January 27, 2017

In our head-to-head comparison, we have two very popular budget headphones, the Sennheiser HD 202 II and the Panasonic RP-HXD3+.

Both these headphones have been credited for their ability to produce music with great perfection. The HD 202 II delivers great comfort and is one of the most popular headphones from Sennheiser. While the HXD3+ boasts of a very sleek design and comes from a brand that has been trusted for bringing the best over the years. A topic of debate among many music enthusiast, let's see who comes on the top!


CUTTING THE LONG STORY SHORT

"If you are looking for a very well designed headphone to used primarily with your mobile phone, then choose the Panasonic RP HXD3+.

If you are looking for headphones with detailed sound and great clarity, that is primarily to be used indoors, then the Sennheiser HD 202 II is your pick."

-Raghav Somani

Panasonic RP-HXD3+


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IMPRESSIVE AUDIO CLARITY WITH A MINIMALISTIC DESIGN

Sennhesier HD 202 II


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IMPRESSIVE SENNHEISER SOUND WITH GREAT COMFORT

 


DESIGN AND LOOK: PANASONIC RP-HXD3+ VS SENNHEISER HD 202 II

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The first thought that comes to your mind upon seeing the RP-HXD3+ is how it has been designed to look very sophisticated.Its simplistic design makes the pair perfect to be used every day. Since these headphones do not fold flat, you may find that storage and portability does become an issue. That apart, we love the simplistic clean, no hassle On-Ear design.

Although primarily built from plastic, the good quality materials lend the headphones fair amount of durability.You definitely wouldn't ask for more at this price point. The earcups are made of metal and the dual tonal body definitely adds to the headphones style quotient.Panasonic has not emphasized too much on branding, but the brand's name has been printed in tiny letters above the earcups, just enough to be noticed.

Unlike conventional headphones that feature soft padding covered with leatherette, Panasonic has gone a notch different with the RP-HXD3+.The earcups and the headband are not typically cushioned. Instead, the padding has been made from a soft silicon material that is puffed up to deliver more comfort. A very well thought idea, moreover if you wish to use the headphones for long hours. Unlike leathertte covered padding that heats up after a while of listening, the silicon padding stays cool even over long durations. The earpads are are water and sweat resistant, letting you stay dry through out.

The RP-HXD3+ is available in 5 vibrant colours namely- Red, Black, Tan, White and Violet. 

MINIMALISTIC SLEEK DESIGN VS BLACK UNFRILLY DESIGN  

The Sennheiser HD 202 II is not very different from most conventional headphones. It has a charm in its simplicity and comes in a single black-grey colour. 

Like the RP-HXD3+, the HD 202 II too is built from plastic, the materials used are robust and durable. One of our favourite party trick is to bend the HD 202 II's headband flat, and the headphones still do not break. The branding is pretty understated,just the matt grey plastic earcups flaunting the proud German brand.  

The headband features soft cushioning covered with leatherette, while being generously padded. It sits comfortably without exerting too much pressure on the head. The band is semi-flexible enough to adjust to any head size.  Again the earpads are generously padded but tend to heat after long hours of listen. One of our favourite things about the HD 202 II is that the earpads are replaceable. Whenever the earpads seem to be worn out, you can simply snap on a new pair of ear pads. With no extra frill, the overall design is durable and further backed by Sennheiser's 2-year warranty..
USEABILITY: PANASONIC RP-HXD3+ VS SENNHEISER HD 202 II

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The Panasonic RP-HXD3+ featuresearcups that are comfortable and fit on your ears. Unlike the Sennheiser HD 202 II, these headphones are sleek and do not feel heavy on the head.

Covered with silicon, they may not have the familiar touch a nd feel as other normally cushioned headphones. It may feel a little odd in the beginning and will take some time to get used to.The underside of the headband is made of the same material but does help much in lending desirable comfort. However, the best factor about the silicon padding is that it keeps your ears cool, thereby eliminating fatigue during long music sessions.

If noise isolation is your priority, you are not in for the best with these headphones. Just like in the case of most On-Ear headphones, these headphones do not effectively attenuate unwanted external sound.

Perhaps a great feature of the  Panasonic RP-HXD3+ is that it comes with a one button remote and microphone. The in-line microphone and remote allow for conveniently playing songs, answering calls and also skipping tracks. However, there is no volume control, but definitely not an annoyance at this price point.

