Panasonic RP-HTX7 review: Panasonic RP-HTX7

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CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent
  • Overall: 8.0
  • Design: 8.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 8.0
  • Value: 9.0
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The Good The Panasonic RP-HTX7s are affordable entry-level over-the ear headphones that fit comfortably, are relatively lightweight, and sound very good for the money. They also don't leak sound, and their retro styling is more hit than miss.

The Bad They're slightly brash; there's no integrated microphone for making cell phone calls.

The Bottom Line While their sound and design may not appeal to everyone, the Panasonic RP-HTX7s are excellent entry-level over-the-ear headphones that are a good bargain.

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Panasonic probably isn't one of the brands you associate with value electronics, but when it comes to headphones, the company has shown that it has several models that deliver excellent bang for the buck, including the Panasonic RP-HTX7 monitor headphones reviewed here.

These guys have been around for a few years (I'm sorry I didn't review them sooner) and can be had for anywhere from $30 to $50 online. They come in several different colors and are distinguished by what Panasonic calls "retro styling."

That styling may not appeal to some people, but I thought they looked pretty good and, more importantly, they fit comfortably, were relatively lightweight for over-the-ear headphones, and created a tight seal -- not only did they passively block out a lot of sound, but they didn't leak any sound, making them suitable for cubicle use at work.

True to their "monitor" roots, the RP-HTX7s have a single, fairly thick 3.9-foot cord and somewhat reinforced straight plug. The cord isn't as thick as the unwieldy one on the Audio-Technica ATH-M30, another excellent budget monitor headphone set. The Panasonic's cord is shorter and more suited to mobile use. However, it is worth noting that you will have trouble getting that beefier plug to fit in your headphone jack if you have a case on your phone.

The headphones feature a "retro" design and come in multiple colors. Sarah Tew/CNET

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  • Color green
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
  • Type headphones
  • Headphones Form Factor ear-cup
  • Connector Type mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm
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Executive Editor David Carnoy has been a leading member of CNET's Reviews team since 2000. He covers the gamut of gadgets and is a notable e-reader and e-publishing expert. He's also the author of the novels Knife Music and The Big Exit. Both titles are available as Kindle, iBooks, and Nook e-books.