Panasonic RP-HTF600-S Step Monitor

  1. ayaflo
    what a Full sound
    Written by ayaflo
    Published Oct 16, 2012
    Pros - Soundstage, bass, signature, comfort
    Cons - Price(depending on where you find it), too forgiving
    great bass. especially the mid bass is superb and delicately punchy... no bleed to my ears 
    very clear for a bass heavy headphone
    they sound warm and overall very easy on the ears...supremely forgiving....great clarity ..
    beats my xb 500 in almost everyway.  bass is very well layered and faster than sennheiser hd 428 and xb 500. also shows equal layer and extension in bass to xb500, at the same do not sound bloated like the latter
    treble is enough not to complain about..  I dint have my usual treble checking tracks but i can still vouch for this....(eq might help here)
    mids sound warm but i dont find any particular bleed...
    satisfying soundstage with good height and nice width... again better than the xb 500s..
    the mrp of this is 4k inr( around 75 dollars) and thats not really a steal...but price depends where you find it 
    if you can get it at 40 dollars a pair, these hold the best value i can think of but 75 dollars is still high ...
    to me it sounds much more realistic and convincing in portraying depth and layer in comparison to similarly priced sets like the hd 438 by sennheiser. Provided, they are super comfortable I would pick these up against similarly priced cans like the ones mentioned.
    isolation is subpar to average - as good as the xb 500 if you ask me.. but not as good as the ultra-budget friendly hd 202 by sennheiser. 
    overall the signature is warm and the bass compliments the mids but bounce about high and big when called for.. treble is good but resolution and detail can as well be considered a contribution of the size of the soundstage and overall clarity which gives the sense of perceived detail(imho)
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  2. GeneralSmirnoff
    The perfect headphone for my music taste on a budget
    Written by GeneralSmirnoff
    Published May 17, 2012
    Pros - Very nice bass, good high's, comfortable, good soundstage
    Cons - Slightly recessed mids, semi-open design
    This is my second pair of great headphones that i bought for $30, the first was a pair of refurbished Senheiser HD 428 headphones that I feel cannot even compete with these.
    Lets just say before we start with the review I do not grade my headphones based on other headphones ($500+) but rather on headphones within or around the price category that these are in.
    The Sound:
    Lets start with the lows. The bass on these is beautiful, that is the only word I can use to describe it. Online the HD 428s and many other headphones that have something a lot of people call "one note bass", the bass on these is everything but that. On top of being very "variant" the bass is still very controlled however sounds just a tiny bit muddy, however not nearly as much as the Klipsch S4's. I think this is the best sub $50, maybe even $100 pair of headphones for bass heavy music like dubstep.
    The highs, while not as surprisingly good as the bass, is still very good and something you expect from a $50+ dollar pair of headphones.
    The mids are where these headphones are lacking. The mids are a bit recessed and sometimes I find myself raising the volume to better hear certain parts of my songs however when it comes to genre's that I feel these headphones are made for (mostly electronic music) the mids aren't much of a problem at all.
    So in all these headphones have a very FUN sound signature which is what I've been looking for in headphones for a long time now. I want to enjoy my music not by hearing everything there is to hear but by being enveloped in the music and enjoy the sounds more.
    Lastly, I just want to say that these headphones have a good soundstage. Combined with a good low end and these headphones already have earned some reputation in the gaming community.
    Build Quality:
    Build quality alone these headphones have blown me away, and I'm not being one of those people that just upgraded from apple buds and thing that their new headphones are the sh!t. Compared to everything I've seen for up to $50 dollars, these are the best. The whole body is made out of a solid feeling plastic that while you'd think feels cheap as a while structure feels very sturdy. The headband is wrapped in a synthetic leather which is a very nice touch and the ear cups are also made out of the same leather material. Speaking about the ear cups, they are very soft and are top notch quality. Only con to leather pads, like always, are sweaty ears after a while of listening. Would I pay extra for better build quality? Most certainly but I am yet to be displeased with the headphones.
    Panasonic entered my world of headphones with a bang. I still cannot describe how happy and after weeks, still shocked at what $30 got me.
  3. hipster2010
    A fun little can with A LOT of Bass
    Written by hipster2010
    Published Apr 26, 2012
    Pros - Strong bass, lightweight, cheap
    Cons - Material feels cheap, overpowering bass
    Initial impressions:
    I haven't had much time with them yet (maybe 20 minutes) but right off the bat I was impressed with their sound. I've been letting them burn in for the past 6 hours and will continue to do so overnight, but then I'll try to do some comparisons between my other cans.
