Panasonic HJE-355 on left, 295 on right ($15 and $8 on Amazon, respectively)
I don't have any detailed review for anyone, so sorry if anybody was expecting something brilliant. I know the 355's get some attention in the budget category here, especially since receiving a good review from Cnet (along with the extreme budget 120). But I've been interested in giving the 295 a try, since there is nothing at all to be found online on them outside of the Panasonic site and one Amazon review. These were purchased for $8 on Amazon, and I'd say blow the 120 out of the water. They have the relatively balanced sound signature of the 355 but with a more noticeable bass punch. I'd say these deserve higher praise (or just some kind of attention seeing as they have none at all) as they're almost a more "fun" version of the 355 and can be had for scarcely more cash than the well-known and liked 120. The only oddity I've found is the short cord length. This Ergofit model is evidently being pushed as an exercise friendly model, which comes with a second extension cord. This is more strange than convenient I think. Not really sure why the 295 has this and the 355 does not. I'm merely assuming Panasonic wanted to package these as a gym-friendly model even if the packaging says nothing at all about it being so. One last thing, they seem to have a slightly better fit than the 355. I have a hard time getting a good seal with the 355 because the largest tip size isn't quite large enough for me. This doesn't seem to be as much of a problem with the 295. In any event, for $8, these should be right up there with the rest of the budget miracles popular here.
Edited by glove4 - 11/7/12 at 1:16pm