February 11, 2017

If not all, most will agree that choosing the right pair of earphones is a tedious task. With numerous brands bringing a slew of options to the table, we are only left spoilt for choice.

Understanding your dilemma, today we bring to you a comparison between two very popular in-ear earphones in the under Rs. 1000 bracket. On one end we have the HJE190 from Panasonic and  on the other we have the MDR-EX150 from Sony. Both of these in-ears are very popular among music lovers seeking for a budget option and you should read on to find your perfect music companion.

CUTTING THE LONG STORY SHORT

"The ErgoFit design, paired with Extra bass, sounds entertaining and lively at an inexpensive price. The Panasonic HJE190 is apt to be used with your smartphone.

If you love your music to sound more balanced with just enough bass, then the Sony MDR-EX150 should be your pick."

-Raghav Somani

PANASONIC RP-HJE190

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Lively Audio In An ErgoFit Design

Sony MDR-EX150


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Stylish Metallic In-ears from Sony

 


DESIGN: PANASONIC RP-HJE190 VS Sony MDR-EX150

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Panasonic always brings to the table, earphones with great sound in a budget, and the Panasonic RP-HJE190 is no different.Lauded for the longest time, these in-ears are aimed at people looking for earphones to be used with their smartphone.

Like most in-ears in this budget, the Panasonic RP-HJE190 has been made entirely from plastic. Although plastic, they are pretty firm to hold and feel. The housing have been covered in a metallic sheen paint, thus giving one an illusion of the earpieces being metallic. The contrast of the metallic colour paired with the black front chambers gives these earphones a nice premium look.Adding a nice quirk, the earpieces have also been embellished with a silver ring around and we must admit, it adds its own cool touch.

Panasonic's branding can be viewed in the form of the logo printed on the back of the earpiece. Not very loud, but easily noticeable.

The Panasonic RP-HJE190 is available in a wide range of shades and the translucent bold colours including bright Gold, Red, Violet and subtle White.
PANASONIC'S DURABILITY OVER SONY'S STYLISH DESIGN
Sony has always striven to hit the right chords and impress its audience with their attractively styled Headphones and Earphones. Sony has been one of the most popular brands not just in India, but everywhere in the world. With the introduction of the Sony MDR-EX150, the band is determined to reach the ears of the masses.

The Sony MDR-EX150 is an entry level budget in-ear from the brand. Sony has employed a conservative design approach, which comes as no surprise. And we would say, these in-ears do manage to attract eyeballs.

The ear pieces sport a nice metallic finish that looks very elegant and is flaunt-worthy. Like the RP-HJE190, the MDR-EX150 in-ears too feature an 45 degree angled in-ear design, a surprise at this price point. Most brands do not emphasize on design, especially in this budget, however, Sony earns points for putting in great effort.

Sony has ensured that brand recognition comes across clearly. The logo is printed on the back of the ear piece and is quickly noticeable. Available in 7 different colours, you can choose from a wide array of Red, Blue, Violet, Yellow, Black, White and Light Blue.

 


USABILITY: PANASONIC RP-HJE190 VS Sony MDR-EX150

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The Panasonic RP-HJE190 boasts of an ErgoFit in-ear design. This means that your ear buds perfectly go inside your ear-canal and lend you the most comfortable fit. The angular style ear buds are a nice tweak as it not only allows for a premium fit, but better noise isolation too. The RP-HJE190 also comes with added 3 pairs of earbuds in varied sizes, further enhancing the fit.

Coming to cable quality, we are not very impressed. The cord is extremely thin and seems weak like the cables of most earphones in this price range. But can you expect any more from earphones that are this cheap?
PANASONIC'S ERGO-FIT DESIGN VS SONY'S TEXTURED CABLE
A thoughtful feature, the Sony MDR-EX150 too features earpieces that have an angular shape, thus, they perfectly fit inside your ear canal. Interchange the 3 pairs of silicon ear tips that come packed along, and voila, you receive the best fit.

The MDR-EX150 comes with acable that matches the colour of that of the earpieces.This undoubtedly adds to the aesthetic appeal of the earphones. The textured cable is easy to hold and looks strong and sturdy, it is not likely to snap easily. The Sony MDR-EX150 also comes packed with a cable adjuster, very thoughtful, we must say.

Unfortunately, the Sony MDR-EX150 does not feature a microphone or remote. However, you can opt for theSony MDR-EX150APthat comes with a One-button mic and remote.

SOUND: PANASONIC RP-HJE190 VS Sony MDR-EX150

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When it comes to the sound, the Panasonic RP-HJE190 delivers a fairly good sound signature that isdifficult to get in this price range. The delivered bass is thumpy and makes your music sound extremely entertaining and lively. The details are clear and crisp and you will be able to hear every ounce of output. Instruments are well serrated, while the tones are nicely separated. 

Where the RP-HJE190 falls short is in more subtle genres of music. These tend to sound bland on more subtle and quieter genres like Jazz and Classical.

If you are looking for a wide soundstage, these earphones are a big setback. The RP-HJE190 makes your audio sound like it is traveling through a narrow path. A big big turn off. However, it definitely gives you a lot at this low a price point. 
THE PANASONIC RP-HJE190 AND SONY MDR-EX150 DO NOT STRAY TOO FAR AWAY FROM EACH OTHER IN TERMS OF AUDIO OUTPUT

The Sony MDR-EX150 is certainly targeted towards people who love audio that is flatter, with a suitable amount of bass. Built in with 9mm high sensitivity drivers, these in-earsdeliver every tone with great clarity. 

Deceptive to Sony's otherwise Bass Heavy sound signature, the MDR-EX150 articulates the mids and highs to sound clear. Another good audio aspect,
the instruments are well separated. Thus, if you are looking for a relatively tonally balanced sound signature, you should look at the MDR-EX150. 

A small complaint would be the noise isolation. Althoughangled in structure, the MDR-EX150 does not effectively attenuate external sound. Consider getting yourself a pair ofComply Ear tips to eradicate this issue.


Summary


Panasonic RP-HJE190
  • Heavy Bass
  • Transculent Metallic Earpieces
  • Weak Cable Design
  • Colour Options Available
  • 6 Months Warranty

Sony MDR-EX150
  • Relatively Lesser Bass
  • Stylish Metallic Body
  • Tangle Prone Cable Design
  • Colour Options Available
  • 1 year warranty

 


Conclusion


If heavy bass suits your musical taste buds then the Panasonic RP-HJE190 should be your pick.

If you love your bass, however, without it sounding overpowering then the Sony MDR-EX150 is a good choice to make.

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