    A couple things I did notice were that the bass was not as overwhelming as I anticipated, and it is more of an open design than a closed one. The bass is definitely present and there is plenty enough for dubstep of electro; I think I just read so much much about these that I expected it rumble my whole head. The bass is strong and will play bass heavy electronic music quite well. Also, while these headphones appear to be closed, there are several vents on the outside which make it more of a semi-open/open design. These have a lot of sound leakage, and aren't too great at isolating, but I think this design is what provides the wider soundstage. These phones sound much more airy and refined than other near this price point.
    Second opinion:
    They are pretty good. They are definitely worth their cheap price tag. I let them burn-in for about 30 hours with pink noise and haven't heard too much of a difference. They are definitely bassy, a bit boomy for my taste, but then again my current cans are very balanced and a bit weak on bass. Mids seem a bit masked by the bass at times. Not necessarily recessed, but maybe just a bit of bass bleeding into the midrange. I haven't played any games with the so I still can't help on that end. 
    My only current worry is that they feel somewhat cheaply made due to all of the plastic. I feel like I need to be gentle so I don't accidentally damage them. The comfort is also decent because they are so light, but if you end up liking these, I would recommend trying the velour pads if you can get some.
    Overall they are definitely quite nice and I'd recommend them if you like bass. They don't compare to my other pairs in terms of clarity, balance, or detail, but the price tag doesn't suggest that they should nor are they advertised as doing so.
    I did the paper towel mod where you place a paper towel under the ear pad to create more space between your ears and the drivers. I did notice a slight increase in soundstage. Bass may also be slightly stronger now. Overall not a huge change, but I'd recommend it as it was very easy and can easily be undone.
  4. Hamodakillah
    Written by Hamodakillah
    Published Mar 9, 2012
    Cons - driver is kinda annoying sometimes
    Get an android phone and dowload poweramp and turn the bass knob full and prepare for an earmassage
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    2. hyogen
    3. RayleighSilvers
      Bass isn't anywhere near as much as this guy makes it sound, not for me anyway.
      RayleighSilvers, Mar 10, 2012
    4. tdockweiler
      Same here. They're too bass light and instead I prefer to duck tape a subwoofer to my head.
      tdockweiler, Mar 10, 2012
  5. jddesigned
    Warm, detailed and musical on the cheap
    Written by jddesigned
    Published Feb 9, 2012
    Pros - Price, Bass/warmth, Detail, Soundstage, musical
    Cons - Pads heat ears up, lack of high end sparkle, low isolation
    Little background, I’m a home theater guy who likes listening to music on his Tannoy’s with a Denon receiver I consider warm. When I upgraded to the Tannoy’s I almost went insane watching broadcast TV, out of nowhere there was edginess to certain male voices on occasion. Over time I came to realize that this was just in the poorly mastered audio recording. None of my blu-rays exhibited this or most shows for that matter. These speakers lifted the veil of my old speakers and presented a much clearer openness and transparency I’d never heard before.
    So I gotta say the guys who come in here and right these off as $30 crap cans without a good listen are blowing smoke out their asses. After enough time to really sit, listen and finally compare these I’ve come to realize just how good they are for how little you pay. They’re not giant killers per se but for anyone who doesn’t know the difference, or is just looking for a detailed fun headphone these will truly blow you away. My wife bought me Beats Solos for my birthday a couple years ago which I returned 2 days later, so dark, muddy and no detail to write home about; pretty sad for $200 Canadian at the time. That’s how I found Head-Fi.
    My owner ear experience to date has been budget in ears and a cheap PC gamer headset. You have to understand I get sweaty palms just thinking about spending money so making the jump to high end stuff I’ve never heard before would almost kill me. Well OK these aren’t so bad and people seem to be raving about em – let’s spend $30 (well $50 shipped)....... Holding breath......
    *With that said I’ve still been able to borrow an auditioned many a Sennheiser HD555 or similar and always enjoyed their detail but greatly missed the bassy warmth.
    Enter the Pannasonic HTF-600S.
    BASS: The Panny’s have just that, impact and warmth that make them fun, but not at the expense of a lot of detail or bloat. Bass is never lacking and extends quite low, it never lags behind and supports everything else almost a little too well at times. However you never get that feeling like someone bumped the subwoofer dial and it’s up too high congesting the rest of the music.
