Panasonic RP-HT21 (Black) review: Panasonic RP-HT21 (Black)

As for the sound, it's actually pretty decent, and will most likely exceed your expectations. The RP-HT21s have a reasonable amount of clarity, play loud with mobile devices, and output ample bass. No, the sound isn't all that refined, and no the bass isn't terribly tight, but I've heard plenty of $20 to $25 headphones that sound about the same. These guys also sound as good as many entry-level Bluetooth headphones that cost around $50. But that isn't saying much.

They have an L-shaped plug, which is arguably more durable than a straight plug. Sarah Tew/CNET

We're fans of the Koss PortaPro on-ear headphones, which retail for around $35 online and have a folding headband. The RP-HT21s don't sound as good as the PortaPros, but their sound quality doesn't fall that short and they cost nearly $30 less.

The headphones straight on. Sarah Tew/CNET

Conclusion
If you're looking for a cheap pair of headphones for casual listening on the go or at the gym, the RP-HT21s, despite their generic looks, actually sound pretty decent and are fairly comfortable to wear. Sure, some people may think you swiped them from your last flight, but the good news is that if you leave them anywhere (or accidentally break them), they'll only cost you $5 to replace. There's something to be said for that.

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  • Color black
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
  • Type headphones
  • Headphones Form Factor on-ear
  • Connector Type mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm