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Just some quick first impressions on the fairly inexpensive Panasonic RP-HTF890E-S

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I found these headphones online for anywhere between £50 and £120 (and are currently selling on Amazon for $43). Looking around, there wasn't all that many reviews except a few people here and there comparing them to a pair of Audio Technica AD700's. I needed a new pair, and would want them for movies and games which the AD700 seemingly do so well with, so I decided to take a gamble based on those couple of reviews.

 

 

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Finally picked them up today, and my first impressions are really good. On the outside, they certainly seem like a nice looking headphone. The silver plastic might not make them pass for £300 headphones, but compared to what they are up against they certainly look good. Build quality also seems to be pretty solid for this price, although I'm not sure they will stand up to years of continuous abuse. The cable will do though, it almost seems like a rope.

 

Now, keep in mind that I don't consider myself an audiophile, so the next part might not be completely accurate or well described, and I am still in the process of burning them in.  However,  I just gave it a few listens and I would describe the sound in many ways similar to how I see the AD700 described. Neutral, with a reasonable soundstage that I'm hoping will improve with burn in and with a slightly better source (Tested on a few really basic sources, and they seem to require a little bit of juice to get the best of. Also tried them on my computer with an onboard sound chip, which they sounded pretty poor with unsurprisingly). Also, unlike some descriptions of the AD700, I don't find these bass-light at all. There still isn't a great deal of bass, but for most purposes I think there is enough there to get the job done. If you are a bass-head and love bass heavy music (dubstep comes to mind), it's probably best to stay well away from them. I'm currently listening to the Inception OST and just listened to a random scattering of piano recordings, and I feel they beat my old Goldring DR150's for this kind of thing, which used to be sold at a similar price and were considered a bargain. But the two aren't really similar enough for this to be considered a direct comparison.

 

Anyone else ever listen to them?


Edited by Nappael - 7/31/12 at 3:27am
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Those look awesome. I'm gonna check these out. Thanks for the head's up.

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There is very little bass on these although they are great at mid to high frequencies and have a very airy sound to them, soundstage is wide as well.  I returned mine to amazon uk as they just didn't have enough bass.  A shame because I really liked the look and feel of them.  Maybe they are excellent value compared to the ATH AD700/900.

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