Panasonic Wireless Headphones (RP-HD605N) Review: Bose Beaters?

People complain about pink eye flights so much, however my least favourite time to board is on the first light. As an evening owl, there’s nothing worse than lastly falling asleep at midnight solely to get up at Three a.m. to go to the airport. My alarm could as nicely be an air raid siren at that hour. I get up in a chilly sweat, with no concept of who or the place I’m, and no quantity of caffeine can revive me. I zombie-shuffle my manner via safety and arrive at my vacation spot totally destroyed.

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Despite figuring out higher, final week I took an early flight to avoid wasting money. On this explicit airplane, a child within the airplane felt as grumpy as I did. The poor critter could have screamed all the manner. I do not know. After just a few moments of it, I turned on Panasonic’s newest noise cancelling headphones, and threw a hoodie over my head. The child light to a faint whisper and I slept peacefully for 2 complete hours, which saved my day.

For a model that’s struggled to regain the popularity it as soon as had, Panasonic continues to make some stellar merchandise. I nonetheless personal one of many last-ever Panasonic plasma TVs, and its $9 earbuds are fairly darn good for the dough. I’d put its new hi-res noise cancelling over-ear headphones proper subsequent to them by way of worth and stunning efficiency.

I want Panasonic’s product naming czars had provide you with a extra inspiring moniker than “RP-HD605N-Ok.” Thankfully, they sound unbelievable, with good bass and treble response, and a balanced sound signature due to the 40mm drivers which are licensed for hi-res audio (LDAC and AptX HD supported for Bluetooth). I discovered them particularly crisp and clear when used with the included 3.5mm audio cable, although a contact vibrant on some tracks.


The design is all-plastic with a fake leather-based headband and earcups. They appear to be a pair of your typical Bose headphones, although a hair extra fashionable—the form of headphones that nobody will discover, or bear in mind. They elicit impartial emotions from most individuals I’ve proven them to, which is perhaps a optimistic or adverse, relying in your vogue sense. For me, it was high-quality. I’m completely content material with sporting drab headphones in the event that they sound nice.

The cushioning is snug and every cup slides out to suit completely different head sizes. I discovered them very comfortable, and significantly favored the 3D ball joint that lets the cups modify for a tighter seal, although in case you desire deep padding, these may not fulfill you. They have a few centimeter and a half of give, which was sufficient for me.

That mentioned, the leatherette earcups get too heat and sweaty throughout exercises, and have a tendency to hug your neck if you take them off. Luckily, they will collapse, so you possibly can stow them in a big pocket, or bag. If you don’t, the included semi-hard shell case is well stuffed right into a carry-on.

The actual advantages are the 20-hour battery life, which ought to final a pair weeks between expenses, and the adjustable lively noise cancelling. Tap the NC button on the sting of the precise earcup (you may determine the place it’s—it is smooshed up towards the facility management) and you may cycle via three ranges of noise cancelling. I most popular the strongest, regardless that I might hear a faint hiss when music wasn’t enjoying.

Panasonic baked in a extremely useful little trick, too. If you wish to hear the world round you, put your proper hand over the precise earcup. The headphones will immediately enter Ambient Sound mode, which drastically lowers the amount of your audio and pipes in exterior noise, so you possibly can hear what somebody’s telling you for a second. Lift your palm and also you’re again in listening land. It’s enjoyable to do, and works rather well in a crunch.


Above the NC button is a quantity change that additionally acts as a button to simply accept calls or converse together with your telephone’s voice assistant. Call high quality was acceptably clear, although callers did inform me they may hear some background noise. Sadly, few headphones, even at this worth, nail telephone calls.

At $300, Panasonic has priced its cans a bit cheaper than the Bose QuietComfort 35 by $50. If you pressed me, I’d nonetheless push you to purchase a pair of QC35s in case you’re shopping for solely for noise cancelling, and the Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 in case you’re looking for a discount. But the longer I put on these Panasonic headphones, the extra my loyalties sway. Panasonic’s title may not have the cachet it used to, nevertheless it has a killer set of cans within the RP-HD605N-Ok.

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