A nice sounding pair of in-ear headphones from Panasonic, the RP-HJE350 offers good thumping bass, bright highs but fails on the mids reproduction. Buyers should be aware of the sub-par build quality too.
Panasonic RP-HJE350: Features & Design
The Panasonic RP-HJE350 is lightweight weighing just 3 grams. Available in three colours (Black, Blue and Red), we received the blue colour version for review. It came with a 1.3 metre long cable with an anti-touch noise slider that goes behind the neck during usage. Each phone is powered by a 10.7 mm driver and has 6Hz to 24KHz rated frequency response at 16 Ohms. At a rated sensitivity of 104 dB/mW, the Panasonic RP-HJE350 headphones are suited to use with standard MP3 players and multimedia phones that comes with a 3.5mm stereo jack.
These in-ears came in an attractive dual-tone (black and chromed blue) design but their lightweight and flimsy cable made it feel a bit cheap. The cables are thin, light and feeble and this makes them more prone to tangling and cumbersome to use. After one month of daily usage, the chromed blue coating on the earphones wore off. The in-ears came with three different sizes (S, M and L) of ear-tips and there was no carrying pouch included in the package.
Panasonic RP-HJE350: Noise Isolation & Fitting
The small cord slider securely holds the cable and this helps in reducing cable-noise which is the noise created when the cable rubs against clothes or other objects. The In-Ears fit snugly and the noise isolation is very good for a budget pair of In-ears, we did not have to push the volume more than 70 percent of the maximum on the iPod Touch while commuting even in busy traffic. The headphone can go really loud and it works well with most phones and MP3 players we tried with it. The only problem we have is with the poor quality cables. However, after settling down with the fitting and the tedious tracing of the cables, the Panasonic RP-HJE350 offered great comfort even after long hours of usage.
Panasonic RP-HJE350: Performance
Tested in the PCWorld.in Labs
The Panasonic RP-HJE350 offers bright sound and good thumping bass with most of the portable audio players. Plugging in the iPod touch 64GB, the RP-HJE350 impressed with deep punchy bass and bright highs. Listening to music of the Electronic and Hip Hop genres was quite impressive for in-ears in this price range. The bass was big and the trebles had great extension.
The mids even though fairly bright could have been crisper and more forward sounding. For listening to bass heavy music, the in-ears did just fine but guitar sound or vocals sounded a bit laid back for our taste. Even for classical music or jazz, the Panasonic RP-HJE350 could not bring out the details we craved from the tracks we played. For the highs too, despite the extension being good and the reproduction being pleasantly bright without harshness, we’d have liked it to be more analytical. To sum it up, the mids could have been more analytical and thicker while the highs could have more definition. Soundstage though not great is acceptable and stereo separation is fairly good.
The Panasonic RP-HJE350 has a good deep bass and pleasant bright highs. Casual listeners would easily like the sound quality. For discerning listeners though, it would not be hard to notice the rather laid back mids and the unrefined highs.
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