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RCA HP818R Noise-Isolating Earphones (Black and white)
- 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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
While I do not consider myself an audiophile or audio snob, I definitely appreciate a good pair of headphones. My primary concerns are quality construction and audio quality. Read morePublished on August 2, 2012 by Amazon Customer
I have worn these for a few ocean paddles (kayaking)...they stay in the ear without a fuss...the sound is good and amplePublished on July 14, 2012 by Dorraine Rooney
Okay, for less than $20 you're not going to get audiophile earbuds. That said, the sound is pretty good for pop music. Don't bother if you like classical. The highs are very weak. Read morePublished on July 4, 2012 by Michael McKee
These earphones, at $18, certainly do not produce the same sound quality nor do they block external noise to near the degree as my $100+ Shure model. Read morePublished on July 2, 2012 by Book Fanatic