If you are looking for wireless, active noise cancellation (ANC) headphones, then of course there is no shortage of options now. Models start well below $ 100 and range from $ 600 or more, and there are dozens and dozens to take. If all you really want is a set of wireless ANC headphones, the Panasonic $ 180 RB-M700, which features a large “pass furnace” device, takes all your attention.
The RB-M700 (available in satin-finish black or brown) draws their design inspiration from one of the best headphones on the planet: the Sony WH-1000XM3. The RB-M700 echoes Sony in several key ways, from the headband to its integrated metal adjustment sliders, to the ear pivots, which are bland with the most delicate look on both the headband and earrings.
Putting them aside, and those similarities are even more obvious than one thing: huge, round earrings and earplugs at Panasonic.
Their size and shape are only visible signs that they are not like any other wireless headphones.
An enclosure of small holes is on the side of the diameter of the outer hypotenuse, which looks like they were thrown from an old bronchial hair dryer.
The comparison is not entirely cosmetic. Those holes, such as those in the bra, are meant to aid wind speed, which is useful when handling large bass sounds.
Those large, swollen ear cushions are comfortable, they are. I happily wore the RB-M700 without any awkwardness for several hours, although at 11.2 ounces they were heavier than most other wireless headphones.
There are two small business deals for this facility. At first, they feel a little less secure in your head. The headband provides a decent amount of binding power, but when you move your head fast, those big ear pillows cannot be left unchanged.
Personally, it doesn’t impress me much, but if you want to bring the RB-M700 and their huge bass to the gym, be prepared to fix them again.
Second, they can grow up on your head, especially when viewed from the front or back. Science Fiction hobbyists got Princess Lee’s double pastry Hurto from Episode 4 and Dr. There will no doubt be similarities between Hu to Cyberman.
While these bins may look great, people with small heads will be happy to know that the minimum adjustment on the headband is actually quite small. A white male, 5 feet, 8 inches tall, I have a ridiculously small head. Most headphones fit only my smallest adjustment, but I had to slightly extend the headband to keep the earphones at the right level.
The controls for the RB-M700 are all in the right ear canal. It is a simple and straightforward layout that uses a three-button cluster for all major functions such as power, volume, track-skipping, call answering / end, and voice assistant access.
Unfortunately, the edges of the middle button are not well defined and are a bit difficult to find quickly.
The ANC is controlled via a two-way switch – there are no adjustment levels for noise cancellation and no transparency mode to allow external sounds.
At the base of the right earpiece is the control of a two-button winding to accommodate the nearby furnace feature. It offers a three-level bass extension and off-level. The strange thing is that the plus and minus buttons are set in the opposite direction to the volume buttons, which creates a possibility of use. Every time I feel that I am increasing the effect of the furnace, I will reduce it. You are used to it, but it is a different option.
The RB-M700 does not have a wear sensor, so you have to pause manually before removing your music.
With only 20 hours of operation on full charge (assuming that the bass furnace feature is disabled when ANC is enabled), the RB-M700 wins no endurance awards compared to other wireless headphones, but for all-day work. , Enough time for travel and gym. Or even a trip to the store.
The charging specs on these cans are also somewhat sluggish as far as wireless headphones go. They use USB-C and take up to four hours to fully charge. The 15-minute fast payment option provides one and a half hours of playing time when you are running low.
For example, the much cheaper Totronics TT-BH60 gives you two hours on one charge for the last 30 hours and five minutes on the fastest charge.
While it does not do much for overall sound quality, it helps compensate for ANC His, which is often high frequency sound.
I think Panasonic ANC technology is not as much for noise reduction as the design of RB-M700 earphones.
Circular holes that allow air to move in and out of the ear canals also allow external sounds. Since ANC performance relies on good sound isolation, there can be a hard limit to how well ANC can always be in a set of headphones that allow so much sound.
These days most headphones are designed with a hinge or axle system that allows them to be easy, flat – or both – to save on travel. The RB-M700 is a folding-flat type, with earlobe with a 45-degree inward.
The flatter profile makes it easier to fit these headphones into the available backpack slots, but they still take up a lot of space.
Panasonic does not offer a hard or soft shell travel case, so you need to be careful when storing them.
The strange thing about the fold-flat design is that it only works when you are not wearing the RB-M700. In other words, when worn around your neck, earlobes only expose a small amount and your collar may not lie flat against the bones.
Calls on the RB-M700 are acceptable, but only in a quiet environment. The moment my voice had to compete with other sounds like traffic, wind or nearby birds, it became very difficult for me to hear my collar.