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Panasonic RP-HJE240E review

They're certainly better than most bundled headphones, but even at £20 you can buy better Tested at £20.00

Our Verdict

They're certainly better than most bundled headphones, but even at £20 you can buy better

For

  • Comfortable
  • big scale and weight for the size

Against

  • Feel cheap
  • bass can be a bit dominant

What Hi-Fi? Verdict

They're certainly better than most bundled headphones, but even at £20 you can buy better

Pros

  • + Comfortable
  • + big scale and weight for the size

Cons

  • - Feel cheap
  • - bass can be a bit dominant

We make no bones about our dislike for the earphones that come with most portable players, but that doesn't mean you have to spend a fortune replacing them; there are plenty of wallet-friendly options, like these Panasonics.

Though they feel a bit cheap in the hand, the '240s are comfortable and snug in-ear. They also deliver a bigger sound than expected – there's greater scale and weight than the diminutive size and price would suggest.

Much of that is due to abundant bass, but as well as being bold, it's also a bit monotonal and overbearing. The rather shouty treble will also grate over extended listening.

Still, there's decent rhythm and insight given the price, and they're an improvement over most bundled 'phones, so if twenty quid's your limit and you don't want over-head 'phones, they're well worth trying-out.

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