre mid-range, and a good treble. Additionally, their bass is on the heavy side which some may like, their mid-range is noticeably recessed, and their treble is on the warm side. Also, they perform very consistently across multiple users, but like other closed-back headphones, they don't have an open sounding soundstage.

Sound Profile
Neutral
:
6.2
Bass-Heavy
:
9.5
Warm
:
4.0
Bright
:
8.1
7.1 Peaks/Dips
Peaks
:
1.76 db
Dips
:
1.77 db
8.6 Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
:
0.28 dB
8.8 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
:
0.13
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
:
0.75
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
:
1.67
Weighted Phase Mismatch
:
3.69
3.0 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
4.47 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
1.76 dB
PRTF Distance
:
-1.18 dB
Openness
:
1.8
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
6.5
6.7 Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
:
0.295
WHD @ 100
:
0.697
7.0

Isolation

The HC800 are great at isolating the listener from ambient noise, but leak a lot of sound. The padding on the oval ear cups is not soft, does not mold well around the ear and are responsible for the poor seal and the escaping sound. The active noise cancellation, however, does a very good job of nullifying the ambient noise and would handle a busy commute well.

8.2 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-23.22 dB
Bass
:
-14.45 dB
Mid
:
-20.28 dB
Treble
:
-35.35 dB

Very good noise cancellation overall. With ANC set to Off, reduction starts at around 300Hz and gently reaches -40dB just before 20KHz. The active noise cancellation starts at 20Hz with more than 10dB of reduction, peaking at -20dB at 50Hz, and consistently remaining below -14dB.

4.4 Leakage
Leakage Audio
:
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
:
52.36 dB

Poor leakage performance, considering these are closed, over-ear headphones. The profile of the leakage is quite broadband too. It starts from 300Hz and up to 7KHz.

6.4

Microphone

Integrated
:
No
In-line
:
Yes
Boom
:
No
Detachable Boom
:
N/A
6.2 Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
:
LFE
:
500.69 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
:
1.23 dB
HFE
:
4243.66 Hz
Weighted THD
:
19.713
Gain
:
27.55 dB
6.5 Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise :
Speech + Subway Noise :
SpNR
:
17.53 dB
6.5

Active Features

The RP-HC800 only have noise canceling as an active feature. They won't be the most versatile headphones as they are neither wireless and do they have an audio enhancing app. Luckily they can last up to 2 full days of continuous playback but take two AAA cells.

7.3 Battery
Battery Type
:
AAA
Continuous Battery Life
:
20.5 hrs
Additional Charges
:
N/A
Total Battery Life
:
20.5 hrs
Charge Time
:
N/A
Power Saving Feature
:
No
Audio while charging
:
N/A
Passive Playback
:
No
Charging Port : N/A

The Panasonic RP-HC800 have a satisfactory battery life of 20.5 hours. This gives you enough continuous playtime for long flights, but you will still need to change the battery after a full day of continuous use. Unfortunately, they do not have any battery saving features.

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.

3.8

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
9.5 Wired
Analog Audio
:
Yes
USB Audio
:
No
Detachable : Yes
Length : 4.99 ft
Connection : 1/8" TRRS
Wired Latency
:
0 ms
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC / PS4 Analog
:
Audio + Microphone
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-HC800 Headphones
  • Carrying case
  • AAA battery
  • Audio cable
  • Airline adapter
  • Manual

Compared to other Headphones

6.2 Mixed Usage

The RP-HC800 will make decent everyday headphones. They're sturdy and isolate really well from noise. However, their leakage can be distracting to the people around you.

6.5 Neutral Listening

Mediocre for neutral listening. They have a decent but uneven sound quality. They also sound a little too closed for pure neutral listening.

6.5 Commute/Travel

The RP-HC800 are good headphones for commuting. Their noise isolation is efficient enough for most commutes and even noisy flights. They also have a decent control scheme. However, others may be to hear your audio at high volumes.

5.9 Sports/Fitness

Mediocre for sports. They're a little too bulky and cumbersome to use while doing strenuous exercise or running.

6.1 Office

Mediocre at best for office use. They will block most of the ambient noise in the office however they leak a lot and will be audible even at moderate volumes.

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