Let’s say you’re into decent audio and you want a new pair of headphones, but all you have to spend is $60. What do you buy? Screw every other headphone out there. Buy the Panasonic RP-HX650. It’s the balls, and here’s why:
Panasonic RP-HX650 Review
An unassuming kind of badassery.
Now reaching what might be the end of it’s lifespan, the Panasonic RP-HX650 isn’t the newest headphone on the block. But considering the fact that it sounds better than headphones that cost twice as much – from Panasonic and other headphones, it shouldn’t be written off yet. Hell, Adorama still sells this headphone for $129.99, which seems particularly obscene when you can get it from us for a measly $59. That, and it’s still worth every penny you’d pay over at Adorama.
Most budget audiophile headphones give you a crazy-high impedance. If there is a low impedance option, it usually has too much bass and distortion to hear anything clearly. Enter the RP-HX650. Impedance of 32 ohms. Zero distortion. A slight twinge of bass. A wide frequency range of 10-30000 hertz. And it’s comfortable too.
In fact, even if the sound were worse, I would still buy this headphone for comfort. It’s tight on the ears – perhaps just a tad too tight (it’s only catch), but this leads to excellent isolation. Even as I write this, blasting some Chance the Rapper in our store showroom, I can’t hear anything at all around me – including my boss talking a few feet behind me. And judging from the lack of ball-busting that I usually endure with open-back models, my coworkers can’t hear anything either.
Apart from the flat sound, the comfort, and the isolation, there is also some excellent separation in there. It’s simply perfect for layered pieces or anything with a multitude of instruments. The lack of bass won’t make it the ideal headphone for everyone, but if you are in the market for one damn fine headphone for under $60, you will never find a better contender.