Panasonic RP HJE355 review: Panasonic RP HJE355

Neither model has a built-in microphone for making cell phone calls, a feature that's become a must-have for a lot folks. It's worth noting that this model has an L-shaped plug (it's smaller than the RP-HJE120s'), which is good. But that plug may not fit into the headphone jack of some phones equipped with thicker protective cases (which causes the jack to become recessed).

Lastly, no carrying case is including. That isn't expected at this price point, but I thought I should point it out.

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The earphones come in multiple colors. The standard black version seems to cost a few bucks less. Sarah Tew/CNET

As with a lot of these noise-isolating earbuds, the fit of the eartips and the type of seal you get makes a huge difference in terms of sound quality. If you can't get a tight seal, you lose a lot of bass.

One of the different-size eartips should allow you to get a tight seal. However, a small fraction of users simply won't get that tight seal or find these terribly comfortable. That caveat aside, the RP-HJE355s are a very solid set of earbuds for the money. Without any trouble, they could pass for earphones that cost twice as much.

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