    MIDS/HIGHS: Although the treble seems to roll off early and it lacks that detail monster sparkle, surprisingly there’s a ton of detail and it’s presented just right for what you get. I thought there was something wrong with these as I was hearing edginess, almost distortion in certain recordings, but remembering what my Tannoy’s had exposed I went back and listened to the same songs on other sources. Well it’s there too, but my cheap and coloured PC speakers masked it quite well as did my budget IEM’s. The HTF600’s have lifted a huge veil off my music and opened things right up exposing the poor quality of some of my 192kbs and revealing the audio goodness of Flacs. There’s a great sense of space in these and the presentation does a decent job placing things around you. It’s not pin point accurate but you get the idea. The midrange presents vocals nicely towards the front; they never get lost behind anything or feel recessed. The lack of extra sparkle comes with a bonus so to speak, making these so easy to listen too for extended periods of time with any fatigue.
    Oh isolation....... where are you? I sit next to the server room at work and will be switching back to iems (now to find better iems). Isolation is really low and I catch myself far too often turning up the volume to levels that are not too good for most. However the Panny’s will be moved to home stepping in as my new PC gamers and computer music listening cans.
    I’ll mention I gave up on trying to EQ these. I really have fallen in love with what they do flat, never truly excelling in any one area, basically just doing everything very well in a fun, pleasant and detailed manner.
    What it boils down to is I can listen to everything from classical to rap and never feel like I’m really missing out on anything. I get a thoroughly fun and almost hi-fi sense of listening to music on a limited budget. So to the Beats crowd out there save yourself a few hundred dollars and just get these or to anyone else who wants good, fun quality sound for next to nothing go buy now.
    1. Sorensiim
      I have these as well, and for the money they're absolutely brilliant!
      Sorensiim, Feb 10, 2012
  6. 1eye1derweasil
    Budget answer/introductory champ
    Written by 1eye1derweasil
    Published Jan 30, 2012
    Pros - Price, Sound quality
    Cons - Colored, veiled, needs a little extra power
    Getting Started 
    Forewarning I'm a neutral fan and don't like colored or veiled sound, please take that into account. Also My ratings are based around the price - for the money these headphones are undeniably out of the ballpark. 
    The sources used for this review are my SLS audio receiver qv-avr500 (respectable onboard amp) and straight from mp3 player (this is a budget headphone afterall)
    Exceptional - presented like a 100$ headphone and protected well from damage (ordered these online) certainly a better looking package than what came with my ATHM50
    Contains the headphones (Circum-aural) with quality pleather pads (very similar to M50) 10ft cable (straight and a little thin, but on par with headphones twice the price) 1/4inch adapter (gold) and standard 3.5 (gold) 
    Light and feel neither delicate or sturdy (a great deal of plastic). Great padding, very comfortable (your ears might get warm after an hour or so) They certainly feel like more than 30$ and are infinitely more comfortable (and attractive) than anything in the Sennheiser HD2xx line
    Warm and full - very detailed (not just for a $30 can, but for a CLOSED can). Imaging is fantastic and adds great depth to the music. The highs were slightly sibilant when I first used them, but they mellow after a short burn (20 hours)
    The Mids were slightly recessed, and vocals felt veiled - certainly the biggest shortcoming here, but still, nothing to really take off for - it doesn't effect the music in a negative fashion - but you WILL hear a difference between this and a high level can. 
    The low end is excellent - tight and punchy or low and boomy, whatever the music calls for. While its not the bassiest can in the world - its enough to make me label this a BASSHEAD headphone. However (being a neutral fan) I should point out that this doesn't sound bad to me - its just not a personal preference 
    Overall they sounded fun and inviting - WELL worth the money
    Vocals and Mids are more forward - bass is less warm and in less quantity - the detail remains largely unchanged. The highs feel more energetic and the headphone takes a more neutral sound

    I find it enjoyable - but it sounds better out of the receiver (making me certain that these will want some form of amplification)

    For 30$ you can't beat it - the #1 competitor in this price range is the Senn HD202...and its vastly inferior headphone
    If your new to HiFi sound, or are a budget can junkie - check these out, they are well worth the $$$
    (I'll be editing this in the future by adding additional sources/amps)
    All recordings used were in FLAC or 320k Mp3. 
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    2. Kerry56
      Can't disagree more. Build quality is less than good with drivers that can get out of place and need to be physically blown back. Poor strain relief on the cord. Hot, sweaty, cheap pads. Extremely veiled sound, muddy overbearing bass, no detail, distortion on some high notes. Listening to music with these was not enjoyable in the slightest.
      You'd be much better off with KSC75's or Porta Pros in this price range.
      Kerry56, Jan 30, 2012
    3. 1eye1derweasil
      ^ Sounds like you are listening to a damaged pair - My drivers are perfectly stable. Also, bassy headphones aren't for everyone (as I pointed out). So here on Head-fi we tend to play nicer and not take away TOO heavily for something not being to our taste.

