Reviewed on Feb 26, 2016
By Sam Vafaei
, Marc Henney
Usage Ratings -
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.
- Sturdy build.
- Great noise cancelling.
- Poor seal, leaks a lot of sound.
- Uncomfortable padding.
- Bass-heavy audio profile.
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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.
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.
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.
Noise Canceling Control
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.
104.32 Cu. Inches
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.
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.
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.
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.
Comes with a 1/8" TRRS-TRRS with call/music control and volume up/down.
The Panasonic RP-HC800 are a mediocre sounding pair of closed-back over-ear headphones. 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.
Frequency Response Consistency
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Weighted Group Delay
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
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PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
PRTF Size (Avg.)
Acoustic Space Excitation
Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 90
Weighted THD @ 100
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.
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.
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
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.
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.
Power Saving Feature
Audio while charging
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.
Audio + Microphone
Xbox One Compatible
Audio + Microphone
Xbox One Compatible
Line of Sight Range
In the box
- Panasonic RP-HC800 Headphones
- Carrying case
- AAA battery
- Audio cable
- Airline adapter
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.
Mediocre for critical listening. They have a decent but uneven sound quality. They also sound a little too closed for pure critical listening.
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.
Mediocre for sports. They're a little too bulky and cumbersome to use while doing strenuous exercise or running.
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.
Average for home theater use. They have no latency since they're wired but a have a below-average bass-heavy sound that won't be the best for watching movies. They also have a short audio cable so they won't be the ideal headphones to comfortably watch movies with from you couch.