Panasonic RP-HJE120-K In-Ear Earbud Ergo-Fit Headphone (Black)

  1. Trevayne10
    Panasonic RP-HJE120-K - asymptotically close to IEM audio bliss (but doesn't quite get there). Great @ $9.45 off Amazon
    Written by Trevayne10
    Published Dec 12, 2016
    Pros - Nice & flat sounding, comfy, responds well to EQ, good build quality, no cable noise. Very budget ($9.45 USD)
    Cons - none
    They just work. Nice, clear & flat-sounding (nothing in audio spectrum particularly stands out -  a good thing, if you want to approach "analytical", which these things most assuredly are not).  Listening to 320 kbps ambient tracks on right now.  Very immersive, good sound stage / separation.
    Very Comfy fit, using large silicone tips. No cable noise. Decent build quality.
    Excellent bargain at - $9.45 USD.  What's not to like?
    These things garner 4.4 out of 5 stars among 38,316 reviews on, which has to count for something, I would think. I agree; I'm giving these 4.5 stars.
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    1. gobin
      Are you sure about the "no cable noise part", because I have to wear them upside down with the cable wrap around my ear (I forgot the term for this type of wearing), every time I go outside for a walk. Heck, even when I stay at my desk, each time my head move and the cable send the noise they make rubbing against my shirt straight into my ear canal.
      TL;DR: they are very microphonic. 
      But other than that your review is pretty much on point.
      gobin, Dec 12, 2016
    2. Trevayne10
      Hi gobin -  thanks for your reply.

      I usually wrap the leads of IEM's over my ears...kind of a habit. Not sure how it works, but it vastly reduces cable noise and microphonics, so maybe I should have reserved judgement on that score.
      Trevayne10, Dec 12, 2016
  2. STRMfrmXMN
    Better than anything else for $6
    Written by STRMfrmXMN
    Published Sep 2, 2015
    Pros - Solid mids, decent noise isolation, bass is mostly flat and EQs to be harsher without issue
    Cons - Stupid cable, earbud tips prone to break, highs are wimpy, separation is near-nonexistent
    They sound better than anything I've heard at this price point. I use these earbuds with my iPod Nano every day. The one thing that makes these things annoying as crap is the stupid cable that gets tangled and stays tangled. 
    They isolate noise OK. My ears aren't the best shape for them so if I wiggle my ears sound suddenly leaks through. I replaced the rubber eartips with the ones from JVC Marshmallows - in my opinion the most comfy tips for buds. They make the driver a bit more distant from your ear but this is solved by raising the volume.
    Separation is poor which is to be expected. Nothing like my HD518s and I don't expect them to be.
    Honestly, for 6 bucks these are great. I've never owned any really great earbuds but I do know that I normally tear through earbuds because I am not nice to them and none have lasted as long as these have. I got these right before the 2014 year ran out and, seeing as it is currently September you could say that these things are build pretty well.
      JAMEZTHEBOI likes this.
      I agree. It has some serious issues with treble and separation but for that price I have no complaints
      JAMEZTHEBOI, Sep 4, 2015
  3. Raketen
    Designated Beaters
    Written by Raketen
    Published Feb 24, 2015
    Pros - Price, Decent Bass, Comfort
    Cons - Treble/Detail, Isolation
    Originally purchased as temporary replacements. I've had the same pair for something like 5 years now-  they've gone on to see a lot of gym and work use, and are so comfortable and secure that I've often used instead of inears with much better SQ. Don't get a lot of rotation lately, but the 120s live on as the backups I keep in my bag.

    The sound isn't quite good, but surprisingly decent given the price (boomy bass, ok mids and treble missing some detail, narrow and slightly soupy/muffled sound common to the budget cohort but not distractingly so). Isolation is ok for mild city noise, until a truck drives by. Construction isn't remarkable but the shells and plug seem solid, and earns a lot of credit considering they've lasted me longer than every other headphone I've owned in spite of seeing a lot of rough use- the one gripe is a thin, tangle prone cord.

    Price and comfort are what make the HJE120s worthwhile, for budget listeners, as a cheapo backup or temporary stopgap, and comfortable beater/utility/podcast set for those who don't mind occasionally compromising  on SQ.
      stalepie likes this.
    Above average performance and incredible fit.
    Written by JAMEZTHEBOI
    Published Dec 17, 2014
    Pros - Really good bass, mids are nice, amazing fit and comfort, super light, CHEAP
    Cons - Terrible highs, synthetic sound, flimsy cable, sensitivity kinda low.
    This is gonna be a simple review

    For a $7 in ear it is actually really good. A little overbearing at times but quite articulate considering the price. 

    They are not airy and vocals by no means sound lifelike but they are clear and not muddied by the elevated bass.

    This is where this in ear does not shine. It is extremely recessed around the 10kHz to 14kHz range so cymbals are quiet as hell. It has a very metallic sound to it as well but it is cheap so it is expected.

    The staging on this is pretty bad so don't expect a room like delivery of sound

    Really good actually. It is super light and the "ergo-fit" actually works. Easy to wear for hours and you can even sleep with it in due to the low profile.

    Pretty cheap lol. The cables are flimsy but the jack area seems pretty sturdy. 

    It is a pretty good in ear that actually stays in your ears even during heavy motion. It may be synthetic sounding and it might be a little low sensitivity in ear but for the price I would say it is pretty good. But remember it is CHEAP 
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  5. ardorformusic
    Really great for its price
    Written by ardorformusic
    Published Oct 17, 2014
    Pros - heavy bass, compacted sound, instrument separation
    Cons - muffled, does not capture detail
    I love these! Haved used for a long time.
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    1. JK1
      This is the cheapest Panasonic IEM. It is very bass deficient, and very inefficient. While its price is low, imo it is well worth spending around $20 for the Panasonic RPHJE450 or RPHJE355. The HJE355 has great detail, but only 10.7mm drivers, so its bass isn't as strong as that of the HJE450 with its 12.5mm drivers. The HJE450 has less detail than the HJE355 though. The prices for these are sometimes much lower on than on Amazon.
      JK1, Oct 20, 2014
  6. immersz
    Incredible value
    Written by immersz
    Published Jan 30, 2014
    Pros - Very cheap, great bass, good isolation
    Cons - Highs aren't great, cheap cable
    After losing a piece from my Vsonic VC-02's I decided to get something really cheap for now. These cost $7.18 on Amazon. Bass response is better than anything I've heard in this class. It's actually almost overwhelming at the low end; this is the first time I can remember EQ'ing bass down for an IEM, especially a cheap one. Isolation is surprisingly good. Highs are a little lacking, and maybe the soundstage isn't perfect. Again, these cost $7.18 so you have nothing to lose.
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