      also KSC75 and Porta's aren't for everyone - they are portable and can be uncomfortable for some.
      1eye1derweasil, Jan 30, 2012
    4. Kerry56
      To be accurate, I didn't have a damaged set, just listed a couple of the physical flaws that have been reported in the long thread in the full sized headphone thread regarding these headphones. The issue with the driver getting out of position is not an isolated case, as several have experienced it. My problem with the set centered on its poor sound and sweaty pads.
      Kerry56, Feb 1, 2012
  7. BloodyPenguin
    Budget Cans, Ok Sound
    Written by BloodyPenguin
    Published Dec 17, 2011
    Pros - Warm, Long Cord, Inexpensive
    Cons - Sound Leaks, Lacks Clarity
    First off, not that this really matters, but great packaging.  Looks like it is some fancy expensive pair before you even take it out of the box.
    Second, once they are in your hands, they feel a lot better than a $30ish pair of headphones should.  They also don't look all that bad.
    My thoughts after taking the time to properly burn them in.
    The Highs are there.  Maybe not the strongest part of the RP-HTF600, but they are clear enough and not too sharp.
    The Mids are eh.  Slightly recessed and warm. 
    The Lows are ok.  They thump, but they sound a little muddy to me.
    The Soundstage is not bad at all.  Full sound, though things can get cluttered.
    There is a slight issue with these as they leak sound in and out.  I would have thought there would have been a little more sound isolation. 
    Overall, these are not "that" great.  They are just fine for the price.  I used them as my beater pair for random things here and there.
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    2. bcasey25raptor
      I still am very skeptical of any flavor of the month headphone under $100. No headphones anymore is worth buying under $100.
      bcasey25raptor, Dec 17, 2011
    3. b0xii
      b0xii, Dec 18, 2011
    4. BloodyPenguin
      I've updated my orignal review. After purchasing other headphones, these just seem so muddy, cluttered and messy. All which are most likely the same thing.
      I know they are only $36, but for that price, my PortaPros are better in almost every way. And forget about even trying to listen to the RP-HTF600 after spending sometime with my Digitech Jaycar Clones.
      I know a lot of people like these and time after time I got back to the RP-HTF600 and give them "One last try", only to be disappointed yet again.
      BloodyPenguin, Aug 9, 2012
  8. iceshark
    Very nice pair
    Written by iceshark
    Published Nov 24, 2011
    Pros - Great price-to-sound quality, bass, comfort, afforability
    Cons - Slightly flimsy design, poor sound isolation
    Sound Quality: I don't go into much detail here, besides mentioning the obvious. First, they're very warm sounding headphones, with a good bass abundance. Perhaps not as mind boggling as some headphones from the Sony XB line, but can have a lot of power. The bass is one of the biggest aspects of the sound signature, the mids are also nice and warm, not receded, the highs are good and avoid being shrill. The soundstage is pretty wide for the design of these headphones, and while I have headphones that sound better for music, these are my headphones of choice for gaming and movies. Sound isolation is not one of the highlights of these headphones, since they have a semi-open design and can also leak sound to the outside. I have no tested to what extent, but blasting music in public with these headphones may not work out well.
    Design: Only quality $30 headphones have good design. Many headphones of this price don't take full advantage of their price, but these headphones do well here. My only complaint is the ear cups falling down when not supported. This doesn't help me much, since I like to hang up my headphones and this can get in my way. Other than that, they are still built well and have a sturdy design. Not very portable, however.
    Comfort: I was pleasantly surprised with the comfort of these headphones. The artificial leather pads are surprisingly plush and comfy. I am not used to "plush" headphones, and these are easily more comfortable than my Sennheiser HD 25-II's for long-term usage and more soft and padded than my Shure 750DJ, making them currently my most comfortable headphone! Comfort is not a worry with these headphones, though they may not be quite as soft or comfy as some of the Sony XB line headphone pads.
    Overall, I was very impressed with the performance, comfort, and design of these headphones, with only minor gripes that come with owning more expensive headphones and trying to compare them with these. [​IMG] Still, they managed to best my other two in the Comfort department.
  9. SanjiWatsuki
    $30 Budget Basshead Cans
    Written by SanjiWatsuki
    Published Nov 7, 2011
    Pros - Warm musical tone, large quantities of bass, fun sounding.
    Cons - Lacks detail & clarity, leaks sound.
    I decided to purchase these headphones after reading the large thread that was praising them greatly. I was in the market for a budget basshead pair of headphones, so it was a logical decision. As soon as I received them, I used them as my primary headphones for a week, while burning them in during the night.
