Panasonic RP-HTX7

Having now spent a couple of days using the Panasonic RP-HTX7 headphones, I guess it’s time for a review.

In terms of sound the set offers a higher fidelity listening experience than I have been able to enjoy with the earphones I have used in the past.

The sound seems very bass heavy, to the extent that I have had to switch on the EQ on my iPod Touch and set it to Acoustic in an effort to enhance the mid-range. That being said it’s nice to get some deep bass and the set tends to deal with treble well too.

The headphones keep pace well with most of the faster tracks I have thrown at them but do tend to lose composure with anything very complex. Handling of the volume range offered by the iPod Touch is also more than acceptable but suffers from some distortion with particularly bassy tracks at the upper end. Stereo separation is ok but far from perfect, lacking the ability to image a wide sound field.

From a wearability perspective, these can only be described as big – which is fine for me but may not be as suitable for those looking for something discrete. The fit is snug even on my small head and they don’t feel as though they are about to fall off. I do quite like the retro look and the build seems to be solid.

Overall, it must be said that the headphones perform adequately on all fronts, especially once the EQ has been set. I don’t think I could expect much more from a £40 set. I do wonder how long they will last…

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