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RCA HP818R Noise-Isolating Earphones (Black and white)

3.5 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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  • Contoured ear-pad design reduces exterior noise by sealing it out
  • 3.5mm Gold-Plated jack
  • Changeable ear-pads in 3 sizes
  • Lightweight design
  • Cable Length: 3.9 ft/1.2 m.
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  • Brand Name: RCA
  • Model Number: HP818R
  • Color: Black With Chrome
  • Item Weight: 0.05 pounds

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RCA noise isolating earphones are lightweight in design and have a contoured ear pad design that reduces exterior noise by sealing it out with changeable ear-tips in 3 sizes. There’s a 3.5mm gold plated jack for clear sound reproduction.

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Product Dimensions 7 x 3 x 0.2 inches
Item Weight 0.8 ounces
Shipping Weight 0.8 ounces
Department Headphones
Manufacturer RCA
ASIN B001UAB4TU
Item model number HP818R
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3.5 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

3.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #7,082 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Audio & Video Accessories > Cables & Interconnects > Audio Cables > RCA Cables
#91,416 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Home Audio Accessories
#148,402 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Cables
Date first available at Amazon.com September 1, 2003

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Package Type: Standard Packaging Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
Before I get into the review, I need to point out that the color choices listed above are NOT for the same model of earphones. My review primarily is for the HP818N Noise Isolating Earphones (black and white). These earphones come with 3 sizes of eartips and with the medium tips installed. At first I wasn't impressed at all with the noise-isolating quality, but then I realized I had not inserted the tips far enough into my ears. Operator error! When you truly seat the tips - that is, you pull gently back on your earlobes and insert the eartips snugly into your ear canals - it makes all of the difference in the world. Then I was quite happy with both the sound quality and the noise isolation. The sound is fuller/richer than other cheap earphones I have used. The noise isolation is provided passively (no batteries) simply by the blocking action of the eartips. At first I thought the eartips were plastic, but I guess they are more of a memory foam. I've had other memory foam earbuds but like these better than others I've tried. With my TV playing at normal volume, I couldn't hear the TV at all as I listened to my iPod. I paused the iPod just to be sure that the TV volume was indeed up (it was). The true test will be an upcoming road trip with kids. We'll see if the earplugs are comfortable for hours and whether the noise isolation works well in the closed environment with many competing sounds. For now tho' I'm sufficiently impressed to give these earphones 5 stars.

Knowing that my teenager would probably hijack these earphones, I ordered another pair, this time in the black cherry. I did notice that the model number was slightly different (HP820CR vs. the HP818N) but was hoping the earphones were virtually identical. They are not. The eartips are different (rubber covers vs.
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I travel a lot and am always losing my bud headsets so was glad to get this one. It fit well into my ears and looked solid. Tested in on my iMac where i carried on Skype conversations using it and also listened to YouTube videos. It worked fine and the sound was of good quality.

The problem arose when I tried it on my iPhone. It simply did not work. I thought it might have been a loos connection so tried jiggling and twisting it. No luck. Also, if it was just a loos connection, the sound would have briefly appeared in the earbuds when the connection was temporarily restored. This did not happen. So, I don't know why but it just does not work with my iPhone.
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I preface all my headphone reviews with a comment that I was an audio engineer and record producer in NY for a number of years - not to say that makes me better than anyone else, but it has made me extremely picky.

That said, these are a mixed bag. I found the construction to be exceedingly cheap feeling - I didn't have any functional issues, but the wires, buds themselves and the ear cushions felt barely better construction-wise than something handed out on an airplane.

The sound, though, surprised me. While I couldn't get a good seal even with the biggest cushion (and my ears are not bigger than anyone else's, at least as far as I can see), I still found the sound to be far better than expected. A bit midrangy, but that's very common, with highs that weren't soaring, but neither were they harsh, which was nice.

Bottom end was on the weak side, but again I failed to get a great seal - with better cushions the bottom did improve a bit.

I wouldn't spend big money on these, but for under 20 bucks they definitely deliver some value. My biggest concern would be how well they stand up to regular use. I'll give them to my son and report back if the die.
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This review is for the HP818N Noise Isolating Earphones.
I can be somewhat particular about my music, and listen to a wide range of styles. At home, I use Sennheiser headphones. I use ear buds for working out.
For the price and for ear buds, these have pretty good sound. They block sound well enough that you shouldn't use these jogging unless you keep the volume low enough to hear traffic. They aren't high bass, it's a good neutral level that works with rock without being thumpy and let's you hear a lot of the detail in classical.
They are very comfortable, with 3 different sizes of soft tips for fitting. The tips are easy to change.
If you're looking for a decent pair of inexpensive ear buds, this is a good choice.
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Package Type: Standard Packaging Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
These headphones have a great snug fit in your ear and provide great bass and deep sounds right out of the box without a "burn-in" period. The plastic insulating the cord feels a little cheap and stiff, especially compared to the "soft" cord of iTunes headphones however its pliable enough to keep from clinging to my clothing/sweater. My primary complaint about these headphones is that the rubber material that the earbuds are made out of cause the insides of my ears to itch after an hour or so of use. This may just be my own sensitivity to earbuds, but these are the first headphones I have used that have caused noticeable irritation to my ears. Overall, they provide great sound and a great fit for the price.
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I was pleasantly surprised that the RCA HP818 Noise-Isolating Earphones (Black and white) have a different texture to the earbuds that makes them a little more rigid than the typical silicon ones. Personally, I like this feel, because they tend not to slip out as much, especially while working out. For the price, the sound quality was decent: nothing dramatically impressive or disappointing. As far as noise-isolating goes, I guess it is pretty much exactly what you would get with any object stuffed into your ears, and for better or worse, blocks sound about as effectively as more expensive brands that don't advertise as noise-isolating.
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