The Panasonic RP-HJE120-K ErgoFit are very basic in-ear headphones with no additional features. They have a decent sound and barely leak, even at high volumes. However, they have a typical in-ear fit, which may be uncomfortable for some. They're not very stable and cannot block the ambient noise of a moderately busy office.
- Minimal leakage.
- Decently balanced sound.
- Poor noise isolation.
- In-ear fit not comfortable for everyone.
- Cheap build quality.
The RP-HJE120-K have a very basic and straightforward design. They have a typical in-ear fit that may be uncomfortable for some. They also don't offer any specialty tips for added stability or comfort. They don't have any audio controls and feel cheaply built. However, they are extremely light, and the minimal design could work for some listeners.
The tips of the RP-HJE120 ErgoFit do not enter the ear canal as deeply as some other in-ears and slightly more comfortable. However, if you do not find the in-ear fit comfortable, then you will experience the same issue with these headphones. They also don't offer any unique tips to provide additional comfort, which is slightly disappointing. On the upside, the different tip sizes could help provide a better fit, and they are extremely lightweight.
These headphones are not stable enough for high-intensity activities like running or jumping. The in-ear fit and lightweight design make them somewhat stable enough during moderate exercise. Unfortunately, they don't enter the ear canal as deeply as some of the other in-ear models, and they don't offer any special tips to help with stability.
The RP-HJE120-K are super portable headphones. They can easily fit into your pockets, purse or bag and do not take up much space. Their straightforward and basic design make them compact. There is no control module and only the small in-ear buds and thin cable occupy space. Unfortunately, they do not come with a case which is disappointing.
Build quality is below average. These headphones feel cheaply made. Their simple design means there are fewer components susceptible to wear and tear. However, the audio cable is relatively thin and could get easily damaged over time. The in-ear buds are also made of relatively cheap plastic and do not look as durable as some other in-ear models.
The Panasonic RP-HJE120-K have a decent sound and no noticeable harmonic distortion. They don't sound as sharp as some other in-ear headphones and have a powerful bass range. However, the bass is overemphasized making these headphones sound muddy and boomy. Lead instruments and vocals are also a little pushed back in their audio reproduction, and sadly, they have a poor soundstage due to their closed-back in-ear design.
Average Bass Range performance. Low-bass is extended all the way down to 10Hz, which is good. However, the entire Bass overemphasized by about 5dB, making the sound bass heavy and slightly boomy.
Decent Mid Range. The 5dB underemphasis in mid and high-mid negatively affects vocals/leads by weakening, and pushing them to the back of the mix.
Average Treble Range. The 5dB dip in low-treble hurts the presence and detail of vocals/leads. The dip above 10KHz, takes some of the air out of the sound, which adds to the bass heavy quality of these earphones.
Poor soundstage. Being in-ear headphones, they don't activate the outer ear resonances at all, giving the impression that the sound is coming from inside your head. Also, they don't sound open either, which negatively affects the soundstage.
Excellent results. The overall amount of harmonic distortion at 90dB is quite low, throughout the range. At 100dB SPL, there is a general rise in the harmonic distortion, while remaining within very good values.
The Panasonic RP-HJE120 only offer passive isolation. The seal of the in-ear fit can block some high-frequency noise, but it's not enough for the level of noise in a busy office. They're not ideal for commuting unless you play your music loud enough to drown the ambient noise. On the upside, they don't leak much and are barely audible to the people around you even at very high volumes.
Poor isolation. The passive isolation provided by these in-ears, does well in the Treble Range. It provides an average of 30dB of reduction over the region. The performance in the Mid Range however, is below average, as these headphones don't have active noise-cancelling. The isolation provided in the Bass Range is non-existent.
Very good leakage. Due to the in-ear design, the frequency range of the leakage is very limited and between 5KHz-8KHz. Also, the overall level of the leakage is relatively low, which improves the leakage performance further more.
No active features.
No compatible app.
In the box
- Panasonic RP-HJE120 Headphones
- Earbud tips (x2 sizes)