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Panasonic RP HX20E-S

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  • do no stay in ear
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      12.07.2015 16:16
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      Gorgeous but break easily

      I went with WeSC Cymbal mainly because they looked stylish, were relatively well priced and could be delivered in only a few days.

      The headphones come with a 1.1M length cord with volume and play/pause buttons within an easy reach but interestingly the cord is detachable which means you can swap it out for another one if it stops working.

      It's clear that a lot of detail has been put in to their design from the soft material used on the strap to the ability to fold the headphones in order to save space. One of my favourite features is that the headphones are ambidextrous meaning that you can plug your cord in to either side of them, interestingly WeSC sells this feature as 'chain linking' which means you can have multiple headphones plugged in to each other so that everyone can hear the same song. I don't quite see the point of chain linking but it's a nice option to have and opens the headphones up for easier access to the ports when using them by yourself.

      A few weeks after I bought them a semi vital part broke which meant I couldn't securely adjust the length side of my left headphones despite them still working. After getting a replacement sent by Amazon in their amazingly fast turnaround time of one day I had no problems with them until 8 weeks later which is when i'm writing this post, a few days ago I went to put on my headphones and the left side snapped off from stress, as a light user of headphones I was very surprised that this happened as the point that broke isn't usually under much stress. Ultimately I had to make the decision to either have the left side hanging by the cord or to cut the cord and only have access to the right side I chose the latter.

      The WeSC are great sounding, excellently design headphones which looks stylish and fit within pretty much anyones budget but the engineering is appalling and i'm hoping that WeSC switch to a new manufacturer that doesn't skimp on the quality of materials being used as these headphones do deserve to be as well known as they are. If they broke once i'd be okay with that but when they break twice with 8 weeks between them there is no way it was down to a faulty shipment something is clearly wrong with the manufacturing of these headphones so be cautious before you buy them.

      [edit] 1 week after writing this post the right headphones has also snapped off due to stress leaving me with no suitable way of listening to audio. Surprisingly the headphones still work even when not connected to the head strap but you should be VERY CAREFUL before buying this product as the build quality is just horrendous.

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      11.09.2014 09:19
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      • "fair price"
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      tinny, but does the job

      I have owned many sets of ear and head phones, simply due to not being able to find a set that I really like, and that work with the quality I have being looking for. These Panasonic head phones were among the first sets that I bought in my journey to finding a perfect set, but unfortunately these were not it.

      I first saw the head phones online, where someone on a social media site was using a set in a photo, so I thought I would look into it. I did a quick search doe the head phones on a search engine, which brought up a page where they were on offer, which I thought was great luck! At only £8.99 including delivery fees I thought they were very fairly priced for what they were. The head phones initially caught my eye because of the unique design, and they were meant to be great for staying on the ear without falling off, which is quite important to me, but this was not the case.

      When my head phones arrived, I tried them out right away by going to the gym in them. I only ever do I walk on the treadmills at the gym, to strengthen my knee after injury, but even this was too much for the head phones, as they feel straight off! I felt a little robbed because that was the main reason I bought them. They are in the style of a bog standard pair, that are supposed to sit on the ear lobe, but have a bar that is supposed to attach to the ear and keep the head phones on, but it did not work for me.

      The sound of the head phones is reasonable, but I found it to be quite tinny compared to most head phones, which ruins your music. The set have good volume, especially if you like to listen to your music louder than most, but for me I like them at a standard volume.

      Overall, I was quite disappointed with this item. I bought them for there ability to stay in the ear, but they don't. I would not suggest that people purchase these for that reason, and instead suggest an in ear pair that do stay in the ears!

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      04.02.2011 17:13
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      They stick in your ears!

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      My Weird Ears
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      I've always had weird ears. And because of this I've never been particularly happy with headphones. The moment I've inserted them as firmly as I can into my lugs then they pop out again of their own accord. This makes listening to music on the go particularly difficult. It looks odd walking along with your hands over your ears. I've even taken to wearing a hat to keep them in which is fine in winter but a little uncomfortable in summer. To cap it all I've taken up running, and the jolting that headphones receive from my every awkward bounce makes normal sets less than useless.

      So a good time ago I asked my wife to keep an eye out for 'the ones that have a loop around your ear' when she was out shopping in the hope that they might be secure enough to be of some use.

      She came back with these Panasonics, they were on special offer at £2.99, and they have lasted me longer than any others I have tried.

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      The Lobe-down - How they look
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      These earphones have a somewhat strange look. They are grey in colour and apart from the usual, small speaker they have a plastic loop which is designed to fit behind the ear and achieve a firmer fit. This loop fits snugly around the whole ear and stops the speaker bouncing out. I couldn't describe them as comfortable, though, and one can feel them not just in the ear but all the way around it.

      The way they have been designed means that only the right earphone can fit in the right ear and the same with the left. This may be seen as an advantage to purists as that prevents some kind of hideous reverse stereo effect, but I am less bothered and this is the one minor frustration with this device. (Another frustration would be the cables getting tangled but I cannot blame Panasonic for my messiness).The individual ear phones are clearly labeled on the main silver part with a L for left and an R for right.

      The phones do not look the strongest, the plastic is thin and brittle, but they have lasted some years now and only this afternoon did I treat them too roughly and may need to consider a replacement. They seem to have been remarkably enduring for which I'm thankful, other headphones fall by the wayside as the wires become loose and the connections do not work so well, producing interrupted sound, but these have not failed in any way.

      When in place they still seem to stick out of my ears more than when other people wear them. The main shaft in particular seems to be a good couple of centimeters from my cheek and I still feel self-conscious wearing them but that's the nature of having my ears and, having tried so many headphones, at least these ones are usable.

      They are also neat and light, they are only 20g, and so this makes them very transportable. The heads themselves have two sets of holes, I presume one (the central) for the higher pitches and the other (the outer) for the lower bass sounds.

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      Ear-drum and Bass - How they Sound
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      The sound quality is not fantastic compared with larger headphones but I wouldn't want to go running in those; these are designed for a very different task. And given what they are designed for then they are perfectly adequate. Sure, if listening to classical music you will not hear every nuance of the tweeting of the flutes or the vibrato of the double bass, but for a bit of rocking out or for speech (my personal preference) they satisfy.

      The quality has diminished a little in recent months, perhaps they are getting clogged up with the inevitable (sorry, not a nice image), but with a good clean I am sure they will be back to their best.

      For the technical amongst you (not me), the details are:
      Response bandwidth 10-25000Hz
      Sensitivity 104dB
      Impedance 32Ohms

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      One Final Auricle - the summary
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      If, like me, you struggle with headphones staying in your ears then I recommend these to you. At only £2.99 they are a good, value and portable headphone and have endured remarkably well given their price. I'm sure you could pay more and get better sound quality but these are of a solid build and good quality.

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