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Great update over the last model,
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This review is from: Panasonic RP-HC700 Noise-Canceling Headphones (Electronics)My Panasonic RP-HC500 headphones recently bit the dust after 2+ years of great service, and even then they only died due to a mechanical failure in the headband. I'd been very happy with their performance and longevity, so I was glad to see that the new RP-HC700 headphones had just been released. I've used them for a week now at my workplace, and I have to say that these headphones are a significant improvement over the old ones. There are three major improvements that matter to me:
First, the headband is larger. This was a literal sore point for me on the old headphones; the headband just wasn't long enough for my (apparently large) head. The RP-HC700 headphones fit me quite nicely, with room to spare on the headband.
Second, the ear pads are slightly wider, and they are tapered such that the back of the pad is wider than the front. This means the back of the ear pad holds flush against my skull behind my ear, without pressing against my ear... a much better fit than my old headphones, far more comfortable, and it can only mean less noise leakage as well.
Third, the passive noise deadening of the RP-HC700 headphones is far superior to the old headphones. With the active noise-canceling turned off and playing music at a modest volume, these headphones block out so much noise that I rarely notice anything going on around me. With the noise canceling turned on, the outside world might as well not exist.
If you want to know about the sound quality, I'll warn you that I'm not an audiophile, so I can't offer any deep info... but I can say that I'm quite happy with the sound quality for my purposes. I haven't noticed any distortion from the noise canceling, there's adequate bass and treble response for me, and volume range is great whether driven from my laptop or my iPhone.
Considering the improvements of the RP-HC700 headphones over my old headphones, I would have expected to pay something closer to Bose-level prices for these... but for $100, these headphones are an excellent value. If you're in the market for noise-canceling headphones, jump in and buy these now before the seller catches on and raises the price!
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Initial post: Aug 8, 2010 2:09:04 PM PDT
Great review and very helpful. I also got RP-HC500 and have been enjoying it for several years now. I also got this short headband issue as in your case, and am very glad that they finally addressed this issue. One question though is that do they still keep the cable detachable as in 500?
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 10, 2010 10:08:17 AM PDT
Yes, the cable is still detachable on the RP-HC700; it plugs straight in to the bottom of the left earpiece. The cable is about 5' long, and the source end has a 90-degree connector.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 10, 2010 11:17:53 AM PDT
Thank you so much for taking time to comment. In your review, you seemed to note that the combined (passive and active) noise canceling effect of 700 is better than the 500? b/c from spec, they both cancel 92% of noise.
Also, do you hear the hissing/white noise type of sound when NC is on and surrounding is quiet? which is the case for me for my 500
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 11, 2010 3:28:15 PM PDT
Glad to help. My comment about improved noise cancelling was based on the fact that the fit of the headphones is better. The improved ear pad design creates a much better fit than with the RP-HC500 headphones. That means less outside sound gets to my ear, and so (to me) the overall noise canceling effect of the RP-HC700s is that much better than the RP-HC500s.
If the spec for both says they achieve 92% canceling, my guess is that they're referring to the active electronic noise canceling. With the headphones turned off and no music playing, the RP-HC700 headphonse passively block more sound than the RP-HC500 headphones. To me, this means that if they have similar cancelation levels when the noise canceling is turned on, I end up getting a better noise-canceling experience from the better-fitting RP-HC700 headphones.
I do hear a slight hiss when the canceling is on, but I can only hear it when I'm not playing music and there is little other outside noise. This seems to be common in other noise-canceling headphones that I've tried, and I've always assumed it's a natural artifact of the noise canceling electronics. I usually play music when I'm wearing them, and even with music at a low volume I can't hear the hiss, so it's never bothered me. I'd used my old RP-HC500 headphones on several international flights, with noise canceling turned on but without music; they did a great job of reducing the ambient aircraft noise, and I never noticed the hiss.
Hope all of that helps. :-)
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 20, 2010 7:31:11 AM PDT
Thanks again for all your detailed explanation and comments, they are all of great help.
Enjoy your 700!
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 12, 2010 3:33:09 PM PDT
Andrea Knights says:
would like to know if the speakers are outside of the headphones.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 14, 2010 9:53:41 AM PDT
The speakers are fully enclosed by the earpiece. Not only do these headphones do a good job of blocking outside noise, they also keep sound inside as well; my co-workers say they've never heard music coming from my headphones when I'm wearing them, even when I play music at a moderately loud volume. HTH.
Posted on Nov 30, 2010 8:12:49 PM PST
Having listened to both, I have to say that HC700 feels more comfortable, but when it comes to audio quality, I still prefer HC500 - the bass response is much better/tighter on the HC500. HC700's bass is very weak by comparison. Unless they need time to break-in, because I've only used the HC700 for a few minutes.
Posted on Jan 10, 2012 9:37:36 AM PST
Hugh MacIsaac says:
I, too, had the older phones and loved them. Very durable and great sound. Eventually mine gave out and I bought these ones. What a disaster. They are much harder to do battery replacement in, and seemed very flimsy. Then they broke (sound from 1 side only) after 3 months and Panasonic would not warranty the repair. I will never buy a product from them again. Horrible customer service. Buyer beware.
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