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Panasonic RP-HC500 Noise-Canceling Headphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- 92% noise reduction - 22dB at 200Hz
- Plug adaptor for aircraft
- Battery life: approx. 40H with AAA alkaline battery
- When noise-canceling effect is off, can be used as normal headphones
- Comes with hard case
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I then compared both to the Bose $350 fit-over-the-ear model. The Bose displayed a clearer sound quality, but for $350, I would choose the Audio-Technica or Panasonics due to their far lower prices and better construction. The Bose earphone yokes are extremely fragile. I just fractured the yokes on my second pair of Boses and hopefully they can be repaired when I send them back to the company. It seems inconceivable that such an expensive pair of earphones can break so easily. The Panasonics seem to have the beefiest yokes. The Audio-Tehnicas have a similar physical appearance to the Boses. From the standpoint of yoke strength, it appears that the Panasonics win out over the other two. Also, the Audio-Technica yokes poke out about 1/2 inch more than either the Bose or Panasonics, possibly making wearing them less comfortable if the wearer's head is turned to the side while lying on a pillow, for instance.
Comfort-wise, the A-T and Panasonics seem to be virtually identical.Read more ›
Cost: Panasonic was ~$7 cheaper.
Appearance: Both are pretty much the same form factor. The slight nod goes to Audio-Technica for it's looks. Both carrying cases are similar in shape and appearance.
Comfort: Both headphones were equally comfortable on my large ears.
Noise cancellation: Panasonic wins by a substantial margin. My wife verified this in our noisy car.
Sound: Both sound the same to me. However, my main focus was on noise cancellation.
Battery: Panasonic indicated that some models come with rechargeable battery (mine came with standard battery). However, using rechargeable batteries is important to me. Audio Technica explicitly stated to NOT USE rechargeable batteries. Panasonic wins.
Accessories: Both brands came with identical accessories except that the cord that came with Audio Technica was about 2" longer. No advantage either way.
I ended up returning the Audio Technica headphones and am very happy with the Panasonics.
reviews on this product. And like some of you I too decided to compare
the Bose QC-2 and the RP-HC500 side by side. Here is what I found.
1. RP-HC500's noise canceling is at least 20% better than the QC2.
2. RP-HC500's build quality is a lot better than the QC2. QC2s are fragile
3. You can use the RP-HC500 even when the battery runs out without
the noise canceling effect of course, whereas if the battery dies on a
QC2 it is useless unless you have a spare battery with you.
4. The RP-HC500 costs 3 times less than a QC2.
1. Yes, you guys are right, RP-HC500 loses to the QC2 a bit in the base
department. The QC2 definitely has better base than anything else in
2. If you have a big head then the RP-HC500 may feel tight around your
ears and feel uncomfy after a while and this problem has been addressed
in the QC2.
With all this said, I would not consider paying $300 for the QC2. Yes
they are good headphones but worth probably $150. The RP-HC500 offers
a good balance of noise reduction and sound quality and for the price
it is a steal.
The other thing to consider is what do you want to use the headphones for.
If noise cancellation is your priority, then the RP-HC500 is THE choice.
But if sound quality is your priority then you may want to consider paying
$300 for the QC2s. But hey if you don't care about noise cancellation,
there are so many top notch headphones out in the market that don't offer
noise cancellation but offer high quality sound for a fraction of the
price of the QC2s.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is September and my husband does not use these too much but the leather has cracked and peeled off on the top and the earphones.Published 4 months ago by Catherine Cammarata
I've had these for several years now and used them on a number of cross-country flights. Great for listening to music/podcasts but also just to lower the noise level of the jet... Read morePublished 8 months ago by TwinsDad
I consider myself an audiophile. Too bad the RP-HC500's are discontinued. Fantastic set of headphones. Definitely rivals Bose at a fraction of the price. Better than the RP-HC700. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Bill J Martin
Really enjoyed these ears phones before the the ear phone pieces and head piece started to break. I have handled these ear phones gingerly and always stored them in their case. Read morePublished on November 28, 2013 by Kerry R. Harris
I have really enjoyed these while traveling by plane. The noise canceling technology reduces the background noise from engines and other distractions while traveling.Published on November 14, 2013 by Chris W
P'sonic noise-cancelling headphones were quite satisfactory, within the limitations of the genre. You expect noise-cancelling headphones to cancel noise, you'll be disappointed.... Read morePublished on October 12, 2013 by Carl R.
The headphones themselves are fine, they are extremely tight, so if you have a headache from the pinch these create then don't buy them, the pinching does not go away, they stay... Read morePublished on July 25, 2013 by Don Myers
Functionally, I was happy with the headphones. However, after about two years, I opened the case to find the headset so sticky as to make it unusable. Read morePublished on June 3, 2013 by Robert Rantschler
I actually bought these for my Dad, who gave them back to me when he had a pacemaker installed (interference is, apparently, an issue). Be that as it may, they're a steal. Read morePublished on December 19, 2012 by Ben Rothfeld