By April 27, 2008

Panasonic RP-HS33 headphones (mini) review

Panasonic Lightweight Sport Clip Earphones with Sweat-Resistant Earbuds (RP-HS33)

GENERAL

How often do you go running, either in the gym or where you live? For me the answer is not as often as I should, ok it’s never. I don’t but I’m more of a cyclist, however I still get the same problem as runners; your headphones keep falling out. Not only is it really annoying but can be quite dangerous as well. So when Panasonic sent the RP-H33’s to test out I was happy to get on my bike, so to speak.

Panasonic RP-HS33 headphones

Panasonic RP-HS33 headphones

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Lightweight
  • Sweat proof earbuds
  • Comfortable
  • Nice sound quality
  • LOWLIGHTS:

  • Weak bass
  • Not the prettiest thing
  • A colour choice of orange or green
  • Difficult to put in at first
  • Panasonic RP-HS33 headphones specification:

  • Drive Unit (diam. in mm) 14.8
  • Impedance (ohm/1kHz) 16
  • Sensitivity (dB/mW) 103
  • Max. Input (mW) 50
  • Frequency Response (Hz-kHz) 14-24
  • Cord Length (ft./m) 3.9/1.2
  • Weight (oz.) w/o cord 0.71
  • Water Resistant Yes
  • Clip-on and Straps Design Yes
  • Color Green or Orange
  • Clip-on Design Yes (for all kinds of hair styles)
  • Comfort-fit Hinge Yes
  • Magnet Type Neodymium
  • Sweat Proof Yes
  • REVIEW

    Ok so the colour choice is orange or green, the colour is one thing that many people who have seen them have commented on. The target consumer group the RP-HS33 are aimed at do not care about colour and here’s my thinking as to why! Imagine this for a second, you’re running along listening to your music through your orange RP-HS33’s then out of nowhere a car pulls up along side you. The window rolls down and Claudia Schiffer or Brad Pitt (whoever takes your fancy) pops there head out and asks you directions. Do you then panic about your orange headphones or are you more concerned with sweat all over you and a bright red face? You see my point.

    On the subject of running and cycling I have found a little bug bear but only a little one. They are designed to stay in your ear so you can exercise without worrying about them keep popping out, however there is no clip to stop the wires moving about.

    I don’t have a vast knowledge of isolation (db), impedance (ohms) or even the Frequency response (Hz), however I know what music I like and how I want it to sound.

    The RP-HS33 are lightweight and designed for active people at 23g (inc cable) they are light and you hardly feel your wearing them. However they are still robust enough to be thrown in a bag everyday for a month and still look and sound as good as when you got them.

    To the quality now, the mid to high range makes most music sound crisp and clear, but the bass impact is quite poor, I love my bass and was a little disappointed. I listened to a few songs through iTunes on my laptop, True Colors by Phil Collins, Sandstorm by Darude and In The End by Linkin Park these where probably my widest range of music. True Colors sounded clear and as it should be with no complaints, Sandstorm was very crisp and clear but lacked the punch of the bass which is essential for dance music. In The End also had the same problem as Sandstorm where the sound was clear but lacked any punch in the bass.

    CONCLUSION

    I like these headphones, maybe it’s because they feel like you could stand on them and they would still work (please don’t test this theory out though) or maybe it’s because I can finally concentrate on my cycling instead of counting the time between my headphones falling off. The bass is a big issue for me but I still like them and for any sports enthusiast I would definitely recommend them.

    Review by: Russell

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