Panasonic RP-HTX90 review: effective retro noise-cancelling headphones

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What is it? (Panasonic RP-HTX90)

The Panasonic RP-HTX90 is a closed-circuit wireless headphone with a built-in microphone, active noise canceling, and bass boost.

What’s interesting?

Cool retro design. And the fact that with the external old-schools, the headphones are quite modern, functional, and sound good. We’ll check it out, though. In this, you will get complete review of Panasonic RP-HTX90.

What is in the box?

Panasonic RP-HTX90 review

The set comes with two cables (microUSB and audio), as well as a printed manual. It is a pity that such beauty was not packed in a branded case, bag or other protective and transport accessory.

The microUSB cable is short (50 cm), the audio cable minijack to minijack is longer, 120 cm, besides it is gray, to match our version of the headphones. One of the connectors of the audio cable is rotated at an angle of 90 degrees, in some cases this is convenient when connecting to a smartphone or other equipment. 

How do Panasonic RP-HTX90 look and operate?

Panasonic RP-HTX90 review

Panasonic RP-HTX90s look great. Of course, some people like the futuristic design, others like the military-style. And the third like fur ear pads and cat ears on top. Aesthetics are individuals. But the comic epithet “warm tube” has already stuck to a good sound. So the sound equipment, the appearance of which refers to the past decades, is perceived in a special way.

A similar impression on me at one time was made by the Skullcandy Aviator headphones (we have a review of them). If we decompose the overall effect into its components. Then the recipe will certainly contain metal, matte plastic, and leather (calm, artificial) with neat stitching.

Panasonic RP-HTX90 review

We came across just such a white and gray specimen, and it looks very interesting.

The design consists of a headband with metal runners on which the ear cups ride. Connected to the headband by wires in a fabric braid. They fix well.

There are quite a few control buttons and they are all collected on the right “ear”. There is a slider-switch for the active noise cancellation (ACP) mode, a block of power and volume buttons, and a separate button for activating the bass boost mode. It is highlighted by a small protrusion, visible to the touch. The left earphone has only a hole for connecting an audio cable.

Panasonic RP-HTX90 review

The ACP switch is easy to recognize tactilely, and, as is often the case with headphones, it is equipped with an LED. The green color of the LED indicates that the ACP mode is on, the LED itself is small and does not look too provocative. There is also a second lighted indicator – this one indicates the status of the device. Flashes blue when bluetooth is working, blue-red when in discovery mode, and lights up red when charging.

All buttons are plastic, they are pressed with a noticeable click, the stroke is small. The impression is slightly spoiled by the backlash and the slightly uneven arrangement of the buttons caused by it. The buttons could be given the same attention as other little things.

How Panasonic RP-HTX90 they work?

Plugged in – and work. We press the power button, wait for the red-blue indication of the status LED, and then select the device from the list available on the smartphone or computer. An alternative option is an audio cable, it’s even easier here.  But there is no charging – there is no active noise cancellation, physics cannot be played. When you turn on, turn off and connect to a sound source, a female voice in English announces what is happening. Moreover, when turned off, the headphones report on the state of charge of the battery (for example, “Battery high”).

Panasonic RP-HTX90 review

Although some skill is required. In a block of three buttons, the central one is responsible for answering an incoming call and playing pause. The buttons on the sides of it adjust the volume, and holding each of them for two seconds allows you to skip to the previous or next track, respectively.

RP-HTX90 fits well on the head, does not tire, does not fall off, their weight is relatively small. The fit of the cups to the head is optimal in terms of strength in order to provide good sound insulation at the same time and not to overload. The filling of the ear cushions is soft but without memory effect. If you press the headphones to your ears and then release them, there is no “vacuum” feeling. Let’s get back to work. First of all.

We are interested in the active noise reduction mechanism. As usual, it slightly changes the character of the sound, suppressing, first of all, the low-frequency component of external noise. Listening to music in the subway and other noisy places become much more comfortable, especially if the music is calm and played at a low volume level. Human speech is muffled in a typical ACP manner and is muffled completely as the volume increases. On the whole, the ACP implementation in Panasonic RP-HTX90 can be classified as “delicate”, trying not to suppress the surrounding reality in a radical way. Moreover, the closed structure itself does half the work of eliminating noise.

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