    My initial impression confirmed that the tone was very warm, musical, and colored. They were pleasant and non-fatiguing to listen to, with a very nice soundstage, and were a massive comfort improvement over my Grados. I did notice a large amount of sound leakage -- it was nothing like a Grado's sound leakage, but it was apparent. These are more semi-closed headphones than they are closed. They felt like an improvement over my more expensive, more analytic cans for genres like electronic. I quickly grew to like them. I compared them against a friend's M50s and decided that, although the M50s had a definite edge, the RP-HTF600s held their ground surprisingly well. I decided I liked the headphones enough to warrant purchasing Pearstone Velour Pads for them. They fit very nicely and improved the comfort to a 5 star rating. 
    Over time, though, I found myself missing the clarity and punch of my more expensive headphones. By the end of the week, I had switched back to using the Grados as my primary headphones and left the HTF600s as my on-the-go/when-the-Grados-start-feeling-uncomfortable semi-open cans. The best way I can describe how they sounded by comparison is that the HTF600s sounded like they were playing through molasses -- the attack and decay was not very quick. When I played very high-paced bass lines, like those seen in Dark Psytrance music, the HTF600s could barely keep up and the notes were difficult to separate. the more technical features of the headphones were very indicative of their price. The RP-HTF600s are no giant-killers, but they brought a lot of value for the price.
    Bottom line, for someone looking to try a pair of bassy headphones, these are an excellent starting place. They are easy to drive, forgiving of source, comfortable, and have a musical tone. They offer a high amount of value in the $30-40 price range, but I feel like they begin to start getting outclassed beyond that -- despite the rave reviews of the HTF600, I would not personally buy them again if they are priced outside of that range. I love the returns I got on this headphone for the price, but try to avoid many of the hyperboles offered by the HTF600 fans at Head-Fi. 
    4/24/12 Retrospective: 
    These headphones no longer get any head time from me anymore, really. The budget headphone market has expanded since these first became FotMs. I still enjoyed the purchase, but I dropped the value score on this headphone from 4 stars to 3.5 stars and the overall rating from 4 stars to 3.5 stars.
    Just remember that these are semi-open headphones with some sound leakage and that they are not the absolute highest fidelity for the price. The Monoprice 8323 and the Incipio Forte F38 are, at this time, both technically superior headphones at a lower price.
  10. gelocks
    Panasonic RP-HTF600-S -> Great budget bassy cans!
    Written by gelocks
    Published Oct 28, 2011
    Pros - Cheap, Great bass, not overly recessed on other spectrums, fun sounding.
    Cons - Leak way too much, Feel cheap (they are though! :wink:), not enough details/sparkle on highs
    While having a random conversation with Forum member Dsnuts via Private Messaging, he suggested that I listen to these babies (I believe we were actually discussing the Monoprice cans!) because he was surprised with the bass produced by them. I went ahead and bit and I have to say, I'm glad I did.
    I was actually looking for "bassy" cans to listen to EDM, dubstep, etc. and thought I would like the cheap Monoprice cans but I found them lacking and uncomfortable. These quickly replaced the Monoprice headphones and sound way better in ALL spectrums. Great bass, mids are audible and highs are Ok. For being this cheap, I am surprised how much fun they are! I even got 2 and plan on selling my AD700s and Shures 440 with 840 pads!
    I do have "better" more "technical" headphones, but for the price, you cannot go wrong with these!!
    My biggest con with these... sound leakage.
    I use my headphones at work and people actually know which songs I'm listening to when
    I use 'em! lol (my Shure 940s, being closed, don't leak like the Pannies!).
    Try them.!
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    2. Dsnuts
      Well the BASS heavy version of the HFI series for Ultrasone would be the HFI-580. The HFI-780 is not bass light, very ample but I think you would be angry if you heard what the HFI-580 sounds like vs the HFI-780. You would have thought. Damn I should have listened to Dsnuts and just got the HFI-580. That is exactly what you would say. I am willing to bet. That is why I suggested the HFI-580 more so for you. I know you want a can for your Dub, trance. The HFI-580s the way to go. Even if it cost a bit more.. Look into the DJ1s as well as those go for a bit cheaper. They are the same as the HFI-580, I chose the DJ1 because they are different looking than my HFI-780. I like the black n white as well..
      Dsnuts, Oct 29, 2011
    3. gelocks
      Thanks!! :wink:
      gelocks, Oct 30, 2011
    4. Pinocchio
      Just got the Pannys, wow. They sound, to me, just like my Denon AH-1100. Same exact packaging by the way. I would bet a fair amount that they are made in the same place and probably share quite a bit of specs.
      Pinocchio, Dec 27, 2011