The Panasonic RP-HXD3+ also comes with a L-shaped adaptor. This means that you can be rest assured that these headphones will be compatible with any and every device.

MIC AND REMOTE WITH ADAPTOR VS SENNHEISER IDEAL NOISE ISOLATION
The Sennheiser HD 202 II featuresearcups that are large, comfortable and fit over your ears. Keep in mind that the headphones are not designed to look slim, may feel a little outlandish.

Covered with pleather they are stuffed with heavy cushioning. It feels very similar to the material that the headband is made of, though not quite as soft, but it does have the same amount ofgive and feel. This makes them comfortable to wear even during long hours, although you might feel a slight warmth after using them for a while.

If noise isolation is something that you seeking, these headphones are your best best. You must keep in mind that the HD 202 II has been designed to be used by studio professionals for many years. You'll be hard pressed to find any noise that'll hamper your listening experience.

The best feature of the Sennheiser HD 202 II is that it comes with a long 3-meter straight cable.These are great if you want to use them while playing musical instruments or while connected to a DSLR camera. When out and about, you can wind your cable around the included cable winder and clip it on to your belt. Using it with your mobile phone can be inconvenient because the cable is long and is likely to get tangled. Keep in mind, however, that the HD 202 II does not come with an inbuilt mic, so you can't take calls when connected to your mobile.

SOUND: PANASONIC RP-HXD3+ VS SENNHEISER HD 202 II

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The Panasonic RP-HXD3+ delivers the cleanest audio as compared to any other headphone in this price range. We love the great amount of tonal balance that it delivers. Thehighs are crisp butnot overpowering. You will find that the bass is just in proportion and not muddy, making the headphones fun to listen to as compared to more studio oriented Sennheiser HD 202 II.

The most important feature of the RP-HXD3+ is that it gives you rich bass response with absolutely no distortion. The instruments are accessed well and come out very naturally. Perfect if you are looking for asound signature that is fairly balanced.

The headphones do render its own brightness wherever needed.The vocals are not buried and the details come out clear. Do keep in mind that the headphones sometimes gets a little overly sculpted at highs and mids, but you definitely won't be left disappointed.

The soundstage is great will not leave you impressed by making your music sound real. Undoubtedly, the RP-HXD3+ is asolid performing pair and rates high on the sonic merit chart. 

THE PANASONIC RP-HXD3+ AND SENNHEISER HD 202 II ARE STABLEMATES WHEN IT COMES TO SONIC DELIVERY
The Sennheiser HD 202 II carries agreat amount of tonal balance.The lows are punchy and clean but never go overboard or overdone, the bass is punchy, but with just enough power as to not overpower other frequencies. The vocals can be heard crystal clear, and separated from the tunes really well.

The sound has a really nice sense of space. The harmonies and details only amplify your listening experience.Sennheiser's HD 202 II lets you access more instruments and beats that would otherwise get buried with any ear can in this range. And where you feel like the bass is surrounding you, as if you were listening to a large stereo system. The sub-bass is quite low and rumbles but can be a bit on the weaker side on certain tracks.

The headphones do render their own sheen here and there, but just enough as to not adulterate the details. You may find that the pair sometimes gets a little bright in some loud genres, especially with busy tracks, but as a package, the HD 202 II gives just all you need.

The soundstage is very impressive for a pair of closed back headphones so your music in true sense does come to life while wearing these. It too an extent lends you the pleasure that is as close as listening to music from a stereo surround, hard to get at this price point.


Summary


PANASONIC - RP - HXD3+ 
  • On The Ear Design
  • Dual-Toned Style
  • Not The Most Durable 
  • 1.2m Cable
  • L-shaped Adaptor
  • In-line Microphone And Remote
SENNHEISER - HD 202 II
  • Over The Ear Design
  • Traditional Matte Design
  • Unbreakable Headband
  • 3m Long Cable With Cord Winder
  • No Option For Microphone And Remote 

Conclusion

How different is the Panasonic RP-HXD3+ from the Sennheiser HD 202 II? This is not a very easy choice. 

The RP-HXD3+ does not stray very far away from the HD202 II in terms of sound.

The Panasonic RP-HXD3+ gives you the perfect blend of the mids, lows and highs. On the other hand, you may find that the Sennheiser HD 202 II does lean towards the lower end when played with particular genres. The choice remains yours.


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