Panasonic wired HD10 tricks sound really good – if they only get a handsome partner as leader in the dance.
Panasonic , like many Asian entertainment brands, is a fairly wide producer of entertainment technology such as television sets , but also other technical gadgets, such as air pumps, home appliances, sanitary ware and batteries (ask Tesla …). On the headphone front, Panasonic has not made much sense in the Swedish market, partly because of a relatively limited number of models, but also because of the fact that much of its audio products were placed on its sub-company, Technics.
We have still managed to get some of their absolute high-end tricks coming now with a mid-range price tag (video review above) . The Panasonic RP-HD10 is stylish, feels luxurious and has a good fit (they can be adjusted in the diaphragm over the ears – just one such thing). The overall impression is that they feel and look louder than what the price is about. They are model dynamic over-ear with low impedance(18 Ohm, which can be described as “light-duty”), and that they have some noise reduction in 50 mm coil springs and several layers of membrane film (which vibrates the sound), giving “HD sound” in the imaginative range of 5- 50,000 Hz. However, this is only sales flu, values measured under conditions we can only guess and it has absolutely no real significance, as a human ear at best may perceive noise between 16-20,000 Hz. On the other hand, the low Ohm’s is interesting and reveals that the Panasonic HD10 can be used for efficiently sounder audio sources, such as mobiles and portable music devices. Nothing could be more wrong than the assumption.
The Panasonic HD10 can be described as sobra and correct, but connected to a cell phone, they sound tight, a bit echo thin and not very flattering to listen for longer periods of time. Here, the lowest base found in other mobile-adapted tricks such as ex Dres Beats is clearly understood, and the first impression is therefore a bit of a disappointment. Low impedance means that the trunks are easily driven and can play high from the source with bright effect. And that’s right, you can play really high even on a mobile phone. But why would you like it? If you instead connect the naps to a computer with high quality DACor a full-grown home cinema amplifier (via the 6.3mm plug included), Panasonic is talking about its “High Resolution Sound”. The Panasonic HD10 blossoms out and sounds amazing – yes, phenomenally even, given the reasonably priced price tag. That’s why we also learn that easy-driven naps do not have to sound particularly good, just because they can play high on low power. It’s the cream in the source that gives us the true sound quality, as it uses headphones or speakers. So for home or computer users who do not fear cords, these are a really good choice for a very reasonable amount of money. Too bad they are not wireless.
PANASONIC RP-HD10E-K – THREADED OVER-EAR STEREO HEADSET – APPROX. $ 1,700
Panasonic RP-HD10 opinion
- Sounds great for the price – with the right source of sound
- Nice and luxurious
- Sitting well and having some noise reduction
- No mobile users and sound sources
- Wireless feature had been welcome (and solved some challenges)